I don't pamper myself much. And in the past I have always had bad experiences with face masks because I feel like they are burning my skin off. May be that is just how they are meant to feel. Can't say I'm a fan. But because my acne can get quite bad, I do use them sometimes. There are a few main ingredients that I use. Bentonite clay This I get refilled at Biome in the city or at indooroppilly. Clay masks don't burn until you add a bit of acid. Enter apple cider vinegar Now in any of the DIY recipes that I've found for masks, I always halve the amount of vinegar because my face just can't handle it. I've also added honey in the past to reduce the impact. And lavender to help with redness as well. I generally go for equal parts vinegar and bentonite clay. And add a few drops of lavender, and some water and honey until I get the consistency I want.
Originally, my deodorant recipe was great. But I found a few problems with it. 1. I was still sometimes stinky especially after dancing. 2. I was getting this white powder on my clothes from the shae butter. So, my original recipe included arrowroot powder, coconut oil, shae butter and essential oils. I then tried no pong, a brand of natural deodorants that does work really well. The only thing they include that is extra to my recipe is bees wax (instead of shae butter) and bi carb soda (the ingredient to make you not smell). So I have now modified the recipe to be 2tbsp arrowroot 2tbsp bi carb 1tbsp coconut oil 1tbsp cedilla wax (vegan version of bees wax, can be found at biome) essential oils. Double-boil everything but the essential oils until it makes a paste. Take off heat and add essential oils and stir. Put in a container and refrigerate overnight. You can keep it out of the fridge after this time.
Turns out I can't eat 800g of strawberries by myself. So before they went gross I preserved them as delicious jam. This is be grandmas recipe. Strawberries 250g 3/4 cup of sugar (if you want it less sweet, just use less sugar) 1/4 lemon (juice)
Cut and mash the strawberries. Add sugar. Boil and keep boiling until it becomes super sticky, almost caramelly. Add lemon.
Jam is literally the easiest thing in the world to make, it just requires time. As you can see, it doesn't make an awful lot. This is a pretty small jar. But it is very sugary, so you don't need a lot.