4 DIY Beauty Products You Can Make With the Food in Your Pantry
A spa trip may not be in the cards these days, but that doesn't mean you can't bring the spa home. With ingredients you may already have in the fridge or pantry, you can whip up homemade beauty products that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Light some candles, put on some relaxing music, and ready your homemade spa treatments. Here are some DIY beauty product recipes from spas around the world.
DIY Cinnamon Vanilla Latte Scrub
This scrub boosts circulation and smells delicious, says Christina Stephens, the spa director at Wymara Resorts and Villas in Turks and Caicos. She give this advice: "One of my favorite DIY tips is to make a scrub with items you are likely to already have at home, such as sugar, coconut oil, and olive oil, and if you have essential oils, you can add a few drops. I love using coffee grounds and olive oil, which are good for circulation. You can apply this in the shower."
1 cup natural raw sugar cane
1 cup coffee grinds
1 cup unrefined extra virgin coconut oil or almond oil
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon
a few drops of vitamin e oil if you have
- Mix together.
- Apply in a circular motion.
- Let rest five to 10 minutes, then rinse off.
Optional Idea: Combine 1 cup of coffee grinds and 1/2 cup of olive oil. It works equally as well for those who want a basic scrub with the same benefits.
Who doesn't love chocolate? Although this chocolate decadence is staying on your face and not going in your mouth, it still reaps amazing benefits. "Dark chocolate helps in the release of endorphins that affect the brain and help in inducing a calming and soothing effect," says Allen Susser, Chef and Chocolatier at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia. "Its abundant aromatic flavor seduces our mood and relieves stress within the first bite."
3 tbsp of cocoa powder, divided
2 tbsp of aloe vera gel
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
- Mix 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 2 tbsp aloe vera gel. Cleanse your face. Wash off with warm water.
- In a separate bowl, combine sugar, 1 tbsp cocoa powder cocoa, and coconut oil.
- Apply scrub to face in circular motion. Wash off with warm water.
- Separately, mix 1 tbsp cocoa powder and honey to make a face mask. Apply liberally to the skin.
- Let rest 15 minutes. Then, rinse with warm water. Repeat as desired.
Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath
Honey has all sorts of great benefits. Just ask the folks at the Savannah Bee Company who make everything from specialty food products to beauty products with honey. At home, you can make this relaxing foaming vanilla honey bath with just a few pantry items.
1 cup sweet almond oil (light olive or sesame oil may be substituted)
1/2 cup wildflower honey
1/2 cup Savannah Bee Tupelo Honey Liquid Soap (or your favorite unscented liquid soap)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Measure the oil into a medium bowl, then carefully stir in remaining ingredients until mixture is fully blended. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight-fitting stopper or lid. Shake gently before using.
- Swirl desired amount into the bathtub under running water. Then step in and descend into a warm, silky escape.
Yield: 4 treatments
Avocado Hair Mask
Palm Beach's Eau Spa's Lead Stylist Mimma Badalamenti developed this hair mask that adds both moisture and shine to hair. Plus, it's so easy to do with just a few common ingredients.
1/2 of avocado (save the other half for avocado toast)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon of lemon juice to brighten blonde hair (optional)
Note: Double ingredients for long or thick hair. It helps to have the items at room temperature to blend evenly.
- Smash avocado in a bowl, and add egg, honey, and optional lemon juice slowly. Add water to mix to a conditioner consistency.
- Apply to dry hair starting from scalp working towards ends of the hair
- Leave mixture on for 15 minutes with shower cap or plastic wrap, followed with a warm moist towel for 5 minutes.
- Wash out with a light shampoo, and finish with air dry or blow dry.
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