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Sunday, November 26, 2017

DIY: Vanilla body scrub

November 26, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Like I always say; to get gorgeous glowing skin, you can either spend a fortune on exfoliating scrubs, or you can use simple ingredients to make your own.  

Here's another simple DIY body scrub recipe that you can easily make at home.
Ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups raw sugar 
  • 4 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • ¾ cup white granulated sugar 
  • ¼ cup almond oil

Method:

Simply mix the two sugars together in a bowl and then add the almond oil and vanilla extract and you're done!


Its simple ingredients and delicate fragrance make this DIY body scrub perfect for people with sensitive skin. 



Related posts:
DIY: Coconut and lime body scrub
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask
DIY: Simple hand/body scrub
DIY: Orange zest body scrub
DIY: Peppermint foot scrub
DIY: Pumpkin cinnamon body scrub
DIY: Anti-cellulite scrub

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DIY: Coconut and lime body scrub

June 20, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you have been visiting Cosette's Beauty Pantry, you might be aware of my fascination with sugar scrubs.  I will link other sugar scrub recipes at the bottom of this post, if you like, you can check them out!

Some of my earlier recipes are not vegan and I cannot use them any longer.  So today, I want to share a vegan-friendly coconut and lime body scrub recipe.  The sweet scent of coconut combined with refreshing lime is reminiscent of a tropical island getaway.


To make this coconut and lime body scrub, you will need the following items.

Ingredients (to make one cup of scrub):
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 6-8 drops of lime essential oil


Method:
  1. Melt coconut oil.
  2. Mix in with the sugar, until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the coconut and the lime essential oil.
  4. Mix together.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

DIY: Orange zest body scrub

November 06, 2016 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I'm back with another DIY beauty recipe.  There is nothing easier, or cheaper, then making your own DIY scrubs.  I’ve tried quite a few and this orange zest one is my new favourite!

Here's the recipe...



Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/8 cup sea salt
  • 3 drops orange essential oil
  • Orange zest

Almond oil is light in texture, and can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and removing the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores.  This prevents blackheads and acne.  The Vitamin A content in the oil may even help reduce acne flare-ups.

Orange essential oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which makes it an ideal ingredient in your skin routine.  However, this oil isn't just for acne-prone skin.  It's been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-ageing.

Method:
  1. Mix the sugar and salt.
  2. Slowly combine the almond oil.
  3. Add the essential oil and then grate your orange peel over bowl until you feel there is enough zest.
  4. Mix all together and store in container.
  5. Use as needed all over your body.
  6. Rinse and towel dry.

Do you make your own scrubs?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Monday, September 26, 2016

DIY: Pumpkin cinnamon body scrub

September 26, 2016 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Autumn is finally here!  I LOVE Autumn - It's my second favourite time of the year (after Christmas). I love the weather, vegan hot chocolate, cosy sweaters, and of course, Halloween. Autumn is also the season of pumpkin everything! Pumpkin is packed with alpha-hydroxy acids that help with cell turnover and rapid exfoliation. This makes it the perfect ingredient for a DIY scrub. Here's the recipe! 

DIY: Pumpkin cinnamon body scrub

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba, almond or olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 
Apply to dry skin - Take a warm bath, towel dry, scrub, and then rinse off.

This scrub is perfect to brighten skin and get rid of any rough areas on the body. If you love pumpkin and cinnamon, check out the similar posts linked below!


What's your favourite time of the year?


Similar posts:

DIY: Pumpkin facial mask
DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Sunday, June 26, 2016

DIY: Peppermint foot scrub

June 26, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common foot problem, particularly during the warmer months when people like to wear sandals and flip flops.  Some of the causes of cracked heels are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, prolonged standing on hard floors and wearing the wrong types of shoes.

There are several ways to heal cracked heels at home (read this); using a good foot scrub is one of them.  So today I want to share a simple, 3-ingredient recipe for an all-natural foot scrub.  Check it out!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12-15 drops peppermint essential oil

Method:
  1. Place the coconut oil in a medium sized bowl.  Coconut oil melts at about 24 °C (76 °F) - To melt the oil, simply immerse the bottom of the bowl in hot water for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add in the sugar and essential oil and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Store into an air-tight jar.

Use two to three times every week, in the shower or after soaking your feet in a basin of warm water for 10 minutes. 

Other scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

What's your favourite DIY scrub?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY: Nourishing body scrub

July 16, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share a DIY recipe for a nourishing body scrub.  We all know how important it is to nourish our body, and sometimes we forget about our bodies largest organ; the skin.

This natural body scrub is very nourishing, it contains essential natural ingredients like coconut oil and almond oil to help restore moisture and sea salt to exfoliate dead skin cells.  Also, it smells delicious!  Here's the recipe... 


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 cup sea salt

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar, allow to sit for ingredients to amalgamate.  
  2. Apply mixture to your skin and rub in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with water.
That's all for this quick, easy, money-saving, skin-loving scrub!  

If you love using DIY scrubs, here are the links for another four you might want to try:

If you try out one of these scrubs, leave a comment and let me know your experience. 

Have an awesome day! 





