Healthy Spa Recipes

Healthy Spa Recipes
Making your own cosmetics is not only a fun and rewarding experience; it is also a great way to save money and contribute to an Earthfriendly environment. Homemade cosmetics can be placed in recycled containers. They do not contain harmful chemicals or
preservatives, which are often used in commercial products. You can develop them to suit your own skin care needs. Homemade
cosmetics also make great gifts for Christmas and other special occasions.
Honey Tonic
• Apply 1-2 drops of honey onto a wet palm and massage onto face. Do not rinse. Pat dry. The secret is to use only 12 drops, on a very wet palm, and pat delicately onto your skin.
Honey and Almond Hand Treatment
Works great for dry skin. Note: This recipe needs to be made on a stove.
• 2 ounces of honey
• 4 ounces of lanolin
• 2 ounces of almond oil.
Melt the honey in a double boiler. Add the lanolin and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled,
add the almond oil, stirring well.
Wrinkle Cream
Note: This recipes needs to be made on a stove.
• 1 tablespoon of lanolin
• 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
• 2 teaspoons of water
• 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil.
In a double boiler, melt the lanolin with the almond oil. Add the water, then remove from heat and allow the mixture
to cool. Add the cod liver oil. Apply gently to the face.
Eye Makeup Remover
• 1 tbsp castor oil
• 1 tbsp light olive oil
• 2 tsp. Canola oil
Blend the above ingredients together. Apply with tissue or cotton ball to remove makeup around the eyes.
Coffee Body Scrub
• 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee
• 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt
• 2-3 T massage oil
Mix all ingredients together. Take a hot shower to moisten your skin and open your pores. Using wide, circular
motions, rub the coffee exfoliant onto your skin with strong, even pressure. Shower off, pat skin dry, and apply a thin
layer of your favorite body lotion. For a milder scrub, substitute white sugar for the raw sugar or sea salt.
Pine Toner
• 2 cup fresh pine needles
• 1 cup distilled water
• 1/2 cup witch hazel
Place pine needles in small saucepan with distilled water. Bring water to boil. Allow water to cool completely then
remove pine needles. Pine needles can be thrown away. Add witch hazel and stir well. Pour into a clean bottle or other
container. Apply to skin with a cotton ball. Store in a cool dark place.
Lemon Toner
• 1/2 cup lemon juice
• 1 cup distilled water
• 2/3 cup witch hazel
Blend the above ingredients together. Apply with tissue or cotton ball.
Lavender and Rose Wash Balls
2x5 oz bars plain Castile soap, finely grated
8 fl oz rose or lavender water
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rose essential oil
Heat 3 fl oz of the rose or lavender water and pour it over the soap. Let is stand for about ten minutes. Mix well and
then incorporate the rose and lavender oils. Leave to harden for two days. Then make the mixture into small balls,
each one about the size of a table tennis ball or slightly smaller, and leave to dry in a dry airy place. When the wash
balls have completely hardened, you can polish them with cloth moistened with the rest of the rose or lavender water,
or alternatively wet your hands with the rose or lavender water and rub the balls between your hands. Allow to dry
Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant
Note that this product should be used shortly after making and kept refrigerated since it contains ingredients that
• 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.
Avocado Carrot Cream Mask
This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta carotene and
antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein. These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve
tone and texture, and fade age spots. Note that this product should be used shortly after making and kept
refrigerated since it contains ingredients that spoil.
• 1 avocado, mashed
• 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 1 egg, beaten
• 3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15
minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.
Lip Balm Note: This recipes needs to be made on a stove.
• 3 tsp. grated unbleached beeswax
• 5 tsp. carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba)
• 6 or 7 drops essential oil (such as lime, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, or peppermint)
• 1 tsp. honey, for flavor
Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add
honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump. To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of nontoxic lipstick. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use
2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.
Lemon Verbena Bubbles
12 oz pure soap flakes
3/4 pint spring water
1/4 fl oz lemon verbena essential oil
1 fl oz vodka
2 fl oz glycerin
Heat the water and dissolve the soap flakes in it. In another container, mix the essential oil with the glycerin and
vodka. Combine these two mixtures and add a drop of yellow or green food coloring if you wish. Store in a widemouthed jar with a sealed lid.
Chocolate Facial Mask
This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer—it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.
