The Spa Deck – Rediscovering a Treasure of Spa Recipes

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The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck

I moved at the beginning of the year. However, I still had a lease on my old apartment until the end of February so not everything made it’s way over until recently. (We saved the furniture for last.) Anyhow, I rediscovered this deck of spa recipe cards with 50 spa recipes during the move.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.  It’s no longer in print, however, it is still possible to find used decks online and in bookstores.

Homemade Spa Recipes

Lavender + Tea Tree Blemish Remover Recipe via The Spa Deck

Some of my favorite spa recipes that stood out while shuffling back through the cards included this super useful recipe for making a lavender & tea tree blemish remover. This simple oil acne treatment uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils proven to help fight acne including tea tree, lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oils.

Natural Neroli Complexion Serum Recipe via The Spa Deck

Another favorite, especially for those with dry and/or aging skin, is this recipe for a neroli complexion serum. Neroli essential oil is commonly used to increase circulation and stimulates new cell growth and is suitable for all skin types.

Especially beneficial for dry, irritated or sensitive skin, neroli essential oil regulates oiliness and minimizes enlarged pores. It can also help to clear up acne especially in dry skin. While pricy, a little bit of this amazing essential oil goes a long way!

Homemade Calendula Cuticle Oil Recipe via The Spa Deck

And let’s not forget those cuticles! My cuticles are the worst! And because I have a bad habit of biting my nails when I’m especially stressed, my cuticles tend to rip and tear. This calendula cuticle oil recipe is made with calendula essential oil, but you can also purchase certified organic calendula oil that’s made from infusing organically grown calendula flowers in organic cold pressed olive oil.

The Spa Deck contains 50 spa recipes in all with everything from face masks to papaya body butter. So if you can get your hands on a used deck, I highly recommend it!

Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home!

Alternatively, you may also love the book, Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This recently released book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home.

This book includes recipes for fun skincare products like warming chai body oil, solid shimmering perfume, creamy marsala lip gloss and an anti-aging mocha mud mask. You can buy Hello Glow online here.

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Create Your Own Custom DIY Salves the Easy Way!

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Spark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

About Spark Naturals Essential Oils.

I recently discovered the company, Spark NaturalsSpark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

Unlike some essential oils companies, Spark Naturals is not an MLM company. However, they do offer the same products along with better pricing and availability as other similar essential oil companies.

Create your own custom DIY salves the easy way with Spark Naturals' base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. This salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own oils!

Easily create custom DIY salves with Spark Naturals!

I was especially excited by Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out by buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own essential oils!

To get you started, I recommend 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of base. You can try ginger essential oil with this base for a warming sore muscle salve! Or mix 12 drops of ginger essential oil with 1 oz. of one of their carrier oils for a simple sore muscle massage oil.

And Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is 100% natural. It’s made from 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E. That’s it! You can buy Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve online here. Or shop from their full line of pre-made salves here.

Sparks Naturals sells essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

In addition to the salves offered at Spark Naturals, they also sell essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

And, they also make it easy to get started with aromatherapy! Start shopping now and save up to 20% off their current sale products. You can also use coupon code: share15 for 15% off.

If you’re interested in homemade salve recipes that are a little more complex, you can find all of my salve recipes here. Make your own from scratch or use them as a springboard for inspiration for making your own custom DIY salves.

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DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera® + An Almond & Oats Exfoliant Recipe

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DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

On November 1st, Oleum Vera® launched their new line of DIY beauty kits, with each kit focusing on the natural, the fresh and the edible. I was the lucky recipient of their “Off to a Good Start” beauty kit which arrived beautifully packaged last week.

Not only was this DIY beauty kit filled with wonderful organic ingredients, but the ingredients also came in very sturdy, quality containers that allow them to be re-used again and again. I was honestly floored by the quality and truly impressed with this new beauty brand.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Who is Oleum Vera®?

Based in Montreal, Canada, Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from nature in order to create natural beauty products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge along with natural clays, organic butters and oils.

This new beauty brand is anti-GMO, pro-customization, pro-organic and pro-sustainability. Their philosophy is to provide women and men with the ingredients and the knowledge needed to re-appropriate their body care routine and tailor it to meet their own unique skin and hair needs.

In opposition of the mainstream beauty industry which has long relied using on harmful chemicals, one-size-fits all mass production, and unsustainable sourcing, Oleum Vera® hopes to be a breath of fresh air for increasingly knowledgeable consumers.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Each of Oleum Vera®’s DIY beauty kits includes an assortment of plant-based oils and essential oils, and in some cases, powdered clays, algae, and dried flower petals. All of the ingredients are handpicked for their numerous benefits to the skin, hair and senses, always with sustainability in mind.

These DIY beauty kits are certified 100% organic, and each one comes with a booklet filled with customizable recipes and illustrated how-to’s. Each kit retails at $74.95. You can find their full line of DIY beauty kits now available here.

