Archive | July, 2011

Irish Eco Rose

16 Jul

Ah…. how relaxing to hop into a bath full of rose petals, lights dimmed, Lavender and Rose oils scent the air. Economical luxury at its best. As I was making Rose bath bombs this evening it brought me back to where I first discovered the true value of the petals. Down in Babs Foyles thatched cottage making a rose perfume with her to refill old perfume bottles. I would collect the petals and we would marinate them for a day or two. I wouldn’t go home until the perfume was done. It was smelltastic!! Romantic with a hint of dew.  I still think Roses are magic and despite cleaning the side of the bath after bath bombs  they stilll make you want to bypass the shower and relax for an hour in the bath!


Celtic Irish beauty recipe research!

4 Jul

As I was researching some recipes today I accidentally discovered an amazing use for beehives. When monasteries first set up in Ireland they regularly kept beehives in the uppermost part of their towers! Then when the vikings were attacking the towers looking for valuables the monks would break off the hive, agitate the bees and then throw it down at the vikings!! Imagine thousands of angry bees after you. Anyhow the reason I was researching the beehive was because honey shows up in nearly every culture dating back centuries. Honey is an invaluable source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and energy. Honey and beeswax have always played a huge part in cosmetics and can be found everywhere. Honey is antimicrobial and retains moisture in the skin. Try putting some honey on your face as a mask, relax for 30 min and you will see the benefits immediately. As I have my own hives the honey that I use is raw, therefore full of enzymes which are fantastic for boosting tired skin. As for my three little girls here honey is a daily food on porridge or toast for breakfast and yes the first time they saw me with honey on my face they thought it was hilarious! A sticky situation but worth it!