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    Honey is moisturising, healing and adds delicious flavour to this lip balm for kissable lips…:o)

     

     

    You will need:

     

    85g peach kernel oil

    10ml clear honey

    15g beeswax

    1ml vitamin E oil

     

     

    Method:

     

    Grate the beeswax and melt it in a double boiler or bain marie. Stir in the peach kernel oil and honey and heat until the honey has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the vitamin E oil. Pour into a clean jar while still liquid.

     

     

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    INCI name: Urtica dioica extract

     

     

     

    Nettle herbal extract is anti-inflammatory, soothing, regulating, anti-itch and nourishing. In hair care it soothes and nourishes the scalp, is stimulating, regulating and encourages hair growth. It can be used for dry, flaky scalp conditions in particular, including cradle cap.

     

    Nettle herbal extract is water soluble and can be added to the water stage of the cream/gel making process. Add it to creams, lotions, masks, soaps, gels, shampoos, conditioners and hair treatment packs.

     

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    These bath salts are deeply relaxing, with the timeless,  sensuous fragrance of patchouli and ylang ylang.

     

    You will need:

     

    90ml dead sea salt

    90ml bicarbonate of soda

    30ml citric acid

    5 drops patchouli essential oil

    6 drops ylang ylang essential oil

    5 drops sweet orange essential oil

     

    Method:

     

    Thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together in a jar. Add the essential oils, shaking well between each addition.

     

    To use:

     

    Add one or two handfuls to a tub of running water.

     

     

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    INCI name: Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) flower, Maltodextrin

     

     

     

    Chamomile flowers are used in herbal skin care for their anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Skin irritations are soothed and redness reduced with the application of chamomile. In hair care, chamomile is soothing on irritated scalps and is also used as a natural lightener for fair or blonde hair. Chamomile in baby formulations lends gentle, anti-irritant qualities for delicate skin.

     

    Chamomile herbal extract is a water-soluble powder that can be added at the water stage of skin and hair care formulations. It can also be stirred into hot-process soap at the end of the cook, prior to pouring.

     

     

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    Indulge yourself in this aromatic lotion bar after a bath to which you have added Patchouli and Ylang Ylang Fizzy Bath Salts.

     

    You will need:

     

    125g cocoa butter

    15ml coconut oil

    10ml vitamin E oil

    8 drops patchouli essential oil

    8 drops ylang ylang essential oil

    5 drops grapefruit essential oil

     

     

    Method:

     

    Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a bain marie or double boiler. Remove from the heat and add the vitamin E oil. Stir thoroughly to ensure all the oils are well mixed. Add the essential oils. Pour into moulds and leave to set. The finished bars will pop out easily from the moulds, although in hot weather it is a good idea to refrigerate the bars for an hour or two to set before unmoulding.

     

     

    To use:

     

    Glide the lotion bar over the skin then work the oils in. Keep the bars wrapped in cellophane when not in use.

     

     

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