Archive | December, 2012

Christmas Hamper – Homemade Lavender Handcream

17 Dec

Yay my Christmas Hampers are starting to take shape! Following on from yesterdays post my next homemade item is some wonderful Lavender Handream.

The method I use is from an amazing book called ‘Recipes for Natural Beauty’ by Neals Yard. It’s filled with gorgeous guides to make your own natural beauty products. If you haven’t already got this book you must stick it on your Santa list!

This handcream smells amazing & has a lovely creamy consistency which is great to put on before you go to bed…..when you wake up you’ll have the most wonderful smooth moisturised hands!

What you’ll need
– 8g cocoa butter
– 5g beeswax
– 30ml almond oil
– 45ml rosewater
– 10g emulsifying wax
– 10 drops of Lavender oil (or you can use any essential oil you like)

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1. Melt the cocoa butter, beeswax and almond oil in a bowl over hot water.
2. Heat the rosewater slightly and dissolve the emulsifying wax into it.
3. Stir the rosewater/emulsifying wax mix very slowly into the oil mixture. Mix slowly until the cream cools.
4. Add the lavender oil and stir. Put into jars.
5. Hand out as presents and make people smile.
It will keep for about 2months

Remember to keep some for yourself : )

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Merry Christmas x

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My Christmas Hampers – Sweet Chilli Heaven

16 Dec

Sorry I’ve not posted for a while guys, it’s been a bit hectic for me over the past few months. Anyway onwards and upwards, its Christmas soon & my word am I excited!!! Most of my day is spent driving my boyfriend mad with ‘how many sleeps is it’ and can we watch Elf…again!

One of my Christmas traditions is making hampers for my friends & family. I absolutely love it!

Over the next week I’ll be posting some of the items I’m making. The first thing i’ve done is my Sweet Chilli Jam…..its got a serious kick & absolutely delicious with turkey sandwiches!

Ingredients
– 8 red peppers roughly chopped
– 10 red chillies roughly chopped
– 8 cloves of garlic
– finger size piece of ginger roughly chopped
– 25ml red wine vinegar
– 400g tin cherry tomatoes
– 750g golden caster sugar

1. Place the peppers, chillies, garlic and ginger into a food processor. Blitz, then tip into a large pan with the red wine vinegar, tomatoes & sugar. Bring to the boil & then simmer for 50mins stirring occasionally.

2. After 50mins turn the heat up slightly & stir frequently for 15mins. Leave to cool slightly & then transfer to sterilised jars.

3. Spread on your turkey sarnies or enjoy with cheese!

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Merry Christmas you beautiful people : )
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