Yes, I really did mean onion!

Onion juice

Onion juice

Surprising, huh?

This recipe was seen, would you believe, on the Alan Titchmarsh show (on ITV in the  UK).

So there I was watching Alan Titchmarsh with my cup of tea, before going to pick up the kids from school and he had a guest on showing some easy home-made cosmetics.

The onion face mask, it has to be said, immediately grabbed my attention.

So I went on the internet to find the recipe straight after the show, and discovered that Mr. Titchmarsh has a WordPress blog for his show, and voilà the recipe was posted on it.

So here it is along with the two other beauty products they showed (a sugar scrub and coconut oil, which is EVERYWHERE at the moment, seems to be the new beauty must).

Here’s the cut-and-paste recipe from the show.


  1. Onion face mask
    • The recipe: make a mask with 2tbsp of flour, 1 ½tbsp of fresh onion juice, a pinch of nutmeg and ½ tsp of milk.
    • Mix together to make a thick paste and apply to the face for up to 20 minutes.
    • Remove by dabbing on some milk and massaging it away.
    • The result should be skin that feels lovely and smooth — and not smelling of onions!
Face mask

Try an onion face mask

  1. Brown sugar body scrub
  • The recipe: can be used for face or body. For the body, use larger granulated brown sugar or fine grain for the face. Mix with water and add lemon juice as an exfoliant brightener which helps any rough areas on elbows, knees, legs or heels.
  • It is gentle, dissolves as you use it and sugar has mild antibacterial properties.
  1. Coconut oil body moisturiser 
  • The recipe: this is ready to use straight from the jar. It is solid at room temperature but melts to an oil on contact with the skin.
  • It is a fabulous all rounder which can double as a make-up remover, hair mask and a cooking oil!
  • Unlike many shop-bought moisturisers, it is chemical free and inexpensive.
  • It can be transformed into a body lotion or whipped body cream by mixing with olive oil or almond oil along with a few drops of your favourite essential oil (eg. lemongrass, vanilla lavender) to add a light scent.

My only question was: how do you get onion juice?

So, of course, I googled it. As I suspected, you can extract the juice of an onion by grating it, blendng it in a food processor or, if you have such a contraption, by using a juicer.

Here’s an idiot’s guide.

I discovered at the same time that raw onion juice is good for hair growth! Google it and see.


Then after you’ve smoothed your face with onions and scrubbed your body with sugar, consider booking a relaxing massage (I can massage you with coconut oil).

Celebrate with a relaxing massage

Book a relaxing massage

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on: