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DIY Lemon Lavender Bath Melts

Lemon Lavender Bath Melts These wonderfully moisturizing and aromatic Lemon Lavender Bath Melts are just the ticket for softening and soothing dry winter skin, which can be worsened with hot baths.   Now you can enjoy a warm bath and a moisturizer in one.   They look lovely in a jar and make great gifts in cool months.  Substitute your favorite aromatics (rose petals, citrus peel and zest and herbs) for a lush and romantic blend.
February 25, 2015 |

7 Ways to Use Sea Salt in your Beauty Routine

sea salt The newest product of the Wakaya family of health and wellness products, produced on the island of Wakaya in Fiji, is Wakaya Perfection Fijian Kosher Sea Salt.   Obviously, everyone loves how sea salt flavors almost everything we cook, but did you know, sea salt is a beauty product you should add to your daily beauty routine?   Try out these favorite recipes and let us know which are your favorites.
July 23, 2014 |

DIY Healing Herbal Wrap

ginger_healing_wrap Ginger tea is commonly recommended to relieve symptoms of colds.  Here, it’s being used as a wrap to help ease the symptoms of sore muscles and to reduce inflammation.  Dr. Andrew Weil also recommends ginger as “an excellent anti-inflammatory.”
July 19, 2014 |

Summer DIY Tips from Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas

Peppermint Essential oils can help with many of the problems we encounter in summer months. Treating sunburn and insect bites, repelling insects and controlling fire ants are all possible with plant derived oils. Here are some recipes courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas to help you have a more fragrant and enjoyable summer season.
June 22, 2014 |

Plantain Cream for Bites and Stings

Plantain Weed Plantain (the botanical, not the  starchy fruit) is a common weed in your yards and garden — but did you know it also serves as an excellent medicinal remedy?  It’s a wonderful treatment for bug bites and stings, but also minor burns and abrasions, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis.     Make some of this healing plantain cream and keep it on hand this summer.
June 3, 2014 |

Guide to Essential Oils

Spa Index Essential Oils Guide For the benefit of our visitors who are considering a spa treatment which calls for ingredients in a mask or wrap which are unfamiliar, “read below before you go.” This Guide to Essential Oils provides some basic information, but it’s also helpful for selecting a new or different combination of oils based on a profile that piques your interest.
March 30, 2014 |

Fruit Salad Body Mask

Melon This recipe for our Fruit Salad Body Mask reads as if you’re making a smoothie for the skin — and you are  — but for good reason. Each of the fruits have a specific purpose.
January 31, 2014 |

End of Summer Almond Body Scrub

almonds As the end of the summer season approaches, many of us are sporting that attractive tell-tale sign of fun in the sun: Peeling skin. We have an excellent recipe for an Almond Body Scrub to gently and thoroughly exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells. Body scrubs feel wonderful and relieve the itch of flaking skin.
September 12, 2013 |

Beach Sand Scrub

beauty beach The next time you decide to spend the day at the beach, take advantage of the “on location foot treatment” with Beach Sand Scrub. Brazilians, particularly, are known for scrubbing their entire bodies, particularly the feet, deep into the sand while they relax on the beach.
July 31, 2013 |

Sunblock Recipe

Woman With Sunscrean Our esthetician experts say “If you can see your shadow, you need sunblock.” However, did you know the active ingredients in sunblock often dissipate after the season? You should always use a sunblock, but, don’t purchase it in bulk or save that last little bit in the bottle for the next season. Buy it fresh every season, or, make your own if you don’t have access to your favorite brand. Note: This recipe will give you a white nose “lifeguard style.” 
June 10, 2013 |

Rosewater Recipe

petals Our popular Rose Water Recipe is made with rose petals, alcohol and water and forms the basis for a good many home spa treatments and cosmetics for delicate and sensitive skin, and, for making perfumes and aromatics for the bath.  The  next time your sweetheart sends you flowers and they begin to droop, save the petals before they wither and use them to make rosewater, and you’ll wear your sweetheart’s gift on your skin.
May 25, 2013 |

Coffee Body Scrub

coffee grounds This is a wonderful way to repurpose used coffee grounds from your coffee maker. We’ve tried this with both fresh ground and with used coffee grounds from our coffee maker and both worked equally well. After all, you’re after the exfoliating effect and the fact you’ve used the grounds to brew coffee doesn’t lessen this effect. In fact it makes the grounds a tad softer.
April 12, 2013 |

Silky Rose Dusting Powder

rose petals Roses are so commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, we are sharing this recipe to either get a head start on sweet smelling Valentine’s Day gifts for your BFFs, daughters, and mothers, or, for those of you lucky enough to receive a dozen roses from your beloved — a project using those wonderful rose petals after the blooms have faded.   This DIY  recipe for Silky Rose Dusting Powder relies on both rose petals and Rose Essential Oil. 
January 30, 2013 |

Grapefruit Jojoba Sugar Scrub

Sugar This simple grapefruit sugar scrub takes advantage of commonly available sugar as an exfoliant and the properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil (an astringent) and Jojoba Oil (skin conditioner).  The addition of Castile Soap helps to cleanse and rinse away the scrub.  You could easily add a tablespoon or two of grapefruit juice (fresh) if you happen to have it, or, a crushed grapefruit section from your breakfast, but be careful not to add too much or you’ll dissolve the sugar too quickly.
November 1, 2012 |

Reader Request: Oil Free Body Scrub

Sugar A reader asks “I like salt and sugar scrubs for my legs and hands, and nose area, but can’t tolerate a lot of oil, especially if I want to use it on my face.  What’s a good substitute for the oil, in sugar scrub recipes?”
December 12, 2003 |
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