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From a verdant garden in Grenada - My attempt to be as brilliant as an Aloe Vera plant - making a delicious carrot and apple flavoured juice from an Aloe Vera leaf

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Once upon a time (about three years ago) I took part in a tiny craft fair in a location recommended by a friend  .... I decided in advance that for the very first time I would present my own hand made soaps - and one of these would be my own Aloe Vera soap. During the event, on a very hot weekend day, in full sun, in a pretty but airless scented rose garden, I kept asking myself why I had agreed to take part in such an event ... anyway ... I forgot that everything is for a reason - that I was going to have my answer in a couple of hours........... Just before the end of the fair an elderly, well mannered lady in a pretty floral dress approached me ........and proceeded to ask me about my love of making soaps, and about my Aloe Vera soap in particular.... After getting to know each other a bit, out of the blue she asked me if... I would like to have an Aloe Vera plant as a gift from her.

A few days later, in her lovely top-floor flat overlooking the tree lined Eastbourne Golf Club fairways, the conversation took us to our stories......and to stories of her younger days when, together with her husband, she had "arrived" in the West Indies ... sailing a catamaran, from Island to Island (as those of  certain way do)... simply enjoying life to the full. While ashore on the Island of Grenada they discovered that a new friend, a local family, were having a home built in a huge, naturally abundant garden overlooking the blue ocean.....and, naturally an invitation was forthcoming to see it .... as there was another building plot in the same green, verdant garden site available, next to their new friends .... so, why not, they were footloose, free spirited, so of course they bought the plot, slowly built a garden home from local materials and then spent many many years there. I loved her stories about the garden, so full of exotic plants, including the many many Aloe Vera which had earned the reputation among locals for being absolutely amazing in terms of medicinal properties, something she and her family then experienced during their long years surrounded by the best GP they ever had -  Aloe Vera. 

Years later, there she was on the balcony in Eastbourne, a lovely Aloe Vera plant, itself a daughter of her Grenada Island garden mother .......and together with Peter we received her into our own family along with a happy soul full of stories, of beautiful memories of life in Grenada that most of us can only dream of (before understanding that at that time in their young lives all they had was a boat and their own dream). Our lovely Aloe Vera plant had also become a mother - she had three babies growing in the pot alongside her, babies who are now living their own lives in the homes of three of my dear friends. Each time I visit them I "visit" them.....loving to see their progress.

As many of you know, I love experimenting with new food recipes. So, yesterday, I decided to try and make .... Aloe Vera juice from my very own plant. Over the years of course I had bought Aloe Vera juice from a dear friend who had built a Forever Living practice but I wondered if I could find a recipe and make my own....... Youtube is a great teacher !!!... there are so many videos that teach you everything you need to know about this and that. So, Peter learned how to carefully harvest a few leaves so as not to harm the plant and I went on a research phase for recipes. It was a team effort all the way and we both enjoyed it a lot! Before showing you a step by step process, let me tell you that you can also buy individual Aloe Vera leaves from ethnic shops - three years ago I bought my first Aloe Vera leaf from an Iranian shop in Eastbourne. I am sure if you check on line you can outsource one or two locally. From them you can make a batch of basic juice and freeze it safely.

Here are the steps

1. Harvest just a few leaves with a sharp, really really clean knife, not too many leaves in relation to the size of the plant, working from the bottom of the plant, using the opportunity to remove imperfect leaves, if any.  

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2. Put the cut leaves into a big bucket of water, with the cut end facing down into the bucket - for 15 to 20 minutes. Why? Because you need to naturally release and remove any yellow liquid, a laxative like no other so be careful. 

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3. Remove the spiky edges of the leaves by carefully sliding the knife along the edge of the leaf just as if you were de-spiking a fresh fish (but really simple instead), and cut-off the narrow tips of the leaves, to leave a liquid full, fat leaf, ready for skinning - oooooh! 

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4. Now peel the leaves with a kitchen "potato" peeler, catching the top or bottom of the leaf in the peeler and pulling down, all the way to the other end - just like peeling an orange in one go. 

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5. What will remain is a beautiful clear gel, an extraordinary, very slippery gel "fish". Put the gel into a fresh pot of water, making sure before you do that any remaining bits of the outer green leaves are all removed.

6. Put the Aloe Vera in a blender with just a little bit of water and wiz it until the content is really smooth. 

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7. I have seen quite a few different approaches from this step forward .... some people put the blended juice through a sieve (this is what I did as well) - this way you obtain a nice, clear juice. 

