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Homemade Lip Balms

Here are a few different lip balms you could make at home. I really dig some of them but know we all have different tastes & needs. Pick one or all of them to try out.

1. Luscious Lavender Lip Balm
This really calms your chapped lips & smells really good.
Ingredients
4 tbsp jojoba, almond or olive oil
1 tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil(or 3 punctured & squeezed out liquid of vitamin E capsules)
7 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp coloured, natural lipstick(this is optional & only to add some colour)
Preparation
Warm up the oils, beeswax & honey in a small, stainless steel pot or bowl on VERY low heat. Stir until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat & quickly whisk in the essential oil, vitamin E, cocoa powder & coloured lipstick. Place the bottom of the bowl into a shallow pan of ice water & continue whisking quickly as you add the honey. Once it is incorporated, quickly transfer the balm into a lip balm container or whatever you want to store it in & allow it to set for 3 hours.

2. Coco-Rosey Lip Balm
If you want something smelling like roses, this is the one. It leaves your lips light, sweet, soft & beautiful.
Ingredients
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp grated cocoa butter
1 tbsp dried rosebuds
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil(3 punctured, squeezed out vitamin E capsules)
3 drops rose essential oil
Preparation
On VERY low heat, melt the coconut oil in a small stainless steel bowl or pot. After the oil is liquid, add your roses & stir well. Allow to steep again on very low heat for an hour. Strain the oil into a bowl through a fine-mesh sieve or cheese cloth. Wipe out your original heating pot/bowl, pour oil back in & return to heat. Add cocoa butter & stir until melted. Remove from heat, add the vitamin E oil & essential oil & stir well. Transfer to a small container & let it set for 3 hours(or until it has set completely).

3. Minty Chocolate Lip Balm
Ingredients
1 tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
1/8 of a cup of coconut oil
1/2 tbsp shea butter
1/2 tbsp cocoa butter
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil(2 punctured, squeezed out vitamin E capsules)
3 drops peppermint essential oil
Preparation
Place the shea & cocoa butters in a small pot & add the coconut oil. Heat over VERY low heat for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the beeswax & stir well. After the beeswax has completely melted, remove the mixture from the heat & add the essential oil, honey, vitamin E & cocoa powder, whisking well the whole time. After everything is incorporated & smooth, transfer into a small container & let it set for 3 hours.

4. Coconut Lip Balm
I love the smell & taste of coconut – so this one is a favourite of mine. It is also a great balm for the beach as it really takes care of your lips in the harsh sun.
Ingredients
2 tbsp beeswax
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
12 lip balm containers
A dropper
Optional – add 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil or your favourite flavouring, such as chocolate or vanilla exctract.
Preparation
Melt beeswax in a small pan over low heat. Add coconut oil & shea butter, melting the ingredients together. Add your essential oils in. Using a small medicinal dropper, pour the melted liquid into your lip balm containers. Add a few extra drops to the top after filling each container, as the ingredients will shrink as they cool. Cool completely to harden. Cover with cap & use as you please.

5. Honey Lip Balm
Honey is such a yummy flavour & sweet but also keeps your lips in tip top shape. The really cool thing is you’ll be able to lick it without worrying about any chemicals.
Ingredients
4 tbsp beeswax, grated or finely chopped
2 tbsp coconut oil
5-10 drops essential oil(of your choice)
2 tsp honey
Preparation
Put some water in a pot(about 1 & a half cups) & bring to the boil. Once boiling, place the grated beeswax & coconut oil in a glass container with a pouring spout(a small glass measuring cup will do fine) & put it in the water, double-broiler style. As the wax & oil melt, stir the mixture with a metal spoon to fully incorporate the two. Once they’re completely melted, remove the glass container from the water(you’ll want to use oven mittens) & set on a flat, heat-safe work surface. Pour your essential oil of choice & the honey & stir well. Pour the mixture into your selected container. It will be ready for use when it has all solidified.

6. Chocolate Lip Balm
Ingredients
3 tbsp cocoa butter
4 or 5 chocolate chips
1 capsule vitamin E
Preparation
Melt all ingredients in a double boiler, & then blend with a spoon until the mixture is very smooth. Put it into a container of your choice & refrigerate until solid.

