I tweaked and tweaked, made notes and plotted, after the first trial batch I made last month… and now I’ve arrived at a formulation for Songbird that looks set to stay (if you all enjoy breathing it in and admiring it as much as I do, that is!).
Locked down on the scent too. The virginian cedarwood, cypress, pine, eucalyptus all stayed, but I did away with the bergamot because it wasn’t really contributing much to the blend (it had faded away so much that it wasn’t really there anymore–and it’s way too expensive for me to use for now). So our study is now bursting with mildly minty, woodsy scent that definitely brings to mind a verdant, mountainous scene under a bright blue sky, populated with coniferous trees as far as the eye can see.
It’s a brief respite from the lousy haze that we have outside now, for sure!
These will be ready in time for Urbanscapes on June 16th. If you do come (and you really should, if you love all things art), I’m hoping you can follow your nose to locate my stall. :p It’ll be PACKED, for sure.
Here we are–have some fun in the shower with the Summer Fizz Soap! I originally referred to these as Sweet Orange, Rosemary and Peppermint Soap in my earlier blogpost, but that was a real mouthful. :p Hence the name change.
Read more about this skin and hair-loving bar of soap that has a scent reminiscent of fizzy lemonade over at the shop.
(Psst–if not for yourself, why not get one for mom? 😉 )
…whipped body butter! Using a combination of just vegetable oils and essential oils, I’m now experimenting with blends that are luxuriant on skin without needing to rely on preservatives, stabilizers etc that are normally present in store-bought body butters.
I’ve been working hard at this–and the results are pretty exciting!
Lately I’ve turned to using body oils as moisturizers, opting out of the usual baby lotions which still contain preservatives. It takes just a little effort and some getting used to, but I guarantee you that if you have little tots about the house to care for, this is a real fun skincare routine that you’ll all enjoy.
I’d like to introduce to you Kitchen Beauty, a section in which we highlight natural spa-type treatment recipes using ingredients found in your own kitchen (or in the nearest grocery store). We’ll be adding a new recipe every week, so stay tuned!
Today’s recipe is… Cucumber Yogurt Cleansing Mask for all skin types
What you’ll need:
1/2 peeled cucumber (1/2 if you’re using a Japanese cucumber)
1 tbsp plain yogurt 1/2 tbsp honey Step 1:
Toss the cucumber in a blender or food processor, then mix the resulting mush with the honey and yogurt until you have a watery paste. Step 2:
Slather it on your face (and neck if you’ve got extra). Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rub gently for another 1 minute before rinsing off with cool water. Gently pat dry. The result? Soft, dewy skin!
The Goodies: Cucumber soothes, tones and hydrates, helping to restore the skin’s natural acid mantle. Honey tones, softens, rejuvenates, and is a natural humectant, helping to draw moisture to the skin to keep it smooth and supple. Yogurt is something of a miracle food for skin. It has a high zinc content, which helps to clear blemished skin. It also contains lactic acid, a mild exfoliant, and proteins that moisturize and improve overall skin texture.
This recipe can be used as is, or as the liquid portion for our Rhassoul Chocolate Milk Masque. Simply add a tablespoon of dry masque to the recipe, mix well, and proceed with step 2. The masque will be slightly thicker, and easier to apply.
Leftover mask can be kept in the fridge, but since this is made fresh without preservatives, it should be used within 2 days.
New product: Whole, Natural Loofah Sponges. Reusable exfoliant, soap saver, and dishwashing sponge that lasts for months. Great value at a special introductory price of RM8.