The "Off to a Good Start" kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

The “Off to a Good Start” kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

These ingredients, combined with a few fresh ingredients from your pantry, allow you to create three cleansing oils, three facial scrubs and three deep-cleansing masks. Each natural skin care recipe is designed to adapt to your skin’s changing needs. Also included, is a booklet filled with not only skin care recipes, but also information on each of the ingredients included in the DIY beauty kit.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

Using a recipe from the informational booklet inside my kit, I created their almond and oats exfoliant for normal or combination skin.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

DIY Exfoliating Grains Face Scrub

To make your own DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin, you’ll need:

4 Tablespoons (60 mL) organic oats, finely ground
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) organic almond meal
1 sachet (.7 oz.) kaolin clay
half a sachet (.17 oz.) bentonite clay
half a sachet (.05 oz.) organic rose petals or lavender buds

Crumble the petals or buds between your fingers, then combine all the ingredients.

To use your exfoliating grains:

To use your exfoliating facial grains, place a small amount of the scrub into a small dish or the palm of your hand. Add a bit of your favorite cleansing oil – also from a recipe in the kit! – and mix with your fingers.

Allow the oil to soak into the scrub for 30 seconds or so, then massage the scrub onto your face using a circular upward motion.

All the the scrub to rest on your face like a mask, or simply rinse off right away and pat dry.

DIY Milk and Honey Exfoliant for Dry or Sensitive Skin

A milk & honey exfoliant for dry or sensitive skin (pictured above) was yet another beauty recipe included with the “Off to a Good Start” DIY beauty kit.

If you’d like to discover all of the beauty recipes that Oleum Vera® has to offer in their new DIY beauty kits, you can visit their website here.

Mocha Scrub Bar Recipe to Reduce Visible Cellulite

There you’ll find an array of DIY beauty recipes for body, face and hair care like this beauty recipe (pictured above) for making your own mocha scrub bar to reduce visible cellulite. There are also beauty recipes for body butters, solid lotion bars, face masks, massage oils, toners, facial serums, hair masks and more.

For even more information on this amazing new company, you can read their blog as well as follow Oleum Vera® on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

For more of my favorite bath and beauty products be sure to visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. Or check out my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board here for more natural skin care and beauty recipes you can make at home.

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Natural Skin Care Products for Him & Her

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Natural skin care products for him and her. Fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products that you must try!

Natural skin care products for him and her.

Stuck in a boring skin care routine? Spice it up with something new! This wonderful collection of fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products are a must to try!

1. Bear Man Pure Organic Beard Oil // For him. This leave in beard conditioner is made with a proprietary blend of of organic oils that help to maintain a healthy looking beard with shine and manageability. Plus it’s unscented so it’s great for even sensitive skin!

2. FieldWorks Another Close Shave Shaving Gel // For him. This all-natural men’s shaving gel is made with bentonite clay and hydrating aloe and shea butter along with healing calendula. Great for sensitive skin and all skin types.

3. FIG+YARROW Organic Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub // For him or her. This body scrub is a deliciously invigorating blend of firming, exfoliating and antioxidizing ingredients for smooth and supple skin. It includes Caffe Vita’s Theo Blend Coffee – a perfectly roasted marriage of organic fair trade Peruvian and Indonesian beans with enticing aromas of vanilla bean, black pepper and chocolate – and cardamom.

4. baebody Coconut Milk Body Scrub // For her. This body scrub is a unique blend of organic and natural ingredients that softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. The addition of coconut milk and safflower oil help to reduce the appearance of age spots and aging, while Dead Sea salt helps to gently exfoliate skin.

Natural skin care products for him and her. A wonderful collection of fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products that you have got to try!

5. Soapbox Fox Sexy Lumberjack Soap // For him. This skin soothing powerhouse of a soap was specifically formulated for the outdoorsy manly men of the world. It contains burdock root, nettle leaf, dandelion leaf, spirulina, and comfrey leaf to facilitate skin healing. It’s perfect for those suffering from dry itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This super moisturizing formula can help soften even the most hardened and callused skin.

6. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Gentle Cleansing Soap Bar // For her. This handmade soap bar contains ingredients that draw out impurities and toxins in skin while also nourishing, hydrating and replinishing your face and body. Has an invigorating citrus and floral scent.

7. French Girl Organics Henri & Claude Organic Absinthe Lip Balm // For him or her. This lip balm contains an essential oil blends based on traditional flavors of liqueurs & aperitifs from the South of France where they travel every year leading their Cuisine & Wine tours. You’ll love the licorice-spice flavor derived from organic anise seed oil and the infused oils of warm spices and vanilla.

8. FIG+YARROW Organic Mustard Soak // For him or her. This traditional sore muscle soak contains mustard to help facilitate body detoxification and stimulate circulation. Magnesium salts aid detoxification and promote mental and physical relaxation while Dead Sea salt offers vital minerals.

Natural skin care products for him and her. Stuck in a boring skin care routine? Spice it up with something new! This wonderful collection of fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products are a must to try!

