Posts from the ‘Homemade beauty remedies’ Category

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.

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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!

 

 

Natural beauty recipe links

I get regular posts in my in-box from The Natural Beauty Workshop with their latest homemade beauty recipes.

Here’s a selection of my favourites:

Coconut Honey Turmeric Facial Scrub

Pomegranate Lip scrub

Sweet Orange and Calendula Lip Balm (recipe makes 14 tubes so you may want to reduce the quantities!!)

Flower and Herb Body Oil

Calendula macerated oil

Check out my post here to find out how to make your own calendula oil (or other herb-infused oil) at a fraction of the price you’ll find in the shops.

Solid shampoo 3 – protein-enriched shampoo

My third solid shampoo recipe comes from Aroma-Zone (where I buy all my cosmetic ingredients). If you understand French, check it out as it has a wealth of free online recipes…but they are all in French! In terms of ingredients, this is a lot more sophisticated than the previous recipes, you’ll need a reliable supplier to get the ingredients (try Aroma-Zone above if you’re in Europe).

You can find the original recipe in French here.

Cost 2€/Time 30 mins/Keeps 6 months

Ingredients

25g SCI

48g SCS (sodium coco sulphate)

20g mineral water

0.5g (2 PINCH measures) Urucum powder, diluted in a little water

2g hydrolyzed keratin or wheat protein (powder)

1g hydrolyzed rice protein (liquid)

1g hydrolyzed silk protein (liquid)

3g Moorea fragrance (I didn’t use this)

 

Method

Melt SCI, SCS and water in bowl in a double-boiler. It won’t really “melt” but squash it against the sides of the bowl to get a homogeneous paste (see photo).

Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients, mixing well between each addition.

Press into moulds.

Put in freezer for 15 minutes to set.

Unmould then leave to dry for at least 48 hours before use.

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!