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What Do We Need Recipes For Anyway?

I’ve never been a big fan of recipes. When I cook, I usually just go with what I have, take a bit of this and a bit of that, and if it doesn’t taste good, I add a bit of other stuff until I’m satisfied. I have to admit that often I don’t see the point of recipes. For me, cooking is all about experimenting – where’s the art in doing an exact copy of someone else’s work?

I’m not saying that I don’t use recipes. I do surf food blogs and skim through my recipe books regularly. But most of the time, I use the recipes as a base. Then I add to or take away from, depending on what I have at home or what I feel like at the moment. Then I get it the way I want it.

The same goes for beauty recipes. After starting this blog, I’ve really had to start measuring and being more careful when I make something, to be able to give you a recipe. Because usually, if I make something for myself, I go the same way as I go with food recipes. I see what I have in my cupboards, take a bit of this and that and mix until I reach the desired consistency and smell. And usually it turns out pretty good.

homemade face mask and body scrubThe other day, I was going to the sauna with some friends. They were arriving within 10 minutes and I was bored, so I decided to make some skin care products that we could use in the sauna. And I had 10 minutes to go.
So basically I just took whatever I could find from my kitchen and beauty ingredient cupboards and started mixing. The results were the following: a pomegranate body scrub and a white clay face mask.

The scrub contained pomegranate powder that I bought from a chinese shop the other day, an oil mix, some herbs (maybe peppermint and sage?) and some essential oils. The face mask contained white clay, oatmeal and water. But the scrub could just as well have been a scrub with oil, sugar and almonds, and the face mask a cornstarch and yogurt mask. I just took what I happened to have around me.

body scrub and face mask made from kitchen cupboard ingredients

If there’s one thing I wish I could teach you through my blog, it’s to rely on your own sense and not always blindly follow recipes. In the beginning it’s good to have some recipes to base your experiments on, but eventually you will learn what your skin likes and which ingredients are good for what. It’s so much easier than you think.

I will continue to provide you with recipes, but remember to still be creative! If I mention apricot oil, remember that it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have it at home, just use olive oil or any cooking oil and it will probably be just as good. If you don’t have cosmetic clay, use cornstarch or rice flour. If you have drier skin than I do, use more oil and less drying ingredients (like cornstarch and clay for instance), if you have sensitive skin, don’t use very coarse grains in your scrubs. The list goes on and on. What I’m trying to say is, trust yourself and just go with it.

Experiment.

It will be fantastic, I assure you.

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