Good for you - and the world

Good for you - and the world

It is easy to make your own healthcare products from natural ingredients that don’t harm the environment

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Junior reporters Lyndon Fan and Christy Wong with (from left) workshop leader, and St James' Settlements staff members, Emily Shih and Pie Wong holding signs of their "Go Goal" campaign.
Junior reporters Lyndon Fan and Christy Wong with (from left) workshop leader, and St James' Settlements staff members, Emily Shih and Pie Wong holding signs of their "Go Goal" campaign.
Photos: St James' Settlement
The charity St James' Settlement has been promoting green living through its "Go Goal" campaign. The non-governmental organisation conducted free workshops for secondary school students last month, including one teaching people how to make natural cosmetics.

Our junior reporters attended this workshop and here's what they learned.

For more details about the St James' Settlement's green-living campaign and future workshops, go to www.sjs3tree.com


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!

Lyndon Fan

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!

Christy Wong

Young Post organises regular activities for our junior reporters. If you wish to join, send your name, age, school and contact details to reporters.club@scmp.com with "jun rep application" in the subject field


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