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Providing hints and tips on using your Thermy, suggestions and recipes - from a very happyily Thermomixed South Australian couple

Scents and Centsability - Making home and beauty products with a Thermomix

Ever wondered if it was possible to make your own shampoos, scrubs, cleaners?  What about washing powders or after shower sprays?  I have those recipes and more in my new book called Scents and Centsability.  

Why this book?

Where did the idea for the book all begin? It started with a picture of a homemade Lip Balm on a friend’s website.   It got me thinking….

A casual comment, initially a joke, about needing to write a book about homemade beauty products lead to a huge number of “yes please!” replies and I began to think about it more seriously.  A look at some “make at home” recipes left me stunned at just how easy it all seemed to be and the rest, as they say, is history..

What this book is it not…..

  • This is not a Thermomix book.  This book is not supported in anyway by Thermomix Australia or by the parent company, Vorwerk.  These are recipes I have put together using my Thermomix so the recipes have Thermomix methods - you do not need a Thermomix to make them (but gee it makes it MUCH easier) - actually some of the recipes just need a spoon and a small bowl.
  • The book looks great, but it isn't fancy, professional or typo free - I'm only human folks.
  • This does NOT contain a beauty regime, with a list of recommended products.
  • Nor does it contain any information on the health benefits for “this” or “that” fragrance.
  • The recipes included do NOT contain a range of complicated, fancy ingredients.

 

It’s a no brainer really, I have no homeopathic skills – but I do have a great love of saving money, so this book is a collection of recipes that …. 

  • Will work (I’ve tried them all);
  • Will save you money;
  • Will be easy to make; and
  • Include ingredients that are easy to find and/or relatively cheap to buy.
I have recipes for cleaners, washing powders, scourers, fragrant water and vinegars.  There are recipes for scrubs (body, face, lips, scalp) massage oils and creams as well as different types of moisturising creams, from the very light to the rich and decadent.  There are sunburn lotions, toothpastes and mouthwashes.  Even more to be honest.  I think that the only thing I do not have, is how to make soap.  I have a "shopping" list at the bottom of this page to get you started.

 

The book is in printed Black and White, with only the front page in colour - it is A4, spiral bound with clear plastic front and back covers and is 114 pages long. 

 

Buying a book - Obviously if you are one of my clients, I should be able to drop the book off to you, or at least put it in a central location so you can pick one up.  

 

But if you would like me to mail it….. 

 

  • Cost of the "Scents and Centsability" book is $20, with $3 postage = $23
  • Cost of my bread book "All Bread Kneads is a Thermomix" book is $12 plus $2.50 postage = $12.50
  • BOTH book saves you $2.50!  Both books cost $35  
I really hope you enjoy the book as much as I did writing it!

 

 Want one or both?  then....

  1.  Deposit the money into my account
    • Bank: BankSA
    • Name: Bernadine Keough
    • BSB: 105 121
    • Acc: 082 366 040
    • USE YOUR SURNAME IN THE REFERENCE SECTION so I know who has paid              
  2. Send me an email on : beeing.centsabile@gmail.com 
    • Let me know you have put money into my account
    • SEND ME YOUR ADDRESS - fairly important if you want me to mail it 

 Can't wait?  There's a shopping list at the bottom of this page 

Why this book?

Where did the idea for the book all begin? It started with a picture of a homemade Lip Balm on a friend’s website.   It got me thinking….

Was it possible? 

Did it work?

Was it easy? 

Did it turn out cheaper or, at the very least, not exorbitantly more? –

For me personally, there isn’t any point in making something if it didn’t tick ALL of those boxes!

A casual comment, initially a joke, about needing to write a book about homemade beauty products lead to a huge number of “yes please!” replies and I began to think about it more seriously.  A look at some “make at home” recipes left me stunned at just how easy it all seemed to be and the rest, as they say, is history.. 

Do I normally spend much money on nice smelling lotions and soaps?  No!  Apart from their cost, some of the products we consider a “beauty” or concoctions we use for home cleaning should come with a safety warning - there are so many chemicals in them.  Bad for us and our environment.

Inevitably, when researching body products, you come up against recipes for home cleaning products too. I, like most people, had gone my own merry way, thinking that each “new” cleaning product released was a better option, and having cupboards full of cleaning products would make me a good housewife.

Am I a neat freak?  Obsessively neat and tidy?  Far from it!  My house is a home, lived in and welcoming – but I do like it to be clean.  Prior to writing this book my general belief was….. surely homemade cleaners couldn’t be as good as this shiny spray bottle from the supermarket that had so many smiling people in their advert and which smelt really strong…. right?  Wrong!  Oh how wrong.  So – of course I had to add some good recipes to help you clean around your home too!

