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Rose, Vanilla & Milk Bath Anyone?

I was inspired to make this bath milk by a natural beauty book I’m currently reading, I’ve however modified the recipe to suit myself, except the cocoa butter and roses. I love roses and cocoa butter, infact almost all my diy bath stuff have one or the other including this skin softening bath milk. However aside the roses and cocoa butter, it has coconut milk which contains a natural protein that is good for the skin and goats’ milk which has alpha hydroxy acid that helps in removing dead skin cells and vitamin A which helps in skin repair and rejuvenation.

Anytime I make this bath milk, I let it sit for a few days before using, this allows the vanilla scent become more intense (it’s like infusing herbs in oil, if you get the picture).

I love to fill up bathtub with warm water, add as much as I want ( Be careful with the roses, you don’t want to mess up your drainage), soak in and relax for 20 to 30 minutes, then give myself a gentle scrub with a soft sponge or exfoliating gloves. Skin feels so smooth and soft. It’s so simple and easy to make and you’ll probably find all the items you need in your kitchen cupboard…..okay at least a few of them.

THE RECIPE

1 Vanilla Pod

50g Goats’ milk Powder

50g Sodium Bicarbonate

50g Coconut Milk Powder

10g Cocoa Butter

Dried Rose Petals

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon

A jar

Grater

HOW TO

Measure out all the ingredients, add the powders together in the bowl and mix. Open up your vanilla pod with a knife and cut it into pieces, this will allow the vanilla scent out in the milk.

Use the grater to grate the cocoa butter in the milk and add the dried rose petals. Mix all together and scoop in your jar. The scent gets better with time because of the vanilla pods.

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All well mixed and you can add more roses and vanilla pods like I did. Don’t forget to cover your jar well and tight.

Use anytime you feel like the extra pamper is needed. Thank you for reading and let me know your thoughts on this recipe. Please don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.

 

Aleppo Soap, Dead Sea Water And Other Stuff

I love shopping for skincare/ haircare products either natural or not so natural, especially when they’re not the usual beauty products you see all over, so I was doing my usual surfing online (eBay to be precise) when I came across this shop (eco natural products) and all they sell are eco-friendly, all natural skincare/ haircare products from oils, to serum, to masks and everything in-between. So I decided to get a few things to try out and I must say I was not disappointed at all, anyway here goes my review on some of the items.

Traditional Aleppo Soap

The first time I heard about this particular soap was on a YouTube video, the ingredients and process of making it intrigued me. It is a traditional soap made from olive oil, laurel oil, sodium hydroxide and water. It’s a pure and natural soap with no colours or fragrance. The large block of soap is made using traditional method, it is then cut into smaller blocks and stamped with the manufacturer’s logo. The soaps are left to dry for 6 to 9 months which makes them really hard with good lather. Laurel oil  has antiseptic properties, it is a regenerating and purifying oil that helps soothe sensitive skin. It is also good for dry irritated skin. It can be used on hair, face, body and even wash baby’s clothes.

Although this is a traditional soap, however there is a lot of varieties now with hydrosols and natural powders/muds.

I’ve used this soap for over a month now with my 4-year-old and its a pretty good soap. Leaves the skin absolutely refreshed. I use it all over for my son (hair/face/body) and its been prefect, No dryness at all, or any skin irritation. It is a very good family soap, so simple yet very effective.

If like me you prefer a simple cleansing bar then you will love this.

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Dead Sea Water

I bought this because I’ve used dead sea mud for a while now and I kinda like how it deeply cleanses my skin, leaving it smooth and fresh without drying it out like most mask does.

The story goes that 3 million years ago, the valley of the river Jordan was regularly flooded by the waters of the red sea. The flood waters accumulated in a narrow bay connected to the sea and with each flooding, salt deposits were formed and the salt water became the dead sea. The dead sea water has over 25% of salt hence why it has no plants nor animal, what it however has is amazing minerals including magnesium,potassium and calcium which does wonders for the skin and body.

The unique thing about this is, it goes on the skin like silk, It feels like an oily water but good oily….if you get what I mean. It can be added to bath water to purify, calm and refresh. It can be massage on to the skin for its regenerative properties and rinse off after each use.

Personally, I use this in the morning for my face, I massage it in a circular motion and rinse off as a mild cleanser but do not use on irritated or broken skin and it could be drying so use with caution. That been said, this makes my skin feels very smooth after each use.

