Posts from the ‘Homemade beauty remedies’ Category

Homemade shimmer body scrub

Here’s how to get soft skin in the shower and shimmer a little for Christmas parties as well!

This recipe comes from Hello Glow, you can check out the original here.

Apart from the shimmer part (mica, which you can leave out if you don’t want to shimmer), it uses store cupboard ingredients.


1/3 cup (75 ml) brown sugar

1/3 cup (75 ml) white sugar

2 tbs (30 ml) finely ground coffee

1 tsp (5 ml) gold or silver cosmetic mica

2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil (or sunflower or grapeseed)

Mix everything together and put into a jar.

Use before you shower, i.e. scrub all over DRY skin in the shower then rinse off. It should leave you with glowing skin and a subtle shimmer.

Don’t forget to rinse the bath tub/shower after to get rid of any traces of oil which can make the surface slippery


Cinnamon and bergamot soap

Here’s my latest soap adventure which I tweaked from a Humblebee & Me recipe (which you can find here).

I changed it for two main reasons:

a) I didn’t have all the ingredients (notably the cinnamon bark essential oil!)

b) the original uses lard which Marie (the founder of Humblebee & Me) insists is a necessity in soap-making. I may be an amateur but I insist quite the opposite, since the classic French “savon de Marseille” (similar to Castille soap), uses 100% olive oil.

50% coconut oil (I used 150 g)

50% olive oil (I used 150 g)

0.6 tbsp white kaolin clay

0.6 tbsp ground cinnamon

approx. 9g bergamot oil (as I didn’t have cinnamon bark: the original recipe used 18g for 300g fat)

143.1g-146.3g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (for 8-10% reduction). I used 146 g (on my kitchen scales).

Follow my instructions for making soap in my post soap-making part 2.

When the soap reaches the trace stage, add the kaolin and essential oil. Pour half the mixture into the moulds, then add the ground cinnamon to the remaining soap and mix well. Top up your moulds with the cinnamon mix. I tried “swirling” it in with a toothpick but that didn’t really work and I’ve ended up with a two layer soap (see photo) but, hey!

Subtle but noticeable smell (if you want a more pronounced smell, you’ll need more essential oils in it).

Wait 4-6 weeks and enjoy.

8 cheap beauty tricks

  1. Recycle used coffee grinds to scrub your thighs in the shower. Or mix with olive/sunflower oil for a gentle facial scrub.

    It’s coffee scrub time!

    2. Smother your feet with shea butter before bed, put on some old socks and wake up to soft, smooth feet.


3. Chapped lips? A little brown sugar mixed with a spot of honey will gently scrub and nourish them at the same time. and no worries about licking your lips after…!

4. Before 2 above, you can scrub away hard skin with some sea salt mixed with olive oil.

Lavender and salt scrub

5. Scars or stretch marks? Rosehip oil (also called wild rose) is perfect as a massage oil for affected areas.

6. Fancy a little me time? Relax in a bath and slide a bath bomb under your back as you get in. A mini fizz massage!

7. Brush up! Use a body brush to improve the appearance of cellulite and boost circulation. Brush up from the feet towards the heart on dry skin. No body brush? Use a dry bath mitt or just your hands, but use firm strokes (you’ll tone your arms at the same time!!)

These are not my legs, but I can dream can’t I?

8. Over-ripe fruit, or some strawberries that have been nibbled by birds/slugs? Don’t throw them on the compost (though that’s a good recycling option), mash them up (add a drop of oil or some honey or yogurt if you like) and spread on your face a s a mask. Leave for 10 to 15 mins, rinse off and pat dry.

Happy smiling strawberry face!

Anti-ageing face mask

A quick face mask to make from 3 ingredients.

You will need:

2 tsp green clay

1 tbs argan oil

1 tbs rosewater

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and apply in a thick layer to clean dry skin. Leave on for 10 mins then rinse thoroughly.

Lavender and vanilla soap

I’ve just unmoulded my latest soaps – lavender and vanilla, 100% olive oil soaps.

They smell delicious.

Much better than my last recipe (lemon soap) which had lemon juice and rind in it but no essential oils – smelt of NOTHING, folks.  So lesson learnt, if you want scented soaps, you need a good dose of essential oils.

The original recipe came from Humblebee and Me for those who are interested but I’ve left out certain ingredients and reduced the amount of essential oils, but it still smells lush.  Here’s my version:


My lavender and vanilla soap

300g olive oil

0.6 tbsp kaolin clay

0.15 tsp vanilla specks

7g lavender essential oil

6g benzoin essential oil

124.2g-121.5g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (for 8-10% reduction)

Follow my instructions for making soap in my post soap-making part 2.

Wait 4-6 weeks and enjoy.

Lemon soap

After a long pause of no soap-making (no reason, except constantly putting it off), I finally got down to making some new soaps based on a recipe picked up in a women’s magazine.

I managed to get them done several weeks ago now, so they were “mature” (i.e. dry) in time for Christmas.

With 100% olive oil and scented with lemon zest and juice (no essential oils) this is one of the cheapest homemade soaps you could make!!!

If you’re planning to give them as a gift, wrap them in pretty tissue paper for an extra special touch.

Before you start, and if you’re new to soap-making, check out my beginner’s guide to soap-making here.

So here’s the recipe…and photos:


700g olive oil (I used organic olive oil from my local supermarket)

283.5g or 286.7g or 289.8g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (for 8%/9%/10% reduction respectively), using Aroma-Zone’s soap calculator  (it’s in French!!)

Zest and juice of 1 lemon


Make soap as per standard soap-making instructions.

When you reach trace (see photo), add the lemon zest and juice and combine.

Pour the soap mix into your moulds, cover with cling film and a tea towel/small blanket to accelerate the saponification process, and leave for 24 hours.

The next day, the soap will be solid but not set. You can remove it from your moulds (wear protective gloves!). If using a cake tin as a mould, you should cut the soap into slices using a sharp knife (don’t use this for cooking/eating after). I wrote on mine as well, though not very well!!







Leave the soap in a dry, well-ventilated place for 4-6 weeks  to “cure” i.e. dry out.

Note: Any kitchen equipment used to make soap (blender, moulds, knife etc.) should not be used to prepare food again afterwards.

I made mine in November so they were ready to give away as Christmas presents. I’ll let you know just how lemony they are, since for once they don’t have essential oils in them.

I’ve just sniffed them and can’t smell the lemon ( unlike the distinctive orange in last year’s chocolate and orange soap.)

I’m planning to make some cinnamon soap as well in the next few weeks, so watch this space!


All the classic natural beauty scrubs are here in this collection of 10 DIY body scrubs from Beauty and Tips magazine.

It’s coffee scrub time!

You’ll find sugar, salt, coffee grounds and oatmeal, all familiar cupboard store”scrub” ingredients for those of you who regularly make your own beauty products.

Lavender and salt scrub

But there are also a few less well-known combos – have you tried coconut oil and GINGER (helps fight inflammation), for example. Or how about BANANA and brown sugar (good enough to eat!)

Coconut and ginger scrub

Check them out by clicking on the link below

And here are some I published earlier on this blog:

Pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub

Honey ginger sugar scrub

Let’s scrub away

Happy scrubbing! For a softer scrub for your face, get out your crochet hooks and crochet one (or several) of these re-usable, washable “scrubbies”:

Pretty little face scrubbies