Saturday, April 06, 2013

DIY: Simple hand/body scrub

April 06, 2013 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

This is a recipe for a simple DIY scrub with few ingredients.  This scrub will remove dead skin cells and leave you with soft, touchable skin.  Scrubbing off the top layer of dry skin is the quickest way to soften the skin and take years off your hands.  Use on hands and feet, or whole body.

Ingredients:

White/Brown sugar or Salt
Olive oil
Water



Method:
  1. Mix half a cup of sugar or salt, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl until fully blended.
  2. Apply mixture to your skin and rub in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with water until you can no longer feel the grains of sugar/salt.
  4. Towel dry and apply a moisturising lotion.

Tips:
  • If you use sugar, you can even use it after shaving as the sugar doesn't sting like salt does.
  • Use on elbows and knees as well to reveal smoother skin.


Have an awesome weekend!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Photo from here.

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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DIY: Pedicure
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask 


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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Photo from here.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Using an epilator

May 05, 2012 3 Comments

Hello everyone! 

Today I want to talk to you about my favorite hair removal method: using an epilator!

I’ve been using an epilator for eight years now and I love it!  Removing hairs at the root means that hair won’t grow back for weeks.  Plus, constant epilation reduces the amount of hair re-growth!

The coil springs in the epilator grab the hair at the root and pull it out.  It's one of the more affordable ways to remove hair, as you don't have to deal with the expense of shaving or waxing.  In addition, once you get the hang of using an epilator, it takes less time than shaving.

I've been using this model for 8 year!


Does it hurt?

I’m not going to lie, the first time I used it, it HURT and left my skin red and irritate, BUT by the second use the hair was thinner and it didn’t hurt as much!     

Always start epilating the areas where it's less painful.  The lower legs are the least painful area for most women (the underarm and bikini area are the most painful).  For reduced pain, stretch skin with your hand.  By the time you proceed to the more sensitive areas, you'll feel less pain as the pain threshold goes up and the skin gets used to epilation. 

How often you epilate depends on one's hair growth.  Epilating frequently has two benefits: your pain threshold increases and your overall hair growth reduces over time. 


Tips:

Exfoliate a couple times of week use a body scrub, loofah or ayate washcloth.  Always exfoliate both before and after epilation. 

I apply pure aloe vera gel post-epilation to sooth the skin.  Using thick lotions just after epilation could block pores and cause ingrown hair.  Using a skin toner after epilating can also aid in preventing ingrown hair because it helps close the pore.  For more information read Removing and preventing ingrown hair


Depending on your pain threshold and how sensitive your skin is, an epilator can be an excellent choice for removing hair. 

Have you ever used an epilator?  What was your experience?  Leave a comment!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Related post:

Shaving tips

Photo from here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

DIY: Anti-cellulite scrub

November 18, 2011 4 Comments

Anti-cellulite coffee scrub


Topical caffeine has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you suffer from cellulite or simply want to prevent it, make your own scrub, instead of spending money on creams and treatments (that don’t always work).  The coffee scrub is very easy to make, it’s effective and quite inexpensive!
coffee

Ingredients:
  • Coffee
  • Sugar or sea salt
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Olive oil

You will need coffee grounds, freshly ground coffee beans or instant coffee. Coffee reduces the appearance of cellulite,  rosemary is well known for its cell regenerating properties, both sugar and sea salt are great exfoliants, and olive oil is an excellent moisturiser.

 

Method:
  • Mix 12 drops of rosemary essential oil with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Mix 1 part sugar or sea salt with 3 parts coffee.
  • Blend the oil with the coffee and sugar/salt mixture to make a paste.
  • Store in the refrigerator until use. 

How to use:
  • Vigorously rub your anti-cellulite scrub onto troubled areas; you can use gloves if you want to.
  • After rubbing all cellulite-prone areas, rinse off the scrub.
  •  Use twice a week for best results.

This homemade scrub is very effective; the only downside is the smell (especially if like me, you don’t like coffee!).  But nonetheless, it's worth a try.

More anti-cellulite tips: Fighting cellulite!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Friday, October 14, 2011

Removing and preventing ingrown hair

October 14, 2011 2 Comments

Ingrown hair is a condition where the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin.  Ingrown hair can affect any part of the body, not just areas that are depilated or epilated in any way.  Usually, they are minor irritations that can be painful and can become infected if left untreated.

Tips to help you get rid of ingrown hair:

  •  Exfoliate the area.  This will help to remove any dead skin cells, dirt and oils that might be trapping the ingrown hair.  I suggest using an all-natural sugar scrub!
  • Apply a small amount of acne medication; ingrown hair is very similar to a blemish.
  • Apply a warm compress for a few minutes to soften the skin and bring the hair to the surface.
  • Use a sterile needle or tweezers to gently tease the hair out of the skin.  The warm compress should have brought the hair to the surface.  If it hasn't, do not try to remove the hair.
  •  Use a blackhead/comedone extractor.  The comedone extractor is very simple to use.  Just press the tool’s loop on the area around the ingrown hair and press down against the skin.
blackhead extractor and tweezers

  • Wash the area and apply an antiseptic to provide protection against infection.   

