A soupçon of advice on oils.

Firstly let me begin by saying I am sorry that I have been absent for so long. I have been very busy concentrating on one of my other passions – printing my own fabric.

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Back to beauty business for a moment as I feel I have been neglecting my readers. I wanted to do a short post to show you I am still here and thinking of you all.

Today, I was talking to  a friend at the school gates and she asked me a question about coconut oil. She wanted to know why, when she is using the oil on her body everyday, that her skin seemed to be getting drier.

dry skin from coconut oil

I remember having the same problem when I used olive oil on my face as a cleanser. The reason behind this weird phenomenon, apparently, is – drum roll please – your skin believes the oil that you are slathering on your skin is being produced by your body. In response it slows your body’s production of its own natural oil and therefore dries out the skin. Make sense? Okay, please promise not to ask why this does not happen when you use my beloved rosehip oil – honest answer? – I have no idea. Might be because it has something to do with the consistency of the oil or the molecule size – your guess is a good as mine.

In conclusion to this tale of oils – use the rosehip oil as often as you like. For me that is every night and loads of it. But when it comes to the heavier, thicker oils like coconut and olive oil be sparing – treat your body maybe once a week and no more.

Hope that helps my sweet peas. I promise to write a longer post soon – but my printing beckons and I love it so.

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Send your nails a valentine’s card to show you love them.

The other day, while chatting with a good friend, we got onto the topic of why her nails are so brittle at this time of year. I can promise you that the cold and icy breath of winter will not be serenading your nails this Valentine’s day.

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But before you coat your nails in some foul smelling toxic vanish give them the kind words and loving caresses they actually deserve.

Do not be duped by products that promise to strengthen and help your nails grow. They might give the appearance of stronger nails but to what damaging effect. I won’t go into the poisonous ingredients that are in these varnishes – how they are derived from formaldehyde (yes I do mean the liquid that is used to embalm bodies) – how the toxic ingredients can leach through your nails into your body ­– how they are suffocated instead of being able to breath in the fresh crisp air of a winter’s day.

There is a simple solution to this problem. Firstly keep your nails short in the winter –below the top of your fingernail is best. Secondly pop a rich moisturizing oil such as my favourite coconut oil in a little container and carry it around with you. Massage into the nail whenever you remember, your hands too which also will suffer in the cold. This should help them stay strong and happy during the Winter months.

I am not saying stay away from pretty colours over the winter – I love wearing a darker shade on my nails at this time of year.

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This isn’t me in the photo above – just a fabulous image I found to show you how great dark polish is on short nails.

But go for kind varnishes instead of nasty toxic ones. Many natural brands do lovely colours: Butter (I love that name), Beauty without Cruelty and the fabulous Zoya which has a rainbow of every colour and sparkle you could ever wish for. I promise to cover these brands in more detail in a later post. So love your nails as you do your hair and skin. They are part of you and deserve as much attention as everything else.

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“I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts.”

At this time of year time runs away from me. I have not a moment to do all the things I want and my blog posts have taken a back seat to all the festivities. I do not want you to think I have forsaken my duties so here is a short but sweet post to keep you all going.

If you are going “no poo” with your hair but finding it needs a little pick me up – especially on the ends – coconut oil is the answer to your prayers.

It must be pure coconut oil. I buy mine from Holland and Barrett but many online stores sell it too. If you can find it buy organic but I found that harder to procure and this does the job just as well.

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This wonderful product will bring life, moisture and bounce back into your locks. You can treat your hair once a month, once a week – really however often you want to or have the time to spare.

Start with dry hair. Take a huge dollop of coconut into your palms and rub them together so it becomes a liquid. Saturate your hair from roots to ends with the oil. This can get a little messy so I recommend doing this in the shower or at least in a bathroom. If you want a quick fix wrap your hair in cling film (I think the Americans among us call it saran wrap). Then wrap it all in a warm towel. Sit down and relax. You can leave this on anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour or more. If you really want to go to town leave the coconut oil in all night – sans the wrap and towel of course.

Then wash it out as if you were washing your hair as normal. You might need a few goes to get it fully out but I find no more than two is needed.

Voila! Beautiful, shiny, soft, bouncy hair.