Note that this product should be used shortly after making and kept refrigerated since it contains ingredients that
• 1/3 cup cocoa
• 3 tbsp. heavy cream
• 2 tsp. cottage cheese
• 1/4 cup honey
• 3 tsp. oatmeal powder
Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Orange Ginger Warming Foot Scrub
This warming foot scrub is great for the winter, and leaves your feet feeling soft and relaxed.
• 1/4 cup sugar (white or brown)
• 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
• 6 drops orange essential oil
• 2 drops ginger essential oil
• 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
In a plastic bowl, mix together the sugar and oil. Add the essential oil and stir. Add the cayenne pepper last and stir
well to mix. To use, sit comfortably in the tub or over a pan of water and/or a large towel to catch the sugar scrub as
it is applied. Scoop up a handful of the scrub for each foot and massage vigorously yet with care over heels, ankles,
toes, arches and the balls of your feet. Be sure to scrub any rough areas especially well. (Don’t forget to rinse the tub
well—you don’t want to take bath in cayenne pepper!)
Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
• 1-1/2 cups white table sugar
• 8 drops grapefruit essential oil
• 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
• 1/4 cup jojoba oil
• 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
Place sugar into a large bowl and stir to break up any clumps. Add the essential oil. Add one or two drops of red food
coloring if you’d like it pink. Mix very well to make sure the color is evenly dispersed. Add the jojoba oil and castile
soap next, a little at a time, stirring after each addition. Mix well and the pour into clean container. To use, stand in
the tub or shower and massage the sugar scrub onto your skin from head to toe. Rinse.
Softening Body Oil
Before taking a shower, brush your skin gently. This exfoliating will stimulate blood circulation and aid in skin
absorption. For best absorption, apply the body oil while your skin is still moist. This combination is ideal for skin that
has been exposed to too much sun or for extra dry areas, such as heels and elbows.
• 1 cup (237 ml) sweet almond oil
• 1/2 cup (118 ml) jojoba or hazelnut oil (or combination of the two)
• 2 tablespoons (30 ml) apricot kernel oil
• Essential oil (optional)
Combine the oils in a sealed bottle and gently turn it several times to mix. Apply as needed.
Orange Blossom Bath Salts
8 oz baking soda
1 lb coarse sea salt
1/2 fl oz neroli (orange blossom) essential oil
Stir together the baking soda and sea salt, then add the essential oil and store in a sealed jar. Food coloring may be
added if you wish. Use three tablespoons per bath.
Chocolate Bubble Bath
Note: This recipe needs to be made on a stove. This product should be used shortly after making and kept
refrigerated since it contains ingredients that spoil.
• 1 cup of unscented bubble bath
• 1/3 cup of unsweetened soy milk
• 3 oz. of grated or powdered dark chocolate
Heat the soy milk and add in the grated or powdered chocolate. Stir well until melted and blended, but do not boil.
Allow to cool. Mix well again just before adding to your bath.
Or, try this:
• 1 cup of fragrance free bubble bath
• 1/2 cup of dried milk powder or soy milk
• 3 oz. of powdered unsweetened chocolate
Mix the powdered milk and chocolate well, until blended. Stir into bubble bath until well mixed. Add to your bath in
the amount desired.
Bubble Baths
You can make a variety of bubble baths using different essential oil combinations. Use this basic formula and add oils
as listed below to customize:
1 quart of distilled water
1 bar of castille soap. (4 oz. Bar)
4 ounces liquid glycerin
Directions: mix the water, soap and glycerin together and stir. Now add your essential oils to the mixture.
Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath
This bubble bath has lavender and patchouli oils to relax you before bedtime. Use soft music and lighted candles in
your bathroom for a soothing effect. Add to basic recipe above:
6 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of patchouli oil
Cold Season Bubble Bath
This bubble bath will help you breathe easier, with eucalyptus oil to ease the cold congestion. This is perfect for the
cold season. Add to basic recipe above:
6 drops of eucalyptus oil
3 drops of spearmint oil
3 drops of peppermint oil
Pure Sunshine Bubble Bath
This citrusy bubble bath will cheer you up and energize you. Perfect for a morning bath or use after exercising. Add to
basic recipe above:
6 drops of orange oil
4 drops of grapefruit oil
3 drops of lemon oil
Love Potion Bubble Bath
This bubble bath will put you in a romantic mood. All of the ingredients are considered known aphrodisiac – so
look out! Add to basic recipe above:
6 drops jasmine oil
3 drops rose oil
3 drops vanilla oil
6 drops ylang ylang oil