Monday, 25 January 2016

Homemade Foaming Facial Cleanser

This easy to make foaming cleanser is very gentle and can be tailored to suit most skin types.

Apple juice is rich in antioxidants. Naturally occurring acids in the juice help to gently remove dead skin cells.

German (or Blue) Chamomile essential oil is often used for treating inflamed or sensitive skin,

Carrot seed essential oil can help to restore elasticity to sensitive or sun damaged skin (see note below before using this oil).

Green clay acts as a very gentle exfoliant and works well with irritated skin.

White clay is suitable for use if you have sensitive, mature or damaged skin. It should not be used if you have dry skin.

Foaming Cleanser

4 tablespoons organic apple juice
25g green or white clay
10 drops carrot seed essential oil (see note)

Combine the apple juice and the soap. Stir gently so you don't get too many bubbles. Next whisk in the clay (again gently). Add the essential oils and stir to combine.

To use massage into the face. Rinse with warm water.

Stored in the fridge the cleanser will keep for one month.

A note on using carrot seed essential oil. Do not use this oil if pregnant. Geranium essential oil can be substituted. Geranium oil works well for mature, combination or sunburnt skin.

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Monday, 18 January 2016

Five Simple Face Masks

Here's the third post revisiting of some of the easy skincare recipes I shared last year. There are links to the earlier posts below.

Egg Yolk Hydrating Mask

This is excellent for dry skin. Makes enough for one mask.

You need:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch turmeric

Mix to a paste. Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave for 20 minutes then rinse off. Turmeric can give this mask quite a vibrant colour,  but will not stain your skin.

Strawberry Exfoliating Mask

Very quick and easy to make. 

To make this you will need:

  • 3 medium-sized ripe stawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid honey

Mash the strawberries well, then mix in the honey. Apply to a clean dry face, avoiding the area around your eyes. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Rosie Oats Face Mask

This is a gentle mask suitable for most skin types.

Oatmeal soothes, hydrates and can reduce redness. The clay helps to draw out impurities and the rosewater acts as a gentle toner.

To make enough for one mask you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon ground oats
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater
  • 1 tablespoon kaolin clay*
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 2-3 drops rose essential oil (optional)

Mix the ingredients to form a paste - you can use less or more rosewater to get a consistency you like. Massage into your face and neck. Leave for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water.

* Green clay can be used if skin is prone to acne or rose/pink clay for mature skin.

Avocado Carrot Face Mask (1)

Simple to make and rich in anti-oxidants this mask will help improve the texture and tone of your skin.

To make this you will need:

  • 1 carrot (cooked and well mashed)
  • 1 avocado (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup cream 
  • 3 tablespoons liquid honey
  • 1 beaten egg yolk (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and blend until you have a smooth, but not runny, paste. You may need to adjust the amount of cream used to get a good consistency.

Apply to your face and neck. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse. Follow with your usual toner and moisturiser.

Note: natural yoghurt can be used in place of cream if you prefer

Avocado Face Mask (2)

Another one using avocado. This is a simple to make mask suitable for most skin types - and a great way to use up an avocado that getting a bit too soft.

To make this mask you will need:

  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons liquid honey

Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy. Stir in the honey and yoghurt. You want a smooth consistency that's not too runny.

Apply to clean, dry skin avoiding the area around your eyes. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse of with warm water, then follow with your usual moisturiser.

This makes enough for one mask.

You may also like:
Six Favourite Toner Recipes
Six easy to make Scrubs

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Berryfruit Gelato

This gelato is wonderfully creamy and tastes really good! Like most of my recipes it's not complicated to make.


1 x 395g can of sweetened condensed milk
500mls cream
400g-500g fresh or frozen berry fruit
1-2 teaspoons vanilla

Put the cream, condensed milk and vanilla into a large bowl and beat until you have soft peaks. Transfer the cream-condensed milk mix into a lidded freezer-proof container and freeze for one hour.

Using a blender whizz the berry fruit until you have a consistency you like. You can blend to a smooth puree, but I like a mix of puree and larger "bits". I've used strawberries and blueberries to make this gelato - just use whatever mix suits.

After an hour remove the cream mixture from the freezer. Using a large spoon swirl through the pureed berries. Return the gelato to the freezer for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Take the gelato out of the freezer 20-30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Variation: Try using apricots or red plums that have been stewed, cooled and pureed.

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Elder Flower Tea for allergies (and hangovers!)

If you've read some of my earlier blog posts know that we have a big elder tree in the back garden and I've been putting dried and fresh elder flowers to good use.

This is a recipe for a mild-tasting Elder Flower tea which has traditionally been use to help ease hay fever symptoms.

Elder Flower Tea

Place 2 teaspoons of dried elder flowers in a small tea pot or directly into a strainer over a cup. Pour over 1 cup of near boiling water and leave to steep for up to 10 minutes.

Discard the flowers. The tea can be sweetened with honey.

Adding some finely sliced ginger root to the elder flowers before steeping and you have a tea that is said to lessen some of the effects of a hangover. I haven't tried this hangover remedy for myself so don't know how well it may, or may not, work.

More ways you can use elder flowers:

Elder Flower Toner
Elder Flower Cordial
Sparkling Elder Flower

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