Next, I thought I would give my lips a good scrub, whereby I combined brown sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon with a little coconut oil and honey. Again, I was positively licking this off my lips - it kind of reminded me of the LUSH varieties.
To create the facial moisturiser, I squeezed a vitamin E tablet into the coconut oil and added a few drops of the vanilla and fudge essential oil (which smelt like a desert, YUM!). There was the option to add in cocoa powder to turn it into a natural face tanner, or corn flower to thicken it into a body butter, both of which I decided against doing.
Making the lip balm was probably the thing that most felt like a chemistry lesson, which was fun! I put soya wax into the microwave until it fully melted, and then poured into the pink lid lip balm pot in my hamper. This got extremely messy as I accidentally over-poured the pot and had to stir in a little cocoa powder for flavour, as well as a vitamin E tablet. I then put in the fridge to set, and gave it a test. I don't think I dispersed the additional ingredients very well as the cocoa powder all went to the bottom, and the wax didn't melt in my fingers very well, which I am guessing is down to the vitamin E not being mixed in very well. Despite all of this, it's extremely handy to have on my dresser. I don't think it will replace any of my shop-bought favourites though...sadly.
Now, for my own creation, I decided to go with something for my thirsty hair. I didn't have much in my cupboards so opted for a banana smoothie hair mask, which I've heard is therapy for dry hair (lots of vitamins and protein). I mashed up a banana and mixed with a little milk, water and olive oil. Super moisturising ingredients to make hair silky, soft and shiny, and not as unpleasant as putting eggs on your head.
Overall, I had lots of fun stepping up to this challenge. Natural beauty products are a great, and affordable, alternative to branded products. The only slightly annoying this is that they obviously don't last as long, so I didn't get to use them all up before they went mouldy. I will also be looking into Midas Touch Crafts a lot more as it's such a great idea for a wonderful cause that I continue to support. What are you top recipes for making natural products at home?