Pears Timeless Beauty

Kimba LIkes Pears Timeless Beauty.  DIY Beauty tips plus a Pears Timeless Beauty Giveaway @kimbalikes

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.

Kimba LIkes DIY Beauty plus a Pears Giveaway @kimbalikes


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.


  • jody buhagiar - 6 December 2014 - 4.38 pm

    Who won please Kimba likes 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ariane - 16 November 2014 - 12.50 am

    My mother told me when Elizabeth Arden first released a sunscreen she bought it, and even though it was expensive she knew even 50 years ago, the sun will never be your skin’s friend (except to provide vitamin D) and now she looks well and healthy and has less cancers than many of her friendsReplyCancel

  • Sharon Fawcett - 15 November 2014 - 8.46 am

    After washing your hair always rinse it in cold water (not the easiest thing to do in winter) but your hair will be far shinier than if you use warm water.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie J - 15 November 2014 - 12.47 am

    Always wear a broad brim hat when you go outside to protect your face from damaging rays which can cause premature ageing, sun spots and skin cancers.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - 14 November 2014 - 7.37 pm

    Adding 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil to your bath will leave your skin smooth, soft and supple. My mother started doing this many years ago when she heard that this was Sophia Lóren’s tip for beautiful skin. She may not look as good as Sophia but she’s pretty darn close!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B. - 14 November 2014 - 6.08 pm

    “Aging skin, melanoma… Don’t venture there. Sunscreen’s essential, your complexion’s so fair.”
    It’s paying off now, there’s no skin despair. Mum’s best advice? “SPF30+… MUST WEAR!”ReplyCancel

  • Diana O - 14 November 2014 - 3.41 pm

    Good old Vaseline on chapped lips and daily on elbows to keep them soft. Nice cheap option to the alternatives on the market specifically targeting these two things.ReplyCancel

  • Fairlie - 14 November 2014 - 10.29 am

    Pears soap reminds me of childhood too. It always seemed so classy in its translucent glory, compared with the same old solid blocks we used.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 11 November 2014 - 5.08 pm

    Great post Kimba ,I make a body scub out of coffee grounds from my coffee machine add some sweet almond or lavender oil and you’re good to go and practically free so winner!ReplyCancel

  • teena moda - 11 November 2014 - 12.13 pm

    Lovely post Kim! So many fabulous (and thrifty too!) tips for maintaining a beauty regimen. I come from a family of ladies and mostly apart from watching not to eat many junk foods (as what you injest also needs to come out through the skin) have learnt that obviously a good water intake and also fresh fruit to be of benefit to the skin along with eating wisely – not without treats though, as treats provide food for the soul!! Treats I allow myself these days do include a glass of red wine. Living in Spain too, for a number of years also showed me that olive oil is a wonderful internal moisturiser. I kid you not if you have fresh olive oil (not heated) ontop of your veges not just salads your skin will thank you for it! Beauty is from the inside out! – and that also includes kindness to others, happy, peaceful thoughts and confidence in onesself – one of the true gauges of beauty and timeless style! – Something I do hope to instill in my daughter too, along with encouraging generosity – both in thought and action towards others from an early age. 😉 Lovely day to you! xReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 November 2014 - 1.22 pm

      Good thoughts there – eat crap, look like crap. It’s not rocket science! xReplyCancel

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life - 11 November 2014 - 9.48 am

    My Nana taught me always to moisturise (she used Ponds moisturiser), to always apply perfume (she used 4711), to always remove your makeup at the end of the day and to always wear underwear in case you got hit by a bus!!!! I don’t think she would have included G-strings in her definition of underwear however! Lol!!! But my favourite tip from my Nana about timeless beauty was to always be kind and do good deeds because that makes you the most beautiful of all!ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 November 2014 - 1.23 pm

      Oh, Ingrid you made me giggle and sigh. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • merilyn - 11 November 2014 - 8.02 am

    love this post kim!
    thanks for those natural remedies etc.
    and yes pears was the soap we used as children with that trick of placing the last disc of soap onto the new one! love it!
    no waste! have a good day hun! lovem:)XReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 November 2014 - 1.18 pm

      It just fits perfectly in that little gap doesn’t it!ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - 11 November 2014 - 7.01 am

    Another tip my mum passed onto me is talcum powder, she always carried one to the beach. We used to put it on our legs and feet and rub and all residue of sand would go, leaving the car sandless.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - 11 November 2014 - 6.58 am

    Mum has used baby oil to remove kohl eyeliner and mascara. To this day it’s the only product I found to completely remove black and leave no residue behind without irritating the eyes.ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 November 2014 - 1.18 pm

      Oh that’s a good one! An oldie and a goodie.ReplyCancel

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