7. Vanilla Lip Balm
Ingredients
1 tbdp grated beeswax
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil (2 capsules punctured, squeezed out)
1/8 tsp vinalla extract(vanilla essence)
Preparation
Place the beeswax, coconut oil & vitamin E oil in an oven proof container. Heat gently until the wax & oils are melted. Stir in vanilla exctract & mix well. Pour the mixture into a clean container & allow to cool completely before using.

Those are just a few simple balms to keep you & your lips happy & healthy!

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Fun Face Masks

Here are 6 face masks you should try out depending on your needs.

1. Orange Mask
Not only do oranges make a healthy refreshing drink, the pulp you usually throw away can be used for a great face mask that’ll leave your skin glowing. Use the pulp on its own or mix it with honey, oatmeal & yogurt.

2. Cucumber Mask
Blend 1 cucumber & mix the paste with a little bit of yogurt to revitalise your skin. Make sure you don’t put too much yogurt in otherwise it’ll be too runny. The yogurt also helps for sunburn, so in summer this really comes handy.

3. Mint Mask
This homemade revitalising mask will not only refresh & cool your skin in the hot summer months but will clean it too. If you have blackhead & whitehead problems then this is for you. You’ll need half a cup of cucumber solids blended & strained. Put it into a saucepan, heat with some fresh water & then add your chopped mint leaves & heat some more to help the ingredients blend well. Leave the mask to cool down. Apply & leave for 15 mins before rinsing off with warm water.

4. Fruit Mask
This tropical mask is revitalising & the leftovers can be eaten. You need to mash 3 papaya slices, 2 mango slices & 1 pineapple slice. Add 1 tbsp of warm honey & you’re done. Leave the mask on for about 15 to 20 mins & rinse off with lukewarm water.

5. Strawberry Mask
This can be used as an all-natural astringent for people who have problems with big pores. Mash about 5 big strawberries & mix with 1 or 2 tbsp of honey. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes(or even 30 mins if you want) & rinse off using a gentle circular motion. This helps exfoliate & soothe, while the honey helps soften & gives an instant glow.

6. Herbal Tea Mask
Herbal teas can be used for great masks. Use chamomile for nourishing, mint for revitalising, lavender for soothing & sage for deep cleansing. The process is pretty simple – just prepare the herbal tea as usual & leave to cool. Dip pads of cotton or cloth in it & then hold it on your face.

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8 Enchanting Exfoliators

Here are 8 amazing exfoliators you can try out. For a basic exfoliator check out the exfoliator recipe used in my previous exfoliation posts.

1. Coffee, Lavender & Sugar Scrub
The lavender is calming, the coffee grounds help with cellulite. This scrub also helps calm your blemish-filled skin.

2. Sugar & Olive Oil
This makes a fantastic skin-softening scrub which also removes all the dead cells

3. Salt & Lemon
If you have been having problems with oily skin then this will help you. The lemon juice wipes away all the oil & the salt takes care of the rest.

4. Strawberries & Honey
This softens rough skin & the strawberry seeds work wonders for clearing any dead skin.

5. Smashed Strawberries
This softens skin, but also helps remove oil if you are having problems with oily skin on your face or anywhere else.

6. Epsom Salts & Water
Epsom salts are some of the purest salts in the world! They feel great in the bath and brush away all dead skin cells leaving your skin super soft.

7. Honey & Sugar
This super sweet scrub softens your skin & makes it glow & look radiant.

8. Brown Sugar
Brown sugar can be used in a paste(brown sugar + water) or just straight brown sugar. It softens your skin super quickly.

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Homemade Hair Growth Treatments – Part 2

11. Henna & Egg Shampoo
This is effective for hair growth & care. You’ll need natural henna powder, an egg, half a cup of lemon juice & a cup of water. Mix the henna, egg & water together until it has formed a paste & let it stand for an hour. Add lemon juice & blend again until the mixture is smooth. Apply the paste on your scalp & hair from root to tips. Leave it in for about 2 hrs or until completely dry or even through the night. Rinse with cool or lukewarm water & gently work the mixture out of your hair. Use once a month.

12. Oatmeal Hair Mask
Get half a cup of oats or more(depending on the length and thickness of your hair), mix it with 1-2 tbsp of almond oil & a quarter to half a cup of milk. Make sure your hair is tangle free & dry & apply the hair mask from root to tip. Leave it in for 15-20 mins & then rinse with warm water before shampooing. Use once a week.

