Feet. (pt 2)

Well I am floundering on this challenge this month. Unsure on whether it’s alternative priorities or a real resistance to the feet! The second week is to list how you can treat your feet more.

You know the work colleague I was talking about the other day, the one that loves doing people’s feet? I told her that I was doing this challenge and she’s offered to do mine for me. Mine are that bad though, that it’ll be a big step for me to be brave enough to let her do it.

Dave and I like to visit home bargains, probably once a week. I generally have the plan of popping in, getting what I need and getting the hell back out. Dave has a preference for looking at EVERY SINGLE AISLE.

During the searching of every single aisle, I came across this:

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At 69p, I couldn’t say no, especially in the spirit of the “love my feet” challenge. Well about the best they did, was make them smell reasonably average.

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So in the meantime, I scoured Pinterest (because if in doubt, you always turn to Pinterest) looking for tips on how to do a home pedicure, because them boots really weren’t cutting it!

Following a good look through what Pinterest had to offer, and drawing on it to create my own answer, here’s what I’ve come up with as a plan of action for my feet pampering. Week 3’s challenge is to actually carry it out!

1: Soak feet in apple cider, vinegar and water with epsom salts. I’ll probably add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil too, as I doubt this will smell good.

2: Exfoliate feet – it’ll be time to rock out another home remedy for this! I think a nice peppermint salt scrub will do the trick! I’ll knock one together in the next week or so and post what I do! I’ll probably use a foot file as well or something to make sure that I give them the much needed TLC they deserve!

3: Foot Lotion – again, this is probably one where I’ll knock something together that works really deeply

4: Paint Them – this is the bit that might not (probably won’t) happen. I’m so messy with stuff like that, but I guess now is the time to practice, whilst it’s not flip flop season!

I’ll be back in a week to tell you how this has gone!

 

 

Peppermint Hand Lotion

As well as rustling up a lime and coconut salt scrub today, I’ve also made a peppermint hand lotion.

You can swap the peppermint essential oil out for a different scent if you wish. Unlike with the salt scrub, the coconut oil scent doesn’t come through because the Shea butter puts a stop to that!

Peppermint Hand Lotion

You will need:

  • 1 x kilner jar
  • 1 x large bowl
  • 1 x spatula
  • Stand mixer or electric hand whisk
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • Essential oil

Step 1: Warm the shea butter in for 30 seconds in the microwave

Step 2: Add the shea butter and room temperature coconut oil to a large bowl

Step 3: Whisk the two together for about 10 minutes. Every minute or so you’ll need to use a spatula to get the mix off the walls of the bowl

Step 4: Stir in some essential oil. Add as much as desired. You might find you need quite a bit to get the scent as strong as you want it

Step 5: Transfer the cream to the Kilner jar

Enjoy, and let me know if you try it out!

xx

Lime and Coconut Salt Scrub

As part of a self love challenge I’m doing, I was tasked with loving my hands more. As part of this, today I have been busy in the kitchen whipping up all sorts of hand care products!

The first of which was a lime and coconut salt scrub. This absolutely was not my original intention. I had started out with the intention of making a lime and ginger one.

Some coconut oils are quite neutral in both taste and smell, however the one I was using is quite strong. This came through once mixed with salt so I instead chose to use a lime oil to scent the mixture, although it would have been fine without as just a coconut scrub 🙂

Deceptively, it turned out pink in colour owing to the fact that I used pink Himalayan salt for the mixture. Some may say this is quite harsh on hands, but I specifically wanted something that would work deeply, but also, I was using finely ground salt, not coarse.

So here’s my mix. Let me know if you try it, or if you try any twists on it!

Lime and Coconut Salt Scrub

You Need:

  • 1 x kilner jar
  • 1 cup of finely ground salt (I chose Pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup (to start!) coconut oil
  • Essential oil of your choice (remember, if you’re using a coconut oil with quite a strong smell, you may not need essential oil, or you may prefer a scent that compliments the coconut)
  • 5 – 10 drops of a carrier oil such as almond, jojoba, olive oil or argan oil as this helps to stop the coconut going solid once cold

Step 1: Melt your coconut oil

Step 2: Pour your salt into your jar

Step 3: Add the coconut oil and mix well. If you want to add more coconut oil at this stage to change the consistency, this is entirely up to you

Step 4: Add essential oils and your carrier oil as desired and stir in

Step 5: Keep it at a warm-ish temperature (I found it went solid when it got REALLY cold!)

Let me know how it goes for you 🙂 although salt scrub (if finely ground) is ok for all body parts, if you do need something more gentle, just swap the salt for sugar.

Hands. (Pt 3)

Kate has set our Week 3 task in the “2018, Love Me” challenge (find out more here).

Having reflected last week on what I could do to love my hands, I now needed to put these ideas into action.

And I have gone to town with a couple of extra ideas!

As I’d talked about in my last blog, I want to start wearing more rings. I treated myself to a couple, one with my birth stone in (sapphire if you’re curious!) and just a plain silver one.

I also took to Pinterest for some inspiration for homemade hand scrubs and deep cleansing hand lotion. I’ve been stock piling coconut oil since my Body Coach obsession and I somehow ended up with 5kg of fine Pink Himalayan Salt. May as well put it to good use!

Fortunately, I also have all manner of essential oils (from my wax melt making faze) and “of course”, because of the fadder that I am, I already had some Shea Butter knocking about.

It was like I knew this day would come!

There was always a risk that this would go badly (we’ve all seen the “nailed it!” posts on Buzzfeed), but it all turned out pretty good.

I didn’t manage to find what it was I was looking for but armed with what I’d learned from Pinterest, I created a lime and coconut salt scrub, and a peppermint whipped hand lotion and the results were DIVINE!

So…on the journey to loving my hands more? I think we’re getting there!

Please let me know if you try either of my recipes which you can find on separate blog posts by clicking on the links below:

Coconut and Lime Salt Scrub

Peppermint Lotion

Enjoy! xx