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DIY 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. This is our DIY recipe for Pumpkin Papaya Mask with Exfoliating Enzymes.
October 13, 2017 |

Apple Cider Witch Hazel Toner

Intended for slightly oily skins, we’re told by skincare experts this Apple 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.
April 21, 2017 |

10 Summer Skin Care Tips

10 Summer Skin Care Tips When Spring marches into Summer, you need protect your skin so it doesn’t pay the price for the brunt of the heat this season. These skin care tips will help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even when the mercury climbs high, and help you enjoy your summer!
June 12, 2016 |

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 |

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…
November 24, 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.
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 |

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 |

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.
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.
January 31, 2014 |

Lavender Blister Dust

lavender A simple remedy for treating blisters with lavender dust. Holiday Shopping is coming and Black Friday is bound to take a toll on your feet, and, you’ve got office gifts to swap with co-workers. Make this as a gift.
December 13, 2013 |

Kathy’s Peppermint Lip Scrub

Peppermint Lips Chapped lips are no fun, and the drier they become, the more you want to chew on them, worsening the problem. This handy peppermint lip scrub will help fix your chapped lips in a hurry, and was submitted by one of our readers.
October 18, 2013 |

Citronella Mason Jar Lanterns

Mason-Jar-Citronella-Mosquito-Lamps[1] 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.
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.
September 12, 2013 |

Belgian Hair Potion

orange segments “This hair potion is used on thick hair about once a week” says Beverly Hills stylist Kim Vo. “It helps reconstruct the hair and make it shiny while taking out excessive oils.”
August 23, 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 |

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.  
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.” 
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.
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.
May 25, 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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
February 20, 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 |

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.
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.
January 16, 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.
December 19, 2012 |

Bathtub Tea Bags

Bath Tea Bags by Rad Megan Make your own bathtub tea bags for a relaxing spa treatment in your tub. Perfect for gift giving as well. We are fond of giving these to clients and customers rather than typical holiday fare. Everyone loves them.
November 27, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 23, 2012 |

Sea Kelp Mineral Facial and Mineral Bath

kelp Seaweed Bladderwrack Flakes are natural, mineral rich and also contains vitamins which will absorb through skin. The seaweed flakes turn to gel which is released by gently squeezing pouch as it soaks — you’ll breath in a fresh ocean smell (not fishy!). Seaweed Minerals and Vitamins are nourishing your skin and soothing your sore joints and muscles.
January 25, 2008 |

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. 
February 21, 2007 |

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.
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.
February 21, 2005 |

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 and indulgent soak ideal for winter dry skin or overly tanned and ocean-dried summer skin.
December 12, 2003 |

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 |

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.
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.
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.
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.
February 1, 2003 |
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