Rose and Epsom salt face scrub

Hey guys. I’ve been having a bit of a spot breakout lately and really needed something to help clear up my face. So as a bit of an impulse I hopped up off the couch to make something refreshing and cleansing for my skin. After a rummage through the garden I found an almost wilting rose head, and so I took some of the petals. Then, I found some lavender and put ’em together. Both are anti-inflammatories and help to combat acne. The lime juice is antibacterial, an astringent and removes dead skin. Putting in the Epsom salts made this bad boy mix into a scrub! Hope you enjoy.

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  • a handful of rose petals or 1/2 tsp rosewater
  • 2 tbsp fresh lavender
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Epsom saltsDSCN3692

(I made enough for 1 use, so there is less of the ingredients in the picture)

Method:

  1. Crush the rose petals and lavender up in a mortar and pestle until it becomes a bit mushy, and the juices have run out
  2. Add the lime juice, continue to crush the mixture
  3. Pour in the Epsom salts, and add to a jar/tub to store
  4. After splashing your face with warm water, apply the scrub with your hands or with a cotton pad, until your skin is covered
  5. Wash off with warm water, and close your pores with a splash of cold water

So that’s it really! It’s a very simple scrub but it does wonders for your skin. Let me know how it worked for you in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter 🙂

-Lucy

Tea tree, peppermint and apple hair soak

hhairrrrnHey guys 🙂 To end the trio of recipes from Fiann O’Nuallain’s book, ‘The Holistic Gardener: Beauty Treatments from the Garden’ (the other two are here and hereee). As a big fan of his wonderful recipes, I found this one while reading about greasy hair in the book, it’s on page 56. Apple cider vinegar cleans hair and removes build-up, tea tree is an antiseptic, and peppermint oil relieves irritation and cleanses. This recipe is good if your hair gets greasy often (mine does in this dreaded summer humidity!) and is quite powerful, so it is not advised for dry or damaged hair. I added chamomile tea to the recipe for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and lemon to add some freshness. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider VinegarDSCN3504
  • 1 capsule of Peppermint oil
  • 10 shakes of Tea Tree oil
  • 1 chamomile tea bag soaked in hot water (100mls)
  • A squirt of lemon juice

Method:

  1. Add the two oils to the vinegar in a bowl
  2. Mix the ingredients until combined (some of the oil will not mix, but that’s okay). Pour in the tea and lemon juice
  3. Apply to your hair while damp, and rub into your scalp in circular motions
  4. Wash with shampoo and hot water to remove the oils                                                             (it may take up to 2 washes to get rid of the smell of the vinegar, but it’s not that bad)

So there you have it! A scalp rub to remove grease, dirt and product buildup. I love this recipe and use it on those days when my hair just doesn’t obey me (you know what I’m talking about..), but I don’t recommend using it often as it does strip your hair and can damage it with continued use. So once a month is fine.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Don’t forget to read the original and others from Fiann (I have the book in a link at the top). So let me know how you got on in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

-Lucy 🙂

Sources:
https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Holistic-Gardener–Beauty-Treatments-from-the-Garden/9781781173510
http://naturalsociety.com/9-amazing-health-benefits-of-chamomile-tea/
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-113-tea%20tree%20oil.aspx?activeingredientid=113

Anti-aging Apple face mask

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Today’s recipe is inspired by another from ‘The Holistic Gardener: Beauty Treatments from the Garden’ by Fiann O’Nuallain, with an added twist (Check out my other try at one of his recipes). This face mask uses apple pectin which is known for its anti-aging properties. A marvel in the homeopathic world, Pectin has been linked with preventing the spread of cancers, assisting in weight loss (as an appetite-suppressant) and de-toxifying the body. Well, how do ya like them apples, eh? In my rendition of the recipe, I added 1 tsp turmeric which is a fantastic anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Anything that makes my skin feel soft and clean is good in my books. So let’s get started then!

Ingredients: DSCN3544

  • 1 medium Apple
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (you can tell I love it when there’s barely any left.. oops)
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • Flour to thicken (optional, I used about 2 tbsp white rice flour)

Method:

  1. Core the apple and slice into wedges (A handy tip is to use an apple corer that does both, like this one). Do not peel the apple, as the skin contains the pectin!
  2. Blitz the apple wedges, honey, apple cider vinegar and turmeric in a blender until a paste begins to form
  3. Thicken with flour, if you like, until you get a nice consistency (I like ’em thick)
  4. Apply to your face and allow to dry for about 15-30 minutes
  5. Wash off with warm water and pat skin dry to reveal baby soft suppleness 😉

I really hope you enjoyed my take on this recipe and be sure to check out the original (page 149). Let me know how you got on in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy DIY-ing!

