Body & Soul: Soothing Cucumber Splash


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Makes 8 ounces

This splash has a cool scent that will lift your spirits and tone your skin. Cucumber juice is a natural astringent that also is cleansing and refreshing. It can be used all over your body and works wonders to soothe a sunburn.

• 1 medium cucumber, chopped  
• 1⁄4 cup witch hazel extract 
• 1⁄4 cup distilled water
• 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

1. In a blender, process cucumber into a smooth puree and strain. 

2. Mix cucumber juice with remaining ingredients and stir well. Pour into clean spray bottle. 

3. To use: Spray onto clean skin after bathing or whenever your skin could use a boost. It can spoil easily, so store in refrigerator between uses.

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt and Company, 1999). She recently co-authored a book with her daughter, Lauren Cox, called EcoBeauty—Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends (Ten Speed Press, 2009). Look for it in bookstores this fall.

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