Scrumptious raspberry body scrub

I haven’t written for a while, I know. Lots happened, I didn’t have the time nor I made anything worth sharing. Now, with summer holidays finally here, I have more time to create so here we go. SCRUMPTIOUS RASPBERRY BODY SCRUB.

As you all know, body scrubs are my weakness. I kept searching for inspiration but majority of DIY body scrubs are just sugar or salt and oil based. And I wanted something else. I wanted a cream like scrub. A lovely smelling one at that. As I was looking through my ingredients I found raspberry seed oil and thought of making raspberry theme cosmetics.

I have always been against using unnecessary ingredients therefore this scrub contains only what is necessary to make it the consistency, colour and fragrance I wanted. Plus obviously all the benefits of a scrub which is simply to buff away the dead skin.

  1. OIL STAGE

To begin, you need:

10 ml sweet almond oil

20 ml castor oil

6 g shea butter

3 g cocoa butter

10 g emylsifying wax

Place all these ingredients in a heat proof glass bowl or jug and melt in bain marie/ double boiler.

2. WATER STAGE

130 ml boiling filtered water

10 ml vegetable glycerin

I always boil water and let it cool slightly to reach the same temperature as the oil stage, rather than heat up the water stage to the same temperature. Pour the water stage slowly into the oil stage (still in the double boiler) and whisk for about a minute.

Take it off the heat and place in a bowl of cold water to help it cool down. Whisk for another minute and then leave it to cool down to about 40 degrees Celsius.

3. COOLING STAGE

40 drops Eco preservative

2 ml vitamin E oil

20 drops raspberry aroma

1 heaped teaspoon jojoba beads

1 heaped teaspoon pumice powder

5 drops red colouring (for soaps and cosmetics)

0.5 g pink mica

Add the preservative, vitamin E oil and aroma separately and stir to combine after each ingredient.

Then add all the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.

Transfer into a container with a lid and it’s ready to use like your regular body scrub.

Next on the menu – raspberry body cream. And after that raspberry bath bomb. I have never attemoted to make them yet so definitely looking forward to this one. Watch this space!

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Hand cream

I love myself a good hand cream. I think I started using hand creams regularly since the age of about 13 if I remember correctly (yeah, that was a long time ago). And by regularly I mean pretty much each time after I wash my hands. For some reason I suddenly started hating that feeling of dry skin on my palms. I bet many of you can relate. Now, when I was growing up, there weren’t that many hand creams available. My favourite one was a lemon, glycerin hand cream. It made my skin feel so soft and moisturised. Until now I keep looking for the exact same feeling when I apply a ahnd cream. I hate those ones that quickly sink into your skin and your skin still feels dry.

I was so silly not that long ago and when I run out of my work bag cream I decided to buy one instead of making one myself. To be honest I didn’t have much time to make my own and as I couldn’t go without I just bought one. What a mistake! I went to a more posh if you like shop and chose one of their so called natural hand creams. I can’t even remember now if I even looked at the ingredients or if I was blinded for a moment. I hated that cream from the minute I started using it. My hands felt horrible and it kept smearing on my hands rather than spreading and sinking in. And once it did spread eventually, it left this feeling of dryness I so much hate. Nedless to say I qickly just chucked it in the bin (!).

So, today I will share the recipe I have been using for a good while now. It was inspired by the hand cream recipe you can find in Karen Gilbert’s book but I have made a few changes to it, even though it was perfectly fine to begin with. I think it was actually the first recipe I adapted instead of just following it step by step. I have since adapted it again for my daughter because her skin cracks in winter and needs very special treatment. But I will share that on a different occasion.

There are quite a few ingredients you need to make this cream but it is worth it. All my friends I have ever gifted it too love it.

It might seem a bit complicated if this is your first go with cosmetics with the oil and water phase but give it a go. I think you will be as impressed as I was the first time I made it 🙂

INGREDIENTS needed for the OIL PHASE:

Put all these ingredients in a heat proof jug and melt. I simply boil half a pot of water and then place the jug with the ingredients in it, and stir until it all melts. Keep it on the hob while you quickly get the water phase ready. I usually do it while the oil phase ingredients are melting.

INGREDIENTS for the WATER PHASE:

  • 55 ml boiled filtered water (it should be about 75 degrees Celsius)
  • 5 ml vegetable glycerin

Now, the important thing is to make sure that both phases are the same temperature when you mix them. So what I usually do is I measure the tempareture of the oil phase and the water phase, using a food termometer. If they are roughly the same I slowly pour the water phase in as I’m stiring it with a milk frother like this one (yeah, I know) still keeping the mixture in the double boiler. Keep stirring for about 1 minute, take it off the heat and now it’s time to cool it down. I do that by placing the jug in a bowl of cold water and stir for another minute. I then leave it to cool down until the temperature reaches just below 40 degrees Celsius.

At this point I add the remaining ingredients one by one and stir after each one. I have notice that sometimes if I add everything at once I don’t end up with the texture I want. It actually looks like it went off and I am not quite sure yet why so now I add one ingredient at a time and stir. So here we go:

  • 5 ml St. John’s Wort oil
  • 20 drops of preservative (I buy the Eco preservative from aromantic )
  • 15 drops of essential oil: lemongrass, sweet orange, whatever takes your fancy really or whatever additional benefits you want to achieve.
  • I sometimes also add 20 drops of vitamin E oil.

The last thing you need to do is to put it into a pot and VOILA!

 

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Nourishing whipped body butter

 

I’ve wanted to try this one for a while but it is a bit of a time consuming process. Since I’m enjoying the Christmas holidays and being off work I decided to finally give it a go. Not to mention that my skin needs some help to be dealing with current temperatures…

What is it I’m talking about? Whipped body butter! Certain things need more time to be put into practice. I think I bought an electric mixer, specifically for making cosmetics, or to be even more precise, whipped body butters, over a year ago. Or maybe even longer. Yes, I know. Hopeless, right?

Well, this week I decided to finally make it. I had a lot of spare time on my hands. So, ladies and gentlemen! Ta dah!

You need a few butters, oils and essential oils to make this beautiful butter but believe me, it’s worth it! And your skin will be grateful for your effort too.

The main ingredient in this recipe is shea butter and I am looking at it in much more detail here. You need 50g of shea butter, organic, raw is best, as always. You also need 10g coconut oil and 10g mango butter. Place these in a heatproof glass bowl and melt in a double boiler. I don’t use any fancy equipment. I boil water in a pot and place the bowl on top of the boiling water. Simple. Once melted add 10 ml each: sweet almond, jojoba and apricot kernel oil. Stir, take off the heat and leave to cool. And now the whole process begins.

Get your mixer ready. Make sure you always use separate equipment to make your cosmetics to avoid any contamination. I started mixing when the edges started to solidify. Just before you start mixing add your essential oils. I added 20 drops of lemongrass and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix for 10-15 seconds and leave it to cool. Keep repeating this process until the butter completely solidifies and becomes creamy and fluffy.

Spoon into a clean pot with a lid and enjoy!

Yes, it takes a bit of time so it’s best to make it when you have more spare time on your hands but it’s completely worth the effort. Feels lovely on my skin.