Combat acne with this honey and cinnamon face mask

Raw honey – ah, how sweet it is! Use it to sweeten a cup of tea, to bake sweet treats, or to enhance the nutty flavour of a pecan pie – it’s pretty versatile. Honey is also a natural humectant, which means it’s a fantastic moisturiser, and it also has antibacterial properties that can help you spot-treat acne.


The honey and cinnamon face mask recipe I’m about to share with you is amazing. It will brighten your complexion, soothe any irritations, and clear up acne. Please just note that cinnamon can irritate very sensitive skin, so do a patch test before applying the mask to your entire face if your skin is sensitive.


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Honey and cinnamon acne face mask recipe

You’ll need:

  • 3 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Mix the honey and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face with warm water and finish off with your daily moisturiser.

Five natural beauty brands I’m obsessed with right now

I believe that when it comes to beauty products, sometimes less really is more. Just as interest in simpler, less-processed foods has grown, many women have also been searching for more natural, plant-based beauty products with shorter ingredient lists.


But do these natural formulas work just as well the conventional products you’ve been using? Yes, they do! Here are five fabulous plant-based beauty brands that I’m obsessed with right now.


Five natural skincare brands you need to know about

#1: S.W. Basics

Founded and manufactured in Brooklyn, New York City, this little brand is becoming a big deal very quickly. Their products are all organic, and include potent levels of the active ingredients. Turmeric, lavender and avocado oil are just a few of the wonderful ingredients you’ll find in this line, making their products perfect for sensitive skin like mine.




#2: Tata Harper

The bright green packaging says it all! This brand’s products are whipped up in small batches right on the owner’s farm in Vermont, US. So, yes, you can be sure everything is super-fresh! I love their moisturisers and eye creams, which are very soothing and hydrating for delicate, sensitive skin.




#3: RMS Beauty

This fabulous brand was founded by former make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift. It’s well-known for its popular Lip2Cheek products, which offer vibrant, long-last colours for lips and cheeks. It’s the concealers, however, that won my heart. They cover imperfections incredibly well, but look natural on your skin at the same time.


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#4: Herbivore Botanicals

True to its name, this brand is plant-based, and the products come in intoxicating scents. From face oil to body polish, the brand stocks a variety of original formulas packaged in stunning bottles you’ll want to leave on display. I especially love their Sea Mist to create beachy waves in my hair. The product contains coconut and sea salt – how divine?




#5: Cocovit

With its many uses as a natural moisturiser for skin and hair, coconut oil is having a huge beauty moment right now. Cocovit’s oil in specific is produced without heat, meaning that the finished product is 100% pure and packed with super-beneficial nutrients that can be lost when heat is used. I love using coconut oil to remove my make-up, or to hydrate my scalp when it’s feeling dry.



Invigorate your feet with this rich and minty homemade scrub

There’s nothing better at the end of a long day than treating your feet to a good scrub. This homemade cocoa butter and peppermint foot scrub recipe I’m sharing with you today is simply divine – it smells rich and minty, and will make your feet super-soft! Use this fabulous scrub anytime your feet – and spirits – need a lift.




Cocoa butter and peppermint foot scrub recipe

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp cocoa butter, grated
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond essential oil
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 4-5 peppermint essential oil

What to do:

  1. Gently heat the cocoa butter and sweet almond essential oil until the cocoa butter melts. Be sure to stir the mixture well.
  2. Add in the sugar and peppermint essential oil. Mix well.

How to use it:

Massage the scrub into clean feet and rinse with warm water.

Tip: If your feet are extremely dry, massage in a bit more cocoa butter and cover your feet with clean cotton socks for half an hour.

Ten ways to use lemons in your natural beauty routine

You might love lemonade and lemon chicken, but your skin, hair and nails love lemons even more! The sunny yellow fruit has some amazing natural beauty benefits. Here are ten of my favourite uses for lemons in my natural beauty routine.




Ten ways to use lemons for beautiful skin, hair and nails

#1: Clarifying moisturiser

Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, while the lemon will clear and brighten it.

#2: Elbow and knee bleacher

Rub half a lemon onto dark elbows and knees to remove dead skin cells and promote brighter skin in these areas.

#3: Blackhead treatment

Because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon and squeeze the juice onto your face. Your blackheads will begin to fade before you know it.

#4: Cleansing wipes

Mix a couple drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in half a cup of distilled water and apply to your face using a cotton pad. This will help calm problematic skin.

#5: Teeth whitener

Mix baking soda and lemon juice together and apply it to your teeth with a clean cotton bud. Use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth, then rinse your mouth with water.

#6: Skin brightener

Rich in vitamin C and citric acid, lemons are wonderful for brightening and lightening your skin over time. Use lemon juice on your skin regularly to lighten age spots, dark spots or fake tan gone wrong.

#7: Shine eliminator

If you suffer from oily skin, use lemon juice on a cotton pad to reduce excess oil.

#8: Lip exfoliator

Put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime, then wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. If your lips are chapped or have any cuts, rather avoid trying this as it will sting!

