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    Green Beauty Purifying Clay Mask

    Friday Spa Day!

    Purifying Clay Mask, clay masks have long been prized for their ability to detoxify and improve skin firmness.

    One Tablespoon of Clay of your choice

    Enough water, aloe vera juice or apple cider vinegar to make a thick paste

    Also you can use a couple of drops of essential oil of choice, I recommend Vitamin E

    *Use Bentonite clay for normal skin, rhassoul clay for dry skin and green clay for oily skin

    **normal skin will benefit from water and aloe vera juice, dry skin needs aloe and oily skin can benefit from aloe or apple cider vinegar.

    To Make:  Blend all together in a bowl until there are no lumps, just add liquid as you go to create the paste.

    To Use:  Tie your hair back, apply mask to freshly cleansed skin using gentle tapping movements.  Allow to dry 10-20 minutes, then gently wash away with a warm cloth in light circular motions.  Follow with a moisturizer.

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    Coffee & Coconut Oil Body Srcub

    “FRIDAY SPA DAY”
    I was in GA this weekend making coffee after a long day painting and decided to make a a Coffee Scrub for my body to go take a long hot shower and rejuvenate my skin and cleanse off all the days toxins.  So gather up those grounds from the pot……

    Coffee Body Scrub with Coconut Oil


    Coffee scrub is known to help reduce cellulite. I don’t claim this although it would be an added bonus. I found that the coffee scrub really helped to firm and smooth the skin.
    Cellulite enemy #1 is caffeine, which tightens and provides antioxidants to the skin when applied topically. When applied religiously, it has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite—especially over time. Here, we combine coffee grounds with moisturizing, skin-soothing coconut oil and a bit of sea salt for an extra exfoliating kick. By massaging this trifecta onto any problem area, you’ll stimulate blood flow resulting in smoother, firmer skin.
    My coffee body scrub also smells amazing! I am a die-hard coffee lover, so I am in heaven when I use it.

    Ingredients:
    • 1 Cup Ground
    • ½ Cup Sugar ½ cup sea salt
    • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
    • 1 Tablespoon Any Essential Oil (optional)
    Instructions:
    1. Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify.
    2. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar.
    3. Use 1-2 times a week (or every day if you like).

    ***TIPS: You can use any type of oil (almond, coconut, safflower, olive, avocado)
    Also you can use any type of flavored coffee to make that special smell you like most.

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    Lavender Chamomile Sugar Scrub

    Spa-day Friday is here at the Shedquarters and we’ll be bringing you new “spa day” ideas every week. This week, we’re making an amazing Lavender & Chamomile Sugar Scrub.

    Here’s what you need:

    • 4 TBLS Sugar
    • 1 TB Apricot Oil  or (Almond, Grapeseed, Avacado, Coconut)
    • 2 tsp Glycerin
    • 10 drops lavender essential oil
    • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
    • ++Optional dried lavender flowers (See my Tips)

    How to make the lavender chamomile sugar scrub:

    Add the sugar and apricot oil to a bowl and stir. More oil may be needed depending on the sugar you use.  Add oil as needed to make sugar wet but not over saturated.

    In a separate container mix the glycerin and essential oils together and then combine them with the sugar mixture Stir well and add a few more drops of essential oil or apricot oil to reach the desired consistency and scent  You can add the dried lavender flowers if desired.

    Read my Tips on Scrubs and other Personal Essentials.

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    Tips on Making Body Scrubs, Facial scrubs, Soaps or Bath Infusions

    When you are making any type of sugar scrub, bathtub soak, or bars of soap and you use any type of dried flowers, oatmeal, coffee, seeds…remember they will be on your shower floor in your bathtub.  You will have to clean the tub, or shower floor.   They will be slippery…especially, when you use oils in your products that to will leave a slippery residue on the tub or shower floor.  My advice would be to keep in your shower a long handled scrub brush to clean before you shower.

    Here are a couple of options for you, but you can also find similar items at Walmart, Home Depot, Target or where ever you shop.

    https://www.amazon.com/MSR-4436-Telescopic-Tile-Scrubber/dp/B0058MIR8C/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1535539673&sr=8-18&keywords=long+handled+scrub+brush+for+shower

    https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Extendable-Scrubber/dp/B00L9X4WCE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1535539673&sr=8-5&keywords=long+handled+scrub+brush+for+shower&dpID=21f8JwLdp2L&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

    Check out my scrub recipes

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    Why Scrub with Sugar You May Wonder?

    Making your own sugar scrubs is easy, affordable, and good for your skin!

    Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which increase new skin cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps the dead cells hanging onto your skin. The result is glowing, polished, baby smooth skin! You can use most of the sugar scrub recipes on your face or body. It’s always a good idea to do a test on your skin in a small area before applying to your whole face or body. Wait 24hours for any reaction before applying to a larger area on your body or face.

