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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Boost your mascara with lavender oil

April 25, 2018 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

As I told you in previous posts, essential oils can promote healthy hair and scalp.  In fact, I put tea tree oil in my shampoo to prevent itchy scalp.  But did you know that you can also use essential oils to help promote healthy eyelash hair growth?  Here's how...

All you have to do is put one drop of 100% pure lavender essential oil in your mascara tube right when you open it for the first time.  One tiny drop of essential oil is enough.  Then you just apply as usual.

Just 1 drop of pure lavender oil:
  • extends the life of your mascara
  • kills mites and bacteria
  • promotes lash growth
  • strengthens your lashes
  • + it smells amazing!

Boost your mascara with lavender oil

Notes: 
  • Some people claim to have had issues with some kinds of mascara but it has worked well with the mascara brands that I use.  
  • Only use 100% pure lavender essential oil; no added ingredients!

I’d love to hear from those of you who have tried this!  Has lavender oil made your lashes longer and thicker too?


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

DIY: Moisturising dry scalp treatments (4 recipes)

April 12, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you suffer from dry, flaky, itchy scalp, deep treating with a moisturising oil blend, once or twice a week, can be just what you need.  All you need are a few ingredients to rub into your scalp, leave on for a little while, and then wash out. 


Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil (coconut, almond, argan or jojoba oil)
  • 8 drops of essential oil 
DIY: Moisturising dry scalp treatments

Recipe #1 - Use for dry, itchy scalp
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops cedarwood

Recipe #2 - Use for dry, flaky scalp
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops peppermint

Recipe # 3 - Anti-fungal blend
  • 4 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop geranium
  • 1 drop patchouli

Recipe # 4 - Simple recipe for children over 2
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil
  • 1 drop tea tree
  • 1 drop geranium

Method:
  1. Mix your carrier oil with the essential oils.
  2. Massage the mixture into your scalp.
  3. Leave on for at least 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Note: 

Anytime you try new essential oils, it is best to do a patch test first.  Mix one drop of the essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and place a drop on the inside of your elbow or arm.  Watch for 24 hours to ensure there is no sensitivity or adverse reaction, such as rash or redness.


If you liked this post, check out more aromatherapy posts below!

Friday, April 06, 2018

Twelve (12) uses of lavender essential oil

April 06, 2018 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've posted about the many benefits of lavender essential oil before, and today I want to elaborate more on the subject.  Keep on reading to find out 12 amazing uses for lavender oil...

Twelve (12) uses of lavender essential oil

Acne
Take a drop of pure lavender essential oil and apply it to acne or pimples.  It should heal within 2-3 days.  Also read: Treating acne with lavender oil  

A migraine headache
Mix 3-5 drops of pure lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon carrier oil (coconut, almond or jojoba) and rub it on the affected area.  Also read: An introduction to aromatherapy   

Insomnia
Sprinkle a few drops of pure lavender oil on your pillow, tissue or handkerchief.  You can also inhale its aroma straight from the bottle before going to sleep.  It also eases anxiety and makes you feel more relaxed.  Also read: Colouring: The secret to de-stress 

Air freshener 
Fill a spray bottle with 10 oz (300ml) distilled water, use less water if your spray bottle is small.  Add 25-30 drops of pure lavender essential oil and shake well.  Also read: Blending essential oils for beginners  

Wounds and cuts
Wash the area with clean water, pat dry with a cotton ball and apply pure lavender essential oil to the affected area.  Add a few drops to your favourite cream or carrier oil to use for chapped lips, dry and itchy skin and other skin irritations. Also read: SOS - Chapped lips! 

Hair growth and dandruff
Use lavender essential oil to massage your scalp by mixing 5-8 drops with 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil.  It stimulates new hair growth and controls dandruff. Also read: DIY: Eyebrow growth serum 

Hay fever
Inhale pure lavender essential oil straight from the bottle or keep a tissue handy with a few drops of essential oil so that you can sniff it throughout the day to lessen the symptoms of hay fever.

