Every year in late March, I have a personal holiday on which I pamper, indulge and buy gifts for myself. It is not my birthday — my birthday is reserved for other people to buy me gifts. Instead, this is a day all about self love. It’s a beautiful thing, and I heartily advise you all to take up the tradition.
This year I decided to do something extra special, and spent the evening cooking up natural spa treatments for myself, predominantly made of things found in my kitchen. I always say any evening that ends with you covered in food is bound to be a good one. The night and the products were a grand success, so I thought I’d share some of them!
(The recipes I used came from or were inspired by the wonderful book, Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair, by Dina Falconi. Highly recommended, but go easy on some of her essential oil portions, as some she suggests in her formulas are sensitizing.)
First Stop: Avocado Flour Face Mask
Ingredients: Ripe avocado, whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, water, jojoba oil
I started with a face mask made with avocado and flour. The cornmeal provides a gentle exfoliant, and the combination creates a nice thick and creamy paste. I combined this with the classic cooling cucumber slices on the eyes. It was soothing, purifying, moisturizing, and decadent. I should also mention that it looks fabulously flattering when on…
Next up: The most luxurious bath you’ve ever taken.
Ingredients: Fresh, organic full cream, local raw honey
This bath could not have been any more delicious. I put the bowl in a hot water bath so the honey would liquefy while I blended in the cream. To make things a little sexier, I also threw in some sandalwood and ylang-ylang oils. Yummy, yummy, yummy. Milk baths are a favorite of mine (working on an etsy shop… more to come soon, hopefully!), and there’s almost nothing better than making it full cream. Lactose is a natural exfoliant, and the fats in the milk delightfully softens and moisturizes the skin. Honey, in addition to all its other magnificent benefits, is also a skin humectant, bringing the natural moisture to the surface. So not only does this bath look, smell, feel (and probably taste!) sumptuous, you get out instantly moisturized. Splendid!
La pièce de résistance: Garden Blend Shampoo
Ingredients: Infusion of nettle leaf, comfrey root and basil, almond oil, castille soap, basil and lavender essential oil
This recipe made three nice little bottles of shampoo (shown above with the ingredients). The finished product is quite watery, not like a traditional shampoo gel, but it works up an AMAZING lather. Fantastic stuff, and it smells heavenly. The comfrey is reparative and smells especially nice.
I also whipped up a little coconut oil hair balm with a custom blend of moisture balancing essential oils to replace my conditioner and tame flyaways.
I have to say I was very pleased with the results. It made me want to touch my hair a lot and make kissy faces, which is always how I like to end my special day.
All in all, a very lovely time was had by this lady. And I now have natural products I can use throughout the year that I don’t have to worry about poisoning me or my environment, and I never have to spend excessive money on hair products again!
This week, take a moment to give yourself a little pampering, and pamper the earth a little while you’re at it.
Love to you all!