DIY super conditioning hair mask for dry hair 👧🙆

This hair mask is a super conditioning treatment, perfect for dry and colored hair. It will improve scalp health, thicken and promote hair growth. You can find everything you need from the kitchen ! You can keep this mask on for 1 to 2 hours for a deep conditioning 😛

You can see my hair is so dry in the pictures below, it was driving me crazy so I made some time to do my mask and keep it on for 1 hour.

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What you need:

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • An egg
  • Banana
  • Sunflower oil
  • Cling film or towel
  • Bowl and spoon

First off add the Coconut Oil to the bowl with a slight amount of hot water to begin melting the coconut then stir, add in a banana and mash and stir. Then add in just one tablespoon of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir it in really good till mushy, then cracking egg add in the whole egg and mix up. Then add 2 tablespoons of Sunflower oil and stir stir stir 😂

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You need it to be a paste, apply it to your hair making sure you massage it in. Massage into your scalp 😊 Once applied wrap your up in a towel or cling film. You can have it on for 30 min’s to 2 hours.

Benefits behind the ingredients

Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin E. Vitamin E is known to be an excellent moisturizing agent that can give hydration to your hair.

Olive oil loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, olive oil helps retain the moisture in your hair and stimulates growth.

Honey, with its strong antioxidant properties, has germicidal and fungicidal properties as well as natural wax, making it great for conditioning hair and stopping hair loss.

Bananas they’re full of biotin, a B vitamin that promotes hair growth and overall scalp health. A vitamin B deficiency can cause brittle hair.

Lemon has anti-fungal properties that fight dandruff and other scalp fungal infections.

Egg yolks are rich in lutein, which helps hydrate your hair and improve its elasticity. The proteins present in egg whites help nourish your hair and leave it with a healthy shine.

Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. When used on hair, it improves scalp health, fights infections and fungus, supports hair growth, all while adding volume and shine without the common harmful chemicals.

My results

Once I dried my hair I was very happy with the softness of my hair. It was the softest it had been in months so I knew the condition had improved but I will need to redo this mask again and again. It definatly was not dry anymore at all. It was slightly shiney, my scalp felt conditioned and overall I was happy with the results, let me know in the comments about your results ? Or any hair masks you use ?

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L’Occitane terre de lumiere gift box review 💋😯

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This cute little L’Occitane gift box is just so luxurious. It contains body milk, bath milk, hand and feet cream along with a perfume 💋

First off id like to tell you guys anout my favourite product from the box the bain lactescent (bath milk) This was a wonderful experience in the bath, so relaxing which I think is down to the fact it contains a lot of lavendar ! 😃

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In the picture above you can see the bath water looks all misty like milk, thats the effect the product has once you mix it in. The product also contains honey (which has many health benefits by eating) have never in my life added honey to a bath 😝 so I was like wtf ?

It gave me an idea to experiment more with honey so watch out for more honey included product reviews 😜

The bath was so luxurious and relaxing, I wasnt sleepy but relaxed enough just not to think a lot about stuff. I just thought “this is so nice”

Moving on to the body milk, it was very much like milk when I applied it to my arms. The fragrance was lovely because the honey and lavander just compliment each other beautifully !

Next the hand cream, latley I have had dry hands and as soon as I applied this it just soaked right up I was expecting my hands to be really oily after and annoying as that has been my experience with hand creams in the past. I really like this product and would use it time and time again 😜 also I will apply it to my feet to make them soft 😂

Lastly the perfume, again the fragrance is the same as the body lotions. On the L’Occitane website it says this product contains almond ? But doesnt say on the back of the packet ? So im a bit dissapointed with L’Occitane about that.

Overall I enjoyed using these beautifull products 💋 especially the bath milk 😍😁

Leave a comment about what you think of the terre de lumiere range below  xx

 

Organic haul from www.newdawnorganicskincareandhaircare.co.uk 💫😍❤😜

Before Christmas I was searching the internet and asking for recommendations on twitter for organic hair and skincare shops. On twitter I came across New dawn  and liked what I saw straight away so I put in an order !

As you know I have been talking more about organic products on my blog recently as I have had a change in lifestyle from 2017 going into 2018. If you want to know more about this change then click here.

