This past weekend was amazing! As I’ve been thinking of ideas for more informational and fun workshops, I kept visualizing a spa-like afternoon with ladies pampering themselves with homemade products that I made in my kitchen, from herbal steam to face masks to moisturizer…
…All while learning about the benefits of various ingredients used, and how they can do the same in their own homes.
You see, recently as I’ve been focused more inwards and more in tune with my true self, I’ve realized how distracted I’ve been from myself by putting so much focus on pleasing and taking care of others… And not so much on loving and caring for my own self.
And I know that this is a truth for many other women out there, playing so many different roles and living to many expectations – from mums, to working professionals, wives, girlfriends, etc.
But the truth is taking the time to connect with your soul, prioritizing self-care, nourishing and pampering yourself, is essential to re-charge that divine energy that flows through us, and to keep you happy and fulfilled.
So this is how this all-natural spa event was born.
I wanted to bring together like-minded ladies to experience an afternoon of spa-like pampering that they would be inspired to re-create in their own homes on a regular basis, with simple products they can make themselves in their own kitchen.
I wanted to show that pampering yourself like royalty doesn’t require a lot of money spent on expensive products that are loaded with toxins anyway.
On Saturday 25th March this became reality in the cozy Bhavana Yoga Boutique on Quinpool Road in Halifax. It turned out to be a wonderfully joyful day that all the ladies loved, and left with wide smiles and glowing.
We had a lot of fun and plenty of laughs applying (and eating) all sorts of natural products that I made earlier that morning – Chamomile tea, coffee scrub, oatmeal and honey masks, banana masks, and yummy moisturizer. We savoured anti-oxidant rich raw chocolate, and drank chamomile tea and the leftover of banana spirulina masks..! Oh the beauty of making cosmetics from ingredients in your kitchen!
We talked about the benefits of the ingredients used, and others, and shared recipes of various beauty product that can be easily made at home – inexpensively and free of toxins.
Below you can find the recipes of the products we used, which you can easily make yourself for a mini spa-like treatment in the comfort of your own home. Get creative with the ingredients you have!
And if you want to leave that up to me, and just enjoy a spa day at home with your friends and get spoilt, I am now accepting bookings for In-Home All-natural Spa Parties. I’ll make and bring the products and the chocolate, you just get the wine and your lucky friends, and forget about any responsibilities…for a few hours at least, everything can wait! Contact me for more information – I’d love to help!
Step 1: Facial steam
Opens up the skin pores.
1/3 cup chamomile flowers
Pot of water
1. Boil the water and take off heat.
2. Add the chamomile flowers and let steep for about 10 minutes.
3. Now you can either put your face above the pot, and put a towel over your head, so you capture all the vapors. Alternatively, dip a face towel in the chamomile tea and place it over your face and hold… and repeat.
Step 2: Coffee scrub
You can make a luxurious scrub for your face and your entire body from leftover coffee grinds. Olive oil enhances the exfoliating effect, and nourishes the skin. Coffee grinds also help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
4 tbsp coffee grinds
2 tbsp olive oil
1. Make yourself a cup of coffee!
2. Mix the coffee grinds with olive oil in a bowl or jar…and ta-da! You have yourself a lovely scrub that will smell yummy. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE the smell of coffee??
3. Apply on face and rub in circular motion with your fingers. Leave for a few minutes then rinse.
Step 3: Mask
DIY Oatmeal Honey Mask
Oatmeal is very soothing to the skin, it reduces redness, calms down “angry” skin, and can help with conditions like eczema.
½ cup oatmeal (instant, or rolled oats – I used the latter)
1 cup water
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
1. Make the oatmeal accordingly – if using instant, just pour hot boiled water over the oats and let soak. If using rolled oats, add them to boiling water and let cook for a few minutes until it turns the consistency of porridge.
2. Let cool slightly, then add honey and lemon juice.
3. Apply liberally on face… Feel free to eat the leftovers. 🙂
4. Keep on for 10-15 minutes while relaxing, then wash and apply moisturizer.
Banana Spirulina Mask
Banana hydrates the skin; it contains potassium, vitamins E and C, so it promotes clear glowing skin. It nourishes and revitalizes dry skin, and smoothens rough and aging skin. Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, therefore minimizing the effects of ageing. Get ready to look like Shrek!
1 ripe banana
½ tsp spirulina
1. Mash the banana with a fork.
2. Add the spirulina and mix well.
3. Apply on face, and relax with it for 10-15 minutes.
* Feel free to eat the leftovers (or drink them down with some water). The banana and the spirulina are healthy not just for your skin, but the rest of your body and organs as well! Too precious to waste.
Step 4: Moisturizing cream
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup shea butter
2 tbsp cacao butter
2 tbsp olive oil
20 drops essential oils of choice (my favourites for skincare are lavender, frankincense, and lemon or grapefruit)
1. In a double boiler, melt coconut oil, shea butter and cacao butter.
2. Add the olive oil, and let cool.
3. Add the essential oils, mix, and pour in dark glass or plastic containers (light affects the potency of essential oils).
4. Put in fridge to harden.
* For a fluffier consistency of the cream, instead of melting, just soften the shea and cacao butter slightly, then whip them up together with the coconut oil using a mixer or a whisk. I don’t mind the consistency, so I choose the method that requires less effort, so I just melt and mix all the oils.
* With this cream a little goes a long way – it spreads really well, and you just need a pea size amount to cover your face. Otherwise you risk looking like an oily bodybuilder!
BONUS Recipe: Homemade Deodorant (that works!)
6 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp arrowroot powder/cornstarch
4 tbsp baking soda
10 drops tea tree essential oil (antibacterial, antifungal)
10 drops lemon essential oil (cleansing, refreshing)
1. Whip coconut oil with mixer or eggbeater.
2. Add the arrowroot powder or cornstarch, and the baking soda, and mix well.
3. Add essential oil drops, mix well.
4. Put in old deodorant container, or in a small jar.
Note: The baking soda might be too abrasive and cause stinging and irritation for sensitive skin, especially after shaving or hair removal. Feel free to add less, or skip it altogether.
Have you tried making your own beauty products? Let me know in the comments which are your favourite products and recipes!