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Monday, September 26, 2022

DIY: Head lice prevention

September 26, 2022 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

It's back to school time again! Back to school can be an exciting time for both children and parents. Starting a new school year requires plenty of preparations, such as shopping for stationery, a new bag, shoes and clothes/uniform. One thing most parents do not prepare for when sending their little ones back to school is head lice.

As any reader of this blog will know, I believe in the power of natural ingredients, particularly essential oils. When you do a simple Google search, you quickly find out what essential oils are good at repelling lice, but the question is, what to do with that information? How can you use essential oils to repel head lice?

The following essential oils have been shown to effectively repel lice:

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemongrass oil

These are other essential oils that can repel head lice but are not recommended for children under six (6) years:

  • Peppermint oil  
  • Anise seed oil
  • Eucalyptus oil 

You can use these essential oils to make a DIY lice prevention spray or shampoo. Just follow the recipe below!

For the spray, you will need:

mother taking care of child with head lices
Image by Freepik

For children under 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass oil

For anyone over 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil

How to use:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before use. 
  3. Generously spray on scalp and hair. 
  4. Brush through and style as usual.

For the shampoo -

Add the essential oils directly to a shampoo bottle and shake well. This way, you will have a DIY lice prevention shampoo! You do not need to add the coconut oil and the distilled water. 

A few head lice prevention tips:

  1. Keep long hair tied up.
  2. Remind children not to share brushes, hats, scarves, etc.
  3. Use the prevention spray on brushes, combs and even backpacks!

I wish you and your kids a happy, productive and lice-free school year! 

Talk to you soon!

Monday, September 27, 2021

DIY: All-natural study aid

September 27, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Since this is back to school week for many Maltese students, today I want to share a DIY essential oil blend recipe that helps support focus and concentration. This study aid blend can be used at school, at home, as well as at work.

If you use essential oils, chances are you are familiar with essential oil blends in a roll-on bottle. Roll-on bottles are meant to make the topical application of essential oils easier. Since the oils are already diluted, all you have to do is rub the rollerball along your skin. 

essential oil roll on

This is the recipe for an all-natural study aid -


  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • a tablespoon of carrier oil (such as coconut oil, almond oil, or avocado oil)
  • a roll-on bottle

Always make sure to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying them to your skin.


  1. Add essential oils to the roll-on bottle.
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil.
  3. Add rollerball and close the cap, then gently roll the bottle to mix the oils.

If you find yourself reaching for coffee, sugar, or energy drinks to beat your fatigue: you should try boosting your energy with essential oils instead. The following oils help support focus and concentration and can be added to this study aid blend as well:

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Vetiver essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Citrus essential oil
  • Sweet orange essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
essential oil bottles

Where to apply:

The following four specific areas are the best places to apply your roll-ons for maximum benefits: 

  • Bottom of the feet 
  • Behind the ears
  • On the temples 
  • On the wrists

Do you use any essential oils? Which oils do you like best? Leave a comment and let me know!

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Cute and easy back to school hairstyles

September 04, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

I lived here in Malta all my life.  What many of you might not know is that: students in Malta have to wear a uniform.  They also have a strike dress code, and makeup is not allowed.  There are also regulations regarding hairstyles, schoolbags and the wearing of jewellery.  

But since this post is all about back to school hairstyles, let's focus on hair regulations for a second.  Hairstyles "unbecoming the school uniform" (whatever that means) are strictly forbidden.  Students have to keep their hair tidy and tied back if it is long.   No "extravagant" hair colouring is allowed.  Only simple hair bands matching the school colours may be worn; other hair accessories are not allowed.  Needless to say that fashion-wise, my schooldays were not fun at all!

For this reason, in today's post, I will include simple hairstyles that can be worn by most hair types.  And for all the lucky ones who can rock their hair however they like, I will also include links to some cute and trendy hair accessories.

This time of the year is the perfect time to try on some new hairstyles for school.  Keep reading for some cute and easy hairstyles for school anyone can try, even those who oversleep.

1.  Double side buns aka space buns

woman styling little girl's hair

If the hair buns feel loose, secure them with bobby pins; use as many bobby pins as you need.  Once you are happy with your style, always finish with hairspray to keep it looking pretty all day!

teenage girls taking selfies

Space buns look good on girls of all ages.

