Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Natural deodorant






Even before I discovered that most of the products I used on a daily basis were very bad for me, I knew that deodorant was bad. I started buying natural deodorant from Holland and Barrett a couple of years ago, and I hated it at first, it took me a while to find one that worked well for me. I did eventually find one, but with ordering offline and paying a delivery charge, it was more money than I wanted to pay for a deodorant.

This is the easiest, simplest recipe, and it works so well! After a day of running around after my kids, or sweating my butt off pushing a big double pram up a huge hill, on the way back from town, I still smell good!

You can use a little spatula to get the deodorant out, or I just use my fingers, and rub it in like a cream.

Ingredients:

Coconut oil
Arrowroot powder
Baking soda
Essential oils of choice

First, melt approximately 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Next, stir in 1-2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Finally, add in your essential oil of choice, depending on what scent you would like your deodorant to have. I went with lavender, as it has calming properties for the skin, and orange. And it’s as easy as that! It takes around 5 minutes to make and can all be bought from the supermarket, apart from the essential oils.

Give it a go, it’s honestly amazing and so much better for you, and the environment, than shop bought stuff! xxxx
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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Dreamy all natural eye cream

Until about 6 months ago, I had to carry some form of ID around with me, in order to buy wine from the shops. It used to annoy the heck out of me. Thirty years old and still needing to show some ID. Now, I don’t even get a second look, and do you know what, I think it’s the tiny wrinkles that have began to form around my eyes, that are giving my age away.

For the past six years, I’ve survived on a diet of basically chocolate and coffee, I’ve had a baby sleeping next to me/on me in bed at night, and I’ve unknowingly been slathering toxin filled creams all over my face.. and I guess it’s all caught up with me!

I have high hopes that this jam packed nutrient eye cream will stop me from looking any older for a little while!








I have used Shae butter as my thickening base. This stuff has been said to be a superfood for the skin, and after using it for the last month, I can totally see why. It is full of fatty acids, vitamins A & E, and aids in the skins natural collagen production. It keeps skin supple and nourished, and helps to prevent/smooth out those wrinkles!

So, the first thing to do is melt down your Shae butter. I used approximately four tablespoons, but if you are using a smaller jar than mine, you may only want to use two or three. I have also up until now, been melting it down in a self assembled double boiler, but this time I put the Shae butter straight into the saucepan, which worked just fine too. I got my Shae butter here.








Once your Shae butter is melted down to liquid form, take it off the heat and add Sweet Almond oil. I added 2-3 tablespoons, but again, if you are using a smaller jar than mine you can lower this. Almond oil, like the Shae butter, is packed full of vitamins A & E. The retinol in vitamin A has the ability to stimulate the production of new skin cells, therefore smoothing out those fine lines! I get my Sweet Almond oil here.



Next add two tablespoons of Castor Oil. Castor oil is one of my absolute favourite ingredients to use, I put it in almost everything. It possesses humectant properties, which means it has the ability to draw in moisture from the air, and lock it into your skin! I love the Pukka oil here.



Add one teaspoon of honey. You can go as pricey as you wish with the honey, there are some really great Manuka’s available. I liked the sound of this one containing lavender!


Lastly, add the essential oils. For anybody who doesn’t know what essential oils are, they are concentrated plant extracts, steam distilled from the plant. So basically, Mother Earth’s magic juice! For this recipe I used 20 drops of carrot seed, and 20 drops of rosemary. Rosemary in particular is full of antioxidants that help to ease fine lines and wrinkles, and increase the circulation of skin cells. Carrot seed has anti-aging, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, so is a power house for the skin!

Getting my essential oil starter kit was perhaps the best investment I ever made, as it introduced me to a complete new world of skincare, cleaning products, and just over all wellness in general. If you too are ready to take the first step to a less toxic life, you can follow the link through here, or please message me on Instagram with any questions you may have about joining!




