If you love buying artisan soaps from the framers market, stores, or making yourself you need to check out this store and youtube channel. Quench has a variety of vegan hemp products for sale soaps, bath bombs, scrubs etc. Well the owner of Quench takes it one step further she started her youtube page (see below link). She not only speaks about how to make the soap yourself but also insight to the business side incase you want to start your own brand! Check out her page I posted this one because wedding season is here so making soap favors is a great idea:
We started out by adding hemp oil to our lemon shandy soap and quickly noticed something: these soaps felt DIFFERENT. Creamier and smoother, these particular hemp soaps felt luxurious in our shower. And after the shower? Even better. We couldn’t deny how much softer and more quenched our skin felt. And our customers noticed too: our lemon shandy soap quickly became a best-seller. A decision had to be made and it was pretty easy: add hemp oil to ALL our products.
Some known properties of hemp oil:
Won’t clog skin’s pores.
Known to balance out skin and reduce oiliness, dryness, and irritation.
Contains vitamins fatty acids that benefit skin health.
Try our products and FEEL the difference for yourself.
Smaller Batches = Better Quality
Here, at Quench, we handcraft products that feel, look and smell out-of-this-world amazing. Every bar of soap, bath bomb, body butter, and lip balm has been handcrafted, hand-poured and hand-pressed in small batches from our home in Midland, Ontario, providing an experience that’s uniquely special for every customer.
A luxurious treat for the eyes, nose AND skin
Most soap companies prefer to keep their soaps and bath bombs as simple and as easily to replicate as possible in order to produce them in larger batches quickly. Not here: our focus is to provide a product whose design will take your breath away. No two soaps or bath bombs are exactly the same. Our beautiful products aren’t just pretty: they’re formulated with skin-loving ingredients that work to retain your skin’s natural oils once you step out of your tub.
Making beautiful soap the old-fashioned way
“Your soap looks like fudge” is our most common comment we hear. Why? Because we make our soaps using the cold-process method that allows us to design, pour, and sculpt our soaps in our signature “peaked” design. We love the delight our soaps bring to people because it reminds us how truly unique our products are.
Shower, Bath and Beyond! We got you covered
Quench handcrafts wonderful body butters, sugar scrubs, bath bombs and lip balms with the same high standard as our soaps. Every product is formulated to provide the same luxurious experience.
Raising the bar on bath time
Once you go handmade, you never go back: let us take care of you in a way those big box guys never can.
There is always coconut oil at my house either for baking or using on spa treatments, it’s not too expensive and smell great. Best part is you can use it for yourself and also on the furkids, check out the link from http://www.thepennyhoarder.com for great tips:
Coconut oil for dogs is a common way that pet parents can introduce health and wellness to their pets—both because it’s an affordable shelf staple they typically already have at home and because it has an abundance of health benefits for dogs.
How can you use coconut oil to boost your dog’s health and wellness?
Below, we explore six great ways to improve your dog’s health and quality of life using coconut oil.
While not every veterinarian agrees on the health benefits of coconut oil for our canine friends, the science definitely leans in favor of usage, especially when moderated. While coconut oil is not a cure-all, many scientists and vets in the community argue that coconut oil for dogs can:
Make them smell better.
Do wonders for a dog’s skin conditions, including dry or itchy skin, hot spots and even bites or stings.
Give dogs a glossier coat.
Help with coughing and hairballs.
Aid in digestion thanks to the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short). Some vets even say the medium chain triglycerides of medium-chain fatty acids like coconut oil can boost brain energy and cognitive function as your dog enters its senior years.
Help with bones and joints, even soothing the effects of arthritis.
Support metabolic function.
Fight off viruses, fungi and bacteria via coconut oil’s lauric acid.
Coconut oil alone cannot ward off every dog’s skin conditions or any virus your dog is exposed to, and it likely only helps ease the pain of arthritis but does not prevent it altogether.
Think of coconut oil as a good supplement, not a replacement for a well-balanced diet, especially the essential fatty acids that must be included in your dog’s diet.
Wait, Essential Fatty Acids?
The word “fat” often carries hurtful, negative connotations in our society, but when it comes to your diet — and your dog’s diet — fats serve an important purpose. Good saturated fats like medium chain triglycerides, for example, are a fuel source for us, giving us the energy we need to go about our days.