2.  High ponytail

I wear my hair up a lot - my tip is to flip your head upside down and brush your hair to the crown of your head. Then secure with a hair tie.


3.  Half-up, half-down

Half-up hairstyles are easy, totally effortless, and are perfect for a lazy hair day.  Try the half-up bun or top knot, the half-up pony or the half-up braid or double braid.

woman with hair accessories

4.   Add a little quick sparkle to your look by clipping in a few barrettes or adding a trendy hair accessory.

5.  Braids

There are different variations that you can try out depending on your mood and the occasion.  Many are familiar with the French braid, the fishtail braid and the Dutch braid.  However, let's not overlook the traditional, simple three (3) strand braid; easy, practical and still cute.  This simple braid can be styled into an endless number of hairstyles as well.

woman braiding her curly hair

teenage schoolgirl with two braids hairstyle

woman braiding schoolgirl's hair

This was my mum's go-to hairstyle for me in my primary school days. 

6.  Braided ponytail

If you are bored with how you typically wear your ponytail, you could try the braided pony.   Starting just off centre, create a French braid down the side of your head.  Secure with a ponytail, and you're done!

woman in the park with a braided ponytail hairstyle

How do you typically style your hair for school or work?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Talk to you soon!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

No make-up allowed!

August 16, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Some schools have a really strict no make-up policy but if you follow these tips nobody will be able to tell you're wearing any.  Here are a few tips for your eyebrows, face, eyes and lips!

  1. Grooming you eyebrows will help to open your eyes and frame your face.  Make sure to click here to find out what eyebrow shape will suit your face.
  2. Tame unruly eyebrows using an eyebrow gel or clear mascara.


  1. Wear a good moisturiser and a face primer.  You don't have to wear any make-up on top of it.  A good primer can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, even out your skin tone and control shine.  
  2. You could also use a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
  3. Remember, if you have oily skin, never leave the house without blotting sheets!
  1. Use an eyelash curler. 
  2. Apply a couple of coats of clear mascara to your eyelashes.
  1. Apply some lip balm.  
  2. Smile!  Your face looks great when you smile. 
    You don't need make-up to look beautiful.
    Confidence is Beauty! 
I hope this was helpful.  If you have more tips leave them in the comment section below. 

Friday, September 07, 2012

Gisele Bündchen’s signature sexy waves (no-heat)

September 07, 2012 3 Comments

Find out how to get the Brazilian supermodel's long sexy beach waves no heat required.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen always wears her blond locks in relaxed waves. 

 This hairstyle gives her a natural, laid-back look.

I haven’t used my hairdryer or my straightener in months and instead I've been using this method to attaining gorgeous hair, with little effort.  It’s easy, effective and it takes no time at all.  All you need is damp hair, a hair tie and your favourite styling product.

  • Wash and condition your hair as usual.
  • Towel dry your hair.
  • Apply your favourite product to damp hair.  It’s important that your hair is damp, not soaking wet.
  • Twist your hair up into a bun at the top of your head/top knot and secure it with a hair tie.
  • When hair is dry, undo the top knot, finger comb your hair and you’re done!

  • You could smooth some serum over your hair once it’s completely dry to prevent frizz.
  • You can tie your hair before you go to bed and undo it in the morning.
  • If you prefer to wash your hair in the morning, you could tie your hair before you leave the house and untie it when you arrive to school/work.

Do you like loose wavy hair?  I absolutely love it.

Hope you find this helpful!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Quick & easy back to school hair tutorials (no-heat)

August 20, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone! 

Summer is coming to an end and students are preparing to go back to school.  If you are looking for quick and easy (back to school) hairstyle ideas, I found 3 YouTube videos you must watch.  These videos will show you how to make 11 different hairstyles.  Those hairstyles do not require heat, so forget your blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron.  You can look good without damaging your precious locks!

Quick & easy back to school hair tutorials

Uploaded by carahamelie03

Uploaded by bebexo

Uploaded by beautybaby44

I am not a student but I love those quick, no-heat hairstyles!  Which one is your favourite?  And what is your go-to hairstyle?  Leave a comment and let me know!