Good Enough To Eat

Beauty and food have a very close relationship. The majority of beauty products contain foodie ingredients, and our skin, hair and nails are directly affected by the foods we consume.

Here we share our favourite recipes for healthy skin and hair, along with some concoct-at-home beauty preparations.



This recipe comes from one of my favourite organisations, Herbal Health Waiheke, who allowed me to take part in one of their wonderful Herbal Workshops, which include collecting wild ingredients.

Anti-wrinkle Facial Serum

10ml jojoba oil
1 x Vitamin E capsule
1-2 drops each of rose geranium, petigrain, neroli and lavender

Pour the jojoba oil into a dropper bottle.
Break open the Vitamin E capsule and add it to the bottle along with the essential oils. Tailor the number of drops according to your scent preferences.
Makes 15ml; use within 6 months.
Add apricot kernel oil for dehydrated and mature skins; avocado oil for a nourishing serum; or boronia for sensitive skin.



British ethnobotanist James Wong is the guru of homemade beauty products. This recipe comes from his bestselling book and BBC programme Grow Your Own Drugs (Collins).

Lavender Bath Bomb

5-6 fresh lavender sprigs
1 tbsp citric acid powder
3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp plant-based oil (vegetable or almond oil)

1. Heat the oven to 180degrees centigrade. Once it has reached that temperature, turn it off and place the lavender, hanging upside down, in the oven to dry for about 2 hours. When dry, remove the flowers from the stalks and set aside.
2. For the next stage you need to make sure that the bowl you are using, and your hands, are completely dry – otherwise the bomb will start fizzing. In a glass bowl, mix the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda together. Add a few drops of lavender oil and 1 tsp dried lavender flowers, along with the vegetable or almond oil. Mix everything together with a metal spoon.
3. Place a biscuit cutter on top of a sheet of baking paper. Put the mixture into the biscuit cutter and press down with the back of the spoon. The oil now needs to evaporate so the bomb can set as a dry, hard block – leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and preferably overnight.
4. Store in tin foil to keep out moisture.



Natural beauty gurus Sarah Stacey & Josephine Fairley include lots of homemade beauty recipes in their latest book, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible (Kyle Books)

Strawberry Smile Brightener

1 ripe strawberry
½ teaspoon baking powder

Crush the strawberry to a pulp, and then mix with the baking powder. Paint the mixture onto teeth and allow to set for five minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush to lighten and brighten teeth. To remove the mixture, be sure to brush thoroughly with your normal toothpaste. Rinse with plenty of clear water.


RADIANCE DRINK (this one you can eat!)

This recipe is taken from the wonderful book Younger Skin in 28 Days by Karen Fischer (Exisle Publishing). Fischer says this alkalizing drink is designed to promote a healthy skin glow.

Cucumber And Mint Juice

2 medium or large cucumbers
4 celery stalks
1 knob ginger
½ bunch fresh mint
filtered water
½ lemon, juiced

Soak the cucumbers, celery, ginger and mint in water with a splash of apple cider vinegar for 3-5 minutes then remove and drain.

Scrub the celery and ginger if needed. For a stronger ginger flavor, leave the skin on; for a milder taste, peel off the ginger skin. Trim approximately 1cm (1/3inch) of the stalks from the mint.

Using a juicing machine, juice the cucumber, celery, mint and ginger, ending by adding a splash of filtered water.

Remove from the machine then add the lemon juice and stir.

Life in a day: Bobbi Brown

I woke up this morning at home in Montclair, New Jersey and the first thing I did was let my dogs out in the backyard. Currently, we have an exchange student from Italy staying with us so I prepared breakfast for him and my youngest son while sipping a double espresso. Today, I made a coconut kale shake before I headed into the city.

It’s so easy to make: you just throw some ice, coconut milk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, vanilla protein powder, frozen organic banana and kale into a blender and that’s it.

I travel abroad and across the US at least two or three times a year. I love meeting my fans from across the world as well as my local make-up artists. Their feedback is extremely important to me when I’m developing new products. As a make-up artist, my goal is to develop products that cater to different beauty needs for women around the world. Our line is designed to give women of all ethnicities, skin tones and skin types options that work for their individual look.

Otherwise, I spend most of my days working from my office in SoHo, a trendy neighbourhood in downtown Manhattan. It’s a really laid-back atmosphere that I absolutely love. To me, it’s important that my staff work in a friendly, open and healthy environment where they can really be creative.

On some days, I also like to work from my studio in Montclair, New Jersey, which serves as a think tank, a retail space and education centre for the brand.

When I’m at work, I like to keep my look casual and classic. I’ll usually wear dark blue jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers or loafers. I also keep my eye make-up pretty quick and easy by applying my staples: Creamy Concealer, Skin Foundation Stick, Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, really black mascara and blush.

Today, we hosted an event for press
at a nearby hotel so I wore dark blue jeans, a maroon cotton shirt, a navy blue blazer and black lace-up wedges, and I wore a silk scarf around my neck to dress up my outfit.

Before heading over to the event, I lined my eyes with Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and layered different mascara formulas (it’s a quick and easy way to get the look of false lashes).

It takes a little less than an hour to get to my office in SoHo so I do as much as I can during my morning commute. This morning, I had a conference call and then did some paperwork.

Once at my office, I had meetings all day. I met for about an hour with each of my teams, including Creative, Marketing, Social & Digital, Education and Product Development to discuss the current season’s programmes and brainstorm new products. I’m always trying every product on myself to make sure it’s quick and easy to apply and provides instant results. I also met with a journalist from Korea to talk about my beauty philosophy and upcoming spring ’14 collections. To me, it’s important that my “be who you are” philosophy reach women from around the world. I want women to use make-up to enhance their natural features, rather than change them.

Later in the afternoon, we hosted an intimate press event for US editors to introduce the second iteration of The Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls, an awareness and fundraising campaign that promotes empowerment of women and girls through job skills training and education.

Most nights, I like to go home to my family and cook dinner with them. Today I left the office around 6pm and went straight home to Montclair, where my husband and I cooked dinner. We had grilled fish with quinoa, beans and veges.

The reason I do what I do is to empower women. Helping women is my passion. Since the beginning, I wanted to give women the knowledge and products to help them to look and feel their best. I am proud of the many women I have helped either through my products and artists or through my philanthropic work.