13. Egg & Yogurt Mask
You need 1 egg, a quarter cup plain yogurt & a quarter cup mayo. First beat the egg until it looks foaming, add in the yogurt & mayo until the mask is smooth. Massage it into your scalp & hair, making sure every inch is covered. Use a plastic bag or shower cap to keep it from dripping & leave the mask in for an hour. Rinse with cool water & a very mild shampoo. Use it once a week.

14. Onion & Honey Treatment
This is helpful if your hair is thinning or you’re losing it. Juice one small onion & add a bit of honey. Apply the mixture to all of your head or just the spots where hair looks thin. Leave it overnight & avoid covering it(you can cover your pillow) & shampoo out the next morning. Use at least once a week.

15. Coconut Oil & Lemon Juice
This doesn’t just help strengthen your hair for fast growth but gets rid of dandruff quickly. Just mix one part lemon juice with two parts coconut oil & massage it into your scalp. Leave it in from 4hrs to overnight & gently rinse out with cool water the next morning. Use this once a week.

16. Garlic & Chamomile Tea Mask
This one is complicated but only because it has many ingredients. You need 1 tbsp of garlic juice, 3 tbsp chamomile tea(or a tea bag), 1 tbsp aloe vera gel, 1 tbsp honey, 3 cups of water & 1 egg yolk. Mix the garlic juice with the honey & place it in your fridge. Boil your water & tea for about 30mins, stirring now and then. While that cools, take your juice/honey mixture & stir in the egg yolk & aloe vera gel. Massage the mask into your scalp down to the ends of your hair & leave it for 20 mins. Wash it out with a gentle shampoo. After that rinse your hair with the chamomile & let it stay in. If you have the stamina for this process you could do it once each week.

17. Vitamin E Treatment
This one is easy if you have all the ingredients together. Have a bottle handy & combine a quarter cup of vitamin E oil & a quarter cup of jojoba oil. You can buy vitamin E capsules & either break them, press them or piece them to get the oil. Then add 15 drops peppermint essential oil & 15 drops rosemary essential oil. Cap the bottle & shake the mixture well. Apply this treatment to your scalp every night.

18. Essential Oils Treatment
This requires only essential oils. Mix 2 drops thyme, 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops cedar, 28mls grape seed & a tbsp jojoba oil in a tight bottle or bowl for storage & later use. Massage this mixture into your scalp every night.

19. Caffeine Shampoo
This requires caffeine powder. You mix 4 tsp into 230ml shampoo. You can also mix he caffeine powder in a spray bottle with 230ml water & spritz it on your hair 10-15 mins before showering. Don’t use this treatment more than once a day & if you start getting headaches, you’re using too much shampoo or spritz.

20. Mayo Massage
All you need is mayo & it doesn’t matter what kind. Make sure your hair is damp – not soaking wet – with warm water & basically rub the mayo into your scalp & down to the ends of your hair. Use as much or as little as you want. Cover with a shower cap or plastic bag to trap heat. Let it set for 20 mins and then wash out with a gentle shampoo or shampoo that has been diluted. Use once a week for dry, over-processed hair, twice a week for normal hair & once a month if you have oily hair.

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Homemade Hair Growth Treatments – Part 1

This has been a question, especially for girls who have cut their hair and need it to grow back soon. Either because they regret cutting it or have a special event coming up soon. So for some hair growth treatments that are homemade and don’t have any harsh chemicals in, this is the right place. Here are some remedies:

1. Curry Leaves & Coconut Tonic
You’ll need to get fresh curry leaves & some coconut oil. Boil them together until a black residue starts forming. Harvest this residue & use twice a week to replenish your hair, grow faster & fight gray hair.

2. Castor Oil
This oil is pretty greasy which means you may want to dilute it to avoid too much hassle. Just add it to your conditioner or mix with almond oil & massage into your scalp. You could also massage some castor oil into your scalp alone & leave overnight if you have serious receding hairline, bald or thinning hair. Use it once a week.

3. Vinegar Rinse
This helps restore your hair’s optimal pH value, seals cuticles to make each strand shinier, stronger & less prone to breakage & removes product build-ups that suffocate the scalp & slow down normal hair growth. Mix 1 part vinegar & 2 parts water together & use this mixture as a final rinse after shampooing.

