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OCC Lip Tar – gloss

Besides mixing my lip tars, I enjoy making customized lip glosses with them as well!
 
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DIY shaving help!

Ah man you know what feeling I love? Having razor burns and then showering.
NO. NO I don’t.

The main reason for razor burns is the hair being too rough, and the skin being too dry. Imagine dragging a blade over dry earth, you get stuck behind the uneven parts, and take some of the surface with you. Not healthy for your skin and not comfortable either!
Aka we need an emolient, something to soften up the skin before we shave, and to make the razor glide over or skin as we shave!

I love just getting a shaving cream sometimes, it’s handy, stays good for ages, and is easy to store. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they’re as good for your skin as their completely natural DIY counterparts. There’s tons of crap in commercial creams, plain and simple. Sorbitol for example, because natural glycerin is “too expensive”.

Well here’s some recipes to try out for yourself! Oils and creams galore, depends on what you like!
I enjoy the infused oil, and wax recipes the most. They’re easy and do their job!

Scrub

First of all, scrubbing is essential for a really close shave without razor burns! Especially for a beard! There are tons of natural DIY scrubs, or just get one at your local drugstore.

If you use something like my sugar scrub though, with oil in it, you can double it up as a lubricant for shaving as well!
Rinse your skin with water (warm if you can, that softens your skin up even more) to remove the sugar, and shave!

Normal oil

You can use grapeseed, castor, almond, sunflower, coconut, baby, extra virgin olive oil, any oil you like! Natural oils work great for softening up the skin, and making your razor glide right over.

Infused oil

There’s different ways of doing this, let’s do the “hard” one first:

  • Dried herbs (they make your oil stay fresh longer)
  • Olive oil (or any other oil, I love using olive oil though because it’s been used since early times, even in bath water in Greece!)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, pour everything into a bowl, turn off the oven and place it in there for a couple of hours.
When everything is soaked up nicely, get the oil into a jar by pushing it out of the herbs.

Then the easy way:

  • Essential oils
  • Olive oil (or again any other oils)

Mix them up, done!
Keep it in the refridgerator, and it’ll stay good for months on end! (if you used an oil that became hard in the fridge, just warm it up in your hands before using it)

Oils are so nice and economical to use, just wet the area where you need to shave, add a few drops of oil, let it sink in for a couple of minutes, shave, and rinse!
You’ll smell good too, hmmm…

Soothing lotion

Your normal moisturizer works great, one with aloe or roses in it would be even better, those soothe the skin even more. Works just the same as oils, let it soak in and ready to razor!
Another thing you can try, is hair conditioner!

Shaving cream

First of all, you can use soap. However that’s not as moisturising, this is:

  • 8 ounces grated castile soap
  • 8 ounces rose water
  • 2 ounces cocoa butter
  • 4 ounces of liquid vegetable glycerin (available at drugstores and pharmacies)

Add essential oils to this as well if you like!

Soak the soap in the rose water overnight. Heat the cocoa butter and glyerin so that they melt, then remove from the heat and add the soap mixture. Blend those all together with a mixer and done!

As with all fresh products, store in your refrigerator.

What herbs/essential oils to add

Anything you like really, but here are some suggestions:

If you have problems with acne, try adding some of these to your face-treatments:

  • Tamanu oil: heal skin damage
  • Rosehip: healing, reduce wrinkles, fights redness
  • Emu oil: healing, pain, anti-infammatory
  • Lavender: balances, great for combination skin, heals
  • Neroli oil: against scarring
  • Sage oil (don’t use when pregnant, dilute it, and look up if it’s suited for you first): anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, you name it. Extremely potent  oil.
  • Tea tree: anti-bacterial, great for face oils or underarms (no bacteria =  no smell!)
  • Olive oil: vitamin e, antioxidants
  • Peppermint oil: vitamin a, against irritation
  • Green tea: powerful antioxidant
  • Aloe vera: soothes, cooling, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial
  • Camomile oil: calm skin, tissue regeneration
  • Mandarin oil: helps heal, improves circulation (and smells great!)
  • Sandalwood oil: natural remedy for scars (expensive though)
  • Frankincense oil: disinfectant, astingent

These can be found in organic stores! You can add them to millions of things, but i’ll keep that for another post haha!

Making your own wax

One more thing, for those of us who don’t like to shave, I make my wax myself!
It’s a sugar wax, i’m sure a lot of people are familiar with this recipe:

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water

Put this on the stove and let it simmer for 45 minutes to make the sugar caramelize.

This washes off so easily as well, unlike hard wax!

Learning about essential oils is a passion of mine, tell me your favorites below! :)

Stay in place, face.

We love DIY!

It’s summer again here in Belgium, full on, with temperatures skyrocketing up to 30° C. That may not sound very warm to a lot of you, but it’s scorching for us rain people! I don’t mind it though, when just lounging around in the garden.
However going out in the city in this heat is another, my face just melts off. All that remains is a little puddle of me. On the floor.
Now there’s been a BB-cream hype going on for a while right? But, why not make it yourself?
It’s perfect for this weather!

A BB cream, or Blemish Balm cream, is not the same as a tinted moisturizer, it’s a few steps above it.
Looking at the ingredients, the main difference is that a tinted moisturiser does exactly what it says, it’s a moisturiser with pigment in it. A BB cream however, is a moisturiser, sunblock, primer, and whateverelseyoulike, with pigment in it, in one.
BB creams are meant to be worn by themselves basically. They were once developed for German women, to wear after they had a laser treatment / skin surgery. By wearing these, you would cover up the redness, as well as heal your skin and protect it from rubbish in the air.

These are some nice over-the-counter, cruelty free BB-creams:
3 LAB: Perfect BB SPF 40
Skin 79: Super plus triple functions bb cream
Nude by Nature: BB 5-in-1 Miracle Cream
Jane Iredale: Glow Time full coverage BB cream
Marcelle: BB cream

The benefits of making these yourself is: you probably already have the ingedients, and it’s accustomed to your own skintone!
You can see why making your own would come in handy in the summer then right!

Here’s how we’ll do it, we’ll need:

As always, adjust ingredients to your own taste!

  • For a lighter consistency, put in some more moisturiser.
  • For it to stay put better on your face, or cover up your pores better, add some more primer.
  • In case it’s too greasy for your taste, don’t add as much sunblock/moisturizer.

You can add other things as well! If you’re using a certain supplement on your skin, like a serum, don’t hesitate to add a bit to your custom BB. I’d recommend not adding oils though.

Start by putting your foundation in the jar, use about half of the amount you would like to end up with.
Add your primer, moisturizer and sunblock in equal amounts, to fill up the other half.

Done!
This will look very natural, it’s so much more lightweight, and it’s way better friends with the sun than your foundation will ever be!

What’s your fav BB-recipe? :D

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