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Red Clay Beloun With Rose Water (red beloun clay + rosa damascena flower water)

This is a cosmetic clay from Syria. It has minerals, has antibacterial properties that strengthens and improves the skin.

I have not tried this particular product, but it is suppose to cleanse the skin/hair, helps with cellulite, nourish and soothes the skin. It also helps slow down the process of aging.

Use it on the face/hair/skin by crushing it and adding hot water, mix it well and let it rest for about 30 mins before use. Rinse off after 5 to  10 mins.

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Marseille Soap

I’ve always wanted to buy and use this soap just out of curiosity and I like the shape. It is also another beautiful, simple, vegetable soap. It is hard and lathers well.

‘Savon De Marseille’ is a French soap made with 72% vegetable oils like olive oil, palm oil and coconut oil. It can be used by everybody even people with sensitive skin due to all natural ingredients. It is a really clean smelling(if clean has a smell/scent) soap, it is non drying because some soap do dry out the skin, I make soap bars so trust me I would know. This is for sure a personal favourite of mine.

That’s is it people, I hope you enjoyed reading this or if you are familiar with any of the product, let me know by commenting below and I might even be doing more blog post like this.

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Rhassoul Rose Cleansing Facial Mask

I purchased a book  on amazon kindle by Carla Oates ‘feeding your skin’, and according to the book, it is believed that the first mask was invented by slave girls in Egypt who were washing their clothes at the Nile’s edge. They realised that their feet became soft and pappy after immersion in the mud, and so decided to apply it on their face and hands. since then , masks have evolved to include a plethora of ingredients that draws out dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin.

I use either a clay/mud mask OR  dried fruit powder and honey or hydrosol/distilled water once a week OR every other week. My skin is dry to combination and kinda of sensitive….yeah I know. Anyway, I love how clean and smooth it makes my skin feels and apparently products tend to work better after a deep cleanse your face/skin gets from using a mask.

This blend combines rhassoul clay known for its rich and naturally occurring minerals and improves the texture of the skin whilst it cleanses, honey powder with its natural anti bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I actually cleanse my face with honey, it is amazing for every skin issues from dryness to acne to hyperpigmentation.

I added pineapple powder. pineapple powder has a fruit enzyme called bromelain which is known for removing dead skin cells from the skin. Rose powder, apricot powder also known for rejuvenating and brightening  properties .

The best way to apply a mask is on a clean skin, In fact you can give yourself a mini face steam by placing a warm soft cloth on your face for a few minutes, then apply the mask on your face avoiding the eye area with clean fingers or a brush. Leave it for about 15 to 20 minutes to pull out all the grime and dirt from your skin whilst nourishing it. use a warm face cloth to clean and splash your face with cool water to close up your pores or you can settle for a good toner, try to avoid toners with alcohol. It messes up my skin so I stay away!. Then follow with either a serum or facial oil and apply a moisturizer to seal all the goodness in.

INGREDIENTS

Honey Powder 1tablespoon

Apricot Powder 1tablespoon

Rhassoul clay 2tablespoon

Rose powder 2tablespoon

Essential Oils (optional)

Rose Water/ Water/ Any Liquid Of Choice

Pineapple Powder 2tablespoon

Application Brush/Clean Hands

Mixing Bowl

STEPS AND HOW TO

Gather all your ingredients and please note that you don’t have to use this plethora of stuff, In fact I use either a mud( rhassoul clay/dead sea mud) or Fruit powders and honey, however I tried this particular blend and I loved how it made my skin feel so I use it once in a while now.

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Mix all the dry ingredients in a clean glass bowl, add your liquid which could be water, honey, or hydrosol and I like to add a natural oil just because my skin is dry and I like to think the oil gives it a good balance.

Mix together, making sure all the ingredients are well blended, then apply with clean hands or a brush, I got mine on eBay so you can check there if you’re looking to buy, its cheap and really good.

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Apply to face avoiding eye area.

Apply to face avoiding eye area.

Although I use this on my skin which is dry, I think this will be good for all skin types, it’s all natural and you can always pick or choose what might upset your skin. That’s what I love about it,  you can customise to suit your skin by adding what you like or not using what feels wrong for you. I’m adding goat milk to my next batch because I’ve read great things and benefit it has on skin.

My face after the mask, no tight feeling just smooth and clean.

My face after the mask, no tight feeling just smooth, clean and bright.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know your thoughts about masks by commenting down below and let me know the ones you’ve tried. please don’t forget to like,subscribe and share.