The lauric acid of coconut oil is considered an antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial acid. Coconut oil also contains important unsaturated fats (both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) with known benefits.
6 Ways to Use Coconut Oil to Boost Your Dog’s Health
Is coconut oil good for your dog? It can be. The benefits of coconut oil are varied. But how do you best introduce coconut oil into your dog’s routine? Here are six unique ways to use coconut oil to improve your dog’s health and wellness:
1. Use With Food to Improve a Wealth of Skin Issues
Ingesting coconut oil is its most basic use and likely its most effective. If your dog likes the taste, it can be a good addition to a meal to help with itchy skin, flaky skin, rashes, nutrient absorption, digestion, joint pain and more. Just plop a small amount directly into your dog’s food bowl at feeding time. Many pet parents recommend using small amounts of the oil as dog treats.
How much coconut oil to use
Remember: Everything in moderation. When adding coconut oil to your dog’s meal, start with a very small amount and up the dosage gradually (or risk upsetting your dog’s tummy and potentially ruining your carpet). Your dog’s vet can likely supply a recommendation based on your pup’s breed and weight.
A good rule of thumb is roughly a quarter teaspoon for a small dog (think Yorkies) up to 1 tablespoon for a big dog (like a Great Dane).
2. Cover Up the Taste of Meds
If coconut oil proves popular as a treat or at dinnertime, it can be an effective way to disguise your dog’s medicines. Given coconut oil’s unique texture (kind of like peanut butter—and thus a good replacement for peanut butter), it can be easy to hide a pill in. Your dog will come to love medicine time!
3. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Coconut oil offers antimicrobial properties that make it a good substitute for doggy toothpaste, especially for dogs that aren’t a fan of the flavor of the over-the-counter paste. (It’s also much cheaper.) Use your finger or a commercial dog toothbrush (or even a child’s toothbrush) to rub the oil directly on your canine’s canines once or twice a week.
4. Apply Coconut Oil to Your Dog’s Skin and Coat
The benefits of coconut oil extend beyond oral use cases. It’s been shown that coconut oil improves your dog’s coat and skin when applied properly.Warning: Rubbing coconut oil into your dog’s skin and coat can be a little messy, but many dog owners swear by it. You might want to put an old beach towel under your pup.
If your dog has flaky, itchy or dry skin, apply some coconut oil directly to the problematic area. You can even rub the oil into your hands and give your pooch a full-body massage (dogs have such a rough life, eh?) to spread the oil around the fur and skin.
This can be particularly helpful in response to an allergic reaction. Make sure to follow up with a visit to the vet to determine the source of the reaction.
And of course, don’t be surprised if you find your dog licking itself a little more than usual. Just monitor to ensure it doesn’t eat too much.
5. Use it as a Defense Against Fleas and Ticks
Not only does coconut oil serve as a moisturizer for your dog, but it can also be a natural flea repellant.
But a caveat: As someone who has tried natural at-home flea and tick repellant recipes, I find the over-the-counter stuff to be more effective. I advise relying on coconut oil as an added repellant, not the sole repellant, or else you might welcome fleas into your home and put your dog at a higher risk of contracting Lyme disease.
6. Promote Healing of Wounds
Finally, you can use coconut oil on the skin to help heal wounds, as it has natural antibiotic properties. Veterinarians have specifically found coconut oil good for cracked paw pads, cuts from rough play at the dog park or even self-inflicted wounds by dogs who nibble at itchy paws during allergy season.
Don’t have any plans for Valentine’s Day yet, well here is another great way to not spend alot of money and still have a relaxing day. http://www.pennyhoarder.com has an inexpensive ways to create your own spa day at home:
Everything you’ve heard about coconut oil is true. Skip the expensive body lotion and the deep conditioner and use this low-cost alternative instead.
Cost: An entire jar of coconut oil costs about $6 and will last for months.
Apply an avocado or egg mask to your hair at the beginning of your spa routine, then wrap your head in a warm towel. Let it work its magic for at least 20 minutes while you give yourself a lip scrub.
Cost: One egg will set you back 10 cents, and an avocado is between $1 and $1.50.
Korean sheet masks, cotton-based sheets that address various skin care issues, make your skin look amazing, but they can be awfully pricy. I picked up a handful at my local dollar store for a buck each and discovered they work just as well as the expensive brands. If you buy in bulk, you can save even more pennies.
