body care

~ A Masterpost of Essential Oil Body Care Recipes ~

These amazing recipes are from a company called Aura Cacia (they make essential oils). I think this is a great way to infuse magick into taking care of yourself. Feel free to change anything! Enjoy and may you be at peace ~

~ Body Cream ~

Ingredients:

  • 30 drops of your choice of oil
  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

  1. On low heat, melt the butter
  2. Mix the coconut oil and butter together until thoroughly blended
  3. Add essential oil and almond oil
  4. Pour into container and let cool (for airiness, whip before it solidifies)

~ Underarm Cream ~

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 50 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 2.5 tbsp almond oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa butter

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in low heat
  2. Stir in oils after removing from heat
  3. Add starch, clay, and soda; blend thoroughly
  4. Pour into container; refrigerate

~ Apply with fingertips, clean and dry area of skin beforehand ~

~ Body Butter ~

Ingredients:

  • 50 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1 tsp veggie glycerin
  • 3 tbsp almond oil
  • ¼ cup cocoa butter

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in low heat
  2. Mix oils and glycerin after removing from heat
  3. Cool until edges hard; whip until soft and airy
  4. Pour into container

~ Shower Gel ~

Ingredients:

  • 24 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 3 tbsp unscented liquid soap
  • 2 tsp veggie glycerin
  • 1 tbsp almond oil

Directions:

  1. Mix all until thoroughly blended
  2. Pour into containter

~ Shake before use; apply light lather ~

~ Add oatmeal and/or ½ tsp baking soda for exfoliation ~

~ Bath Salt ~

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 50 drops your choice essential oil
  • 2 tsp veggie glycerin

Directions:

  1. Mix oil and glycerin
  2. Stir in salt until its completely covered with mixture
  3. Pour into container

~ Body Scrub ~

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 sugar
  • 44 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1 tbsp veggie glycerin
  • 3 tbsp almond oil

Directions:

  1. Mix oils and glycerin
  2. Add sugar and blend together
  3. Pour into container

~ Scrub in circular motion ~

~Rinse sugar off ~

~ Rub in the rest of the oil ~

~ Skin Spritz ~

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz water
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1 tsp veggie glycerin

Directions:

  1. Mix glycerin and oil together
  2. Add water and shake well
  3. Pour into sprayer

~ Shake well ~

~ Hand Gel ~

Ingredients:

  • 29 drops essential oil of your choice (the addition of tea tree is reccomended)
  • ½ tsp almond oil
  • 2 tsp veggie glycerin
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/8 cup aloe vera gel

Directions: 

  1. Mix water, gel, and glycerin
  2. Add oils and blend completely
  3. Pour into container 

~ Shake well ~

~ Dime size drop, rub until dry ~

~ Wipes ~

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 100 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1/8 tsp unscented liquid soap
  • ¼ tsp veggie glycerin
  • ¼ tsp almond oil
  • 4 x 6 cloths

Directions:

  1. Mix oils, glycerin, and soap
  2. Add water and blend until milky (DO NOT MAKE BUBBLES)
  3. Add 1 tsp of mixture over cloths after placing in resealable package
  4. Store in fridge

~ Expire in a week ~

~ Body Mist ~

Ingredients:

  • 24 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 2 oz water
  • ½ tbsp almond oil

Directions:

  1. Mix until blended
  2. Pour into mist bottle; shake
How To Beat Dry Skin This Winter!

Hey lovelies, this set of tips are for all my babes who are already in or are approaching winter wonderland. Its starting to get cold af outside and that means EVERYTHANG is gonna get supa dupa dry. Most specifically, skin! So this is a handy dandy guide to help you be as glowing and moisturized as Lupita Nyong’o during these cold winter months. I know this is long but bear with me its worth it!

1. Drink water. Now I know this tip super freaking sucks, but a good way to keep ya skin supple and keep the dryness at bay is to drink half your body weight in water! Not only will it help with dryness, but it’ll keep your skin clear and it’ll help your body function properly! If you’re not drinking enough water you are totally depriving your body and making it age faster/deteriorate. Idk about you guys, but I want what’s necessary for my body to function properly. Water is essential for all your organs to work properly, so flush out those toxins and drink, drink, drink! Here is a a calculator to determine how much water you really need to drink a day!

2. Exfoliate. L-I-S-T-E-N. If you’ve ever rubbed your skin with a towel and seen gross gray stuff on it or ever scratched after you’ve put lotion on and seen gray matter under your nails, guess what that is? SKIN. DEAD SKIN. Dead skin, dirt, icky stuff etc. Sometimes people use sugar or salt scrubs, but in truth those don’t get all the dead skin off. ‘BUT MY SKIN IS SMOOTH THO’ you say, yes that’s true but its because of the moisturizing effects of all the oil and not really the power of the exfoliator. When you use one on your face, is there tons of oil in it? Nope! That’s why you can’t stop touching your skin after you exfoliate it (don’t do that though).

So how do we get it all of it off? Korean Italy cloths I swear! If you go to your local Asian market they can run you $2-3 a pack! The drawback is that these last about 2-3 uses until they smell and their abrasiveness wears off, and they shrink in hot water. 

