2 tea bags (chamomile, a golden mix for blondes; rooibos, a rich orange for redheads; or , dark for brunettes)
2 cups water
“Tea lowers the pH of hair, closing the cuticle for extra shine, softness, and manageability,” says Philip Pelusi, owner of Tela Design Studio in New York City. Tea’s natural pigments can also neutralize brassiness for more flattering color.
Citrus Facial Scrub
1 tablespoon dried citrus peel, chopped and finely ground in a food processor
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon pure honey
1/4 cup vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons cornmeal
Mix the ingredients until well blended and massage on a damp face. Rinse well with warm water and finish with a splash of cold. Though the scrub’s nicest when used fresh, you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Vegetable Oil Nail Strengthener
2 tsp salt
1 tsp wheat germ oil
> Before each use shake well.
> Rub a small amount of the mixture onto your nails.
> Leave on for 3-5 minutes.
Coffee Sugar Body Scrub
(Recipe and Info from Adelyn Stone)
tightening and antioxidant effects on the skin.
as a vasoconstrictor, an antioxidant, and a diuretic.
fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a
vasorestrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels thereby helping eliminate
because you associate the smell with the invigorating effects of drinking
(It’s a learned response.)
. . . . . . .
5 TBSP Coffee
1/4 C oil
(veggie oil, almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, baby
1 tsp Peppermint Extract
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Add small amounts of oil
to the sugar/coffee mix until everything is coated.
(You may not need the
full 1/4 C, I didn’t use all of it)
Add any fragrance you like. I chose to
use Peppermint and Vanilla and they blend well with the coffee aroma.
well. and You’re done.
If you find it a little watery from the
oil, just add more sugar and or coffee.
. . . . . . .
brown sugar (as it is less abbrasive)
◦ If you would like a coarser scrub,
try 1/2 C of sugar and 1/2 C of coffee grounds.
Winter Avocado Face Mask
Avocado Mask- recipe by Barbara Close “Pure Skin Organic Beauty Basics”
Makes- 1/2 cup of mask
1/2 ripe avocado
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients in blender and process for 30 seconds. Apply immediately to clean skin. Leave on 5-10 minutes until you feel mask start to tighten and dry. Rinse with warm water. Gently dry face and apply daily face moisturizer to damp skin.
* If you want extra hydration add the 1 Tbsp coconut oil
* Never let mask fully dry on skin
* When removing use warm water and finger tips to gently loosen mask before removing with washcloth. (Although washcloth is not necessary)
* This mask should be used immediately and does not store.
These are just a few of the many diy beauty treatment recipes that I found browsing around on Pinterest. I have not personally tried out these recipes, but I definitely plan on it in the future! Being today is Friday and all, hopefully this will inspire you to pampering yourself with ingredients from the kitchen this weekend!
And finally, here’s a great article from the Daily Green about being a discerning consumer when it comes to buying beauty products…just like with food, just because something says “natural” on the label doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good for you or the Earth! It’s important to be aware of ingredients and not get bamboozled by a marketing ploy! (Yeah, I just said bamboozled…what of it?)
That’s all for me today! I’m looking forward to a weekend filled with sleeping in, snow, skiing, some Trader Joe’s shopping, reading, and snuggling with Cam and Lola. Have a great weekend friends! Xoxo