Buttermilk Facial Recipe

Buttermilk Facial Recipe

 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

How was your weekend Bloggee’s and Bloggette’s ? Did you get up to anything nice?

I was at Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday night for a romantic dinner with the Beloved and afterwards we went to the club to shake a few legs. Unfortunately the music was much to be desired so we didn’t stay long but apart from that we had a lovely time and I can’t wait to return in the summer nearer my birthday so I can take full advantage of the beautiful 1 and a half acre landscaped gardens.

 Todays free recipe is for a facial mask. The time is now to get your face in ultimate condition for your holidays and this buttermilk mask will help you do that by not only rejuvenating your skin but giving it a boost of moisture and nourishment. It’s perfect to use all year round but it’s especially effective in winter. It only has a few ingredients in it so it should be easy peasy to do (no point in giving you a recipe with hundreds of ingredients in it as then you wouldn’t do it and that just would never do!). I personally love this recipe in particular for the buttermilk which is so good in skin recipes because of the amazingly silky texture it imparts.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of fresh Buttermilk

2 1/2 tablespoons of Oatflour

1 tablespoon of Flaxseed or Carrotseed oil

Directions

Mix ingredients together. Apply to face and allow to dry before removing with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Don’t forget we’ve got another bank holiday to look forward to this weekend. Make the most of it and get your skin nice and lovely! 🙂

Till we speak again

Love,

Tori

 

Fizzing Chamomile Bath Milk Recipe

Fizzing Chamomile Bath Milk Recipe

   I’ve got a gorgeous FREE recipe for all my wonderful bloggee’s and bloggette’s today! It’s not only a completely natural skincare recipe but it’s super easy and works wonders. You might even have a few of these ingredients already in your kitchen so there’s no excuse not to give it a try and It will make your skin really soft and well nourished! Ingredients 1/2 cup of powdered milk (I suggest buttermilk) 1/2 cup of baking soda 1/2 cup of cornstarch 1/2 cup of citric acid 1/2 cup of Epsom salts Dried Chamomile flowers A few drops of Essential Oils (I suggest Ylang Ylang, Bergamot  and Vanilla) Instructions Mix all dried the ingredients together, add the chamomile flowers, mix well and the gradually add your essential oils (not too much just a few drops of each is fine), then mix again. Let it dry for 24 hours (patience is a virtue:). Store in plastic jars with a tight lid. Use 3 to 4 tablespoons per bath or 2 tablespoons for a foot soak. Relax and enjoy! If you tried this recipe please do let me know how you got on Have a beautiful day! 🙂

Shikikai Shampoo

Shikikai Shampoo

 

Well as promised here’s my review about Shikikai Shampoo!

I started washing my hair with Shikikai Powder a few weeks ago. My commitment to using natural products is very important to me, as is the discovery of better and more effective natural ingredients to use. I was immediately intrigued when I read about Shikikai Powder because of it’s multiple benefits to both the hair and skin. Firstly, it is a completely natural product that comes from the Acaia fruit tree. The bonus to using this natural ingredient as a shampoo instead of the combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar that I was using previously, is that you get an actual lather from the shikikai paste (made up using a combination of shikikai powder and water), it cleans the hair excellently so doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils and it can be used as a body wash aswell as a hair shampoo. Shikikai is very high in Vitamins  A, D, E, and K, antioxidants which are essential for healthy and rapid hair growth. The hair grows strong and healthy as a result. Using Shikikai as a shampoo also eliminates dandruff and helps with detangling.

So what did I think of it? – Well I would agree with the claim that it cleans well and doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils but personally I couldn’t get the powder to create a paste even when I added more powder to the mixture. Also, it was very messy to use: the powder is brown and very fine so it literally went everywhere – it went all over the sink and when I washed it out it went all over the bath. Applying it was okay, considering it was almost completely in liquid form, and it didn’t drip much, but it looked very unsightly (it seems odd washing your hair with brown liquid when dirty hair is usually the same colour!). It was also a bit of a task cleaning it up afterwards. But I think the main thing about using Shikikai Powder that almost completely put me off using it was the smell. It was..curry like. Not only did it LOOK like curry but it SMELT like curry too, and I did NOT want to smell like curry powder as a result of washing my hair thank you very much!

