I’ve mentioned recently how my nails have been experiencing a bit of neglect. They all broke off when moving silly, heavy boxes when moving into my new flat and I was left with short, stubby stumps. Not a good look. In a bit to rescue them I’ve been putting the butter London cuticle miracle kit to the test.
For some reason I’ve had an influx of requests for the recipe for my lavender bath melts that I wrote about over a year ago. I posted pictures but never gave the recipe so here is it for all you beauty D-I-Y-ers!
This natural recipe is one of my favourite bath time treats as it leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling absolutely divine.
YOU WILL NEED:
50g organic shea butter
50g organic cocoa butter
2 drops of lavender essential oil (per melt)
1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers
1 teaspoon of organic chamomile tea
- Finely grate your cocoa butter and add to a glass bowl. Add your shea butter to the grated mixture.
- Place your glass bowl on top of a pan of hot water and stir until melted then take off the heat.
- Open a teabag of organic chamomile tea and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of it into the mix.
- Sprinkle your dried lavender into the mix and give it all a good stir.
- Gently pour your molten mix into silicone moulds (you can also use ice cube trays but I find the melts easier to remove from silicone). I like to use small pretty shapes such as flower moulds that are designed for chocolate.
- Add your essential oil (in this case lavender) to the moulds.
- Put your melts into the fridge to harden up for about an hour.
- Pop your melts out their mould and store in a pretty glass jar.
HOW TO USE:
Pop one bath melt in a warm bath and wait for it to dissolve. Be careful as the cocoa butter can make your bath quite slippery. If you don’t want your bath to be covered in lavender flowers and chamomile you can always place your bath melt in a muslin cloth bag.
Feel free to adapt this recipe to suit your own personal preference and tastes. Other great combinations include lemon and orange with grated lemon zest or shredded rose petals and geranium essential oil.
About a month ago I had laser skin therapy at good skin days in Leeds. If you want to read about my experience with laser skin therapy then you can read about it here. I loved my results and can’t wait to go back for more treatments! Anyway, after having the treatment my skin was extremely sensitive after being exposed to lasers so it meant I was unable to use anything with AHA/BHAs so my Murad skincare routine went out of the window. I asked the practitioner who carried out my procedure what skincare she would recommend to use after having the treatment. She mentioned the Avène range so I went to Boots to have a look at what they had to offer.
I have always been a fan of their thermal spray. I use it in the mornings to wake myself up and on holiday to cool my skin down when I’m sat in the sun, but I’ve never tried anything from their skincare range. After having a good look through their products I picked up their gentle tissue off cleanser and the skin recovery cream. The skin recovery cream cost £12.50 from boots which seems really reasonable for a moisturiser.
The skin recovery cream is a dream to use. It’s got an almost silky texture to it and it feels lovely when you massage it into your skin. I use it in the evening after letting my murad anti-blemish wrinkle sink in. I like to use quite a lot and really work it into my skin. I love that there are minimal ingredients in it yet it does the job better than any other moisturiser I’ve ever used. That thermal spring water must be like the fountain of youth or something because since using it my skin has looked so, so much better.
If you go directly to the Avène site and register with them then you receive a few small samples from their range which might be worth while doing if you fancy giving them a go (which I would highly recommend). They also do some travel sizes of their products in Boots, particularly their thermal spring water spray.
Overall, I’m so chuffed I came across this brand. I’m totally sticking to using this in the evening from now on and am really going to steer away trying anything new on it. Whether you have sensitive skin or not I can’t recommend this stuff more highly!
Have you ever tried anything from Avène?