Nic’s Sunshine Sugar Scrub

Sunshine Sugar Scrub by The Floral Mixtress

This scrub is named for my friend Nic. She is a constant source of light and sweetness in my life. She sends me text messages with greetings like “Happy sunny Saturday angel” and “Hey hottie!!! You looked stunning last night.” A ‘Nic’ is a very good thing to have in your life t0 enjoy the good times with and is also wonderful for when boys are crap or you’ve had the worst EVER day at work. Nic is very good at getting INVOLVED. She works damn hard and also makes time to really listen to her friends, to get involved with her community and take part in a multitude of interesting things such as bicycle dance. She is a wee dynamo and I hope to grow old disgracefully with her. Continue reading

Mid-summer mixing: pot marigold, lavender and thyme

Lavandula angustifolia, Calendula offinicinalis and Thymus vulgaris

Clockwise from left: Lavandula angustifolia, Calendula officinalis and Thymus vulgaris

With the arrival of the new year has come mid-summer (the second month of summer as opposed to midsummer – the summer solstice). I’m on holiday and loving every single second of it. My day job really gets in the way of my pottering about with flowers (of course it funds it too). I will be off to Bali this week. I’m only taking carry-on luggage and it is mostly taken up with a camera so I can take beautiful photos of flowers for you… yes YOU my lovely. Continue reading

Moisturising Hibiscus Hair Gel

Moisturising Hibiscus Hair Gel 2 by The Floral Mixtress

I can’t recall ever meeting a woman who is happy with her hair. Women with the most glorious hair you have ever seen will complain about it. A colleague of mine who has the most lovely coppery wavy hair, which she can coax into loose ringlets, insists on getting blonde highlights and ironing it straight. When I am Queen of the World there will be a law against that sort of carry-on. Continue reading

Gentle Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass Shampoo

Ylang Ylang Flower on Tree (Cananga odorata)

Ylang Ylang Flower on Tree (Cananga odorata)

This shampoo will not give you multiple orgasms in the shower (more is the pity) a la Herbal Essences Shampoo advertisement. However, it will be kind to your scalp and hair and kind to the fishies when it eventually winds up in the ocean. Continue reading

Roast Carrot and Coriander Flower Dip

Roast Carrot and Coriander Flower Dip by The Floral Mixtress

It is a wise florista who keeps her girlfriends close. Without mine I am sure I would be even more barking mad than I currently am. Also, they are a whole ton of fun. I very much enjoy eating, drinking and having heart-to-hearts with mine – not sure what I have done to deserve such a wonderful group of friends but I am very grateful for their presence in my life. Continue reading