#9: Nail strengthener

Make a mixture of your favourite cooking oil (I use olive oil) with lemon juice and soak your nails. This is a great practice if your nails are weak, dry or brittle. It will also help fix nails that have yellowed and soften up your cuticles.

#10: Hair lightener

Apply lemon juice before you expose your hair to the sunlight to score a gorgeous sun-kissed colour. Lemon juice can also help treat dandruff and dry scalp, so apply it liberally.

And there you have it – ten fabulous reasons to load up on lemons!

Which natural remedies would you like to know more about?

Good morning darlings!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet about my personal side of things lately – it’s been a crazy past week at work!

Anyway, I wanted to find out from you all: Which natural remedies would you like to know more about? I’m open to ideas. You know I love researching, learning about and trying out natural remedies to treat my hair and skin!

Leave your suggestions in the comment box down below 🙂


Have a lovely day!



Nine ways to use rose water in your natural skincare routine

Rose water has tons of benefits. You can use it in various ways to enhance your skin and overall wellbeing. No matter what your skin type is, this “wonder of nature” can bring you lots of goodness!


Let’s talk about some of the benefits of rose water before I let you in on how you can use it to achieve simply gorgeous skin.



The benefits of rose water

Rose water brings benefits to all skin types. It’s great for soothing and cooling irritated or sensitive skin, balancing oily or acne-prone skin, rejuvenating and softening mature skin, and revitalising normal skin.

Rose water is packed with antioxidants and an array of vitamins. Therefore, it can also help prevent the signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles, while nourishing skin at the same time.

Rose water also has natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Nine ways to use rose water for beautiful skin

#1: To reduce or prevent under-eye puffiness

Place a bottle of rose water in the fridge for half an hour, then apply some of it on a cotton pad cut in half and gently place the pad under your eye. It will help soothe the delicate skin under your eyes and prevent or reduce puffiness.

#2: To freshen up your complexion

Especially in the spring- or summertime, rose water can become your faithful helper and friend, caring for your skin like nothing else. Just mist rose water over your face to instantly hydrate, nourish and freshen up your complexion.

#3: In a hot bubble bath

Add two cups of rose water to your bubble bath for a divine and unforgettable experience. Rose water will soften and add freshness to your skin while leaving it with an amazing scent of fresh roses. Isn’t that just the perfect beauty treat?!

#4: To soften dry skin

Ladies with dry skin can experience the incredible benefits of rose water by applying it to the problem areas. Rose water soothes and softens dry or flaky skin instantly.

#5: To remove your make-up

Simply apply rose water to a cotton pad and gently remove your make-up with it by gently massaging your face. To create an even more effective make-up remover, dampen the cotton pad with rose water and apply a little bit of coconut oil on top of it, mixing the rose water and coconut oil. This natural skincare product for removing make-up is one of my favourites! It’s perfect for sensitive skin.

#6: To set your make-up

Yes, you can apply rose water (sparingly) over your make-up as a setting product. It will provide a healthy glow and an amazing dewy finish.

#7: To even out your skin tone

Regular use of rose water as a toner can help prevent wrinkles, tighten pores and even out your skin tone.

#8: As an aftershave treatment

Use rose water after you shave to soothe your skin and prevent redness and irritation. It will make your skin feel softer and leave it with a lovely subtle scent!

#9: In aromatherapy

I can’t help but mention that you can use rose water as an ingredient of aromatherapy. Research has shown that aromatherapy can have tremendous positive effects in helping fight stress, contributing to sound sleep and a more positive mindset.

I hope you found these natural skincare tips useful. Please feel free to share your secrets on how you like to use rosewater with me.

Stay beautiful and keep shining!

Crocodile oil is the latest trendy skincare product

Each year, a new – typically botanic – oil surfaces as the miracle oil for healthy skin. Olive, argan, almond, coconut and vitamin E oils are all in the top tier.


However, it’s now been proposed that the latest cure for dry and scaly skin might just be sourced from the crocodile itself! Wait, what?


Yup, that’s right. Here’s everything you need to know about the bizarre new beauty ingredient.



What crocodile oil is

Crocodile oil is extracted from crocodile fat, which contains linoleic acid and omega fatty acids; ingredients that have been used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

The fat is collected and processed into various components of soaps and moisturisers.

Why you should consider using crocodile oil

Humans have been using animal fat to make skin products such as soaps for thousands of years. The main reason for this is because animal fat is high in vitamins, which have antioxidant properties that are fantastic for the skin.

So what’s to love about the reptile elixir in specific? Crocodile oil contains more of the beneficial ingredients for human skin as compared to other animal-based products – even coconut oil!

Long-chain fatty acids, omega-3s as well as antioxidants aren’t usually present in mammals, but are very abundant in crocodiles. Interesting!

How you can work crocodile oil into your skincare routine

Just like coconut oil, crocodile oil’s moisturising properties are rich enough to hydrate your skin and hair.

Though it may not be as readily available as your beloved bottle of olive or coconut oil (which can be purchased at just about any health or grocery store), crocodile oil is becoming popular in products sold both locally and online.