If you read the tiny print on a bottle of insect repellent like I did it’d spur you on to try something natural. You can make your own insect repellent without any harmful chemicals.It also doubles as a moisturising oil.
You only need five ingredients to make the oil. I used to buy my oils from my local health shop but all too often they are far to over-priced. I buy mine online from a soap supplier. Ebay is also a good place to find aromatherapy shops.
- 8 drops lemongrass
- 8 drops geranium
- 8 drops catnip
- 5 drops eucalyptus
- 1/4 cup of soyabean base oil
Add all of the ingredients into a bottle, put the lid on and shake well to mix ingredients. Rub the oil all over your skin. The mixture will keep for up to a year, no need to keep it in the fridge.
And there we go, no more mosquito dodging!
I love bath products. Today I tried Lush Glorious Mud body mask. This is essentially a fizzy cube that cleanses the skin. You rub the cube all over your body in the shower.
According to Lush’s site the cubes contain Aloe Vera which is soothing and sesame which moisturises. They contain bicarbonate of soda which makes them fizz on the skin, now that part I like! It has quite a scrubby texture which I liked. I made it into a paste and applied all over.
I’m not a big fan of the scent, sesame and vanilla. It’s the sort of scent that gets stuck up your nose. I left it on my kitchen table and when I came home my whole house smelled like Glorious Mud. Apparently it smells like Crème Anglaise, I haven’t tried it so I can’t vouch for it.
This didn’t irritate my skin and it’s vegan friendly. However, I’m not sure it should be marketed as a mask.
Have you tried these?
I am recording my May favourites later and was gathering the products I needed when I realised that there is one item that I have relied heavily on last month. No fancy creams or expensive make-up just exfoliating gloves.
I have tried quite a few brands of exfoliating gloves but my favourites are from Infinity (have no idea who they are). I found them at my local pharmacy for €2.99. The Penneys version are a bargain at €1.50 but I find them a little too abrasive.
I exfoliate like a mad woman before a sun holiday to prepare my skin. I have tried so many exfoliators. Currently in my bathroom I have L’Oreal Exfotonic (love the smell of this one), St Tropez Body Polish, Fake Bake Scrub, Soap and Glory and a few more that have made their way onto the shelf. I like them all but they don’t work near as well as exfoliating gloves.
I find exfoliating products are great for maintenance of already smooth/exfoliated skin but the gloves are Read more…
I have been testing Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie and thought it was about time I shared my thoughts with you. Here we go…
- It’s not drying on my skin
- It doesn’t cause a kp reaction (the yuck bumps on the backs of my arms) although it didn’t get rid of the bumps when they had flared up
- Suitable for vegans
- The creaminess feels luxurious in the bath
- Can be used to shave cream
- The biggest disappointment for me is the scent. It’s pretty bland. When I saw Almond & Coconut on the label I was so excited but unfortunately they mean it’s made with Almond and Coconut oil (neither of which has much of a scent). In fairness it does say on the packaging that it makes your skin smell like vanilla and ylang ylang. To be honest it smells a little weird to me but some people love it.
- Doesn’t leave any scent on my skin, this time that was a good thing
- Although it didn’t dry out my skin it wasn’t any softer than usual.
- If your a fan of lathering then this one might not be for you.
- Although this is a delight to use the bath, it’s a little trickier in the shower. Water got in the tub and more of it plopped on the shower base then on my skin.
This one is definitely a try before you buy. Some of you will love it and some of your will be indifferent. If you have sensitive skin it’s worth a look, smell it first though. Would I get this again? If I didn’t make my own soap then I would.
Have you tried this? Have you come across a shower/bath product that doesn’t irritate your skin?
I used to have natural bath bomb in my soap store but I didn’t like the bomb idea. I wanted something more elegant and luxurious so I started experimenting. Here is what I came up with….
It’s like a bath bouquet. I need your help naming it. As you know my soap store is now called Pink With Natural Potions & Lotions and my soaps names are inspired by fairy tales, legends etc.
Although they look just like bath salts they actually contain an element of bath bomb. When you sprinkle some in your bath they fizzle a little. They also contain…
- Salt from the Dead Sea – known for it’s skin healing abilities
- Epsom salts to draw out impurities from the body
- Sweet Almond Oil to nourish dry skin
- Rose petals
- Pure essential oils for sensitive skin.
