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How To Detox Your Skincare

Did you know that many of the products you put on your skin could be playing havoc with your hormones? Causing irritation and flaring up conditions like eczema, rosacea and psoriasis? Causing your body to hold on to toxins it would really like to get rid of?


Yep all of the above are possible just from the things you use in the shower, keep in your makeup bag or bathroom cabinets and even the things you use to clean the bath (you lay in that sucker marinating in Cif unless you rinse thoroughly and repeatedly when you clean it….!).


The products we keep on our shelves at the shop are all things we would be comfortable using on our own skin (well not in Angie’s case as she’s highly sensitive to essential oils but see we can even advise you if that goes for you too!). Brands like Natura Siberica, Weleda, Urtekram, Alter Native by Suma, Friendly, Green People, Salt of the Earth and Faith in Nature are sulphate, phthalate and paraben free. We would standby any of them.


We will soon be stocking a range of gorgeous, locally made, natural and artisanal soaps by Speedwell Soaps as well. They use only the most natural ingredients and create their colours and scents using only plants and essential oils, so everything is curated by hand (and nose).


However, if you wanted to venture into even more natural body care and start making your own, we have got you covered there too! We stock a huge range of ingredients which can be used to make wonderful moisturisers, bath salts, facial oils, hair masks, face masks, massage oils, cream deodorants and many more things! For example, did you know that sweet almond oil is a wonderful cleanser and makeup remover? It even takes on waterproof mascara. You can use flower waters such as our lovely rose water, lavender water, and chamomile water as toners, or if your skin is a little congested and irritated then witch hazel can be fantastic for controlling breakouts.


We have everything you need in our ranges from Absolute Aromas and Amour Natural. From carrier oils (click here for a comedogenicity rating of all oils), essential oils, waxes, clays, emulsifiers to the jars, bottles and pots to put them in when you’re done, we have everything you’ll need right here to pamper yourself.


We’ve even got a few recipes for you to try out!


Homemade Probiotic Deodorant Cream


You will need:


3 x 50ml jars (preferably dark glass to prevent the oils degrading) – make sure these have been cleaned and sterilised to ensure your deodorant doesn’t spoil before you can use it!

A kitchen scale.

Bain Marie (A saucepan and a glass bowl that fits over the top without touching the water in the pan)


2oz Amour Natural Shea Butter

2oz Biona Coconut Oil

5tbsp Arrowroot

.5oz Amour Natural Beeswax or Emulsifying Wax

1/2 tsp Health Aid or Jason Vitamin E Oil

1tbsp Doves Farm Freee Baking Soda*

20 drops Amour Natural Sweet Orange Essential Oil**

10 drops Amour Natural Peppermint Essential Oil**

2 capsules shelf stable probiotic (we used OptiBac Every Day because we love them!)


* Omit if you have sensitive skin and increase arrowroot to 6tbsp.

**Use whichever scents you fancy! Absolute Aromas do some lovely blends which we’ve used here instead of blending our own. Try Daybreak or Focus for a citrusy hit, Headaid for a herbal, fresh, soothing aroma and Romance for a floral scent. We also love Destress and Equilibrium!


Method


Set up your Bain Marie with an inch or 2 of water in the saucepan, put it on a medium heat with the glass bowl over the top.


Using your kitchen scale measure out the vitamin E oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax (or emulsifying wax).


Once measured, pop the ingredients into your bowl over low heat. If you don’t have a double boiler you can melt the ingredients in a small pot on very low heat. Once they’ve melted together, remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for about 1 minute.


Add the arrowroot and baking soda and whisk together until smooth.


Empty your probiotic capsules into the mix and whisk again.


Add your chosen essential oils and mix well.


Pour the mixture into your jars, label and store in a cool place.


Rich Homemade Face Cream For Dry Skin


You will need:


3* or 6 x 50ml dark glass jars – cleaned and sterilized to make sure your cream stays nice and fresh

A kitchen scale

Bain Marie - a saucepan and a glass bowl that fits over the top without touching the water in the pan


1.25oz cup Amour Natural Shea Butter

.05oz Amour Natural Beeswax or Emulsifying Wax

2oz Either Absolute Aromas or Amour Natural Jojoba or Rosehip Oil

2.75oz Amour Natural Rose Water

1tbsp Colloidal Silver

4oz Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel

15 drops Amour Natural Frankincense Essential Oil**

15 drops Absolute Aromas Rose Absolute 5% Essential Oil**


*Halve the quantities above if you want to make 3 jars worth rather than 6!

** You can obviously choose your own essential oils, both rose and frankincense have been used in facial skin care for centuries but do check to see if there's one that would better suit your skins' needs!


Set up your Bain Marie with an inch or 2 of water in the saucepan, put it on a medium heat with the glass bowl over the top.


Measure out and melt shea butter and beeswax together. After oils are melted allow them to cool slightly.


While shea butter mixture is melting, combine jojoba or rosehip, rose water, colloidal silver and aloe gel in a large glass measuring cup. Warm up the liquid over your Bain Marie (this will help it combine with the oil mixture).


Using an immersion blender or hand mixer, blend the heated aloe mixture until mixed completely (it will turn milky) and continue to blend while you pour in the melted shea butter mixture.


Blend for a few minutes until cream starts to emulsify and becomes thick and fluffy.

Add the essential oils and mix until combined.

Using a spatula, transfer cream into a large freezer bag or piping tube. Cut the tip and pipe into sterilized glass jars. Cap jars and store cream in fridge for up to one year.

Slather over face and luxuriate in the heavenly scent and natural ingredients.

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