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8. This step is again for you to enjoy and to be creative. I added about half a carrot and half an apple and wizz it again. The result is really really delicious. I will mix the Aloe Vera juice with cucumber next time and blueberries, raspberries ... there are endless possibilities. 

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Keep the blended juice in the fridge (it is really lovely when cool) and enjoy in small quantities at a time, a glass the size of an egg cup - Enjoy! 


Let's make some elderberry syrup today

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As you know, one of my favourite happy, peaceful ways of putting a nice wall between myself and uncertainty is by engaging with creativity. So I have been regularly picking up my journal and I have been allowing my hand to release my tensions through intuitive drawing.. and I am writing in my daily gratitude journal and filling in a few more pages from my creativity workbook...........But I have other ways as well of sealing myself off from the world for a time - yum yum, glug glug!

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By eclectic cooking, trying my hand, mouth and taste buds at making all sorts of exciting foody things .......including trying my hand at things my distant family used to conjure up from nature's larder - berries, mushrooms, fruits that I would gaze at on the kitchen table with amazement before they were subjected to the magic hands of my grandmother or aunt or cousin - and even more so after the first mouth full of whatever came out of their cooking pot! 

 

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So, what did I decide to make this time that would be exciting and evocative in so many ways - a batch of ... elderberry syrup. I discovered this years ago while visiting my Russian relatives. It always used to amuse me when opening my aunt's and cousin's fridges to see them full of jars of forest fruits prepared in all sorts of ways ... fresh ones with sugar on top, juices, syrups, amazing. And I remember that on my two day journey through Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia and Romania... by train ... back to Bucharest I had a sort of "can't wait to get home feeling" because some of those jars were in my luggage! Sweet memories (literally and metaphorically).... I wish I had more memories of those times ... I wish .... 

But, back to the elderberries .... my relatives, like many other Russians had, and still have I am sure,.. a deep connection with wild life, the forests and the gifts one has from the forests at different times of the year. They could tell which plant heals what, which berry is safe to eat and which one it wasn't, which mushroom is good to eat, pickle, cook and which one isn't!  That knowledge was transferred from generation to generation. 

So here I am, years later, preparing one of those syrups ... remembering with a warm feeling my Russian roots. 

What do you need to make it? Here it is:

3 1/2 cups water

2/3 cup dried elderberries 

2 tbsp grated ginger

1-2 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp ground cloves 

1 cup raw honey (or a bit less .... it's up to you) 

First, pour the water into a saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves. Bring to boil, cover, reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes. Remove from the heat, let it cool, mash the berries carefully using a spoon. Pour through a strainer in a jar or bowl, discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool a bit. You are almost there ... add the honey, stir nicely and pour the liquid into a jar or glass bottle. When it is cold, store it in the fridge. Take 1 tbsp every day, add it to the top of your porridge, or pancakes, or a biscuit. It is really lovely I can tell you that. It is said that it also helps strengthen the immune system so why not prepare some? .....  Glug glug! oooooh.

 

 


Just as I was taught, if you can't find what you need on the shelves - learn to make it yourself - so I made my own aloe vera based hand sanitizer

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We are living through quite challenging times ... fear seems to be distributed and promoted everywhere. They tell you to wash your hands as soon as you have touched anything or anyone outside the home, to use a hand sanitizer when you are out and about (and at home when you return). But what do you do when the shelves have been stripped, what do you do when the fear grips you that you can't protect yourself (and carrying a bucket of water and some soap around the town is only feasible for a window cleaner). Then you read a small, single piece of advice not to make your own sanitizer - because you might use too much of this or not enough of that. So you are stuffed! - the only family in the whole wide world who does not have a hand sanitizer. Or are you! Can you imagine a Dad's Army type WW2 scene - "don't wear a gas mask that you have created out of a coal scuttle and a tea cloth, because it may not work" said in the context of ... no other alternatives are available at the time!  I'm sorry advisers, but that's not the way I was brought up. You need to do the best you can with the resources you can find. 

The background to this is that the other day I went into my local Boots the chemist to buy ......a hand sanitizer ... it's good to try and be as safe as one can be nowadays isn't it? But  ... much to my surprise there were none on the shelves, all gone. Then I had the usual old fashioned options ... to start wondering around the town like a headless chicken, scanning the increasingly empty shelves, getting more and more aggravated... or to do my own research and work out whether and how I could make my own sanitizer. Why not? I had taught myself to make all sorts of great skin care soaps and balms, so I was sure it must be possible. 

