This sweet-sounding concoction is not a confection; it?s an herbal recipe for soft and shiny hair! Lavender works to strengthen and marshmallow root coats hair while soothing scalp dryness and inflammation. It has a gentle and pleasant aroma that will make this homemade conditioner your new favourite hair care recipe.
Homemade Conditioner and Lotions
Homemade conditioner is easier to make than you might think. When I first started making my own herbal skin and hair care, I was a bit intimidated by making lotions and conditioner. It all seemed to be a bit too complex and I feared that I wouldn?t get the technique quite right. After taking some beginner, then advanced classes, I realized that it?s not only a pretty simple process once you get the hang of it, but that you can make really high quality products for wayyyyy less money than something similar would cost to buy.
If you are a soap maker, then you know that soap making is expensive. And if you are not a soap maker, you have certainly seen the price tag on a bar of artisanal soap. Quality ingredients come with a price tag and the labour (and love) that goes into making soap is quite involved as well.
But lotions, well, that?s a whole different story. A lotion is mostly water. The little bit of oil, emulsifying wax, and other ingredients you use are so small that they barely add up. And yet the final lotion or conditioner is so rich and luxurious, you would think that so much more went into the recipe than it did.
Lavender + Marshmallow Root Homemade Conditioner Recipe
I?m sometimes surprised to hear that not everyone uses conditioner. I would be lost in a rat?s nest of tangles and frizzy hair without it! Hair conditioner has that wonderful nourishing ability to coat each strand of hair so that it can easily be detangled while reducing split ends and nourishing dry hair.
Marshmallow root is a mucilaginous herb that is often used on its own as a natural hair conditioner. In this recipe, I have used prepared marshmallow root tea to replace part of the water in the conditioner. This recipe is great from dry hair that needs a moisture treatment. Use the conditioner for a few weeks, then switch it for another recipe (like this Rosemary one) when hair is repaired.
If this is your first time making lotion or conditioner, please first read to read about the ingredients, the three phases, and see the step-by-step photos of how it is done.
- or other heatproof containers
- (to sterilize equipment and tools)
Aqueous Phase Ingredients
- 92 g distilled water
- 60 g infusion
- 4 g
Oil Phase Ingredients
- 20 g
- 10 g
- 6 g
Cool Phase Ingredients
- 4 g
- 4 g (Vitamin B5)
- 20 drops
The day before: prepare the marshmallow infusion by filling a 250ml / 1 cup mason jar with cut and sifted marshmallow root and fill the rest of the jar with lukewarm water. Add a lid and steep overnight. In the morning, strain out the root and use the liquid for lotion.
- Sterilize all of your equipment and workspace with alcohol.
- Use a kitchen scale to weigh the oil ingredients in a heatproof container and weigh the water ingredients in another heatproof container.
- Create a double boiler and heat both the oil ingredients and the water ingredients to 160 degrees F.
- Keep both the water ingredients and oil ingredients at 160 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, add the oil ingredients first and then pour in the water ingredients.
- Use an electric mixer to whip the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Once the ingredients have reached 80 degrees, you can add the cool phase ingredients.
- Continue mixing your conditioner until it?s thick and fluffy.
- Add the conditioner into a sterilized container with a pump.
More Lotions, Creams, and Conditioners to Try!
Having just the right furniture for a small space can make all the difference. This DIY cedar outdoor dining table is long and thin to fit as many people in a small space is possible. The added feature of a removable planter makes it so that the table can be decorated with live plants, be used as an inset trough for condiments and drinks, or can be removed and covered with a panel to maximize table space.
Cedar Outdoor Dining Table Building Plans
I have been meaning to share the building plans for the table since the table was built two years ago, but as it turns out, the project was very complex, much too complex to share in a blog post. It took a while but I have finally extracted the woodworking brilliance that came up with this table into a document, which with diagrams and photos is 25 pages long! If you would like the exact instructions for the table, the plans are available as a downloadable PDF.
If you have table plans already and are pretty handy, read on some of the important steps in customizing the table to have a removable insert and how we have been using it. I?ll also share a few tips on choosing the right wood and finish for an outdoor table, as well as how to choose plants for the table insert.
The dining table is meant to be left outdoors all season long on the uncovered deck so the wood needs to be durable and long-lasting. For affordability, durability, and beauty we chose to use 5/4? cedar deck boards. As these are the visual centerpiece of the dining table we hunted for boards that had an interesting grain, pattern, color, or knots.
Picking Cedar Lumber for Building an Outdoor Dining Table
Cedar can have beautiful hues with natural stripes in beige to brown with gold and pink highlights. Naturally weathered and unfinished cedar will, eventually turn gray. For this patio table, we wanted to try and keep the warm honey color variations in the wood so after the table was completed it was treated with a clear varathane product. This maintains the color while protecting the table from water damage.
Since you are making furniture, you will want to ensure take the time to pick lumber that is straight and flat. Leave behind any that is bowed, cupped, or twisted.
Once you get the lumber home, be sure to dry out the lumber. If it was stored outside or is brand new stock, there is a good chance that it?s a bit damp. If you build a table with damp lumber, the table could crack when it dries and shrinks. To dry it, stack the lumber with spacers in between to allow air flow to dry the stock. Depending on how wet it is, give it about a week before you start building.
Customizing the Planter Insert
The fun part of this project was the inclusion of the planter in the center. The table was designed so that it is seven boards wide with a center panel being removable. When a center panel is in place it looks like it is one cohesive tabletop. When the center panel is removed, there is a place for a long center trough. Of course, as a garden nerd, the center trough was always meant to be a planter. But it could also be used for other purposes: to hold a variety of condiments for a BBQ party or could even be filled with ice and act as a center cooler to keep wine beer and other drinks cool.
If you choose to use a center trough for these reasons, then it?s worth protecting the wood with spar varnish. As a planter, you would not use varnish, especially if you are planting herbs or edible plants.
I designed the insert to be unfinished cedar with the inclusion of some drainage holes. To prevent soil from dropping through the holes, I lined the inside of the planter with a piece of landscape fabric.
In the first year I planted the trough with low growing ornamental herbs. The center planter is just the perfect size to hold eleven 4? square pots so I purchased eleven different herbs such as lemon thyme, variegated thyme, chives, Cuban oregano, lemon oregano, purple sage, and variegated sage. I alternated the plants so that I had a nice mix of different leaf colors, shapes, and fragrances.
Each one of these plants grew well over the season, and at the end of the season they were removed and planted in the garden. It was fun to have herbs to clip as garnishes for meals, to enjoy their fragrance as we dined, and to watch the buzzing bees that came to visit the flowers that bloomed.
Last year I planted small space pollinator attracting flowers in the trough but struggled to keep them performing well. The space was simply too shallow to hold enough water for the annual flowers to produce well. The table is on a hot sunny so facing deck that gets blistering, direct sun all summer. These conditions were just too drastic for annual flowers. While the herbs from the previous year did need to be watered every day, I chose drought-tolerant, sun loving herbs. The annual flowers were just too delicate for such harsh conditions.
This year, I?ve decided to plant a variety of for an even more low maintenance and low water solution. Using a variety of hardy Sedum, Echeveria, Haworthia, and Crassula, I can get a low growing and low maintenance display.
Which do you prefer? Leave me a comment on which you like better (herbs or succulents) and please leave suggestions for what I should plant next year! I love switching it up every year and trying new ideas.