DIY Lavender bath melts…

Do you ever see those bath adverts on TV and think “mmmm I’d love a relaxing bath” then remember you’re allergic to literally any bath product out there and have a little weep? ME TOO. Don’t worry though, I’ve got us covered. I make these lavender bath melts that are perfect for a relaxing soak and keeping the dry skin at bay so today I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Sharing is caring! Right let’s get started…

You will need:

  • A glass bowl.
  • A jug.
  • A metal spoon.
  • Silicon moulds (I use cupcake ones).
  • A pan of boiling water.
  • Shea butter.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Lavender essential oil.
  • Fresh lavender (optional).

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The first step is to add 3 heaped tablespoons of shea butter and 3 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil to the glass bowl with the metal spoon. I use a metal spoon when using butters and oils because it’s way easier to clean. Then place the glass bowl on top of the boiling water and gently stir. Keep and eye on it because you don’t want it to over heat.

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When it’s all melted add around 10-15 drops of the lavender oil and stir. Obviously, you can put as much essential oil in as you like but I always find 10-15 drops is enough to fragrance it without being overpowering and harsh on the skin.

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Carfully pour the mixture into the jug and divide evenly into your silicone moulds. You can use any silicone moulds you like, I use these cupcake ones because I already had them and I like my bath melts to be a bit chunky. Give me all the moisturising goodness! Finish by adding a sprig of fresh lavender and pop in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Once completely hardened, keep in the fridge until you are ready to use one.

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And that’s it! These melts smell amazing and the combination of the shea butter and coconut oil really moisturises the skin without any harsh chemicals. They make the bath feel so luxurious and the lavender makes sure you get a good nights sleep. I just love them! They would also make really nice gifts for any fellow eczema pals!

Be really careful when getting out of the bath when using coconut oil because that stuff is slippery! Remember that viral story of the girl that got stuck in the bath after using it…don’t let that be you! I wonder if she’s still in there…

A list of things that need to get away from me…

As you know by now, I have had eczema and sensitive skin pretty much my whole life so I know what can cause irritation and what I need to avoid. Well, the list is getting longer by the day so I thought I would share a few with you…

  1. Harsh fragrances.
  2. Shower gel. Please see previous posts.
  3. Peel off face masks.
  4. Those face masks that dry rock solid. Can you not.
  5. Bars of soap.
  6. My boyfriends tarantula. Nope.
  7. Not getting enough sleep.
  8. When my cat jumps on my head in the night and wakes me up.
  9. How dry planes are. Whhyyyy?!
  10. Accidentally leaving the air con on all night on holiday.
  11. Going to bed with great skin and waking up with shit skin.
  12. People staring at my red patches.
  13. People touching my red patches and telling me I have red patches. Reeeaaalllyyyy? I didn’t know…
  14. People saying “oohh that looks sore” thank you!
  15. While I’m on the subject of people…Sunday drivers.
  16. Getting a perfume/body lotion set for Christmas and knowing full well that I would probably dissolve if I used it.
  17. Hot showers/baths. I love you but I’m too weak for you.
  18. Salt.
  19. Sugar.
  20. Alcohol. I love you wine, I wish I could drink you more.
  21. Jacuzzis.
  22. Swimming pools.
  23. Anything fun.
  24. Sweat.
  25. Shaving my legs and not moisturising half a second after getting out of the shower. F.L.A.K.E.S.
  26. Nuts.
  27. People who don’t moisturise. I’m so jealous of you.
  28. People who don’t have a skin care routine. How?! Please tell me your secrets.
  29. Going to the pharmacy every two weeks.
  30. My bank balance at the end of the month.

So, there you have it. Obviously there is loads more but we would be here all day! I hope you enjoyed my list of things that need to get away from me and maybe you can even relate to a few. Obviously, this is meant in a lighthearted way! I am not being serious at all and in no way do I want to offend anyone (sorry Sunday drivers)!

First impression Friday – Mario Badedcu facial spray…

The Mario Badescu skin care range has been all over the internet recently with YouTubers and bloggers going mad for it! I’ve had a good look at the range and what really stood out to me was the aloe, cucumber and green tea facial spray…how refreshing does that sound! I looked everywhere for it but noticed that it was really over priced on Amazon and always sold out on Beauty Bay. I was going to wait til it was back in stock but then I saw it by chance on sale in Urban Outfitters so I picked up a bottle for £7.

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This spray promises to invigorate dull, tired skin and deliver a cooling boost of hydration. Mario’s words, not mine. It is also cruelty free and paraben free, perfect!