Flavour enhancer
Add a few drops of pure lavender essential oil to your cooking and baking to get that floral aroma.  You can also add it to your teas, jams etc.

Bug bites
Apply a few drops of pure lavender essential oil to the bitten area, it reduces swelling and pain.  Also read: Those dreaded jellyfish stings!  

Sunburn
Lavender essential oil is a great sunburn soother.  Just mix a few drops with your favourite carrier oil and apply to the affected area.  It speeds healing and prevents scars.  But remember that lavender oil should never be applied if you are going out in the sun because it makes your skin photosensitive.  It is also useful for minor burns caused by steam or hot objects.  Also read: SOS - Sunburn   

Nausea
Inhale pure lavender essential oil straight from the bottle or use an air freshener using lavender essential oil to deal with nausea and motion sickness. 

Relaxing foot soak
Take a bowl of warm water and add 1 cup Epsom salt and 10-15 drops of pure lavender essential oil.  Soak your feet in the water for 10-15 minutes.  It relaxes you and helps you sleep better.  Also read : DIY: Peppermint foot scrub 

Twelve (12) uses of lavender essential oil

I hope you found this helpful!  Have you used lavender essential oil before?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.



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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Friday, March 30, 2018

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

March 30, 2018 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr all have in common?  Well, supposedly they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth.

Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) has been recently dubbed a "miracle skincare oil".  Rosehip oil, derived from the rosehip (the fruit left on the stem after the petals have fallen off), is a natural source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and B-carotene.  This superfine oil is absorbed easily into the skin and won’t leave behind any oily residue.

So what are the benefits of using rosehip oil?  
  • It quickly absorbs into the skin, proving moisture.
  • It can heal scarring caused by acne.
  • It can help reverse sun damage.
  • It can provide a protective barrier on the skin, preventing further moisture loss.
  • It can help fade pigmentation and even out skin tone.
  • It can help heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.
  • It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil


How to use:

Rosehip oil is extremely easy to use.  
  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil to your face.
  3. Gently massage into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
  4. Use morning and night.

If you’re using it to correct problematic skin conditions, you’ll see a noticeable improvement after two to three weeks.

Check out this infographic...
The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

Like many other natural beauty treatments out there, rosehip oil may not work for everyone, but it certainly is worth trying.

If you have ever used rosehip oil on your face, share your experience in the comments section below.  Don't forget to share this post with your friends!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Treating acne with lavender oil

March 27, 2018 8 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to tell you a little bit about one of my favourite essential oils; lavender oil.  Not only does this essential oil smell great and helps you relax, but it also has significant benefits for the skin.  This oil hydrates and heals the skin without clogging the pores.  Plus, it helps deal with many skin conditions from acne, excess oil, dryness to ageing.  It also promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.  This particular post is about treating acne with lavender oil.  

What is Lavender Oil?
  
Lavender oil is extracted from the lavender plant.  It grows worldwide in Asia, Europe,  Africa, the Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.  The uses of lavender oil are numerous.  It's an all-natural oil that works for various skin and hair problems.

How to use:
  • Mix 1-4 drops of lavender oil into 1/2-1 tablespoon of base oil (coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil).  Diluting helps the oil spread more easily when applied to the skin.
  • Massage the mixture into the affected area.
  • For sensitive skin or young children, the oil should be further diluted with warm water.

  • If you are treating occasional blemishes, use pure lavender oil.
  • Using a cotton swab apply directly to the pimples.
  • It should heal within 2-3 days.


lavender oil for acne

Applying lavender oil nourishes and calms the skin ultimately treating acne, dry skin and reducing the appearance of dark spots and acne scars.  Lavender oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which help get rid of pimples and prevent future acne

I will discuss other uses of this amazing oil in later posts.  Follow this blog so you won't miss a post!  Click the follow buttons in the sidebar... 👉

Have you ever used lavender oil in your skincare routine?  

