Saturday, 9 May 2009

It's party time, where's the lip gloss?

We are moving from our shop in a couple of weeks time so today's party is our last here. The party host has chosen that she and her guests will make lip gloss and perfume.

I think for every child we have ever had at a Plush Folly part (and these run into hundreds, believe me!) 1in every 3 has made lip gloss - we must have a nation of shiny lipped children! Whilst they are very conservative with the colour - pale pink 'iced candy' mica being the most popular, they all drool over the flavours. We offer them a choice of using one or combining two to make a new flavour. Here are the top 5 flavours they all scramble for :

1 Chocolate
2 Cherry
3 Strawberry
4 Vanilla
5 Mint

Last : Coconut! I think we've only ever had one child select coconut.

The recipe we use is very easy and with two of us supervising, it can't possibly go wrong. It's one teaspoon each of grated cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax and olive oil and two teaspoons of castor oil. This gets mixed together in a little ramekin dish and then melted in a bain marie.

Once melted, the children add their choice of mica colours and flavours and we then pour their beautiful creatins into a little lip gloss pot. By the time we've had fun clearing up - or making the second party cosmetic - it's set and the lid can be popped on.

So many happy children, so many shiny lips! So MUCH mess!