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Thrifty and lovely Borage Face Mask Vlog

28 March, 2015

Just a quick one to point you in the direction of my new favourite thing via two different medium (CRUMBS! I must really bladdy lave it.)

‘Cos I did a wee experiment (by this I mean “little” in Scottish, as opposed to experimenting with wee.. although, frankly, I have read good things about that) with BORAGE and it was super duper SCRUMPTIOUS.

It is an annual herb, a gristly, thistly plant with a stunning, dainty flower. It used to be cultivated in many a garden but these days it is more commonly grown accidently, as a weed, rampant along train tracks and wastelands.

It has traditionally been a staple soup ingredient in many European countries – that is kind of obvious from its name, I think. Borage Soup. Served up by warty caricatures in Roald Dahl’s stories…

I’m on a mission to rebrand this weedy herb- to add some glamour to it. The incredible properties of borage are fit for more than sweaty bowls of soup. (Woah, actually, don’t mean to be a downer about soup. Soup rocks. I just feel a bit dubious about borage soup. What can I say, I must be very phonetically sensitive.)

Read the rest here on Cosmo.Homemade Borage Face Mask - before and after
(There WAS a difference honest – this photo was taken twenty minutes apart … I recognise there are lighting difference, however – BLAME THE SUN harrrhahahaha)

And, I recorded this marvellous experiment for my exciting new Youtube Channel

Do come on over and subscri–hiiiiiibe!

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  • Janine Fowler 28 March, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Heh, love the screenshots from the videos! I need to figure out where I can buy this lovely herb. (Do you think it is gentle/safe enough for little ones if my kids wanted to try it?)

    • Lucy 30 March, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Apparently it can be an irritant- so go careful there 😀

  • Ali 28 March, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Star Flower is fab. We’ve been using it in our cooking for years. It’s worth mentioning that due to the silica content it can be irritating to some skin and should NOT be used by breast feeding mums as it can dry up your milk ( was used to do this in ye olde times when a mother lost her baby)

    • Lucy 30 March, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Oh really wow- god to know! Is that internally or topically? x

  • otilia 30 March, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Oh looks good Lucy! You are a natural in front of the camera! Now…where I can find that flower?

  • Mammasaurus 30 March, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Ah I could watch you on You Tube all day – your voice is really relaxing by the way, anytime you want to do a bedtime story podcast for grown ups I am all over it !

    Now to hunt out some borage, I’m pretty sure there’s some at my in laws 🙂

  • Carolin 31 March, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Lighting difference or not, I really do notice quite the difference. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ruth 31 March, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Ooh lordy, I don’t think I’ve done a Facemask in about fifteen years. I always found that they either dried my skin out massively, or made it really greasy. I shall have to be giving this borage malarkey a shot and see if it does me any better. Although if I end up looking like a Roald Dahl character I’ll not be impressed 😉 xx