Easy Walnut Face Exfoliant Recipe

Over the weekend I made a wonderful face exfoliant using only two ingredients, walnuts and oat milk. It was so easy and the nutty mixture felt utterly (and nutterly) amazing on the skin.

I would never have thought about using ground walnuts on my face (who does really?) but when I spotted an out-of-date bag of organic walnuts in my kitchen cupboard, I was reluctant to toss it away and waste them. I remembered reading once that ground walnuts could be used to whiten teeth so I thought it was worth googling other beauty recipes that used walnuts. Sure enough, one recipe sprung up and it suggested adding a splash of milk to the ground nuts. I used organic oat milk which made the mixture feel extra soft and creamy on the skin.

To make the mixture, just blend the walnuts in a food processor or blender and store them in a recycled glass jar. You can then scoop out a handful when you need some and add a fresh splash of milk each time. I’m going to keep using this lovely walnut exfoliant twice a week as it cleanses the face gently yet effectively and my skin felt sparkly and taught afterwards. I love how amazing and inexpensive this homemade recipe is. I’ll take it any day over the costly, conventional beauty exfoliants that contain a plethora of harsh ingredients. Viva la walnut!

Review of Suki Pure Facial Moisture – Balancing

Sometimes creamy moisturizers are not what your skin wants or needs, so maybe you should try an oil based moisturizer. Suki’s ‘Pure Facial Moisture – Balancing’ is a divine treat for the face with amazing organic ingredients such as antibacterial echinacea and lavender, soothing chamomile extract and antioxidant loaded rose extract. Don’t worry about looking oily either because the end result is very flattering, giving your skin a healthy glow. This product was previously known as Facial Moisture Serum with Blue Chamomile and Echinacea.
How to use: 1-2 drops on face and decollete

Feel on skin: Nourishing and hydrating feel of oil without the greasy residue

Scent: Fruity and pleasant chamomile scent with strong base notes of jojoba and other oils

Skin Types: All skin types but especially oily, acne prone and sensitive

Results: My skin lapped it up and the overall result was very flattering. Skin glows and looks enviously healthy. Very impressive.

Value for money: Admittedly over £20 is expensive for a moisturiser but it’s certainly not uncommon for most moisturisers these days to be in this price bracket. If you have the money to spend or just want to make wise purchases that your skin will thank you for, then Suki is definitely value for money.

Who would like it? Purists who want good quality and high performing products. Also women with recurring acne or oily skin (but my skin is normal / dry and it works well for me).

Would I buy it again? Yes. I like how healthy and good this moisturiser feels on the skin. The fact the ingredients are so good makes this product leap above other moisturiser options. It is also a good alternative or break from creamy moisturisers. While you could use an almond oil (I personally find it too shiny as a day moisturiser) for true purity and affordability, I think this is the first choice for when you want a serum type moisturiser.

Score: 10/10

Purchase Suki Pure Facial Moisture Balancing (approx. £29)  Naturisimo

More about Suki…
Suki is one brand in the ever growing world of organic beauty that has got my attention time and time again! I have tried 4 of their products now and each experience has made me rush to the laptop to let you all know about it! I’m not a beauty floozy and don’t get impressed easily. I’m not even a Suki employer or sponsored by them (I’m still waiting to hear back from them via email actually but I can appreciate they are busy, really I can).

Full ingredients:
organic jojoba (simmondsia chinensis), sunflower (helianthus annus), grapeseed (vitis vinifera), rice germ (oryza sativa), borage seed (borago officinalis) & hazelnut (corylus americano) oils, 100% natural non-gmo vitamin e (tocopherol), organic calendula (calendula officinalis), lavender (lavandula angustifolia), chamomile (anthemis nobilis), echinacea (echinacea purpurea) & rose (rosa canina) extracts, aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil)

If you have yet to try Suki and are not sure where to start, it may help to know what products are popular with other women.

Akamuti – Review of 3 Divine Natural Moisturizers

Get your skin ready for summer and prepped for wearing skimpy singlets, shorts, sandals and gulp, bikinis! Akamuti have a range of beautiful natural face and body moisturizers to choose from that will nurture and nourish the skin.

I’m quite new to the Akamuti brand but after spending one weekend with several of their amazing products and also frolicking around their website excited by all the other products aside from moisturizers there are to try (Chocolate Marshmallow Face Mask, Sweet Orange Facial Scrub and Rose Berry Eye Revitalizer to name but a few), I was left so impressed by Akamuti and the high quality of their truly natural products!

Kalahari Watermelon Body Moisturizer (pictured above)

I’m not sure if it’s because summer is approaching or I just want it to feel like summer is here, but as soon as I read the name Kalahari Watermelon, I immediately wanted to try the exotic body moisturizer.

The omega packed Kalahari Watermelon Oil combines with other fruitful oils such as peach kernel and aromatic essential oils of may change and organic lime and chamomile to create a sweet, fruity and heady scent. The texture is light yet delivers the nourishing and enriching benefits of a thick moisturizer. The moisturizer melts into skin very well and the combination of oils leaves skin with a healthy glow.

