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Welcome to SpaIndex.com: Guide to Day Spas and Stay Spas. We spotlight the best day spas, spa resorts, spa vacations, health and weight loss retreats, destination spas, and more.    Sign up for our Spa Lifestyle Digest to get periodic features by email, and you’ll immediately receive a free welcome gift — our collection of 21 of our popular recipes for spa cuisine and DIY treatments.

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June 15, 2016 |

DIY Moisturizing Chia Seed Exfoliant

Chia-Seeds

Most exfoliants focus on the removal of grime and debris from the skin, but don’t help retain moisture. This DIY Chia Seed exfoliant does double (or triple) duty.  The smooth chia seeds help to scrub and exfoliate the skin, the lemon juices acts as a pore reducer and helps activate the chia seeds, and the coconut oil moisturizes. As an added benefit, the gel produced by the chia seeds helps to penetrate and moisturize your face.

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April 26, 2016 |

Chamomile Milk Bath – Cold Weather Skin Softener

Chamomile Milk Bath

This skin-softening bath is a treat for dry, winter skin.  The ingredients are almost always on hand, and if you keep powdered milk in a canister in the bathroom, you are only minutes away from a Cleopatra style bathing experience.   The lactic acid in milk softens dry skin and encourages sloughing and the chamomile (as easy as tea bags!) soothes rough, reddened and wind burned skin.  Try it after an Autumn or Winter sporting event.

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October 21, 2015 |

Strawberry Oatmeal Face Scrub

Strawberry Oatmeal Face Scrub
Oatmeal and strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties  which makes this treatment great for those who have sensitive, dry, itching as well as irritated skin. This Strawberry Oatmeal Face Scrub is an excellent treatment to help soften your skin as well.   Strawberries can help to reduce bags and puffiness, oatmeal is a great exfoliating agent that helps to slough off dead skin that can cause dryness, and milk softens. 

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August 10, 2015 |

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. (more…)

February 25, 2015 |

Sleep Peacefully with Aromatic Bath Blends

aromatic bath blends

Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy holiday season. Our friends in Midwest and East Coast of the United States are experiencing record snow fall, and shopping centers and malls are opening even earlier than usual this year (some even on Thanksgiving Day itself).  The stress of holiday shopping (a self imposed stress which we avoid, but one which can be hard for others to break) and entertaining visitors is going to be more difficult.   You’re going to need a good night’s sleep before, during, and after Thanksgiving and Christmas, and here are Aromatic Bath Blends which will help you get it.

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November 24, 2014 |

Lash Extensions … are they for you?

Lash L’Amour of Boston

With today’s hectic lifestyles, most women don’t have the time to apply fake eye lashes every morning, yet we still want those long, lush lashes that make our eyes pop! So, it’s no surprise that eyelash extensions have become the most recent beauty rage.  Eyelash extensions are enhancements applied to the natural eyelashes to increase volume and length in an effort to emphasize the eyes.

Here are some things to keep in mind when exploring lash extensions.

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September 29, 2014 |

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.

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July 23, 2014 |

DIY Healing Herbal Wrap

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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.” (more…)

July 19, 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. (more…)

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.
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March 30, 2014 |

Zen Spaces

Meditation Tea House

Our favorite zen spaces exude calm and rest for the mind body and spirit.  These are a collection of our favorite spaces, created by spas, landscape designers, businesses, home owners, and Mother Nature.

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March 19, 2014 |

How to Host Spa Parties

Houstonian Spa Bridal Party

Admit it. You’ve attended enough bridal shower parties with corny games and cheesy prizes to last a life time. You secretly wilt at the thought of one more interminable afternoon slumped back in lumpy furniture watching the guest of honor open her gifts of tea towels, cake stands, and storage containers. You despair at the thought ingesting one more spoonful of the omnipresent marshmallow and mandarin orange gelatin salad or something with the name “Trash” in the name, followed by the “fruit punch” chaser, which looks alarmingly nuclear in origin and consists of a rapidly melting brick of pastel colored sherbet floating in ginger ale.