    If you have very sensitive skin, I’d suggest switching to oatmeal for gently exfoliating instead of sugar. Salt scrubs are great but can be too rough on sensitive skin. I prefer to use salt only in feet scrubs! Take care to never scrub irritated skins or wounds.

    Homemade sugar scrubs are also very cost effective, easy to make and great to be given as gifts!

    HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUBS?

    The basic ingredients you will need are organic unrefined coconut oilgrapeseed or safflower oil and of course sugar! You can substitute grapeseed oil or safflower oil with carrier oil like almond oil or sunflower oil. Just keep in mind that oils have different scent and texture.

    For example, if you use olive oil in your homemade sugar scrub, you will end up with a greasy scrub. It’s best to use lightweight texture oil like safflower or grapeseed oil. Those oils will absorb to your skin easily, making your skin well hydrated but not greasy.

    Also, choose a certified organic carrier oil so you don’t end up with pesticides on your skin.

    HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR DIY SUGAR SCRUB RECIPES:

    • To achieve a sandy texture for your sugar scrubs, use a ¾ cup of oil and 1 cup + ½ cup of sugar.
    • Adding dried herbs, flowers, clays, seeds and fruits in a scrub takes it to the next level!
    • Using fruits in sugar scrubs help getting rid of dead skin, exfoliate and contains natural vitamins.
    • Replacing fresh fruits by essential oils makes the scrub last longer.
    • Use brown sugar from dark colored scrubs but lighter sugar for scrubs with pink or yellow shades (like the rose or grapefruit scrubs).
    • Depending on the carrier oil you use, you may have to slightly adjust the ratio sugar vs oil.
    • The texture of wet sand is nice for a body scrub but sometime it makes it hard to apply, consider making sugar scrub cubes, see recipe below.
    • Keep the sugar scrub air tight and free of water or humidity so it last longer.
    • If you use fresh fruit juices, fresh herbs, water or aloe vera (any kind of liquids) the scrub will not last long – probably a few days or a week the most. You also may end up with mold or bacteria so it’s best to use within a few days and keep in the fridge.
    • Using fruit powdered extracts or dry herbs will allow your scrub to last longer without the use of preservatives.

     

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    Friday Spa-day! Green Tea Body Scrub

    Green Tea Body Scrub is on the menu this beautiful morning.

    I made a Pitcher of Green Tea Ice Tea last night and used the tea leaves out of the bags to made my scrub, I used 4-5 bags, 1/2 cup of organic sugar 1/2 cup Epsom salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup safflower oil, a few drops of Frankincense essential oil, mix it all up and scrub all those dead skin cells away and rejuvenate your entire body.

    Take on the world today my friends…

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    Why Spend a Fortune on Scrubs?

    These days people spend so much money on body scrubs, exfoliants, skin care, and the like. I wonder if people knew how simple it is to make many of those things and how much better they are for you, if they’d change their way of thinking.

    Making your own sugar scrub for a quick facial is better for your skin than all the harsh chemicals in most facial cleansers and I’m betting it’s cheaper too!

    Here are a few ideas for you to try:

    Homemade Scrubs

    Homemade scrubs require a natural exfoliate, sugar, salt, baking soda, fennel seeds or even coffee grounds.  These work to remove dead skin by scrubbing them away.  These are better for the environment than the microbeads found in many store bought scrubs which never disintegrate and end up littering our waterways and sources.
    To keep things simple, use sugar as an exfoliant.  It’s most popular of all the natural exfoliant and it’s heavenly on the skin.  I recommend sugar that has small granules that won’t tear the skin.  A basic table salt works great, I use Epson salt, and grind it in my Black and Decker grinder. Dark Brown Sugar, Coconut sugar is also wonderful.
    Of course, you gotta have Oil!
    You can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Safflower Oil – anything similar.
    Important to remember… use 1 Part Oil, 2 parts sugar
    This is the part to remember, you want 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar, place anywhere from a few teaspoons to a cup of sugar, and half that amount in oil.  Mix with a spoon or your fingers.

    Throw in some extras; but only if you want to.

    Now that you figured out your main ingredients, it time to have fun with these possible additives for improved performance and smell.
    • Coffee grounds – Add a couple tablespoons to your body scrub for extra exfoliating awesomeness.  I have read over and over how great it is for your skin
    • Essential Oils – If you want your scrub to smell divine, put a few drops of essential oil in your mixture
    • Honey – To make your scrub even more moisturizing add a few drops of honey
    • Mint – Muddle it up or put in the blender first
    • Lemon Zest – Lemons are natural astringents and toners
    • Tea Leaves – After you have had your tea, bust open the bag and use the tea leaves as part of your scrub, it’s a natural skin brightener
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