If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Last night I was lying in bed listening out for my daughter – the lurgy hangs over us once again. I stared into the semi darkness as the pale moonlight was seeping through the blinds. A question popped into my head “When the sun goes to bed and the moon lights up the night sky do the colours actually disappear and fade to shades of black and white?” What has this to do with ‘natural beauty’ – absolutely nothing. I just wanted to put that question out there.

Okay, here is the beauty stuff. A while back a friend asked me if I could help her with her ‘acne rosacea’ which for years had been making her very unhappy. This affects your face and makes your skin very red and bumpy and pretty miserable.

acne rosacea natural cure

I promised I would try my hardest to help. At the time I had had an allergic reaction to something that had touched my skin and I had an uncomfortable rash on my face. So I trawled the web and came across ideas that developed into this great face mask. I tried it on myself first and hey presto my skin breathed a sigh of relief and went back to being smooth and happy. I passed on the mask to my friend – she said for the first time in years her rosacea went away and you now can see her beautiful, youthful skin shining through. I can’t promise you that this will work for all of you – but if your skin is misbehaving, unhappy or even a few spots are appearing give it a go and see if you have the same exciting results as we had.

After much research I found that the best ingredient you can use for this is turmeric – the yellow stuff you use for cooking curries etc.

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Below is the recipe:

1 tablespoon raw organic honey (I use manuka honey, anything over 16+ but it is expensive)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil (If you don’t have any vitamin e oil start off using organic olive oil.)

Mix all this together in a glass bowel.

When using this for the first time try a small area of your face which is effected, a very small area about 1cm squared. Leave it on for an hour but take it off straight away if there is any stinging or pain. You can cover the rest of the mask with cling film and leave it in a dish until later. If you get on fine with the patch test then carry on as below.

Tie your hair back and do not wear anything white or anything you mind staining as turmeric stains terribly and will not come out.

Use old foundation or any soft makeup brush to smooth it onto your face as again this will stain your hands.

acne rosasea face mask

I recommend only doing this at night because it is likely that you will have a hint of yellow on your face but it will fade by the morning. Also you mustn’t get the mask on your eyebrows or your hair.

Leave it on for half an hour up to one hour if you can. Then wash off with water. I would use paper towels to pat your face dry or a dark towel, as again it will stain them. Spray your face with a small bit of your vinegar spray then slather on your rosehip oil and go to sleep on an old pillowcase.

Do this every evening if you can for a week or until it starts to help.

Lastly don’t mix this with chemical products found in your local drugstore as they will counteract the mask and stop it working.

I can’t promise miracles and this might not work for all of you, but it did for my friend and certainly made my rash disappear after a few goes. Hopefully it will make your skin smile again.

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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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There is a limit on what I will pay for pretty things!

A quick money saving idea in the heat…… I don’t know about you but I get a sweaty face in this weather – actually that sounds very unladylike – let’s say my face glows more than usual – much better.

facial blotting paper

Um, what could I use – ahh, blotting paper!  Oh, excuse me, how expensive did you say it is? Now there must be a way to blot your face without feeling as though you are blotting it with a wad of money – okay, not using actual money but it WOULD feel as though you are throwing notes of cash in the bin every time you bring the glow down to a respectable level. Most of these papers are made out of rice paper, but sourcing pure rice paper is difficult. My head suddenly felt hot and a light shone out to the ceiling – the light bulb had come on. What about cigarette papers? Rizla make their papers out of 100% rice paper (most of them anyway). You can buy king size ones that are lovely and thin and come in a pretty silver pack and they only cost me 83p – way to go for helping save a few pennies – actually pounds as packs of facial blotting papers will set you back a few pence shy of £10.

Rizla Silver King Size

Facial blotting papers (or my Rizla) will not ruin or take off your makeup.

I will admit that a packet of Rizla might not be as stylish as a lovely packet of Japanese blotting papers, but these pretty little things are $12 for 30 whereas you can buy a packet of cigarette papers for $1.38 for 32. There is a limit on what I will pay for pretty things!

facial blotting papers

Enjoy the sunshine and spend the extra money on an ice cream or something equally yummy.

facial blotting paper

The only reason for being a bee that I know of is to make honey…. And the only reason for making honey, is so as I can eat it. – Winnie the Pooh

Winnie might believe that honey is just for eating (I am sure many of you would agree) but the wonders of honey don’t stop there – honey is one of the best natural skincare products available.

