Personal Care

This is one of my favourites. I think how we look after ourselves is a key part of living a sustainable lifestyle, and it can be easy too. These recipes are good for you, the environment, AND your bank balance, don’t worry.
(there are a couple of others including homemade deodorant on the cleaning page)

Pimple Treatments (standby for updates as I try each of them! and please add your results in the comments section below. Also have a look under Teas for tips on which teas are good to help with acne)

  • Apple Cider Vinegar swabbed on with cotton wool and left on Okay, NOT a fan of this one!! Did not find it effective at all.
  • Lemon juice dabbed on and left on (fresh lemon)
  • Honey and cinnamon paste, leave for 20 minutes or overnight before washing off. Try half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon of honey. Or full a full face mask, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 3 tablespoons honey
  • Tea tree oil This is seems to be working…
  • Lavender oil


DIY Lip Balm
I absolutely love this. I made loads in July 2014 and by September 2015 all the pots are still going strong. 

This is easily the most effective (and cost effective) lip balm I have come across. A friend and I found the original recipe too hard and waxy so this is our slightly adapted version. We bought cheap plastic pottles from a $2 shop but if you’re after something a little bit more fancy try these places-
http://www.candlecreations.co.nz/
http://www.purefx.co.nz/ 
http://www.gonative.co.nz/
You’ll need 4-6 pottles and make sure they are totally clean and dry.

82 grams of beeswax (we got ours from Candle Creations)
2-3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil (supermarkets, or essential oil stockists)
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
approximately 10 drops of essential oils. Cinnamon. peppermint, tea tree oils are good for a bit of plumping, and Laura and I also really liked the fruity ones. The original recipe suggests 10 drops, so add a few then adjust to your liking.

Melt the beeswax over a medium heat
Add almond and coconut oils and stir to mix thoroughly
Add essential oils once coconut oil is melted

Allow to cool slightly (not so much that it starts to harden) and pour into containers.

Coconut oil is solid at normal room temp so if you prefer a softer balm use less wax and more almond oil.

Body Scrub Basic
1 x cup of oil (any kind of liquid cooking oil)
2 x cup sugar (I used brown)
5 x teaspoons citrus juice

Give the body a good scrub all over (minus the sensitive spots of course) and for super silky soft legs, rinse-shave-scrub again

Body Scrub Special
There are a million ways to do this scrub, experiment until you find your favourite. Start with a 2:1 ratio, the 2 being the solids and the 1 being the oil.
The gist is to mix melted coconut oil with coffee grounds/instant coffee and/or sugar until you have a thickness you’re happy with. Use in the shower, in a circular motion. Leave it on the skin for about 5 minutes before washing off. You can also add cinnamon for antibacterial properties or nutmeg for ant-inflammatory properties. Turmeric can also be used for anti-inflam, but beware it may stain the skin. The coffee stimulates the skin and along with the coconut oil, reduces appearance of varicose and spider veins, cellulite, and stretch marks. Vanilla essence can be added for scent and encouragement of collagen production. A few drops of essential oils can be added for scent and an added mental boost. See the Aromatherapy page to choose one to suit your needs.

Pore Minimising Facial Scrub
1 x tablespoon warm honey
1 x tablespoon brown sugar
3 x drops lemon juice

Stir the ingredients together
Use every other day
Massage for 3 minutes in a circular motion and rinse.
Then use the Apple Astringent to prevent pore remaining open and reclogging.

Apple Astringent
1/2 a cup of purified water
1/3 of a cup of apple cider vinegar
few drops of essential oil or lemon juice

Mix, apply with a cotton ball. Do not rinse off. Store the rest in the fridge.

Moisturiser
1/2 a cup of coconut oil
1 x teaspoon of vitamin E oil (fairly sure this can be replaced with sweet almond oil and still be as effective)
5-7 drops lavender oil or tea tree oil

Mix together and apply. Store the rest at room temperature.

Solid Perfume
Equal parts beeswax and a carrier oil (e.g. 2 x tablespoons of each)
40-45 drops of essential oils

Blend essential oils first
Melt wax and add carrier oil
Take of the heat and stir oils through to blend
Pour into a container and allow to set.