Alice M. Lee
September 01, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mashing avocado onto troubled skin can be messy. Luckily, user-friendly beauty products good enough to eat are coming to the rescue. Call it ”kitchen beauty.” Italian baronessa Consuelo Cali serves up goodies with extracts of olive oil favored by the likes of Betsey Johnson and Jenna Elfman. The Aquatonale skin-care collection, used by Sex and the City‘s Kim Cattrall, contains refined shells of lobster and shrimp. Kiwi and mango pop up in products from upscale hair salon Bumble and Bumble, while almonds and honey make up trendy Joey New York’s facial foods, and the Gap’s fragrance Close is spiked with grapefruit. And British hair-care import the Taoism-based Te Tao offers wares that ”taste” like Chinese herbal teas. ”Kitchen ingredients have been used in beauty products by various cultures for centuries,” explains Emily Sills of Long Island-based beauty consultancy Kodora Communications. ”We’re just going back to basics.”

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