Fortunately for everyone involved, it’s your turn to host this gig and no one is eating Warehouse Store salads on your watch. You vow to plan something creative, fresh, tasty, and FUN, and we are here to help you do just that. (more…)

February 8, 2014 |

Orange Ginger Warming Foot Scrub

Clean Feet

We have someone on staff who, when he’s not busy running our spa empire, he’s an amateur meteorologist.   We recently said “Good morning!” and he replied “Not for anyone East of California.  Did you know 66% of the country is under snow right now? 66%!”  That’s a lot of cold feet.  This warming foot scrub is great for the winter, and leaves your feet feeling soft and relaxed. The sugar exfoliates, the almond oil moisturizes, and the essential oils and cayenne pepper stimulate blood flow and warm the feet.
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February 7, 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. (more…)

January 31, 2014 |

Lavender Blister Dust

lavender

This blister remedy is a terrific mixture to have on hand in your gym bag, stroller or diaper bag, glove box in the car, and the gardening shed. Every time we take a rake to our herb garden at the office, even when we remember to wear gloves, we get an occasional blister and this does the trick for us.
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December 13, 2013 |

Natural Room Scents

Natural Home Scents

We were delighted to find tips by Monica of The Yummy Life for adding natural fragrance to your home using simmering waters infused with spices, herbs, and fruit.   These natural concoctions are ideal for personal aromatherapy in your home and office (provided you don’t have to worry about scent intolerances), or, for setting the stage of your home spa party or bridal shower. Consider scenting your home for romantic evenings, and of course, if it’s listed for sale and you’re having an open house.
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December 4, 2013 |

Wheat Germ Moisturizing Body Scrub

wheat-germ

This combination of ingredients is best for very dry skin which needs to be softened, exfoliatated, and nourished.  It is best used the same day it is made, and not stored.  Make this before a shower and take your time scrubbing your entire torso, hands, arms and feet.  The wheat germ acts as a mild abrasive, the yogurt soothes and softens with protein and lactic acid, the almond oil helps lock in the moisture, and the honey protects.
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November 27, 2013 |

Sandalwood Aromatic Body Mist

Red-Sandalwood

This combination of scents in Sandalwood Aromatic Body Mist makes for a musky, forested aroma.   It will appeal to men and women who like Oriental, woody, citrus and musky notes.  Distilled water (rather than tap water) is important when making any aromatherapy based treatment or product.  Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container.  The resulting distilled water has its impurities removed, providing a cleaner, more true scent.
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November 20, 2013 |

Ginger Dry Skin Creme

ginger

This recipe for ginger dry skin creme is infused with fresh ginger, nourishing oils and cocoa butter. Ginger invigorates and the oils soothe — a perfect double dose for dry skin.  This recipe first appeared on SpaIndex.com in December 2002 as a cold weather remedy and we’re still making it every Winter. Sometimes we use coconut oil in place of the cocoa butter, but we prefer it with cocoa butter as it is a little more solid. Use whichever you have on hand and prefer.
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November 13, 2013 |

Aphrodisiac Bath Blend

Glass jug with milk and honey

Whip up an Aphrodisiac Bath Blend to relax the mind, while the properties of the essential oils stimulate euphoria.  The milk provides lactic acid, which is a wonderful softening agent in bath water (we keep dried  milk powder on hand for just that purpose — you can use it here, too).


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November 7, 2013 |

Thai Herbal Balm

Beeswax

Tiger Balm™ is a popular remedy made from a secret herbal formulation that dates back to the times of the Chinese emperors. The Aw brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, inherited the formulation from their herbalist father. They call it Tiger Balm, after Boon Haw (whose name in Chinese meant “Tiger”) who was instrumental in helping Tiger Balm become a household name in many East and South Eastern Asian countries.

Herbal Balms are for external soothing pain relief.  Here is a DIY version you’ll enjoy trying.
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October 17, 2013 |

Citronella Mason Jar Lanterns

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Aren’t these mason jar lanterns beautiful?    Retro reproduction mason jars in a lovely shade of blue are filled with liquid citronella.  A hole in punched in the flat cap of a 2 part lid, cotton string is threaded through, and ignited to make a natural and beautiful bug-free light for your garden spa party.