My first impression is that you get quite a lot for your money compared to other sprays on that market. The smell is quite strong but it’s refreshing and not too over powering. What I like about it most is that it sprays quite a big area at once, I only use about 2 or 3 pumps for my whole face and neck so I think it’ll last quite a long time. I’ve been mostly using it as a make up setting spray and it works really well! My make up doesn’t go all cakey and weird, which is a daily struggle for me because foundation and concealer just love finding any tiny bits of eczema and making it look 10 times worse, whhyyy concealer?! Whyyyyy?! Help a gal out! The spray is also quite fine so it doesn’t ruin or disturb make up and I’ve noticed that my usual dry patches stay moisturised for longer, yaas! I’m not sure if I would use it if my skin felt irritated because of the fragrance but that is just me, my skin reacts quite bad to frangrances when it’s being all crazy and annoying. Other than that I’m really liking it so far, it’s a winner!

Have you tired any of the Mario Badescu skin care line?

Why I stopped using shower gel…

Last December, when my skin was really bad, my doctor asked me what my daily skincare routine was. As soon as I said shower gel she told me to throw it away. At first I was really taken back…shower gel? How bad can shower gel be? It’s one of those products, like hand soap that you just don’t think about using, it’s just routine. In the shower you wash your hair, condition your hair and then shower gel, right? Well not for me. So I added get that shower gel away from me to my list of things that need to get away from me (bras, flakes of skin, my boyfriends pet tarantula Snowflake) and haven’t looked back.

So shower gel is great, there are loads of different scents and fragrances, foaming ones, minty ones that wake you up and even jelly ones. When you have extremely dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin though, they aren’t so great. Shower gel strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and without a barrier. I hated the fact that I had been working so hard to keep moisture in to have no idea that I was just drying my skin out further. I was in the viscous cycle and all I was getting out of it was that I smelt like apricot yogurt! Even hypoallergenic shower gels have chemical agents and soaps that can take away natural oils, us dry people just can’t get a break can we?!

I’m not going to lie, at first I HATED not using shower gel. I didn’t feel clean, my skin felt weird and I missed that squeaky clean feeling. I have really got used to it though and haven’t used any gel in 7 months. I don’t even miss it and I just want to confirm I do not smell! As I have said in previous posts, I used Hydromol or Doublebase as a soap substitute now. They don’t lather up, are fragrance free and are more of an in shower moisturiser but they keep my skin clear of eczema and any sensitivity. I now know that my skin felt weird at first because it was actually full of moisture and healthy! Ditching the shower gel has been one of the main factors in my skin getting better and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. Cyyyaaaaaa don’t wanna beeeee yaaaaaaaaaa!

My top 10 life saving products for sensitive skin…

There are so many products out there tailored for sensitive skin and it’s getting confusing. I’ve had shit skin for so long that I know exactly what to avoid and exactly what my skin needs. This is obviously still ongoing because I have an addiction to buying anything skin care related but for now here are my top 10 life saving products for sensitive skin that never let me down…

  • Cetraben Cream.

This stuff is thick, soothing and great to use as a daily moisturiser because it sinks in easily. Make up sits great on top of this cream and it reduces redness quickly. 

  • Hydromol.

This is like buutttttteerrrrrr. I use this as a bath additive, a cleanser, a shower gel and just straight up for a hydration boost. It melts if added to warm water to create a creamy lotion that is great for daily use. I fucking love you Hydromol.

  • No7 Colour Balancing Primer.

Fellow red gals you need this. Balances areas of redness and is a perfect base for make up. The whole No7 range is hypoallergenic and a little goes a long way.

  • Lavender, A Single Note by Balm Balm.

Yeah I know I’m supposed to be fragrance free but sleep is the best medicine for shit skin and this spray knocks me out cold. A couple of sprays of this on your pillows at night is just a fricking dream, too good! 

  • Doublebase Gel.

This gel is highly moisturising and reduced redness. It also protects skin throughout the day and is great as a daily body lotion. This stuff can even be used as a soap substitute and shower gel.

  • Coconut Oil.

It soothes, it protects, it moisturises, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can use it as a moisturiser, a cleanser and a hair mask. You can melt it, make your own products with it and you can even eat it. I love you coconut oil, you are so basic but so good.

  • Oilatum Scalp Shampoo.

Get those flakes away from me. This shampoo is gentle, it doesn’t frazzle your hair, it doesn’t sting your eyes, it does what it’s actually supposed to do and it has saved my flakey scalp’s life. If you have a problematic scalp and other anti dandruff shampoos aren’t cutting it, please please please try this.

  • No7 Replenishing Facial Oil.

Or any facial oil for that matter. Give me all the oil! This hydrates, protects, moisturisers and cleanses like a dream. It’s not greasy on the skin and absorbs well. I love oils, I don’t think they get enough credit for the glooooowwww.

  • Konjac sponge.

These things are incredible for sensitive skin. It cleans and exfoliates skin without ripping it to shreds. It gets makeup off quickly and gently. I love you tiny sponge. I need a body one! It’s also totally natural and biodegradable.

