All posts tagged: hand made

My new discovery – JB Minerals

We are back from our honeymoon in Paradise! Just a month ago, Charlie and I got married on the beautiful Haena Beach in Hawaii, North Shore of Kaua’i. What a wonderful land. Since we were getting married on the beach, I didn’t want to look weird with bare foot and a ton of makeup sitting on my face. So I’ve been trying to look after my skin and hair before the trip and stocked up on some natural skincare treats to take with me to the islands. Have you ever tried mineral make up? It’s great, right?! I don’t use much of it, but I love a good product that sits nicely on my skin. Recently I discovered a new and fresh natural makeup line – JB Minerals. Their products are hand made, pure and organic, free from all sorts of nasties. A very pleasant discovery! On my wedding day I used the Light Olive mineral foundation and it was perfect for the sunset ceremony. After exfoliating my skin, I treated it to my own hand made …

Natural avocado and honey face mask

I love mornings like this, when I have time to make a nice cup of coffee, do some research, try new and natural beauty treats and blog away! Avocados are both yummy and healthy! A great source of vitamins B, K and E. It’s important for your body to get a sufficient amount of vitamin B, it helps your metabolism work better which leads to a healthier skin tone. Avocados also contain monosaturated fat that is necessary for our health. They are high in fibre. Insoluble fibre does a great job in cleaning out the bowel. Avocado is great for weight control, because it turns into a gel that sits in your stomach for some time when it comes in contact with water, so you feel full for longer. I love face masks that are edible! Those are most natural and good for our skin. Avocados help fight skin redness, dryness, it also helps to treat eczema due to its high concentration of natural oils. 3 tsp ripe Avocado 1/2 tsp honey That’s all you need to make this absolutely lush …

Healing orange foot balm

When it’s rainy and cold outside, nothing helps your feet better then a soft foot balm. The balm I whipped this afternoon is very easy to make and very comforting. 15g olive wax 10g cocoa butter 75g macadamia (or avocado) oil 10 drops orange essential oil In a double boiler, place the oils, butter and wax. Heat up the ingredients until melted. Leave the balm to cool for a few minutes. Make sure that not even a smallest drop of water gets into your balm or it will make it go mouldy in few weeks. Add the essential oil. Essential oils can be quite expensive so you can leave your balm unscented. You can also use simple oils such as olive oil. Pour the mixture into clean pots and let it cool down. It makes a nice present as well! Easy to make, easy to pack! The balm is great for dry and cracked skin. It is ideal for keeping your feet and especially heels soft, nourished and healthy.

Magic castor oil

My friend sent me a text some time ago ‘OMFG that oil you gave me is a miracle! I kept it on for 10 minutes and OMG!’ That text made my day! My friends back home have also been saying that my skin is glowing and it really is thanks to the magic Castor Oil! I have been using Castor Oil long enough to be confident in saying that you definitely do not need any other face cleansing products than oil. It’s quick and gets deep into pores to get all that grim out.  All you need to do is massage a little bit of the oil into your skin in the evening, keep it on for at least 30 seconds and wipe it of with a hot cloth. That’s it and believe me, the results are great. The skin feels nice and smooth, just apply a drop of oil or your favourite natural moisturiser after the procedure and off to bed! You will wake up to a beautiful and healthy skin! Just remember not to mix up the routine. Try not to use any other store-bought face cleansers when using …

Lavender water

Lavender is widely used in skincare. It is antimicrobial, helps healing wounds, calms and soothes the skin, a useful remedy for burns, soothes bees stings, combats blemishes, prevents skin cancer,  is an excellent antioxidant plus regular use of lavender can delay ageing.  Lavender is one of the most active essential oils against MRSA. All this sounds great, however skin allergies to lavender oil happen occasionally, just like to any other essential oils since most of them contain sensitisers such linalool and linalyl acetate, components naturally occurring in essential oils. For those who love lavender, here is a DIY recipe of homemade lavender water, which I used as a face tonic. a handful of fresh lavender 100ml boiling water In a bowl, place the lavender buds and drown them in hot water. Cover the bowl or any other pot and leave the brew to steep for a few hours. I left it until it got cold. Drain the mixture, pour the lavender water into a bottle and place it into the fridge. You can add a little bit of alcohol such a pure vodka into this water …