Tag: body scrub

Company Checkup: The Body Shop

After a short break in the Company checkup post series, it’s time to pull out the big guns. This time I will be discussing one of the biggest green cosmetic companies out there – I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the Body Shop was the start of the green cosmetic movement, that has lead to people being more aware of what they put in their faces. Founded in 1976, the Body Shop has been very successful at creating a worldwide brand profile that exlaims key words like green, earth and nature.

So, let’s take a closer look at what the Body Shop’s claims. Have they managed to stick to these promises, or are they mostly greenwashing?

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Ode to Oats – 5 Ways to Benefit from Oatmeal in Homemade Skin Care

using oatmeal in homemade skin and hair care

Do you know why babies have such clear, smooth skin? It’s because all of their porridge goes in their face and not in their mouths!

Okay, maybe not, but I can assure you that getting a bit of oatmeal porridge in your face does not do any harm – au contraire, mon frére! I’m sure you’ve heard of how healthy it is to eat your oats. But did you know this about what oats can do in skin care?

  • Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin
  • Oatmeal contains saponins, a cleansing agent, and can therefore be used as a mild soap
  • Oatmeal is moisturizing and helps remove dead skin cells.
  • Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes
  • Oatmeal can helps relieve symptoms of aging skin

Not bad, huh? And to think all this time we have wasted our oats for eating! Using oatmeal in skin and hair care is just as easy as cooking porridge…. Come to think of it, it’s easier.

The only thing you need to do to get started is to make some oat flour (or buy some straight from the shop). To make oat flour, just take some oat groats or rolled oats and run them in a blender or food processor or even mortar. And there you have it – a fine powder that can be used on you skin and in your hair! Now you can get started on all these different ways of using oats in skin and hair care.

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Pimp Your Products!

Let’s face it – making your own skin care products is time consuming. And as I understand that everyone don’t get a kick out of it in the same way as I do, I don’t blame anyone who feel they don’t have time or energy to make everything from scratch. So why not cheat a bit?

Check out these three easy ways to turn your store bought, cheap plain products into fancy customized products in no time.

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Top of the Morning Homemade Coffee Scrub

Do you have trouble waking up in the morning? I know I do.
Try this coffee scrub – the smell alone will give you a caffeine kick to wake you right up!

  • 3 tbs of ground coffee
  • 3 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs castor oil
  • 1-3 tsp orange peel

Mix everything together. If the coconut oil is too solid, try heating it in a double boiler or the microwave.
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