This week I decided to make some bath bombs. It turned out to be a huge success... for reason's I wasn't expecting.
My 12 year old daughter is going through a phase where she does not want to know her mum any more and mum is not cool. I asked her for some help to take photo's while I create them and before long she was helping me with the bath bombs too. As well as creating a natural bath treat we were able to spend some quality time together, something I have missed watching her grow up. She created photos, added idea's and got her hands deep in citric acid and baking powder.
Which brings me to the recipe itself. After bringing home a library book on bath bomb's, I realised there are essentially two main dry ingredients and oil:
Sift the powder and mix well in a clean bowl. Carefully but combine the oil or butter. Spray water is added as a binder once ingredients are all mixed until it holds together when you squeeze it in your hands. Then set in moulds and let it dry completely before use.
The difference between one bath bomb and another is just anything that you add to it to change colour, smell or decoration. I used:
5 drops of ylang ylang, patchouli and bergamot equally
glitter for decoration
cocoa for colour
However, there are so many variations you can use like specific healing aromatic blends, food colourings, powdered colourings, natural food dyes (beetroot would make a great red/pink colour) dried flowers, herbs for decoration or their healing properties and scents. You can really create your own.
I used a muffin tray as a mould and compacted the mixture using a glass. Anything you find at home can be useful such as patty pans, ice cube trays, shape by hand, cake tins and slice before drying. Or, you can use specially made mould's of course.
Once you know the base of this recipe, the variations can be endless and can be personalised to suit.
Now below are the photos and contributions that wouldn't be possible without my daughter's help.
Thank you Rhys xx
The bath bombs were awesome and we have indulged in luxurious bath experiences since making them. I make quite a few and while watching television in the evening's I decided to create little origami boxes (any excuse to try a new project) for them so I can give as little gifts to friends etc. Photo's below. I intend to add tutorials on these boxes should anybody like to create themselves.
Over low heat, melt and stir the beeswax with the oils, butter and beeswax in a small saucepan.
Pour into lip balm pots. Allow to set and cool before placing the lids on.
For flavour and scent I add vanilla essence.
DONE. So easy.
Cleopatra was well known for her beauty and glowing radiant skin. The treatment... A milk bath. Said to be from donkeys and not cow's milk (fun fact).
Anyway, in the absence of donkey's, you can still create radiant skin at home and bathe like Cleopatra using this recipe at home:
All that is required is to mix the ingredients well and store in a jar.
Add dried flowers or herbs for extra decoration, scent and healing properties.
Use approximately 1 heaped Tablespoon in a warm bath and relax away. Epsom salts are great for relaxing the muscles so this not only will make you look amazing but with soothe aching and sore muscles.
Scrubs are so easy to make at home. There is always something in your pantry that can help create one. General household products you can use are:
I do believe the beauty market has done a fabulous job convincing us to buy there beauty products at the promise of beautiful, dewy, younger looking skin. But if you investigated into the ingredients a lot of these miracle creams and potions can be made at home and are just as effective if not better, and they are far better for your skin as they do not contain the chemical's that store purchased goods require to keep a longer shelf life.
Below is a list of different versions of glycolic peels you can make at any time at home with just the items in your pantry and fridge.
Fruits listed below contain AHA's which dissolve protein (dead skin cells). Lemon can act as a skin lightener helping rid of age spots or freckles as it is a natural bleaching agent.
Cane Sugar or caster sugar is a mild chemical exfoliant and is able to penetrate and loosen the surface layer of skin, generating new skin cell growth.
Coconut oil can soften appearance of fine lines while being intensely hydrating for the skin too. It keeps the skin's connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles.
Yoghurt also dissolves dead skin cells as well as providing nourishment.
Combine the ingredients together to make a paste. Apply to you face and neck area avoiding the eyes and don't forget the décolletage area too. Leave on the face for 20-30 minutes. Repeat this application every week or two until the desired affects occur.
This post is dedicated to mature aged skin and what we can do at home using natural products to eradicate wrinkles, general skin care and even dermabrasion.
Give your skin the gentler nourishing treatment it deserves.
DERMABRASION AT HOME
Simply mix these ingredients together to form a paste. Gently apply to the face and massage in gentle circular movements. Again avoid the eye area and remember the neck and décolletage. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Removes dead skin, Stimulates new cell growth, Deep Cleans
Mash the papaya flesh to make a paste like pulp and fold in the oatmeal and sugar mixing well. Apply to the neck and face, avoiding the eye area, in circular motion for 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water.
New skin cell generation, removes dead skin cells
POWER YOUTH MASK
Blend or mash the cucumber flesh until it is at a pulp consistency. Combine with the yoghurt. Apply to the face and neck area avoiding the eyes and lay back for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Fades dark circles, tighten pores, improves complexion, fades freckles and age spots
WRINKLE TARGET MASK
Mince the fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle (or chop with a knife and squash). Mix the fennel pulp with the yoghurt and honey. Apply to the face and neck avoiding the eye area and let the mask do it's work for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Dissolves dead skin cells, skin antioxidant and skin detoxifier, wrinkle erasing
All that is required is to pour these ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the face and neck area and gently pat dry.
