You know how some scents just take you right back in time? The scent of Pears Soap reminds me of my Great Gran and Great Granddad. I was lucky to have my Great Granddad in my life until I was a teenager, and my Great Gran passed away when I was 27. I introduced the Welshman to her on his Meet the Family tour of Christchurch, and she gave me the thumbs up!
Pears has been around since 1789, and is considered to be the oldest brand in the world. That is 225 years of Pears timeless beauty. Pears is enriched with pure glycerin and natural oils, and is gentle on the skin.
I use it every day, and when my bar gets too small, I pop it on the top of my next bar of Pears Soap. That’s a trick I learned from my waste not want not grandparents.
My great grandparents and grandparents lived through world wars and the Depression and everything had a use. Nothing was ever thrown out that could be useful. Items were repurposed, recycled and reused. My son and his cousins still draw in paper books my Great Grandfather stapled together from the wrapper the daily paper was delivered in.
With my thrifty heritage in mind, I’m sharing some DIY beauty recipes and tips, using household ingredients and odds and ends.
Honey & Lemon Face Masque
- Simply mix together two tablespoons of lemon juice and three tablespoons of honey (the liquid squeezy kind is easier to use)
- Use a whisk for a nice texture
- Then apply to the face from the centre outwards
- Leave for 15 minutes or so
- Rinse off with warm water and apply your skincare as usual
- Leaves you with brightened glowing skin
- At the same time, you could add the rest of the lemon you’ve squeezed the juice from to some hot water and add honey to taste for a refreshing and soothing drink. Drink it whilst you’re waiting for your masque treatment time. Waste not want not!
Sugar AHA Exfoliant Masque
- Add a few tablespoons of caster sugar to a small bowl or cup
- Top with a little warm water to dissolve the sugar
- Scoop a little of the mixture into your hands
- Apply to your face, rubbing gently in a circular motion
- As you are rubbing, you can feel the sugar dissolve. Leave this on your face for a few minutes to treat your skin with glycolic acid, a form of AHA.
- Rinse off with warm water
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen as AHAs exfoliate by encouraging cellular turnover and exfoliating the top layer of skin.
- I usually do this treatment in the shower and apply a hair masque at the same time. Whilst the hair masque and face masque are working, I exfoliate my body.
Sugar Body Scrub
- Mix half a cup of raw sugar with some olive oil
- Add a few drops of essential oil to amp up the spa experience.
- Scoop handfuls and apply in a gentle circular motion on your body. I concentrate on knees, ankles, elbows and the backs of my upper arms.
- Sugar contains natural humectants (helps to retain water in the product) leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth after the scrub
- Sugar is more gentle on the skin than salt, which can dry the skin out
- This is also an excellent foot masque for tootsies emerging from winter boots into summer sandals. Set yourself up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea and an old towel on the floor. Smooth some of the mixture onto your feet then pop a pair of old socks on. The heat will help activate the process. Just rinse off in your bathtub afterwards. I’ve used the garden hose before – lovely when it’s warmed from the sunshine!
Oatmeal Bath Soak
- This beauty treatment comes direct from Grandmothers – mine included!
- Just pop about half a cup of rolled oats into an old cotton sock or a knee high stocking
- Tie off the top of the sock with a piece of ribbon, to create a loop
- Pop the ribbon loop over the tap so it hangs into the water
- The oatmeal has a high lipid content which helps to lock in moisture. The proteins released by soaking in the bath help to protect the skin’s moisture barrier.
- You can use the oatmeal sock as a body scrub, by rubbing it on the body.
Pears Soap – The Timeless Beauty multi tasker!
- It’s good for the whole family, with its gentle formula and low lather formula. Perfect for sensitive skin too.
- If you’re on holiday, your Pears Soap can double as an emergency laundry substitute. Use it to handwash in your bathroom sink when you’ve missed the laundry service pick up time!
- I use my Pears Soap to cleanse my makeup brushes. I dampen my brushes, swirl them on top of a cake of Pears Soap, and then rinse clean by swirling on the side of my bathroom basin, out of the direct flow of the tap. Always reshape your brushes and lie them flat to dry so the water doesn’t run back into the ferrule and damage the brushes.
Pears Timeless Beauty Giveaway
I love hosting giveaways for the gorgeous people who read Kimba Likes. Pears have put together an amazing hamper filled with Pears products and bathroom essentials goodies to celebrate Pears Timeless Beauty. It’s valued at $120.
If you’d like to win a hamper similar to the one in my photograph, it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Just leave me a comment sharing a timeless beauty tip you have learnt from your mother or grandmother, or a timeless beauty tip you’d like to pass down to your children and grandchildren This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in selecting the winner.