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September 28, 2013 |

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.
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September 12, 2013 |

Egg White Grapefruit Oily Skin Mask

Egg-Whites

Grapefruit is a wonderful astringent for facials to reduce oiliness on your skin.  The egg white firms and tightens and (hopefully) reduces wrinkles,  plus contains Vitamin A which helps in tissue repair.  The sour cream moisturizes.  If you don’t have the grapefruit juice or sour cream, you can still treat your face with just beaten egg white, to aid in tissue rejuvenation.

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September 1, 2013 |

Gentle Exfoliating Lemon Facial

Lemon Cream

This mask gently exfoliates (oatmeal, citric acid and sour cream) and nourishes (sour cream).  Always use this Lemon Facial Mask immediately after mixing for best results — the lemon juice will cause the sour cream to curdle if it is not used quickly.

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August 25, 2013 |

Lavender Bath Fizzies

Indie Lee Bath Fizzies

Easily concoct a new bath time favorite. In desperate need of a coveted spa day, or looking for a way to make bath time more fun? Indie Lee, founder of the all-natural skincare line, Indie Lee & Co, shares her DIY bath perfecting solution.

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August 21, 2013 |

Coconut Oil Java Scrub

coffee grounds

Caffeine Addiction at its  best: reduce the appearance of cellulite and exfoliate naturally with this Coconut Oil Java Scrub.   Unfortunately, it’s impossible to remove cellulite completely, however, there are things we can do to reduce its appearance. Indie Lee, founder of the all-natural skincare line Indie Lee & Co, shares one of her at-home recipes for an all-natural scrub containing her favorite ingredient: coffee. The caffeine works to dehydrate fat cells and when broken down, acts as a natural exfoliant, so use caffeinated coffee grounds.

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August 14, 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.  The recipe calls for Canola Oil, but you can use your favorite baby oil or massage oil.  In a pinch you can use suntan oil, but we don’t recommend it (for tanning or any other use)  — they are often of poor quality and overly scented.
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July 31, 2013 |

Mango Aloe Toner

Mango

Pick up an extra Mango at the fruit stand this summer, or set aside a few tablespoons before making your morning smoothie.  Mango helps exfoliate the skin and aloe vera gel soothes and helps alleviate redness in the skin.   (more…)

June 19, 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.” 

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June 10, 2013 |

Watermelon Toner

watermelon

Our popular Watermelon Toner is made with the juice of this summer’s melon,  plus vodka and witch hazel. After your cookout this summer, save some of the juice which would otherwise be all over the table, and have fun with this refreshing face cocktail.
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June 8, 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.
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May 25, 2013 |

Tomato Oatmeal Blemish Mask

tomato

In our staff herb and vegetable garden, which we use to concoct and test our Spa at Home recipes, we have beautiful green Early Girl tomatoes, growing daily.  Every once in a while, a tomato will escape our attention and split open from being overly ripe. While these are often too soft and not attractive for eating, they are perfectly fine for using in treatments (providing they don’t appear to be spoiled).  This summer, we’ll use them to make this Tomato Oatmeal Blemish Mask.

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May 18, 2013 |

Chocolate Facial Mask

cocoa powder

Our popular Chocolate Facial Mask is made with cocoa powder and cottage cheese.     It’s more than just fun and funky — it’s an excellent moisturizer (recommended for normal complexions) which leaves your skin baby soft.  The cocoa powder is also a natural anti-oxidant which protects and frees the skin from free radicals.

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May 11, 2013 |

Apple Honey Acne Facial

apples

For this apple honey acne facial remedy, our skincare experts tell us the common apple has many skin beautifying properties.   Apples are also rich with Vitamins C, E, A, K, as well minerals Zinc and Copper, all of which are useful for healthy skin.   These vitamins help to protect your skin from free radical damage, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, calm redness and acne breakouts, restore and repair skin cells, maintain pH levels, and keep skin moisturize.

