All posts tagged: natural skincare

Hydrosol Floral Water + Pumpkin Seed Oil = Soft & Plump Skin

Like my hair, my skin is also dry and the only way to manage it is through hydration and moisturisation and yes! I know the best way to achieve that is drinking a reasonable amount of water and having a good diet(still working on that), however tropical application of creams and lotions is also important to me. Hydrating and moisturising are often mixed up when it comes to skin care or even hair care but simply put, to hydrate basically means to apply liquid to the surface of the skin, it’s like giving your skin water/hydrosols/floral water to drink and this makes it plump and fresh, for the water to be locked into the skin and not lost, you need to moisturise with oils/butters/creams and this creates a layer over the skin that locks in the liquid,protects, softens, smooths the skin. So understanding this, and knowing fully well that liquid and oils don’t mix, I came up with this really simple recipe of oil, hydrosol and floral water. Bits About Hydrosols And Floral Water. According …

Emulsified Pink Body Scrub

Hello and happy new year! This is my first post of the year and it is an emulsified sugar scrub. Normally adding sugar/salt/jojoba beads etc to a good carrier oil/honey (which by the way I love) is good enough for a proper and effective exfoliation, however it tends to be messy, tacky and difficult to pack as gifts or presents.  Emulsified scrub on the other hand is prefect, because it will not leak,it is less messy and easily washes off under the shower without leaving behind any oil residue. Emulsification simply means the combination of water and oil/butter with the help of emulsifiers. The amazing thing about this particular recipe(originally from soapqueen.com) is that it is a moisturising lotion because it contains oils and butter, a cleanser because it contains natural liquid soap and obviously a scrub so it is a 3 in one scrub. I have modified this recipe by adding a pink clay and infusing my sweet almond oil with dried rose buds and petals. Original Recipe (Soap queen.com) 1.9 oz Sweet Almond …

DIY CLEANSING BALM

Lately I’ve been exploring more gently ways of cleansing my skin, and that has led me to oil and balm cleansing. My last post was on oil cleansing and this is just an extension of that. It really feels good to know that after years of using harsh cleansers with the aftermath of tight skin feeling it leaves behind, there are more ways than one to get it done and not only cleanse but nourish and moisturise my skin. I have to say that before trying to cleanse with oils or balm you should do a little or a lot of research on different oils and butters and what benefit they have on the skin and also try to figure out your skin type, it makes choosing and blending oil/oils and butter easier and you avoid having breakouts or irritations. Check here for a list of oils and butters that will not clog your pores. https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html Cleansing balm is the use of butters and oils melted or blended together to clean and moisturise at the same …

The Oil Cleansing Method

Oil cleansing as the name implies means cleansing your face with oil, yes OIL!. I have known of oil cleansing method for a while and I even tried it once or twice before but went back to my ‘normal’ cleanser. However, my skin’s sensitivity to alcohol had me seeking alternative ways to cleanse my skin without the over drying and itchy, which lead me back to oil cleansing and honey cleansing(honey cleansing will be another blog post). THE METHOD Basically, What you do is take a natural oil or blends of oil like almond oil, castor oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil etc. massage it in on your face in a gently and circular motion for a few seconds and take a soft cloth or muslin face towel, put it in a warm but not hot water and wipe away the oil. Do this two to three times and use a toner after, for any excess oil. your skin will be left feeling fresh and moisturised. According to ‘theoilcleansingmethod.com’, the skin naturally lubricates itself with oil …

Delicious Grapefruit Body Scrub

This is a really fun, packed full of skin loving natural vitamins & antioxidants, and sweet,I mean insanely sweet body scrub. What You Will Need Grapefruit (white, pink or red) Honey Sugar Vitamin E How To Cut the grapefruit in two, squeeze out the juice into a blender including the flesh but excluding the outer peel. Blend well together and add your sugar, oil, essential oil and honey. If you want to use on your face then you can blend the sugar to make it smoother and more gentle on the face. The consistency of your scrub will depend on the amount of sugar you add. Pour in a bowl and use as you would a normal body scrub. Your skin will feel fresh and smooth and you will smell so good!. I love this body scrub so much because not only are you getting the benefit of the grape fruit but also the honey. And regular use of this skin loving scrub will make your skin glow for sure. I make just enough to …

Hair and Skin Coconut Cream Souffle

This creamy souffle is just a thoroughly whipped natural butters and oils, Its is light, fluffy nourishing and very moisturizing, something for the hair and skin. I wanted to make a moisturizer that is hassle free, all the ingredients are readily available, price friendly and that was light enough for the my skin during summer and just heavy enough to tame my mane. The oils and butter I used are suitable for both hair and skin. My Recipe Coconut Oil 250g Cocoa Butter 50g Shea butter 50g Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil 50g Castor Oil 20g Argan Oil 20g Lavender Essential Oil Vitamin E Oil (A few drops) Hand Mixer How To Melt the cocoa butter, I melted mine in a microwave but you can use a double boiler. Pour the rest of the oils and butters  in a bowl or mixer and whip until you reach a consistency that you like, Pour into a jar or jars and your all over cream souffle is ready to be used. Thanks for reading and please …

Invigorating Tea Tree Body Scrub

Skin exfoliation is the removal of rough,dry,dead skin cell on the body/face/lips, to reveal a softer, fresher, brighter, smoother and younger looking skin. This is done by the mixture of coarse/abrasive substances like salts ( Epsom salt, Dead sea salt, pink Himalayan salt), sugars (white, brown), apricot,oatmeal, jojoba beads, etc and natural massage oil and butters. Scrubs are amazing but should be used once or twice a week because too much of it can damage the skin as well. I have always made body scrubs out of just sugar and honey in the past because it is cheap and quick and does the job for me, However the addition of salt is new but I really like this one because the tea tree oil and the dead sea salt makes it really invigorating, fresh and  softens dry itchy skin. This is my recipe and I hope you like it as much as I do. MY RECIPE Manuka Honey 2 TBS White Sugar1/3 cup (2) Dead Sea Salt 1/3 cup (1) Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive …