It’s been ages since I have done a beauty DIY and this one is so simple you will be in disbelief. Sometimes the best DIYs are the ones that are simple and they also make great gifts.

Cleopatra was famed in ancient times for harnessing the moisturising qualities of fresh milk in her baths. A beauty treatment that still works today.

I was inspired by this and by a couple of spa books I have with traditional spa recipes to create a gift experience of this bath for a friend.

For this project, you will need milk powder, lavender scented tea light candles, artificial rose petals and a large jar (this is an old Maxwell coffee 1KG jar) and rose essential oil.

Fill the jar halfway with milk powder and then use a clean cloth to wipe away any fall out from the powder on the sides of the jar.

Put a few drops of rose essential oil on top of the powder.

Place a hand full of rose petals on top of the powder.

From here close the jar and add your “packaging” to give the milk bath as a gift:

Clever, quick and a lovely gift for a stressed out friend. I created a label with instructions explaining how to use the bath:

“Run a hot bath and place milk and rose petals into the water, surround bath perimeter with the tea light candles and most importantly…RELAX.”

In future, I’d probably also load a thumbdrive with relaxation music and place it in the jar as an entire spa experience in a jar.

 

Maybe it’s a little longing for Dubai or the fact that this post is long overdue. Either way, it’s been ages since we did a beauty DIY. Camel herders have been drinking camel milk for ages and hundred of years ago survived solely on the milk of camels during long migrations through the desert.

The lovely people at Al Nassma Camel Milk Chocolate contacted me months ago, while I was still based in Dubai and invited me to enjoy camel milk Iftar with them over Ramadan 2013. I then bumped into them again at the VIP Lounge at the Dubai International Film Festival where they explained to me how camel milk chocolate is more creamy than normal milk and contains more fat and Vitamin C than cow’s milk.

These 2 factors made me think that camel milk chocolate would be more beneficial for the skin than normal cow’s milk chocolate. However, if you’re reading this outside the Middle East, you can still try this with standard chocolate and it works a treat too!

You will need: Honey, mixing bowl, spoons, mud for face masks, Camel Milk Chocolate (Thanks to Al Nassma for sponsoring), lavender and peppermint essential oils and an empty jar.

Begin by breaking up the block of chocolate into squares:

You can now place the chocolate into the microwave covered by a microwave cover to keep in moisture. Warm the chocolate on a medium setting for 30 seconds and then take out and stir. Continue to do so until the consistency looks like this:

Now add a table spoon of honey:

Add a heaped table spoon of the clay mud powder:

Add 3 drops of both the peppermint and lavender essential oil:

You then stir it all together and the mud will change the consistency to a paste:

Now place the warm mask on your face. The warmth will open the pores, the lavender relaxes and the honey and chocolate moisturises.

With what’s left over, you can place it in a jar and gift it to friends. You just have to make sure that you don’t place it back in the fridge as it will harden.

Now enjoy it like a Bedouin princess!

Photography: Mica Nelson

I have literally so many DIYs to share, they are ready to be blogged! But life has gotten so busy with my broadcasting career, I am barely getting time to share these DIYs from my online TV show at MyDubaiMyCity.com.

The latest DIY, coincidentally, is perfect for tired skin in need of hydration. So if you’re feeling the strain of the event season, get this home made mask on your face.

You can watch the video here:

You can watch more of my online DIY show here.

This mask is such a must-have for men or women who play loads of sport and get sweaty between the shoulder blades. This mask can even zap spots on the face. It’s packed full of natural antiseptic ingrediants like tumeric, tea tree oil and kaolin clay.

You will need: water, scissors, kaolin clay, tumeric, tea spoon, mixing bowl, raw sugar and tea tree oil.

Place the kaolin clay and the tumeric into the mixing bowl.

From here add the water, a couple of drops of tea tree oil and a teaspoon of raw sugar until it forms a paste:

From there you have your mask! You place it on the affected areas until it dries and then wash off:

You can also package it up as a gift, just make sure to tell the recipient that the mask will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge:

Here is the video on how to make it:

 

This is another fave DIY beauty product of mine that can be used almost daily as it’s so gentle. The lavender scent is so relaxing as well, it’s like a mini vacation to wear.

You will need: A food processor, lavender flowers, plain oatmeal, labels, ribbon and nice jar.

Place the oatmeal and lavender in the food processor and blend. It’s up to you how much lavender you want to use depending on your preference for the scent.

Once blended the mixture should look like this.

Package it up in a nice jar and a tag. The tag should have directions for use. Add water until the oatmeal mixture forms a paste and then leave on until the paste dries, wash off.