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    This is a soothing, moisturising face mask for mature skins. Honey is soothing and healing, while ground almonds are cleansing and exfoliating. Evening primrose oil contains a significant amount of GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and is believed to aid mature skins by softening lines and wrinkles.

    You will need:

    30ml evening primrose oil

    15ml melted clear honey

    Sufficient ground almonds to make into a paste


    Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into a glass jar and keep refrigerated.


    To use:

    Apply evenly to face and neck. Leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse off.









    INCI name: Perilla ocymoides seed oil



    Perilla seed oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the perennial perilla frutescens herb, found mainly in India and South East Asia. It has a clear yellow colour and a natural spicy fragrance.


    Perilla seed oil is high in alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3), linoleic acid and contains vitamins, amino acids and a small amount of stearic acid. It is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is used in preparations for skin complaints such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.


    Perilla seed oil can be used in soaps, facial and massage oils, creams, lotions and scrubs.








    Use this conditioner once a week to nourish the hair.


    You will need:


    2 eggs

    15ml castor oil

    15ml wheatgerm oil

    15ml glycerine

    30ml apple cider vinegar




    Whisk all the ingredients together.


    To use:


    Apply the conditioner to freshly shampooed hair, then cover with polythene wrap and a towel and leave for thirty minutes. Shampoo out.









    INCI name: Carya illinoinensis nut oil



    Pecan oil is cold-pressed from nutritious pecan nuts. It is high in oleic acid (up to 73%) and contains a useful amount of linoleic acid (up to 17%) and is similar in composition to olive oil. It can be used in the same way as similar oils e.g. sweet almond and canola.


    It is used in skin care products for its moisturising qualities and is good for dry, chapped skin and mature skin. Pecan oil has a relatively short shelf life of six months to one year – adding some vitamin E oil and keeping it stored in a cool, dark place will help it to keep for longer.


    Pecan oil can be used as a substitute for olive oil in soaps. Add up to 20% pecan oil to skin creams, lotions, balms and carrier oils.








    Raw egg is a natural protein treatment for hair while lemon juice conditions by helping to close the hair shaft. This natural shampoo will help to restore shine and bounce to the hair.



    You will need:


    1 egg

    5ml lemon juice

    45ml liquid castile soap



    Beat the egg then stir in the lemon juice and liquid soap. Refrigerate and use within two days.






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