Even the less green-fingered among us will be familiar with certain perfumes from the kitchen garden: the powdery floral of lavender, the aromatic freshness of basil or the pine-like scent of rosemary. But herbs have been used in unguents and ointments throughout the ages for their health and beauty benefits, too.
Nowadays these products offer a gentler but no less effective alternative to the high-tech science that fills the beauty aisles.
So for garden-grown ingredients and fragrances fresh enough to eat, sometimes it might be best to go back to nature.
One of the horticultural ingredients most commonly used in beauty products is lavender, not only for its distinctive sweet bouquet but also its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Which is why Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner (£18.99; lookfantastic.com), using all-natural ingredients, is the perfect refreshment for the face after cleansing. It also includes sage, which is great for balancing the skin and refining pores, making this ideal for normal to oily skin types.
There’s also lavender in Ruby Red Shea Butter Soothing Skin Cream (£20; 07526 526909, rubyredcosmetics.co.uk), a rich, multi-purpose balm that contains just three ingredients: shea butter, lavender oil and rosemary oil. It softens when warmed on the skin to provide intense nourishment to areas like elbows, hands and cuticles.