citrus zest and similar aromatic ingredients. Bake your bath cookies for ten minutes, until they are lightly browned. Do not over bake. Allow the bath cookies to cool completely. To use, drop 1 or 2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve. Yield: 24 cookies, enough for 12 baths.
coconut oil and honey, beating until your mask is the consistency of mayonnaise. Step 2: Take an empty toilet tissue roll and set it on end in a clean bowl. Spoon mixture into the cardboard toilet paper roll (or consider using an empty deodorant container). Place tube, in the bowl, in the freezer overnight. Step 3: To use, peel away just the top 1/4 inch of the cardboard roll and smooth the frozen stick over your face (think of it as a push up pop). Leave your mask on for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Return the cream stick, covered with plastic wrap, to the freezer between uses. Oatmeal Bath Oatmeal baths are a standard treatment for soft skin. In its simplest form, all you need to do is pour two thirds of a cup of oatmeal into an old stocking or coffee filter bag, tie off the top and throw it into a nice hot bath. For a variation on this old favourite, try adding a drizzle of honey and a 1/4 cup of powdered milk. You can also stir in a few drops of your favourite essential oil like lavender or peppermint — both of which will sooth and relax. Cocoa Butter Hand and Foot Crème This recipe from Spa Index uses food-grade cocoa butter which, unlike other oils, stays on top of the skin to form a moisturelocking protective layer (and it
has an oh-so-delicious smell). Keep your old coffee grinder on hand for this soothing recipe: 1/2 cup almonds 1/2 cup dry oatmeal 4 tablespoons cocoa butter 3 tablespoons honey Process the almonds in a blender or coffee grinder until coarsely ground. In a bowl, combine oatmeal, cocoa butter, honey and ground nuts. Rub into your hands and feet, cover with cotton gloves and socks, and leave on overnight. The next morning, remove the gloves and socks and rinse. You’ll be delighted with your incredibly smooth skin. This remedy is ideal for soothing hard-working hands and feet because it gently exfoliates old, dead skin and nourishes new cells.
Tips for success – Buy in bulk. Ingredients like oats and sea salt are common in many home spa recipes, so hit the bulk food store for some extra savings. Larger sized bottles of olive oil and honey are cheaper – and you can use those ingredients in your cooking too. – Check oil prices. Some essential oils are more expensive to produce than others. If the recipe doesn’t require a specific oil try citrus oils, geranium and peppermint to add some scent. They’re less expensive than pricier patchouli, rose and jasmine. – Be prepared for mess. Have some clean cloths and dish soap on hand, and wear an old pair of pyjamas or bathrobe. If you’re using a hair mask, make sure your top is button-up.
– Test it out. While you should avoid any ingredients you’re allergic to (like nut-based products), not all ingredients may “agree” with your skin. Most sources advise applying a small amount of the product to a discrete test patch of skin first. – Use as directed. Many products like oat baths and olive oil hair masks are gentle enough to be used on a regular basis. However, some ingredients like lemon juice can do more harm than good if left on too long or used too often. – Use it or lose it. Most of the recipes don’t contain preservatives, and the products are usually meant to be used the day they are prepared. Make sure you know how long an item can be stored and how to properly store it – and when in doubt, throw it out at the first signs of spoilage. – Label it. If you’re storing products like pre-mixed bath soaks or salts make sure to clearly label the container with the ingredients and the date — and it keep it out of reach of children and pets who may be attracted to the tasty ingredients.
Spa Index Bath cookies Feel like doing some baking? Try this make-ahead recipe for gifts: 2 cups finely ground sea salt 1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 tbsp light oil 1 tsp vitamin E oil 2 eggs 5-6 drops essential oil of your choice Preheat your oven to 350 F. Combine all the listed ingredients and form into a dough. Using a teaspoon or so of dough at a time, roll it gently in the palm of your hand until it forms a ball. Form all dough into one teaspoon balls, and gently place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Consider sprinkling the bath balls with herbs, flower petals, cloves,
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