Cost: Sheet masks can be found online or in dollar stores for as little as $1.
Speaking of masks, if you use Lush cosmetics or know someone who does, hang onto those little black pots and bottles the products come in. You’ll score a free face mask when you turn in five clean empties. That’s a savings of at least $11.95!
Cost: The cost of the five products (To be fair, Lush products can be pretty pricy — but they smell so gooood.)
Clear up blemishes and reduce fine lines with a container of plain, generic-brand yogurt! Whether you use it alone or jazz it up with extras like a dash of honey or oatmeal, your pores will thank you.
Cost: A small container of plain yogurt can cost anywhere from 60 cents to $1.
After rinsing off the mask, I like to give myself a five-minute face massage. It’s surprisingly relaxing.
Cost: Totally free!
If you’ve got a few dollars a month to spare, sign up for a Sephora Play! subscription. You’ll get a box delivered right to your door filled with deluxe product samples and a bonus fragrance.
Cost: $10 per month
This homemade eucalyptus sugar scrub is both energizing and effective. You can make a batch to slough off dry, dead skin, leaving behind a tingly clean that smells luxurious.
Cost: Less than $1 worth of sugar, coconut oil and salt, plus around $13 for eucalyptus essential oil.
For a change of pace, I like to mix things up and exfoliate my skin with this three-ingredient coffee body scrub that you can make with the (free!) used coffee grounds left over from your morning brew. It reportedly also reduces the appearance of cellulite. (Don’t tell me if that’s just an old wives’ tale — I don’t want to know.)
Cost: Free, if you’re a coffee drinker.
Sometimes my skin just isn’t up for a harsh scrub down. That’s when I whip together this gentle scrub that rinses off easily with warm water. (I’ve tried it without wheat germ, and it still works great.)
Cost: About $10 for the oat bran, $7 for the essential oil and $6 for the almond oil – and you can use all of these for other purposes too.
If you plan to shave during your spa time, try dry brushing first to prevent ingrown hairs and razor-burn bumps.
Cost: A good dry brush costs around $7.50
If I’m going to sport beautiful nails, the rest of my hand better keep up appearances, too. This lemon-sugar hand scrub is so easy to make and smells amazing. After you rinse it off, slather on some hand lotion and take a minute to admire your, er, handiwork.
Cost: A lemon costs about 50 cents, and you probably already have sugar and oil in your pantry.
Do you know why every spa scene in a movie or on TV depicts someone with cucumber slices on their eyes? Because they work! You can use the leftovers for cucumber-infused water to really amp up that luxe “I’m in a spa” feeling.
Cost: About $1 for a cucumber.
Treat your feet to a nice soak with whatever gentle bath wash you have on hand. Follow it up with a homemade foot scrub. Simply stir one part coconut oil into two parts sugar and scent with a few drops of essential oil. A dash of lemon juice adds extra oomph. To kick (ha!) things up a notch, slather on some lotion and cover your tootsies with thick socks while the moisturizer works its magic.
Cost: Peppermint essential oil costs about $9, or you can just use the eucalyptus oil you bought earlier. The rest of the ingredients are likely in your pantry.
10 Easy Ways to Spa-ify Your Surroundings
While planning your day of indulgence, don’t forget to design your own relaxation grotto. Give your bathroom a deep clean and then:
Splurge on a soft, thick towel.
Pick up some pretty containers from the dollar store to hold all the scrubs and potions you make.
Scour thrift shops for a fluffy bathrobe to wear while relaxing.
Get some inexpensive candles to create ambience during bath time — or make your own.
Set a plant or vase of flowers in the bathroom, because greenery makes everything better.
Cover your bathroom window with frosted contact paper to diffuse bright sunlight that might harsh your mellow.
Put a few sprigs of eucalyptus on the corner of the bathtub to create a clean, refreshing scent when you run the hot water.
Buy a bathtub overflow drain cover so you can fill the tub extra deep and soak all the way up to your chin.
Queue up this chill Spotify playlist.
Use the cucumber you bought for your eyes to make some cucumber-infused water to sip as you spa.
Getting ready to send off 2020 here are a few at home recipes to have a very relaxing evening or New Year morning and of course a nice bubbly drink will help too! All ingredients can be found in your kitchen or bathroom, don’t forget your robe and slippers:
Chocolate Orange Sugar Scrub
Good for: Dry, winter skin
This scrub will exfoliate away your dry skin cells, revealing the smooth, soft, fresh skin below. Use it once a week to keep your face full of moisture, according to Essie Button, a former esthetician and makeup artist.
