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Thursday, June 11, 2020

The best 10 DIY vegan acne treatments

June 11, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

This blog is turning 10 in a few months and that means that I have been sharing DIY acne recipes with you, my readers, for almost a decade.  I have been vegan for the last five years and yes, you can still find non-vegan DIY beauty recipes on this blog.  These are namely recipes that include ingredients like yoghurt and honey.  Since June is Acne Awareness Month,  today's post is a roundup of my best ten DIY vegan acne treatments.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.  If you want me to make a roundup post on non-vegan recipes, leave a comment and let me know.

Amongst my top 10, I included; a cleansing method, a toner, two face masks, a scrub, two facial serums, and a spot treatment.  All DIYs are very easy to make, they require very few, simple ingredients and the method is easy to follow.

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Below are the links for the 10 blog posts.  I also included the key ingredients (not the full list of ingredients) of each recipe or treatment for your convenience.  Visit the linked DIY for the full list and the step by step method.   In each DIY I post, I explain the properties and benefits of each ingredient and why it is used in a specific recipe.


Key ingredients: lemon and tomato

Key ingredient: I think you can guess this one!

Key ingredients: lemon essential oil and sandalwood essential oil 

Key ingredients: aloe vera gel and tea tree oil or lavender essential oil

Key ingredient: extra virgin olive oil

Key ingredients: baking soda and raw honey or coconut oil for a vegan version

Key ingredients: banana, baking soda and ground turmeric

Key ingredients: aloe vera, castor oil and vegetable glycerin

Key ingredients: coconut oil and tea tree oil

10.  DIY toner?!
Key ingredients: apple cider vinegar and green tea


You can find many more recipes and tips to help you fight acne on Cosette's Beauty Pantry; you can either use the "Search This Blog" button or click the "DIY & Natural Beauty" and "Acne" sections for more posts. 


If you suffer from acne I suggest you read my previous articles about Acne Awareness Month:



If you found this post helpful let me know.  I can write similar posts on various topics in the future if you like!


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #03 | DIY: Natural toothpaste

April 05, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another "beauty secret" with you.  As a matter of fact, I have a confession to make; I haven't used conventional toothpaste in YEARS! 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Wait, I do not mean that I don't brush my teeth.  In fact, I brush and floss every day.  I actually make my own natural toothpaste by simple mixing extra virgin organic coconut oil and baking soda.  I use a simple 50/50 mixture.

DIY: Natural toothpaste

Advantages of using coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste:
  • antibacterial and antifungal
  • whitens and removes stains
  • stops tooth decay
  • no colourants
  • no chemical agents
  • no fluoride
  • easy and cheap to prepare

Coconut oil is a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal.  It kills harmful bacteria in the mouth, including bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis.  It's great for the gums and brushing with the oil regularly can heal and prevent bleeding gums.  Brushing your tongue with coconut oil helps with oral thrush, and it has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.

Baking soda is used for two reasons.  It is mildly abrasive and therefore provides gentle cleansing and it’s alkaline.  Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralise acids in the mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay.  Plus, it also absorbs odours.

Have you ever made your own toothpaste?  What ingredients did you use?


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

DIY: Micro-dermabrasion paste

April 12, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've been using baking soda to exfoliate my skin for years, in fact, Scrub your face with sodium bicarbonate! was one of my first blog posts back in May 2011!  Today I want to give you a simple DIY recipe for homemade microdermabrasion using baking soda.  Let's get started!

Ingredients:
Method:

Mix baking soda and raw honey in a small container (or you can use coconut oil instead).  Combine to form a paste-like consistency and add one drop of tea tree oil.


DIY: Micro-dermabrasion paste

How to use:
  • Wash your face with warm (not hot) water to open up the pores.
  • Apply the mixture to your face and neck.  Use your fingertips to massage gently but firmly in a circular motion.  Do this for 3 to 5 minutes to remove the layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.  You may notice some redness but this is normal.  
  • Using a cotton ball, apply rose water to your face and then moisturise with a facial serum or your favourite moisturiser.  
  • Repeat once or twice a week for best results.
Note: Since baking soda is alkaline, it may upset your skin’s natural pH.  Using rose water after the treatment will help you restore your skin to its natural pH.  Use a moisturiser with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you exfoliate your skin.


If you use this DIY  microdermabrasion paste, let me know your thoughts!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DIY: Natural deodorant (solid)

June 21, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
Many deodorants and  antiperspirants, including those labelled as "natural", contain a long list of chemicals that are not-so-healthy, including some that are potentially connected to breast cancer.
If you read my March favourites, you know that I raved about Nivea Deodorant Pure & Natural Action, which is aluminium-free.  Still, aluminium-free doesn't mean 100% natural and chemical-free and this is why I wanted to try a DIY recipe!  Here it is... 
You will need:
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Shea butter
  • 3 tbsp of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 6-10 drops essential oil/s of your choice
  • a glass gar or a deodorant container

Method:
  1. Melt the coconut oil and Shea butter on a stove top burner.
  2. Once melted remove form heat.
  3. Mix in the baking soda and arrowroot powder (this is one of the ingredients I use in my DIY translucent powder!). 
  4. Add the essential oil/s of your choice.
  5. Let the mixture cool for a little while, then pour it into the glass gar or deodorant container.  
The last step reminds me of the DIY: Blemish killer stick; that time I used a lip balm tube! :)

Tips:
  • You can reuse an old deodorant container or you can even buy some from Amazon or eBay. 
  • Keep the deodorant in the fridge, especially during the hot Summer months!
I hope you like my recipe.  Have you ever used a natural deodorant?  If you have a different recipe, let me know, I love trying out new stuff!






