Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  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.)

  1. 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.

  1. After rinsing off the mask, I like to give myself a five-minute face massage. It’s surprisingly relaxing.

Cost: Totally free!

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:

  1. Splurge on a soft, thick towel.
  2. Pick up some pretty containers from the dollar store to hold all the scrubs and potions you make.
  3. Scour thrift shops for a fluffy bathrobe to wear while relaxing.
  4. Get some inexpensive candles to create ambience during bath time — or make your own.
  5. Set a plant or vase of flowers in the bathroom, because greenery makes everything better.
  6. Cover your bathroom window with frosted contact paper to diffuse bright sunlight that might harsh your mellow.
  7. Put a few sprigs of eucalyptus on the corner of the bathtub to create a clean, refreshing scent when you run the hot water.
  8. Buy a bathtub overflow drain cover so you can fill the tub extra deep and soak all the way up to your chin.
  9. Queue up this chill Spotify playlist.
  10. Use the cucumber you bought for your eyes to make some cucumber-infused water to sip as you spa.

8 DIY Facial Treatments You Can Make With Things You Already Have

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.)

Ingredients: 

  • 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.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Plastic wrap

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.)

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Ingredients: 

  • 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.

Turmeric Mask

Good for: Hyperpigmented skin

This mask helps brighten, tighten, condition and moisturize the skin, says Keione Gordon, a medical aesthetician

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Ingredients: 

  • 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.

Ingredients: 

  • 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.

The Benefits of Using Flowers in Homemade Skin Care Recipes

SOURCE: https://willowandsage.com/the-benefits-of-using-flowers-in-homemade-skin-care-recipes

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:

1. Rose

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.

2. Lavender

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.

3. Hibiscus

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.

4. Calendula

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.

5. Chamomile

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.

Jade Roller What Are They For?

SOURCE: https://fabfitfun.com/magazine/what-to-know-about-jade-rollers/

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.

Here are a few options:

Ovovo Agate Jade Roller $15.39

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.

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller $25

If you want a brand you can trust, opt for Herbivore Botanicals. This jade roller has a gorgeous marble design and helps drain congested lymph nodes while ridding the body of toxins and waste.

GingerChi Anti-Aging Jade Roller $38.99

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.

Goop Rose Quartz Roller $45

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.

Shiffa Jade Roller $63

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.

Recipes For Overripe Avocados!

SOURCE: https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/save-money/brown-avocado-recipes/

I love a site that can give you budget advice and recipes for you make food with all the money you saved:

11 Overripe Avocado Recipes You Should Try Today

From sauces and dressings to desserts and even drinks, we’ve got your overripe avocado needs covered.

Sauces and Dressings

The easiest way to fancy up any meal (and use up those avocados) is by making a simple sauce or dressing. Five minutes, a food processor and voila! 

1. Magic Green Sauce

SOURCE: https://pinchofyum.com/5-minute-magic-green-sauce

https://pinchofyum.com/5-minute-magic-green-sauce from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum is made with all green foods — right down to the pistachios.

2. Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

https://www.emerils.com/127530/creamy-avocado-lime-vinaigrette from Chef Emeril. It’s light and refreshing, and has worked on every salad I’ve put it on so far. 

3. Avocado Nut Bread

https://www.food.com/recipe/avocado-nut-bread-123454 from Food with your overripe avocados. I love any version of veggie bread, but the added bonus here is that the bread turns out green.

4. Corn and Avocado Fritters

Try dipping these https://www.giverecipe.com/corn-avocado-fritters/ from Give Recipe into the magic green sauce for a seriously avocado-y snack.

5. Avocado Egg Salad

For https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/170446/avocado-egg-salad/ from All Recipes, you want to let the avocado go an extra day or two past peak ripeness anyway (because it will be softer and creamier), so it’s perfect for those of us who aren’t able to time an avocado intentionally. 

6. Avocado Pasta

https://damndelicious.net/2014/06/20/avocado-pasta/ from Damn Delicious puts pasta back in my regular dinner rotation. 

7. Blackened Chicken With Avocado Cream Sauce

https://popculture.com/lifestyle/news/recipe-blackened-chicken-with-avocado-cream-sauce/ from Popculture is a winner winner chicken dinner. Again, that avocado cream sauce is the perfect place for a mushy avocado, because it all gets smoothed out in the food processor anyway.

8. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Perhaps the most famous hidden-avocado recipe is https://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/stories/chocolate-avocado-pudding-vegan. This version, from the Mother Nature Network, tastes decadent without all the sugar and cream found in most desserts, and it’s pretty customizable as far as add-ins and texture. Bonus: This one’s vegan. 

