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Naturally Beautiful Night In

Recipes sourced from thrifted pamper books that will help you get your R&R self-care time in without having to lash out on expensive pre-packaged pamper goodies.

About this DIY

These easy recipes don’t require fancy or difficult to find ingredients so hopefully you don’t have to rush to the store in order to create your own spa sanctuary. All recipes come from the two (thrifted) books above Home Spa by Greta Breedlove and Natural Beauty Treatments by Charmaine Yabsley

To get yourself in the spa mood set some mood lights or light some soy candles in the bathroom, put on some soothing tunes, and make yourself a cup of herbal tea.

You Will Need

Facial Treatments

2 litres of water

1 cup dried herbs

large spaghetti type pot

1/4 potato

1 small banana

2tpsp fresh heavy cream or yoghurt (I use coconut yoghurt or coconut cream)

1 tbsp organic honey (you could leave this out if vegan or use rice malt syrup for consistency but it doesn’t have the same healing properties)

1 tbsp oat flour

Hair Treatment

1 Avocado

1 tbsp olive oil (optional)

Body Treatment

100g ground nuts (try almonds or linseeds)

50g oatmeal

50g wholewheat flour

Water for paste

Instructions For Treatments

Basic Herbal Steam

(recipe edited from Home Spa)

  • 2 litres of water
  • 1 cup dried herbs (you might want to use rosemary, dried orange peel, eucalyptus leaves, lemon or lime leaves)
  • large spaghetti type pot

To Make

Bring water to boil in a large pot. Add dried herbs to boiling water and turn off heat. After two minutes uncover, give herbs a stir and remove from stove

To Use

Place pot on table or counter where you can sit comfortably with your face six inches above it. Give the water a little while to cool to a safe temperature before steaming your face. Steam can burn so you want to ensure that your face is going to stay safe, the steam should feel pleasant, not painful. Drape a large towel over your head and allow it to hang down around the pot so that it catch vapours and steam. Keep a comfortable distance from the hot water and stay under the towel as long as you are enjoying the experience.

 

 

Banana and Cream Anti Ageing Mask

(recipe edited from Natural Beauty Treatments)

  • 1 small banana
  • 2tpsp fresh heavy cream or yoghurt (I use coconut yoghurt or coconut cream)
  • 1 tbsp organic honey (you could leave this out if vegan or use rice malt syrup for consistency but it doesn’t have the same healing properties)
  • 1 tbsp oat flour
  • Splash of water

To Make

Mash the banana, using the back of a fork, and then add the cream our yoghurt, honey and flour. Stir well with water. You may need to add a little more cream or yoghurt or flour to obtain the consistency of thick cream or yoghurt.

To Use

Apply mask to clean face, including the area around the eyes, and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Refrigerate the left over solution for use later in the week.

Baggy Eye Fix

(recipe edited from Home Spa)

  • 1/4 potato

To Make

Slice the potato to fit over your eyes. Cut two slices, or, if you prefer 5-10 very thin slices for each eye. Either method works.

To Use

Spritz the eye area with water. Lying down, place potato slices over eyelids and leave in place for at least 10 minutes for best results.

 

Nutty Body Scrub

(recipe edited from Natural Beauty Treatments)

  • 100g ground nuts (try almonds or linseeds)
  • 50g oatmeal
  • 50g wholewheat flour
  • Water for paste

To Make
Combine dry ingredients in a blender until they are reduced to a course mixture. Pour into a glass gar jar with a screw top.

To Use

Scoop out a handful and place into a bowl, adding water to make a paste. Rub over your body to loosen any dry or flaking skin. Shower to remove the paste and then follow up with your favourite moisturiser or some coconut oil. This mixture can be stored in the freezer.

Avocado Hair Mask

(recipe edited from Natural Beauty Treatments)

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)

To Make

Blend the avocado to get rid of all the chunks, adding oil to mixture if desired. The smoother the avo mix the less time you will spend pulling chunks of avocado out of your hair.

To Use

Apply to your hair, beginning at the roots and working toward the ends. cover with a shower cap and a hot towel if desired, and relax for thirty minutes. rinse with warm water. Shampoo and condition as normal.

 

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