Coconutty Love Made in Leeds!

This afternoon was spent filming with the lovely people over at Made in Leeds TV. We met at the Chapel Allerton Christmas Lights Switch on (You can watch it again onthe Player) where we bonded over my Gluten Free Cakes made with Foraged, wild ingredients.


We had so much fun in fact that we decided we simply had to do something together again. But the weather today was just awful! So rather than stay out, we decided to make some natural skincare products using foraged ingredients instead. An afternoon later, we had made some truly delectable Christmas bath melts with some Chickweed oil, made a lusciously fluffy body scrub with Macadamia Nut oil and Coconut oil, and some Chickweed Vinegar.

I love my skin. It is awesome skin! It is a gorgeous shade of brown, it keeps me healthy and looks after me. So my job is to look after it too! Many years ago now, I was in bed and reached over to my incredibly expensive rosewater cream and after rubbing it into my hands, decided to read the ingredients list. Up until this point, I hadn’t really bothered reading the ingredients in my skincare products. And had I not been able to find my book and was therefore in desperate need of some reading materials, I might not have read it that night either. And what I saw on the label gave me pause. This wasn’t some rubbish £2 bottle of hand cream, it set me back around £15 in the sales and came from a shop (who shall remain nameless) who flaunted how their products were ‘made with natural ingredients’. But out of a list of maybe 20 ingredients, the only one I recognised was water! It was a wake up call for me in more ways than one and now I don’t use anything on my skin that I haven’t made myself or that I do not recognise every single ingredient in it. My skin is so good to me, and it absorbs 80% of what I put in it! So shouldn’t I be as good to it as it is to me? So now my skincare philosophy is “If it can’t go in me, it won’t go on me”.

Cue Chickweed. This isn’t the first of my posts where I sing the praises of Chickweed. Remember “Chick, Chick, Chicken…” where I talked about how good it is for skin, or “New Beginnings” where I shared a recipe for Chickweed Involtini? Well….Chickweed is back! To find out more about the process of making these three skincare products and why chickweed is so awesome, tune in to The Book-It Listtomorrow at 6:30pm and again at 9:30pm (you can catch it up on the Player on their website later if you miss it – it’s in the Entertainment section) or come along to my Natural Skincare and Herbal Beauty Making Workshop this Saturday! You can book that through the ‘Workshops’ section of my Shop. In the meantime, here is my recipe for the Coconutty Body Scrub.

Coconutty Body Scrub

100g Coconut Oil (Solid at room temp)

120g Sugar (I used white cane sugar as my unrefined stuff went walkies but unrefined cane sugar is the loveliest)

20ml Macadamia Nut Oil (Or you could use any other ultra-moisturising oil of your choice such as Avocado, Hemp Seed, Pumpkin Seed, etc)

10-20 Essential Oil (We used White Grapefruit but you can use what you like)

2 tbsp Dried Ground Wild Botanicals (think rose petals, chickweed, plantain, calendula, the list goes on!)

Mash the oils together and stir until they go fluffy and are no longer lumpy. Add your essential oil and stir to mix, add your sugar and botanicals and combine. Spoon into a jar and label.

This will keep for the length of the use by date of your shortest life oil (use the sniff test if you don’t know what the use-by date is). The product as it stands needs no preservatives because it is anhydrous but if you introduce water to it you create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow which is bad! So use a spoon to scoop out mixture rather than wet hands to prolong its shelf life when in use.

Sadly, I haven’t got a close up photo of the finished scrub as I gave it to Beth and her camera woman. You’ll just have to watch it and see!

Muhaimina Said-Allsopp