-Lucy

 

 

Sources:

https://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/foods/apple-pectin#.V2Lc__krLcc

http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric

 

Rose petal & Cucumber face mask

roseandcucumeI found this recipe in Fiann O’ Nuallain‘s book ‘The Holistic Gardener: Beauty Treatments from the Garden’ on page 110 and fell in love. This book.. is.. amazing. I got it as a present from my cousin and have been consulting it for every beauty issue I have, and I really recommend it for any newbies to DIY beauty or people who just do it for fun, like me.

Anyway, so this recipe is a toning face mask which uses panthenoic acid, cucurbitacin, cucumerin which hydrate skin, yoghurt which balances the skin’s natural pH and rose petals to cleanse, soothe and stimulate your skin cells. Good for those with normal, combination, sensitive, dry and oily skin.. an all-round winner in my books!

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  • Rose petals of 1 flower (about a cup)
  • 80g cucumber (Roughly 10 slices)
  • 80g natural yoghurt
  • Some of your preferred flour to thicken (optional)

Method:

  1. Blend the petals, cucumber and yoghurt into a pulp
  2. Add flour to thicken if you like (I used some white rice flour to make a paste)
  3. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes, or until dry
  4. Rinse off with warm water and feel how smooth and baby-soft your skin now is 😀

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe, let me know how you got on in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter 🙂 x

Simple beauty DIYs to welcome Spring

This winter has been particularly harsh across the globe so here are some simple DIY’s to move you on into Spring. Enjoy!

Meg from Mego on the Go has made up a simpDIY Hot Oil Treatment - Only 3 simple ingredients. All natural! Very easy to do.le recipe that only uses 3 ingredients. In winter, our hair becomes brittle and dry due to all the bad weather so give your locks some much needed lovin’ with this at-home hair mask.

 

 

 

 

  • Grapefruit face/body scrubDIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub - Exfoliate dead skin cells  and renew damaged skin with this gentle homemade sugar scrub recipe!

Get rid of that leftover dead skin with a scrub from Crissy over at Dear Crissy. I personally don’t like the taste of grapefruit but the smell is just divine and it is so full of vitamins and minerals that I just can’t resist this scrub! Make your February your month to rid yourself of the leftovers of  winter and look forward to spring.

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Mud’ maskDIY Edible Mud Mask via Essentially Eclectic

After you’ve exfoliated with the scrub, use a moisturising face mask to give your skin some suppleness. This ‘mud mask’ from Thinking Closet (Scroll down to the 2nd recipe on the list) is just the thing to feel rejuvenated after the harsh winter!

 

 

  • Beautiful hair spray trio                          Spa sprays
    These sprays from One Good Thing by Jillee are a good way to keep your hair strong, de-frizzed and even lighten your hair. The three include: ‘Lighten & Brighten’ spray, ‘Smooth & Shine’ spray, and finally ‘Strengthen & Volume’ spray. Get a pack of empty spray bottles from Dealz or a cheap euro/dollar shop to keep the spray in. Maybe even carry one in your handbag/schoolbag/whatever for on the go!

 

DIY Bunny Bath Bombs

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Why not finish off this list with a cute and fun bath bomb recipe? Easter is just around the corner and this treat will definitely get you in the mood. Crystal over at A Pumpkin and a Princess has just the recipe you need. If you don’t have a similar mould, just go for a cupcake mould (preferably silicone as this makes it easier to remove the bath bomb) like this one –>  

 

 

 

I really hope you enjoyed this list! In the next few days I’ll release a list for Spring crafts you can try. Hope you have fun trying out these DIY’s, let me know in the comments below or on facebook and twitter x

 

3 Basic Steps to Making Candles

Making your own candles can be so expensive, so here’s my tutorial on how to make candles in 3 easy steps. Hopefully you’ll have some of these ingredients lying around in the house. If you really want to go all out, you can buy wax and start the candle from scratch but I must warn you that it is quite expensive here in Ireland. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Leftover Candle Wax (Any type)
  • A skewer
  • A Jar
  • Candle wick / twine / rope
  • Saucepan
  • Water
  • An essential oil (optional: most candles have enough scent to last even until the last drop but add some if you like)

Method:    

  1. Add candles to a saucepan
  2. Pour in water to cover bottoms of candles
  3. Allow to melt on a low heat (20 mins or so)
  4. While the candle wax is melting, tie the wick around the base of the skewer as shown below in the pictures, sit skewer on top of the jar
  5. When the wax has become liquid, carefully pour it into the jar
  6. Have fun with it, add different coloured waxes separately to make a cool design 😀
  7. Light your candle and relax!

I hope you liked this easy tutorial and made some cool candle mixtures. Send me a photo or feedback in the comments below or on facebook and twitter x

Best homemade gift ideas

With only 9 days left until the big day, I’m sure a few gift receivers have been forgotten so here’s my list of 7 quick and easy homemade beauty and edible gifts to get you back on track 🙂

  • Body Butterbody-butter-blog

 

This luxurious body butter from Hens and Honey is sure to make anyone happy. It’s rich and creamy and oh so delish for your skin. Made with just Cocoa butter, Coconut oil and an essential oil of your choice, this gift is simple and cheap while not skimping out on quality.