Because my memory took me back to the old times (1990!) - in Romania, when each household had a bottle of spirit used to disinfect by rubbing alcohol into whatever it was that needed to be disinfected. It was used for many curative things (not drinking!) - I remember using it for a back massage when one has a cold... with very good results!  So I was really surprised when, a couple of years ago, when I needed rubbing alcohol for an art related project I couldn't find it anywhere in the shops in my town ... I had to order it on line.

Anyway ... I came back home... started my on-line research for "how to make a hand sanitizer" ... and of course I found the formula...... which reminded me that my father, an electronics engineer, had said to me a long, long time ago .... that engineers are trained to solve problems .... are trained where to look for solutions..... and as my degree is also in engineering ...maybe this is why ... I love solving problems and that's what I always try to do. So, forward the cavalry:

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Here are the ingredients 

1/3 cup of aloe vera gel + 1 tbsp more

2/3 cups of rubbing alcohol in the region of 70% strength 

essential oils ... about 30 drops or so

Method? Really easy ... simply mix the ingredients together ... and pour them into a little bottle, shake vigorously ... then... start using ... I made two types .. one with grapefruit essential oils and one with sweet orange essential oils. The scents are amazingly good (as soon as you open the bottle the scents tell you that this is going to be a great experience - which it was) and even the tiniest amount feels really good rubbed into the hands.. so, my own hand made sanitizer, orange scented, is now in my purse - and the other is in my husband's bag as he loves red grapefruit. Job done! Problem solved for me, my way. 

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How to make turmeric gold and break habits

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I could tell you that I am on a healthy lifestyle path and I came across the turmeric gold which is the best thing ever. This will be a lie. I came across the turmeric gold (the recipe you will find below) thanks to an on line course I've been enrolled in for the past 6 months, a course with Carrie Anne Moss, a course called Fierce Grace Collective. You can find out more about it at Annapurna Living website. 

It is true that I have tried to prepare for Peter a turmeric tea (using tea bags) in the spring and he absolutely hated it. Seeing his reaction I had no desire to try it myself so I continued to drink my beloved PG tips a few times a day, even late in the evening. I know for sure that this is clearly a habit ... a habit I would like to break. 

So when this month Carrie Anne showed us how to make turmeric gold ... I have decided to give it a try ... it looked really interesting, the colour is gorgeous  ... strong yellow but also some shades of amber  .....the whole process of making it ... magical .... 

After one failed attempt (yes I was way too impatient and skipped a few steps) two days ago I did my first batch of turmeric paste and ... my first cup of turmeric gold drink ... and I really love it! And who knows .... you might also like it! 

Here we go ... what you need .... 

Ingredients 

Turmeric paste

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder 
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil

Put the hot water on the stove, add the turmeric and start stirring it patiently for about 7 to 9 minutes until you will see a thick paste formed, the consistency of a thick sour cream.Turn off the heat and stir 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Stir until everything is incorporated in the mix.  Put it in a airtight container, maybe a glass jar and store it in the fridge. 

Golden Milk 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of milk (any type ... cow milk, almond milk, oats milk, rice milk) 
  • 1 tsp turmeric paste
  • pinch of cinnamon and 1 stick of cinnamon as well 
  • pinch of pepper 
  • 1 star anise 
  • 1 tsp of honey or less (it's up to you and your taste) 

Put all of these ingredients in a pot, bring it to boil and ... done ... pour it in a mug, grab a book and ... enjoy! 


How do you make calendula salve

Calendula salve

 

Years ago while still living in Romania I remember buying from a pharmacy,  calendula salve in a small white plastic container ... I liked the yellowish colour and as always when you buy something from a pharmacy you think ... oh boy it must be very complicated to make, this must be a secret only people with specific training know. Little did I know that 30 years later ... I will be making calendula salve. Of course it took me a while to get comfortable with the field of making natural cosmetics, of course I had to read lots of magazines, books, blogs, of course I had to try and make mistakes until I learned how to get the right balance of ingredients, the right temperatures, the right way to infuse oils. Nothing comes easy, nothing happens over night but if one is passionate and curious ........ magic happens. 

I love my time in the kitchen, weighting oils, being very careful to respect the recipes .... mixing and waiting for the oils to solidify ... and take the form they need to take. 

Calendula salve

The next phase is making the labels, creating them, printing them .... one cannot do things fast ... but slowly and with patience ... this is something I had to learn and probably my 3 years of tai chi practice helped and continues to help. 

