This recipe is not oily despite the fact that is uses essential oils. The witch hazel leaves you scalp feeling tingly and fresh.
Rosemary essential oil has been used for thousands of years to help stimulate the scalp. The lavender oil calms the scalp whist the witch hazel acts as an astringent.
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel (distilled)
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
Mix the ingredients together, shake vigorously to disperse the essential oils. Massage in to the scalp (damp or dry) using your fingertips. It’s up to you if you want to rinse it out or not.
Easy – Hello stimulated scalp!
Ok so I am cheating a little here to make this easier for you. If you buy an organic Liquid soap base online (I buy mine on ebay for a couple of euro, it’s called castile soap) then you can add healthy oils and essential oils suitable for your skin type, mood and the season. Even though I make my own organic soap bars they tend to be more suitable for body use so I like to leave a liquid soap beside the skin in the kitchen and bathroom.
I’m very anti-antibacterial products – you can make your own antibacterial soap without harsh chemicals very easily. I also make up batches for family and friends. I enjoy finding unusual bottles and jars for this purpose – I’m all about the pretty :)
My favourite blend to add to liquid soap at the moment is quite calming and warming which is perfect for this time of year.
125ml Liquid Soap (organic preferably)
5 drops Clary Sage essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
25 drops sandalwood essential oil
*You can add a few drops of Jojoba or sweet almond oil if you have particularly dry hands.
Lavender has antiseptic and skin calming qualities which makes it a great soap ingredient. It’s not the dominant scent in this blend since it’s in lesser quantities than the sandalwood. The Clary Sage adds a warm, winter citrus punch – it’s also a great mood lifter.
All you have to do is mix the oils into the soap and store it in a pump bottle. You could also get a little creative with the packaging.
I’m not a coffee drinker but you know how much I like making skincare products with stuff from my kitchen presses. I opened the cupboard the other day to look for inspiration and on front of me stood this lonely bag of ground coffee beans – unloved and getting old!
I decided to incorporate them into a scrub that I could use in the shower. Although I don’t like the taste of coffee I do love the smell so I was excited about this little mini project. Coffee is said to be good for stimulating lymphatic drainage – I can’t testify to that but it’s a common ingredient in anti-cellulite products.
- 2 cups of ground coffee
- Half cup of cup or granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons oil (Olive oil, grapeseed, almond etc)
Mix all the ingredients together and massage into damp, warm skin. You could store left overs in a jar and keep in the fridge for use later in the week. It’s that simple!
It does look a little messy but you’re in the shower when you apply so getting messy is part of the fun. The scrub leaves your skin silky smooth.
Finally, I have a use for coffee!
This blend can be used on damaged, dry, mature or sensitive skin. The recipe will last for one month and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare. The ingredients are very especially beneficial for ageing skin. Expensive skin care products often use these ingredients, but in minuscule proportions. Making your own treatment costs a fraction of the price, you have the benefit of knowing exactly what your putting on your skin and you have everything you need to make the treatment again.
- Still bottled water
- 9 drops Geranium Oil
- 6 Empty Evening Primrose Oil Capsules (the oil inside)
- 20ml Wheatgerm Oil
- 20ml Rosehip Oil
Pour rosehip, wheatgerm and evening primrose oil into a dark, clean bottle. Add the Geranium oil, close and shake.
This treatment mask can be used twice a day. Apply to damp, clean skin using cotton wool. This recipe is suitable for the eye area. Apply a thin film and leave it to absorb for 20 minutes.
If you have dry or mature skin you can go ahead and apply your make-up after the allotted time. If you have normal skin I recommend some oil blotting paper first.
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A friend of mine once told me that her mother swore by using Miracle Whip, yes the icky salad cream, as an exfoliator. This woman has the most amazing skin so I put my mild revulsion aside and decided to give it a try. Nobody said make-up and beauty blogging was pretty!
I was informed that the ingredients in Miracle Whip remove dead flaky skin. It also helps normalise excessively oily skin.
- Firstly, tie back your hair – unless you want to experiment with the effects of Miracle Whip on the hair! If you do, let me know how you get on :)
- Next, apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the the eye area.
- Leave on for 10 minutes and then massage gently. The dead skin cells roll off with the salad cream.
