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Myrrh and Lime Lip Balm.

Winter is well and truly here in the UK, and for me, when the cold weather hits so does the cracked lips.

I had been reading a lot about the benefits of myrrh, with it being anti-fungal (which can help with those cracked corners of the mouth) and is all round fantastic for chapped or cracked skin. [NOTE: Please avoid Myrrh if you are pregnant, just leave it out rather than replacing it with anything as there is still lots of goodness in this recipe to hydrate your lips.]

Lime and Myrrh Lip balm
(makes two tiny weeny pots of lip balm)

• 2 teaspoon coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon beeswax
• 2 drops of vitamin E
• 2 drops of myrrh essential oil
• 3 drops of lime essential oil (you could also try lemon, orange and mandarin)

Take a small bowl or jug and add coconut oil, beeswax and vitamin E. Put in microwave for 1 or 2 minutes. If you don’t have a microwave, place in a heatproof bowl or jug and pop it on top of a pot of simmering water… which is what I usually do, but hey for an amount this size the microwave worked a treat.

It should now have all melted and look like oil with no hard bits in it. (if it isn’t melted completely, put back in microwave for another 30 secs) Leave to cool for 2 mins, then add your essential oils, stir well and pour into your little pots.

Label your pots with a date. It should last for 3-6 months.

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Natural Skincare Course.

Whoa! What a great feeling. Just published my first online course called ‘How to make your own natural skincare routine’.

Its been a pretty long process for me. I have someone come look after Ferne one day a week so I can get on with freelance and projects such as these. So when that day comes around I am frantically trying to get things done and use every bit of that precious time. (Oh how I would love to go to a spa sometimes instead!)

But seeing it up there online, well, that is the paid off. Please check it out, would love some feedback and reviews! Contact me for a discount code.

How to make your own natural skincare routine.

Heres a summary of the course:

This course is for anyone who is tired of paying a fortune for skincare products that aren’t necessarily getting the results promised by marketeers. It is also for people worried about the suspect preservatives that go into your beauty products.

If you create your own skincare, not only do you know exactly what is going in it, but you can save alot money and you get to tailor your ingredients to suit your own skin.

In this course we will learn how to make:

• A beautiful rich cleanser that is also a gentle make up remover.
• Some lovely refreshing toner that cleans and opens up your pores.
• A moisturiser that can be adapted to suit your preference and skin needs.

We will be using lots of butters and waxes and floral waters all teamed together some beautiful smelling essential oils. I buy my ingredients online and have saved so much money when compared with the products I used to buy straight from the shelf.

You don’t need a lot of equipment, the only new thing I have bought in terms of equipment is a set of digital scales that cost me £8, the rest is all are pots, dishes and utensils that I already had in the cupboard.

The course is taught by video modules. Also included are PDFs for your shopping list, recipes and references to books and websites I use.

Although I have recipes to follow, I encourage students to tailor recipes to suit your own skin needs and tastes. For example, I love lavender but I appreciate not everyone does, therefore I have made alternative suggestions. Once you have completed this course, you will have a good foundation to personalise your skincare routine to suit you.

Learning about natural skincare for me, led to wanting to be more healthy. I can honestly say I am much more in tune with my body holistically and what it needs when I’m feeling low. I really hope others can benefit in this way too.

You could complete this course in a day or spread it out as long as you want.

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Little baby bottom balm or some intense moisturiser for you.

One thing I have discovered about the beauty industry is that often you don’t need ten different products for ten different things. There is so much terrible marketing out there when really its possible that 1 product can do quite a lot.Now this isn’t a proper recipe, but to be honest, someone gave me a pot of lovely natural balm when Ferne was born, all the way from New Zealand and when I ran out and couldn’t get the same brand here, I decided to give it a go and make some myself, using similar ingredients. However, I got so engrossed I forgot to write down the quantities I used. I have made it several times since and although it varies slightly in consistency, its always lovely. The general rule is simple in that if you want it soft, use lots more of the oils than waxes/butters and if you want it more like a hard lip balm constancy, add half and half waxes/butter to oils. You can also experiment with different butters and oils.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet almond oil
  • Avocardo oil
  • Avocardo butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Beeswax
  • Emulsifying wax
  • Cammomile essential oil

Melt slowly in a heat proof jug over a pot of boiling water. I added the camomile oil after taking it off the heat. Pour into sterilised jars.

This batch I made was soft but not liquidity.

It works beautifully as baby bottom balm, but also I like to use it as an all over body moisturiser on wet skin after a shower. Its great for cracked hands and feet too and of course as a light lipbalm. And the other good thing is that this there is no water in it so it will keep for at least 6 months to a year if prepared in sterilised jars. I made a few then personalised some jars for friends.

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