I decided on Friday to put some of my years of experience selling at Crabtree & Evelyn to use and try to make some natural beauty treatments of my own for our girls Spa Night. Using only what I had on hand in the kitchen I mixed up an exfoliating foot scrub, a face mask, and a citrus hand scrub. I apologize that I didn't use any exact measurements, but I just kind of mixed things up until they looked like I thought they should. (I'm NO scientist!)
Brown Sugar Foot Scrub
1/2 cup finely ground oats
1/2 cup coarsely ground oats (for the oats, I put 1 cup in my baby food grinder and took out half when it was coarsely ground. Then I continued grinding the second half...)
1 cup brown sugar
about 2 Tablespoons honey
about 2 Tablespoons aloe vera gel
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Extra Virgin Olive Oil~ with this I just added until the consistency was smooth
This was awesome, and it smelled a lot like an oatmeal cookie!. The only thing I think I will change when making it again would be to add some vanilla or cinnamon.
Refreshing Face Mask
This was really simple. I took some organic Greek yogurt (choose a yogurt with live, active cultures) and added finely ground oats and a bit of honey. We applied it on the face and left it for about 10 minutes. Then we rinsed it with warm water and followed up by applying a warm wash cloth to the skin for a few minutes. Skin felt great afterwards!
Citrus Hand Scrub
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Olive Oil to desired consistency
All of these recipes turned out better than even I had hoped! The girls loved them, too, and the pampering was good for everyone... I guarantee that I will be making these again, maybe even for the holidays, packaging them in cute jars or something. I'd love to know if you try them and what you think!