Posts from the ‘Homemade beauty remedies’ Category

4 home-made treats for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a fan of home-made treatments, it’s a no-brainer making homemade beauty treats for your significant other on Valentine’s Day.

And if you’re new to it, I’ve selected 4 easy recipes from the Just Massage archives for you to make this February.

  1. DIY Massage bar

Here ‘s a recipe from one of my favourite online blogs, Hello Glow.

These DIY Matcha Lotion Bars Are a Multitasking Miracle Worker

It’s simply cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax combined with (in this case) matcha tea and sweet orange essential oil, but you can change the last two ingredients to your taste. Check it out here.

2. A relaxing balm

Melt 30g cocoa butter with 30g jojoba oil, 25g beeswax and 15g avocado oil in a bain marie/double boiler.

Take off the heat and cool, then add 2 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit extract, and 8 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit essential oils, and 6 of ginger.

Mix and leave to solidify before using after the bath.

3. Chocolate orange soap

Ok, admittedly, if you make this now it won’t be ready by February 14th (soap needs 4-6 weeks to dry or mature). But you can still make it, wrap it and give it with the proviso that your loved one mustn’t use it until such and such a date. Because it does smell divinely of chocolate and orange, and what Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate (and this one’s without the calories!)

4. Lavender bath bombs

These easy-to-make bath bombs from James Wong will fizz away like any commercial one in your bath.

And of course you can learn the basics of massage with me and pamper your loved one (or a friend, your mum, your pet dog…) on that special day. But don’t forget to hint heavily that you’d appreciate a Just Massage gift voucher in return!!


Chocolate kisses for Saint Valentine’s

Give out some chocolatey kisses on Valentine’s Day with this quick lip balm recipe made with cocoa butter.

It comes from my favourite  homemade beauty recipe site,  AromaZone. 

It’s a French site, though part of it is translated into English – unfortunately not the huge collection of free beauty recipes.

Don’t worry, I’ve translated this one for you:

3 g cocoa butter

3 g vanilla-infused oil

1,5 g mimosa floral wax (or use beeswax, it’s easier to get hold of)

Melt all the ingredients together  (in a bowl in hot water), mix, pour into a small pot or jar, set in the freezer.

Apply to lips and get kissing!


Solid shampoo 2 – Smoothing banana shampoo

These colourful shampoo bars are from Lush

My second shampoo recipe comes from a little French book I have,  Mes cosmétiques 100% naturelles  by Emilie Hébert, pub. Mango Green.

As Emilie reminds us in the lead-up to the recipe, a solid shampoo is ecological (zero packaging), economical (according to her, a 100 g shampoo bar = 600 ml liquid shampoo), and contains nourishing oils and butters (depending on the recipe) which don’t overload the hair.

For more reasons to swap, check out this post from Unwrapped Life:

Top 8 reasons to make the switch to solid shampoo bars

Smoothing banana shampoo (I’ve adapted it slightly from the original recipe))

time 20 minutes/easy/lasts 6 months

Ingredients for a 100 g bar

70 g SCI (vegetable-based surfactant)

8 g Olivem 1000 (natural emulsifier derived form olive oil)

4 g banana powder (or fresh pureed banana)

8 g broccoli vegetable oil (I didn’t have any so I used a St John’s wort macerated oil I had, otherwise use olive or sunflower oil)

10 g lemon water or natural spring water (being anti-plastic, I used filtered tap water!)

50 drops lemon essence (optional – I used lemon essential oil)

5 drops Cosgard (or other) preservative


Put the Olivem, oil and the SCI in a double-boiler to melt. The mix won’t actually melt, you need to squash it against the sides of the bowl to get a thick, sticky homogeneous paste (see photo below).

Remove from heat and add the other ingredients. Mix to get a homogeneous texture.

Press firmly into mould (I used two heart-shaped muffin moulds).

Put in the fridge for one hour to firm up then unmould. Leave to dry out for 24 hours.

Next recipe: Solid shampoo with protein.



Solid shampoo 1 – blackcurrant shampoo

So here as promised is the first of three recipes for solid shampoo, as part of my drive to reduce my family’s plastic waste (see previous post New Year’s Resolution).

As these are SOLID,there is no need for a plastic bottle, obviously, just a soap dish, or failing that, a jam jar will do to keep the bar dry-ish in between shampoos (bathrooms being notoriously damp places!). I use a metallic Lush container, bought for one of their solid shampoos.


Recipe 1 (from 100 recettes cosmétiques maison d’Aroma-Zone, published by Hachette bien-être)

Blackcurrant solid shampoo (all hair types)

time 25 minutes/easy/keeps 6 months


2 x 60 g soap moulds

2 heat-resistant bowls (I use stainless steel)

a precision scale OR  25 ml measure, 10 ml graduated pipette and a 0.5 ml measuring spoon


20 g (20 ml) blackcurrant floral water

4,6 g (5 ml) coconut oil

2,8 g (3 ml) blackcurrant oil

19,6 g (25 ml) SLSA*

73,9 g (75 ml) SCI*

4,1 g (4 ml) Fig aromatic extract (I didn’t use this, I had raspberry so I used that, but you can leave it out)

0,8 g (2 x 0,5 ml) rose mica powder (I didn’t use it as I didn’t have any)


Put the floral water, the oils and the SLSA and SCI in a bowl.

Heat gently in a bain-marie (double boiler), squashing the preparation against the sides of the bowl (it won’t melt down to  liquid!) to get a homogenous sticky paste.

Take of the heat and add the fig extract if using.

If using the mica powder, separate the paste into two equal parts and add the mica powder to one half, mixing it in well. (see photo in book above)

Put in mould, mixing the two if using.  Put in the fridge to harden for 15 mins before unmoulding.

Allow to dry for 48 hours at room temperature before use..

To use, just rub the bar over your scalp and then shampoo as normal.

I’ve used this twice, nothing to say, it cleans, is non-agressive (I have short, coloured hair) and no change to my usual twice a week hair-washing habit.

*SLSA et SCI are derived from coconut oil. Click on the links for more info (taken from different websites).

Next recipe: Smoothing banana shampoo.


10 last-minute home-made Christmas gift ideas you’ve still got time to make

Bit of a long title than, but it says what it means.

Click on the links to get the recipe and get mixing…!

Pretty little face scrubbies

Christmas Tree bath bombs from Humblebee and Me

Fruity facial serum

Chocolate lip balm

More bath bombs

Pumpkin spice body lotion from Humblebee and me

Minty monoi body butter from Humblebee and me

Blissed out massage oil from Hello Glow

Pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub from styleoholics

DIY sugar scrubs for dry skin from Hello Glow

Enjoy making and giving them.

Happy holidays

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.