So, the other day I made another batch of calendula salve. Why would you make such a product? Why should you have it in your cupboard and better still in your bag? Here is why! 

First of all you need to know that calendula salve is a traditional healing balm or ointment and it takes its name from the plants name Calendula officials, also called marigold. The plant has a high concentration of flavonoids which are actually antioxidants. Known to have anti allergic, inflammatory, microbial  properties calendula salve is ideal for treating a range of cuts, abrasions, bruises, sores, rashes, ulcers and fungal conditions. The salve also hydrates, nourishes and supports skin and can be used as face moisturises, lip balm for dry lips, bug bites ..... 

How do you do it? The recipe below is the most basic calendula salve.

First of all you need to infuse olive oil with dry calendula flowers. There are 2 ways of infusing the oil ... a quick one and a slow one (details in a future blog entry). 

Quantities: 

4 oz calendula oil

1/2 oz beeswax 

Once you have the calendula oil and beeswax you are ready to start the process. 

  1. Add water to the bottom pot of your double boiler, and then pour your calendula oil into the top pot and place above. You can also create a double boiler if you don’t have one. The main thing is that the oil needs non-direct and even heat to prevent burning.
  2. Bring your double boiler to a low heat and grate in your beeswax. Once everything has melted, stir the mixture, and then quickly turn off your burner.
  3. Now you can put this mixture into a liquid measuring cup to make pouring your final product easy. Slowly pour into each tin, and allow the salves to cool.

One hour later ... it's all done .... put the lids on, labels and ... that's it. Enjoy! 

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Cold pressed shampoo and apple vinegar rinse

 

 

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I've been making and using my own cold pressed shampoo for a year and a bit. It started out of my appetite for trying new natural recipes and simply because I wanted to see if ... I was or not able to make such a product. Only after that I realised that ... yes I will not buy anymore shampoo and conditioner from the shops and in this way I will not have to get rid of yet another plastic bottle. And also ... I realised that I was continuing a tradition that was actually normality for my grandmothers on both sides of my parents. 

There is so much we can learn from our ancestors, so many bad habits we can replace and live a life more in tune with our true selves and nature. But this is another story for another time. 

I would like to write a little bit about what and why do we need sometimes to use an apple vinegar rinse after we use a shampoo bar. 

OK so here we go. 

When you transition from a liquid shampoo in a bottle to a cold pressed shampoo, you might go through an adjustment period. Some people get used to it from the very beginning.  There are really many things that can affect the way the shampoo in a bar shape will work for each person. Some of the issue are linked  to  your hair, the water in your area, the products you use or used on your hair, the specific shampoo bar you are using and even your hair washing technique.

RAW APPLE VINEGAR 

First of all you might want to know that raw apple cider vinegar  is packed with nutrients, it brings back body and shine, it decreases residue and clarify, stimulates the scalp, decreases dandruff. The use of vinegar infused with a variety of plants and essential oils can be traced back to the Romans and even to the nineteenth century. 

It can happen that when you transition from a liquid shampoo to a cold pressed shampoo bar you are let with a "weird hair" feeling. This happens when the soap residue does not completely rinse out of your hair. It is very important to make a good lather and to RINSE properly the shampoo from your hair.  

HOW TO USE A SHAMPOO BAR 

You can of course rub the bar of shampoo directly on the hair but you can also rub the bar of soap on a sponge until you create a good lather and then apply it on you hair.  

Remember that ...... RINSING is key.

If you feel that you hair feels a little bit heavy and oily .. apply the apple vinegar and here is how. 

Pour, squirt or spray the rinse onto wet hair. Massage into hair and scalp and pay special attention to the ends. Let sit for a couple minutes. You can rinse the hair again or leave it on as the smell will disappear after a few minutes. 

MAKE YOUR OWN APPLE VINEGAR RINSE 

You will need to make an apple vinegar rinse solution by combining one part vinegar to 9 parts water, shake the solution and pour it in a spraying bottle or any glass bottle you have available. Keep it in the bathroom and use the solution with confidence. 

Sometimes I like to infuse the  apple vinegar rinse solutions with all sorts of dried plants or fresh or even I add some drops of essential oils but about all of this in a future blog entry. 

