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    The ingredients in this foaming bath oil separate into multi-coloured layers. Match colours and fragrances for maximum effect. Pour into a pretty bottle for an unusual and original gift.



    You will need:


    125ml liquid castile soap

    15ml glycerine

    125ml castor oil

    125ml apricot kernel oil

    20 drops melon fragrance oil

    Small sliver of green candle dye (or one each blue and yellow)





    Mix the ingredients together in a glass bottle. Melt the colouring wax in 5ml apricot kernel oil and add to the oil mixture. The ingredients will appear well blended at first, but will separate into layers, with the colouring affecting only the castor oil. Shake well before each use.





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  2. INCI name: Triticum Vulgare

    Wheatgerm oil is obtained by pressing the germ of whole wheat. The oil contains vitamin E, lecithin, sterols and carotene. It has a distinctive aroma and a strong yellow-brown colour, and these will be present in preparations containing wheatgerm oil.

    The oil is high in linoleic acid, and is used in skin care products to nourish and soften dry, sensitive and mature skins.


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    This skin toner will soothe sensitive skins. It is also healing and will help calm blemished skins.


    You will need:


    158ml spring water

    52ml lavender water

    20ml glycerine

    15ml aloe vera concentrate

    10 drops lavender essential oil

    10 drops preservative




    Drop the lavender essential oil into a clean, dark glass bottle. Add the glycerine and shake well to mix. Add the remaining ingredients one at a time starting with the aloe vera concentrate and ending with the spring water, shaking in between addition.


    To use:


    Apply to cleansed skin with cotton pads. Allow to dry on the skin before applying moisturiser.






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    INCI name: Citrullus vulgaris seed oil



    Also known as ootanga and Kalahari oil. The watermelon seeds are sun-dried and cold pressed to produce this restorative, nourishing oil.


    Watermelon seed oil is light, easily absorbed, does not clog pores and is rich in linoleic and oleic acids. Because of its mild, moisturising properties it is popular in baby formulations. The high linoleic acid content of watermelon seed oil makes it a good choice for products where sebum regulation is desired ie. oily skin types.


    Use watermelon seed oil in baby formulations, creams, lotions, soaps, and eye creams. Suitable for all skins especially oily, dry and mature types.






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