We labor to make a house a home, then every time we're expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house.  ~Robert Brault

What this book is it not….. 

§  This does NOT contain a beauty regime, with a list of recommended products.

§  Nor does it contain any information on the health benefits for “this” or “that” fragrance. 

§  The recipes included do NOT contain a range of complicated, fancy ingredients.

§  And lastly, but importantly, this does not provide a guaranteed list of allergy free recipes… I urge you to please use your common sense – people are allergic to natural products as well as man-made ones.  Test each recipe on a small piece of skin first.  For instance – while other nuts don’t bother me, I am allergic to Macadamias – therefore you will not see any recipes below using that particular oil.  Feel free to use it yourself of course J

It’s a no brainer really, I have no homeopathic skills – but I do have a great love of saving money, so this book is a collection of recipes that ….

§  Will work (I’ve tried them all);

§  Will save you money;

§  Will be easy to make; and

§  Include ingredients that are easy to find and/or relatively cheap to buy.

I hope you enjoy this book  - I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to drop me an email on beeing.centsabile@gmail.com to let me know how you are finding these recipes.
Why this book?

Where did the idea for the book all begin? It started with a picture of a homemade Lip Balm on a friend’s website.   It got me thinking….

Was it possible? 

Did it work?

Was it easy? 

Did it turn out cheaper or, at the very least, not exorbitantly more? –

For me personally, there isn’t any point in making something if it didn’t tick ALL of those boxes!

A casual comment, initially a joke, about needing to write a book about homemade beauty products lead to a huge number of “yes please!” replies and I began to think about it more seriously.  A look at some “make at home” recipes left me stunned at just how easy it all seemed to be and the rest, as they say, is history.. 

Do I normally spend much money on nice smelling lotions and soaps?  No!  Apart from their cost, some of the products we consider a “beauty” or concoctions we use for home cleaning should come with a safety warning - there are so many chemicals in them.  Bad for us and our environment.

Inevitably, when researching body products, you come up against recipes for home cleaning products too. I, like most people, had gone my own merry way, thinking that each “new” cleaning product released was a better option, and having cupboards full of cleaning products would make me a good housewife.

Am I a neat freak?  Obsessively neat and tidy?  Far from it!  My house is a home, lived in and welcoming – but I do like it to be clean.  Prior to writing this book my general belief was….. surely homemade cleaners couldn’t be as good as this shiny spray bottle from the supermarket that had so many smiling people in their advert and which smelt really strong…. right?  Wrong!  Oh how wrong.  So – of course I had to add some good recipes to help you clean around your home too!

We labor to make a house a home, then every time we're expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house.  ~Robert Brault

What this book is it not….. 

§  This does NOT contain a beauty regime, with a list of recommended products.

§  Nor does it contain any information on the health benefits for “this” or “that” fragrance. 

§  The recipes included do NOT contain a range of complicated, fancy ingredients.

§  And lastly, but importantly, this does not provide a guaranteed list of allergy free recipes… I urge you to please use your common sense – people are allergic to natural products as well as man-made ones.  Test each recipe on a small piece of skin first.  For instance – while other nuts don’t bother me, I am allergic to Macadamias – therefore you will not see any recipes below using that particular oil.  Feel free to use it yourself of course J

It’s a no brainer really, I have no homeopathic skills – but I do have a great love of saving money, so this book is a collection of recipes that ….

§  Will work (I’ve tried them all);

§  Will save you money;

§  Will be easy to make; and

§  Include ingredients that are easy to find and/or relatively cheap to buy.

I hope you enjoy this book  - I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to drop me an email on beeing.centsabile@gmail.com to let me know how you are finding these recipes.
Why this book?

Where did the idea for the book all begin? It started with a picture of a homemade Lip Balm on a friend’s website.   It got me thinking….

Was it possible? 

Did it work?

Was it easy? 

Did it turn out cheaper or, at the very least, not exorbitantly more? –

For me personally, there isn’t any point in making something if it didn’t tick ALL of those boxes!

A casual comment, initially a joke, about needing to write a book about homemade beauty products lead to a huge number of “yes please!” replies and I began to think about it more seriously.  A look at some “make at home” recipes left me stunned at just how easy it all seemed to be and the rest, as they say, is history.. 

Do I normally spend much money on nice smelling lotions and soaps?  No!  Apart from their cost, some of the products we consider a “beauty” or concoctions we use for home cleaning should come with a safety warning - there are so many chemicals in them.  Bad for us and our environment.

Inevitably, when researching body products, you come up against recipes for home cleaning products too. I, like most people, had gone my own merry way, thinking that each “new” cleaning product released was a better option, and having cupboards full of cleaning products would make me a good housewife.

