Make Your Own Babylonstoren Beauty Products at Home
Try your hand at making your own face mask, body mask and bath soak with recipes courtesy of Babylonstoren and its expanded scent room.
Taking its cue from its ever-changing garden, Babylonstoren in Simondium has recently expanded its much-loved scent room, amplifying its product offering by moving into a much larger factory-like space.
Now situated across the pathway from the wine cellar, the scent room features a slab of glass stretching the width of the barn-style factory, which is open seven days a week and provides visitors with a chance to observe the industrial process for themselves.
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It is in this chic laboratory-esque space that Babylonstoren's product offerings are made: it's where they make and bottle their freshly squeezed juices and award-wnining wines, where they press their homegrown olives for their magnificent olive oils, and where they create their essential oils with botanicals grown on the farm.
Babylonstoren is renowned for its fragrant bath salts, essential oils, soaps and candles, but now the farm has taken this a step further and is giving visitors the opportunity to make their own beauty products instead of just buying them.
Large marble tables acts as experimental stations where farm goers can concoct their own potions and scrubs – there's oversized lab-style glassware housing different types of rose petals that you get to mix with coarse salt and other ingredients to make a scented bath soak (R110), face mask (R75) or hand and foot scrub (R95).
Biodegradeable pots are available and should you come back to refill your products, you get 10% discount if you use the same pot.
How to Make Your Own Babylonstoren Beauty Products at Home
While a visit to Babylonstoren is a unique experience, if you aren't able to make the trip, you can still create Babylonstoren beauty products at home with these easy recipes.
The quantities depend on how much of each product you want to make and the sort of consistency you're after, so feel free to experiment!
- 1 scoop kaolin clay
- Olive oil/ grapeseed oil
Mix a scoop of kaolin clay and just enough hydrosol to soften the clay into a mixing bowl and make a paste. Add dashes of honey and oil and mix until it reaches your desired consistency.
- 1 scoop rhassoul/Moroccan clay
- Olive oil or grapeseed oil
Mix a scoop of rhassoul clay with just enough hydrosol to soften the clay in a mixing bowl to make a paste. Add dashes of honey and oil and mix until it reaches your desired consistency.
- 3 scoops magnesium flakes
Add any or all of the below:
- 1t mustard
- 1t fresh ginger, grated
- 1t rooibos tea
For fragrance, add:
- Lemon zest
- Lemon verbena, crushed
- Lavender, crushed
- Rosemary, crushed
- Rose petals, crushed
Babylonstoren recommends using botanicals straight from your garden – the fresher the better. Simply mix all ingredients together and enjoy the soothing benefits of these beauty products.
* Hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after steam-distilling botanicals such as lavender