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A simple, decadent lemony solid body butter

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Lemony solid body butter

It is an incredibly rainy, windy June day in Eastbourne today, one of those days when one needs to add a jumper to just feel comfortable in the house. It feels more like a late spring day or early autumn one and not at all summer ... but hey ho, one needs to adapt and carry on, regardless. As most of my fellow entrepreneurs know our working day has no beginning and no end and the same with the week ... sometimes Sunday is our Monday and Saturday or Tuesday and we relax whenever we feel that we need a break. This is exactly what I've done today ... after a photographic session (nope I am not the star of this session but a few of my KORINA Collection bags) I felt the need to ... take a break ... an active one. 

As an avid reader, half an hour of reading relaxes me happily but I am also tempted to carry on and carry on .... forgetting about the time ... so trying a new natural cosmetics recipe is what helped me relax today. 

Making my own natural cosmetics is now definitely part of my life ... I love the endless recipes one can try, the delicious ingredients, the smells, the simple act of weighing precise quantities of oils and butters and essential oils (it is exactly the opposite of the way I am in front of an easel when rules are nowhere to be seen) .... the melting and stirring and waiting and melting some more and stirring some more and ....trying with immense curiosity the result of my efforts. It is indeed a highly rewarding activity from many points of view. 

Let me share with you today the recipes I've tried ... it is not the first time I am doing this product .... solid body butter ... I have tried other combinations but today ... it was a lemony solid body butter recipe as I love the lemony smell .... 

What do you need? 

Ingredients 

20 grams cocoa butter 

30 grams coconut oil 

20 grams beeswax 

The beauty of making your own cosmetics products is that you can recycle old cream containers ... and this is exactly what I have done! 

 

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Method 

Add the cocoa butter, coconut butter, beeswax into a double boiler and let it melt slowly. Once melted, remove from the heat, let it stay for a few minutes and add the essential oils. in this case, I have decided to add lemon essential oils about 20 drops. Pour the mixture into your containers and let it cool. If you are impatient you can of course put in in the fridge for half an hour. Hmmm yes do not worry if you spill a bit on the side ... once it cools down you can peel it easily with a knife :) 

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This solid body butter is a great skin moisturiser, perfect for your elbows, feet, knees  .... Have a go ... make your own ... the smell is divine 

 

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Cleopatra inspired milk and Himalayan salt bath

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I am a big fan of everything related to Egypt .... but my post is not about history but about beauty. Nobody knows for sure if indeed Cleopatra used to take long baths in milk but it is a great thought isn't it? Given the cold weather in England and the fact that the Brits are not quite used to keeping their houses very warm (yes I am sure my Romanian fellows will not quite believe this) having a bath is something relatively common ... yes it warms you up, it helps you relax and release the heavy emotional weights one has to carry during the days  .... it allows you to sing your favourite song or listen to an audio book or music or simply be and meditate in the presence of a candle ..... 

Shops are full of products promising the most amazing experiences ... bath gel, bath bombs, bath oils and so on .... Of course I used to buy them in the past and who knows I might buy some in the future but .... one day .... I looked at the ingredients stated on the back of a milk bath pack .... yes the names were written in latin (required by the law), tiny, tiny letters (It made me feel as if I definitely need to change my glasses) and much to my surprise ... the ingredients seemed very simple ... I realised I had them in my cupboard ... and ... I promised myself I will try and make my own Beehive milk bath pretty soon. This was 6 months ago ... today ... it was the day when my muse was ready to spring into action and ... yes I made my first batch. Was it difficult? Nope! Not at all! Was it a pleasant experience`? Oh yes! And ... I did lit a candle ... one made by me :) (but this is for another day)

Surely you already know. it but I will remind you that having a milk and salt bath allows your skin to rejuvenate itself more quickly resulting in radiantly glowing, satiny smooth and soft skin. Have a go! 

This is what you need in order to make your own milk and salt bath. 

1 cup powdered milk 

1 cup Himalayan salt (or sea salt) the fine version but also add a few table spoons of course Himalayan salt

rose buds and rose petals ... they do look good in the bath

10 drops essential oils (in my case I chose to use patchouli as it made me think of India) 

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Mix the ingredients together, add the essential oils and ... store it in glass jars or other air tight containers. 

For your bath add 4 to 6 tablespoons  of milk and salt bath to briskly running water and enjoy a soothing soak. One last thing .... the Himalayan salt helps with cleansing, and detoxifying,  leaving your skin silky and ... refreshed! 


Citrus and Chamomile cold pressed shampoo bars

 

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It's been a year now since I've made my first cold pressed shampoo bar. Of course everything started because of my curious mind .and ... having learned how to make cold pressed soap ... I wanted another challenge so ... cold pressed shampoo was next on my list. 