People who have known me for years would never put the words ‘Mollie’ ‘love’ and ‘honey’ in the same sentence. When I was a little girl I hated the smell and taste of honey. I never thought it would be something that I would come to adore. I still hate the taste and the smell can be a little much sometimes but as a skincare product I love love love it.

You can use honey in skincare, haircare, for first aid, burns, blemishes – the list goes on and on.

If you have read any of my other posts you will know that I use it every night to wash my and my 5 year old daughter’s faces.

I wanted to let you know of another way to treat your skin using this lovely product – as a face mask. This will smooth your skin and treat any blemishes that are threatening to invade your prefect complexion:

Wash you face with Oliva. Use the bicarbonate of soda face scrub if you want to. Then dry off your face. Plaster on your chosen honey and lie back for at least 10 minutes, more if you can be bothered. I like to do this in the bath. If your skin isn’t dry when you apply the honey it will slide off your face. Wash off and reveal smoother, happy skin.

I have been experimenting with a new honey I picked up from Waitrose – Littleover Apiary wildflower honey with royal jelly. This lovely organic, wildflower honey has royal jelly added. I found this information about royal jelly on the dr organic website:

“The unique combination of nutrients, amino acids and plant hormones makes Organic Royal Jelly a superb ingredient to help maintain a youthful appearance. Throughout history this wonderful ingredient has been heralded as natures fountain of youth. It is ideal for rejuvenating and nourishing the skin, while its anti-aging properties help maintain the skins elasticity, texture and tone.”

Who knows if it is really adding anything special, but my skin is feeling extra smooth at the moment so this could be down to this royal additive. It is only £4.75 so I am happy to use it!

Littleover Apiary wildflower honey with royal jelly

A great tip if you feel a spot (zit) nudging away at your skin trying to get noticed, dab a bit of honey on it and leave it over night, the next day it should be gone or at least smaller. You can use manuka honey for this as it is super strong and has a higher concentration of anti-bacterial qualities to zap that spot. Don’t use manuka as a wash or face mask though, unless you have super strong skin, it can be too harsh and might reduce your skin to tears and tantrums.

On a side note, away from the golden elixir, this year I am trying lots of new things and will be working hard so my posts might be more infrequent – just a couple maybe even only one a month. I’ll still be here, trying new things and letting you know about them, just not as often as I have been. So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for a while I promise I am still around.

“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.

Give your skin a present this Christmas.

I don’t know about you, but I find with all this cold weather and central heating my skin becomes incredibly dry. Well never fear – I have a wonderful solution to bring back baby soft skin.

To achieve this I am going to use two, maybe three of my favorite products. The first is Weleda Skin Food. I buy mine from naturisimo but you can buy it in many places online or in the shops. This is such an amazing product which you can use all over your body. It is especially fabulous for feet, hands and elbows. The smell is heaven too – evoking strolls through sun drenched orange groves.

weleda skin food

Secondly Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda). I am especially enamored with Waitrose’s own brand at the moment. I believe it creates a smoother paste than the previous brands I have tried. Also the packaging is pretty. Arm and Hammer do a great one too.

waitrose bicarbonate of soda

And maybe some honey depending on how deep a scrub you want – organic please.

organic sainsbury runny honey

I usually save this treat for night time.

Start with clean skin – remove any makeup or dirt you have accumulated throughout the day. I use Oliva soap for this.

With your skin still damp tip about a tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda into your palm. Add water to make a smooth paste – not too runny – not too dry.

Gently please – your skin loves you so treat her well – massage the paste into your face – paying particular attention to the dry, flaky areas.

For an extra strong scrub use about a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda and substitute the water for a squeeze of honey. Be extra gentle with this as it makes a harsher, deeper face scrub.

Do not use either to scrub your skin around your delicate eye area – she will be very miserable.

Wash the scrub off with water.

You can follow with a wash of honey if you fancy it but you don’t have to.

You can also go with a wipe of witch hazel on a cotton pad – a similar ritual to my night time skin routine post.

Now I slather on – I really go to town here – Weleda Skin Food. It turns your face white and you look very silly – but it eventually sinks in.

If you are allergic to Lanolin this treat is not for you. You could try a generous amount of Rosehip oil or Weleda Almond Lotion instead. Lanolin is the main ingredient that lends its soft hands to repair your dry skin. There is some confusion surrounding Lanolin as to whether it can clog your pores. A very informative website I have referred to many times clears this up for us – zerozits – the name speaks for itself.