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting mask

March 24, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a DIY acne-fighting gel and today I want to share another acne-fighting beauty recipe with you.  For this DIY you will need two key ingredients; a lemon and a tomato.  

DIY: Acne fighting mask

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oatmeal (optional)

Lemons are full of AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells, fight acne, minimize pores and brighten skin.  Back in November of 2011, I posted an article titled: Lemons for clear skin; in which I wrote about the countless benefits of lemons.  Make sure you read it for more information.  
Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties.  They’re also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A.  Their acidity helps tame excessive oil production too.
Oatmeal helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm acne, eczema and heal psoriasis.
Method:
  1. Mash the peeled tomato in a bowl. 
  2. Add the lemon juice (and oatmeal) and mix everything together. 
  3. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse and follow with your favourite toner and moisturiser.

Tip: If you have dry skin add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to this mask.

What’s your favourite vegan DIY beauty recipe?
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Friday, March 23, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting gel

March 23, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I am back again with an amazing DIY recipe for your skin.  You only need two simple ingredients to make your own acne-fighting gel; aloe vera gel and essential oil with antibacterial properties.  

I've been using this concoction on my face for many, many years.  So much so that I had to search this blog because I was sure that I had already told you about it.  As it turns out, I haven't so let's get started...


aloe vera gel and tea tree oil

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 6-12 drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil
If you don't like the smell of tea tree oil, a lavender essential oil is a good alternative.  The combination of tea tree oil (or lavender) and  Aloe vera gel kills the bacteria that causes acne and has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the skin.

Method:
  1. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel with 6-12 drops of tea tree oil (or lavender).
  2. Store in an amber glass bottle. 
  3. Use as a spot treatment if you get occasional pimples, or apply it to the whole face daily to prevent acne.

Note: Tea tree oil is a highly concentrated essential oil and it is recommended to use diluted.  So test your level of sensitivity to the oil first.  I use undiluted tea tree oil on my skin regularly, but 12 drops diluted in Aloe vera gel might be a bit much for some.  If you try this DIY I recommend starting with 6 drops and testing it out first.

  • Or you could also take a small amount of Aloe vera gel on your hands and mix just one drop of essential oil, rub your hands to warm up the mixture and apply it to your face.

If you like this DIY then don’t forget to comment below and share it with your friends!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blending essential oils for beginners

March 21, 2018 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Last Sunday I posted An introduction to aromatherapy and I told you that I was planning to post more on this subject.  In this post, I will give you a basic guide to blending essential oils.  Have you ever wanted to make your own essential oil blend but felt totally lost on where to begin?  Perhaps you want to make a solid perfume or a diffuser blend with an appealing smell. 

Essential oils are often grouped together based on their aromas, and these groups are called categories.  Some oils fit into more than one category.  Here are some examples of specific essential oils and the categories they fall into...

essential oil bottle with a dropper


Essential oil categories
  • Floral: Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Violet
  • Exotic: Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
  • Resinous: Benzoin, Camphor, Fir Needle, Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh, Vanilla Absolute
  • Spicy: Aniseed, Bay, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Ginger, Nutmeg
  • Woody: Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Myrtle, Pine, Rosewood, Tea Tree
  • Herbal: Angelica, Basil, Carrot Seed, Celery, Clary Sage, Dill, Fennel, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Citrus: Citronella, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Verbena

Generally, oils within the same category blend well together.  Floral oils typically mix well with exotic, citrus, or spicy scents, while citrus blends nicely with spicy, floral and herbal oils.  Woody oils usually blend well with every fragrance category.

Blending essential oils for beginners

Feel free to experiment with your own cross-category blends, you never know what fragrances you may discover!


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

An introduction to aromatherapy

March 18, 2018 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've been using essential oils for a very long time, ever since I fell in love with aromatherapy about 20 years ago.  I always have oil burners, scented candles and reed diffusers around the house and I also use essential oils regularly in my skincare routine. 

