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Cleanse Your Face With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I kid you not. I’ve experimented with it on myself, and I love the results–soft, quenched skin that may not need additional moisturizer afterward. Here are some of the main reasons why I’m so excited about cleansing my face this way:

  • It’s fragrance, preservative, and colouring-free. Suitable even for the most sensitive of skin.
  • It’s cheap! Well, compared to buying your usual cleansers from cosmetic companies and pharmacies anyway.
  • I love the thought of how it nourishes your body, both inside and out.
  • Effectively clears your skin of the heaviest makeup without the use of harsh chemicals

If you’re curious about how easy, effective, gentle and simply wonderful this oil can be for your skin and its cleansing routine, read on!

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DIY Facial Scrub in 1 Minute

I know most of us are tied up with work, family and everything else that life throws at us. But that doesn’t mean that we necessarily have to neglect looking after our skin. Today I’ll share with you a 1-minute, dead simple recipe for a facial and body exfoliant that I personally use to enjoy skin that’s soft, supple and glowing. Let’s get going!

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What Moisturizer Do I Use For My Kids?

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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.

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DIY Edible Moisture Mask

Fantastically nourishing skincare that is easily accessible
Fantastically nourishing skincare that is easily accessible

Treat your face and neck to a real breakfast spread that will leave it comforted, soft and supple. This mask is great for all skin types, but those of you who need to care for dry skin could potentially benefit from it even more.

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Homemade Hair Conditioner

Get ready for this–probably the EASIEST thing you’ll be able to put together for your hair that will leave it with the kind of bounce and shine most commercially-produced haircare products boast of!

Ingredients:

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, strained to remove pulp (I use 1/4 of a lemon for my short hair)
  • 10 parts plain water

What to do:

  • Mix in a bowl
  • After washing and rinsing off the soap from your hair, use this solution in your hair and scalp, then rinse off thoroughly. If it gets onto your face, no worries – lemon juice is great for tampering oily skin!

Ta-da! All it takes is a little effort on your part and you’ll have an all-natural hair conditioner to use every day which, I’m sure, your hair will show it’s grateful for. I loved the results–let me know if you do too!

Important note: if you are photosensitive (i.e. sensitive to sunlight) or get sunburned very easily, try not to use lemon juice as the oil from its skin contains limonene, which is phototoxic when exposed to UV light from the sun.

[15 June 2018 Update: While you’re here, do check out our all-natural shampoo bar, The Mane Event, that’s been receiving lots of attention (and rave reviews!) ever since a viral video of Lush’s Shampoo Bar made its rounds on FB. Ours may not look as fancy or last as long, but we don’t use sodium lauryl sulphate as our base, which Lush’s Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar does.]

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Java Jive Body Scrub

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Hope you’ve all been enjoying the holidays. Here’s our latest Kitchen Beauty recipe for you to try out at home to rid yourself of yesterday’s old skin, and let loose your inner glow.

Java Jive Body Scrub

  • 3 Tbsp coffee grounds
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp ground oatmeal
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • OPTIONAL: a few drops of essential oil (sweet orange or peppermint would be lovely!)

Mix all ingredients well in a little container. In the shower, scoop some mix and rub on your skin, focusing on rough, scaly patches. Leave on for 3-4 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly. Pat dry. Say hello to smooth skin! Excess scrub can be kept in the refrigerator for several days days. As this is a fresh, preservative-free product, keeping it in its mixed state for longer than that is not advisable.

Can’t spare the time to pamper yourself with this concoction? Here’s a fuss-free alternative. Lather up well in the shower with your favorite Chamomile Labs handmade soap, then scoop some coffee grounds and rub all over soapy skin. Leave on a few minutes and then rinse off and pat dry. Follow up with some of our goat’s milk lotion or creme. My personal favorites for this are the Cocoa Butter, and the Olive Wheatgerm Honey!

The Goodies

Coffee gently exfoliates, rejuvenates skin, and contains antioxidants and caffeine, which is known for plumping up the skin to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles.

Sugar contains glycolic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that breaks up dead skin cells for easy removal, leaving you with soft, smooth skin.

Honey is an excellent humectant, drawing moisture from the air to hydrate, smooth, and soften your skin, while nourishing it with vitamins and minerals.

Oatmeal is very soothing for dry, irritated skin, and gently exfoliates and softens skin.

Olive oil is a humectant carrier oil, drawing moisture from the air into the skin to soften and hydrate it.

Give it a go–we’re sure you’ll love the results! Tell us what you think of it, okay?

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Kitchen Beauty: Cucumber Yogurt Cleansing Mask

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.

Extra Tip:
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.

Enjoy!

Love,
Amber