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So I bought a mixture of small shampoos and conditioners to give a try in my favourite fragrances such as lemongrass and tea tree. My bottles are really tiny in the picture but on new dawn you can order all different size bottles 👈 The shampoos double as a body gel wash which is fab! Was looking forward to sharing my haul review on my blog but it had taken me a while to work through and use each product 😂

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Then I went and ordered some soaps and natrual deodrants, originally I was only buying haircare but felt tempted as the products on the website looked so professionally made 😁

So now lets get down to the individual reviews and thoughts on each product 😎

Lavendar shampoo and gel wash : This one contains aloe vera oil aswell which surprisingly I couldnt smell all that much, the lavendar fragrance was strong and I enjoyed applying this gel to my body in the shower and taking in the fragrance, when I applied it to my hair as a shampoo I made sure I massaged it right into my scalp and waited ten minutes for it to sink in 😂 I guess I thought the goodness would sink into my hair and body lol ! Then I washed off and used my usual shampoo and conditioner. My hair seemed more fresh after and my scalp definatly felt better after this product 👏👈💫

Lemongrass conditioner : My favourite fragrance in the whole world is lemongrass ❤ so this conditioner was indeed my favourite, it contains aloe and  Coconut Oil too. It went on and sunk into my dry hair like a treat. I concentrated more on the ends of my hair. I finished my usual condioner ( faith in nature coconut) and after i certainly noticed the bottom of my hair was like super super softer than usual and there was a fab shine 😍

Lemongrass soap : This was a luxurious little soap to use, the fragrance was stronger than i imagined and it had me sqeaky clean. I liked it so much I used it 4 days in a row 😂 It says on the packaging that I can use it on my scalp but it just seemed strange rubbing a soap bar on my head 😂

Benchmark thyme shampoo and gel wash : Again wasnt disapoimtimg by the fragrance, the thyme was lovely to smell. I used this on my hair and body, I used this shampoo another time and mixed it in with my coconut shampoo and the smell was stunning. Thyme is known to be goid for scalp health and thinning hair !

Lemongrass and lime cream deo :

I found this to be an effective deodrant. The lemon grass and lime fragrance compliment each other so well and applying the deo is so easy and is not oily or patchy. The cream absorbed so well and its does its job for a few hours. It handy enough to carry if your having a night out etc.

“An extremely effective blend of botanic & mineral ingredients this cream neutralises odour and discourages excessive moisture while nourishing underarm skin. Made with our antibacterial and antifungal formula, it is fast absorbing, non-greasy and ideal for sensitive skin under arms and for feet also.” – new dawn skincare

Lemongrass shampoo and gel wash : enjoyed using this product all over my body in the shower. My skin felt really clean and soft. My hair also felt soft after drying it and brushing it through, apparently lemongrass can strengthen your hair follicles and reduce oily hair and give an added shine. Id say i saw proof of the added shine after using this product and I also got a shine from using the lemongrass conditioner. Im definatly won over and thinking of putting in an order for a larger bottles of the shampoo and conditioner ❤

Tea tree soap : This soap had a very strong fragrance and had ne feeling so fresh. Tea tree is a powerfull oil and can really help psoriasis and eczema sufferers so this is the soap for you if you have these conditions. Tea tree gets rid of infections in the skin.

Rose geranium deo : This little product I adore as I like rose geranium oil as it has so many good benefits to being in your body :

  • Antimicrobial – An immunity booster, this essential oil strengthens the body’s defensive cells to help it deal with toxic challenges both internally and externally.

Geranium oil has the power to fight nerve pain when it’s applied to the skin. Developing research suggests that applying rose geranium oil to the skin can significantly reduce pain ❤

Geranium oil is a circulatory oil, which means that it exits the body through perspiration, so you will smell so lovely when you sweat. The fact you can get so many health benefits from applying new dawn rose geranium deo is just fabulous 👏

Patchouli deo : This was just an impulse buy because I had never used patchouli before or even heard of it !

The health benefits of patchouli essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative, and a tonic substance. From organicfacts.net 

The fragrance is alright, very sweet but not as attractive as lemongrass or the rose geranium.

Patchouli soap : Again not so mad about the fragrance but the benefits of the oils seeping in your system are amazing. New dawn have good feedback with this being used for scars, wrinkles and acne.  Apparently patchouli oil can ignite a strong sexual urge in some people 😂😜

The uses and medicinal properties of organic lavender 🌱👈

 

Pain relief 😢

  • Always dilute oils before applying to your skin, always do a patch test of any oil incase of allergies.