- Rinse your skin with warm water. Follow with your usual skin regime.
A word of warning – it stinks to high heaven! Vinegar is responsible for the smell but is probably responsible for the amazing effects too so I can’t complain. It also feels oily and weird but after 3 minutes it melted onto my skin.
My skin was in such a state, thanks to the flu. I am delighted to report that all of the flaky dry skin is gone and my skin feels smooth and tight. I’m quite surprised.
I also heard that Miracle Whip can be applied a few times a week for 5 – 6 weeks to reach skin rejuvenation.
Consider me on board! I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
Maybe the manufacturers should rename it – ‘Miracle Cream’ has a nice ring to it!
Make your own skincare time. I tried this one myself yesterday.
This mask is great for dry, combination, ageing or damaged skin. It tones, cleanses, reduces inflammation and hydrates the skin – all from ingredients in your kitchen cupboard.
You also get the added benefit of knowing exactly what you are putting onto your skin.
All you need:
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons of grated fresh cucumber
- Still bottle water
Beat the egg until it forms still peaks. I’m a weed to I use the electric mixer. Fold in the orange juice and cucumber, stir gently.
Smear the mixture onto your skin and leave for 20 minutes. I wiped mine off with cotton wool pads and bottled water. I like to finish diy masks by applying a little witchazel to the skin as a toner.
It keeps for 1 day in the fridge so I tend to apply the mask twice or share with my mum :)
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’m having a Saturday night in. Sad, I know but I’m determined to enjoy my night regardless. Whilst many of you are out painting the town red, I’m elbow deep in peanut butter whilst wearing a t-shirt that reads “and so the lion fell in love with the lamb”. Twilight nerding aside this mask is really delicious and I only used 3 ingredients from my kitchen. It left my skin silky smooth.
All you need:
- 40g crunchy peanut butter
- 20g finely ground sea salt
- 25ml almond oil (use olive oil instead if you don’t have any)
I mixed the peanut butter with the sea salt. Then I stirred in the almond oil. I rubbed it on damp skin and massaged well.
Whether you’re out on the town or curled up on front of the tv I hope you have a spectacular night.
It’s been a while since I posted a DIY skincare piece so I thought it was high time to share the recipe for a mask I have been making lately. This mask is full of AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) which naturally exfoliate the skin leaving you skin supple and smooth.
What you need:
2 sliced strawberries
30g chopped apple
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay (Health shop,some chemists, cheap online)
It’s best to use organic fruit where possible to avoid covering your face in pesticide. Blend the honey, yoghurt and fruit until the mixture is smooth. Add in the clay until the mixture forms a paste. Cleanse your face and neck then apply the mask. For best results leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and your done! I usually follow with a home made toner and then my moisturiser.
I previously did a post outlining how to make a wrinkle preventative using ingredients suited to those in their twenties. Today I’m moving up a decade. This anti-wrinkle oil has ingredients prove to protect, sooth and nourish the skin whilst keeping the aul’ wrinkles away.
Dilute the following ingredients in 2 tablespoons of almond or hazelnut oil. Store it in a sterilised glass bottle (like the tincture bottles from natural shops).
- 5 drops Jojoba
- 5 drops Carrot
Cellular regeneration is said to be the key to youthful skin. Essential oils are used for this reason in thousands of high end skin care products. Why not make up yourself. It will be far more concentrated and completely natural, I’m all for keeping lab made preservatives out of my pores.
This particular oil is best for people on their 20’s. After you have made the mixture store it in a tinted tincture bottle (available at the chemist).
I get a lot of mail from teenagers who suffer from the dreaded hormonal breakouts. Well I’m no teenager ladies and I’m sitting here right now with five giant spots on my chin. No fair! When I was a teenager I had great skin, then when I hit 22 all hell broke loose. Maybe it’s punishment for feeling chuffed about having clear skin. Damn karma.
Teenage skin can usually be managed. I do have to mention though that if you have very bad acne you should mention it to your GP. Otherwise, clear away dead skin cells by using a gentle scrub. For those of you who want to use a scrub but are afraid of making angry skin look… well, angrier here is an easy recipe that I have been trying out:
- 2 Tablespoons Ground Almonds (Almond Meal for US ladies)