Good morning, Sunshines!
This morning, First Breakfast was quick. It was one of my favorite flavor blends, though, so it was anything but boring. My favorite vanilla protein powder (tastes like frosting!) paired with mandarin orange energy powder:
Mmm, it’s an orange creamsicle. Super cold – it is refreshing and filling, plus extra energy!
I’ve been blogging for one month and one day. In 27 posts, I have yet to talk about a favorite subject, skincare. I am a product junkie, I have been for years. The spa industry did not do this to me, but it certainly made a bigger monster AND afforded me many many product trials. It is one of my favorite perks, close second to massage and pedicures while working.
While in esthetics school, my favorite section was facials and body treatments. I love a good body scrub or wrap. The products at school were… decent. Meh. So. I made my own. There are great products out there, and in time I will talk about some of my favorites: Motion Medica, Pevonia, Product and terra firma – mineral cosmetics. As far as masks, Astara is my All Time Favorite!!
Today? I want to talk about how you can make some!
Now I make my own scrub all the time – sugar scrub, salt scrub, coffee… the possibilities and skin benefits are many.
The sugars I use include plain white, coarse brown, or a blend of both. The salts I use include Epsom and sea.
My basic recipe is:
2 parts sugar or salt
*1 part oil – I use olive, mineral, apricot or coconut
essential oil (optional)
*I like my scrub in a dry consistency; I’ve made scrubs for others who wanted more smooth consistency, and used more oil. And actually, I don’t even really measure anymore, I would suggest adding oil until it gets to the consistency you want.
Now the fun part: adding essential oil for fragrance and aromatherapy benefits:
Grapefruit is antiseptic, mood lifting.
Peppermint = stimulating, energizing.
Lavender, chamomile and rosemary all help with headache.
Jasmine + geranium = calming, relaxing.
Tea tree + bergamot are good for blemished skin.
Eucalyptus + spearmint = soothing, relaxing.
Basil, of course. It smells fabulous.
The flavor I’m working on right now is a passionfruit sea salt scrub made with squalane oil. The first one I made smells amazing. I think it will be a perfect summer scent.
It always smells so good in the kitchen when I’m making scrubs. I mix with my hands, so I smell good too.
I am spending the day in the garden, finally planting!! Happy Monday, everyone!