A regular massage with lavender oil can help ease achy joints, sore muscles, backache and headaches. A study in 2012 tested lavender essential oil’s ability to reduce pain in people who experience migraines. Results showed that inhaling the scent of lavender was effective in lessening the severity of migraine headache symptoms.

Never ingest an essential oil * 

Anxiety and depression relief

In studies lavender has been proven to help the symptoms of PTSD disorder, apply lavender oil to behind ears and neck to aid in sleep disturbances,  moodiness and anxieties.

 

Mentions of lavender in the Bible include:

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” (Gospel of John, 12:3)

Support the nervous system with lavender oil, diffuse it at home, inhale it directly from the bottle or apply it topically to the temples and back of neck.

 

 

Alteya Organics – Lavender water review ♡

 

Alteyas 100 percent pure steam distilled lavender water is made of fresh, organic blossoms of Bulgarian lavender. Alteya use a unique distillation technique which embodies century old traditions and modern technology to distill special grade lavender flower water that preserves the biodynamic energy of the plant.

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I was searching online for a lavender essential oil when I came across alteyas products, I was won over immediately at the description and look of the product. Alteya is certified organic and they also ethically harvest 🔥 Originally I just wanted my own small lavender organic oil to make my own hair care and stuff at home, but I liked the idea of alteya lavender water as it’s more diluted and easy to use as it comes in a spray bottle. I’m not a big fan of the smell of pure lavender oil, my gran used to love it and use it a lot so maybe I just grew sick of it. I wanted if purely for it’s medicinal properties 😀

Click here to discover The uses and medicinal properties of organic lavender 🌱👈

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Overall I would give this product a 10 out of 10, the smell is diluted but it rises up for a minute or two when you spray this product, it’s very gentle on the skin. The packaging is just gorgeous and so pretty. In the future I hope to pick up alteyas other products as this one has been fabulous. It just goes to show that if you give your customers quality they will come back for more. The brand is ethical and totally wins my admiration and respect 😉

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10 reasons you should reduce the amount of sugar in your diet 👈😛🍩🍰🍫

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Sugar sugar!  Are you consuming to much of the sweet stuff ? Probably yes 😁 You may of heard of people doing a sugar detox and thought about trying it but sugar is just everywhere ! And we all love some sugary deserts 😊 In this post I’m not advising you to remove sugar entirely from your diet, just explaining the benefits of cutting down and you will thank me for it.

So let’s begin :

1. Improved mental health

Hey hey who doesn’t want this benefit ?

Over-consumption of sugar leads to imbalances in certain brain chemicals, doubling the chances of outcomes like depression & anxiety. In particular, it seems excess sugar impacts dopamine–the neurotransmitter that fuels the brain’s reward system!

Chronically high blood sugar levels have also been linked to inflammation in the brain. And as some research has suggested, neuroinflammation may be one possible cause of depression. Don’t let this demonise sugar, the human body needs sugar ! But the correct amount. We are eating 5 times our daily intake it has been proven in scientific studies.

2. Reduce aging & roll back the years

In numerous detox participants there has been fantastic results in skin appearance after the reduction of sugar in the diet, Collagen and elastin are the most important proteins for healthy wrinkle free skin. They are the two building blocks essential to keeping your skin smooth and flexible. The British Journal of Dermatology explains, “Dryness and lack of elasticity occurs when these proteins become damaged.”

The science is this: When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor ­shower—glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. Much of what is known about glycation’s ill effects comes from diabetes research: The connective-tissue damage and chronic inflammation resulting from diabetics’ sustained high blood sugar can lead to debilitating conditions, such as cataracts, Alzheimer’s, vascular tightening, and diseases of the pancreas and liver. From http://www.elle.com

 Foods rich in antioxidants fight the effects of aging by reducing free radical damage. They can also help keep sugar from attaching to proteins. Sugar attaches to these proteins when you consume too much sugar!  This leads to damage to Collagen which means older looking skin 😜 So now you’ve been scared into eating fruit and veggies haha I don’t feel guilty because I know it will help you 😀

