Sunday, January 20, 2008

Beauty Recipes

Here are some recipes for a spa like treatment at home!
I tried to find the easiest recipes and ones with the easiest ingredients to find.

Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant

  • 8-10 Strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons Apricot Oil (you may substitute olive oil)

  • 1 teaspoon of coarse salt, such as Kosher Salt, or Sea Salt
Mix together all ingredients, massage into hands and feet, rinse, and pat dry. Strawberries contain a natural fruit acid which aids in exfoliation.

Kiwi Facial Cleanser

  • kiwi fruit

  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon orange water

  • 1 tablespoon apricot or almond oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon finely ground almonds

  • 2 drops orange (or your favorite citrus) essential oil

Puree the kiwi fruit in a food processor until liquid. During processing, add yogurt, orange water, almond or apricot oil, and ground almonds. Process until thick and cream like. Add essential and stir to mix. To apply, massage gently over neck, face and décolleté to cleanse. Rinse well. Makes one application.

Rose Oil and Honey Facial Mask

Rejuvenate and replenish your skin. Sweet almond oil, which is light and easily absorbed, softens and nourishes skin. Honey as natural humectant, moisturizes, leaving even tired skin incredibly smooth.

  • 2 T Honey

  • 2 T Sweet Almond oil

  • 5 drops essential oil of Rose

  • 1 drop Vitamin E oil
Mix honey, sweet almond oil and essential oil of rose.
Massage onto clean face and neck with fingertips. Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Gently pat dry to reveal a fresh, soft complexion.

Aphrodite Apple Mask

  • 1 T Applesauce

  • 1 T Wheat Germ
To Make: Purée apple in a blender or add applesauce to a small bowl. Mix in the wheat germ to form a paste.
To Use: Apply to washed, scrubbed, and steamed face. Allow mask to set for 10-15 minutes. Tone then moisturize.

Yogurt-Honey Mask

  • 1 T Yogurt

  • 1 T Honey
To Make: Add the two ingredients together and apply to a clean, moist face.
To Use: Pat this mask onto the skin for a moisturizing, penetrating, hydrating, soothing application that will also help to clear up skin problems.

Invigorating Coffee Scrub

  • 3 T Coffee grounds (organic-caffeinated)

  • 1 T Salt (optional)
To Make: Brew a fresh pot of coffee. Enjoy a cup, if you like. Put grounds (and salt) in a small bowl. Use grounds within 20 minutes of brewing before oxidation occurs.
To Use: Scrub mixture over entire body while in the shower. Rinse. Tone. Moisturize.

Orange Citrus Bath Herbs
(This one is the hardest.)

Use only dried materials.

  • 1 oz. Orange peel, CS (Cut and Sifted)

  • 1 oz. Orange flowers, WH (Whole)

  • 1 oz. Lemon peel, CS

  • 1 oz. Comfrey leaves, CS

  • Camomile, WH

  • 1 oz. Almond meal
Quantity: Makes 6-12 baths.
To Make: Mix together and store away for use.
To Use: At bath time you may, 1) put a large handful of the mixed herbs into a muslin bag and drop the bag in the hot tub; 2) drop the herbs directly into the water; 3) put the herbs into a perforated metal ball available in the cooking section of department stores and often used in the cooking of rice; 4) make an infusion of herbs and strain the liquid into the tub.
Why: In this bath mixture, Orange peel soothes the skin, Orange flowers impart fragrance, Lemon peel is an astringent, Comfrey leaves are a healing emollient and astringent, Camomile is soothing and a healer, and Almond meal adds a slippery feel.
Tip: There are several kinds of metal balls used in cooking rice. Some have chains attached that can be hung from the edge of pot or tub. One small 3" diameter ball I purchased came equipped with a cork float that was perfect in my tub. Now I can always keep track of my bath ball.

Hope you guys like all of these. I got these from a Homemade Beauty Recipes website.
Try them and if they work for you comment on this blog!

xoxo, Tori

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