Nourishing, bronzing body butter

Do you ever have those EUREKA moments when you discover something accidentally? Well, I had one of those recently. Let me share…

Now, my skin has recently been very dry and I have no idea why. I have never had this problem before. I can actually see how dry it is. Not good. I looked at the products I use and couldn’t really find any culprit as I haven’t changed any products recently. I tried using my usual body butter more generously, using coconut oil instead but to no avail. So what would someone like me do? Research, of course and then make my own product.

It was not intended to be a bronzing butter. It happened accidentally just because of the ingredients I had on hand.

Anyway. The first thing I did was some research. I wanted to find out which oils or butters would be the most beneficials for my dry skin and then see what I actually had in my cupboard.

Oils and butters beneficial for dry skin

  1. Cocoa butter – it’s rich in fatty acids which make it very hydrating for the skin.
  2. Kokum butter – helps to regenerate skin and prevent it from drying. Softens the skin and makes it more flexible.
  3. Mango butter – softening and moisturising.
  4. Shea butter – very moisturising and nourishing thanks to the vitamins and fatty acids it contains.
  5. Coconut oil – very good moisturiser.
  6. Argan oil – light oil, contains vitamins E and A which make it moisturising.
  7. Rosehip oil – excellent moisturiser due to the high content of fatty acids.
  8. Shea oil – moisturises and softens the skin.
  9. Sweet almond oil – very good moisturiser.
  10. Vitamin E oil – reduces dryness and flakiness of the skin, exactly what I’m suffering from.

Obviously there are many more natural ingredients out there that are beneficial for dry skin but I used the ones mentioned above to make my beautifully nourishing and bronzing body butter.

Nourishing, bronzing body butter

Ingredients:

50g coconut oil

40g shea butter

40g dark cocoa butter

10g kokum butter

10g mango butter

15 ml each:

5 ml vitamin E oil

6 drops geranium essential oil

9 drops lavender essential oil

12 drops lime essential oil

You will also need: a glass bowl, measuring spoons, a spoon, a digital scale, an electric mixer (don’t use the one I use for food though), double boiler or just a pot so that the glass bowl can sit on top of for the butters to melt.

LET’S START!

Boil half a pot of water and keep it boiling. Place all the butters in the glass bowl and sit the bowl on top of the boiling water so all the ingredients can melt.

Once melted, take it off the pot, add all the oils but vitamin E and essential oils and let it cool.

Once it is cool place it in the fridge until it thickens. When the consistency is like the one pictured below it is ready to mix.

At this stage add the vitamin E oil and the essential oils and then mix until light and fluffy. It won’t be perfectly smooth because of the consistency of some of the butters but it’s perfectly fine.

Once light and fluffy, transfer into a pot and start using. It will moisturise your skin and give it a natural tanned colour. Make sure you spread it evenly though! One of the things I love about it is that it does not stain like fake tanning products, plus you can see the effect straight away so you can correct any mistakes if needed there and then.

Let me know what you think about it ūüôā

P.S. This post contains some affiliate links which means I earn a small commission on the products bought through these links. However, I would never recommend anything I don’t love using myself.

Uplifting lime and mint body scrub

I need a pick-me-up today and a big one at that! The weekend has been crazy and my mind is too busy with¬†overthinking which results in worries and a low mood. Unfortunately for me I am one of those people who tend to think too much from time to time and come up with things that aren’t really there to worry about. I am trying to learn to just take life as it is, day by day and focus on the positive but sometimes it’s just stronger than me. And today is one of those days. And I need a pick-me-up!

I’m very fond of smells and I love body scrubs as you know. When it comes to essential oils all the citrusy ones really do it for me. Especially LIME. I also love the smell of mint so decided to combine these two in my body scrub.

Other than lime and peppermint essential oils you don’t need any fancy ingredients. I am very strongly for using as few ingredients as possible, especially in products that are rinsed off because all the fancy ingredients don’t have enough time to do anything for our skin. The main thing we want from a body scrub is just to buff away those dead skin cells, right? Now today I also want a nice, uplifting smell.

Uplifting lime and mint body scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup of fine sugar

1/2 cup of olive oil (I used a mild one for the lighter colour and smell)

zest from 1 lime

15 drops of lime essential oil

10 drops of peppermint oil

Pour all the ingredients into a glass bowl and give it a good stir.

All you need now is to move it to a container with a lid (I love my glass jar for my scrubs) and you’re good to go. Use as any other scrub.

Now the fresh mint here is just for decorative purposes ūüôā I wouldn’t advise using any in your scrub as it would shorten the shelf life significantly.

