Have you found your perfect ratio of castor oil to carrier oil for the oil cleansing method yet? If the whole OCM thing is new to you or you’re still at a loss on how much castor oil your face needs, here are some basic oil blends to get you started.
But remember, everybody’s skin is different, so one vegetable oil blend will not necessarily work for your skin type. The best way to find out what works for you is just try different ratios until you find something that your skin likes. It will also vary somewhat depending on which vegetable oil you use as the carrier oil. You can use olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, almond oil or any other vegetable oil that you like, or a mixture of several. I currently use a mixture of jojoba oil and wheat germ oil as my carrier.
One of the things I often miss when making my own skin and hair care product is the fact that the products don’t always act the same way as store-bought products do. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar might make my hair super clean and softer than any shampoo ever has, but it doesn’t foam, and thus it doesn’t feel like a shampoo. An olive oil-sugar body scrub cleanses your body just like soap, only it doesn’t dry you out at all, but again… where’s the foam? I guess we’ve gotten so used to the fact that something has to foam to be cleansing, but it really doesn’t. The foaming ingredient is usually one of the worst ingredients in a cosmetic product, and will only dry out skin and hair.
But there are exceptions, and this wonderful, easy hair mousse recipe is one of them, and that’s one of the things that I absolutely love about it. It looks like a hair mousse, it feels like a hair mousse and it works like a hair mousse! The only thing you need for this is one egg and a beater. You heard me – egg, and nothing else. (more…)
- On October 20, 2011
- By hilda
What does the slinky, post-it notes, penicillin and the potato chip have in common? They are all inventions that were made by mistake! And now there’s another great invention to be added to this bunch – my chocolate yogurt face mask.
I had a little bit of yogurt left in the fridge. Not enough for a breakfast dish, but just perfect for a single face mask. So in with a bit of clay, honey, and to top that off, cacao powder. Pouring straight from the jar, carefully, carefully…. And whomp! There goes half the jar of cocoa powder! I thought my face mask was ruined, but still stirred the mixture a little.
I then realized that the cacao was blended into the yogurt just fine, and not only that – it got a completely different texture than I had expected, something closer to a really dark chocolate mousse. And it felt really nice on my skin!
Try this one out! The clay and honey can probably be skipped in this recipe – the key is loads of cacao!
1 tbs thick yogurt
2 tbs cacao powder
1 tsp clay (optional)
1 tsp honey (optional)
Mix everything well until you have a thick paste. Apply to face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes or until the mask is starting to dry. Rinse off with warm water.
- On March 20, 2011
- By hilda
Sunday bath! Click me!
After a pretty rough weekend, I felt I needed a bit of pampering. And what’s better when you need pampering than chocolate? I’ll tell you what – chocolate with whipped cream!
This face mask contains both – perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, or perhaps a spa party with your friends or a hen’s night (or why not a stag night..)?
The result of this face mask is just so sinfully delicious that you’ll want to eat it all up straight away Please don’t though – I promise you this will do more good on your face than in your tummy (although it might not feel like that at the time). Cacao contains heaps of antioxiants that will keep your skin healthy and glowing. The cream will soften and moisturize your skin. I also added honey to the recipe, which is a great all-round ingredient for whatever problem you have – dry skin, large pores, tired, aged skin – you name it. (more…)
- On February 17, 2011
- By hilda
This time of year is the time when I have most trouble with dry hands. I’m brave enough to leave the gloves at home, but unfortunately the cold wind still affects them and dries the hands out. To cope with this I tend to make a hot oil treatment for my hands. This is a very effective way of moisturizing the hands but yet very simple to make. My recipe combines moisturizing oils with the benefits of citrus fruits, which softens hard skin while also making your nails bright and shiny. To get the most out of this luxurious treatment you can turn it into a scrub and also make a cuticle oil out of it. (more…)
- On February 2, 2011
- By hilda
Sunday bath! Click me!
When cooking last Sunday, I made tzatziki to go with our quorn patties. When making tzatziki, I like to squeeze out the liquid from the cucumbers, which makes the tzatziki creamy and nice. But as I knew that I was going to make a face mask later that evening, I decided to save the cucumber juice instead of squeeze it right into the sink.
We all know the classical picture of women wearing face masks and having cucumber slices over their eyes. Well, it’s really not that bad of an idea. Cucumbers, and cucumber juice, can prevent wrinkles and soothe dry skin (Shenet.se). It’s also very mild and works for every skin type. You can use cucumber juice instead of water in any recipe that calls for water (or rose water, orange blossom water, infusions etc.).
With my cucumber juice, I decided to make a mayo face mask. Mayonnaise, as you know, contains egg yolks and oil, and is a great ingredient to exfoliate and moisten dry skin. (more…)
- On November 14, 2010
- By hilda
The aloe vera plant thrives, even inthe dark cold North
I think aloe vera must have been the first natural skin care product I came in contact with. The year was 1998 (or something in the lines thereof), and Hilda, 10, is on holiday in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands is one of the places where aloe vera is grown, and it was sold as one of the main tourist souvenirs – alongside Canary Islands bath towels, hats, watches, shot glasses and Buddha statues(?!?). I remember thinking there was something almost magical about the plant, that could help so many issues.
And well, I guess was right. How on earth can one single ingredient really help you with acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, removing old scars, irritated skin, warts, cuts and bruises, insect bites, sun-burn, hemmoroids. That soothes, cools, calms, softens and tightens? And when taken internally helps gastric ulcer, hangover, constipation and kidney stone. Well, there really is. (more…)
This recipe is also my contribution to the Mountain Rose Herbs recipe contest.
When using herbs and flowers in homemade skin care, a simple way of getting a good mix of herbs is to use premade herb tea blends.
Mountain Rose Herbs Fairytale tea is a really good blend to use in both skin and hair care products. It’s contains a dozen different herbs and flowers, that not only make good tea, but they also all have great benefits for your skin and hair! Some of the main ingredients include calendula, red clover, lavender and chamomile. (more…)
- On March 11, 2010
- By hilda
Beeswax is great to use in skin care products. It sets as a waxy surface on your skin, and protects it from the outside, while keeping the moisture inside so the skin doesn’t dry out. Especially now in wintertime, beeswax is very useful. Beeswax works great on dry areas, and also areas that are often exposed to cold, wind etc.
You can find beeswax in hobby craft stores, where it is sold as an ingredient for making candles. Or if you’re lucky, you can buy it straight from a bee-keeper. Keep your eyes out on farmer’s markets and similar. Once you’ve bought some, you can keep it forever without it going off. The yellow (unbleached) beeswax might loose a bit in color if exposed to sunshine. According to My homemade beauty, the yellow beeswax is to prefer in skin care, as it contains more Vitamin A. (more…)
- On February 22, 2010
- By hilda
Facial toners is one of the easiest things that you can make at home. What I do is basically that I have one toner that I put on after washing my face and then an oil that I apply afterward. In the toner I have everything that is water soluble and in the oil the oil soluble stuff. In that way there is no need to use all kinds of emulsions to make the water mix with the oil in a lotion or cream. I just don’t see the point really.
Today I made this toner: (more…)