 

Favourites + Effective Natural Plant Oils For Hair And Skin

Carrier Oils/Base Oils are natural plant/fruits oils, pressed from the leaves or seed of such plant. Usually, plant oils do not have any strong concentrated aroma unlike essential oil, however some type of oils like neem oil, marula oil, olives etc, have distinctive smell, also carrier oils are not prone to evaporation because they are less volatile unlike essential oil. The best plant oil is unrefined, cold pressed, and organic.That been said I don’t always buy the organic oils, as long as its pure and unrefined, I’m good.

Carrier oils are important for health and beauty. They not only help the skin absorb essential oils better, they moisturise and protect the skin from damage caused by external environmental factors. Using natural oil is a really fast way to get antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins on your skin tropically and I’m obsessed with them it’s not even funny, I’m always mixing/blending with essential oils to use for my skin, hair and face. These oils are just a few new ones I’ve just started using and not so new ones as well. Hope you enjoy reading!.

Hibiscus Oil

This is one of the new oils I recently started using for my hair and it is beyond amazing!. I use it as a leave in or mix it with my conditioner for deep conditioning treatment.

It’s often called the Botox plant. It is a natural source of  alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which helps to  gently exfoliate the skin and speed up skin cell renewal, controls acne and breakouts, encourages fresher, younger looking skin.

It has something called ‘mucilage‘ in high content ( mucilage is produced by all plants, it is a thick gummy substance that helps water and food retention, seed germination and membrane thickening, a good example of plant with high mucilage is flaxseed).  Mucilage is a good hair moisturiser and amazing detangler for hair. I love what it does for my hair. I mix it with my hair conditioner and I leave it in just a bit longer before rinsing off. It can be used to treat dandruff, helps in combating hair loss issues in both men and women.

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It also has anthocyanosides which is an anti-oxidants that protects the skin from free radical damage. It helps refine pores because of its astringent properties. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can be rescued with the use hibiscus oil.

Broccoli Seed Oil 

One of the things I like about this oil is the colour, its light yellow/mellow gold, also a new oil in my cabinet. Broccoli seed oil has anti oxidants properties and essential fatty acids that helps with hydrating and moisturising the skin. It forms a protective layer over the skin hindering water loss.

It protects the skin from UV rays and environmental pollution. This amazing oil is also a source of  retinol that helps to increase skin cell turn over and slough off dry dead cells. Also a source of vitamin C , that helps to nourish and gives skin a glow.

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This oil is not  my favourite for face just because the of consistency, that been said, it is a miracle for my hair and skin. Basically it by far one of the most effective oil I’ve ever used. I mix it with my body butter or I just rub it on my skin after a warm bath.

Neem Oil 

This is a dark, thick and greenish oil that smells like a potent herb but it works!. It is a tested and trusted oil, from its bark, to leaves and oil, This plant oil does wonders for hair and skin. It is often used with other light oils to blend/mix because of its thickness. I have used this oil for more than 3 years now and it is one of the most effective in treating any scalp issues that I know.

Neem oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine/remedies for thousands of years. It is anti bacteria, anti parasitic, anti fungal, anti inflammatory. And it smells really potent!.

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It promotes hair growth because of the high level of anti oxidants which apparently is more than blue berries or spinach/green leafy vegetable. It protects the scalp from dandruff, itchiness hence its hair growth benefit. It helps in treating ringworm because of its anti fungal properties (ringworm is a fungal infection), also helps with eczema/itchy skin. The bark and leaves can be boiled or socked in water and use as hair rinse.

Quick Growth Oil Recipe With Neem Oil

Neem Oil 20ml

Hemp Seed Oil 15ml

Safflower Oil 10ml

Rosemary Essential Oil 6 to 12 drops

Marula Oil

Harvested from the nuts inside the sweet marula fruit, this oil is chocked full of omega and essential fatty acids, vitamins E and C that works together and helps to repair any skin damage.

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A naturally soothing oil, fast absorbing, hydrating oil for all skin types and hair. One of my favourite thing about this oil aside its non tacky ability is the smell, oh my lord! I love the it, it smells so pure and rustic.

It helps in balancing moisture level so it’s a good choice to mix with face cream or body lotion, it softens and rejuvenate the skin as well.

Hempseed Oil 

Extracted from the seeds of hempseed plant. It helps prevents water loss which makes it a very good moisturizer, it easily absorbs into hair, skin and even face. This is also one of my old faithful oils. I love it unrefined and pure.

