Wednesday, 19 December 2012

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Body Powder

You will need:
* a round piece of cotton fabric (20-30cm diam)
* 10cm+ a length of ribbon
* 2-4 table spoons dried lavender flowers
* a jar with lid (an empty JOLI moisturiser container works well)
* 1/4 cup bi-carb soda.
* 1 tablespoon corn flour
* essential oils (optional) – such as lavender, cypress or mandarin

Place the lavender flowers in the center of the fabric, bundle up the fabric ends and tie it up with the ribbon to make a round powder puff (see above picture). Place the bi-carb and corn flour in the jar with a few drops of essential oils. Place the lid on the jar and mix gently by giving a shake. If using essential oils stand for 24hrs and shake again gently before use.  Use the lavender flower powder puff to apply the powder to your underarms and body.  Do not use on babies or small children and do not apply to raw wounds - powder may sting cuts.


Age Fighting Facial Mask

  • 2 teaspoons plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon honey (or Agave Nectar)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 capsules of vitamin E (from health food shop)
Open vitamin E capsules or pierce with a pin and squeeze contents into a bowl, discard capsule shells.  Combine remainder of ingredients with vitamin E in a bowl and mix well.  Apply mask to face and leave to sit for 15 minutes before thoroughly cleansing your face.
Recipe to be made immediately prior to use.  Discard any leftovers.


Carpet Deodoriser
·     ½  cup bicarb soda
·    2-10 drops scent of choice i.e. lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree.

Drip a few drops of oils into the bicarb soda, using only a few drops at first - you can add more later if you feel the scent is not strong enough.  Mix the oils into the bicarb with the back of a metal teaspoon making sure to blend the bicarb and oils thoroughly until there are no clumps of oil droplets.  Find a container with holes in the top useful for sprinkling your carpet deodorizer onto your carpet.  Sprinkle and leave for a few minutes before vacuuming.  Also deodorizes the inside of your vacuum.


Natural Scented Bath Oil
You will need
·         Vegetable oil with a low scent, such as caster oil, olive oil (not extra virgin olive oil which has a strong scent), macadamia oil, sweet almond oil, soya bean oil, avocado oil.
·         Natural additives such as: coffee beans, vanilla pod, scented rose petals, mint geranium leaves, lemon verbena, mint, orange peel, lavender etc.
·         Glass jars, cleaned and sterilized in boiling water.

Place your additive(s) in the bottom of a glass jar (you can blend additives if you like or keep them separate).  Pour your vegetable oil over the top of the additive(s) until just covered.  Place the lid on the jar.  Attach a sticker to the jar noting your creation, i.e. coffee beans in olive oil, and date it.  Sit the container on a sunny window sill for 2 to 4 weeks.
To use, drizzle some scented oil into your bath to moisturise your body while you relax.

From left to right:
apple; mint geranium; mandarin (bottom); cinnamon (top); carrot, vanilla (top), coffee (front).


Home Made Leg & Body Wax

You will need
·         ½ cup sugar
·         15ml lemon juice
·         15ml water
·         strips of cotton
·         a plastic knife

Place all ingredients in a small pot and simmer until sugar is dissolved.  Bring to the boil and boil for around 5 minutes until liquid gets to soft ball stage (see picture, on the spoon).  Allow to cool then pour into a 100g glass jar.
To use: heat in a microwave for 10 seconds until liquid is runny but not hot.
Apply to area with a plastic butter knife (metal knives can be too hot) and use natural cotton strips to peel off and remove hair.

Sugar is a natural preservative so this wax should last a good while.  Though it will eventually crystallize.


PLUS: Home Made Chocolate Bath BombsHome Made Chocolate Bath Bombs
 
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Present all these wonderful DIY gifts in pretty jars with ribbons and tags and you have some wonderful gifts to give your family and friends this Christmas!!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Luscious Legs for Summer

Want to get your legs into tip top shape and looking sexy for summer?

Here's how to do it the JOLI way... naturally.

Step one (1): exfoliate your legs with Enliven Facial & Body Scrub.  Lift away the dead skin cells that block hair follicles and cause ingrown hairs before hair removal.  This also helps lift up hairs that may be trapped under a thin layer of skin making them easier to remove.  Rinse off scrub and dry legs thoroughly.

Step two (2): remove hair with your most favourable method.  I like to epilate my hair, as this pulls the hair out from the root, much the same as waxing without all the mess and fuss.  Though any chosen method will work fine.















Step three (3): apply Luscious Body Butter to your legs to moisturise, hydrate and have them looking luscious and sexy... ready to take on the world!















The finished result: luscious silky smooth legs ready to show off!!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Too Old to be Sexy?

When it is too old to be sexy?  30, 40, 50, never...?

Recently I had a conversation with my oldest son about wanting to still look fit and still feel sexy and attractive. He asked me what's the point, now that I'm older aren't I just content to be me and no need to worry about what anyone thinks, no need to be concerned with being attractive or sexy or desired by the opposite sex.

An interesting perspective from a young person.  Perhaps society sees it this way too.  If you're no longer in your 20's, or what ever age they've pegged, you need not worry about being sexy because you're over the hill.  If you no longer look hot in a bikini, or you never did, then you're past it.  Move along folks, nothing to see here...
I'd like to think this isn't the case especially considering the term cougar - not that I want to be a cougar.  I just don't want to be deemed past it or over the hill because society pegs older women in a 'no longer sexy' category.

Madonna did a strip tease to raise money for Hurricane Sandy and the back lash she got for doing so was intense.  Was it because it was Madonna?  Would it have made a difference if Meryl Streep had done a sexy dance to raise money?  Or would any older woman being 'sexy' have been an issue for most of us?  Or is it the strip tease itself that we have an issue with and no matter who the star there would have been intense back lash?

I can't help but think Madonna wanted a moment of holding on to her youthful sexual appeal.  There is probably a big part of her that doesn't want to and isn't ready to let that go just yet.  I'm sure many older women can relate to this whether we talk about it openly or not.  It can be frustrating being an older woman who still feels young at heart with an internal sexy beast roaring to get out, being told by society that only young hot women are the one's anyone cares to see.

What do you think?  Is a woman ever too old to be sexy and if so at what age does she cease to be sexy?