For the past three months I've been using organic raw honey to wash my face in the morning (at night, to wash off makeup I use my homemade oil cleanser.) I've got to say that I am absolutely in love! You see, organic raw honey (honey that isn't heated or pasteurized) has great antibacterial properties, it's chemical-free, and has great for all skin types (acne, eczema, dull skin tone, oily, etc)! So, I keep a little jar of it in the shower, rub it on my face, let it stay there for a few minutes and then rinse it off. It's not sticky at all. In fact, its smooth and delectable.
This week I tried a new face mask recipe: honey, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon. You mix the four ingredients together to make a paste (I use 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tbsp each of the nutmeg and cinnamon and 3 tbs of the lemon juice) and apply to the skin. Let it set for as long as you like (some have said it stings a little but I didn't feel a thing) and rinse off.
Minimalist Beauty.com lists other cool qualities of honey and how it benefits the skin. Cinnamon helps plump fine lines and dry out acne, and nutmeg helps reduce acne scarring.
Shaving Oil & After-Shave Balm
For father's day, I turned to the Moms Rising Blog for some great DIY recipes for a nice gift for hubby.
I went for a simple shaving oil and after-shave balm. The shaving oil had grape seed oil, vitamin e oil, wild chamomile essential oil and the after-shave balm had raw shea butter, coconut oil and sweet orange essential oil.
The verdict: hubby said the oil made shaving a little harder than using his usual shave cream but he did like the after-shave balm. Maybe I will try a new/revised recipe for the oil and see what he thinks!
I had a bunch of the balm left over so I've been using it for myself! It's very creamy and smells like the beach!