The hows and whys of how L’Onglex got hold of this recipe for Mondays Mary Make and Do are a little murky.
Some of the recipe we stole, some of the recipe we added to and a good part of the recipe we swore at and tinkered around with until we got the desired effect.
Swearing aside, we can now report we are completely satisfied with the formula and although it took ages getting the mix right and we had to buy the ingredients from scratch we can at the very least say we made the damn stuff and it smells nice and it works !
Most of the ingredients are available from the high street except the liquid soap which can be bought on ebay and if you are really fussy about these things you will be glad to know this is completely natural and will be good for nearly all types of hair.
So, to make the shampoo you will need ….
• 4 cups of distilled water
• 8 teaspoons of tea tree oil
• 2 teaspoons of vanilla
• 12 tablespoons of dried rosemary
• 4 tablespoons of lemongrass
• 1 cup of liquid soap
Here’s how it’s done ….
Step 1- Add the rosemary and lemongrass to a large glass mixing bowl. Next, heat the distilled water in a pan until boiling and then add the water to the herbs in the mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with a plate and allow the herbs to seep into the water for half an hour or so.
Step 2 - Take the cover from the mixing bowl and strain the mix to separate the dried rosemary and the lemongrass from the water. Place the water back into a pan and heat gently for a few minutes. Do not allow the water to boil. Mix in the tea tree oil and vanilla and stir gently for a few minutes.
Step 3- Remove the pan from the heat and add the liquid soap until the mix dissolves completely. As the mixture is oil based it must be mixed well and should be spread around as evenly as possible. Once the mix has cooled completely it can be placed in a plastic container and should be good to go within a couple of hours.
Step 4- Any attempts at the recipe that don’t work can be poured into nice plastic bottles, tied with a ribbon and used to delight close friends and family this Christmas. Always remember it’s the thought that counts !
More Mary Make and Do’s coming soon.