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The many aromas of Cardo’s Farm

The many aromas of Cardo’s Farm

Ayrton Chapman pours the heated mixture to create a natural lip balm as her assistant Ariel Hartley funnels the liquid into a container on Saturday afternoon at Cardos Farm in Ponder, Texas. Photo by Renee Hansen / Senior Staff Writer

The many aromas of Cardo’s Farm
May 20
15:25 2013

Renee Hansen / Senior Staff Writer

The fresh scents of eucalyptus, rosemary and jasmine float over a rustic barn at Cardo’s Farm in Ponder, Texas. At a nearby chicken coup, three turkeys peck the ground for specks of food. It may not be the first place associated with physical beauty, but six women gathered May 18 to learn how to make their own organic beauty products.

With a lazy barn cat lounging underneath a chair next to them, the six crafty, self-proclaimed “makers” sat on wooden benches and tables listening to the workshop’s visiting instructor Ayrton Chapman, a Denton artist.

“How I started learning was I just kind of started putting things together,” Chapman said. “If you just get some ingredients, you can start making whatever you want.”

The attendees worked hands-on with an assortment of materials to make samples of lip balm, perfume, deodorant and insect repellant. While waiting for oil to heat for a different exercise, the group had the chance to indulge in a relaxing facial, using a mixture of avocado, chunks of strawberries, banana and yogurt.

Chapman provided an eclectic array of ingredients for attendees to work with. From coconut oil, deemed by Chapman as the “best thing that will ever happen to you,” to soothing shea butter, the women learned which natural ingredients to use for making their desired beauty products.

Chapman said the magic of coconut oil lies in its ability to serve a variety of purposes, from moisturizer to reducing protein loss in hair.

Instructor Ayrton Chapman (farthest right) and assistant Ariel Hartley prepare the materials for making a natural lip balm using essential oils on Saturday afternoon at Cardos Farm in Ponder, Texas. Photo by Renee Hansen / Senior Staff Writer

She passed around plastic cups of various butters and oils for the participants to smell, rub onto their skin and for those who dared to taste.

Many of the ingredients Chapman offered to the workshop attendees were everyday materials.

One of the participants, Beth Wise, said it is all about using the resources you already have. Wise and another workshop participant had previously attended a workshop at Cardo’s Farm, during which they learned how to make natural dyes.

“We eat avocados and save the pits in order to make dyes, and it’s healthier,” Wise said.

Christy Harris, another workshop attendee, said she has dabbled with organic techniques, and after attending the workshop, she realized it is not as complicated a process as she thought.

“It’s just another outlet to be creative,” Harris said.

Sarah Westrup, workshop coordinator at Cardo’s Farm, said she is passionate about encouraging others to utilize the natural environment around them.

“I’m trying to focus on processes and techniques and materials that either you can find or already have in your kitchen,” Westrup said.

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