Yesterday the skin on my face was so annoying: it was itchy, peeling and kept distracting me from my work. I asked you what you thought I should do. Based on your advice, I created this hydration mask recipe: so simple!


2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons honey

2 drops rose essential oil (come on it’s Valentine’s Day after all)

2 drops manuka essential oil (the tea tree oil of New Zealand)

2 drops neroli essential oil (all the best things I love about orange blossom)

2 drops frankincense essential oil (because if I make a treatment for my skin, there is a 99.9% chance that it has frankincense)

Surprises abounded

After first thinking that I would never be able to get it into a mix, the moment I got in the bath it liquefied so much that I wondered if I would be able to spread it on my skin. Very surprisingly not oily. I mean, it had some grease to it, but not like I would think. Very surprisingly not sticky. Like at all. It seemed to multiply as I used it. Ended up spreading on my entire face, neck, arms, and knees.

Then I got worried because it was so thin that it would get in my eyes or mouth, I gave up caring when I tasted how delicious it was when it did happen to get in my mouth. Eyebrows did their job and kept it out of my eyes too. I wiped it off with a warm wash cloth, and (possibly most surprising of all) did not wash with soap afterward. Like, wait, what? You heard me, I just left the glorious feeling on my skin and got out of the tub.

My skin now feels like it has a fighting chance against Old Man Winter, thanks to this hydration mask. A lot less itchy and a very gentle exfoliation took care of the peeling skin before the mask.

What are your favorite tips for winter skin revival?

For more winter pampering check out this bubble bath! While you’re at it,