Beauty products pulled from the fridge


Do you sometimes get the urge to just trot into the kitchen and whip up, er, a little wrinkle lotion?

Philip B., a Los Angeles hairstylist who markets beauty products, contends you can mix up a batch of treatments somewhere between the fridge and butcher's block.

He tells you how in a new book, "Blended Beauty: Botanical Secrets for Body & Soul" (Berkley's Ten Speed Press, $24.95).

He uses herbs, fruits, vegetables, baking soda and eggs for such things as "Creamy Cucumber Facial Cleanser," and "Rosemary Milk Tonic for Feet."

Indeed, home-brewed beauty concoctions are not new. Almost everyone knows about cucumbers to reduce swollen eyes, oatmeal masks and milk baths.

But "Vegetarian Refried Beans Hair Masque," with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts? That is a new one even for me.

He says he was inspired especially by a food tour with chefs to Italy. He began to add food to his products and found how to "nourish the exterior and awaken the senses."

The illustrations in the book resemble those of a luscious Italian cookbook.

But for some people, the idea of spending yet more time in the kitchen sounds a bit overwhelming.

"I have a hard time just managing dinner," groaned one young mother.

The real thing

The fall issue of the New York Times' "Fashion of the Times" magazine skips picture-perfect professional models to feature real women in fall's new clothes. Its diversity is impressive and, in one of the best layouts, women athletes are pictured running to show daytime clothes do move.

"At no time in history has it [fashion] commanded so much popular attention. And yet, at no time in history has fashion seemed so far removed from women themselves," writes editor Holly Brubach, under the heading "Reality Check." "This is what women look like. Accept no substitutes."

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