Years and years ago my mother used to make hot pressed soap at home and she remembered how back in a tiny village in Russia, her parents used to use this type of soap to wash their hair as well so I was not surprised to read that it is possible to make a cold pressed shampoo bar. 

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My hair is bleached and coloured and I've never used lots of lotions and potions on it... let's say I am lazy  ... anyway ... the first time I used my bar of shampoo  I was really curious to see what the result would be ... nope I was not scared ....I was curious. Much to my surprise after I washed it, my hair was not at all entangled and dry as before but very smooth!!!! A huge positive as before I was struggling to comb it after washing it! I have also noticed that my hair was shinier and stayed cleaner for longer .... more positives And last but not least, the bar lasts a long time indeed. (by the way once you buy it from me you can cut it in 2 or 3 sticks and it is easier to use and to carry it with you while travelling) Everything I am sharing here is  based on my personal experience. In time,  friends tried it and became customers ... it is a product I love to make and I really believe in. Here are a few more bits of information about the 2 types of shampoo bars  I currently have.  oh and ....The shelf life? This is a good question ... I still have a piece from my first batch and it's really perfect ... and yes it's one year old :) 

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CITRUS SHAMPOO BAR 

COLD PRESSED 

This shampoo bar is scented with a blend of lime, lemongrass and lemon essential oils that not only give a delightful smell but will boost the cleansing power as well. Mango butter conditions the hair while the natural humectant properties of honey add extra moisture and shine. 

CHAMOMILE SHAMPOO BAR 

COLD PRESSED 

This shampoo bar combines the natural goodness of chamomile tea with nourishing honey to create a wonderful experience for your hair. Chamomile is a soothing herb that suits all hair types even the sensitive ones. Mango butter conditions the hair while the natural humectant properties of honey add extra moisture and shine. 

BENEFITS of using SHAMPOO BARS

  1. Very good value for money 
  2. 100% natural ingredients
  3. Better for the environment
  4. Very practical 
  5. Makes the hair healthier 
  6. Great while travelling 
  7. Are multipurpose - can be used as soap bars and for washing clothes while travelling or camping 
  8. Are space savers 

INSTRUCTIONS TO USE 

  1. After you enter the shower, rinse your hair with plenty of water 
  2. Rub the shampoo bar directly onto your hair. Repeat until you have fully covered your hair
  3. Massage your scalp and hair until a good lather forms 
  4. Rinse the shampoo out of your hair 

I have to say that I do not use any conditioner after using the shampoo bar but, in case you need to use it here are a few options

CONDITIONING / CLARIFYING YOUR HAIR 

1. In case your hair needs extra loving, do apply your favourite conditioner 

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2. It could very well be that you do not need any other products added 

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3. You can prepare a clarifying rinsing combination of 1 part vinegar to 9 parts water, add it to a spray bottle and keep it in the bathroom.  

After you rinse the shampoo from your hair, do spray the rinsing combination on your hair and rinse again with water. The smell will not stay on your hair.  This my darling is a very old way of rinsing the hair, of making it shine using pure natural products. My grandmothers used it ... my mother as well .... it's an old tradition ..... 


Beehive Cosmetics and a selection of cold pressed soaps and cold pressed shampoo bars

 

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Beehive Cosmetics 

What is our aim

Our aim is to create artisan hand crafted products that you can be proud to use, display in your home and use on your skin. 

Let’s talk about soaps

It’s all about what is in the soaps isn’t it? 

Our soaps contain 100% natural ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, mango butter, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and lots of other yummy oils and butters aiming to nurture, moisturise, rejuvenate your skin with the natural ingredients it needs for a healthy look. 

Cold process handmade soap is gentler and less drying than commercial soap as it retains glycerine as a natural byproduct. 

What we don’t use: fragrances, preservatives. Our products are cruelty free and suitable for vegetarians. One of the other unique selling points is that .. our soaps are long lasting. 

Our soaps are made via a cold pressed processing process in which the active botanicals remain far more intact and potent. 

A few tips 

 

  1. The best way to store our soap is in a drainable soap dish and if being used in the shower, once finished being used, do store it in a watertight soap container between showers to avoid running the bar down too quickly. Rinse it under running water before use and lather up in your hands to use.  
  2. If the actual soap is too big for your palms, just cut it in half and use it in 2 bathrooms. 

 

  1. Gardener’s rescue cold pressed soap (available from May 10th) 

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Ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, hemp oil, ground coffee lime/lemon essential oils. 

