Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Simple, Home-Made Spa . . .

Here are a few great concoctions I've run across that make your home spa not only delightful, but easy and affordable!

Brush Cleaner
courtesy Colemans In Love

One Part Olive Oil
One Part Antibacterial Dawn

Swirl, wash, and set to dry. 
(Don't forget to clump the hairs together so that as it dries you don't end up with a brush that looks like it woke up on the wrong side of the sink . . .)

Honey Face Wash
courtesy Will Cook For Friends

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Combine in a jar or bottle:

1/4 cup Raw Honey
1.5 tsp. - 1.5 TBSP Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. - 2 tsp. Nutmeg

Why the huge variation in amounts? It all depends on what consistency you like. Using less cinnamon and nutmeg will keep the mixture fairly smooth and light, whereas more will make your wash more of a mask - a thick mud that can be applied gently with your fingertips and let set for 5-10 minutes before rinsing away. 
I suggest starting with the lesser amounts, mixing with a spoon, and adjusting until you find the consistency that suits you best. 
To use, take about 1 tsp. of scrub between your fingertips or in the palms of your hands and rub together to warm slightly. Then, apply to a dry face in gentle circular motions, avoiding the eye area, until evenly applied.  
Optionally, let the scrub rest on your face for five or ten minutes. If you really want to pamper yourself, lick fingers clean while waiting. 
Rinse face thoroughly with warm water. As the water dries, you may experience a slight tightening sensation. Moisturize as per your normal routine. 
I like to apply the scrub just before showering, for easy rinsing. 
Depending on your skin type, I suggest using the scrub only 2-3 times a week due to the exfoliation. On days in between, try washing with just honey!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before using any new topical product, do a small test patch on a sensitive area of skin like the inside or your wrist. Let the product sit for several minutes before rinsing clean, then wait a few minutes more to be sure you don't have any reaction to the ingredients before continuing.

Natural Anti-Fungal Coconut Body Scrub 

Coconut is a natural anti-microbial/anti-fungal agent, making it an awesome choice for a foot and hand scrub!

2 c salt
1 c coconut oil
2-3 drops essential oil, like tea tree (optional, but also anti-microbial!)

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