So how do you use these? You sit  or stand (sitting in a bath gives better results imo. If you’re in a bath, rotate around like a hot dog every 2-5 minutes so all of your skin gets soft) in hot water (as hot as you can stand! Not lukewarm; hot. But not hot enough that you feel like you’re going to faint). DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT use soap! Just sit, think about life for ten minutes, and then get a scrub and start scrubbing away. You will literally watch the dead skin coming off in ROLLS people! The green cloth is for sensitive peeps, and the red cloth is for people who need that extra grit. Scrub hard! When you’re done, shower off all the skin and you will be baby smooth! Wash up now with soap, go about your routine and moisturize right after! If you don’t have a local Asian market around you can get these babies on Amazon. If you want something that will last a little longer try the Baiden Mitten. Its $50 but it works just as well and lasts for two years! Be careful when using these things on your face. You can easily slough too much skin off! If these are too harsh for you, use exfoliating mitts. If those are still too harsh for you, use a scrub that doesn’t contain a lot of oil. This way it will give you a good clean and not the fake softness and slip the oil provides.

3. Go Natural! If your moisturizer has mineral oil, chuck it! Mineral Oil does absolutely NOTHING for your skin, no favors! All it does is sit on the top layer of your skin, that’s it. It doesn’t sink in your pores or anything. So instead, try to look for natural alternatives. Pacifica lotions are rich, buttery, and pretty cheap! Not only that, but they’re natural too! Choosing natural products give you more bang for your buck since they contain ingredients that will really change your skin for the better. Same with soaps! Try getting soaps already formulated with natural oils in them, they will also help with making your skin soft and smooth. Moisturize RIGHT after you get out of the shower. This is the best time because your pores are open and ready to absorb all goodness.

4. Buff away! We can’t neglect our feet this winter! Our tootsies tend to get really dry, and sloughing off the dead skin is again the only way to solve it. Use the ten minute hot water rule, and then slough it off with a pumice stone after waiting a few minutes when your feet or damp. Or you can use the best of the best (imo) and use the Microplane Foot File! They say to use it when your feet are dry but don’t do that, that’s a total lie. Your skin will grow in weird and flake and you run the risk of hurting yourself this way. Use the foot file when your feet are really wet and use a pumice stone when your feet are damp. After you’re done, rinse with running water (don’t soak) and exfoliate again GENTLY with a sugar scrub. This is when you want to use oil to put back into your skin. If you don’t exfoliate again, you run the risk of having dead skin clinging to your feet for dear life. Moisturize with a creamy moisturizer, slip on clean socks and head to bed.

But Tori I’m on a budget. What can I do to stay moisturized without breaking the bank?

  • Always follow the ten minute hot water rule when exfoliating. If you have hard water, throw some baking soda and/or epsom salts in there and take a soak. Just stay in for ten minutes, scrub, rinse, and then wash.
  • Its still okay to scrub with a sugar or salt scrub. Just make sure the scrub doesn’t have a lot of oil in it! Better yet, if you’re running out of scrub and all that’s left is oil this is perfect! Just dumb some sugar or salt in the left over oil, mix it around, and then you have a perfect scrub! 
  • Moisturize RIGHT after a bath or shower.
  • PAT do not rub when drying off.
  • Exfoliate once a week! Never exfoliate every day, you can make your skin even drier.

I hope this helped everyone! Hope that you all stay nice and moisturized this winter!

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My Lush Collection!

Not sure how many of you are LUSH freaks but I first purchased their soaps and shower gels about 10 year ago, and I’ve seen a lot of favorites come and go.

They’ve become more popular among the younger crowd in Asia recently, and just opened a new outlet at Gateway (Orchard) in Singapore. If you’re not too familiar with the brand and are curious, here are some of my favorites. But I want to know what your faves are as well, so comment below and tell me!

Even after all these years, my favorites from the brand are still the shower products, although I dabble with their face products sometimes. I don’t have a bathtub in my apartment so I really only use the bath-bombs and bubble-bars when I’m traveling.