Benefits:

Exfoliation – Coffee skin care products made with real coffee grounds make great natural exfoliation solutions given the slightly coarse texture of the grounds. You would probably expect this in a scrub since exfoliation is its main purpose, but chances are you didn’t know that a bar of soap could cleanse, moisturise, and exfoliate your skin all at the same time!

Very soothing to the skin. It is designed to be gentle on sunburned skin, winter-reddened skin, or other skin sensitivities plus of course it is a great help for the keen gardeners.! 

 B. Citrus shampoo - available from May 10th 

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Ingredients: coconut oil, mango butter, olive oil, rice bran, sweet almond, castor oil, lemongrass, lime, lemon EO

Benefits: This is a ultra-hydrating shampoo suitable even for sensitive hair. It leaves your hair soft and strong, caring for your scalp too.

Extra notes 

When using a shampoo bar, it’s best to follow it up with a vinegar rinse to help restore the PH and remove any soap residues. This is especially important if you have HARD WATER. 

Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water to make a rinse or for more convenience and less waste, keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower and spritz it over the scalp and hair after shampooing. Follow with a rinse of plain water. 

Shampoo bar extra info 

Not everyone’s hair type does well with shampoo bars so if you find that you don’t care for how they work on your hair, use them as hand and body soap. 

How to use 

Gently stroke a few times onto the hair or lather between the fingertips and simply work into the hair for a foamy shampoo. At the  end, just rinse off. 

 

C. Chamomile and honey shampoo  (available from May 15th) 

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Ingredients: olive oil (rose infused), coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, mango butter, sweet almond oil, chamomile tea, honey, lemon EO  

Benefits: This is a hydrating shampoo suitable even for all types of hair. It leaves your hair soft and strong, caring for your scalp too. For greasy hair we recommend to rinse the hair with  …… 

Extra notes 

When using a shampoo bar, it’s best to follow it up with a vinegar rinse to help restore the PH and remove any soap residues. This is especially important if you have HARD WATER. 

Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water to make a rinse or for more convenience and less waste, keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower and spritz it over the scalp and hair after shampooing. Follow with a rinse of plain water. 

Shampoo bar extra info 

Not everyone’s hair type does well with shampoo bars so if you find that you don’t care for how they work on your hair, use them as hand and body soap. 

How to use 

Gently stroke a few times onto the hair or lather between the fingertips and simply work into the hair for a foamy shampoo. At the end, just rinse off. 

D. Sea Salt bars and Himalayan salt bars - available now  

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Ingredients: coconut oil, mango butter, avocado oil, castor oil, sea salt, lemongrass / spearmint essential oil. 

Properties:

Salt bars have creamy lather  - because of the way they are formulated they end up having a creamy lather rather than a big bubble lather. This gives a luxurious feel as you are washing and pampering. 

Salt bars help exfoliate the skin - they remove dead skin cells and leave your skin more youthful and glowing 

Salt bars help balance natural oils - when they exfoliate they also nourish.

Salt bars are detoxing - they help to draw impurities from the skin, making for a wonderfully detoxing skin routine that doesn’t require a salt bath to accomplish. 

Salt bars replace natural minerals - they contain many minerals, primarily magnesium, potassium, iodine, calcium and zinc. 

E. Charcoal citrus cold pressed soap - Available now 

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Ingredients: olive oil (calendula infused), coconut oil, sweet almond oil, mango butter, tamanu oil, castor oil, activated charcoal, lemon/ bergamot EO

Enhanced with super-fine charcoal powder, our handmade natural soap offers excellent cleansing and leaves a beautiful feel on the skin.

Why charcoal?

  • Because charcoal’s amazing characteristics keep your skin healthy.
  • Adsorption – Charcoal is super-porous and can adsorb undesirable chemicals, bacteria and odours on the skin.
  • Anti-oxidation – Charcoal is well known for slowing or even reversing oxidation and it works as an anti-aging agent.
  • Cleansing – Fine powdered charcoal gently exfoliates dead skin cells to revitalise.
  • Minerals – Charcoal is rich in minerals, providing useful nutrients to keep your skin young-looking and healthy. 

F. Honey and oats scrub cold presses soap  - available May 15th

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Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, honey, oats 

 

This is a delightful skin soothing soap, ideal for people with skin related problems including itchiness. 

