Tag Archives: skincare

Quick Pamper Hand Soak

30 Jun

Following on from the Brown Sugar Pamper Hand Scrub, I made a hand soak tonight. It’s not just about looking after my hands. It’s also about taking the time to make something purely for myself, and spend 10 minutes sitting down doing nothing much. You can make it in an ad break, or soak while reading a page of the newspaper (would have to be the same page though so that it doesn’t get all soggy when you turn the it).

In a bowl, mix:

  • Lots of warm water
  • Some drops of lavender oil
  • Gel from a leaf of aloe vera
  • Half a cup or so of rolled oats (good to whizz lots up finely in a food processor and keep them in a jar for this purpose)
  • A few tablespoons of oil. I used canola oil, but I think it would be better (and more therapeutic) with a more cosmetic-used oil such as olive, almond, or rosehip.


Soak hands or feet for 10 minutes. Think about nothing much during this time. Follow up with a favourite hand cream.


Brown Sugar Pamper Hand Scrub

28 Jun


I made a quick and easy sugar scrub for my poor chapped hands tonight. Winter doesn’t do skin any favours. This is something you can do in an ad break, while the coffee is brewing, or as the wine chills. The reasons for making it are:

  • cheap
  • fast
  • you know what’s in it
  • no stupid packaging
  • makes great pressies for friends

In a bowl, put:

  • about 1.5 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of olive or canola oil (or whatever cooking oil you’ve got available)
  • juice and grated zest of one lemon
  • a few drops of essential oil. I like peppermint oil for this, but you could use whatever is in your cupboard. If you don’t have any oil, it’s no big deal.

Mix it all up and put it in a jar. You can see that the quantities are pretty informal. When you use it on your hands, take the time to massage your skin with it. It feels amazing. I then rinse and wash it off with my homemade soap.

A Day of Hippiness

11 Apr

Last weekend I snaffled a bag of plumpy squishy rosehips from a friend’s garden. I thought about rosehip jelly, but the price of fancy rosehip oil and the discovery of a slow-cooker recipe, compelled me to make my own almond rosehip oil for my face. By doing this, I hoped to:

  • Save loads of dosh by making my own.
  • Know what exactly goes into what goes on my face.
  • Look supermodel-ish.
  • Feel all warm and fuzzy about making something from what would have been chucked out.

The recipe involved chopping the ends off a cup of rosehips, stewing them in a crockpot with a cup of almond oil for about four hours, then straining and decanting into dark bottles. Disturbingly, it smelled a bit like roast lamb. But it looked beautiful once strained. I’ll be testing it in the morning, maybe with some roast potatoes and mint sauce.

In other news, I washed my hair with baking soda this morning. The weirdest thing, it actually worked, and stripped all the supermarket shampoo build-up. Check out Lyn hereĀ http://pigtitsandparsleysauce.co.nz/. She is my new hero, and is a guru of baking soda tips.