All natural as usual. I need some help with the name. I’ll give a full size away to the the person who comments with the best name for this goodie. (Click here to see the names already used for my products) I’ll also throw in a natural soap of your choice.
Thanks for your feedback :)
I have been testing Lush Dream Cream for 2 months now so I thought it was high time for a review.
Lush market this cream to those with troubled skin. Chamomile and lavender are amongst the calming ingredients, however, for some Lavender can cause irritation. It’s designed to reduce redness and banish blotches. I have sensitive skin and always got those dreaded bumps at the backs of my arms (I haven’t got them anymore thanks to my lavender and oat scrub soap). I was interested to see if this cream would make the bumps return.
When I got this pot my sister tested it first. She smeared it right on her eczema which then started to sting. I have to point out that EVERYTHING we have tried on Eimear’s skin has lead to stinging (E45 being the worst culprit) but this didn’t bode well for Dream Cream.
For the first week or two I kept it on my nightstand and smothered my hands and feet it before bed. After a few days I noticed Read more…
My skin has recently been reeping the rewards of Jojaba oil. I add a little to my soaps and my night serum. Since it’s so widely accessible I thought I’d share a little about its benefits and uses. I’m all on for affordable ways to improve my skin.
What is Jojoba?
Jojoba is a liquid wax obtained from the seeds of a Mexican shrub. Native Americans once used it to heal wounds. Now it’s mainly used for beauty purposes.
The benefits of Jojoba
- It’s gentle and non-irritating
- The composition of Jojoba is similar to skins natural sebum so it absorbs quickly leaving no residue
- Non greasy
- Prevents the skin from becoming too oily
- Reduces sebum production which is great for acne sufferers.
- Very moisturising, improves the skins condition
- Promotes healing
- Contains antimicrobial properties which prevent the growth of many bacterias and fungus
- Allergic reaction is very rare.
- Doesn’t clog pores
- Suitable for sensitive skin
- Acts as an environmental barrier for the skin
- Contains Vitamin E, B complex, chromium, zinc, iodine and copper
The uses for Jojoba Read more…
After listing the ingredients in cosmetics that are best avoided (click here to see list) , I decided to post an overview of a natural skincare line that I like, Liz Earle. Some of the products are amazing whilst some are a wee bit boring…
The products I mentioned:
- Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (holy grail!)
- Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
- Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Normal / Combination
- Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream
- Liz Earle Sheer Gold Shimmer
- Liz Earle Energising Body Wash
- Liz Earle Energising Scrub
- Liz Earle Foot Repair Moisturiser
- Liz Earle Foot Scrub
What do you think of Liz Earle skincare?
I often wonder whether the benefits of my skincare products outweigh the negatives. There are other times when I find myself irritated by the fact that after continued use of a product my skin conditions flare.
Here are some ingredients that are known to cause irritation, allergic reaction and in some cases they are linked to nerve damage and caner. Scary stuff…
Mineral Oil (aka paraffinum liquidum): This is petroleum. It’s cheap and is currently widely available. This won’t be the case in the future. Mineral oil can lead to dry skin conditions.
Parabens Ethyl, Butyl, Methyl, Propyl, and Parahydroxybenzoate : A common preservative, lab made for cosmetics. This ingredient poses some serious health concerns, it mimics estrogen in the bloodstream and is linked to breast cancer Read more…
There is nothing worse than a breakout on the delicate skin on your chest or your back. I know this a common problem but that we ladies tend not to bring it up.
I hate the idea of applying a shower gel designed for breakouts. They can dry the rest of your skin. It also means that you are using plenty of chemicals that you don’t need.
I have come across quite a few men that suffer from breakouts on their back. In my experience this tends to be diet related. One of the worst culprits are protein shakes (for men who are trying to build muscle). The body reacts to excesses of any food. The skin often breaks out when the body is trying to get rid of these excesses. In these cases you will often see boils and blind pimples that are coming from inside the body rather then a blocked pore.
If you regularly suffer from large, painful boils or acne or your back it could be down to a reaction to your skin care products. If Read more…