I was concerned about the curry odour (which funnily enough nobody had mentioned in the various posts I’d read about using this as a shampoo!), so I asked my boyfriend what he thought about it. My hope was that the smell was temporary and would dissipate once I’d washed it out but he said that he could smell it and it did smell of curry and needless to say he was none too keen. Hmpff!

I do like the fact that it cleans well, keeps my hair conditioned, healthy and growing fast but I don’t like the messy element of using it. I don’t like the smell or the fact that it doesn’t seem to turn into a paste and lather up like has been claimed SO I have decided to just purchase Dr Bronners Shikikai Soap instead, which can be used as both a body wash, face wash AND shampoo.

shikikai soap

It comes in a pump dispenser bottle and just needs to be diluted (not mixed) with water in order for it to work effectively. What I also like about this particular product is that aswell as the magic ingredient: Shikikai, it is made using a combination of wonderful 100% natural or organic ingredients including: Coconut Oil, Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil to mention just a few. I don’t mind making my own bath and body products to use but it can be a little time consuming when I’m having to make my own hair spray, body cream, hair oil, shampoo and conditioner, so I think that this would be a happy medium. It also means that I will no longer have to use skin drying soaps to wash with as I’ll be able to use this instead. The scent is supposed to be Tea Tree which I’ll admit isn’t my favourite smell but it’s better then curry. For sure!!

I haven’t bought it yet so I’ll probably have to do one more wash with my homemade shikikai powder mixture but from then on I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll be using Dr Bronner’s Shikikai Soap.

 

Bentonite Clay & Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipe

Bentonite Clay & Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipe

The perfect homemade detox clay mask curtesy of The Secret Scent Societe’

You will need:

2 tsp Bentonite Clay (it should be grey/off-white in colour and very finely powered).
2 tsp Floral Water (I used Orange Blossom/#Neroli, but you can use any floral water you like, or just use normal tap water)
1 tsp Raw Honey (Native to New Zealand, Manuka Honey specifically is the very best honey that you can buy and you preferably want to go for one that’s been UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) certified as that means that it’s been tested by an independent laboratory for it’s superior quality.
1 tsp Vegetable oil (Olive oil, Grapeseed Oil or Jojoba Oil are good ones to use)
A small plastic tub to mix your clay mask in
A plastic spoon
(You can also add Essential Oils but I hardly see the point considering you’re going to wash it off)

Instructions:
– Using a plastic spoon (DO NOT use a metal spoon as Bentonite clay has unique properties that allow it to absorb not only toxins and impurities but also metal if it comes into contact with it, causing it to be less effective), measure out your water, oil and honey and stir.
– The clay should always be added to the water/oil/honey mixture, not the other way around as it will be easier to work with this way.
– Then using your spoon you want to add the clay to the mixture a bit at a time mixing thoroughly until it turns into a paste.
– Using clean fingers (or a clean makeup brush), apply the mixture, wait about 10 minutes (during which it may make your skin feel a little tingly or tight (this is normal), then gently remove with a warm wet face cloth.

Lastly: Moisturise. Argan Oil or Jojoba Oil are the best oils to use for this job.

And Voila!, you have made your very own face mask!
Your skin will feel as smooth as velvet. This recipe is packed full of amazing natural ingredients that will do absolute wonders for the maintenance of your skin. Use this mask once or twice a week to clear up any impurities and to take your skin to the next level! The mask must be discarded after each use and made anew each time you want to use it on your face because it won’t stay fresh for long.

Enjoy!

More on the benefits of Bentonite clay soon!

 

Bentonite clayJOJOBA OilNeroli WaterManuka Honey