Thursday, November 3, 2011

SkillShare: Natural Beauty & Cleaning Products

Posted by Crystal Pepperdine, Founder and Executive Director of Flint Handmade

Our last of five SkillShare Workshops, funded by a generous grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation, was an OUTSTANDING success!

Holly Slawter of Fiddlebump's Apothecary taught us about natural beauty and cleaning products.

Holly brought a PowerPoint presentation with great information about the potential dangers of the chemicals in our products and the benefits of natural ingredients.

We all dug into our bags to look at the ingredients on our cosmetics.  Maureen didn't have a single product...not even lip balm!

Ali was not happy when she discovered all of the potentially dangerous chemicals in her makeup. :(

Holly brought in a bunch of samples of her natural products and Sarah loved the smell of the hemp butter!

The first natural product we made was a sugar scrub.  Maureen (l) and Lindsay smile while adding sugar to sunflower oil.

Robert was heading to a Halloween party after SkillShare, so he came in his costume!

I even got to make some products...which I later made my fiancĂ© try out with me!  His hands were so soft after using the sugar scrub!

Mary starts making the exfoliating facial mask out of ground raw sugar, honey and lemon juice.

Lunch break! Lindsay smiles with her sandwich from The Lunch Studio.

After lunch, we made hand sanitizer with aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils.  I didn't realize it until later, but some of the hand sanitizer got onto my camera lens and made a few of the photos below sparkle!

Lindsay grates Fels Naptha soap for making laundry detergent and a stain remover.

Everyone holding some of the natural products we made during SkillShare! From left to right: Ali, Holly, Lindsay, Mary, Robert, Maureen.

Lindsay chose a blue tote for her Community Education Toolkit!

Mary chose a red tote!  Mary and Holly bonded during the workshop and were cracking each other up, so I had to get a picture of them together.  :)

We are so happy to announce the Fiddlebump's Apothecary products are now available in the Flint Handmade Shop inside The Lunch Studio

All of our SkillShares are now over for Fall 2011, but we hope to offer some of them again in 2012! Keep an eye on our blog for more information!

We wish to express our gratitude to the Ruth Mott Foundation for funding our SkillShare Workshops.

Our participants got to take home many of the supplies used to share their new skills with friends and family and continue the tradition of the domestic arts and crafts of our American cultural heritage.


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