Normally, an ingrown hair corrects itself in its own time.  Try to prevent ingrown hair; by shaving with proper shaving gel/cream, shave with the grain of the hair, use aftershave cream that prevents ingrown hair and exfoliate regularly.  You should also avoid wearing tight clothing on the affected area.

If these methods do not work, consider consulting a dermatologist for advice.

XOXO
Euphrasie85   

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Sugaring vs. Waxing

October 09, 2011 2 Comments
Sugaring vs. Waxing: Aren't they the same thing?  Both are hair epilating methods.  But when it comes to the pain aspect, the two methods are very different.  Sugaring is also a cheaper, homemade alternative.

sugaring mixture in a gar

The sugaring paste is made up of all-natural ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, water and sometimes essential oils.  Most waxes are made mainly of resins and contain artificial fragrances, dyes, chemicals, and preservatives.  Even though you can be allergic to any given ingredient, natural or not, it’s more common for people to be allergic to artificial fragrances and ingredients.

Sugaring paste is water-soluble; therefore you can simply wash it off with water.


Sugaring will only take away dead skin cells, unlike waxing which also removes live skin cells.  This means that you don’t have to worry about the sugar accidentally removing skin!

teaspoon of sugar

There are various sugaring recipes; I am going to give you a basic version, one I used myself.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice/apple cider vinegar (whichever you prefer)
  • ¼ cup water

lemon cut in half

You will need; a saucepan, an air-tight glass jar and a candy thermometer (optional).


Method:

Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and heat on low.  Heat the mixture to a hardball candy stage.  The hardball stage refers to cooking candy to a certain temperature, usually between 250 oF and 265 oF (or 121.11 oC - 129.44 oC). You can use a candy thermometer to determine when you've reached this stage. This should happen after about 25 minutes of simmering; the sugar mixture result should be a dark amber colour. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for about ten minutes before placing it in an air-tight glass container. Be careful it's hot.

Once the product has cooled, you are ready for hair removal. 


How to use:


Wax is applied warm but sometimes overheated causing a skin burn. Sugar paste is used either lukewarm or at room temperature, so there’s no chance of burning the skin. Some people heat the mixture and remove it with a cloth strip, just like you would use hot wax. However, I suggest using the sugaring mixture at room temperature.


Dip your fingers into the container of sugaring paste and take out a small amount (roughly the size of a quarter). Flatten the paste in your hands until it feels slightly warm. Apply it to the area you wish to epilate. Smooth it along the area until it is approximately ¼ inch thick. You don’t need to use any cloth strips for this method. 


As you probably know, wax is applied with the direction of hair growth, but removed against the grain of hair growth. However, with sugaring, the past is applied against the grain of hair growth and then removed in the same direction of the growth, putting less strain on the skin. This means less pain.


Tips:

  • Take a bath/shower beforehand and use a body scrub, this will prepare the skin for epilation.
  • Make sure the hairs are about ¼ inch long; you won’t be able to remove hair if it’s too short.
  • If you don’t use up all the mixture the first time, you can keep it refrigerated and warm-up/thaw when you want to re-use.
  • Sugaring can be done on all body parts. 
  • Sugaring is much gentler to the skin than waxing. I suggest you give it a try if you haven’t already.


XOXO

Euphrasie85

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask

March 30, 2011 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

This is a recipe for an inexpensive, easy and 100% natural scrub/mask.  This scrub/mask can be used on all skin types and it’s extremely beneficial for those who suffer from acne, acne scars or dry skin.



Ingredients:

1)  Sugar - 6 tablespoons

The main ingredient for this recipe is sugar.  Sugar works as a natural exfoliate helping to break up scar tissue.  It unclogges and reduces the appearance of larger pores.  Sugar is also very moisturising.


2)  Apple cider vinegar (ACV) – 1 tablespoon

ACV gently dissolves dead skin cells.   It exfoliates the skin breaking up scar tissue (helping even indented acne scars) and it’s also a great skin detoxifier.   It also contains vitamins A, E, C, B2, B6 and P which repair skin cells for softer skin.

3)  Honey – 1 tablespoon

Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps the skin retain moisture.  It reduces redness and stimulates skin cell renewal.  It also has anti-ageing benefits and is a natural skin firmer.

4) Green tea (optional – you can use water instead) – 1 tablespoon

Green tea detoxifies the skin with its antioxidant benefits.


Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a glass jar.  


As you can see from the picture above; after letting it sit for awhile the sugar will settle at the bottom, so it will be necessary to stir well before using.


How to use:

  •           Apply the mixture all over your face and neck
  •           Massage the mixture and gently scrub for 2 to 5 minutes 
  •           Let it sit on your face for the next 10 minutes (if you want to use it as a mask)
  •           Rinse with warm water

Tips: 

I recommend using this scrub/mask 1-2 times a week for normal and dry skin and 2-3 times for acne-prone skin.  You will begin to see and feel the effects of the ingredients on your skin from the very first application. 


Since this sugar scrub is completely natural, it can also be used as a body scrub and a lip scrub!

XOXO
Euphrasie85