- On August 28, 2013
- By hilda
A few weeks back, I wrote about what to do with leftover beer. This time, there’s another alcoholic drink that you could put on your face instead of in your mouth. Although, I would recommend doing both, preferably at the same time.
This face mask combines red wine and chocolate, two of the best ingredients in the whole wide world. And they are not just good for eating – using these red wine and cacao powder in skin care will give you clear, young looking skin. Red wine contains an antioxidant called reservatol, which is proven to have anti-aging and acne fighting properties. Cocoa powder also contains heaps of antioxidants and will work great for anti-aging and help fight acne, eczema and other skin disorders.
Red Wine Chocolate Face Mask
For any skin type, especially mature skin or acne prone skin. If you have very sensitive skin, use with caution.
1 tbs red wine
1 tbs cacao powder
about 1 tbs sour cream (or yogurt, or other thick dairy product)
Combine all the ingredients. How much sour cream you use depends on how thick the cream is. Start with a bit less and add until the consistency is to your liking.
- On April 26, 2013
- By hilda
You take a first look at it, and it might not look like much. Light brown in color, a bit dirty looking, with a stamp in arabic on the top that you might not understand. It might be quite unevenly cut and you might find it lying in a box with tons of others, without any packaging. You pick it up, and it smells of earth and hay. But then you might cut it open, and you will be greeted by a beautiful deep emerald color. And then you might use it, and your will fall in love.
The product I’m talking about is one of the oldest cosmetic products there is. The traditions of Aleppo soap making is over a thousand years old, and is by some considered to be the first hand soap ever made.
- On March 30, 2012
- By hilda
If any of you thought that natural ingredients aren’t as potent as chemicals, check this. They just don’t always work for the purpose you intend.
One of the spices we use most in our kitchen is turmeric after soy sauce and chili. We might even put turmeric in more dishes than salt and pepper. It’s just such a simple way of enhancing almost any flavor and you can hardly ever put too much of it.
Turmeric is also traditionally used in skin care in many asian cultures. In ayurvedic medicine, it’s used both as an anti-aging ingredient and agains acne and to soften the skin. It’s also supposed improve your tan and give the skin color a golden tone.
Previously, I have successfully made a simple turmeric face mask from Lisen Sundgren’s fantastic book Lisens indiska spa. This mask consists only of two ingredients: milk and turmeric. Simply take a couple of tablespoons of milk and add a pinch of turmeric, apply it to your face with a cotton ball and let sit on for 30 minutes. This was a great treat that left my face feeling amazingly soft and refreshed. I also tweaked the recipe a bit and used some thick turkish yogurth to make the mask more … masklike. For this I used:
2 tbs yogurt
1 tsp turmeric
But then came the day when I wanted to be real experimental. (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 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 January 25, 2011
- By hilda
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!
- On January 23, 2011
- By hilda
A good while back, Lisa from the Annmarie Gianni skincare line was kind enough to send me a few samples of their products. I’ve been unforgivably slow to react, but better late than never I suppose. Let me share my two cents about the products I received.
Annmarie Gianni is a natural, organic skin care line with beauty products, mainly with focus on the face. The sample pack that I have had the opportunity to try out contained a neroli toner, aloe vera herbal face cleanser, coconut oil, face scrub and honey coconut mask. Let’s take them one by one.
- On December 18, 2010
- By hilda
I’ve never been a big fan of recipes. When I cook, I usually just go with what I have, take a bit of this and a bit of that, and if it doesn’t taste good, I add a bit of other stuff until I’m satisfied. I have to admit that often I don’t see the point of recipes. For me, cooking is all about experimenting – where’s the art in doing an exact copy of someone else’s work?
I’m not saying that I don’t use recipes. I do surf food blogs and skim through my recipe books regularly. But most of the time, I use the recipes as a base. Then I add to or take away from, depending on what I have at home or what I feel like at the moment. Then I get it the way I want it.