Monday, August 16, 2010

My favorite skin care receipes

My interest in natural skin care began at an early age. My Mother had a book called "Natural Beauty by Lorna Horrocks" and it became a bible for me. I think I've tried almost every receipe in this book & I wanted to share my favorites with you.

Honey Cleansing Lotion
For any skin type

1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons of warm milk

Blend together to make a thin lotion. Rub over the face & neck with the finger tips. Rinse off.

Olive Oil Cleaner
Good for removing city grime. For any skin type

2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of honey

Apply to the face & neck, rubbing with the finger tips. Wash off with a mild chamomile infusion.

Oatmeal Mask
For any skin type

2 teaspoons of steel-cut oats
150ml of water

Boil oats & water gently for about 5 minutes & strain off the liquid. Apply the liquid to the face & neck - leave on to dry as long as necessary - several hours if you wish. This s a gentle face-lift for sagging face after illness or depression. Rinse off and apply a moisturising lotion.

As  many of these receipes aren't vegan, I wouldn't use them now but it is a lovely trip down memory lane to curl up with a hot cup of tea and read this book.

This is my favorite illustration, it was my dream bathroom for many years!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to get the best out of your new natural soaps

Natural soap is different from commercially made soap in many ways. It is better for your skin and the environment but it does need a little extra care to ensure it lasts and lasts.

One of the best things you can do for your soap, is to allow it to dry completely between uses. I have one of those silly soap dishes in my shower that is virtually flat, has one drainage hole and collects spray from the shower, turning in into a mini swimming pool. This is not a good way to store you soap as it doesn't have the harsh chemicals commercially made soap has added to it to ensure the bar is super hard and not so prone to melting when left in water. What I do is either prop the bar upright in the soap dish or place it on my shower caddy to let it drain properly.

I've also been using a body puff to foam up the soap and use it that way, it's much more effective that using the bar itself, ensures a good lather and keeps my bath time indulgence around for a lot longer.

So with a few simple tips, you can extend the life of your natural soap greatly. It's worth it!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Greazefest Kustom Kulture Festival wrap up

You might have noticed that I've been somewhat absent for the last month due to the mammoth task of preparing for Greazefest - Brisbane's own 1950's nostalgia festival.

Well I'm pleased to say that the day was a fantastic success! To keep with the theme of Mimsy's Trailer Trash Tattoo stall of a Hawaiian Luau, I had made my soap all in the Tiki & Hawaiian themes. Here's some pictures:-

If I've managed to keep your attention up until this point, then you're in luck!

Between today (2nd August) and next Monday (9th August), buy any three soaps in my Sailor Mouth Soaps Etsy Store and pick a fourth for free! Simply add BLOGOFFER to the "notes to seller" upon purchase & tell me which soap you would like. It must be of equal or lesser value to the other soaps you are buying & this must all be done in the same transaction. That's all you need to do to get a free soap. So head on over, take a look and get your freebie.



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