CALDER Valley masseuse Zoe Greenwood has her own range of organic skin care products, created in Hebden Bridge from essential oils and other natural ingredients.

Her company’s website has an A to Z guide of the sort of ingredients that go into modern natural skincare and it makes fascinating, informative reading.

For instance, anyone who has ever wondered what ‘alpha hydroxy acids’ are will discover that they are acids extracted from plants such as sugar cane, bilberry or citrus fruits and work by helping the skin to shed dead cells, revealing a smoother complexion.

Cetyl Alcohol may sound unpleasant but, according to Zoe, it’s just an extract of palm kernel oil and used as a stabiliser in creams.

Tocopherol is another chemical name that belies its innocent origins. It is a natural source of vitamin E derived from sunflower seed oil and soya and a rich antioxidant.

If you’d like to know more about natural skincare check out Zoe’s website at