Last week I attended Rainbow Serpent Festival. During the festival I gave a workshop on Natural Beauty Products with Kitchen Ingredients in the Permaculture Garden space. Below are the recipes that were taught plus a few other hints and tips. I’ve kept the recipes as simple as possible as the idea is to use the ingredients available in your kitchen and not have to go out shopping.
Coffee Hydrating Cleansing Scrub
As a few of you already know, I’m a huge lover of coffee. I’ve said it probably too many times, drinking coffee is a ritual that I enjoy with all my senses. The smell, the taste, the feeling and I usually drink it in great company, making it one of my favourite things to do.
Now this recipe can be made with fresh coffee or spent coffee grounds (SCG). The difference lies in how much caffeine is in the scrub. For a longer lasting scrub I would stick to fresh coffee as the used coffee would contain traces of water, which can affect the smell and durability of the scrub.
Ingredients: choose organic whenever possible.
- 1 cup ground coffee.
- 1 cup raw sugar.
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil. If you don’t like the smell of coconut oil you can always use fractionated coconut oil or macadamia oil.
- 30 drops of orange 100% essential oil (optional)
What to do:
- Mix ground coffee and sugar into a bowl.
- Pour the coconut oil into the bowl and mix.
- Add essential oil (I like the smell of orange and coffee together)
- Put every into a sealable jar and leave it in the shower so you remember to use it 2-3 times a week.
Coffee Rejuvenating Facial
Here is the link to the recipe for this facial.
Honey is one of my favourite ingredients for any facial treatment. It is incredibly beneficial to the skin. You can apply honey directly to you face with no added ingredients. I recommend laying down as the honey can drip if you are walking around. Allow the honey to do its magic for at least 20-30 minutes. During this time the honey will cleanse and soften your skin. Simultaneously the honey will also feed the beneficial bacteria on your skin. Remember your skin AND raw honey are alive. I like to do a honey mask whenever I have been exposed to dry and harsh conditions. The honey brings back my natural glow and softness.
Honey & Lemon Facial
Now you can also add lemon if you are looking to treat brown spots. Now pay attention because this is important. You cannot go out in the sun after applying lemon to your skin. This is due to the possibility of the sunlight and lemon burning your skin. So I recommend doing this facial at night and then washing it off before bed. For a simple honey and lemon facial you can put one tablespoon of honey into a pot and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix well and apply to your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Olive Oil Hair Treatment
“Ah”, a sigh of relief! Olive oil, although common is one of my favourite oils. I’ll never forget the experience of travelling through Portugal tasting and smelling different kinds of olive oil. Rubbing small amounts between my palms and then bringing it close to my face so I could delve deep into the rich aroma. If you love pasta you probably love the smell of fresh olive oil and you will understand what I’m talking about.
You can put olive oil directly onto your skin or make beautiful soap from it. However, one of the things I love using olive oil for is hair treatment. It treats dry scalp and can be used to treat dandruff. Simply pour a decent amount of olive into the palm of your hand and then massage it into your scalp. Massaging your scalp will improve the circulation of blood to your head and face. This will improve the growth of beautiful luscious long hair. If you find the smell of olive oil strong, add 3 drops of rosemary oil into the olive oil. Rosemary oil acts as a tonic for your scalp.