Author: Kristina

Sauna Time

It’s so difficult to get back on track after a lovely holiday back home. I had a great time relaxing with friends and family, seeing new things and sticking to the old traditional bits like having fun in the sauna with the family. Sauna is a must when I go home. It’s such an amazing thing. Ok, I admit, we don’t just drink green tea and pretend to have the healthiest time of our lives… But everyone is always looking forward to my natural and healthy home made treats. In my home town, Kretinga, there is a little shop which sells a small range of natural skin care products. So I got a few natural scented candles and a lovely mixture, made in Lithuania, which combined with honey, helps stimulate the sweat. It was something I’ve never tried before. What a brilliant idea! Honey gets deep into the skin helping to clean it while the combination of Wingleaf Prickly Ash, Grapefruit, Juniper and Checkerberry essential oils encourages you to sweat out all that grim and toxins. Here is the way I like to …

Luxury night moisturiser from scratch

The luxury night moisturiser I wanted to tell you about is 100% natural, lovely and very moisturising. It takes time to soak in and therefore I use it as my night cream. It’s a nice thought that after washing my face in the evening, my clean skin absorbs all the goodness while resting and regenerating overnight. After having a few drops of lovely oils left over from my other experiments, I decided to recycle them and make something lush and beautiful. So I whipped a little bit of Shea Butter and folded in the left over oils. Lovely result! You can use different oil variations and add essential oils if you wish. I literally just had a few drops of these oils: 5g Argan Oil 6g Rosehip Oil 4g Watermelon Seed Oil 4g Macadamia Nut Oil 5g Red Raspberry Seed Oil To make 100g of the cream, just add 76g of Shea Butter. It’s soft and easily manageable. Slightly melt the butter. Start whipping until soft and creamy. Add the oils. One by one. Fold in a …

Organic & natural beauty show

Organic & Natural Beauty Show is relatively new in London and not as big comparing to the Professional Beauty show I attended a few months ago. But I actually enjoyed not having to walk around hundreds of stalls and have the possibility to chat to the stall holders. Only a few brands were represented by the actual founders, but since it’s an international show, it’s understandable to have a representative who lives in London. Every stall was very colourful, vibrant and well presented, lots of interesting and beautifully designed brands and most importantly, lovely products. I am not a big make up wearer and I don’t particularly like wearing foundation and especially powder on my face, but I was assured by Samina’s Pure Makeup artist that the powder she used is ultra gentle, does not block pores and lets skin breath. It felt light on my skin and looked pretty natural, but still… not something I would wear everyday. But definitely worth checking out for special occasions. Tia & Anda’s stall attracted me with its …

Hot towel hair mask

Have you ever treated your hair to a hot towel mask? Here is what you need: 1 towel hot water juice of 1/2 fresh lemon 1-2 tbs honey 1-2 tbs almond oil  Make the mask first. I just used basic ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen. You can substitute almond oil with good quality olive oil or just use honey on its own. My hair tends to overproduce its natural oils (hence the ‘no shampoo’ hair challenge) so lemon works lovely here, it kind of controls the production of oil for a while and makes my hair shiny. I added a little bit of almond oil to moisturise my hair and the honey here works as a natural conditioner. Now that you have your hair mask ready, let’s get started. Run the hot tap or boil some water in the kettle. Be careful with the hot water and don’t burn your hands, make hand bearable temperature, not boiling hot. Soak your towel in the hot water while applying your hair mask. Massage the mask into your damp hair and …

Homemade coconut & grapefruit deodorant

Finally I got around to making my own deodorant! It’s been a while since I wanted to try a homemade one and it’s so incredibly easy to make! I used raw organic coconut oil and that’s why my deodorant has a solid consistency. I love raw coconut oil, it has such a lovely flavour and creamy texture. The ingredients you need: 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup cornstarch 5 tbsp coconut oil 5 drops essential oil (optional) Yes, that’s all you need! It’s incredible that you can make something as essential in your life as deodorant from a few simple ingredients! The amount I made will last me forever! In a bowl, mix everything well until you get a smooth paste and add the essential oil(s), if using. I used 5 drops of Grapefruit essential oil and it smells gorgeous! Store it in a glass jar. Coconut oil tends to melt in higher and solidify in lower temperatures, so a glass container is the best if the deodorant is not stored in the fridge. If you use fractionated …

Homemade sugar and cinnamon body scrub

I thought I’ll post a quick update on what I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this morning. As I like to say, small things bring lots of happiness! I’ve been busy and kind of tired lately to even mix up a simple face scrub. I kept nagging myself every evening and feeling guilty for not looking well enough after my skin, but after cycling home after work all I could think of was a comforting dinner and a lazy evening on the sofa… But enough is enough, this morning after having a nice cup of coffee I mixed up a coffee & honey face exfoliator and  this easiest in the world body scrub that cheered me up big time! I was planning on making a lovely sugar and cinnamon scrub and was convinced I had some ground cinnamon in my spice cupboard… But all I found was an empty bottle… luckily I had a drop of Cinnamon Essential Oil which worked perfectly. For some reason today I used spoons instead of scales… But then I thought it might be handier for the readers, as …

DIY coconut, honey & ground rice body scrub

Sometimes I have the most random natural skin care ideas in my head… I was thinking about a body scrub the other day. The spring is finally here and it’s warmer and sunnier. Soon enough it will be the flip-flop, shorts and t-shirt season! We still have some time to get ready and here is one random DIY body scrub I thought of a few days ago. It’s quick to make, easy to use and feels very nice. And, I think, it’s my new favourite! you will need approximately: 20g ground rice 40g coconut oil 40g honey The amounts can vary, you can put more/less coconut oil, the same with the honey, just see what works best for you. Gently mix the ingredients until you form a smooth paste. Massage the scrub into your skin. Exfoliate for a few minutes. The coconut oil will nicely melt and moisturise while honey sloughs off dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and fresh. Wash the exfoliator off and enjoy your evening or morning! You can use salt or sugar instead of ground rice, feel free to experiment. You can also add a drop or two of your …