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Promotes hair growth because of its omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids content. It is a source of protein for hair and skin health and also it will not clog your pores so it makes a good oil to try as a facial oil. HAVE YOU USED ANY OF THESE OILS?, let me know and thank you!.

 

Organic Whipped Shea Baby Butter

It’s one of those nights when my mind is just clogged and I can’t go to sleep. So instead of tossing and turning I decided to go downstairs gather up my ingredients, lock the kitchen door (to block off the noise incase you were wondering)  and make my son’s body butter. I use it as a body and hair moisturizer for him and it works just fine. I use it for rashes, dry skin, and even flu cream with added eucalyptus essential oil. It is a moisturising and healing butter.

And No Shea Butter Is Not Over Rated – 

Basically, body butters rejuvenate, moisturises and protects the skin. It has no water unlike emulsified creams and lotions. It provides a protective layer on the surface of the skin to prevent water/moisture loss hence it’s better used on a damp skin. The pores on the surface of the skin means that whatever we put on it sinks in, so using natural butters like Shea, mango, cocoa, tacuma etc that has a lot of vitamins, minerals, and omega 3,6,9 fatty acids benefits the body.

African Shea butter is obtained from the Shea tree nuts that grows wild in Africa. According to the American Shea institute study, Shea butter has the ability to relieve symptoms in people suffering from skin blemishes like dermatitis and eczema. It is not only rejuvenating but discourages skin inflammation and that’s why it’s the go to butter for my son’s sensitive skin. furthermore, it can help in smoothing skin wrinkles, fine lines, soothes burns and insect bites. However a little goes a long way when using it on the face.

This is how a good organic Shea buuter looks like. Smells nutty but not horrible at all.

This is how a good organic Shea butter looks like.
Smells nutty but not horrible at all.

It is an amazing butter that will soften your skin and hair when used over a period of time. Also can be used alone which by the way I do or mixed and blended with other similar butters/oils to soften the texture.

The Recipe

Organic Shea Butter 200g

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Infused With Dried Lavender Herbs 30g

Vitamin E Oil 5g

Glycerine 5g

Eucalyptus Essential Oil. (This is optional, but very effective for cold and flu rub.)

Glass Jar

Electric Hand whisk

Mixing Glass Bowl

I don’t like melting my Shea butter just because I prefer the texture and the feel of the whipped cream when the Shea butter has not been melted. If my recipe has harder butter like cocoa, I melt it, then allow the heat from the cocoa butter to melt the Shea.

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Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. And just whisk. However, I suggest you set the electric whisk at a low-speed. This prevents the oil from splashing all over as you are trying to breakdown the butter, it could be a bit tricky but believe me it is worth it, the cream is a lot more fluffy!.

When the whipped cream has reached the desired consistency, scoop in your jar. And use on damp skin and hair for best results.

Thank you for reading and please don’t forget to comment down below and share.

Srubby Sweet Lip Balm

This is for the dry winter lips and the quick lip fix just before a lipstick. It’s a lip scrub, a lip balm and a lip primer all in one. Contains all natural, simple and skin loving oils, wax and butter.

The Recipe

White/Yellow beeswax 0.7oz

Sweet Almond Oil 1.3oz

Raw Unrefined Shea Butter 1oz

White Sugar 2.5oz

Vitamin E 0.2oz

Sliver Glitter (optional)

Flavour Oil 6ml

Glass bowls

Mixing Spoons

Lip Pots/Containers/Jars

 

How To

Measure out all ingredients needed. Combine the oil and beeswax.  Melt in a double boiler or microwave. I used the microwave, and it took 2 minutes in total for the wax to melt into the oil at 30 seconds interval.

While the wax and oil are still melting, add the glitter to your sugar and mix while it’s still dry. This allows for an even distribution of the glitter.

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When the oil and beeswax have melted, add the Shea butter. The heat from the oil will melt the Shea butter, also add the vitamin e oil and flavour oil. I just added my vitamin e oil, I decided not use any flavour oil. Add the glittered sugar, then mix very well. You have to move really fast here, the cooler it gets the thicker it becomes because of the beeswax. Scoop in your jar.

The result is a beautiful, buttery and soft lip balm scrub with specs of sliver lights. It is very moisturising and leaves the lips feeling soft and plump.

I scooped it in a 200ml heart shaped tin container.

I scooped it in a 200ml heart-shaped tin container.

