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On a very snowy Saturday in March an intrepid group met at the Burnside Hall for Paul's latest Fellowship Event - "Lotions and Potions"
We had a fantastic time as the scent of lavender and rose wafted around us. We had a very "Blue Peter" evening as we explored the natural cosmetics and skin treatments available in biblical times, and even made some of our own. Including:

  • Kohl - an ancient eye cosmetic. It is widely used as eyeliner to contour and/or darken the eyelids and as mascara for the eyelashes. It is worn mostly by women, but also by some men and children.
  • Rosewater - has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Almond Milk - has softening and moisturising effect on skin. Almonds are traditionally regarded as having special healing and protecting properties, soothing the skin while also hydrating it.
  • Clay and Mud - used as face masks and compresses to refine, clarify and detox the skin.
  • Balm - a fragrant cream or liquid used to heal or soothe the skin, usually extracted from a resinous tree.

I think everyone agreed the balm was the best make of the evening (you'll have to ask Paul for the recipe). Big Ted thought it smelled very nice but he wasn't having any of it near his splendid fur.

The evening in pictures:

Paul explains what's about to happen...
Paul explains what's about to happen...
...and describes the equipment and raw materials
...and describes the equipment and raw materials
Preparation of Kohl requires a mallet!
Preparation of Kohl requires a mallet!
While our unguents were cooling and setting we went over to church...
While our unguents were cooling and setting we went over to church...
...and came back to tasty refreshments
...and came back to tasty refreshments
A mud pack (made from local mud)
A mud pack (made from local mud)
Kohl made from charcoal
Kohl made from charcoal
Almond milk (and muesli - we really should have used a sieve)
Almond milk (and muesli - we really should have used a sieve)
Balm and rosewater (a bit darker then planned)
Balm and rosewater (a bit darker then planned)
Relaxing after all our hard work
Relaxing after all our hard work
Actually using some of the products
Actually using some of the products
Smells nice, but defintely not going near my splendid fur
Smells nice, but defintely not going near my splendid fur
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