Climate care hemp face polish and body balm
'Tis the season to get flaky. At least in terms of all that dry skin that plagues Canadians when the cold winds pick up and our furnaces kick in. So why not ease the suffering of loved ones by offering them a winter-blahs skin care set loaded with local and organic ingredients?
The face polish is a quick 'n' easy mix of nourishing oat flour, hemp flour, essential oils and the contents of a few green tea bags, all tossed into a vintage sugar jar complete with a 60s souvenir spoon (both from Winkel, 1107 Queen East, 416-465-4247; recipe adapted from makeyourowncosmetics.com).
For the balm, we grated some beeswax and carefully melted a few tablespoons of the stuff over the stove along with 1 cup of oil (either almond or olive oil, or, if you want to get really local, Hempola hemp oil).
The whole thing was blendered with a cup of warm water and essential oil like orange or lavender. Once it thickens, you can spoon it into vintage jars or do what we did and pretty up old face cream canisters with last year's wrapping paper.
For a full step-by-step guide to how to do both, check out EcoholicTV.