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I have read many times that oils (especially dry, light oils) can go off if not preserved properly. Well, it had never happened to me so I didn’t really care about it. Until yesterday. I had a mixture with rapeseed oil as the base, and some olive, jojoba and grapeseed oil that I had in a spray bottle for using as a body oil. But now it smelled really foul (apparently rancid rapeseed oil has one of the worst smells of all rancid oils) and had, weirdly enough, become slightly lighter in color. Luckily enough I hadn’t made a very big batch so it didn’t feel like a great tragedy that I had to throw it away.
The reasons to why the oil had gone off, is probably it’s contact with water. Now that I think about it, I think I didn’t let the bottle dry up very well after washing it, and so the oil was mixed with a little bit of water, which is never a good thing. Also I kept it in the bathroom, which is a very damp place, and I didn’t care about closing the bathroom cupboard door all of the time.
The winter has been exceptionally cold here in Helsinki. Exceptionally cold weather also means exceptionally dry skin. Personally I always get really dry hands and lips, and especially my cuticles and the area around my nails dry up horribly.
The best way to keep the skin soft is in my opinion vegetable oils of all kinds. It is an easy, effective and definitely natural way of treating both skin and hair.
Let me start by introducing some of my all time favorite ingredients and products when it comes to skin care. These can all be used on their own, or together with other stuff to make them even more effective. I might get more into these specific products later on, so this is just some brief comments about them. These products can all be found in larger ecological shops (depending on where you live) or from the Internet (you can find some links on the reference page).
This blog is mainly going to be about natural and ecological beauty and hygiene products. Which products/ingredients are safe to use and which are to be avoided at any cost. What the cosmetic companies do to trick us into needing things we don’t actually need. I might even sneak in a couple of food recipes here – naturally what we eat also affect how we look and feel. But most of all I will post my own (and other’s) recipes on how to make stuff at home, without spending heaps of money and in the end even getting a healthier product. It’s a lot easier than you would think!
Personally I’ve been making my own cosmetics for about a year and a half, and I hardly use anything that I haven’t made myself , that includes everything from hand wash to eye liner and moisturizer. And on the rare occation that I buy something premade, I make sure that I know what all the ingredients in the product are. If you’re interested in knowing how I got into this, read more in the about section. Web sites and books on the topic can be found under references.
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And if you are wondering what hilda blue is, it is the color that you see on the header. I’m sure there’s a proper name for it, but since it’s a color I love that no one I discuessed it with could think o a name for, we now generally refer to it as hilda blue. If you know the proper name, please let me know. Or maybe don’t.