For those of you who might not know; aromatherapy is the practice of using essential plant oils for healing body, mind and spirit.


An introduction to aromatherapy


Aromatherapy can be performed in several ways, namely:
  • Diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air (or just one single oil)
  • Inhaling oils through the nostrils directly off of a cloth or from the bottle
  • Receiving massage therapy utilizing oils
  • Soaking in an oil-infused bath
  • Rubbing oils directly onto the skin (diluted with a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil)

Each essential oil delivers different benefits, some of which include: calming, awakening, energizing, easing pain and more. Aromatherapy can be used to treat a specific condition, like indigestion, insomnia, acne, aches, and anxiety, or as a way to enhance mood or set the ambience in a room.
If you are ready to take a more holistic route to feel your best, aromatherapy has many benefits. 
What is aromatherapy?

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I plan on posting more about aromatherapy in the near future.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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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. 



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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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

DIY: Vegan face mask for acne-prone skin

June 12, 2017 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Like I always say; many store-bought beauty products are full of toxins and irritating ingredients.  Thankfully, nature provides effective alternatives for healthy skin that are gentle, cruelty free, vegan, and made with items you probably already have in your pantry!  Today I want to share one of my favourite beauty recipes with you; a vegan face mask for acne-prone skin!

You only need three ingredients, all of which I already used in previous DIY recipes I posted on this blog. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana (ripe)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

This face mask recipe with banana, baking soda and turmeric can reduce acne.

Here's how it works:

Bananas not only act as an astringent which balances oils in the skin, but also nourishes and rejuvenates the skin.  Baking soda pulls out oil and dirt from the pores and turmeric reduces inflammation and provides the skin with anti-microbial and anti-bacterial benefits.

Method:
  1. Mash the banana in a bowl. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Wash face and pat dry. 
  4. Apply paste onto damp skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with cool water.

Try this out and let me know if it works for you too!


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The hidden toxins in your bathroom cabinet

June 07, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Is your bathroom cabinet stuffed with toxins?  Is your make-up or toiletry bag a blend of chemicals that could harm you?  YES is probably the answer to both questions.  The skin is the body’s largest organ and up to 60% of some of the chemicals we put on it may be absorbed into our bloodstream.


It is actually worse to put toxins on your skin then it is to eat them.  Your liver contains detoxifying enzymes which break down toxic elements. What you apply to your skin can go directly into your bloodstream.

Check out the infographic below to find out which dangerous ingredients you should try to avoid and why.  

Always check  the ingredients list on your bottles and jars: the higher up the list these dangerous ingredients come, the greater the concentration.  Read the labels and the ingredients list very carefully before purchasing!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Acne update | DIY: Honey and Aloe vera mask

September 30, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Recently my acne has been flaring up again, which is very strange considering that I've been on a 100% dairy-free diet for a few months.  
Can food allergies cause acne? ]  I haven't consumed dairy products in years, other than milk chocolate and mozzarella on my pizza, which I now removed from my diet.  

If you want to know more about dairy-free diet, check out  Go Dairy Free and  Got the facts on Milk? (The Milk Documentary)

Anyway, to heal my acne as fast as possible, my go-to DIY is a honey and Aloe vera mask.  This is a really simple face mask recipe; check it out!     

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon organic raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure, cold-pressed organic Aloe vera gel

Method:
  1. Stir the honey and Aloe vera together and apply over your face.  
  2. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse off.  

In my experience, the Aloe vera gel prevents the honey from melting and dripping all over your clothes.  Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.  

If you want to know more about using honey in DIY beauty recipes, click here

I love honey and Aloe but when I don't have the time to apply a mask and relax, I reach for my DIY blemish killer that I always keep in my fridge.  What is your go-to emergency acne treatment?  Let me know in the comment section below.

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