There's snow on the hills and sleety showers here on the flat, so it seems like the right time for some hot chocolate!
Monday, 15 June 2015
Baking soda is great for lifting dirt from the carpet and dealing with stale odours (especially if you have pets). The lavender oil in this recipe gives the carpet a pleasant fragrance, plus it is anti-bacterial.
To make this you will need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 5 drops lavender essential oil (if you don't like lavender try lemon or sweet orange)
- shaker (a flour shaker works well)
Mix the baking soda and lavender oil so that there are no lumps.
Shake over the carpet. Leave for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum as normal.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Coconut oil has many, many uses. Here are a few:
1. Moisturiser - coconut oil is an effective moisturiser for very dry skin. It can feel a little oily at first, but absorbs quickly and a little bit goes a long way
2. Soap - I use coconut oil in almost all the soap I make. It makes a hard, long-lasting, bubbly bar of soap. Plus it cleans really well. Soap made with coconut as the only oil is excellent if you like to make your own laundry soap.
3. Itchy Dogs - Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. Adding a small amount of coconut oil to your dog's diet can help with itchy skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies and dermatitis. It may reduce allergic reactions and improve skin and coat health. It also seems to reduce the "doggy" smell.
4. Lip Balm - a simple lip balm can be made by melting 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over a low heat (this is best done in a double boiler or similar). When the wax and oil are fully melted add the contents of 1 vitamin E capsule. Pour into a small jar or tin and allow to cool before capping with a secure lid.
5. Make up Remover - gently massage a little into your skin then rinse with warm water or wipe clean with a cotton pad.
6. Massage Oil - Coconut oil softens easily on contact with warm skin and can be used in place of more commonly used massage oils.
7. Inflammation - Lauric acid and capric acid occur naturally in coconut oil and have some ant-inflammatory properties.
8. In the kitchen - coconut oil can be used in place of olive oil to season cast iron pans.
9. As a salve - coconut oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can be used as a very basic salve on minor cuts and scratches.
10. Stretch Marks - Some studies have shown that using coconut oil may lessen the visibility of stretch marks.
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Wednesday, 3 June 2015
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.
Rosie Oats Face Mask
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.
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Monday, 1 June 2015
It now almost eighteen months since I began this blog intending to write mostly about what I do - making soap. But it's evolving into something more. I actually haven't posted much about soap-making at all!
I've written about some of things that interest me and have learnt a lot as I've gone along.
So here is a round-up of the most viewed posts of the last eighteen months. (Just click on the title to read the full article.)
For this article I looked at a bottle of roll-on deodorant to decipher exactly what all the listed ingredients were. This was really interesting exercise and I plan to look at more products in the future. If there's a particular product you'd like me to write about please let me know.
I really enjoyed writing this one, so much so that it turned into a three-parter! It looks at several easy to grown plants that can be used in both natural remedies and skincare.
This mask is very easy to make and suits almost every skin type.
Neem oil has a very distinctive smell - not one that most people would find pleasant, but it works well treating some skin problem including eczema.
dry, combination and teenage skin.
dry, combination and teenage skin.