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  1. This is an easy-to-make cleanser for oily skin. Tomato and lemon juice are rich in vitamin C, as well as being astringent.

    You will need:

    1 ripe tomato
    1 lemon

    Method:

    Chop the tomato, ensuring that you first discard the juice. Peel the lemon and discard the peel. Process, blend or liquidise the chopped tomato and lemon pulp together. Spoon the paste into a clean glass jar and refrigerate.

    To use: Apply to your face, working the cleanser in gently. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use the cleanser twice a week - it will keep for several days in the refrigerator.


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  2. In addition to the oils provided by fats, the skin needs to bind moisture (water) in the outer layer. These are some of the substances available to achieve this end:

    Glycerine is one of the simplest and most widely-used of all moisturisers. It is technically an alcohol, and is a by-product of the soap industry. Natural handmade soaps retain their natural glycerine, which makes them a gentler, more soothing product than many commercially produced soaps. Large commercial soap makers often extract the glycerine naturally produced in the soap making process when making triple-milled soap.

    Use up to 5% glycerine in your moisturising creams, and add to the water stage ingredients.


    D-Panthenol or Vitamin B5, must be added when the cream mixture is at 40 degrees C. It is suitable for both hair as well as skin products, as it leaves a protective film on the hair, making it an invaluable addition to conditioning creams. D-Panthenol also speeds up cellular regeneration and is antibacterial, enabling speedier healing of spots, sores, irritations, infections and sun damage.

    Use up to 5% in your hair and skin products.


    Sorbitol is synthesised from glucose and starch, and occurs naturally in fruit. It can be used as a substitute for glycerine, and it leaves a soft, smooth feel to the skin. Used in cream and gel skin cleansers, it leaves the skin feeling soft and refreshed. Add to the water stage ingredients.

    Use up to 5% in hair and skin products.


    Lactic Acid is both a PH regulator and a moisturiser. Use up to 3% in creams and hair conditioners. Add when the temperature of the cream drops to 40 degrees C.


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    Use these natural colourants on a sunny day to brighten and add shine to your hair in a subtle way.

     

     

    For blonde hair:

     

    125ml lemon juice

    375ml cold chamomile tea

    5 drops chamomile essential oil

    5 drops lemon essential oil

     

    Mix ingredients together and then pour the mixture over hair while still damp after shampooing. Sit in the sun for at least one hour, then shampoo again and condition.

     

     

    For brown/red hair:

     

    250ml beetroot juice

    250ml carrot juice

    5 drops lavender essential oil

    5 drops rosemary essential oil

     

    Mix ingredients together and then pour the mixture over hair while still damp after shampooing. Sit in the sun for at least one hour, then shampoo again and condition.

     

     

    For dark hair:

     

    500ml walnut leaves

    750ml boiling spring water

     

    Place the walnut leaves in a saucepan and pour the boiling spring water over. Bring back to the boil and simmer gently for ten minutes. Leave to cool, then strain the liquid off and discard the walnut leaves. Pour the mixture over hair while still damp after shampooing. Sit in the sun for at least one hour, then shampoo again and condition.

     

     

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