4. Egg Yolk & Olive Oil Mask
This will make your hair softer, shinier, healthier & longer as it is filled with rich proteins, vitamins & super-nurturing fatty acids. Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons(tbsp) of olive oil, dilute by adding a cup of water & slowly massage this mask into your scalp. Give 15 to 20 mins to absorb all the needed nutrients & then rinse off. Use it once or twice per month.

5. Burdock Root Oil Treatment
This prickly purplish flower is jam-packed with nutrients & is good for your hair as it contains calcium, potassium, iron, vitamins & much more. It nurtures hair & helps battle some of the worst scalp problems – like inflammation, dandruff & skin conditions. Mix 1 teaspoon(tsp) of each – rosemary, basil & lavender oil, then mix in 3-5 drops of the mixture with 1 tsp of Aloe Vera gel & 1 tsp Burdock oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp leaving it on for as long as you want(the more hours, the better). Then shampoo & style your hair as usual using it at least once a week.

6. Leave-in Rosemary Treatment
This leaves your hair soft & stimulates hair growth. Mix 2 tsp of dry crushed rosemary leaves with 300mls water & then massage this mixture into your hair & scalp starting from the ends. As it is non greasy it doesn’t need to be rinsed out & you don’t need to wait til your hair is dirty to apply it. Use it after shampooing.

7. Banana Mask
Bananas are rich in potassium as well as vitamins A, E & C & calories which makes them perfect for hair growth treatments. Pick 2 soft, ripe banana, mash it into a paste & apply to your hair & scalp. Make sure the bananas are really well mashed because big pieces are hard to get out your hair. After applying, cover your head with a plastic bag. Wrap your head in a hot towel or use a hairdryer to help your hair absorb all the nutrients quickly. Use once a week.

8. Coconut oil & Avocado
This adds lustre to your hair if it’s dry, it gets rid of flaking & dandruff & keeps your hair safe from the sun, which can be just as damaging to your hair as your skin. Microwave the coconut oil for about 10 seconds, then massage 1 tbsp of it into your hair from the roots to tips. After that, massage the avocado into just the tips of your hair. The avocado could be replaced by avocado oil if you like. Leave this mixture on for 10-15 mins & then rinse with cool water before shampooing. Use once a week.

9. Almond Oil
Use if you’re trying to grow out your hair, soften it or strengthen it. Use about 1 tbsp or more depending in the length & thickness of your hair & massage it into your scalp, down to the ends of your hair. Leave for 15 mins or so before rinsing with cool water & shampooing. Use once a week for nourishment & twice a week if your hair is dry or damaged.

10. Nettle Hair Tonic
This is extremely effective but is complicated. It helps if you have thin hair – for growth & thickening of hair. You need 28g of nettle leaves, 2 cups of white wine vinegar & 2 cups of water. Place it all in a pan making sure it is non-reactive, let it simmer on the stove for about 2 hrs & let it cool before straining the mixture. Once you have strained the mixture, stir in 2 drops lavender oil & pour the mixture into a tightly sealed bottle. Shake it well before using & massaging it into your scalp. Use it every other day(or night).

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Pretty Sugar Scrubs

Exfoliating is an important factor for healthy looking and feeling skin. Although soap cleanses the skin, a sugar scrub can remove dead skin cells and excess oil. It can help unclog pores and keep your skin nice and even. The natural ingredients in homemade sugar scrubs won’t be harsh on your skin and the oil will also help to re-hydrate and moisturize. A basic sugar scrub recipe allows you to experiment and personalize your own mixture!

The equation:

2 parts sugar + 1 part oil + essential oils = Homemade Body Scrub

1. Choose your oil

  • Avocado oil – great for dry skin
  • Coconut oil – great for moisturizing
  • Jojoba oil – great for moisturizing for all skin types
  • Olive oil – great for moisturizing (but strong smell)
  • Sesame oil – great for its anti-oxidant properties
  • Almond oil – great for moisturizing for all skin types
  • Vitamin E oil – great for healing & moisturizing

2. Pick your sugar or salt (salt is usually a harder more harsh exfoliator)

  • Fine Salt
  • Table Salt
  • Sea Salt
  • Kosher Salt
  • Epsom Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Raw Sugar

3.  Add 5 drops of essential oils, here are some of my suggestions

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Chamomile
  • Vanilla Extract

Lemon juice is also a natural exfoliator and can add an extra burst of energy! Add a bit of food colouring in your scrub to make it pretty!

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