 

G. Creamy shea butter Bastille cold pressed soap - for extra sensitive skin available now 

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Ingredients: olive oil, shea butter, castor oil, light grapefruit EO 

 

This soap is extra gentle and can be also used by the  loved ones that are going through cancer treatments. Since cancer treatments often cause skin to become more sensitive and fragile, it’s usually recommended that patients use mild products without fragrance, colorants, or exfoliants.

H. Creamy avocado cold presses soap - sensitive skin - Available now 

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Ingredients: cocoa butter, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, lemon EO 

Avocado has many benefits for the skin, whether you eat it or use it topically. The oil contains pretty much the same benefits as the fruit, 

such as healthy fats (like omega 3), phytonutrients and vitamins A, D and E.

It’s also rich in minerals (specially potassium), which helps it penetrate the skin evenly, quickly and deeper than other plant oils, making the skin smooth and moisturised.

Because of the avocado oil used in this soap, the conditioning properties of the finished product and the creaminess are delightful.   

This is a gentle bar suitable for all types of skin including sensitive skin. 

 

I. Strawberry rose and Australian clay cold pressed soap - helpful for acne issues - available May 20th

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Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran, cocoa butter, castor oil, fresh strawberries, Australian clay 

 

The Australian Clay helps restore the balance to an irritated complexion, it delivers moisture and energy to tired, dull complexion and helps to soothe inflammation while lightly exfoliating skin. 

The formulation of this soap helps keep acne under control without drying out your skin.

Strawberries contain the antioxidant ellagic which not only prevents the destruction of collagen, it can also help to lighten hyperpigmentation. While the acidic nature of  their vitamin C content helps to naturally exfoliate skin, fight acne causing oil and free radicals.

 J. Milk soap -available now 

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Ingredients: cow milk, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sweet orange EO 

If you are looking for a highly moisturising, nurturing soap this one is for you. Remember that Queen Cleopatra used to take long baths in a milk … although this is not possible for us … the cold pressed milk soap is a reliable and trustful replacement. 

K. Calendula cold pressed soap - for extra sensitive skin 

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Ingredients: olive oil infused with calendula flowers,  coconut oil, palm oil, calendula petals 

This soap is ideal for babies and also for people with skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. It is a very mild and soothing soap. The healing properties of the calendula petals are also perfect for soothing nappy rash. 

The soaps will soon be vailable to buy from www.etsy.com/shop/beehiveartsstudio 

Just in case you would like to learn more about oils, butters and their properties ... keep reading ... 

1. Olive oil 

Did you know what olive oil … 

  • it produces a mild creamy lather and a hard moisturising bar. 
  • Is rich in skin nourishing fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E
  • It moisturises the skin and hair
  • Has anti agin effects and helps maintain the integrity of skin cells

2. Coconut oil 

Did you know that coconut oil ….

- it makes a hard bar with great lather and lovely big white bubbles that do not vanish immediately. 

  • it is light, moisturising and nourishing
  • It is suitable for all skin and hair types especially beneficial for dry skin and hair. 
  • It can restore lustre and shine to dry or damaged hair 

3. Castor oil 

Did you know that castor oil ….. 

- is particular useful for making shampoo bars as it assists in rinsing and produces a moisturising lather. 

4. Shea butter 

Did you know that shea butter …. 

  • is a luxurious and expensive butter that gives a hard, silky quality to the bar of soap and shampoo
  • It acts as an emulsifier and provides skin enriching properties 
  • It repairs damaged skin
  • Helps to improve the condition of dry and mature skin 
  • It hydrates skin and helps prevent moisture loss and encourages healing of chopped lips also helps to soften cracked, dry skin 

5. Cacao butter 

Did you know that cocoa butter …. 

  • produces a hard bar with a stable lather. 
  • Is a natural and effective emollient with a distinctive chocolate aroma
  • It provides a barrier against moisture loss and environmental damage
  • Good for dry and damaged skin and helps to fade stretch marks
  • It keeps the skin hydrated 

6. Sunflower oil 

Did you know that sunflower oil …..

  • is very high in vitamin E which repairs and protects skin and is easily absorbed into the skin 
  • It hydrates the skin 
  • The oil is protective and helps to repair sun-damaged skin
  • it can reduce scarring and smooth the appearance of existing wrinkles and fine lines
  • it produces a stable lather, is mildly cleansing 

7. Sweet almond oil 

Did you know that sweet almond oil ………….

  • is suitable for all skin types but especially for sensitive skin
  • Is gentle enough to be used by the children 
  • Helps soothe dry, irritated skin and prevents moisture loss
  • It acts as a natural moisturiser and encourages the healing of dry, irritated skin