Lotions and potions

I am back to work/studying tomorrow and although I love doing what I do I have a case of the back to work blues! I really enjoy my time off. Oh well!

I am sure this is not helped by the fact I have an interview on Tuesday, for a school (up to the age of 16), which is interesting as I haven’t trained to be a school teacher and I will have to do further training if I get it, which was so not in the plan for things at the moment. But then, what is?

Anyway, onto what I wanted to say: I went on an amazing course on Saturday, which I would love to share with you, but before I do I want to talk to you about one of the things which gives me a great deal of pleasure in my life and links with the course.

Creating my own beauty products!

I love the task of making them, as well as using them. It makes me feel properly witchy – hubbling and bubbing away over my stove top. I put on my favourite Pagan music and get brewing.

I make pretty much all of my beauty products now and they make wonderful presents for other people.

Candle, soap and bath melts

Candle, soap and bath melts make a great present. I already had the cellophane - I will not be buying anymore once it runs out

I make:

  • Body lotion
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Face moisturiser
  • Face exfoliator
  • Body exfoliator
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bath melts
  • Toothpaste (well, this is very much a work in progress to be honest!)

As well as making them I love using them. It gives me a small frisson of pleasure each time I reach for a product I have made. I have made with love, care and attention, teaching myself a valuable skill, cutting down on packaging, beauty miles (ok, I made that up – but you know what I mean) and from a socialist-feminism point of view, sticking it to the mega-beauty patriarchal, capitalist companies and all that they represent. (oh yeah!)

Would you be interested in some of my recipes and how I make them? No promises, what so ever about timescales!


4 thoughts on “Lotions and potions

  1. Ms B. Thrift says:

    Wow those homemade cosmetics look great!!! Well done! Hope all goes well with the interview, it sounds like changes to your plans might be afoot but it might be a positive change? Good luck x

  2. They certainly do look georgeous. I would certainly be interested to hear about your recipes, this is something I would really enjoy learning more about.

    Kind Regards

  3. EcoYogini says:

    oh SO COOL. i would LOVE some recipes! I have read about making toner, but have only tried the witchhazel kind.

    fingers crossed for your interview! 🙂

  4. sharon says:

    Hi Jen,

    I am desperate to throw out all the chemical filled junk, but so far have no alternatives of my own, other than shampoo and conditioner (yours sounds great and I will give it a try) and I do my own toothpaste – but trying to refine the recipe.

    I can’t find cost effective alternatives here (south Africa) and the stuff that says ‘organic’ rearly is, when I read the labels, I see tons of chemicals.

    I am wondering if you ever publish up your recipes for cosmetics? I could really do with some good recipes.

    thanks a stack,

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