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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).

Here is a selection of photos taken at the event, click on a picture to see a larger version.

Explanation
Explanation
Paul explains what's about to happen...
Explanation
Explanation
...and describes the equipment and raw materials
A mallet!
A mallet!
It seems that preparation of Kohl requires a mallet!
Waiting
Waiting
While our unguents were cooling and setting we went over to church...
Eating
Eating
...and came back to tasty refreshments
Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!
Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!
A mud pack (made from local mud)
Charcoal
Charcoal
Kohl made from charcoal
Almond milk
Almond milk
...and muesli - we really should have used a sieve
Balm and rosewater
Balm and rosewater
The rosewater turned out a bit darker then planned
Relaxing
Relaxing
After all our hard work
Using them
Using them
Actually using some of the products
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