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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Natural Black Clay and Sea Salt Soap Recipe

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This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe is made using Australian black clay and fine sea salt for a luxurious spa like experience in the shower!

This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe is made using Australian black clay and fine sea salt for a luxurious spa like experience in the shower!

Australian Midnight Black Clay contains a variety of natural minerals including iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and copper and is suitable for most every skin type. It aids in removing toxins and impurities from skin in a similar way as activated charcoal while also adding conditioning properties. Sea salt, like black clay, also helps to detoxify skin and provides trace minerals. Create this natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe to use daily as a facial or body soap or whenever you want to enjoy a spa like experience at home.

The lovely bluish-gray color of this sea salt soap recipe is derived solely from the black clay. Coarse sea salt is then added to the top of this homemade soap for visual interest and contrast.

This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe is made using Australian black clay and fine sea salt for a luxurious spa like experience in the shower!

Natural Black Clay & Sea Salt Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

18 oz. sustainable palm oil
7.2 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
1.8 oz. castor oil
7.2 oz. pomace olive oil
1.8 oz. apricot kernel oil

11.8 oz. distilled water
4.7 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 teaspoon Australian Midnight Black Clay
4 Tablespoons fine sea salt
1.7 oz. Cedarwood Sage EO & FO blend, optional (or scent of choice)
coarse sea salt, optional to suit

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils=33%
10% superfat

This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Instructions:

To make this natural Australian midnight black clay and sea salt soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the palm, coconut, castor, olive and apricot kernel oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside. Then weigh out the fragrance, if desired, and set aside. You can also measure out the fine sea salt and black clay using measuring spoons so they are also ready when you start making this sea salt soap recipe.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make soap.

Begin by adding the Austalian Midnight Black Clay to the melted soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until evenly distributed throughout the oils.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add the fragrance and the salt. Mix well to combine thoroughly to medium trace, then pour the soap into your prepared mold.

This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe is made using Australian black clay and fine sea salt for a luxurious spa like experience in the shower!

If desired add coarse sea salt to the top of the soap loaf at this time. As this soap does get rather hot during saponification, I recommend NOT covering and insulating it as it could cause the top to crack. Set aside for 24 hours.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. (These sea salt soap bars harden rather quickly so it’s best to cut them as soon as possible.) Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

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Calendula & Goat Milk Facial Scrub Recipe for Sensitive Skin

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This natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin is made with calendula, colloidal oatmeal and goat milk! It gently exfoliates & helps calm inflammation.

Looking for a gentle and all natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin? Then give this calendula and goat milk facial scrub recipe a try. You’ll love the results!

This natural, exfoliating facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin contains goat milk and colloidal oatmeal known for their skin soothing and nourishing properties. There’s also baking soda which helps to cleanse your face while apricot kernel meal and finely ground calendula petals gently exfoliate skin. Plus, it’s unscented so there’s no need to worry about irritating fragrances!

This natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin is made with calendula, colloidal oatmeal and goat milk! It gently exfoliates & helps calm inflammation.

Calendula & Goat Milk Facial Scrub Recipe for Sensitive Skin

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. goat milk powder
2.5 oz. colloidal oatmeal
2.5 oz. baking soda
1 oz. apricot kernel meal
.2 oz. calendula petals, finely ground

Directions:

You can typically find powdered goat milk in the baking section of your grocery store. Colloidal oatmeal is typically in the pharmacy section.

To create this natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin you’ll need to begin by weighing out the calendula petals using a digital scale. Next, grind the calendula petals in a coffee grinder or food processor.

Now weigh out all of the remaining ingredients using a scale and combine with the ground calendula petals in a large bowl. Mix well. Then spoon into air tight containers for storage.

To use your homemade facial scrub, simply remove a small amount of the scrub from the container and mix with just enough water, honey or favorite carrier oil (up to one Tablespoon) to form a paste. (For extra dry or mature skin, try mixing this scrub with shea nut oil or rosehip seed oil.) Then apply to facial skin in a circular motion for up to one minute. Alternately, you can use this scrub as a mask by applying and letting set for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with water to remove and pat dry. Store your scrub in a cool dry location.

