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    This is a really simple shampoo recipe for those who are too busy to learn the more complex soap making techniques required for other types of shampoo.


    You will need:


    10g dried herb of your choice.

    500ml still spring water, boiled

    60ml soap flakes

    20ml vegetable glycerine.

    10 drops essential oil of your choice

    3ml preservative




    Place the dried herb in a heatproof container. Pour the boiling spring water over and cover the container. Leave to infuse for thirty minutes, then strain and reserve 375ml of the liquid for the shampoo. Place the infusion in a saucepan, place on the heat and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the soap flakes. Stir until the soap has dissolved. Add the glycerine and preservative and stir until well mixed through the shampoo. When cool, add the essential oils. Pour into a clean bottle.


    If you are unsure of which herb to use, chamomile for blonde/fair/light brown hair, or lavender/rosemary for darker brown hair works well.


    NB. The preservative is required because of the addition of the herbal infusion. If you do not wish to use herbs in this shampoo, then no preservative will be necessary.







  2. INCI name: Sesamum Indicum

    Sesame seeds containing up to 50% oil are taken from the plant, which is a herb grown in tropical climates. Sesame oil is high in oleic acid and keeps well.

    It is used as a sunscreen oil and in sun creams/lotions, due to its ability to absorb ultra violet light. Sesame oil has been used for centuries in hair and skin care, as it is tolerated well by most skins, and can even be used as a base for treatment oils for the skin around the eyes.

    This oil can be used as a sunscreen oil, carrier oil for massage, baby oil and general skin care oil.





    These cleansing bath bags make a natural, refreshing change from soaps or gels. Sensitive skins in particular will benefit from these cleansing, soothing bath treats…:o)



    You will need:


    250ml orange peel granules

    250ml dried geranium leaves

    250ml dried lavender buds

    250ml oat flakes





    Stir all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and store the mixture in an airtight glass jar. To use, take a handful or two of the mixture and tie it up in a square of fine mesh netting and rub the herbal bath bag well into the skin. For those that can’t do without bubbles, add 125ml grated soap to the mix. Discard the bag after use and make up a fresh bag each time.










    INCI name: Ximenia americana seed oil




    Also known as Seaside Plum oil, Ximenia seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the edible fruit of the same name which grows in Southern Africa.


    Ximenia seed oil is high in oleic and ximenynic acid, making it an emollient, softening conditioner for dry and/or aging skin and hair.


    Use Ximenia seed oil in hair conditioners and treatment packs, and creams, soaps and balms for dry, damaged and aging skin.











  5. Hazelnut oil is toning, slightly astringent and easily absorbed, which makes it an excellent choice for the skin around the eye area. Hempseed oil soothes, restores and is naturally anti-inflammatory.

    You will need:

    30ml hazelnut oil
    30ml hempseed oil
    20ml jojoba oil
    18ml rosehip seed oil
    2ml wheatgerm oil

    Pour the hazelnut, hempseed, jojoba, rosehip and wheatgerm oils into a 100ml dark glass bottle. Shake well to combine.

    To use: Apply to the skin around the eye area with your ring finger. Allow to penetrate for a few minutes before applying eye makeup.


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