Posts from the ‘Homemade beauty remedies’ Category


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


Beauty uses of coriander

I love the smell (and taste) of fresh coriander leaves and use the ground seeds regularly in cooking.

But I knew nothing of its beauty secrets until I read this article”How to have beautiful skin with coriander leaves and seeds” in The Statesman online.

With various recipes for coriander masks for radiant skin, for cooling the skin and for preventing wrinkles, there are also treatments for sunburn and skin irritations.

So whether you grow this versatile herb in your garden or get it fresh from you local supermarket, give some of these recipes a try.

Homemade beauty

I’m a big fan of making my own cosmetics (check out the section on Homemade beauty remedies), mainly face and body creams, and more recently a foray into soap-making (must get back to that, I’ve run out of my home-made supply!), so I enjoyed reading this article from the Telegraph about self-taught Alex Brennan, passionate about homemade natural products.

Yes, it’s me with cucumbers on the eyes and lettuce on the rest

The article even includes a few ideas to get you started, including an easy blusher using just three ingredients!

Just click on the link below.

Homemade facial steam

After cleansing your face, pour hot water into a large bowl, drape a towel over your head and let your skin absorb the steam for just five minutes.

It’s the  ideal thing for opening up pores to help draw out embedded dirt.

For an aromatic rejuvenating steam add some garden herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender or mint to the water.

Cucumber roll for eyes

Pamper your eyes with this easy beauty treatment.

Grate some cucumber and place it in a line along a piece of gauze, then roll the gauze up to get a “sushi” roll long enough to lie across both eyes.

Press firmly against the eyes and leave for 10-15 minutes.


Nail detox

Nail polish overload?

For beautifully white, stain-free, varnish-free nails this summer, rub your naked nails (on top and underneath) with half a fresh lime, then soak in some dissolved bicarbonate of soda for a few minutes.

Your nails will be like new!

Soothing Calendula recipes

Like Marie from Humblebee and Me, I’m a big fan of calendula and have some growing in the garden – here’s the proof!

Marigolds (calendula) in my garden

In fact with the lovely Spring weather we’re experiencing here in Bordeaux, I have plenty in flower at the moment (time to make some infused oil…).

So I am definitely taking note of this collection of recipes using calendula from Humblebee and Me – some may seem a bit complicated but if you tweak the ingredients a bit, you’ll find they’re not so hard.

And check out my own step-by-step guide to infusing your own oil here, and my “magic” cream (magic because it heals a variety of skin complaints), a simple but effective calendula skin balm.

Calendula macerated oil


Happy skincare DIYing!