The holidays are fast approaching, too fast if you ask me, it seems like yesterday it was the beginning of Spring and I was pottering around in the soil getting my garden ready.
I am not sure about you, but for me, the holidays bring a lot of angst, as I just never seem to organize my loved and appreciated ones gifts in time. It is always a last-minute rush to get everything in order by Christmas Eve; when Father Christmas comes down the Chimney!
One way around this is to make your own presents; I feel like something homemade is more sincere than buying something, as so much love and appreciation has gone into the final product. I really enjoy making my own products, even if I am quite the novice.
So how do I know what to do? Well I am glad you asked.
A year or so ago, I participated in one of Back Porch Soap Company founder, Marla Bosworth, workshops here in New York City titled Balms, Salves, Butters and Scrubs which are held at Little Shop of Crafts throughout the year on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I found her class to be extremely helpful. Marla is a wonderful teacher who knows her stuff. She is patient, knowledgable and has a really cool vibe to her (bonus). I highly recommend taking a class of hers if you can, you will definitely walk away with a spring in your step.
I also read a lot of books; in particular A Green Guide to Natural Beauty by UK-based Karen Gilbert. The book has the most gorgeous photos and offers natural alternatives of like-commercial-products which have too much packaging, too much perfume and are too expensive for what they are. Can we just take it back to basics now already please!
Another book in my library is Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles. She offers 175 recipes on how to make your own organic shampoos, moisturizer, balms, cellulite soaks, scrubs and toners. Yes, I just said cellulite soaks!
Have you ever stopped to wonder how many chemicals are contained in the products you put on your body?
There has been a huge focus on the downside of eating many foods of late, and I believe people are becoming more conscious of what we put into our bodies. But, what about the products we put on our body, which soak through our skin and into our cells. If you think about it, our body is still consuming it, just in a different way. This equals = just as dangerous. By making your own products you can control what goes into your cauldron ie no pesticide-sprayed or GMO ingredients.
With a little research and patience, creating your own beauty products can be an easy-peasy way to fulfill your creative needs, save some money or make some money, and put a BIG SMILE on a friend’s face.
Upcoming on the BLOG will be a tutorial on how to make a Whipped Body Butter recipe, just as soon as I get it right.