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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.

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
Big Ted's opinion
Big Ted's opinion
Smells nice, but defintely not going near my splendid fur
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