This recipe will yield eight ounces, so you’ll have enough for one large jar or two smaller ones. (And by the way, this recipe smells good enough to eat.)
1 cup white sugar
½ cup coconut oil
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp finely grated orange peel
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together. Gently exfoliate your skin, then rinse.
Coconut Oil Hydrator
Good for: Dry cuticles
Dry cuticles can be annoying and unsightly, but a coat of coconut oil can soften them up nicely. The cuticles and skin absorb the fat in the coconut oil, which prevents the cuticles from looking and feeling dry, according to Kryz Uy, a beauty expert and writer.
Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant with protective properties.
2 tbsp coconut oil
Directions Apply a small amount to your fingertips, then wrap the plastic around them. Leave for 10 minutes. Rub the oil into your skin and rinse off the surplus.
Honey and Lemon Mask
Good for: Acne and blackheads
Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, while the lemon removes dead skin cells and clears acne and blackheads, according to Toby Dash, a blogger at Five Star Skin Care, focused on skincare, health and beauty.
Make sure to do a patch test before trying this one, as both lemon and honey have been found to irritate some skin types. (If you have sensitive skin, avoid this mask altogether.)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
Directions: Squeeze the lemon into the honey and mix. Apply to your clean, dry face and leave it for up to five minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
Oatmeal Face Mask
Good for: Sensitive, reactive or redness-prone skin
Oats contain avenanthramides, which can have antihistamine-like benefits, says Cheryl Woodman, a scientist, skin expert and skincare formulator based in the United Kingdom. There’s also evidence that oats may help balance skin pH, which is vital for calm, happy skin.
2 tbsp oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
Water (just enough to make a paste)
How to use it: Blend the oatmeal, and add the baking soda. Add enough water to make the paste. Apply the paste to clean, dry skin. Leave it for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse off.
Directions: Mix the ingredients and apply to your face and neck. Leave for one minute before gently rinsing your face with water.
Tea Tree Oil Cleanser
Good for: Acne, inflammation and dermatitis
Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient for homemade facial cleansers, says James Morgan, editor at Get Rid of Things. You can get tea tree oil at any grocery store, health food store and most drug stores.
10 drops of tea tree oil
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
A few drops of coconut milk or coconut oil (skip this if acne is a concern for you)
Directions: Mix and apply once or twice a day to your face. Rinse off with warm water.
Good for: Hyperpigmented skin
This mask helps brighten, tighten, condition and moisturize the skin, says Keione Gordon, a medical aesthetician
1 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp aloe vera gel
Directions: Mix the ingredients together and spread the mask on your clean, dry face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Warm Milk Soak
Good for: Dry hands
This soak softens hard-working hands, says Uy. The fat in the milk (especially whole milk) softens the skin, while Vitamins A and E nourish it.
2 cups of whole milk (you may need more if you have larger hands)
Directions: Heat the milk to room temperature — or you can pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it slightly warm. Soak your hands for at least 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse them off.
Yogurt and Lemon Lotion
Good for: Dry skin
Yogurt is rich in lactic acid, which helps lighten and cleanse the skin, while the Vitamin C in lemon brightens your skin, according to Dash, who created this recipe.
However, as with our other recipe that includes lemon, you may want to skip this if you have sensitive skin. And be sure to try a patch test on your skin before going full throttle with this lotion.
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 tsp of lemon
Directions: Mix the ingredients and apply them to your face and neck. Leave it on for 1 minute before gently rinsing it off with water.
I love smelling lotions and soaps that have a fresh flowery scent. From a relaxing lavender to an invigorating mint or eucalyptus. Let’s check out what other flowers are good for making beauty products from http://www.willowandsage.com:
Rose petals and oil have been used for ages in bath and body recipes. A quick, refreshing way to incorporate this flower into your day is by spraying rosewater on your face when in need of a pick-me-up. It can also be used in perfume and all-natural cleaning.
Adding lavender to recipes, such as bath salts or body butter, can provide a calming and relaxing atmosphere. The soothing smell alone helps refresh the mind, and the properties help reduce scars and wrinkles.
This flower adds a bright pop of color and a summery scent. It’s the perfect ingredient for a scrub or a facial steam. It helps firm the skin and is rich in antioxidants.
