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Honey & Almond Facial Scrub: skin food part 2

It’s hard to feel in top form when we are horsing into junk food several times a day. Like a two-faced friend, junk food lures you in and then stabs you in the back. Dammit!

It’s also hard to look healthy when our skin’s diet is largely made up of synthetic, lab-created shite. You don’t need to be an evangelist to appreciate that skincare ‘junk’ trips us up equally as fast as its cousin – junk food.

Beauty is not trout pout. It is not flawless glowing skin. It is not 4-inch lashes. Beauty is feeling and looking good for your age. Real beauty is rude health. When you nail health, it undeniably radiates from your eyes. Sophia Lauren believes that sex appeal is fifty per cent of what you have, and fifty per cent of what you think you have. I like that. (Ironically in Ireland, most women think they have big arses and double chins so it may not quite translate, but I do admire her original sentiment).

The secret to a sexy sheen is to (a) have industrial amounts of nookie (b) in the absence of A, exfoliate twice a week. This recipe is designed to be used just before a bath or shower as it’s deliciously messy. Exfoliating will help lift dull skin and reveal the fresh, tighter underlayer. Magic.

Double bonus? Your newly acquired ‘fresh’ skin will absorb serums and botanicals much quicker, where dead skin cells simply block it. Awesome-sauce.




Face Exfoliator
For 1


2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon ground almonds


Mash the ground almonds into the honey with a fork. Lie down on your bed with a book or a podcast. Apply this honeyed lovebomb to clean skin as a mask for anything between 1 to 8 minutes.

Then gently rub in circular motions to increase blood flow to the skin, helping cellular renewal. Your derriere may need some buffing during the winter months too, when it’s locked up until Spring. Just saying. This is best done standing in the shower with the tap turned off.

Rinse with warm water and a muslin cloth. Repeat every week.




In other news, my final cookery demo for A Very Long Time is scheduled for Tuesday November 22 at the fabulous Avoca my friends. Will I see you there?



Events, x Skin Food x

Skin Food: part 1

Given that our body absorbs 60% of what we put on our skin, I think my skincare has inadvertently become part of my diet.

And yours has too.

*silent gaping*

Take a look into your bathroom cupboard. Grab your favourite product, and Google the ingredient list. Go on!

Freaked out? Let’s change that. I’m here to help.

I ditched nasty skincare and junk food over a decade ago. The biggest surprise of all? I look and feel younger now, than I did when I was 25, and I’ve a heck of a lot more energy too.

Rethinking your skincare regime is much easier than reformulating your diet. It’s a quicker journey with fewer steps, and involves complete indulgence. Score! If you’re worried about a pal’s health, skincare is the quickest way to convert them to a wholefood diet. Crazy, right? It’s the great gateway drug my friends. Once you start to glow from the outside, imagine what food could do for your body from the inside?

There are amazing green companies and indie brands revolutionising the beauty industry right now. I wanted to give them some credit here, and to share with you my favourite finds since I first loafed my cheap skincare regime.

With retrospect, I must have smelled like a dirty brothel during my twenties. When you make the change from conventional, mass-produced skincare products to organic, mindfully crafted products, you’ll see what I mean. It’s like comparing Peter Andre with Damien Rice. Once you find the latter, you’ll wonder what in the name of Goofy did you see in the former.

So here we go. A suite of skincare blog posts, with kickass small companies treading lighter on the planet and genuinely giving a toss about your skin. They deserve our support. So does your body.

Let me know what your favourites are in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

xxx SJW

susan jane beauty reviews


> Carrot & Sweet Almond Oil by Fushi <

Crazy cool experience, and a very reasonable beauty fix for €13. Strong taste of carrots – pretty trippy (yes, this is an oil used for dressings, just like avocado oil and olive oil. But perfect for the face).


… its stash of super powers. This specialised oil is practically humming with carotenoids, considered Mother Nature’s retinol. Luckily, plant derived vitamin A (beta carotene) is always much safer and softer than the synthetically derived vitamin A. Albeit a much more diluted form.

Fushi is very reasonable too, and do a range of other venerable raw ingredients to make your own personalised skincare range including shea butter and argan oil. Here’s the link.


Can stain your pillowcase if it’s not thoroughly absorbed into your skin at night. Good excuse to stay up and read the latest Caitlin Moran though.


Mature or sun damaged skin. Sweet almond oil has a moderate comedogenic rating, which means it doesn’t block pores like you might expect, nor does it actively clear pores.



> Skin Food body butter by Weleda <

It’s on the cheaper side of the natural green skincare range, available at your local health food store or savvy pharmacy for €14.


Feels deeply nourishing like a margarita after a long day at work. Flipping brilliant stuff. Absorbs quickly, leaving a glorious sheen. Great overnight foot treatment this time of year too.


No drats.


Everyone, from nipper to grandpa.


weleda skin food review


> Absolute Jasmine by Neals Yard <

I’ve been wearing this neat (erm, apparently you’re not supposed to use it neat) for over 10 years now. And I levitate when I smell me. So too, does my hubbie. You can add it to shea butter to create a perfume salve for necks and wrists.


The whiff. Peerless stuff.


Neals Yard don’t have branches in Ireland. Despair! However, I find their online service is very swift.


Hot blooded felines



> Children’s Chest Balm for coughs and colds by Neals Yard <

It’s posh Karvol, that really works. No un-pronounceables in the ingredients list. Organic, natural, and pure – exactly what you want for your little nippers. Does the job beautifully to help decongest snots and chesties.


The absolute integrity behind the product, and the effectiveness of the balm. This is also true of Neal’s Yard’s portfolio of other products.


Online only for Ireland (although there are select pharmacies across Ireland now stocking NYR, see comment section below).


Our little kiddies and their vulnerable immune systems



> 100% Barbary Fig Oil (prickly pear oil) by Poppy Austin <

Prickly Pear has even more vitamin E and antioxidant powers than argan oil. Thunderous hurrah!

Vitamin E is hailed as one of the most hydrating and important beauty vitamins. Particularly good for my sleep-deprived peepers. Costs around 150€ here but currently cheaper on with Poppy Austin.


The serum glides on very easily, soaks in immediately, and doesn’t block pores. These are great virtues for a face oil. Prickly pear seed oil has started a crazed frenzy among the green beauty industry. It’s the new argan, apparently. So I had to try it. I’m a little bored of it now, so I’m hoping this oil will freeze until I resuscitate my enthusiasm. Besides, I’m hooked on something else right now (more on that in September!)


It honks. And it’s pricey. Best to go “halvers” with a pal and share the bottle. Combine with your favourite facial serum like cold-pressed organic avocado oil, hemp seed oil, argan oil or rose hip seed oil. You might need a few drops (maximum) of top class frankincense essential oil to distract from the woof. Or jasmine. Or neroli. Bergamot good too.


All skin types. Especially new mamas and sleep deprived sistas.




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And finally, from the Department of Disclosure:

1.     I will only review products I like, and whose work ethics I dig (ingredients derived by nature, organically or mindfully, with no hidden nasties). My grandma always says “if you’ve nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” While generally this advice can be very unhelpful in many situations, especially if you count yourself as a modern woman or feminist, I think it’s probably spot on for my blog post.

2.     I do not receive freebies, payment, nor contra in any form for the products that I review on my website.

3.     If I receive sample products to review for my site, you will be the first to know. Full disclosure. You are my friends. I have no intention to mess with your mind.





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