Ma Fox and I have been bitten by the cosmetic making bug....Oooo so much fun. Ma Fox visited for blissful holiday and we had such a fun week together. Inspired by this website and the book " A Home Companion" by Wendyl Nissen we made some homemade deodorant, shampoo and moisturiser (which works great as a cleanser too).
The deodorant recipe came from this post on the 'Angry Chicken' blog. We did modify it a little. Mine was a little hard despite adding some vegetable glycerin. Mum added a little beeswax and a larger dollop of glycerin and came out softer. I used rose, tea tree and lavender essential oils for fragrance and it smells lovely.
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The moisturiser has not emulsified but it still lovely and my skin just drinks it up. With a little more research and some more practice I think that the perfect homemade moisturiser won't be too far away. Gosh it is such a thrill adding and melting exciting ingredients all together and the house smells so divine after a session at the cauldron too!!
The week before Ma Fox arrived I made the Laundry Detergent from A Home Companion and it works great. My clothes are faintly perfumed with rose essential oil and come out perfectly clean. Today I am going to whip up a batch of Peppermint Cleaning Paste (also from Wendyl Nissen) and I can't wait to see the results. This Fox does tend to worry about nasties that lurk in our foods and around the home so knowing exactly what is going into my homemade products is really comforting. Finding some of the ingredients was tricky but I did stumble across a wonderful Devonport (Auckland, New Zealand) company that are fabulous. Go Native New Zealand stock just about everything that you need to make your own cosmetics. Great service and lovely products.
On the baking front I have been enjoying making my own bread. I have used a few recipes but have found that the bread in The Edmonds Cookery Book, a kiwi staple to be the easiest and most delicious. Kneading the bread has been just what my busy mind has required over the past few weeks. I love that the house smells so yummy while it cooks and when it's fresh out oven there is nothing tastier.