About 15 years ago, Philip B, hair guru and shampoo maker, published a book called Blended Beauty. It is full of recipes for skin and haircare products that you can easily make by raiding the fridge. I am enjoying experimenting with them, although I tend to use them as an inspiring starting point that can be modified and to which I usually throw in the odd anti-aging botanical extract or vitamins.

This is a refreshing, anti-aging toner. It can be used on the face, but I love it for decollete, knees and elbows (but that's just me). Wheat germ is full of antioxidant vitamin E - in fact, it is the richest natural source of vitamin E available. It contains more potassium and iron than any other food source. Also found in great quantities are riboflavin, calcium, zinc magnesium and vitamins A, B1 and B3. Vitamins B1 and 3.

Rosemary will do good things for your skin and it will act as a natural preservative (although I would still keep this potion in the fridge because of the high oil content in wheat germ). Carnosic acid and carnosol are the most important active components of rosemary extracts.  Carnosic acid and carnosol have been suggested to account for over 90% of the antioxidant properties of rosemary extract and are slso powerful inhibitors of lipid peroxidation in microsomal and lipsomal systems, and are good scavengers of peroxyl radical and superoxide anion.

With apologies to Mr B, here is the recipe:

1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons chopped sage (astringent, vitamin A), 2 tablespoons rosemary, 1/4 cup wheat germ, 1/4 russet potato (toner).

Use a blender or (better still) a mortar and pestle, strain through a sheet of paper towel and discard solids. Add three drops of pomegranate seed extract and three drops of resveratrol to remaining liquid. Use a cotton pad to apply.