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Published on March 17th, 2015 | by Francesca Baker

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Midas Touch Crafts Natural Beauty Product Workshops

Naz likes to talk. Throughout our three hours together she natters away, regaling us with tips and telling stories, answering questions and listening to our thoughts. It’s infectious. She’s passionate you see, and wants to share the enthusiasm. The founder and owner of Midas Touch Crafts, and the facilitator of the Organic Body Product workshop in which around forty of us are at one Sunday morning, Naz herself believes in using natural products wherever possible, and so is the perfect person to teach us how to whip up our own.

Some attendees are environmentally aware, others have sensitive skin and want to make bespoke products, some are fed up with wasting money on mass produced goods, whereas others simply enjoy being crafty. There’s a few people looking to start their own businesses, and they’ve come along to learn the skills to do so. There’s been a real growth of interest in the use of organic and natural ingredients in recent years, which combined with the trend to make and craft yourselves, makes this an ideal workshop for many.

The table is filled with a wide array of fragrances, colours, ingredients, and foods, including brown sugar, lemon juice, olive oil and cocoa powder. In fact the majority of ingredients can easily be picked up from the supermarket, making this ideal for those who wish to dabble in making their own products without leaving the safety of their kitchen. Over three hours we whisk, stir, pour and pound them into natural beauty products with which to soothe and pamper.

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Fuelled by jaffa cakes and jelly babies (less natural than the ingredients on our table, granted) I’m soon enthralled by the process. There’s something wonderfully soothing about it. It’s amazing to think that such simple ingredients can create the same results as the chemical products we rely upon, unnecessarily. Sugar is an excellent scrub to exfoliate away dead skin, and it turns out that sugar and water is all that is needed for an excellent hair spray – which is great news for those of us who only realise they have run out at 8pm on a Friday night when you are already running 40 minutes late. Lips can be soothed by coconut oil, whilst jojoba oil is fantastic for moisturising the body.

By the end of it I’m not only educated and inspired, but I have a bundle of natural goodies – honey infused lip balm, softening mint lip scrub, lemon and ginger body scrub, homemade hair spray, or coconut and rose body butter.

The only trouble is, we don’t make enough. After only a few uses my hands are softer and my lips all smooth – and the pots getting emptier. There’s only one thing for it – I’ll have to make some more.

The Organic Beauty Product workshops cost £120 for a 3 hour session. For more information and browse future workshops based in London visit http://midastouchcrafts.com/

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Francesca Baker is curious about life and enjoys writing about it. A freelance journalist, event organiser, and minor marketing whizz, she has plenty of ideas, and likes to share them. She writes about music, literature, life, travel, art, London, and other general musings, and organises events that contain at least one of the above. You can find out more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk and follow her on https://twitter.com/andsoshethinks



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