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Seaweed Harvesting for our Seaweed soaps

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Living on this amazing coast means we have access to foraged ingredients with fantastic properties like Seaweed.   This time of year I love to wander along the beach at Clovelly or Bucks Mills and collect Kelp and Bladderwrack for our massively popular Seaweed soaps.  Kelp is in long flat strips often on a stalk and sometimes dried for cattle as a nutrient filled winter snack.  In terms of cosmetics it is high in antioxidents and anti-inflammatory as well as being high in minerals like Iodine which are great for the skin.  We only use a small amount in soap but it can be used as a face mask as well to really get the skin benefits

We air dry the seaweed and then oven dry on low to really remove the moisture, seaweed is a humectant that draws moisture from the air so it needs to be well dried before it can be used in skincare.  Once dry we break it up and pop in a coffee grinder to make a find exfoliating powder to use is soaps.

If you wanted to get the amazing skin benefits in a more direct way you can make powdered seaweed into a quick face mask:

  • 2 Teaspoons of seaweed powder
  • 2 teaspoons of  Pink, Green or White Clay
  • 1 teaspoon of an oil of your choice like Castor oil, Almond oil or Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of distilled water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Honey
  • 6 drops of essential oils of your choice - We love 3 drops each of Rosemary & Lavender

Stir the dry ingredients together with a non metalic utensil (clay reacts with metal)

Add water and stir until lump free, add the oil, honey & essential oils to make a smooth paste and if needed add a bit more oil.

To use add a a thin layer to damp face and neck with a brush avoiding  your eye area, leave for 15-20 minutes and then remove with a damp cloth and add a rose water spritz and a moisturiser of choice

If irritation occurs discontinue use

Enjoy the amazing benefits of natures bounty and take a walk on a beach


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  1. Sarah-Jayne

    I love your blog. I bought some of your natural deodorant jars a couple of years ago and have recently recommended you to a friend. I like making my own laundry detergent, hand soap and deodorant pastes too so I really enjoy seeing your ideas and recipes. Also love to see what you're foraging. Well done and thanks for the inspiration.

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