How much do you know about the ingredients in your beauty products?
Are you looking for a more natural alternative to the high street?
Are you in need of some inexpensive gift ideas?
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Funzing is an event website where you can both attend and host events in your area.
Since becoming Vegan in February this year, I have started taking more of an interest in finding out the truth behind a lot of my every day products. Taking the time to read labels and understand the ingredients, to work on replacing them with natural alternatives wherever possible. When I saw the Midas workshop and read the reviews on Funzing I was eager to learn more.
The event is hosted by Naz, the co-founder and creator of Midas Touch Crafts alongside her Mum.
The company was started after Naz’s Aunty was diagnosed with cancer for the 4th time and the family felt they had exhausted the traditional ways of fundraising. They had been walking, running, and abseiling for charity and were starting to feel it was unfair to continue asking friends and family for sponsorship. Instead Naz held a charity fundraising event, teaching people how to make candles. It was an instant success and soon she was receiving requests for other workshops and so Midas Touch Crafts was created.
“A single candle can light up a whole room, it only takes one person to make a difference” – Naz
The workshop was held in a Congregational Church in Southwark with over 35 women taking part. There were several tables set up with ingredients and containers for all the products to be made.
Naz hosts the event alongside her Mum and a team of volunteer friends. They are all on hand to help when you find yourself using ginger oil instead of coconut oil, (a mistake that shouldn’t be taken lightly). Naz starts by explaining the benefits of the product and the reason behind each of the ingredients within it. All of this is done in a fun and accessible way, with some great stories and anecdotes thrown in.
Naz herself is proof of the benefits of using all natural beauty products, with shining hair, comparable to a L’Oréal advert and glowing skin, she is a picture of natural beauty.
During the workshop we made 5 different products, however Naz also provided us with information on how to make several others. As well as sending a follow up email with enough information and product recipes to open your own Vegan Boots. Here a just a few products we made on the day and some of the benefits they have.
Lip Plumping Lip Balm
Coconut Oil – Vitamin E (shiny finish)
Jojoba Oil – Vitamin E (matt finish)
Ginger Oil – Plumping Effect.
Soya wax: is used as it is an organic oil that’s affordable and easy to work with, it’s also much better at holding smell for long periods of time, unlike paraffin wax. This wax is commonly found in premium candles e.g. Jo Malone, Yankee Candles etc.
Ginger Oil: this is for lip plumping and has the same effect as lip venom but is a natural alternative. It works in a similar way to a chilli, causing adrenaline to rush to the effected area and the result is swelling (or plump lips). Ginger oil is on the more expensive side as it is made from squeezing the oil directly out of the ginger.
Aloe Vera – maintains hairs natural Ph
Extra Virgin Oil – Natural conditioner
Aloe Vera: has a range of benefits for the hair. It promotes hair growth, prevents dandruff by breaking down dead skin cells and also acts as a natural conditioner. It can be included into Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Spray and Hair Styler.
Cellulite reducing scrub
Sea Salt (sugar for dry skin)
Aloe Vera – anti inflammatory
Jojoba Oil – Vitamin E
Coconut Oils – Vitamin E
Coffee – Anti oxidant
Coconut Oil: is the oil with the highest levels of Vitamin E and has already become a mainstream ingredient in cooking and beauty products. When applied to skin it promotes skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of stretch marks as well as softening the skin.
Should you book?
This workshop is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I went alone, but very quickly made friends with all the women at my table. We laughed and chatted getting to know each other as we fought the urge to eat all our products. There were several groups of women together and this would be a great way to spend a birthday, baby shower or even just some time with your favourite Girlies.
It is clear that Naz is the driving force behind the project, and her delivery of the workshop is both informative and hilarious. She has an amazing energy, that makes you want to hear what she has to say and also makes her instantly likeable. It’s obvious this girl knows her stuff, she has put in the hard work and done hours of research to ensure she is bringing you the best product possible. Follow Naz on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see and find out more.
I highly recommend booking your place on the next workshop. I am looking forward to attending more of the Midas Touch Crafts workshops myself, hopefully I will see you there!