To Use

Apply to lips and rub in gentle circular motion to get rid of dry, dead cells. Wipe off with a wet wipe or just use a tissue. It is very gentle on the lips and your lips are left feeling very soft.

This is a diy you can actually enjoy making with friends and kids. Everybody can add their own colours/glitters/flavour. I am going to remake this with cocoa butter and no beeswax and some colours.

Thank you so much for reading. Let me know your thoughts by commenting down below, don’t forget to subscribe, like and share what you like.

 

 

 

Whipped Oat Milk Body Cream

I make a lot of body butters and I love them, because they work really well for skin especially during winter. Applying it over damp skin helps my skin lock and seal in the moisture from water and that results in a softer, smoother feel, though it gets a bit much for me doing it everytime. Usually I make creams & lotion for myself, son and family. I’ve taken classes, I’ve read a lot of books online and off and I still do, I’ve tried out a bunch of recipes and formulated a lot of recipes as well, and  just tying to figure out exactly what ingredients I like and what actually works for my skin. It’s always very interesting to see what works and what doesn’t and just learning about how oils/butters/liquids all work together to make creams/lotions.

I formulated this recipe for my skin(dry skin). I wanted something very rich, thick but feels light, hence the whipping and something I can just use on a clean dry skin. I have to tell you this whipped  cream turned out AMAZING!. It sinks in without any tacky feeling and my skin is left feeling soft, hydrated and very well moisturised all at once. This Recipe has a reduced liquid/water content of  50% and 17% solid butter(Shea butter) hence the thick, fluffy texture. I added D-Panthenol which is also known as vitamin B5. It is a water-soluble vitamin that works as a humectant, helps in increasing the water content of the skin which leads to elasticity. It also has anti-aging properties, soothes, softens and moisturisies the skin. It promotes new skin cell regeneration allowing for a fresh, plump and smooth skin.

The Recipe

Light Oats Milk (300g)

Organic Shea Butter (102g)

Blend Of Avocado+Olive Squalane+Geranium+Papaya+Evening Primrose Oil (34g)

Wheatgerm Oil (103g)

Vitamin E Oil (6g)

D-Panthenol- optional (0.6ml)

Emulsifying wax (36g)

Stearic Acid (12g)

600grams Jar

Heat Resistant Glass Bowls

Whisk/Frother/Hand Blender

Hand Mixer

Spoons/Spatulas

Making My Oats Milk

This is a personal method of making the oats milk, I don’t know if it’s the right way or not but this works for me. I soak a cup of oats in 3 cups of distilled water overnight, then I run it through a blender after which I pass it through a cheese cloth twice and I use it. This makes a very thick rich cream that I use for soap making.

The second method- I add the oats to distilled water directly, I let it steep for a few minutes to get the water cloudy, then I pass it through a cheese cloth. This makes a very light milk.

The Process

Measure out all the ingredients. It makes for an organised/less messy work space.

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Combine all the solid and liquid oils with the emulsifying wax and the stearic acid in a heat-resistant jar or bowl and melt in either a double boiler or microwave.

Heat the water phase in a double boiler or microwave. And add the D-Panthenol. If you are using glycerine, you can add it now or after the lotion has cooled down.

Both the oil and water phase should be at the same range of temperature (75-80 C).

In a steady steam, pour the oil phase into the water phase( I actually did it the other way round as in water into oil and my cream turned out perfect) and continue to mix/stir with a spoon/balloon whisk/milk frother or stick blender until the temperature has cool down, because of the preservative which is very much-needed due to the water content, add your vitamin E and preservative. This is the stage where you’ll pour in a bottle if it was a lotion, however since this is a thick rich cream, you should leave it out to cool down or put it in the fridge. The cream will become thicker. Whip it with hand mixer  for about 4 to 5 minutes. And scoop in jars/jar of your choice. After whipping I suggest you don’t cover it immediately, just leave it out overnight or a few hours  if you can for any excess water/liquid to evaporate.

I use the cream after my bath/shower. And also at night before bed.


Sometimes the cream/lotion might want to separate, just use an immersion blender(stick blender) to mix it all together again and it should be okay.


 

This is a really thick, fluffy and light moisturising whipped body cream. It is incredibly soothing for dry skin and leaves the skin feeling very soft and smooth to touch.

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Thank you so much reading. Hope you’ll try this out and share your thoughts down below, don’t forget to subscribe, like and share what you like.