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April 17, 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.

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April 12, 2013 |

Apple Pear Firming Cream

pears

This firming cream soothes, tightens, and brightens.  The buttermilk softens and moistens, the egg whites tighten the skin and smooth fine lines, the citrus and apple juices gently exfoliate, and the remaining fruits and herbs aid in rejuvenating and brightening. 

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April 12, 2013 |

Kiwi Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin

Kiwi

Kiwi fruit is an anti-oxidant and enzyme rich fruit and an excellent source of Vitamins C,  A and E which contribute to toned and supple skin.  The honey is antimicrobial, and the yogurt contains lactic acid.  The almonds exfoliate.   Together, using this Kiwi Facial Cleanser will help exfoliate dry skin, tighten pores, moisten, calm, and nourish your complexion.
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February 21, 2013 |

Almond Miracle Face Scrub

salad dressing jar

We think that famous bottled “white salad dressing” is horrific as a condiment — none of our staff can tolerate the smell or taste. We do recognize the cult following many have for using it as a skin peel — it gently but thoroughly moistens and peels away dry skin.
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February 20, 2013 |

Avocado Carrot Cream Mask

Avocado

This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein. These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots.

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February 13, 2013 |

Cucumber Treatments for Sensitive Skin

cucumber

 These facials and masks are perfect for sensitive skin. Chill the mixture in your fridge before use to make it especially soothing.   The fresh extracts from cucumbers have been shown to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and they are rich in Vitamin C, which is excellent for the skin.
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February 10, 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
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January 30, 2013 |

Gentle Thyme Fennel Cleanser

fennel

Fennel has been used throughout history as an aid to digestion or as a slight diuretic. As an infusion, fennel seeds can be gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation.  Thyme, which is used in antiseptic preparations, is a good astringent.
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January 23, 2013 |

DIY Winter Hand Therapy Mask

Winter Hand Therapy

Winter often means dry, cracked, chapped hands — a seasonal hazard.  Our hands are first exposed to indoor dry heat and then exposed to harsh outdoor conditions.  Often, your favorite or regular moisturizer seem less effective.  Here are some tips to help your hands this Winter, and a recipe for a Winter Hand Therapy Mask.
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January 16, 2013 |

DIY Cold Weather Overnight Foot Mask

Snow Walking

During long summer when we wear sandals and open-toed shoes, we tend to take better care of our feet because we are concerned with aesthetic appearance.  Then Autumn and Winter rolls through, and our feet are all but forgotten as we bind them up in heavy socks, shoes, and boots, day after day, in heated environments.  
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January 9, 2013 |

Chamomile and Lemongrass Hair Rinse

cham tea

This rinse, created by musician Moby and his partner Kelly Tisdale, proprietors of Teany on the Lower East Side of New York City,  is recommended as an alternative to washing the hair when you don’t want it to frizz, but you do want it refreshed.  The chamomile will add shine to the hair, while the essential oils in the lemongrass will coat and protect the hair.  You can add fragrant essential oils if you want a more intense scent for your hair, but we prefer the aroma of the teas, on their own.
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January 2, 2013 |

Rosemary Honey Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

honey
Winter weather can be harsh on skin, nails, and even hair.  The natural moisture balance in our hair is affected by changes in temperature, including just coming and going from warm, heated interiors to the frigid outdoors.  Sitting inside a heated room is the equivalent of spending an entire afternoon under a hair dryer.  Add static from “hat hair” and you’ve got the Perfect Hair Storm.
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December 19, 2012 |

Pumpkin Papaya Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Papaya

If you have visited spas and resorts in exotic locales such as the Pacific Rim, Bali, Hawaii, and Tahiti, you’ve probably been lucky enough to have an aesthetician select and mash fresh fruit in front of you for a fresh-on-the spot enzyme mask.   Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are loaded with enriching ingredients for the skin, enzymes for exfoliation, particularly.  