Am I a neat freak?  Obsessively neat and tidy?  Far from it!  My house is a home, lived in and welcoming – but I do like it to be clean.  Prior to writing this book my general belief was….. surely homemade cleaners couldn’t be as good as this shiny spray bottle from the supermarket that had so many smiling people in their advert and which smelt really strong…. right?  Wrong!  Oh how wrong.  So – of course I had to add some good recipes to help you clean around your home too!

We labor to make a house a home, then every time we're expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house.  ~Robert Brault

What this book is it not….. 

§  This does NOT contain a beauty regime, with a list of recommended products.

§  Nor does it contain any information on the health benefits for “this” or “that” fragrance. 

§  The recipes included do NOT contain a range of complicated, fancy ingredients.

§  And lastly, but importantly, this does not provide a guaranteed list of allergy free recipes… I urge you to please use your common sense – people are allergic to natural products as well as man-made ones.  Test each recipe on a small piece of skin first.  For instance – while other nuts don’t bother me, I am allergic to Macadamias – therefore you will not see any recipes below using that particular oil.  Feel free to use it yourself of course J

It’s a no brainer really, I have no homeopathic skills – but I do have a great love of saving money, so this book is a collection of recipes that ….

§  Will work (I’ve tried them all);

§  Will save you money;

§  Will be easy to make; and

§  Include ingredients that are easy to find and/or relatively cheap to buy.

I hope you enjoy this book  - I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to drop me an email on beeing.centsabile@gmail.com to let me know how you are finding these recipes.

Have you ordered a book?  Here's a shopping list to get you started.  The only other ingredients used in the book are things you have anyway, like sugar, salt, honey.  Most of these you can get fairly quickly, but if you are going to get Shea Butter and/or Jojoba Oil (get them... oh they are fabulous, get them) then they are best ordered now while you are waiting for your book so you are ready to go when you have it delivered.  

If you are looking for containers, look on eBay, your local cheap shops, second hand/antique type places and/or try reading this which has information about a company I use for my containers here in Adelaide. 

Ingredient

Where are you likely to find it (the locations where I got them from are BOLDED)

What I paid for them

Bi-Carb Soda

Supermarkets, Bulk Food Places

$4 per kilo (get 2 or 3 kilos!!)

Beeswax

Health food shops, online, Beekeepers

$5 kilo

Borax

Supermarkets

$4 kilo

Carrier Oils (eg Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond, Rice Bran, Olive)

supermarkets, markets, health food shops, online, Pharmacies

Ranges from $13 / 500ml to $5 a litre depending on oil and location

Cocoa Butter

Health Food Shops, Online

$50 kilo

Coconut Oil

Health Food Shops, Online

$22 Litre

Shea Butter

Health Food Shops, Online

$33 kilo

Citric Acid

Supermarkets, Bulk Food Places, Beer making supply shops

$4

Castile liquid Soap

Health food Shops, Online, some supermarkets

$25 litre

Cream of Tartar

Supermarkets

$3.50 for 100g

Emulsifying Wax

Health Food Shops, online

$7 per 100g - $13 per 100g depending on type of wax

Epsom Salts

Supermarkets, Bulk Food Places,

$4 for 500g

Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils

Cheap shops, supermarkets, markets, health food shops, online, Pharmacies

$6 - $100 per 10ml.  Most around $10

Aloe Vera

The Garden, Supermarkets, Pharmacies,

$10-15 per plant, $8 per 200ml of gel alone

Glycerin (only used in shaving cream)

Supermarkets, pharmacies, health food shops, cake decorating supply shops, online

$4 for 100ml

Honey

Supermarkets, markets, health food shops, online,  Bee Keepers

$9 kilo

Hydrogen Peroxide

Supermarkets, markets, health food shops, online

$3 per 100ml

Jojoba Oil

Supermarkets, health food shops, online

$69 per litre

Lanolin

Supermarkets, Pharmacies, health food shops, online, 

$4 for 80g

Lectric Soda

Supermarkets

$4 kilo

Linseeds (only used for hair gel)

Supermarkets, Pharmacies, health food shops, online, 

$4 for 500g

Propolis

Bee Keepers

$20 per 100g

Rose Water

Supermarkets, pharmacies, health food shops, cake decorating supply shops, online, markets

$3 per 100ml

Salt

Supermarkets, markets, health food shops, online, 

$2 kilo

Soap (blocks)

Supermarkets, markets, health food shops, online, 

$1-$5 each

vinegar (white or Apple Cider)

Supermarkets, markets, health food shops, online,

$2 litre - buy heaps

Sterile Water

Make it yourself