Melt the wax and oil in a double boiler and stir. Remove from heat. Dissolve the borax in a little water and gradually add this and the remaining water to the wax mix. Stir rapidly until the cream reaches the desired consistency. Add in the essential oils once slightly cools.
Deep moisturiser for all skin types.
OIL BLENDS FOR SKIN TYPES
Where it instructed to add the essential oils, the blends below can target specific skin types.
15 drops of lavender oil
8 drops of geranium oil
3 drops of rosewood oil
15 drops of cedarwood
10 drops of rosewood
10 drops of rose
5 drops of rosewood
5 drops of geranium
10 drops of rose
5 drops of jasmine
5 drops of geranium
10 drops of sandalwood
7 drops of geranium
5 drops of ylang ylang
3 drops of rosewood
10 drops cedarwood
10 drops sandalwood
5 drops rosewood
1/2 t wheatgerm oil
15 drops of lemon
15 drops of cypress
10 drops of lavender oil
10 drops of camphor
10 drops bergamot
10 drops orange
5 drops orange
MATURE AGED SKIN
15 drops lavender
5 drops frankincense
5 drops neroli
20 drops carrot seed
5 drops myrrh
10 drops patchouli
10 drops frankincense
15 drops fennel
5 drops lavender
5 drops rose
15 drops frankincense
5 drops cypress
1/2 t vit E oil
Oily or Blemished Skin Cleanser
Combine ingredients and apply to face and neck area avoiding the eyes. Massage in circular motions for 30 seconds and rinse with warm water.
Cleanses oily or blemished skin targeting excessive oil production.
Normal Skin Cleanser
Blend ingredients in a blender. Apply to skin in circular motions to the face and neck avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5 minutes for extra clean and rinse with warm water.
Dry Skin Cleanser
Combine ingredients and mix well. Apply to the neck and face avoiding the eye area. Massage on skin for approx. 30 seconds. Rinse off with warm water.
Natural cleanser for dry skin. Add nourishment and naturally exfoliates dead skin cells.
Combine the witch hazel with the oatmeal and add any extra water if required. Gently apply to the face and massage in circular movements. Avoid the eye area. Rinse off with warm water.
Gentle natural cleanser. Add oil for dry skin.
Combine egg white, lemon juice, water, and almond bran and mix thoroughly. Apply to face (I use an egg brush) and leave on the face for 20-25 minutes or until completely dried. Avoid eye area. Peel off and continue with your beauty routine.
Removal of dead skin cells and improving an even skin tone. Lightening of freckles and age spots.
Heat the ingredients together in a small saucepan over low heat. Let the mixture cool then pour into a cosmetic bottle. Massage a few drops into your face and neck daily. This mixture will separate so shake well before using.
Dry skin deep mask.
Shea Butter Lip Balm
In a double boiler melt these ingredients together until completely combined. Allow to cool but not set and add in essential oils of your choice. Store in lip tubes or lip balm containers.
Chapped and dry lips. All Natural Ingredients
This is something that I have made at home with my daughter (she is twelve now and does not like to spend time with me like her younger years so these memories are much cherished). It was a great way to spend quality and educational time on the weekends. Once we had completed making these beauty items, the only thing left to do is to try them out. So why not add some candles and indulge in your own creations with your very own home spa.
When I first came across home made products, I started to look at everything in the department stores differently. Could I make that at home myself? The cost to keep purchasing cleansers, toners and moisturising can really add up and this started to bother me when I realised the mark ups on these products are extortionate. Hence, when needing a new batch of these items I jumped at my new found knowledge as an opportunity to test out my own laboratory skills and make these myself. So below is one of my first attempts and recipes I used. I was so impressed with how luxurious the products turned out and how great I felt using them, that it was then that my obsession began.
I found these recipes from an old vintage book found in a second hand store providing years old remedies of beauty care from a more Victorian era... I treasure this book and still have it today
Natural Cleanser (All Skin Types)
Aloe Rose Cream
Home Made Face Peel
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OK so why this first?
I have added 1 Tablespoon of lemon to this mix a lot as I like to lighten my skin and get rid of my freckles. It is one of those recipes that you can experiment with different natural products that help with a multitude of remedies.
It is a well known, tried, tested and loved recipe. Don't waist your money on pore strips or chemically filled peels. This one is a no brainer so a very easy option for my first blog entry.
Be fair warned I endeavour to try and test as many natural remedies as possible and blog my reviews on each. Just recently I tried to remove hair from my arms using a turmeric mix. Now unless I was doing this all wrong it was an epic failure for me. For days I was picking up bits of turmeric balls that had magically walked through my house and had to walk around with bright orange elbows. But that may be for another blog.
Thanks for reading and happy peeling!!
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