Our junior reporters attended this workshop and here's what they learned.
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Sara Yu (left) helps Christy Wong and Lyndon Fan heat up the lip balm mixture
Cream creation - at the double
We made a natural body lotion using only some water and olive oil - in only 15 minutes.
Water and oil don't mix together, so we used some emulsifier. This is a substance that forces the two things to mix. It's sold in natural beauty shops.
A portable coffee mixer was used to mix it all. Slowly it started to grow thicker and become creamy.
Then we added a few drops of vitamin E: this is good for making skin healthy. We also added a few drops of rosemary extract. This helps to give the cream a nice smell, and helps it to prevent skin from drying out.
Because our natural body lotion doesn't contain any extra chemicals or preservatives, it may not last long; we have to use it up within a month. But it doesn't harm the environment - or our bodies!
Balmy way to get lips buzzing
To make natural lip balm, we used some beeswax, cocoa butter and olive oil.
We put all the ingredients into a beaker with boiling water and left it to simmer for a few minutes.
After the mixture was completely melted, we added some vitamin E and gave it a good stir.
We then carefully poured it into a lipstick holder. We filled it up to the rim and left it to set. When it had dried, the top part puffed out!
The lip balm smelled deliciously of chocolate, but was yellow in colour because of the beeswax. It felt good putting it on, knowing that my lips wouldn't be dry and it was made without harming the environment at all!
Young Post organises regular activities for our junior reporters. If you wish to join, send your name, age, school and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org with "jun rep application" in the subject field