Matcha Honey Face Mask

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This mask is heavenly, luxurious, and perhaps even a bit extravagant.

It’s also easy, cheap-ish, and fun.

It requires only three ingredients, one of them being water.

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To make mask:

Place 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder into a vessel. Add 1/2 teaspoon water. It could be warm water, leftover boiling water, or straight from the tap. Mix together well.

Add in 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey of choice. I use Manuka due to its great skin benefits and I can find it in my local health and herb shop (where I also purchased the matcha powder in bulk). It’s quite expensive though, so any raw honey would work just fine and make this face mask more economical.

The mixture will be more serous than viscous and that is why a paintbrush may be useful. I paint the mixture onto my face and it feels relaxing, cooling, and sensuous.

Leave on for as little as 10 minutes, up to a few hours. Then simply wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. Your face should be the smoothest it has felt in a while and have an undeniable glow.

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I like to go out gardening in this mask in the front yard to scare my neighbors.

Peace and love,

Kristan

Green Sea Monster Mask

Is it a self-care Sunday for you, too?

I love taking a day to pay attention to my needs and indulge in some healthy rituals.

Here I have a super simple face mask that is good for you and is not so harmful for the planet nor your wallet.

Three ingredients are all you need. Well, four if you include the water that is diluting the vinegar.

  • Clay of choice (French green, kaolin, bentonite, etcetera)
  • Spirulina
  • Diluted apple cider vinegar

My recipe is 1:1 of clay and spirulina, then an equal amount of liquid. Water works, but I have found vinegar to mix more thoroughly for some reason.

Yes, spirulina smells like the sea, and you will look like a monster for a few minutes. I love scaring my husband when I wear this mask.

Wash off with a warm washcloth after 5 – 10 minutes. You will feel the blood in your face for sure and your skin might turn reddish. I usually spray some rose water immediately after, then moisturize!

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

Peace and love,

Kristan

Crochet Soap Saver

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There’s an untold amount of pleasure experienced by using up all the last bits of something old and getting to use something new. In this case, it’s a bar of soap. I love using bar soap in the bath and shower, and I usually like to get a different type of scent each time I go to buy a new bar. I love cutting my own at my local health and herb shop. I get to smell and touch the soap before purchasing, which is also underrated.

These tiny pieces are difficult to wash with and often get lost in a bathtub. I knew that soap savers existed, but didn’t think it was necessary until this last go around. There are hoards of patterns to be found online. The one I used can be found free of charge here.

Mine did not end up looking like the one pictured, but it will do the job. It can also double as your regular shower scrubby.  I haven’t crocheted in a long time as I have been enjoying knitting more. This was done with 100% USA grown cotton, which is what makes sense for a shower tool.

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I can hang it on my ring in the shower to let it dry between uses. I didn’t make it very big because I didn’t want to put a whole piece of soap in there, just scraps.

It honestly took me about an hour to make, and like I said, I am out of practice.

Give it a try if you like, or if you are really interested, leave me a comment and we could arrange something.

Peace and love,

Kristan