This cream feels like silk on my skin. I hope you guys love it if you try it! X
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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Natural Lip balm

Lip balm for me has always been a little bit of a necessity. I remember at the age of about ten or eleven, being completely obsessed with my Avon lip conditioner. My mum would let me write down the order code on the little slip at the back of the catalogue. I used to carry it around with me everywhere. No matter how much lip conditioner or lip balm I’ve put on over the years, though, my dry, chapped lips always seemed to come back. Well, I guess they just never really went away. Perhaps the chemical laden products I was using just weren't really that soothing or healthy for my lips! So, when I began to start researching how to make my own products, a lip balm was at the top of my list.

I’ve had a few test runs, and have made up a few different batches, and this is my favourite recipe so far. It feels super nourishing and hydrating, but not sticky or greasy.




Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:

Beeswax/candelilla wax
Shea butter
Castor oil
Lavender essential oil
Frankincense essential oil
Copaiba essential oil

You will also need a double boiler, which can be easily made by using a glass bowl and a saucepan for it to sit on top of! Just get a small saucepan of water on to boil, and place a glass bowl on top of it, so that you can mix and melt your ingredients together.

You will then need a container/jar with a lid, to store your lip balm in. I love to use pretty vintage jars that I find on eBay or in charity shops, but if that’s not your style, you can find lots of different options on Amazon or Etsy.

So, I haven’t currently been using any measuring tools, but hopefully you can see from these photographs roughly how much of each ingredient I have used.

First of all get your double boiler ready, or your pan of water on to boil, with a glass bowl ready to sit on top.

First thing to add to your bowl is the wax pellets. I used Beeswax pellets, as they have anti-bacterial properties and help to soften and heal skin, but you can also use the candelilla wax pellets. I found mine on Amazon here. I used a lot more than this on my first try, but the balm turned out much too hard. Whilst it was still moisturising, it took me a long time to get enough of it on my lips. The wax pellets go a long way, and less of them makes the mixture softer.





The next ingredient to add is Shae butter. Shae butter contains fatty acids and vitamins, and also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, making it the perfect addition to a lip balm. I found mine here. I used approximately 3-4 table spoons. Add the Shae butter into your double boiler or glass bowl with the wax pellets. Melt them both down to liquid form.



Once your wax pellets and Shae butter are melted down, you can take them off the boil. The next ingredient to add is Castor oil. Castor oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and is also great for preventing wrinkles. It has such a gorgeous, thick texture to it. It has become one of my very favourite oils to use on my skin. I use this one here. I added approximately 4-5 teaspoons of Castor oil. 




The last ingredients to add are the essential oils, and you can really pick and choose these as you please, as there are so many great oils with skin benefits. I will say, you need to be very careful with the brand of essential oil that you buy, as a lot of them are full of chemicals and watered to dilute them down. I use Young Living, as they are the only company that I am aware of, to make 100% pure organic essential oils. For this batch of lip balm I used Lavender, Frankincense and Copaiba, as all three of these oils possess amazing skin benefits. Frankincense in particular has been used for thousands of years, and is known to be a God send for the skin. I added 10-12 drops of each oil. 

All three of these oils come with the Young Living starter kit too, which you can purchase here. By purchasing a starter kit through this link you become a member of my team. 




Once you have mixed all of your ingredients together, you want to pour the mixture straight into your chosen jar, before it starts to set. I let mine cool for about 20 minutes, and then put it in the fridge for a further 20 minutes. By this point it will be ready to use, but bare in mind it will set more over the next few hours. 

My lips have honestly never felt softer or smoother, and I find I only need to apply this once in the morning, and once in the evening. Unlike other lip products I’ve used in the past where I have needed to re-apply them hourly throughout the day to keep my lips hydrated. 

I also rub this into my cuticles and on the skin around my nails. It’s such a nice, non greasy feeling balm. You could also use it on your elbows! 

If you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it as much as I do! xxx



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