  1. Honey I Washed The Kids and Rock Star soaps: These are 2 very sweet soaps and bestsellers in LUSH’s range. Honey I Washed The Kids is really a caramel scented soap with some powdery honey scent thrown in, so I need to be in the right mood for it cos it can smell a bit heavy in warm weather. In cold weather it’s perfect, not just for the comforting scent but also because it’s very moisturizing. Rock Star is a fun one for those of you who love the sugary smell of bubblegum and vanilla. I didn’t like it initially but got a small bar one day and found myself getting quite addicted to it.
  2. Snowcake: I am hopelessly addicted to this delicate milky-almond scented soap and it’s changed appearance over the years, but the rose- and benzoin-infused formula is still as soothing and smoothing on the skin. I even use it on the face when I need a quick gentle cleanse. This is a holiday-only product in the West, but it’s available year-round in Singapore. (Yay.)
  3. Lust: I have an all-abiding lust for all things Lust, from the soap bar to the Gorilla perfume. I mentioned it awhile back as a “dirty jasmine”. It’s made with a very dense and rich jasmine absolute with a slightly green and very natural kick; and there’s a warm vanilla to round it out without turning it into a sticky candy-ish mess. Sadly I can’t find the soap on the UK/US sites anymore so I’m worried it’s been discontinued. The perfume and dusting powders might be the only things left of this range.
  4. Orange Jelly, Sexy Peel and Miranda soap: I love citrus soaps in the shower, so I’ll always have a bar lying around. They’re toning and invigorating, and I love how they scent the entire bathroom for hours after. 
  5. BIG shampoo and Seanik shampoo bar: I need volume for my limp locks, and BIG is one of the best I have ever tried. Just a tiny scoop of this grainy sea-salt infused shampoo goes a long, long way, and one jar lasts a long time even though it’s quite expensive. Ditto for the shampoo bars if you’ve never tried them. One small bar lasts me about 3 months (in a soft-water region) so it works out to be quite economical. And an extra bonus, these both smell divine.
  6. Happy Happy Joyjoy Conditioning Hair Perfume: This is one of those things I use just because it smells so gorgeous. If you like orange blossom and grapefruit, and most conditioners weigh your hair down, give this a try. This never makes my hair limp or greasy.

Tip: To get them to last longer, cut out a smaller chunk to use and/or place them on a proper soap dish to drain the water away. Soaps don’t last well and their scents fade if they’re constantly wet.

Face scrubs/masks:

I’ve only just started exploring the Fresh face masks so I’m not the expert on those, but I do enjoy Cosmetic Warrior (after I got over the very medicinal tea tree and garlicky smell) as a anti-blemish mask and I might try Cupcakey next! I did try Mask of Magnaminty a few years back but I wasn’t impressed. It didn’t do anything a normal clay mask couldn’t do better. (Sorry LUSH!) 

The problem with the Fresh masks like Cosmetic Warrior and Cupcakey is you need to refrigerate them and use them up by the stated expiry dates, and it’s almost impossible to, unless you mask almost daily. So it’s worth considering splitting one tub with a friend so you don’t waste product and money!

The ones that keep for slightly longer are the exfoliating cleansers like Dark Angel (blemished skin) and Herbalism (Sensitive/combi), but I do still recommend keeping them in the fridge. You take a small amount in your palm, add water until you get a paste, and then you apply and massage over your face gently before rinsing. Dark Angel, I actually leave on like a mask. I find the charcoal bits a bit too rough on the skin. Herbalism on the other hand, is very very gentle and quite fun to use.

A note on LUSH massage bars:

I won’t say too much cos these are quite self-explanatory. They’re solid shea and cocoa butter bars that melt at skin temperature, and there are so many to explore, including holiday limited editions. I always break them into smaller pieces and bring them out in tins cos they make a nice quick moisturizer in the middle of the day when my skin’s feeling parched in air conditioning.

The one I’ve used and repurchased for years is Hottie, the sweet and spicy bar with pepper and ginger to soothe aching muscles. But I really just like the very soft zing from the spices mixed with the sweetness of the nut butters.

One final tip before you go!

If you’re keen to check out lots of exclusive new formulas in small batches that haven’t been released yet, check out LUSH Kitchen on their UK site. I was actually tipped off to this by the LUSH team in Singapore. They’ve been fanatically ordering and shipping new products to try. I’ve already got my eye on a few items!

The start of a new school year is a chance to start with a new slate and to improve yourself. Here are 5 quick and easy steps to becoming a better you!

  1. Wash every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the morning, after lunch, before bed. You can put your hair in a shower cap if your hair is still clean. If you haven’t washed yet today, go and take a refreshing shower. Feeling clean will make you feel happier and help you concentrate more on your work and less on greasy roots.
  2. Drink a large glass of water every morning before you do anything else. Water will really help you wake up + it’s super healthy!
  3. Dress for comfort AND confidence! I know how easy it is to shove your legs into some yoga pants and to put on an over sized sweater in the morning, but the key to feeling good about yourself is to dress for confidence. Put comfy underwear on, wear a pair of jeans that really fit you well and put on a pretty blouse or a top in your favourite colour.
  4. Be as nice as possible to everyone, including yourself. I have found that complimenting people and seeing how happy they are afterwards really makes me feel a whole lot better than just thinking about how good that top suits her eyes. Go for it! Compliment yourself once a day and you’ll feel yourself gain confidence. Being a nice person is harder than being a mean person, but it’s so worth it guys.
  5. Exercise, meet up with friends, colour in a picture, … Lots of studies have proven that exercise releases endorphins as well as being incredibly good for your body. Go for a run a few times a week and you’ll notice how good you feel after a few weeks! Meet up with some friends you haven’t seen for a while. Go grab a coffee and catch up or go and do something fun together! Colouring in pictures is a personal favourite of mine, and yes, I am aware of how childish that sounds. There are tons of adult colouring books out there nowadays that are more challenging than the kiddie ones. It calms you down much like how yoga does but just without the mat and breathing exercises.