Online Cook Along: Homemade Cosmetics

Sep 26 2020 16:00 - 17:30

Join vegan skincare herbalist and cosmetic formulator, Shashi Ioannides, to learn how to make natural, affordable and effective high-quality skin and haircare products. Perfect as gifts or just to indulge yourself. You will also learn which ingredients to avoid when buying natural beauty products and why.

This will include:

  •  How to make a soothing and anti-inflammatory Oat & Almond Face Mask and Scrub to gently even out skin and eliminate toxins, using only natural plant based ingredients
  • Make a gorgeous aromatic Infused Facial Oil that can be used for cleansing, moisturising and adding to the bath, using an oil of your choice and a tea to suit your skin type
  • Learn which ingredients to avoid when buying hair and skin products and how to personalise DIY beauty recipes to suit your own skin and hair type
  • The opportunity to have your questions answered by a skincare expert
  • Recipe handout including bonus recipes for Ayurvedic Hair Mask/Shampoo and Himalayan Salt Body Scrub 

For ingredients and equipment needed see below

About Shashi

Shashi is a trained skincare herbalist, soap-maker and cosmetic formulator. She founded a successful international vegan skincare brand based on strong ethical policies, sourcing ingredients from suppliers whose business practices do not harm people, animals or the planet. Shashi is now a serial ethical vegan entrepreneur, social media manager and content creator for Anti-racist, BAME, Refugee & Migrant causes and various charities. She is passionate about creating space and platforms for marginalised communities and educating people to take the power back into their own hands. Follow her:

Insta: @shashiwastaken @represent.nation 

Twitter: @shashiwastaken @reprezentnation

Facebook: representation

Fee: Suggested donation £20 but any donation amounts accepted.  All funds raised go towards our community meal service providing free nutritious, tasty meals to households who need them during these challenging times.


Face Scrub/Mask 

  • 25g Ground Gluten Free porridge oats 
  • 25g Ground Almond Meal/ Almond Flour 
  • 20g Pink Clay* 
  • 15g Hibiscus Powder** 
  • 10g Tulsi*** 
  • 5g Turmeric

Facial Oil

  • 200ml chosen Oil (Jojoba/Rice Bran/Olive Oil) 
  • 3 tea bags from Pukka or elsewhere:

Tea: Choose ONE type ****
Problem skin - Cleanse Organic
Itchy/inflamed - Night Time Organic
Dry/dull skin - Turmeric Active Organic


*Pink Clay: Mystic Moments / Aromantic / Ebay
Alternatives: Chick pea flour, Bentonite clay, Fullers earth/multani mati – from Spices Of India/ASDA/Amazon)

**Hibsicus: Hatton Hill / Spices Of India / Indigo herbs / Mystic Moments / Ebay
Alternatives: Dried Sorrel
*Can be bought as dried flowers and ground at home

***Tulsi: Hatton Hill / Spices Of India / Indigo herbs / Organic India / Mystic Moments / Ebay
Alternatives: Neem powder, Moringa powder
*Can be bought as leaves and ground at home

****Tea: If you cannot get Pukka, alternatives are chamomile, turmeric, lavender, dandelion, nettle, moringa. You will need three tea bags, so they can be three of the same or a mixture from this list.


Ayurvedic Hair Mask Powder/Shampoo

  • 20g Bhingraj / Maka
    20g Tulsi
  • 20g Brahmi
  • 20g Neem
  • 20g Hibiscus

Himalayan Salt Body Scrub

  • 225g Himalayan Salt 
  • 22.5g Sunflower Oil 
  • 15g Jojoba Oil 
  • 15g Castor Oil 
  • 15g Olive Oil 
  • 7.5g Vit E 
  • OPTIONAL: 1.5g Grapefruit Essential Oil 
  • OPTIONAL: 1.5g Juniperberry Essential Oil 


  • Mixing Bowl(s) 
  • Mixing spoons 
  • Scales 
  • Container to store 100g  Jar to store 300g – Kilner or other

                Refunds: we require a minimum of 24 hours' notice for any cancellations or transfers once you have booked onto a class.

                For information: / 020 8442 4266

                LocationZoom, details to be provided via email (usually the day before the class). Check your junk mail if need be!

                Community Cookery School and charity running vegan cooking classes, supper clubs and events. All proceeds raised goes towards FREE community classes for groups in need across London. 


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