Really easy to make and made with all natural products, these recipes for natural face masks, baths soaks and hand cream will make an extra special homemade gift this Mother's Day.
Strawberry + Lavender Face Mask - for normal/combination skin
Strawberries contain alpha hydroxy acids, and lots of vitamin C, which helps to feed and protect the skin and works as an exfoliant, too. Honey is fantastic for the skin because it is a natural moisturizer and is packed full of antimicrobial, antioxidant and humectant properties.
50g/ ½ cup (or 3 medium-large) strawberries, washed and hulled
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 drop lavender essential oil
Makes 2–3 applications
Keeps for 3 days in the refrigerator
Put all the ingredients in a small food processor and pulse until you have a fine puree. Use a large face-mask brush to spread the mixture evenly over your clean face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 10–15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.
Muscle-Soothing Bath Soak
This bath soak is the perfect way to relax and soothe aching muscles after a long, hard day. Epsom salts has been used for centuries to help relieve sore muscles. It contains large quantities of magnesium and sulphates/sulfates, essential minerals our bodies need, which can be absorbed through the skin while we soak in it. Magnesium relaxes the muscles and helps to regulate muscle and nerve function, while sulphates/sulfates aid the body’s detoxification.
500 g/2 cups Epsom salts
5 drops lavender essential oil
Makes enough for one bath
Run a full, hot bath, add the Epsom salts and lavender oil, and swirl the water around to dissolve the salts. Relax in the bath for as long as you can before it becomes too cool, a good 20–30 minutes. This way, you give your body plenty of time to detoxify and then absorb the essential minerals.
Rose + Lavender Shea Butter Hand Balm - normal to dry hands
This is the ultimate highly moisturizing homemade hand balm. The recipe makes a thick and luscious butter-like cream that your hands will thank you for. Shea butter is packed full of essential fats to keep the skin soft, smooth and protected. I love the soothing combination of rose and lavender, but you can add alternative favourite essential oils instead, if you wish.
40 g/1 ½ oz pure raw shea butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
10 drops rose essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops pure vitamin E oil
Makes approx. 55 g/ 2 oz.
Keeps for up to 3 months in an airtight container – no need to refrigerate
Gently melt the shea butter in a double boiler (a small heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water), or in a microwave on its lowest setting for a few seconds. Once melted, pour it into a small bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir together. Put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to help it solidify. Using an electric whisk, beat the mixture until it is fluffy and has turned a lighter shade. You may need to pop it back in the freezer for a few more minutes to help it cool to the right temperature. Once the mixture has been sufficiently beaten, you can transfer it to a clean jar with a lid.
This balm lasts a long time as it is so rich and creamy that you only need a small amount for each application. It melts onto your skin like butter, leaving your hands silky, soft and smelling of roses.
Note: This balm makes a beautiful gift for friends and family, especially when transferred into gorgeous jars, which are easy to find online, with pretty ribbons wrapped around them.
For more recipes for homemade beauty products, check out Natural Beauty Masks by Caroline Artiss.