“Lanolin Oil confuses many individuals. Natural Lanolin Oil comes from the wool of a sheep and does not cause acne. Synthetic Lanolins (man-made) do cause acne and leave you feeling very oily!”

I have used this many times over the past two years and it has never once (touch wood) caused me problems.

Off to bed with you – sweet dreams – wake to beautiful baby soft skin.

Disclaimer: If something works for me I am not saying that it will definitely work for you. ­I do hope it does but I cannot promise or give any guarantees. Your use of these products or suggestions is entirely at your own risk. Please use any product or idea with caution and of course do not use anything with an ingredient that you know, or think, you might be allergic to. Thank you and happy reading.

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best.

I have been asked, on numerous occasions, what my daily evening skincare routine consists of. Most laugh heartily after I tell them – then look slightly embarrassed when they realise it wasn’t actually a joke. But those who take me seriously have thanked me numerous times and have become converts to the simple things in life.

I say simple things because I only use very simple products – no more than a couple of ingredients in anything.

Let me get it out the way now and say again  “no I am not joking”. It may seem weird but if you try it hopefully you will realise how easy and simple (there I go again with that word) it can be to have lovely, glowing, young looking skin.

You will need:

• Oliva soap – Holland and Barrett

oliva soap

• Organic runny honey (yes I did say honey). I use Sainsburys own brand just for convience but feel free to use any brand you take a fancy to.

organic sainsbury runny honey

• Pure 100% witch hazel – again good old Sainsburys comes up trumps for this.

sainsbury distilled witch hazel

• My organic apple cider vinegar and witch hazel spray (see previous post on my “no poo method”)

vinegar and witch hazel spray

• A’kin Organic Rosehip oil. It doesn’t have to be A’kin other brands do organic pure rosehip oil too – Trilogy, Neal’s Yard just to name two off the top of my head.  I just really like this brand. I buy mine from naturisimo for £14 which is an excellent UK website for natural products.

Akin Rosehip oil

Before you begin the routine make sure you have clean hands. This seems obvious I know but might not be to everyone. Also make sure you wash with a soap like the Oliva or a hand wash that is natural (most contain SLS and as many nasties as they can squeeze in there) – check the ingredients! A super expensive but wonderful natural one is Neal’s Yard geranium and orange wash – yum I could eat it. I bought this on offer at Waitrose today but you can buy it in loads of stores and online. Worth every penny if you ask me. Okay, enough with the obvious on to the routine:

  • Use the soap to wash off the day’s grime and any make-up from your face.
  • Then with your face still damp squeeze a generous amount of honey onto your palm and wash as if this was a cleanser. Lick your lips, yum honey (now you wouldn’t want to do that with your normal cleanser). Rinse off again.
  • Dry your face.
  • Lightly soak a cotton pad with witch hazel and wipe over your face to remove any residue of the honey. This is such a wonderful product. Do not be afraid to use it on your eyes as it won’t sting or dry. Witch hazel is actually very moisturizing. I believe it helps with bags and dark circles (just my belief though) and this could be because it is used to lessen bruising.
  • Spray the apple cider vinegar and witch hazel solution onto your face with your eyes closed. I then dab off any that has gone onto my eye area – I find it can sting the eyes if it gets in them.
  • A few drops of the oil and massage in – if your skin is feeling a bit dry you can add more oil.  For very dry skin add a moisturizer over the top. I thoroughly recommend Weleda products – their almond sensitive skin lotion is perfect for my skin. Don’t go and ruin it all by adding a rich moisturizer that is stuffed with parabens and coats your skin in silicone (plastic for us lay people) – any good work you have done will be ruined.

weleda almond lotion

Voila! You are finished. No fussy, expensive products. Everything you have just used is lovely and natural and cheap as chips (except the oil which is a little pricey – but probably the best anti-aging product you can buy and lasts ages).

If you are blessed with clear unblemished skin then you don’t need to use the spray. I like it as I can get the occasional blemish (hardly any now that I use this though) and this tackles it to the ground without even a’ how do you do’. I also find it helps reduce scarring  and spreads the oil further.

I would be really interested in hearing any of your stories about how you get on with this routine – if you take the leap and ditch the rubbish. Let me know.

Disclaimer: If something works for me I am not saying that it will definitely work for you. ­I do hope it does but I cannot promise or give any guarantees. Your use of these products or suggestions is entirely at your own risk. Please use any product or idea with caution and of course do not use anything with an ingredient that you know, or think, you might be allergic to. Thank you and happy reading.