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November 29, 2012 |

Red Wine Honey Bath Soak for Dry Skin

wine bath

Thanksgiving Dinner is over, your family is watching television, and hopefully the teenagers — and whoever didn’t have to cook — are cleaning the kitchen.   You are tired, and you need a hot bath to ready yourself for shopping tomorrow.  Either keep one bottle of red wine in reserve, or, make certain you set aside at least 4 cups of red wine for the Red Wine Honey Bath Soak (and if you have odds and ends of wine from various bottles or glasses, pour it into a pitcher and save it — we won’t judge or tell).
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November 22, 2012 |

Parsley Cucumber Facial

parsley cucumber facial

The next time you make a salad, set aside just 3 tablespoons of basic ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a quick parsley cucumber facial, to be enjoyed while soaking in the tub before bed. You cannot get any easier, or quicker, than this.
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November 17, 2012 |

Indian Cleansing Milk for Oily Skin

Thyme

This Indian cleansing milk remedy for oily skin benefits from buttermilk which offers the softening effects of lactic acid.  Fennel seeds aid digestion, but when infused with liquids, are gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme is both antiseptic and slightly astringent.

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November 13, 2012 |

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.
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November 1, 2012 |

Pineapple Olive Oil Dry Skin Facial

Pineapple

This pineapple facial is an excellent exfoliant for dry skin.   The citrus fruit contains bromeliad, a protein-digestive enzyme which helps rid the skin of dead cells and dirt.   It also counteracts histamines, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a mild astringent. Olive oil has excellent healing properties and is a good source of vitamin E, which restores the skin’s surface.
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October 11, 2012 |

Quick Cucumber Eye Soother

Sliced Cucumbers

Need to de puff your eyes in a hurry?  You could purchase a $12.00 bottle of cucumber-lookalike eye pads infused with extract and then kicked up with a list of chemicals — or you can simply use a real cucumber.  Even if you purchased and used a fresh cucumber each week, it would take quite a long time before you spent $12.00 on this simple and soothing treatment to calm and sooth your eyes.   Say, why do we see cucumbers on eyes for so many spa treatments?
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October 2, 2012 |

Make Your Own Hairspray

Sugar

Making your own hairspray is a cinch if you’ve got the talent for boiling water, and, your sugar bowl is at hand.  This recipe is particularly useful for people with skin sensitivities who would normally breakout from the sometimes harsh chemicals in over the counter hairsprays.

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July 23, 2012 |

Egg White Avocado Oily Skin Mask

Egg-Whites

The egg white firms and tightens and (hopefully) reduces wrinkles,  plus contains Vitamin A which helps in tissue repair.  The lemon juice acts as an astringent and the avocado balances moisture and ads good fats.  Although avocado is a high fat fruit, it balances your skin with “good fats.”   If you don’t have the juice or avocado, you can still treat your face with just beaten egg white, to aid in tissue rejuvenation.

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February 21, 2007 |

Avocado Dry Skin Mask

Avocado

This mask should result in a marked improvement in skin texture, and all-around revitalizing of dry skin.  Avocado balances the skin with “good fats” and the egg yolk has minerals, vitamins and proteins. 

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February 21, 2007 |

Don’t Bug Me DIY Insect Repellent

Citronella for DIY Insect Repellent

We wouldn’t call this aromatherapy — the scent of citronella (although we like it) and vinegar (eh) is quite strong — but we’d call it effective and natural, and avoids aerosols. This is a terrific spray to keep on hand when you’re in the garden during the Spring and Summer, or raking leaves in the Autumn.

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April 12, 2005 |

Fingernail Brightener

nail brightener

One of our staff members said she regularly purchased a tiny container of “little round manicure soaking balls” designed to brighten her nails — was there a swap for that?  We took her into our office kitchen on our Spa Saturdays and made this version for her, at a fraction of the price.

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April 12, 2005 |

Gentle Honey Cleanser

honey

This cleanser is simple and effective. The soap gently cleans, the glycerin prevents drying and the honey not only softens the skin, but its antimicrobial properties can help ward off breakouts. A touch of honey is all you need for healthy, glowing skin.