Hope you enjoy making your own and using it!

War on cellulite

Can you remember those good, old times when no one heard of cellulite? I do! Where are those times gone, I’m asking? Now not only every woman or girl knows what it is but she is most likely to be affected by it unfortunately as well.

Mind you, I asked T just yesterday if he knew what cellulite was. Only because he saw my new massager and wanted to know what it was to which I replied that it was purely for fighting cellulite purposes. The look on his face told me he had no idea what I was talking about. So I asked. And he DIDN’T! And believe me, I did not explain. LOL

SO WHAT IS CELLULITE?

Cellulite is a (now) common skin condition also known as “orange peel skin” and I’m sure we all know why it’s called that. I can’t remember when I first noticed mine. I think in my 20s and by then it was already quite widespread among women. It’s just that when you have it yourself you start noticing it in others more, right? Like you don’t want to be the only one that so “imperfect”.

I also remember having an anti-cellulite massage at a SPA, one of those painful ones with a Chinese massage cup and the massage therapist telling me that none of the anti-cellulite cosmetics work. That the only way to truly fight cellulite is to get rid of it mechanically through some form of massage (in addition to proper diet and exercising of course!) If you’re like me you have probably tried a whole lot of different anti-cellulite creams, lotions and whatnot, and noticed that they really don’t work. They can only make your skinn appear more smooth and moisturised but that’s about it.

According to dermatologists, 90% of women suffer from some form of cellulite. Cellulite appears when fat cells exdpand and push through to the upper skin layers, therefore becoming visible in the form of lumps and bumps on our thighs, stomach, bottom etc. and it doesn’t depend on our weight. As a sex we’re more unlucky in this case because our fat cells are spaced out differently than men’s and therefore more visible (read more here). There are different¬†STAGES of cellulite and these range from:

No changes visible to the naked eye but anatomical changes begin to form.

The changes become visible when the skin is pinched.

To the cellulite being visible at all times, e.g. while standing and hard, painful nodules forming.

If you’re interested in more scientific description of all the changes this article can help.

CAUSES OF CELLULITE

The causes of cellulite aren’t well understood but some factors seem to be contributing to this skin condition more than others. These are:

  • hormones: insulin, estrogen and a few more are believed to contribute to cellulite. For example, with age, women produce less estrogen which can mean poorer blood circulation
  • genes: as we already know women are more prone to cellulite than men because of thei collagen structure
  • poor diet
  • lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise
  • tight clothes limiting blood flow.

Cellulite treatments and my war on cellulite

As I already mentioned anti-cellulite creams you can buy in stores don’t really work. They may smooth out your skin, moisturise it but they WILL NOT get rid of cellulite. I stopped spending money on those long time ago and I seriously advise you the same.

There are plenty of treatments out there that do work but cost a fair amount of money. I am not going to talk about those. What I am going to talk about is my personal war on cellulite I started a few weeks ago, heavily influenced by my sister. She lives in Poland and we usually communicate via Viber. Her messages are usually focused on her clothes shopping successes and failures. Well, mostly failures lol Anyway. The other day she told me she was looking to buy a massager as she was fed up with her cellulite. She found one with good reviews and here I was, wanting one myself. So I ordered it of course.  This one to be exact.

When my son saw it he tought it was some torture equipment! It may look it but doesn’t feel like this. It has two speed settings but even the second one doesn’t feel too harsh. So this is my mechanical measure to totally destroy my cellulite.

To complement it I made this massage oil, full of essential oils that help to combat cellulite. And also these scrub bars with coffee. Mine don’t quite look like the original ones but they do the job and smell amazing. I love the smell of coffee!

So my war on cellulite routine currently is:

  1. Scrub my problem areas under shower. By problem areas I mean my thighs, bum and stomach. My stomach actually isn’t affected by cellulite but the skin isn’t as tight as it used to be before giving birth so why not? It’s not going to hurt, is it?
  2. Apply my war on cellulite oil on the affected areas.
  3. Massage! I give each area a 5 minutes massage.

I have only started a couple of weeks ago and I don’t have the time to massage all my bits and pieces every day so I can’t comment on the results yet. I will in a few weeks time.

Meanwhile let me know if you have any tried (and working) ways of fighting cellulite. The more the better!

 

P.S. This post contains affiliate links which means I earn a small commission on products bought through them. However, I would not recommend anything I don’t personally use or love!

 

 

 

Beautiful neck oil

Do you ever have those days, or weeks, when everything you need finishes? This just happened to me last week. I had a long to-do list, waiting for the weekend. Face cleanser, toner, lip balm, body oil and more. I also decided to make a neck and bust oil as I haven’t used it for a while.