The calendula flower is known for its golden hue and healing properties. Not only is it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, but it also helps regenerate the skin. Calendula-infused oil is great to keep on hand for a number of ailments.
Dried chamomile flowers are beautiful as well as beneficial for skin care and mental health. It can help soothe and relax, and can be added to soaps, scrubs, and more. It can also help ease puffiness around the eyes.
I have seen these at beauty supplies, drug stores, and online many times but never really knew what they were for? I started googling and found this article perfectly named Everything You Should Know About Jade Rollers! So I picked one up to try it out and have an added bonus to my facial routine:
From tightening facial muscles to supporting collagen production, jade rollers are the latest must-have step in everyone’s beauty routines. But its Insta-worthy appeal doesn’t mean it’ll automatically put you on the fast track to flawless skin.
There are actually a few things you should keep in mind when looking for a jade roller and incorporating it into your beauty routine. Here are five expert tips from Jordana Mattioli, a medical esthetician in New York, to make sure you get the most out of this at-home treatment.
Check for authenticity “Jade rollers should be made out of 100 percent pure jade,” states Mattioli. This might mean a higher price point, but authentic jade rollers last longer and are more effective at helping your nightly oils and serums penetrate the skin deeper. Jade rollers priced under $9 are typically made of glass or plastic and don’t deliver the results that a real jade roller does. “You won’t get high-quality results from a low-priced roller,” explains Mattioli.
Note that sizes differ Mattioli shares that she “prefers a jade roller to have two different sized stones on each end because then you can treat the larger areas of the face with the larger side and use the smaller side around your eyes and lips. If you can, always buy one in person so you can check its smoothness, polish, and that it doesn’t squeak, which means it’s broken.”
Clean after each use We love applying our favorite nighttime serum and rolling our jade roller all over our face as part of our self-care nightly ritual, but as Mattioli warns, it’s important to clean your roller after each use. Oils, creams, and serums can leave behind residue, which can lead to clogged pores. Mattioli insists on cleaning it with an alcohol pad after every use.
Storage matters It’s important that your jade roller is stored properly to preserve its quality and longevity. Mattioli stores hers in a clean plastic bag in the fridge to increase its soothing and depuffing benefits.
Roll upwards “Whether it’s a quick one-minute session or a full ten minutes, there’s no wrong way to use it,” explains Mattioli. But she recommends using an upward motion as well as paying attention to those areas that need extra firming or are wrinkle-prone like “the forehead, over the eyebrows, and the area from the jawline to the ear.” Through continuous uses, the roller motion will help eliminate excess fluids while the cooled jade stones will constrict blood vessels to minimize puffiness and swelling.
At the most affordable price point, this jade roller doesn’t slack when it comes to skin benefits. The natural jade stone is smooth to touch and emits “good energy” to keep both your heart and skin happy.
Get a two-in-one deal with this jade roller that comes with an aromatherapy necklace. You’ll be able to reap the benefits of essential oils while rolling all the acupressure points with this 100 percent natural jade roller.
Wake up your entire face with the cooling, soothing power of rose quartz crystal: It promotes circulation for glowy, healthy-looking skin, releases tension in facial muscles, and cools to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and under-eye bags. Brilliant all over or just where you need it, the rose quartz feels incredible.
Stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage with this ever-so-popular brand. It contours facial muscles, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, tones and improves elasticity, reduces puffiness around eyes, and more.
1. Avocado face masks are free from chemicals and synthetic ingredients that make them less allergic and skin irritating than the many store-bought beauty products;
2. Face masks using avocado as an ingredient are good for those who are having acne prone as well dry or sensitive skin.
3. The avocado face mask can reach the inner layers of the skin to impart elasticity to even the extremely dry skin.
4. They work wonders to slow down the aging process.
5. They are inexpensive and can be easily made at home using the natural ingredients easily available in your kitchen cabinet.
Read on here for some incredible homemade avocado face mask recipes to clean skin pores and soothe your dry skin.
DIY Avocado Face Mask For Dry Skin
Avocado is not only good for your health, but it also soothes dry skin. Honey contained in the masks is good for your dry skin, as is the yogurt or milk. Try your own homemade avocado facial masks to nourish, soften, cleanse and moisturize your dry skin
1. Avocado Honey Face Mask: This easy to make face mask for dry skin uses only 2 natural ingredients, namely, avocado and honey, both of which act as natural moisturizers. This mask works wonders for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. Take 1 fully ripe fresh avocado, remove the skin as well as the seed, and mash it up into creamy pulp in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and stir the mixture until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry your face with a soft towel.
