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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!!


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!

Bicarb of soda beauty

Bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda) – a humble store-cupboard ingredient with a multitude of uses in the home AND in your beauty routine. I’ve even got a book on it!bicarb3

So if you haven’t got any in your house (What? You never use it in baking?) now’s the time to get some in.

Here are some ways to slip it into your beauty routine:

It can be used as a the basis of a tooth powder (many commercial toothpastes use it). Careful, it is slightly abrasive so don’t overdo it but it is well-known as a tooth-whitener.

Sprinkle some in your bath to relieve itchy skin.

Try it in a footbath to neutralise odour-causing bacteria and natural acids – or sprinkle some bicarb in your shoes in the evening as soon as you take them off – they’ll be odour-free by morning.

After-shave for your man – most shop-bought products are alcohol-based which is not ideal for taking the heat out of your shave (plus they add perfume…and we know how that stings on cut skin). bicarb2Try a small glass of warm water with a teaspoon of bicarb dissolved in it and splash your face with that after shaving. And strangely enough it’s a great pre-shave remedy – splash your face with water, men, then apply a thin layer of bicarb to your face with your wet hands. Allow it to “dry” whilst you brush your teeth, for example, then rinse it off and dry. THEN shave and you should find it much easier, whether you do an electric or wet shave.

Spot on: the simplest and surely the cheapest anti-spot remedy . Dampen your face, put some bicarb in your hands and spread it over your face as a mask. You should keep it on for a minute or two for a simple firming scrub (rub it gently into your face, then rinse); or, if you do have spots, keep it on for three to five minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.


Smelly armpits goodbye: Bicarb is an odour-eater and most effective as a deodorant. Check out this recipe for a tried-and-tested homemade deodorant with coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda and cornflour – it’s simple and it works (I use it daily).

Coconut oil-based deodorant

Coconut oil-based deodorant

Bath bombs wouldn’t be bath bombs without bicarb. Try out this recipe (another tried-and-tested one) from James Wong’s book Grow Your Own Drugs.


For more ideas, check out this article from HelloNatural:

And you, do you have any favourite bicarb beauty (and home) uses? Let me know.

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Lavender bath bombs


Got a bath?

Make some bath bombs.

They are really not complicated, the one ingredient you’ll probably have to look a bit for is citric acid but you can buy it easily online, or you may be able to get it in a health food shop – I found mine in a DIY store (Leroy Merlin – I live in France).

I came across this recipe on a website called She Uncovered. It’s a little more complicated (as in, more ingredients) than the other one I’m going to share with you, but still only takes 5 mins to make. Here’s the link:

A slightly simpler one comes from James Wong’s book Grow your own drugs, which I’ve tried and tested with lavender from my own garden.

lavenderLavender Bath bomb

1 tsp dried lavender flowers

1 tbsp citric acid powder

3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda for Americans)

10 drops lavender essential oil

1 tsp vegetable oil

Biscuit cutters

Remove the lavender flowers from the stalks.

Make sure your bowl and hands are completely dry or you’ll set off the fizzing of the bomb! In a glass bowl mix together the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and1 tsp dried lavender flowers, along with the vegetable oil. Mix together with a metal spoon.

Place the biscuit cutter on top of a sheet of baking paper. Put the mixture into the cutter and press down with the back of the spoon. The oil now needs to evaporate so the bomb can set as a dry, hard block – leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and preferably overnight.

Store in foil to keep out moisture.