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Last weekend my lovely pals and I had our annual festive crafternoon. We usually get together and have a stitch or a sew, but this year I decided to shake things up and organise the making of some homemade vegan-friendly ~beauty products.
Most of my bits & bobs were bought pretty cheaply online. Cold pressed coconut oil I bought from a local shop; our area has both a big Caribbean and Pakistani population and that is excellent news for the availability of stuff like this, and super cheapo wonderful spices. I found almond oil online. Above you can see raw shea butter (left) and cocoa butter (right). I also bought some candelilla wax, which is a great alternative to using beeswax.
These small plastic tubs were £1 for 4, again from a local shop. Not super stylish, but I have some scraps of fabric and some ribbon to dress them up a bit for Christmas.
I used nothing else except a couple of glass mason jars for melting everything down, and a big bag of (vegan friendly) unrefined sugar, some citrus fruits and vanilla.
The sugar scrubs were improvised and made up of various combos of:
- 1 cup unrefined sugar
- shea butter
- cocoa butter
- coconut oil
- almond oil
- grated citrus peel/vanilla
Combine just enough of the butters/oils to create a mixture that binds together but isn’t overly runny.
The lotion bars were taken from a recipe on Vegan Beauty Review. Unfortunately the first attempt was a little disastrous as I melted the wax separately and tried to pour it into my festive moulds later on, rather than melting the whole lot down together. That doesn’t work, folks! The wax starts to solidify immediately so you end up with a curious mess of melted butters/oils with a big strip of solid wax running through. On second attempt I melted all together in one jar and that worked perfectly….
To make the body lotion, I literally plopped a big chunk of shea butter into my food processor with a little almond oil and vanilla essence, and whipped it up into a lovely rich cream. I then added a little melted cocoa butter. The finished product looks a lot like cupcake frosting.
I would have liked to have added some essential oils, but I didn’t have any handy. I’d recommend including them since, while the smell of raw shea butter isn’t unpleasant, it isn’t particularly exciting either. Cocoa butter has the advantage of smelling (not surprisingly) just like chocolate!
Come the New Year I am definitely grabbing Vegan Beauty Review’s DIY ~beauty book because the whole activity was far too exciting and rewarding. I can’t wait to grab some essential oils and get back to it!