This moisturizer’s intoxicating scent, gorgeous feel on the skin, purest of pure ingredients and price will ensure I always have a pot of this Akamuti goodness on my bathroom shelf!

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Peach Kernel Oil (Prunus persica), Community Traded Kalahari Watermelon Oil (Citrullus vulgaris), Organic Beeswax (Cera alba), May Chang Essential Oil (Litsea cubeba), Organic Chamomile Essential Oil (Matricaria recutita), Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolons), Organic Lime Essential Oil (Citrus aurantifolia).

Purchase online at Akamuti for £9

Shea Butter Soothing Salve
This has such a divine scent. It reminds me of a cup of sweetened chamomile tea! You need only scoop out a minute amount of this salve as it is rich and is absorbed quickly into the skin. As Akamuti say on their website, ‘a little goes a long way’. This salve would be very effective when applied to any particularly dry areas of skin (although all skin types will enjoy the salve). I noticed my winter withered hands lap up the moisturize and return to their former glory very quickly. This is one of those ‘wow’ products for me. Who knew 4 small but powerful ingredients of wildcrafted virgin shea butter and oils of sweet almond, primrose and chamomile could combine to form a skincare product so ambrosial!

Wildcrafted Virgin Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenethera biennis), Organic Chamomile Essential Oil (Matricaria chamomilla).

Virgin Shea Butter

For all those girls that just want a moisturizer that is pure and simple, delivered from nature in its most raw form, try Akamuti’s Wildcrafted Shea Butter (unrefined and unbleached). Your skin will benefit from the vitamin rich butter (vitamins A, E & F) and dry skin in particular will revel in shea butter’s ultra hydrating and skin softening abilities. This is another great ‘purchase with purpose’ because the shea butter is fairly traded from a women’s co-operative in Ghana.

Shea butter is another wonder product like Coconut Oil with numerous beauty and skin care benefits. If you have a skin issue, it seems like shea butter will sort it out for you! Shea butter can help heal burns, scars (and also diaper rash) and can be used for shaving, cuticles, hair conditioning, removing makeup and soothing chapped lips. The cinnamic acid within shea butter may also protect the skin naturally from UV rays. I’m going to do as Akamuti suggest and use my shea butter as a foot cream (apply some to feet and pop on some socks before bed each night), in preparation for summer sandal season. No home should be without a supply of shea butter!

Pure Unrefined Shea Butter, Wildcrafted & Fairly traded

Available at Akamuti for £6.95

Intelligent Nutrients – Aromatics Review

When it comes to ingredients, INs products would wear halos if they could. The products are free from sin and instead contain potent and powerful ingredients any organic, green goddess would approve of (for further information, links to the full ingredient lists of each product are provided below).

One of the standout products for me would have to be the organic Aromatic sprays. The cute and compact spritz bottles are ideal for tossing in your bag or for traveling and they contain the most divine scents! There is a concoction to match any mood and I personally couldn’t get enough of the Awaken aroma. The citrus symphony of bergamot, orange peel, lemon and grapefruit oils combine with spearmint and pepper seed oils to create a zingy and invigorating spray that certainly awakens the senses! The Focus aroma is equally lush and perfect for all the times I need to sit at my computer and write like there is no tomorrow. BTW, these sprays can also be used on the hair!

Intellimune Oil and Tablets
IN products are positively bursting with nourishing and good-for-the-body ingredients that smell so good you want to eat them! Fortunately, you can get an antioxidant hit courtesy of INs Intellimune Oil and Tablets. Both products ‘help battle oxidative stress and aids in fighting pre-mature aging’ and contain ingredients derived from seeds of organic black cumin, organic grape seed, organic red raspberry, organic pumpkin and organic cranberry. The oil can be consumed daily (1-2 teaspoons) and even used on the face as a wonderful moisturizer.

To learn more about Intelligent Nutrients and to shop online, you can visit their website here.

The Benefits of Make-Up

I love make-up. We all love make-up. It took a lot of mistakes and trial and error to get the make-up thing down, but now even with the natural look there are three steps to looking fresh and radiant: 1. conceal 2. illuminate and 3. bronze. If you master these three techniques, you’ll light up a room. I swear, it works. I have a very dull personality, and it works for me! ; )

This past weekend, my friend Kezia, who is obsessed with beauty products, let me rifle through her make-up bag. I pulled out Dallas by Benefit. It’s a cross between bronzer and blush, so you don’t have to decide which one to use! I love the flat brush, and of course the classic Benefit packaging made it fun to apply. And that’s really the point of make-up, to make you feel good. I ran out and bought it the next day, and when I say day, I mean, the very next morning. I’ve gotten so many compliments since I’ve started using it. God bless bronzer.

And since I was at the Benefit shoppe, I had to get another tube of Maybe Baby Body Lotion. The shimmer is really subtle, it gives you more of a glow rather than a sparkle, and the fragrance, well, I’ve been wearing it for years, I love it, it’s very feminine. I actually like the whole line of Maybe Baby/Bathina products. The Bathina Body So Fine, is great for the summer in making your legs really smooth and shiny.