The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy—collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance. The presence of AGEs also makes the complexion more vulnerable to bad-news assailants such as UV light and cigarette smoke. As New York–based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD, puts it: “Number one, the glucose makes the cells abnormal; and number two, it creates free radicals. So you get a double whammy when it comes to aging.” From http://www.elle.com

Beauty hacks with organic castor oil 💋

IMG_20180106_164253Warning : Try a small amount of castor on your body first incase you are allergic 😊

Eyelash growth

So everyone’s saw the numerous eyelash serums you can find in stores and online but did any of you notice that most do contain castor oil ? This oil alone can help you regrow your eyelashes and make the ones you have thicker and stronger due to its nutrients, all you need to do is apply in the evening after removing make-up. You need need a lot just make sure you get your lash line coated too. Some people swear they find results happening in the first week or so. I have not tried castor on my lashes but pretty soon will be, blogging the results as of now you reading this I might already have done so, you can type “eyelashes” into my search bar to find it or to find other info on lash care 😀

A friend a few years ago suggested castor oil to me for my lash care routine she absolutely swore about it, her lashes were so thick and strong. They were amazing lashes ! So it must be true 💖

Hair quality and growth

Boosts hair growth

Thickens hair

Controls dandruff

Repairs split ends

Controls hair loss

Castor oil contains natural compounds that promote hair growth. A large percentage of castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid, one of the essential amino acids required by the human body. It’s an Omega-9 fatty acid that can penetrate into the pores of the skin and the hair follicles. It provides nourishment, enabling the hair follicles to restore growth to a normal level.

Castor oil will also return the scalp to the optimum pH level, cure acne and dandruff. It will keep the organism population under control, which is what causes acne outbreaks and fungal growths such as dandruff. Overall, it’s an all-purpose hair and scalp restorative. From http://www.goodhealthacademy.com

To make your own castor oil hair potion mix a few drops of castor with a few drops of  Coconut Oil, you can add an essential oil in like lavender or tea tree this us just to mask the smell of the castor, massage it well into your scalp and through your long hair if need be. Keep on for about 30 min to an hour then wash off. Using castor on hair it takes a few weeks for growth to show but the condition will change almost right away.

When I personally used castor on my hair ( and it was just small amount ) my hair was so soft and shiny and felt stronger. If you want more beauty tips and tricks on hair growth and to see result pictures of my experiments just type in “hair” into the search bar at the top right of the sidebar 😉

Larger eyebrows

If you have over waxed/removed your brow hair and would like some regrowth in that area rub some castor on your brows before bed each night, in just 3 weeks you will have larger eyebrows !

Dry skin anywhere on the body

Dry elbows ? Or knees? Or any were else for that matter could use some moisturiser!  Mix some castor with coconut oil and apply to dry areas ( including face ) leave for 20 to 30 mind then wash off, repeat for as long as and your skin will thank you for it ! 💗🔥

Healthy nails

Massage into your nails to help your nails grow faster and have a healthier shine, also good for dry hands 👋

Treats ringworm

Castor oil contains a compound called undecylenic acid, which is a very effective treatment for the fungal skin infection, ringworm. For best results, apply and leave on overnight.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks during and after pregnancy can be treated with castor oil, if you have tried this with good results please let us know in the comment section !

Acne

Acne can be treated using castor oil on your face or body before bed each night, put it on a thin layer and massage in. Leave on for an hour or so then wash off. Repeat each night if need be (do not use any other facial creams or remedies during this time) There’s a lot of rave reviews online of people using castor oil for acne just search ” castor oil for acne” into Google 😉

Castor oil aids in dissolving and removing the bacteria, dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells that are clogging the pores. Plus, thanks to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, castor oil can help to prevent breakouts. Along with that, the essential fatty acids and undercylenic acid found in castor oil can disinfect skin and destroy bacteria that cause acne. Last but not least, this oil is also enriched with vitamin E, antioxidants, and other vitamins & minerals, which promote skin health. From http://www.beautytalk.com

One of the most effective methods of clearing acne with castor oil is to steam your face first to open those pores to allow the oil to deeply cleanse your face, apply after steaming straight away and leave for 1 or 2 hours, apparently it takes 6 weeks to completely clear everything😀

If you want a super strong acne killer recipe then just add in Organic Coconut Oil with castor which will make your skin so soft, reduce inflammation and kill bacteria !

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