If you liked this natural calendula and goat milk facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin, then be sure to check out my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. Or visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen for a full collection of my skin care and homemade soap recipes.

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Natural Homemade Hair Mask and Hair Conditioner Recipes

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I have long, fine and straight hair that gets super dry in the winter which, of course, leads to frizz. And it’s not pretty. Unfortunately it’s still in the growing out stage from me wreaking havoc on it just under two years ago when I decided to dye it dark brown – so that it looked black – and bleach out “highlights” that I dyed a bright magenta. At this point, I could hack it off to the point where my “healthy” hair has grown out, but that would mean hair no longer than my chin – again. With cold weather still lurking about, I’m not sure I’m ready to make change. So what that means is shampoos and conditioners for dry and damaged hair and the occasional deep moisturizing treatment to wrangle it back in line.

So what’s a girl to do when even Aussie’s 3-Minute Miracle and Anti-Frizz Cream aren’t quite doing the trick anymore? Go old school and turn back to the basics for a deep conditioning hair treatment. Old school remedies from the kitchen really do work! Mayonnaise is great for moisture. Just apply and cover with a shower cap for about 8 minutes, then wash out. Or grab the olive oil from the pantry, heat a little in the microwave until warm, apply to hair and let sit for about 5 minutes, then wash out for a simple, yet effective hot oil treatment. Food not quite your gig? Raw butters and oils are great for your hair. Shea butter makes an excellent hair conditioners and oils like jojoba oil are great for moisture and shine! (You can buy quality, organic butters and oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.) There’s no need to buy hair care products with lots of “extras” and chemicals. In fact, preparing your own hair masks, hot oil treatments, and conditioners will save you money in the long run! If simple is just not your style, then you can play around with a combination of ingredients for the perfect treatment.

Longhairloom.com has a great selection of natural hair care recipes from A to Z! Everything from an aloe & jojoba glossing gel to a vinegar rinse! My favorite recipes from Long Hair Loom are the Mediterranean Hair Mask – 2 egg yolks, 1 mug olive oil, 1 mug rum, 3 Tablespoons honey – and the All Natural Kitchen Deep Conditioner – 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon shea butter, 1.5 Tablespoons yogurt, 1 Tablespoon honey, 1 Tablespoon coffee, and 1 egg. For instructions on making these recipes and to find more recipes like these, visit Longhairloom.com.

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What type of hair do you have and what’s your favorite product to keep it looking it’s best?


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DIY Handmade Cupcake Bath Bomb Recipe and Tutorial

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I am so hungry right now I’ve been eying these handmade Cupcakes Bath Bombs at Little Birdie Secrets and thinking about just how tasty they look. Unfortunately, they are not edible. But that’s not to mean you can’t make them smell that way. Think cotton candy and cherry lemonade icing. Or maybe white cake and buttercream frosting?
Cupcake Bath Bomb Tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets
If you’re a huge fan of relaxing baths or just have kids who love a little something special in the tub, bath bombs make a great tub time addition. And cupcake bath bombs? Well, even better! Little Birdie Secrets offers an excellent step-by-step photo tutorial and recipe for crafting your own tasty scented bath time creations. The bottom cake layer of the bath bomb is your basic bath bomb or bath fizzy, while the top is an “icing” made with meringue powder for fluff (along with some sugar, cream of tarter, water, and color) that you apply to the cupcake just like you would cake icing. Ready to make your own? Surf on over to Little Birdie Secrets blog for the how to.
Looking for more bath bomb recipe ideas? Then be sure to visit my collection of Handmade Bath Bomb Recipes here. Or for some giant homemade fizzy bath bomb fun – with packaging that’s about to “explode” – check out Skip to My Lou’s foaming bath bomb recipe and packaging idea for making your bath bombs look like actual bombs.
Crafty in the kitchen but don’t feel like making a mess you’ll just have to clean up later? Catch a laugh at your spouse’s expense and have a little fun with some bananas. I got a kick out of this idea and have filed it away as a best idea EVER.

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