 

 

 

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  • Coffee scrub

Mmm.. this lovely exfoliating scrub from More than a Mom of three for the caffeine lover in your life. Coffee helps to reduce puffy eyes, exfoliates, tightens and even brightens the skin. Wow, it’s good for you AND it’s scrumptious.. I know whats on my list for Christmas.

 

  • Shaving creamhomemade-rosemary-mint-shaving-cream-top

This rosemary and minty shaving cream from Food for my Family is so versatile and is a more uni-sexual gift. It takes heavenly Shea butter and a blend of oils to muster up this beauty but boy is it worth it. For someone you want to pamper, this is the ideal gift.

 

 

 

  • Lip balm DSCN2737

Now I couldn’t make a list without adding in one or two of my own recipes, could I? I’ve tried and tested this recipe many times over without fail. It’s my go-to lip balm and I always keep one in my bag for college. The recipe is simple and the outcome is a luscious lip balm that with soothe your lips, what more could you want?

  • Ice cream in a box     FF-WH-Hostess-ice-cream                                                                   This idea is wonderful and whoever thought of it is a genius. Ah-hem  EmmyandGabbie. Everyone loves ice cream. Well, any sane person. And everyone loves decorating their ice cream like a little child. So who could turn away this gift? You could make all of the sauces and even make some toppings eg. honeycomb pieces, hard candy pieces and chocolate cookies dough bites.. it would be so damn delicious!
  • Movie night in a boxg2

Another ‘in a box’ gift, but just as cool. Everybody loves to relax and watch a movie or a TV show during their free time. How about treats and a DVD on the house? I hear no complaints! This cute idea from Megan Shipton is so cheap but looks really good. So you could buy a plastic popcorn box from the euro shop/dollar store like in the picture, or put it all in a box or basket. Either looks cute! Then add a DVD that you think they’ll like and fill ‘er up with goodies or you could even go all out and hand make some treats.

  • Bath bombsDSCN3180

Here’s another recipe from my blog that I think you’ll like. These bath bombs are Orange & Cinnamon, Rose & Jasmine, and Peppermint Very simple to make and can look good with any mold. Wrap ’em up all nice in a clear bag or put them in a gift box like I did, either way they’ll look great.

So thats it! I hope you liked the post and that you try out a few of these before the year is out. Let me know how it goes in the comments below or on facebook and twitter

Soothing Bath bombs

Happy winter, guys! How is it December already? Anyway, I wanted to share this trio of bath bombs recipe with you because I know it’s just what you need on a winter’s night. They’re super easy and super worth it so get ready for a luxuriously spa night in 😉 Might I suggest a calming face mask and a scrub as well?

Ingredients:

  • 120g baking soda
  • 120mls  lemon juice/Citric acid
  • 1 tbsp Epsom salts
  •  a handful of bath salts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 60g cornflour
  • 50mls  water
  • Scents/colours: -Orange: orange essence, orange food colouring, cinnamon, a drop of clove oil -Rose: rosewater, dried jasmine flowers, red food colouring (to make pink) -Peppermint: peppermint and green food colouring (1 tsp of each)
  • a spritz of body glitter/shimmer (optional)
  • A mould
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Ingredients

Method:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients
  2. Add the scents or colours to the coconut oil and make a paste
  3. Add 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts water in a bowl/glass
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the coconut oil paste
  5. Separate the dry ingredients into three bowls and add the suitable coconut butter paste
  6. Slowly pour a small amount of the lemon juice and water mix to the other ingredients in each of the three bowls (Slow to ensure mixture does not fizz up)
  7. Mixture should feel like wet sand when touched
  8. Using your hands, add large amounts of the mixture to the moulds and overfill them to ensure a solid bath bomb
  9. Leave in the mould in a cool, dry place for a day or in the freezer for 1 hour
  10. Slowly pat the outside of the mold to help the release of the bath bomb
  11. Release the bath bomb and add to a hot bath and enjoy 🙂

 

Woo! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and had a great time using your bath bomb. Let me know how yours went in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter x

Heavenly moisturising mask

This mask will give life to all types of skin by moisturising, killing bacteria and adding a suppleness to your skin. Trust me, this one is good. Not only that, but it’s simple too! So how could you resist?

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 1 handful porridge oats

That’s it.. so simple!

Method:

  • Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined
  • Apply to face using an old foundation brush
  • Leave on to work it’s magic for 15 – 20 mins
  • Wash off with warm water and relish in your new soft complexion

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I hope you all enjoyed this recipe 🙂 Let me know how it went in the comments below or on facebook and twitter! Thanks guys 🙂