Author: tlgemsandmixes

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. 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. …

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 …