Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil for skin and hair care

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil is a famous japanese product mostly related to hair and skincare. It’s a multipurpose, lightweight, 100% natural camellia’s seed oil sold in 40, 60 and 120 ml glass bottles.

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It comes with instructions but honestly, I think they recommend too much oil there. One drop is enough for my entire face + neck (I have really dry skin). Because of this, I’m going to write down my use and quantity personal sugestions.

I like to rub my hands first to warm them up, then apply 1 or 2 drops at a time and spread the oil between them. Light pats are recommended for a more even and light application.

  • Face + neck (1 drop, preferable before bed)
  • Arms + Legs (3 mixed with moisturizer / 6 of oil)
  • Hair – before shower (2 for short to medium-length hair / 3 for long hair)
  • Hair – after shower (1 for short to medium-length hair / 2 for long hair)
  • Scalp – before shower (2 or 3)
  • Cuticles + nail (1 drop)
  • Lips (1 drop)

The brand’s site is in Japanese:
http://ost.oshimatsubaki.co.jp/

I highly recommend this product to anyone who’s looking for something free of alcohol, fragrance and color free. However, using too frequently  this oil on my face made me break out (just a little) a few times, so swapping it with other products may be a good idea.

You can find this Tsubaki Oil available on Japanese shops and online too.

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil for skin and hair care

Pamper routine: some steps to relax without leaving your house

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Getting stressed out can really affect our work, study, relationships and overall health. Because of this, stress is something we should really take care of. When this happens to me, going out and randomly walk in a certain area which I know that will have places I’ll be interested about and spend some hours there really help. However, sometimes we can’t (or simply don’t want to) get out of the house for a certain reason. If you’re in the second situation, here I have some “pamper routine” steps from which you can choose some (or maybe all of them, why not?) and enjoy a good relaxing time!

  1. Turn off your phone, e-mails notifications and/or any social media that may stress you. Unless you’re waiting for a super urgent call, taking a break from those things won’t hurt 🙂
  2. Make use of aromatherapy: scented candles, a good air freshener or just adding some drops of your favorite perfume behind your ears, neck and wrist, a soothing scent has the properties to calm you down.
  3. Take a warm bath and use a moisturize afterwards, using this time to give yourself a body and face massage (there are plenty of videos online teaching you different types of massage that work pretty well).
  4. Drink something that will help you relax, alcoholic or not, you have lots of options such as no caffeine tea, passion fruit juice, warm milk (I like adding cinnamon to this one) and wine.
  5. Cook yourself something good if you enjoy doing it or simply order it (why not?) and have a nice meal!
  6. Pick a good book, a movie, some series (or drama) episodes, or that album you’re curious about or haven’t properly listened to in ages. In this part I believe choosing something that won’t offer a constant interruption is a good thing. You don’t really want to think too much about what to do next in this exact situation, right?
Pamper routine: some steps to relax without leaving your house

Pancakes and music

Today I have an easy recipe for basic pancakes that goes perfect with any topping of your preference. After trying some (maybe a lot) of different recipes and making some changes, this is the recipe I go for when I want to eat something warm and sweet. Enjoy the food and use it as a time to treat yourself (at least for me, cooking is kind of a therapy).

 

BASIC PANCAKE’S RECIPE

  • 1 cups all-purpose-flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter / a bit of vegetal oil
  • sugar (it depends on how sweet you want your recipe)
  1. Sift the dry ingredients, mix them together and make a well in the centre
  2. Pour the milk, egg and butter/oil in the well and mix everything together
  3. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat and pour the batter
  4. Wait until it’s possible to lift it with a spatula
  5. Lightly brown on the both sides, it’s ready to eat

 

Tips: I personally prefer a runnier batter in order to have smaller and thinner pancakes, but if your preference goes to a more fluffy texture, add a little more flour and an additional pinch of baking powder

 

EXTRA -> Some music for you to get to know (and maybe dance) while cooking

Hold Back The River (James Bay)
This Is Why I Need You (Jesse Ruben)
Cinnamon (Jome)
The One (Kodaline)

Wish you a really nice week 🙂

Pancakes and music