This avocado mask recipe works to impart a beautiful glow to your face. This face mask is not too sticky, but it is delicious!
2. Oatmeal Avocado Face Mask: This acts as a great moisturizing mask and helps in restoring damaged skin. Take 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal as per instructions in the label on the oatmeal packet and mixed it well with the mashed avocado (without its skin and seed) until it turns into a pulp-free paste of uniform consistency. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries up. Once it’s done, rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
3. Avocado Yogurt Face Mask: If you want to pump in moisture into your skin then this mask will do the trick. Yogurt also works well for acne prone skin because it has lactic acid that kills bacteria. As the plain yogurt is a little acidic, it works to restore your skin’s pH balance as well.
This work great in winter months. Take 1/4 ripe avocado and mash it up in a bowl until it turns lump free. Mix into the pulp 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Stir them well until you get a paste of uniform consistency. Apply the mask onto your skin for 10-15 minutes or until it dries out. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
Natural Beauty Tip – In case your skin is oily, go for a lower fat content.
4. Avocado, Banana and Egg Face Mask: Take 1/2 ripe / soft avocado, 1/2 ripe banana and 1 egg yolk. Mash and mix all the ingredients together to form a paste of uniform consistency. Apply on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Once done, wash it off with lukewarm water and then pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
Now you must have observed how easy it is to make and use these DIY Avocado Face Masks. They are inexpensive and chemicals free. You can apply any one of them once a week and watch your skin getting young and beautiful.
Natural Beauty Tips
(i) The above additional ingredients are optional. The avocado face masks are effective even when they are made with avocado alone. The optional ingredients you may add for their specific additional properties that may promote skin health.
(ii) Use a soft and ripe avocado for the purpose of making face masks.
(iii) To make the avocado mask cool and refreshing, keep it in your fridge for a couple of minutes before applying it.
(iv) If you add an egg to a face mask, the mask will work to tighten your skin.
(v) To make the mask ingredients penetrate deep into your skin pores, wash your face with warm water before applying the mask.
(vi) A tip for the people who have extremely dry skin. Add a couple of drops of olive oil to make the avocado face mask even more moisturizing.
(vii) Wash your face with warm water to remove make up and dirt before applying any mask, so that the face mask provides the best results to you.
(viii) Do not use any ingredient, if your skin is allergic to it.
(ix) Avocado can stain your clothes, so wear an old T-shirt while making or applying an avocado face mask.
Stay At Home sounded good until we realized we could not enjoy some of the simple things we are use to doing. Pedicure, haircuts, or a day at the spa! Not to worry there are a few things you can do to have a mini spa experience at home:
1. Make your own face and body scrub, there are plenty recipes depending on what you have at in the pantry? Most scrubs call for sugar, Epsom salt, coconut oil, olive oil, raw honey, etc. All items you could have or can easily pick up on that next market run. Just research your recipe first so you can make sure you have all your ingredients. If you think it maybe too hard to make your own beauty products, no worries plenty of products out there. There are many great products at Trader joes, CVS, Big Lots, even the Dollar Tree, just depend what you are looking for and your budget. Trader Joe’s has a great variety of face and body scrubs, facial serum, and even lip balm.
2. Manicure and Pedicure you want to have that spa experience pick up a pair of moisturizing gloves and foot massager they usually run under $30. You can find at Target, CVS, or Big Lots. Use a lovely smelling lotion for your hands and any kind of Epsom salts for your feet. You can pick nail files, clippers, and pumice rocks at any discount store stay on budget!
3. If you don’t already have an essential oil diffuser this is a nice touch to add as they are very relaxing. Eucalyptus, mint, or lavender all great choices to set the mood. Depending on where you go could run you between $10-$30 at most store.
4. Lastly prepare yourself either a cold brew tea or a pitcher of ice cold water with fruits or lemon to enjoy while you are having your mini experience. Put on your robe and flip flops enjoy your day!
Gentle, pure and naturally anti-bacterial, Marseille soap is ideal for skin care and many other uses.
