Thursday, 7 June 2012

Playing in the kitchen - organic homemade moisturiser

This week Ive been playing in the kitchen making my own moisturiser. I was inspired by a recipe found in Jackie French's book The best of Jackie French and made a note to try it when I ran out of my existing face cream. It was really easy to make (no fussing around with weird or hard to find products) and it very nice on the skin. 

Im also making my own lavender oil and rosewater.

Moisturiser Cream
1 tbs lime juice
1 tbs avocado oil (available from Woolies)
3 tbs glycerine 
3 tbs rosewater 
1 ts lavender oil

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well. How easy is that!

Lavender infused oil
1-2 cups dried lavender (flowers are best but you can also use the leaves)
oil (Im using a good quality light olive oil)
fill a glass jar with a tight fitting lid  
Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth (I find an old clean tea towel works well)
A dark glass bottle (blue or amber) for the finished product

Place lavender into the clear glass jar and fill with chosen oil. 
Firmly close the lid and put the jar in a warm spot in the sunshine to 'brew', shaking it every now and then to mix. 
Allow the mixture to steep for a couple of weeks.
Strain the plant material from the oil using the strainer or cheesecloth.
Store your finished oil in the dark glass bottle in a cool dark place to preserve its healthy properties.

*if your lavender oil isnt strong enough, repeat the process again using the lavender infused oil to soak new dried lavender flowers.

Rose Water
1 cup rose petals (best picked in the morning before the heat of the day)
2 cups boiling water.

Cover rose petals with boiling water and steep until liquid is cool.
Strain, squeeze the liquid from the petals.
Keep refrigerated in a sterilised jar. 

** And remember, if anything looks or smells weird throw it out and start again **

Have fun x

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