9. Chocolate Caramel Avocado Brownies

https://www.theironyou.com/2014/09/chocolate-caramel-avocado-brownies.html from Mike over at The Iron You? Chocolate? A healthier spin on my favorite food group? Done and done.

10. Avocado Margarita

But I think https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/avocado-margarita from Bon Appetit is about to set the bar (pun intended) pretty high.

11. Smoooooothies

Smoothies might just be the easiest way to disguise the texture of a mushy brown avocado. And while there’s no wrong way to make a smoothie, https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/spinach-smoothie-recipe from Real Simple has the added bonus of using up your not-so-perfect apples, too. But really, avocados go well with just about any smoothie ingredients given their buttery, almost nutty flavor. 

Bonus Round: Avocado Face Mask

If you still can’t handle the thought of eating an avocado that’s past its prime, you could try a do-it-yourself avocado face mask. Over at Natural Beauty Tips, you’ll find a few different versions that all call for basic pantry ingredients, so you won’t have to make an extra trip to the store. https://naturalbeautytips.co/homemade-avocado-face-mask-recipe/ 

Avocado Face Mask Skin Benefits

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.

Mini Spa At Home

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!

Meet Savon de Marsaille

Gentle, pure and naturally anti-bacterial, Marseille soap is ideal for skin care and many other uses.

SOURCE: https://chateaudusavon.com/blogs/news/12-incredible-uses-of-savon-de-marseille-traditional-soap-cubes-and-slices

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

Recipe:

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.

Whipped Body Butter

Chamomile Honey Body Butter

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Oil

4 Tbs Chamomile Honey tea

Small glass jar

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:

Source: https://getinspiredeveryday.com

https://getinspiredeveryday.com/lifestyle/lemon-cream-body-butter/

Lemon Cream Body Butter

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon lemon essential oil

Instructions

  1. Place the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a saucepan. Over low heat, warm until just melted.
  2. Remove from the heat. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oil.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
https://getinspiredeveryday.com/lifestyle/cooling-aloe-mint-body-lotion/

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup grated beeswax,
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, room temperature
  • 1/8 Teaspoon peppermint essential oil

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Note:This lotion will naturally become thicker and more solid over time, as some of the aloe vera slowly evaporates.

Feel Good Goodies

Chamomile-Lavender Lip Scrub

Ingredients:

2 Tbs Infused Coconut Oil with Chamomile and Lavender (see below)

2 Tbs White Sugar

Small glass jar or tin

Add coconut oil in to a glass jar (I use my glass pyrex measuring cup). (I like to infuse about 1 cup of coconut oil with 4 Tbs of Chamomile and Lavender, so I can use for other projects at the same time!) 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 regularly 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 herb leaves. Now oil is infused and ready to use mix 2 Tbs with 2 Tbs of sugar until both are blended well! Use the scrub once a week for 3-5 mins on your lips and wash off. Apply a lip balm after.

Coffee grounds and Coconut oil Face Scrub

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of freshly brewed coffee grounds

1/4 cup of coconut oil melted

Mix the two together into a paste, than you can either apply as a face scrub direct or make a small scrub bar like pictured. If you want to keep as a paste after mixing, add to a glass jar. If you want to make small scrub bars which I find last longer, use a silicone mold add the paste and freeze. You can apply once a week either paste or bar. Don’t leave on for more than a few mins 3-5 as it can sting (always test on skin first). The acids in coffee grounds is what not only removes dead skin but lightens skin tone. It’s also great for minimizing pores, bonus the coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your skin!

Simple Things to help out your budget

Used Coffee Grounds

If you drink coffee everyday you should know that coffee grounds are not only for brewing. Coffee grounds can be used for many things from the garden to beauty products. Check out the article below to find out what you might want to use coffee grounds on:

16 Creative Ways to Use Old Coffee Ground

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/uses-for-coffee-grounds

Wool Dryer Balls and Lavender Dryer Bags

As you can see I love to shop at Trader Joe’s! They have good deals and they carry lots of natural none grocery items I use on a daily. I stop buying dryer sheets a while ago and started using both the wool balls and the lavender bags. Wool dryer balls absorb moisture and help get rid of static cling, but best of all they reduce drying time! Throw in a lavender bag for a smell of the provence plus they can be used up to 5 times in the dryer, than you can use as a sachet in your drawer. Because they are reusable and eco=friendly they make a better deal than using dryer sheets and are less expensive too!