Tag Archives: ireland

Naturally feeling Zesty!!

1 Aug

Ahhh… more rain! Don’t you just need something to give you that summer feeling! Well fear not, here in Kilkenny I have created summer in a soap. Of course I  used Organic rapeseed oil from Ireland as the base and infused it with some Lemon essential oil and some Lime essential oil, its a citrusy ‘wake me up’ soap with a fantastic creamy lather. It has a good kick to it! I used some ground dried spinach to give a nice green colour.  I prefer to use what nature gives us rather than concocting colours and in Labs.  I have left the batch of soap to cure and it should be ready in 4-6 weeks. I am looking forward to experimenting with the wild blackberries. Last year I made 50 pounds of jam from around the ditches on the farm, this year I am going to use some of them to colour and scent soap, should be interesting!!!

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!