Made it myself: Indulgent bath oil

All natural beauty headerLast year for my birthday, I got a sample set of Balm Balm bath oils. I love bath oils (possibly because I’m lazy and it means I don’t have to remember to moisturise separately) and these were great; they smelt amazing and my skin felt really soft afterwards. My three favourites were Relax, Calm, and Indulge. Unfortunately they were tiny – there was really only enough for a couple of baths each – and I quickly ran out.

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See, I told you they were small!

Whilst they aren’t overly expensive, they felt like they should be the type of thing I kept for a treat and so I asked for some more for Christmas – only my husband couldn’t find them anywhere.  I was lucky enough to get some Aromatherapy Associates bath oil instead but now that’s gone too so I started the hunt for something else that smells great and feels lovely on my skin.  Continue reading

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Made it Myself: Yoghurt and Honey Cleanser

All natural beauty headerI have to admit I love lotions and potions, anything to make me look younger, prettier, brighter (…you get the picture) and can’t resist buying more than I need most times. A few years ago, I started to use organic products when I could and noticed a real difference. They do, however, tend to make my bank balance groan and I have been feeling particularly broke of late.

So, following on from my success at making my own facial scrub, I decided to try making something else. The only criteria was that it was easy….which is how I came to start using my own yoghurt and honey cleanser. Continue reading

Mashed Potato Soup Recipe

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I don’t know if I’m the only one out there who does this but, after every Sunday lunch, I end up with too much mashed potato.   I just can’t ever seem to get the quantities right.  Now, there are lots of things you can do with left over mash, but my favourite at the moment – given the state of the weather – is make Mashed Potato Soup, a variation on potato soup but preferred in my family because it’s rich and creamy.

Technically, this could class as a perfect Meatless Monday recipe.  Unfortunately, I took a photo of my husband’s soup and – as he’s a meat eater – there was bacon on there, so I might be disqualified.  It is the only meat included in the recipe though, so it’s actually perfect for the veggies among us.

To make it, here’s what you’ll need… Continue reading

Did it myself: Rose hip tea

A few years ago now I did a one day “course” on foraging.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but then got round to after making that first initial effort.  I think I’ll need to repeat if I’m to do it seriously, and safely, as most of what I learnt that day has disappeared along with a few brain cells.  However, a recent conversation with my mom, reminded me about the rose hip and how it was supposed to be one of the easiest things to forage and to use.  Continue reading