We are encouraged to take high-priced trips to the day spa, salon or department store for a “real” glam experience, even though many bath and beauty products can be made at home by simply scouring the kitchen cabinets. Yes, the glorious snooze-fest during a shampoo at our favorite salon is irreplaceable, but most of us can’t afford the money or the time to indulge in this pleasure very often. So here are 5 homemade recipes that are guaranteed to pamper and please the overworked and underpaid.
Queen of the Bath
A relaxing soak is sometimes needed after a busy, stressful day. It’s always good to schedule a long bathing ritual at least once a week; it allows the mind and body to slow down, rest, and get rid of fatigue. This recipe contains powdered milk which is known for its smoothing quality.
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup Epsom salt
3-4 scented tea bags
Grab a container (preferably with a lid) before bath time. Combine the milk and salt together. Shake well. Pour the mixture into the water; drop the tea bags into the bath as well. Sit and soak!
Note: You can also use scented tea bags to spice up an ordinary shower. Hold them under running water for a few seconds, and simply place them on the edge of the shower for a sweet-smelling, steamy experience. Peppermint and lemon are great for invigorating the senses.
Talcum Powder Alternative
The American Cancer Society claims that there might be a link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer based on a recent study. The study reported that 50 to 90 percent of women who use genital deodorant spray or women who apply talcum powder directly to the genital area had a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. The ACS recommends that women avoid such products until further research is conducted on the matter. Here is a safe and easy recipe for a natural, homemade body powder.
1 cup cornstarch
½ cup rice flour
Find a clean container to store your powder in. Sift the cornstarch and rice flour together 2-3 times. Make sure the two ingredients are mixed well. Pour the mixture into a container and store at room temperature.
Note: If you would like to add scent to the body powder, just add a few drops of essential oil while sifting the ingredients. You can even add a few sprays of your favorite perfume to the mixture while blending.
Salon highlights can cost anywhere from $50-$100. Why spend a lot of money when you can achieve the same results at home with a little lemon juice? This recipe is an inexpensive, natural way to gradually give your hair a sunny glow.
¼ cup of lemon juice
1 cup of water
Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle. Apply to hair once a day. Shake well and refrigerate between applications. Reduce applications when desired highlights are achieved.
Note: A little goes a long way; use a minimum of 2-3 sprays per application. Lemon juice tends to slightly dry hair out, so it’s a good idea to condition your hair while using this treatment.
Toning Facial Scrub
Out with the old; in with the new. It’s important to gently buff away dead skin cells occasionally. This recipe is meant to tone, tighten and refresh your face.
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
4 teaspoons uncooked oatmeal
Whisk the egg whites thoroughly. Add the vinegar and oatmeal to the egg whites; continue blending. Immediately apply to face, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Brown Sugar and Honey Hand Treatment
This recipe is great for dry, itchy hands. Honey is known for its smoothing and soothing abilities, and it’s guaranteed to leave your skin feeling new and refreshed.
¼ cup honey
4 teaspoons brown sugar
Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl or container. Apply evenly to each hand until the mixture is gone. Let it set for 10-15 min. Rinse the mixture off with warm water.
Note: You may want to keep a towel handy to keep from making a mess or you can wear a pair of disposable latex gloves while the mixture sets.
Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic. ~Rosalind Russell