Posts from the ‘Homemade beauty remedies’ Category

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!

Soothing eye mask

All you need is some cucumber, potato and a blender.


Take a two-inch piece of cucumber (keep the skin on) and a slightly smaller piece of potato. Put them together in a blender and whizz to a pulp. Put half the mixture into a small bowl. Place two cotton pads on top and cover with the rest of the mixture. Cover the bowl with clingfilm or a lid and place in the freezer for 10 mins.

After chilling, the pads will have absorbed lots of the liquid and will be cold to the touch. Squeeze the pads gently to remove drips, whilst keeping them moist. Knock off any bits of excess veg, place over eyes and relax for 5 mins. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry.

How does it work?

Cucumber contains antioxidants and potato starch acts as an inflammatory agent – both help to ease irritated eyes. The coldness helps reduce puffiness.

Source: Kazia Pelka for Prima October 2014

For other recipes for your peepers, check out:

Egg white and carrot anti-wrinkle eye mask

Home-made eye treatments

Get brighter eyes


Chocolate orange soap

I experimented a bit more in November last, having successfully made my first soap in September.

My aim was to make some festive soaps for Christmas presents, and so this choco-orange one fitted the bill perfectly.

The original recipe was from Humblebee and Me, but I tweaked it a bit, just leaving out the castor oil (I didn’t have any, so I used more olive oil) and the silk. I also calculated the quantities for 500 g of fats/oils.

Ingredients for 500 g fats/oils

235 g olive oil (47%)

140 g cocoa butter (28 %)

125 g coconut oil (25%)

15 g orange essential oil

1  tbsp clay

4 tsp cocoa powder

221.3 g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (10% reduction)

{or 223.8 g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (9% reduction)}

Follow the soap-making instructions in my previous post. When you reach trace, blend in the clay, cocoa powder and  essential oil.

Pour into moulds (I bought some new heart moulds!) and leave for 24 hours before removing from mould and allowing to dry for at least 4 weeks.