9. Sort of Coal Shampoo // For him. Created by a pioneering Danish company, this paraben and sulfate free shampoo contains white charcoal. White charcoal is 90 percent pure carbon and has a powerful ability to absorb due to its extremely porous surface. It is at the heart of centuries old Asian traditions surrounding well-being and purification.

10. Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo // For him or her. Formulated for brunettes, this handcrafted dry shampoo contains activated charcoal to naturally deodorize hair and kaolin clay to absorb oil. Scented with peppermint and eucalyptus, this dry shampoo is all natural, vegan and cruelty free.

11. Mr. Cherrywood Handcrafted Shampoo & Conditioner // For him or her. Made in small batches, this natural shampoo and conditioner is designed specifically for athletes and adventurers that may need to shower more than once a day. It’s crafted with an Aloe Vera Juice base that’s packed with vitamins and amino acids to help keep your hair pleasantly satisfied.

12. French Girl Organics Mineral Lip Tint // For her. This amber noir mineral lip tint is a super lustrous, emollient lip balm and mineral color all in one! The color is a beautiful medium bronze amber that is both earthy and delicious with a hint of glint. It’s perfect for most all skin tones.

Which one is your favorite?

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Facial Cleansing Grains Recipes

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These organic facial cleansing grains recipes are an excellent natural alternative to soap and water that are not only kinder to your skin but are also incredibly easy to make!

These organic facial cleansing grains recipes are an excellent natural alternative to soap and water that are not only kinder to your skin but are also incredibly easy to make! Because they don’t strip your skin of necessary oils that can over dry your face and lead to worsening break outs or simply dry, flaky skin you’ll have healthier glowing skin to look forward to! In addition, you can also use these organic facial cleansing grains as a face mask when you find your skin needs a little extra love.

These organic facial cleansing grains recipes are an excellent natural alternative to soap and water that are not only kinder to your skin but are also incredibly easy to make!

Following are three organic facial cleansing grains recipes to get you started. However, feel free to customize these facial cleansing grains recipes so they cater perfectly to your own skin type by choosing or substituting ingredients that work best for you.

These organic facial cleansing grains recipes are an excellent natural alternative to soap and water that are not only kinder to your skin but are also incredibly easy to make!

Herbal Facial Cleansing Grains Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon lavender flower powder
2 teaspoons French green clay
1 teaspoon chamomile flower powder
1 teaspoon marshmallow root powder
1 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder, cornmeal or fine ground oats
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Instructions:

Measure out all of the ingredients for your facial cleansing grains and combine in a glass bowl. Mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Using a small funnel, fill two 8-dram glass vials – I got mine from SKS Bottle & Packaging here – and cap.

To use combine 1-2 teaspoons with a small amount of water, coconut milk, milk, rosewater honey or aloe until it forms a paste. Massage onto skin then rinse with water and pat dry. Follow with your favorite natural facial serum or facial oil.

Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Fruit & Veggie Facial Cleansing Grains Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon carrot powder or cranberry powder
1 teaspoon orange peel powder
1 teaspoon basil powder
2 teaspoons Rhassoul clay
2 teaspoons sugar
1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder, cornmeal or fine ground oats

Instructions:

Measure out all of the ingredients for your facial cleansing grains and combine in a glass bowl. Mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Using a small funnel, fill two 8-dram glass vials and cap.

To use combine 1-2 teaspoons with a small amount of water, coconut milk, milk, rosewater honey or aloe until it forms a paste. Massage onto skin then rinse with water and pat dry. Follow with your favorite natural facial serum or facial oil.

Suitable for normal, combination and oily skin.

Detox Facial Cleansing Grains Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons bentonite clay
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
1 teaspoon sea clay
2 teaspoons activated charcoal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Dead Sea salt, fine ground
1 Tablespoon  arrowroot powder, cornmeal or fine ground oats

Instructions:

Measure out all of the ingredients for your facial cleansing grains and combine in a glass bowl. Mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Using a small funnel, fill two 8-dram glass vials and cap.

To use combine 1-2 teaspoons with a small amount of water, coconut milk, milk, rosewater honey or aloe until it forms a paste. Massage onto skin then rinse with water and pat dry. Follow with your favorite natural facial serum or facial oil.

Suitable for combination, oily and acne prone skin.

Love these facial cleansing grains recipes but want more ingredients to play with? Other fun ingredients you can incorporate into your recipes include aloe vera leaf powderchlorella powder, healing comfrey root powder, Echinacea flower powder, frankincense powder or anything else you dream up.

These organic facial cleansing grains recipes are an excellent natural alternative to soap and water that are not only kinder to your skin but are also incredibly easy to make!

In addition, these floral cleansing grains also make wonderful DIY wedding favors or bridesmaid gifts as well as homemade stocking stuffers. Or you can pair them with products made from some of my other homemade beauty recipes such as my mineral bath soak recipes, argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil recipe, and DIY herbal facial steam for a homemade beauty gift set.

Don’t have time to make your own facial cleansing grains? You can purchase pre-made facial cleansing grains from Mountain Rose Herbs here.

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