Posts from the ‘Homemade beauty remedies’ Category

Chocolate coconut sugar scrub

Good enough to eat, this simple scrub using cupboard ingredients.

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 cup coconut oil (solid)

1 cup almond oil

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients together. Use in the shower but be CAREFUL not to slip and be sure to clean the bath/shower to ensure no oily residue.

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Coconut Aloe cleansing balm

This is definitely on my to-make list before I go off on holidays.

Coconut Aloe Cleansing Balm - a deep cleaning oil cleanser made with virgin coconut and aloe

An easy-to-make cleansing balm from  The Natural Beauty Workshop.

Just click on the link below:

Coconut aloe cleansing balm

Melon after-sun cooler

Temperatures have soared dramatically in France this week.

So who got sunburn?

Of course you can reach for an after-sun cream from your local chemist’s to soothe your damaged skin.

Or you can massage in some homemade calendula-infused balm (see recipe here).

Here’s another homemade solution to calm the fire, using in-season melon.

Melon is rich in vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, B9 and E. It also has a refreshing action on the skin.

You will need: 2 tbs milk, 1 tbs yellow/orange melon flesh, 1 tsp almond oil.

Method: Whizz all the ingredients together in a food processor, then apply the paste to sun-burnt areas. Leave for 20 mins then rinse off.

If you’ve already eaten your melon for lunch/dinner, rub the inside of the skins on the sun-burnt areas for an instant cooling effect.

And next time DON’T FORGET THE SUNCREAM!

Avocado face mask

Superfoods aren’t just for eating!

For 2 masks, you need:

1/4 ripe avocado

1 tsp thick honey

1 tsp egg white

1/2 tsp matcha powder

Grind all the ingredients in a pestle and mortar until smooth, then place in the fridge for five minutes to chill.

Apply evenly on skin and leave for 10 minutes.

Wipe off using a warm, damp cloth and then moisturize with a little coconut oil.

Keep remaining mix covered in the fridge for up to one day (use a little lemon juice to refresh if needed).

Source: Healthy magazine

Natural bath milk

A last minute present for Mother’s Day??? Choose a pretty jar, and wrap in ribbons. Voilà!

In a food mixer, whizz together:

1 cup powdered milk

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda

a sprig of dried lavender

the contents of 2 camomile tea bags

Decant into a lidded glass jar (a jam jar is fine)

Swirl half a cup into your bath under warm running water.

Frankincense Day Cream

A home-made cream to nourish older skin.

Frankincense is rejuvenating and myrrh is a skin preserver.

Frankincense essential oil

Ingredients (makes 100g)

1 tbsp cocoa butter

1 tsp argan oil

1 tsp beeswax

4 tbsp mineral water

1 tbsp emulsifying wax

5 drops frankincense essential oil

3 drops myrrh essential oil

Myrrh essential oil

Method

Melt cocoa butter, argan oil and beeswax in a bain-marie (double boiler) and set aside.

Heat water in a pan to 80°C. Add emulsifying wax and stir until dissolved.

Whisk oils into water/wax until smooth.

Add essential oils. Pour into a jar and allow to cool for an hour. Put on lid and store in fridge. Lasts 6 weeks.

Chocolate Shower Cream

I made this with my 9-year-old daughter recently, and she uses it in the bath – she loves it’s soft, creamy texture and the smell on her skin!

Ingredients

30 ml mineral water

2g White cocoa butter (ours was in pellet form, so 1 pellet = 2g, easy!)

10 ml SLSA surfactant

18 ml SCI surfactant

25 ml vegetable glycerine

25 ml cornflour

3 ml Fragrance “Délice de coco” (a French fragrance from Aroma Zone, use what you like, or leave it out)

Method

Put the water, cocoa butter, SLSA and SCI in a bowl and melt together in a bain maire (double boiler) for 5 minutes.

Take off the heat. Mix together then add the vegetable glycerine, cornflour and fragrance, stirring well between each addition.

Allow to cool before pouring into a 100 ml pot/jar. Leave to rest for 24 hours before using.

Oops, it’s almost finished, but you get the idea!