I always had issues when it came to my neck, even though I love it really (I think it’s long and sexy :)) But for as long as I can remember I had those lines across my neck and looking at the necks of other girls my age, and seeing how flawless they were, well… I wanted a neck like that too. I started researching my options. I even found some laser treatment when I was about 19 but never went ahead with it. I was always more into natural ways of dealing with things. One thing I found out back then was that wheatgerm oil was really good. Unfortunately I had no access to wheatgerm oil all those years ago. Luckily, I do now.

What is so good about wheatgerm oil? It is nutrients and vitamins packed. It is readily absorbed by the skin and acts as a very good moisturiser. Wheatgerm oil is rich in vitamin E which fights free radicals and supports collagen formation. Because of its anti-aging properties it helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Now, you probably heard that a typical woman looks after her face but tends to leave out the neck from the daily care routine. That’s why you can notice the signs of aging on the neck faster. Not to mention that the skin on the neck is thinner than the skin on your face so it would be logical to look after it even more.

The recipe I will share with you today is perfect for your neck. Apply it daily, best in the evening so the skin has all night to take in all the goodies. The ingredients you need are: wheatgerm oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, rosehip oil and the following essential oils: sweet orange, ylang ylang, geranium and patchouli. You also need a 100 ml glass dropper bottle, a funnel and measuring spoons.

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However this time I replaced half of the jojoba oil with rice bran oil (didn’t have enough of jojoba) and added a few drops of Coenzyme Q10 with vitamin E.

It’s simple (yet effective). Measure: 50 ml of wheatgerm oil, 20 ml of jojoba oil and 10 ml each of argan and rosehip oil. You also need 6 drops each: sweet orange, ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils and 9 drops of geranium.

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Pour everything into the dropper bottle, screw the top on and shake. And it’s ready to use. You only need about 5 -6 drops each evening, plus another 5-6 if you’r e using it on your breasts as well.

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Enjoy! Your neck will forever be grateful (and beautiful!)

Gorgeous solid perfume

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Sometimes things have a way of working out a bit weird, don’t they? I had this plan to eventually learn how to make perfume using essential oils but I know pretty much nothing yet about creating my own blends at this point so I didn’t even attempt making any perfume.

I was chatting to a friend the other day about nothing related to cosmetics and then he told me that T was complemented on his perfume by everybody. At first I wasn’t sure why I was told that but eventually it became clear that he thought I made the perfume. I laughed to myself and replied that I wished I knew how to make perfume, especially smelling like the ones T was wearing. And then, the next day guess what happened…I followed one of the recipes I had written down from somewhere to make a face cream and the fragrance just amazed me. It was gorgeous! I couldn’t stop smelling the cream. I realised that I accidentally discovered a fragrance made using essential oils that I would actually love to wear. So the next day I made this solid perfume.

Now, solid perfume is very easy to make as long as you know the oil blend you want to use. If you’re not good at making your own blends (yet) just wait for a miracle to happen, like in my case, or try out different blends recipes you can find on Pinterest and other websites. I am going to share my find with you.

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You only need a few ingredients: jojoba wax, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil, geranium essential oil, grapefruit essential oil and sweet orange essential oil.

Melt 1 table spoon of jojoba wax in a double boiler (or like me in a Pyrex jug placed in the pot of boiling water). Remove from the heat and add 15 ml of jojoba oil. Stir.

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Add 30 drops of grapefruit oil, 14 drops of geranium and 5 drops of sweet orange oil. Stir and and pour into a glass pot.

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Let it cool completely and it’s ready to use! Apply small amounts where you’d normally apply perfume, e.g. neck, behind ears, wrists, collar bone.

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Now, I was so eager to make these that I couldn’t wait for a smaller pot so don’t make the same mistake as me. You would be better of with a smaller one (this one is 30 ml I believe) as it is easier to access the amazing perfume ūüôā

Happy experimenting!

P.S. This post contains some associate links which means I am earning a small commission from the products bought through them. However, I would never recommend products I don’t use or love myself!

Beautiful body oil

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This is such an universal truth! Yes, sometimes you do get what you wish for, if you wish hard enough, if you believe it is yours already. But with certain things you just need to wish and work hard for what you want. And having¬†beautiful skin is one of those. You simply can’t just sit there and wish for your skin to suddenly become beautiful, toned, supple and whatever else you’d like it to be. It takes the right daily care and the right (meaning natural and actually working) products. And one of those I will be talking about today. BODY OIL!

