Posts tagged Beauty
banana avocado hair mask

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Ona Rihu

(diy, zero waste)

Easy vegan hair mask DIY

With spring in the air, I thought it would be perfect to dedicate an afternoon for self-care and treating myself. Spring is a very symbolic time of a new beginning and inspiration for me, and I feel like treating myself goes hand-in hand with renewing myself. I love this mask because I pretty much always have avocado and banana on hand, there's no package waste and it does some serious damage control. As most oil-treatments, you probably don't want to do this the night before a big event. The avocado and coconut oil might be a little tricky to get completely out and you should shampoo two times after using this. But it's all worth it, trust me. This mask is packed with potassium and vitamins which will nurture and revitalize your hair, naturally. 

 

Mix in a blender:

1/2 avodaco

1/2 banana

few tablespoons of melted coconut butter

 

Apply the mask to the mid-part and ends of your hair. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and shampoo twice just to make sure! 

turmeric + oat face mask

(DIY)

writer: ona rihu
picture: ona rihu

DIY turmeric and oat face mask

Turmeric is a staple ingredient in my kitchen cabinet for many reasons. First of all, its unique taste and vibrant colour brings any dish to life. Besides this it also has numerous health benefits while ingested, and used externally. It’s highly anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxifying. For me, a turmeric latte is a life-saver whenever I feel like my body needs a little kick in the immune system. Plus it’s freaking delicious, I like to use a blend by Viridian that has cinnamon, chilli, vanilla and cardamom.

I recently discovered the benefits of turmeric for the skin, when used externally. Turmeric can help slow down cell damage and it evens out any colour pigmentations. Combined with the soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities of oats, it’s a perfect match for anyone who suffers from skin conditions such as acne, eczema or dry skin. I used this while traveling for my sunburned face, and it worked like a charm. -Stay protected!

Mix 1dl of oats, 1 teaspoon of high quality turmeric
and enough water to reach a desired consistency.
Voilá, there you go!

Ps. Don’t sleep on a white pillowcase after this mask like I did.

Find more info on the benefits and use of turmeric supplements

post valentine's day self love

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

(ZERO WASTE)

DIY green tea and clay mask

Valentine's day is a reminder of how much love there is to give to ourselves, but love is such a broad concept. I see love as energy. The most highest form of energy. It's the Devine healing energy, and we all have access to it. To feel love and to live your biggest dreams, you've got to make an active choice daily to fill yourself with love. Because if you can't love yourself, neither can anyone else. So fill yourself with self loving thoughts, compliments and know that you're worthy of all that you wish for. 

 

There's many ways of self loving and here's one of them

 

you need :

  • couple of organic green tea leaves/bags 
  • 1 tsp of clay (I used activated green clay, but any natural clay will do)

HOW:

Mix the clay with just a couple drops of water until the paste is just right for you. Spread the clay all over your face and also to your neck and chest area for extra loving. For the green tea leaves, either use once enjoyed tea or wet the leaves, so they stick under your eyes. Let the facial sit until it's dry or until you've finished watching that episode of sex and the city and eaten your raw chocolate dessert. If your skin in prone to dryness treat her with good natural oil moisturiser or go with bare skin, if that's what your skin loves more. 

(why clay?)

I love all facials, but clay is definitely my favourite. I feel like it works its magic in whatever situation it's given to. Clay itself is sourced from the mineral rich earth so it carries these wonderful skin boosters when applied to our skin. Clay gives your skin a detox from the stress it goes through in our daily lives. Using clay is a huge loving act towards yourself. 

zero waste body + face scrubs

(zero waste, vegan)

writer: ona rihu
picture: ona rihu

DIY zero waste body scrub

The exfoliating microbeads in most commercial scrubs are made of plastic. Yes you read that right. Plastic. This plastic, often referred to as “microplastic” ends up in our oceans, causing huge complications in our natural eco system. These easy scrubs will make you squeaky clean without any of the harmful chemicals or microplastics. 

 

coffee body scrub:

  • Used coffee grounds
  • Coconut oil
  • + vanilla essence (optional)

The most simple recipe, yet super efficient and moisturising at the same time. You can make bigger batches of this, but the shelf life of the mask is not very long due to the natural ingredients. I usually just make it as i go. Make sure you rinse properly, so you get all the coffee grinds off your skin. 

 

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sugary face scrub

You’ll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • + your favorite essential oil (optional) 
     

This scub is a little more gentle on your skin, so it’s perfect for you to use on your face.
Enjoy the scent of your favourite essential oil and have a sweet little spa-moment to yourself.

aloe vera + lemon face mask

writer: Ona Rihu

 Pictures: Ona Rihu

DIY Aloe Vera kasvonaamio

Aloe vera, or as the Egyptians called it ''the plant of immortality'', is known for its soothing and healing properties.

Aloe vera contains hormones called Auxin and Gibberellins, which provide both anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals, and the list of health benefits seem to be endless.

My skin always feels instantly refreshed and smooth after using this mask. I love the acidity from the lemon as it’s very cleansing, and combined with the soothing properties of aloe vera it's the perfect blend.

I simply blended the aloe jelly from 3 aloe leaves with the juice of one lemon in a blender. This mixture should last in the fridge for a week, so you don't have to use it all in one go.

I was lucky enough to do this while I stayed in Menorca, where Aloe Vera grows naturally, and lemon trees are found in every backyard. However if your surroundings are more like ours in Finland and Aloe Vera doesn't grow wild out there, you can also use an aloe vera room plant. just make sure it’s the right species for skincare! Take care of your plant and you'll soon have an endless supply of Aloe Vera jelly. Sounds pretty good, huh?