The most holistic way to source ingredients is of course to grow your own, which is perfectly possible with herbs and flowers, and even honey and beeswax! The next best thing is to source from loca! suppli-ers. Most regions have herb farms or sınall businesses growing organic products that could be used as cosmetic ingredients. Preparing your own home-grown.


Gathering your own herbs and flowers from the wild is a satisfying task, but cau-tion needs to be exercised. Over-harvesting has been known to cause certain plan species to become rare and need protection. It’s a case of studying wild flowers and knowing which ones are protected by law, and it is also important to use intelligence and discrimination; nettles are obviously abundant everywhere and considered a nuisance plant, so gather to your heart’s content. However, you may find yourself in trouble if you gather a clump of old-fashioned and hard to find sweet violets. It is also wise to gather plants only if you really know what you are doing; if you are unsure, please purchase your herbs from a supplier instead. Never risk your health or the ecosystem out of simple ignorance.


All the potions in this book are totally vegetarian, and almost all of them are vegan and labelled as such. it is not at all hard to make vegan potions, as there are so many excellent plant ingredients with which to make skincare products -it’s just a case of avoid-ing the few anirnal products that aı·e used in skincare (honey, beeswax, lanolin, milk, animal fat ete.) For non-vegans, it’s also very simple to make a wide variety of potions with beeswax, honey, oils and herbs. Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, this is the best kind of skincare to make anyway, as applying lard, butter or other animal extracts to the skin is not particularly beneficial or pleasant!