I know what you might be thinking. Oil? That is going to make my skin greasy and leave stains everywhere, right? Well, not quite. Not this formula. I have been making this one for a while now and not only that it made my skin look and feel much better altogether but I have also noticed a significant improvement in the up-to-now-dry skin on my elbows. It isn’t that dry anymore. It is actually beginning to feel like the skin on the rest of my body.

Now, I need to give credit where credit is due. It is not my formula. It comes from the website I have been using a lot for ideas, inspiration, recipes and ingredients (for those of you who are UK based). Aromantic! And the body oil recipe can be found here. The only change I do sometimes is swapping the essential oils from the recipe to sandalwood essential oil, 20 drops.

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Now, let’s look at the individual ingredients to see what benefits they provide.

  1. Eco silk makes the body oil feel less greasy.
  2. Oat oil is quickly absorbed by the skin which also helps to make the texture of the body oil less greasy. It locks in moisture in the skin, it’s rich in vitamin E and Linoleic acid which help to maintain the skin natural balance. It’s also ceramide rich which also helps to absorb and retain moisture in the skin.
  3. Apricot kernel oil¬†is high in vitamin A. It’s good for dry, irritated and prematurely aged skin. It also has great moisturising and softening properties.
  4. Castor oil has many benefits: heals inflammation, helps to reduce acne, moisturises the skin, reduces blemishes and pigmentation, prevents stretch marks and fights signs of aging.
  5. Broccoli seed oil has a light consistency therefore reduces greasiness of the body oil and is softening and hydrating.
  6. Vitamin E oil has healing and skin cell stimulant properties. It is an antioxidant – protects the skin from free radicals.

As you can see this body oil formula has amazing benefits so what are you waiting for? Try it out!

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P.S. This port contains some associate links which means I am earning a small commission on products bought through them. However I would never recommend products I don’t use or love myself!

Oh lovely lime!

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I love the smell of lime. It’s so refreshing. So I decided to make a lime body scrub today. Not to mention that I had a dose of lime a bit earlier in the day when I enjoyed an amazingly relaxing back¬†massage. If it lasted any longer than half an hour I would have fallen asleep. Ally, who has her little massage studio near me makes her blends on the spot, depending on my mood and preferences. And today it was… Yes, you guessed it. LIME!

Body scrubs are not at all complicated to make and surely cheaper and more skin friendly than the shop bought ones. After all, what do you need the body scrub for? To buff away all those dead skin cells, right? You don’t really need fancy ingredients, or a lot of them for that matter, as the scrub doesn’t stay on your skin long enough to benefit from them. The best body scrubs for me are those rough ones that moisturise your skin and you don’t need any body lotion or butter afterwards.

So I have collected my few ingredients and utensils I needed: fine sugar (you can replace it with salt, depending on what you want to achieve, read this post here), coconut oil (left in by¬†the window so that the sun would melt it), lime and lime oil (like this one here). Plus a bowl, a spoon and a grater. That’s all. Simple, right?

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I was considering using virgin olive oil but decided against it purely because it would give my scrub this greenish colour and the lime zest wouldn’t show as nice. Oh, yes! You will also need a container to hold your scrub of course.

I measured half a cup of sugar, poured it into a bowl and then measured about 1/3 of a cup coconut oil and added it to the bowl.

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I stirred it all up to make sure that the sugar is coated in oil. Then I added 15 drops of lime essential oil and a zest of a lime, finely grated. Stirred it again and voila! My very own lime body scrub!

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Benefits of lime essential oil

What benefits does the lime essential oil actually have? I chose it based on my smell preferences but I promised myself, and all of you, my dear readers, to learn along the way so here we go. Lime essential oil is antimicrobial and has calming properties (hmm…maybe that is why I felt so sleepy during my back massage? Although I am pretty sure that was due to Ally’s fantastic skills and me generally loving massages). But also an uplifting aroma. It is also said to improve cognitive performance. Lime oil can be used on acne-prone, greasy and problem skin and it acts as an¬†antioxidant which may help with reduce the dark spots that appear due to aging (I have just read it here, and because I have noticed some darker patches on my face, not sure if it’s already because of aging or something else, it is definitely good to know). However, a word of warning! Lime oil, as well as most of the citrusy oils, is phototoxic which means that if applied on the skin and then exposed to the sunlight it may result in severe burns. So it is best to avoid it during sunny¬†days. If you want to know even more, read this post here. Very comprehensive!

And as for me, I am off to scrub away those dead skin cells with my beautiful lime body scrub!

Luscious Lime Body Scrub

P.S. This post contains associate links which means I earn a small commission on the products bought through these links. However, I would never recommend anything I don’t use and love myself!