Thursday, April 26, 2012

Home Spa

Sometimes I just don't want to go anywhere. Sometimes I just want to relax at home. Sometimes it would just be nice to have a spa in my house.

Enter stage left: 


These are some of the fun ones that I came across:

This invigorating ubtan (cleansing paste) scrub improves circulation and help tone slack muscles.  **HECK YEAH**

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup oat or chickpea (garbanzo) flour, 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, 2 tablespoons each ground mustard and crushed fresh coriander leaves, 3 tablespoons rose water, 1 cup orange juice, and 1/2 cup water; stir to blend. Work the scrub all over your face and body. Rinse with warm water.

Herbal Steam Tools
1/3 cup dried lavender blossoms
1/3 cup dried calendula blossoms
4 to 5 drops geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens)

Herbal Steam How-To

1. Add dried lavender and calendula (plus any additional herbs of your choice) to a large French press or teapot. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the herbs and steep for about 10 minutes.

2. When the herbs are finished steeping, fill a clean bathroom sink halfway with very hot water. Pull up a chair that will allow you to hang your head over the basin, about 6 to 8 inches from the water. Press or strain the herbs, then add the herbal infusion to the water. Add geranium essential oil.
3. Drape a large bath towel over your head and shoulders to create a "tent" over the sink and steam your face and neck for 3 to 5 minutes. If the water cools, add hot water as needed to produce more steam.
4. After steaming, splash your face and neck with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean, fluffy towel.

Orange Spice Foot Mask
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Foot Mask How-To

1. Using a food processor, grind the oats to a fine powder. Transfer to a medium-size bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and stir until blended into a thick paste.

2. Prepare two warm, wet washcloths or hand towels, either by wetting them and placing them in the microwave for one to two minutes or by soaking them in hot (not boiling) water. Wring out excess water and set aside.
3. Sitting with your feet in the tub or a large basin, use your hands to spread a thick layer of the mask over each foot, covering them completely up to the ankles. After wiping hands clean, wrap each foot in one of the washcloths to seal in the moisture from the mask. Sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. When you're ready to remove the mask, carefully lift off the washcloths. Rinse your feet thoroughly using warm water. Pat dry with a towel.

Yeah, I'm totally fantasizing about that foot mask. Sounds pretty much like heaven right about now (c:

Anybody have another at home treatment that rocks their socks off (literally and figuratively)??

Or you could just win the Perricone MD $150 Giveaway and get some fabulous treatments sent to you! (c:


Amy {Fresh and Fancy} said...

I'm so glad you shared the recipes for these treatments...I can't wait to try one...maybe I'll pamper myself this weekend! Thanks Aubrey!

Lisa Scibilia said...

Aubrey, I am seriously planning a girl's night around your spa week ideas! Thanks for the motivation!!

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

These are pure genuis. But my question is when the heck do you have time for a spa day with kiddos? If I get a spare minute I our some vino and turn on Bravo, although I guess I could indeed wear a mask while doing that!

Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} said...

OMG a foot mask! That sounds amazing! These pups could definitely use one :)

Sara Mueller said...

Thanks for sharing all of the recipes!

Amanda Hill said...

I need to come to your house! We play spa day on daughter loves to do treatments and massages to us. That sounds bad, but I swear its just spa day :)

Leslie said...

Sounds divine! It's so important to pamper ourselves a little bit as much as we can. :)

Nuha said...

i love diy home treatments!

amy b.s. said...

these are awesome! thanks for the tips!

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

There is no where I'd rather be than the spa, and if not at the spa, at home doing spa treatments! I love these ideas- that foot scrub sounds delish!!

DeAnn @ The SIP project said...

You read my mind! I am so excited to be just staying home today, after 3 days of running around I am ready to just chill and put on a Manuka Honey face mask. I am gonna give that first one a try, I love making masks at home!

Maury Kilgo said...

These look so nice! I want to try it for sure, especially the foot mask. That's my favorite part of a pedicure.

Lonely Wife Project said...

I can't tell you how often I indulge myself in home spa treatments!

Amy said...

Great ideas!!

Bud and Leo said...

there's nothing I love more than spa treatments at home!!!

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