Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sleeping Beauty

So, don't you want to look like that? I'm going to tell you my secret. Come closer, it's not like I can yell it on all blogland...

Est-ce que ça vous dirait de ressembler à la Belle-au-Bois-Dormant? Approchez un peu, je vais vous livrer mon secret. Mais avant cela, vous devriez écouter cette divine musique que Tchaïkovski a composé sur ce conte. Cela vous mettra dans l'ambiance.

Maybe you should first listen to this. Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is one of my favourite ballet music. I say that a lot, but seriously there are some ballet music I could be listening to all day long - my neighbours are complaining in the summer.

So I can't guarantee you to become as beautiful as Aurélie Dupont... Today is about a secret, not a miracle.

But if you want to keep a smooth skin during the cold months of winter, I'm going to share my recipe.

It was inspired by a famous French brand that made great skin softener, as you can see on their former catalogue.

Bon, j'ai plus ou moins piqué la recette à une célèbre marque de produits de beauté. Malheureusement, ils ont arrêté de commercialiser leurs mélanges d'huile pour le visage. Alors, cet hiver, j'ai décidé de refaire ma préférée.

And then, they stopped selling them. Last winter, I tried different kinds of natural oils, but they didn't work as well.

So this year, I made my own, inspired by their recipe.

For this recipe, I use some of the tiny bottles on the bottom shelf of this cabinet, that you might have notice in the previous post.

Pour réaliser cette recette, j'ai utilisé les petites bouteilles que je garde dans l'encoignure que vous avez peut-être vue dans l'article précédent.

In a small bottle, mix: Dans la bouteille, mélangez:
  • 15 mL (one tablespoon) of sunflower oil / 15 mL d'huile de tournesol;
  •  15 mL (one tablespoon) of grapeseed oil / 15 mL d'huile de pépins de raisin;
  •  15 mL (one tablespoon) of pumpkin seed oil / 15 mL d'huile de pépins de courge;
  • 12 drops of lemon essential oil / 12 gouttes d'huile essentielle de citron;
  • 6 drops of pelargonium graveolens essential oil / 6 gouttes d'huile essentielle de géranium rosat;
  • 6 drops of petitgrain bigarade (a kind of bitter orange) essential oil/ 6 gouttes d'huile essentielle de petitgrain bigarade;
  • 6 drops of ylang-ylang (cananga odorata) essential oil/ 6 gouttes d'huile essentielle d'ylang-ylang.
 Shake well! Secouez bien!

Apply every evening on your face.

It smells evenly good.

I'm not a specialist in essential oils, but I've read a few books. As a rule, I always use less drops than what is advised as I know it's powerful stuff. The recipe above is the one I personally use.

Appliquez sur votre visage chaque soir. Attention, ne l'utilisez pas le matin car les huiles essentielles d'agrumes sont photo-sensibilisantes. Remarquez que les parfumeurs en utilise de plus en plus sans mettre de mises en garde.

Don't use it in the morning though as all citrus essential oils are not to be used on the skin if you go in the sun. I already noticed that some famous brand use them without any warning on their packaging...

I can promise you'll go to bed with a nice smell surrounding you  and you'll wake up without the dryness and cardboard feeling on your sheeks that is usual in winter (its' not just me, is it?).

Je vous assure que vous vous coucherez enveloppée d'une délicieuse odeur et que vous vous réveillerez sans avoir les joues qui tirent. N'hésitez pas à partager vos petits trucs beauté pour l'hiver dans les commentaires.

Thanks for visiting and let me know if you try the recipe or if you have any good natural winter tips.

I'm sharing this tip at the following parties:


  1. My comment didn't go through?
    Merci Merci Merci pour cette recipe Magali!!!

  2. Bon, moi je l'avoue, j'ai pas le courage de fabriquer cette huile miracle... Mais si tu m'en offres un petit flacon, je ne dis pas non.
    J'espère que si tu l'utilises bien et souvent, un prince charmant viendra bientôt te réveiller... sinon, franchement à quoi ça sert ?

  3. That 'recipe' sounds brilliant. I always use Hawaiian Tropic Sun Oil on my face for the spf protection AND because I am crazy about the smell!! I LOVE it!

    By the way, thank you so, soooo much for your wonderfully kind comment over Christmas. You're right, I did take a bit of an extended break - I'm just finding my feet again....having five little ones and a busy blog needed some thinking time of how to juggle my priorities!! But I can't tell you how much your comment meant TO ME. tHANK YOU.


    1. You know, Mums, like you, are my hero. I can barely find time for the blog with my job, the usual housework, the renovation and the two cats! I have no idea how you could manage with wife children! I'm glad you found your way to the new blog.
      Magali xxx

  4. Oh Magali I will be trying this for sure. Je me suis toujours intéressée aux produits naturels.
    Donna :)

  5. So neat that you made and have your own beauty formula to share!

    We love ballets. We love Swan Lake and my daughter has danced in the Nutcracker twice now. But she is pianist and she thinks Prokovfiev wrote better ballets than concertos.

    1. I noticed on your blog your daughter was a musician. I must say I love Prokofiev, especially played on the piano.

    2. Well she is still young and her hands are not big enough for a lot pieces yet! But she likes playing Mozart, Debussy, Chopin, Haydn, Mendelsohn, to name a few. But really likes Debussy and Haydn because they are more playful. Mozart is too, but everyone plays Mozart.

  6. a beautiful recipe.. it must smell gorgeous too!

  7. I love the ballet AND classical music. I never tire of either.

    Thank you for linking to Time Travel Thursday and for sharing your recipe for the skin softener. This time of year I desperately need it.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  8. What a lovely recipe, I am going to try this! Thank you so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Sounds fantastic!!!


  9. I love classical music, when I was single I would turn on some classical music and good all day on Sunday for the week ahead. It was a special time. I just might give this recipe a try. I do like essential oils, and my skin sure could use a softener with this cold weather we are having. Thanks also for your sweet words about our losing our precious Bo. Following on GFC!

    1. Thank you so much for following!
      Your faithful reader, Magali xxx

  10. my goodness how creative you are with this recipe!!! I am amazed at what I find in blogland sometimes and this is no exception! :)

  11. I've got to try this! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Also, don't miss the Sweethearts Giveaway starting on Monday with over $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there!

  12. Dear Magali,
    Thank you for posting so wonderful ,calming music. And thank you for the oil recipe, I'll definitely have to try it.

    :) Izabella.

  13. Your creativity knows no limits, making each piece a delightful journey of discovery. Your ability to connect with readers on a personal level is a true art form. tarpaulin with eyelets


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