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February 21, 2005 |

Cherry Vanilla Foaming Bath

Cherry Vanilla

You’ll be surprised just how much aromatherapy can be hand in a simple splash of your favorite extract in bath water.  You can use scented oils, or, if you don’t want to deflate bubbles, using culinary extracts, like Cherry, Vanilla, Orange, or Peppermint, and add a capful to your bubble bath.

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February 21, 2005 |

Strip It Off! DIY Pore Strips

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2012 Update!  This recipe for DIY Pore Strips or Pore Strip Alternative using Knox gelatin, is one of our most popular Spa DIY tricks.    We were delighted to see it pop up on blogs and then all over Pinterest, but sadly, the origins have long ago been lost.  Where did it originate?  Right here on our spa directory, SpaIndex.com: Guide to Spas, with our staff esthetician, in April 2004.   It remains an oldie but a goodie.

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April 24, 2004 |

Kelp Firming Mask

kelp

This mask treatment will help to soften and firm your skin at the same time.   Powdered kelp, when hydrated with yogurt or water, forms a mucilaginous (slippery and gelatinous) texture which is wonderful for the skin, soaking it with vital minerals from the sea.  It has at least 14 vitamins and 18 minerals, including folate, niacin, vitamin K, calcium, zinc, potassium and manganese.

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April 4, 2004 |

Apple Cider Witch Hazel Toner

Intended for slightly oily skins, we’re told by skincare experts this Apple Cider Vinegar Toner is an excellent substitute for rubbing alcohol (a real no-no for oily complexions, as it actually stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil). Witch hazel is a gentle astringent, apple cider vinegar will help restore your skin’s natural pH balance, and lavender soothes sensitive skin.
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February 21, 2004 |

Roman Bath Soak

olives

The origin of the name is curious. Ancient Romans most certainly didn’t use shampoos or foaming agents in their bathing rituals, but this is a good recipe by any name. This is an easy but indulgent soak which is ideal for winter dry skin.
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December 12, 2003 |

Avocado Egg Hand and Foot Remedy

Avocado

 This natural treatment will revive your dry, wrinkled and rough hands, feet, elbows and knees. The avocado and egg nourish the skin with proteins and oils; the rice bran exfoliates dead skin cells; the oil of evening primrose contains precious gamma linolenic acids, essential for healthy hair, skin and nails. Consider purchasing a small jar of Oil of Evening Primrose capsules from your health food store. Open one, and voila — you have the ingredient for this and other recipes.

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December 12, 2003 |

Kiwi Astringent for Oily Skin

Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi is very mildly acidic and acts as an astringent for oily skin without being as drying as others.   It also contains several skin friendly nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants. These elements are terrific for boosting and rejuvenating skin health.
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December 12, 2003 |

Cucumber Hair Drench

cucumber

 If you swim or soak in a chlorinated pool or Jacuzzi on a regular basis, the same damage you’ve noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Drench your hair with some nutrients to get it in Olympic form.

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April 17, 2003 |

Bath Cookies

bath cookies

Our most requested and reposted recipe — these bath cookies are baked in your oven and then added to a warm bath to soften and dissolve and bathe your skin in skin softening oil and sea salt.  They may be customized with your favorite add ins.

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April 17, 2003 |

Lavender Hand and Foot Wash

lavender

Use this wash to relieve red and inflamed hands and feet. So refreshing in summer when your feet are hot, and in winter, when they’ve been cooped up in boots. This is a particularly wonderful treatment to use on a bedridden loved one. Wash their feet and hands with this and they’ll feel wonderful and grateful.

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February 1, 2003 |

Calming Herbal Bath

herb sage bundle

The combination of sage, rosemary and parsley are calming; the oatmeal is good for itchy or irritated skin. Together, this bath blend will sooth irritated skin from athletics, exercise, winter weather or vigorous activities. In addition, the rosemary alleviates mental fatigue, the sage treats loss of concentration, the parsley is a stimulant, and the salt alleviates light-headedness.

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December 19, 2002 |
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