Sunday, May 16, 2010
We woke up this morning and it was cold, cold, cold! Snuggle under the covers cold. Hot tea in a mug cold. Blanket around your shoulders cold. It's a change of seasons here, though without the leaves turning and falling ... and the days don't shorten too much ... but winter is definitely on its way to Queensland.
Humidity gone, it's time to be diligent with the moisturiser ... and this year I've got a great one. It's actually my favourite ever - I love the feel of it, the smell of it, and it's got really lovely ingredients that are great for my skin. Plus what better way to feel summery than with a skin treat that uses sunshiney dried marigolds!
*For those of you non-Australians out there who are thinking I'm a huge wimp, Queensland houses typically don't have insulation or heating ... meaning- eek! - inside temperatures are often quite close to outside temperatures ... and I spend a lot of time curled up in my sleeping bag!
Adapted from Bodyworks: Restoring Wellbeing with Homemade Lotions, Potions and Balms
1/4 c cold-pressed apricot kernel oil
1 Tbs coconut oil
1 tsp dried calendula flowers or tea (these are marigolds, you might even have them in your garden!)
3 vitamin E oil capsules (available at pharmacies)
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
1. Put the calendula into a dish and pour the apricot kernel oil over it. Leave to infuse for 15 min or so. Then strain the oil (like you do with tea) into a glass bottle.
2. Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsules with a skewer and squeeze them out into the bottle with the oil.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix or shake, and use a little bit at a time on face and hands and body. (It's an oil, so careful you don't accidently pour too much out!)
Some notes about making your own beauty products:
1. Always keep essential oils out of the reach of children.
2. Make small batches and replace every few weeks or month - we don't use the same preservatives as commercial brands (a good thing, but our beauty products won't last as long)
3. Try to store your beauty products in dark jars or in the cupboard out of light or in the fridge.
4. Always use clean utensils and a clean working area.
The oils cost me around $1.50 and I estimate the calendula, essential oils and vitamin E capsules were $0.50 or less. So, around $2 for a beautiful moisturising oil to use on face and body.
PS I got my calendula flowers at a natural foods shop in Brisbane called Fundies .
I hope you enjoy it!