The first few projects we worked on were based on recipes I found in the latest Herb Quarterly. I've always been really picky about the products I use on my face (soap, toner, moisturizer) so I like testing out different natural varieties to find a perfect fit for my skin. So I was really excited to find recipes for an all-natural facial cleanser and moisturizer.
Our last Herb Quarterly project is a moisturizing, calming balm. This balm uses a beeswax base and includes relaxing oils including lavender, bergamot, and clary sage (although we decided to use lavender and ylang-ylang because that's what we had on hand). We're still in the process of finishing the balm since we have to wait for the lavender buds to infuse into the base oil. It's not the finished product, but it sure looks pretty!
We also made some cocoa butter soap, topped with oatmeal for exfoliation and scented with my Witch's Brew fragrance (one of my boyfriend's favorites). This soap came out so nice, I'm really psyched to give these out as gifts!
And, finally, we made our own customized shampoo, scented with rosemary and juniper essential oils (my favorites). I'm really excited to try out the soap and shampoo later today, I'll let you guys know how I like them!
Completing these projects only took a few hours and we both had a lot of fun working and learning together. Plus, it's always so satisfying to use natural, healthy products that you've created yourself! If you're interested in making your own creations, I highly recommend you do it. See if a friend or family member wants to help--it's a lot of fun to work with someone else :)