Summer is finally here, and it’s time to start looking at different sunscreen options. With the conventional sunscreen products out there, it’s really more or less the choice of using a sunscreen and risking breast cancer, or skipping it and risking skin cancer. Luckily, nowadays there’s a whole variety of sun protection products around that are eco certified and contain less harmful ingredients. But there are a couple of products that you might not have concidered using as sun protection – mineral foundation and vegetable oils. (more…)
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.
Sesame seed oil is a great ingredient to use in homemade skin care, and is used extensively in ayurvedic medicine. If you have ever bought sesame seed oil for cooking, you know it has a deep brown color and a rather strong smell. A few years back, I ordered some cosmetic sesame seed oil from one of my favorite online raw material shops, the german kosmetische rohstoffe. I was surprised to see that it hardly had any smell and the color was much paler than the grocery store version. I thought that there was a mistake and I had gotten some other oil. But recently I found out that the sesame seeds that are used in cooking have been roasted, which give them the characteristic smell and color. Unfortunately, roasting the seeds also take out most of the nutrients. So if you’re using sesame seed oil in skin care, be sure to buy the light, unroasted kind. Then you have a fatty oil perfect as it is as a massage oil, face or body oil and cuticle oil!
Shoes… Can’t live with them, at least not without them breaking after a few months of wearing them even though you buy a pair that cost half of your student aid. And you can’t very well live without them either.
At least for me it seems I can never find a pair of shoes that will last me very long. But if you take good care of your leather shoes, you should be able to keep them for a good while. Or at least until the heels are worn…
Last weekend, I started looking around for homemade leather shoe shine recipes. And as it turns out, it’s quite easy to make your own shoe polish.
A good shoe polish needs to shine, protect and restore the shoes, and all this can be done with quite easy ingredients. Actually many of the shoe polishes you’ll find in the store still contain ingredients that have traditionally been used for polishing shoes, such as oil and wax. Plus a bunch of other stuff that I honestly don’t know what they are doing there… So why not get back to basics and make your own chemical free shoe polish?
With me having this blog and all, I suppose i should set some kind of example to others. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret, as long as you don’t tell anyone. I’m really quite lazy with taking care of my skin. Often, I just skip the washing and moisturizing, and just spray some toner in my face. Sometimes I don’t even do that. As I usually don’t wear make up I guess it’s not all that bad, but still, not the best role model I suppose.
The other day, I was asked in a comment what my own skin care routine is. My first reaction was “what routine?!”. Even disregarding my laziness, calling what I do to my skin a “routine” isn’t right. I just have a hundred different methods of cleaning, toning and moisturizing my skin, and each morning and night it looks different.
Nonetheless, after this rant, let me still try to make my messy so-called-routine in to something that I can share with you. Here we go: what I do to my face.
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…)
Sometimes I wish life would be easier. I wish you could say that an ingredient is good for your skin, or bad for your skin, and that would be that. But things are never that easy. Allow me to confuse you with a few ingredients that I myself am not afraid of using in my skin care products, even though some people are. (more…)
Like I told you, I recently moved to Sweden and thus to a new apartment. In this apartment I have something that I haven’t had for years and years – a bath tub! Especially since we no longer live in a country where there are saunas around every corner, this is a really nice addition to a wonderful apartment.
L and I decided that we are going to make a habit of ending every week with a long nice bath, and as I beleive and hope this is something we will actually turn into a tradition, I also want to take the opportunity to turn it into a blog post series. Every week, I will make some face mask or similar and tell you all about it. Or hair mask. Or hand treatment. Or feet treatment. Or all of them! I’ve been kind of lazy with making my own face masks, which is funny because I know that’s how many people get into the whole homemade beauty business. So this is also a chance for me to experiment a little bit!
This time, I only did the honey coconut face mask from Annmarie’s skincare line that I wrote about yesterday. The face mask works really well in the bath as well, because the mask is really absorbed into your pores from the heat.
I also did an olive oil treatment for my hair – just applied heaps of oil into scalp and lengths of hair. Oil does wonders to nourish and moisturize your hair. The only problem is that it’s kind of hard to get out. I tried making a mix of rhassoul clay and a little bit of alcohol and water, but it didn’t quite come out, so I ended up shampooing my hair as normal. One tip is to apply shampoo into the hair when it is still dry, so that the shampoo can remove the oil better. I would however like to find another way to get the oil out as I basically don’t use shampoo any more. So if anyone has any ideas, please share! Other wise the experimenting continues. Check back next week for new exciting bath adventures!
Christmas is soon here! I haven’t even had the time to think about that, let alone buy any gifts.
If you, like me, are stressing about what to get people, let me give you a few tips. Enjoy these last-minute homemade Christmas gifts that are both cheap and easy to make. I assure you they will be a huge success whether you make them for your grandma, boyfriend, best friend or piano teacher! (more…)
Time really flies, doesn’t it? Doesn’t even matter if you’re having fun or not. Feels like summer was just here, but all of a sudden people are starting to plan Christmas gifts and I find myself knitting a pair of leg warmers. It also feels like just the other day I wrote my last blog post, but turns out it was almost two weeks ago. I really should get my act together here.
Today, I was going to write about how long this summer has been and how it’s still warm outside. But literally just as I sat myself down to start writing just that, I look out of the window and – it’s snowing! God dammit. Good thing I started on those leg warmers.
But still, can you imagine that up until now my balcony has been in full bloom. New flowers have been coming up constantly. And we’re talking mid October here. In Finland. That’s global warming for you, I guess.
My main balcony project this year (well, this is actually the first time I’ve even had a balcony and thus been able to have a balcony project) has been growing Calendula. Calendula is a lovely flower that comes in all ranges of colors from light yellow to deep dark orange. And speaking of time, the name calendula comes from the latin word calendae (the first day of the month), which possibly comes from the regularity of the calendula – it opens up every morning when the sun comes up, and closes again when the sun goes down.