The Mixstress Workshop | Dragonsblood Salt Scrub

IMG_5077Sometimes olive oil and a bit of salt doesn’t cut it, you need to take it up a notch. That’s where the Dragonsblood Salt Scrub comes in, and no it’s not special because it contains the blood of a certain mythical creature – that’s just the name of the fragrance oil I’ve added to it. Think patchouli, vanilla, rose, orange and jasmine. Prepare for your bathroom to get filled with its scent.

Unlike the very effective, but sometimes slippery salt and olive oil scrub, this doesn’t give you that usual skin-so-oily-you-might-slip-and-break-your-neck because of a foaming butter I’ve used to give it some thickness and grip. As well as that it also cleanses the skin very gently.

You Need:

2 tablespoons of foaming bath butter

1 tablespoon of soy butter

1 tablespoon of any oil you like – prefeably a scentless oil like almond

4 tablespoons of table salt – increase or decrease depending on how exfoliating you’d like the scrub

3 drops of Dragonsblood fragrance oil

What To Do:

With both butters, oil and Dragonsblood in a bowl, use an electric whisk until fully mixed together

Add the spoons of salt gradually as you whisk

The scrub is perfect for DIY pedi’s and rough bits like your elbows and knees, so if you do try it let me know what you think!

The Mixstress Workshop | A Failed Attempt..

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photo 2 (1)One of the many awesome nomadic Somali wedding traditions that before her wedding night, the bride is scrubbed with a mixture of ghee and date paste for soft, smooth and glowing skin. Although I’m not getting married anytime soon I’ve always been curious to try this out, so I decided to have a go at making it myself to share it with you. I had a choice of either using fresh dates or paste, but went for date paste as it doesn’t involve taking any pips out. However I didn’t have any ghee in my kitchen I decided to improvise and use olive oil instead. What happened next was an absolute disaster…

I assumed that a heaped tablespoon of date paste and three tablespoons of olive oil would do the trick, but all I got was some date paste in a sea of oil – nice. No matter how much I stirred, mixed and stirred I couldn’t get the consistency I wanted. That’s when I got out the smoothie maker and whacked the mixture in without thinking about whether the tap for the smoothie maker was open or not. You can guess what happens next.. a puddle of olive oil all over my worktop! A quick cleaning of the worktop later and I waited for the smoothie maker to whip up this scrub for me but shortly after I was spluttering because of the smoke coming from the sides of the machine. I opened the lid and was met with this:

photo 3 (1)That’s what many would call an epic fail so I’m accepting defeat and asking my grandmother how to make it :(

The Mixstress Workshop | Apricot, Watermelon & Peach Kernel Sugar Scrub

IMG_0069[1]IMG_0070[1]I think that by now you’d have gathered that I’m a complete and utter body scrub obsessive. I’m always mixing my own little concoctions and sharing them with you, and the latest body scrub I’ve whipped up is a skin smoothing mix of apricot kernel, peach kernel and watermelon seed oils with brown sugar.

The oils* in the scrub, which I’ve gotten from Island Naturals are rich in vitamins A and E, oleic, omega and linoleic acids so they’ll leave your skin very feeling soft and smooth. Unfortunately they don’t smell anything like watermelon, peach or apricot but I did add a couple of drops of sweet orange essential oil to give it that fruity fragrance.


1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of each oil


Pour the sugar into a container (preferably one with a lid so you can store for repeated use)

Add the oil and then gently fold the oil into the sugar and mix until the oil’s evenly mixed into the sugar

And now you have your body scrub, let me know what you think when you’ve tried it!

The Mixstress Workshop | Avocado Hair Mask

20130213-201440.jpgI have a love/hate relationship with avocados; sometimes I love them in my salads and smoothies and other times I feel sick at the thought of an avocado passing my lips. I don’t know why, but what I do know is that I love love love avocados on my hair. They’re packed with protein which helps to strengthen the hair and treat any damage from colouring and heat. Mayonnaise is also another source of protein for your hair as it contains eggs so mixing the avocado and mayonnaise together makes it a super protein treat for your locks but it’s not quite super without honey! Honey, draws moisture to the hair so if your hair’s particularly parched because of the winter weather then this is a mask for you.


1 avocado

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of mayonnaise


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