AS A POWERFUL STAIN REMOVER
Marseille soap can be used at home to clean your sofa, your rug or your tiled and stones floors. You can clean your kitchen counters, tubs or pretty much any surface in your home. Simply rub a Marseille soap on a damp cloth or sponge or even directly on the surface you want to treat, and rinse well. Marseille soap is also ideal to clean or degrease wall or floor tiles. To clean stone, use a brush soaked in water with Marseille soap. This technique can be use for anything from travertine, marble, granite, terra cotta, or even slate.
AS A CLEAN LAUNDRY DETERGENT
As a laundry detergent, Marseille soap contains no coloring or synthetic adjuvant, making it ideal for sensitive skins and delicate clothes. To remove a stain on a piece of clothing, rub the affected area with a barely damp Marseille soap to form a crust on the stain to treat. Let dry, then wash as you normally do. This technique can be used for stains such as: alcohol or beer, coffee chocolate, food and sauce stains, or lipstick and make up.
How to make Marseille soap laundry detergent recipe:
You will need :
– A large saucepan
– 3 liters to 4 liters of boiling water
– 150 grams of Marseille soap, shredded or grated
– A cup of baking soda
Pour some baking soda and Marseille soap into the pot filled with boiling water.
Stir with a wooden spoon until the potion is well diluted.
Let cool and pour the laundry detergent in a sealed container.
Shake the mixture before each wash.
AS A GREEN (BIODEGRADABLE) DISHWASHING LIQUID
Mix well ½ cup of grated Marseille soap with warm water. To add fresh scent, add one or two drops of mint or lemon essential oils.
AS A BEAUTY PRODUCT
Marseille soap can be used as a shower gel, shampoo or shaving soap. Its gentle formula soothes irritations and allergies, and can help in many cases of eczema or psoriasis when used a shower soap.
AS A JEWELLERY CLEANER
Fill a pan with hot water and then add 1 cup of grated Marseille soap. Let your jewelry pieces soak for 10 to 15 minutes, rubbing each piece a bit before rinsing with water. Dry it and shine-on!
AS AN ANTISEPTIC CLEANER
Insect bites, wounds and sun burns can be cleaned and treated with Marseille soap; simply rub some soap on the wound or insect bite, then rinse. To soothe a mild sunburn, apply the soap while simultaneously pouring cold water on the affected area.
AS A NATURAL MITE REPELLENT IN YOUR CLOSET
Simply attach a slice of soap on a rope in your closet to avoid the tiny creatures that swallow your favorite tees or cashmere sweaters. It works, really!
AS A DOG SHAMPOO
It cleans the coat very well without irritating. Always make sure to rinse well, especially in the paws area where soap could remain after rinsing. Marseille soap definitely gives a shine and spectacular lust to the coat.
Add coconut oil in to a glass jar (I use my glass pyrex measuring cup). Add water to a small pot that will come up to about half of the measuring cup. Use a small pot over a low heat, and stir the coconut oil and tea for 1 hour. Don’t let water get too low add more luke warm water as the level goes down. After let the oil cool down for a few mins and using a fine mesh strainer pour out oil into jar to remove all the tea matter. Let the oil cool until it becomes solid again. You are now ready to whip with a hand mixer for about 5- 7 mins. Use daily and if your home is warm you can store in the fridge!
Sub for coconut oil: Cocoa butter or shea butter
Here are a few other recipes I found that I will be trying they sound amazing:
Place the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a saucepan. Over low heat, warm until just melted.
Remove from the heat. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oil.
Cool until the mixture solidifies, (a few hours at room temperature). Stir the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer to a clean container with a lid.
To speed up the cooling process, you can place the body butter over an ice bath and stir vigorously until it goes from melted to firm and fluffy.
1/4 cup grated beeswax,
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup aloe vera gel, room temperature
1/8 Teaspoon peppermint essential oil
Place the beeswax and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Heat just until just melted with no remaining flecks of beeswax. Try to keep the temperature as low as possible to preserve the benefits the of coconut oil.
Remove the oil mixture from the heat, and hand whisk in the room temperature aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil until it’s thoroughly combined.
Let the lotion cool to room temperature, about 2-4 hours. Whisk again, or place in the blender and blend at a medium speed for about 30 seconds for a fluffier version.
Note:This lotion will naturally become thicker and more solid over time, as some of the aloe vera slowly evaporates.