Monday, November 05, 2012

Three methods to whiten yellow nails

November 05, 2012 1 Comments

Nail polish can leave yellow stains on your nails (and so can nicotine) that can make your hands look very unattractive.  If you have yellow nails, you can use one of these quick, easy and cheap methods to whiten them.


Method 1:
Dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a bowl of water and soak your nails for 10 minutes.


Method 2:
Brush your nails with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda.  


Method 3:
Make a paste of three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide.  Apply the paste to each nail.  Leave on for 5 minutes.

Tips:
  • Always wash and moisturise your hands and nails after applying any of these treatments.
  • Before applying nail polish, always apply a  base coat to prevent staining. 

Hope you find this helpful! J
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

SOS - Sunburn

August 12, 2012 1 Comments


If you ended up with sunburn, here are some home remedies that can make you a bit more comfortable... 

Water

As the sun burns your skin, it also dehydrates it.  Being well hydrated will help burns heal better. 

Take a bath

Adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to cool bath water makes a sunburn-soothing remedy.  Instead of baking soda, you could also use 1 cup oatmeal.  Avoid using soap, which can irritate and dry out the skin.  If you feel you must use soap, use a mild one.  Definitely skip the washcloth, bath sponge, and loofah.  Afterwards, pat your skin gently with a soft towel.

Moisturise

To prevent dry skin, apply moisturiser immediately after your bath/shower.  For cooling relief of pain and dryness, chill the moisturiser in the refrigerator before using.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel will take the sting and redness out of sunburn.

Cool compress

Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it directly to the burned areas (do not apply ice or an ice pack directly to sunburned skin).

Tea

The tannic acid from tea is soothing for sunburn.  Save used tea bags and apply to burned area (at room temperature) or bathe in a cool bath with several tea bags in the water.

Dairy

Soak in a bath with cool water and a gallon of milk or apply plain yoghurt directly to the sunburn.

Potatoes

Grate a potato and apply it to the burned area.  The starch will cool and soothe the burn.

Cucumbers

Rub sunburned area with fresh cucumber slices.  They are very cool and will soothe the area.

Keep in mind, though, that when you get sunburn, your skin is actually damaged by UV radiation and your body is responding to the damage.  These remedies cannot reverse that damage.


Hope you find this useful.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment.


XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Healing cracked heels at home

July 30, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!  This past week I was on vacation and didn't have time to blog but now I’m back with more home remedies.
Most of us love wearing sandals, but we cringe at the idea of exposing dry heels.  Read on to learn a few simple home remedies to cure dry and cracked heels…

  • Before going to bed rub olive oil or sesame oil into your dry, cracked heels.  After applying the oil wear a pair of socks.  Leave the socks on overnight, as it helps the heels absorb all the moisture.  This is one of the best remedy for cracked heels.
  • Massage your feet with coconut oil every night.  Rinse off in the morning.
  • Make a mixture of lemon juice and papaya; apply it on the cracked heels.  Wash off after 20 minutes.
  • Do not throw away the ripe banana!  Simply mash one ripe banana and apply it thoroughly on the dry and cracked heels.  Leave the mash on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off.  
  • Daily cleansing and moisturising is essential, for dry heels.  At the end of the day soak your feet in lukewarm water (mix in some sodium bicarbonate or salt).  Wash off with a pumice stone.
  • After drying your feet, apply your favourite foot cream to moisturise.  Wear a pair of socks immediately and keep the socks on overnight.
  • Remember, the sugar scrub?  This is the sweetest remedy for cracked heels. J
  • Drink a lot of water to keep your skin and body hydrated.

Tips for preventing dry and cracked heels:
  1. Buy the right size of footwear as ill fitting shoes cause damage to the feet.
  2. Avoid walking barefoot even when you are at home.
  3. Moisturise your feet daily to keep them soft and supple.
  4. Clean your heels by rubbing them with pumice stone to get rid of the dead dull skin on regular basis or use a scrub.

These are just a few home remedies.  Do you know of any other home remedy for dry, cracked heels?  Leave a comment!
XOXO
Euphrasie85


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Baking soda beauty tips!

July 20, 2012 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today’s post is about my favourite multi-purpose product: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)! 


Here are some of my favourite baking soda beauty tips

Skin care tips:
  • In the palm of your hand, mix some baking soda with your facial cleanser to make a gentle exfoliant (and make-up remover).  Read this post for more information: Scrub you face with sodium bicarbonate!
  • This can also be used for rough skin on elbows and feet.  Make a thick paste with baking soda and water (about 3:1) and scrub away.
  • Baking soda in a warm bath not only softens the skin, it may also help with body acne and eczema.

Hair tips:
  • Mix some baking soda to your shampoo to remove product buildup.
  • Remove product and oil buildup by soaking your combs and brushes in a bowl of warm water with about 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
Nail care:
  • Scrubbing your nails with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda will soften cuticles.
Oral hygiene:
  • Brush your teeth with a past of baking soda and water.  This will clean and polish/whiten your teeth!
  • Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, and use it to gargle.  Baking soda neutralises the odors in your mouth (bad breath).  Benefits of this mouthwash:
·       inexpensive
·       no harsh chemicals
·       no strong taste
·       alcohol-free


Do you have any other beauty tips that include baking soda?  I’d love to know!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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