  • Muslin cloth.

So simple looking but soooo good for sensitive skin. Like the sponge, it cleans and exfoliates skin gently. It can be used as a normal cloth, an exfoliator, during a hot cloth cleanse, to remove makeup or to soak in epsom salts and applied to irritated skin. The list is endless and I don’t know where I’d be without it.

That’s it! What are your life saving products for sensitive skin?

I got the Cetraben Cream, Oilatum shampoo and sponge from Superdrug. The lavender spray and muslin cloth are from Balm Balm. The No7 products are from Boots and the coconut oil is from TK Maxx. The Doublebase and Hydromol are prescribed through my doctor but you can pick them up on the Hello Skin website.

My July favourites…

I love July! I break up from work for the summer at the beginning of the month and we always book a holiday for the last week. So pretty much most of July for me is sorting my life and skin out for my break away and I think this months favoutires reflect that. Let’s get started…

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  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

I know this isn’t skincare but I thought I could include this book in this post because oh my god you need to read it, please everyone in the whole world read this book right now! I can’t put it down. I’ve not seen the TV show yet but I thought I would read the book first then binge watch it while I’m off. The book is quite big so admittedly I’ve not finished it yet but I’m close. I won’t give anything away but it’s really thought provoking and it’s completely sucked me in. I don’t get time to read a lot but since I’ve been putting an hour or so aside each day for this book I has really chilled me out and got me off my phone! You can get the book off Amazon for around £6.

  • Nivea Creme.

If you have read my Holiday Skin Update post then you will know that this stuff saved my life after my face fell off half way through flying back from Barcelona. I’m not sure if anyone else feels like this but since my skin went bad I shun almost every skincare product you can get in a supermarket. I don’t know why! I just automatically think no sorry but I’m allergic to every single ingredients in that cream. I’m not..am I an eczema snob? Well anyway, I decided to buy some of this when my face was really dry just to see what would happen. I’ve been putting a thick layer on, like a face mask, leaving it for 5ish minutes then rubbing it in. Woah, the old ones really are the best! My face loves this! Slapping some of this on at night before bed has done my skin wonders. Even if you’ve not got eczema or a skin condition you should try this out, I wake up in he morning glowing! I got a 200ml pot from Tesco for £2.50. BARRRGGIIINNNNNNNNNN.

  • Percy & Reed – Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery.

This is a leave in conditioner that you apply to dry hair at bedtime and shampoo out in the morning. I got this is July’s Birch Box and it couldn’t have come at a better time because my hair was drrryyyyy. I was a bit scared to use it at first because the directions are to rub into scalp and then down the lengths, it’s quite heavily fragranced too. We all know about my scaley scalp so I avoided it and put it through my hair. Well, this works a right treat! My hair was so soft and swishy the next day! It didn’t irritate my scalp at all and I swear it also kept my hair cleaner for longer too! I love the packaging and I’m deffo going to be buying this when my sample tube runs out. You can get this overnight recovery conditioner from M&S for £20 for a 150ml tube that’ll last for aaagesss!

  • Avène – Thermal Spring Water.

Ive read loads about Avène, especially this anti irritating spray and in July I finally remembered to buy a bottle when I was in Boots! I’m so bad at stuff like that, saying I really want to try something and then forgetting to buy it every time I’m in the shop that sells it. I saved this for my holiday in Barcelona because I really wanted to try it out with the heat. This does work well as a cooling mist because let’s face it you are spraying cool water onto your face but I find it best as a make up setting spray. I noticed that my make up stayed on all day in the heat after I had used this and it kept me moisturised all day too. Sometimes my neck would get a bit itchy from the sweating and a quick spray of this really cooled it down and took the irritation away. I will be repurchasing this when it runs out and looking at the rest of the Avène range. I got my 50ml spray from Boots for £4, a perfect size for hand luggage.

  • Native Unearthed – Coconut Vanilla Natural Deodorant Balm.

I think Birch Box were reading my mind when they put July’s box together because I’ve been wanting to try a natural deodorant for ages! I’ve always been quite lucky with deodorant because they’ve never really irritated me but have you ever read the ingredients list?! Get those chemicals away from me. I’ve never found a natural deodorant that I really wanted to try so I was really happy when this came in the subscription box. The scent is very light, which is perfect for me. At first it feels a bit weird rubbing a balm into your armpits and I never thought it would work but it does! It’s so good! There’s literally no smell, no BO! Bye bye BO, I never liked you! I’ve been using a pea sized amount for each armpit twice a day and seriously this stuff is going to last me ages. I love it! They’ve got some other scents on their website at http://www.nativeunearthed.co.uk where you can get the deodorant balm for £6.99.

What have you been loving this month?