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- 2 cups of table grade, fine sea salt
- 4 oz. Of an oil base like sunflower or soy oil
- 2 tbsp. of dried peppermint leaves - you can also use the contents of 2 peppermint tea bags
- 1/2 tsp. essential oil of peppermint
How to prepareStir ingredients together in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Spoon into a jar.
1. Always write down exactly what you do when you make a recipe, even if it's rough notes. It can be annoying because you want to be creative and grab things, but if it comes out glorious and you can’t remember what you did it's hard to recreate steps. If it comes out horrible, you can figure what went wrong and fix it.
2. Never be afraid to experiment. If it sounds interesting, go for it.
3. Two of my staples are shea butter and cocoa butter; they are like butter and eggs. You can make a cake without them, but it’s not going to be as good. There’s simply a texture and richness that the combo of shea butter and cocoa butter brings to things.
4. When it comes to oils, opt for ones that don't have a heavy odor associated with them. You can blend them and not have the base oil interfere with the fragrance. Some good oils to work with are wheat germ oil, coconut oil and macadamia oil. You get effectiveness without weight.
5. If you're a new mixtress, avoid recipes with glycerin. It tends to be sticky and tacky, which can be challenging.
6. If you're working with a recipe containing bananas and avocados, it needs to be used right away. Even if you're putting it in the refrigerator, it can turn bad too quickly.
7. A lot of times people think they can infuse fragrance from real flowers, but buying botanical oils are cheaper. It takes about 4,000 pounds of rose petals to distill one ounce of attar of rose (essential oil of rose).
8. Some of the easiest recipes for beginning mixtresses include hair oils, scalp exfoliation treatments and herbal rinses.
9. If you’re making products as gifts or to sell, you need to disclose ingredients on the label. You never know what somebody’s allergic to.
10. Some good books for beginning mixtresses include:
"The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs" by Robert Tisserand
"Aromatherapy Book: Inhalations and Applications"by Jeanne Rose
"Aromatherapy Workbook" by Marcel Lavabre
- Daily Conditioner
- Leave-in Conditioner
- Deep Conditioner
- Pre-poo Conditioner
- Oil Conditioner
- Clarifying Shampoo
- Dry Shampoo
- Coloring Rinse