Here’s a great idea for a homemade Christmas gift – gingerbread body scrub. Kids can make this for their moms with a little help from dad or older siblings. You can even make it organic by using only organic ingredients. This scrub smells delicious and is just want you need to help de-stress from all the holiday madness! Enjoy!
Gingerbread Body scrub
- 1 cup sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tps ginger
- 2 tps nutmeg
- 2 tps cinnamon
- ¼ cup almond oil
Combine all ingredients and pour into a nice glass jar with an airtight lid. Tie a nice ribbon around the jar and attach instructions that read “Apply in a circular motion, rinse and pat dry”
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Happy Thanksgiving Beauties! Today I thought I’d share this cranberry face scrub recipe. I remember making this with my mom the day after Thanksgiving back when I was in high school. My mother and I have always bonded over beauty and baking. I love her so much for sharing her knowledge of both with me.
Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and are loaded with antioxidants. Vitamin C helps brighten and clarify your skin. Cranberries are also a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory – this means they are great at cleaning and healing the skin.
Cranberry Face & Body Scrub Recipe
1/2 cup cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil or almond oil
2 tbsp oatmeal
Blend the cranberries and oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Combine the mixture with the rest of the ingredients. Apply to face and body in a circular motions then rinse. For an extra boost of radiance – leave the scrub on your face for 5 minutes then rinse.
Glam Glow is a mud mask that all the celebs have been raving about, so I decided to try it myself and I was impressed. Glam Glow is an exfoliating anti-aging facial mud mask. It’s formulated with volcanic pumice rock that exfoliates the skin; French sea clay which helps absorb oil and minimize pores; and green tea leaf which is a powerful antioxidant.
It’s a green mud mask that kind of smells like a mix of mint and licorice/anise. It glides on smoothly and has a warm tingling sensation. It tightens as it dries and you can actually see the green tea pieces on your face.
Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment removes impurities and toxins from your skin. It leaves skin looking fresh and glowing. I loved it, this mask is luxury and nature in a jar. It’s like a high-end spa treatment in the comfort of your own home. I’m so glad I tried this, especially since I have oily skin – it sops it all up! Areas of the face that overproduce oil, dry up darker than other areas. Glam Glow shows you exactly were your oily spots are and helps keep it under control.
Miley Cyrus recently tweeted this picture of her holding a box of Glam Glow, she’s a fan too!
*photos courtesy of Glam Glow and Twitter
Alba Botanica is a great brand that only offers all natural, 100% vegetarian beauty products. Their new Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub from their Natural Even Advanced line is a gentle scrub that will help you improve your completion. Walnut shell powder is added to help scrub away any dullness or uneven skin tone issues you may have. This exfoliator feels finer than most other scrubs, it feels like fine sand and is not harsh. It’s also formulated with sea algae enzymes which help stimulate cell regeneration. That’s not all, the ingredients list features a wealth of other good for you natural ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, and grapefruit extracts, just to name a few. It smells good too, like a fresh botanical soap. My face felt nice and smooth after using it. All Alba Botanica products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, Phthalates-free, and never tested on animals.
Alivea Cream is an all natural skin soothing cream that treats sunburns and hydrates skin. It’s made from three simple but powerful ingredients; beeswax, olive oil, and water. This cream is so natural that I thought it would be appropriate to list it under the Nature’s Best category. Beeswax is a main ingredient found in many lip balms. It locks in skin’s moisture and acts as a barrier between your skin and airborne allergies. It also heals sunburned skin and minor burns. Olive oil is also an amazing ingredient that I love. Olive oil helps hydrate and replenish skin. And water, what’s more natural than h2O! As we know water hydrates our skin as well.
Alivea Cream feels and looks like a thick, waxy balm. It has a great natural scent, it smells like beeswax. It comes complete with a small spatula to scoop the product out. At first it has a pretty solid consistency, but once you rub it in onto your warm skin, it begins to melt right in.
I was invited to a pool party over the 4th of July weekend. I am pretty sun conscious, so I didn’t burn but I did tan. But soaking all day long in the chlorine left my skin feeling a bit dry, so when I got home I applied some of this after showering. It really helped rehydrate my skin. It does take a while to get absorbed into your skin, my legs were super shiny after I applied it! My boyfriend got a mild sunburn on his neck and shoulders. When I applied some to his hot back, it literally melted right in, I just had to work in some of the specs that didn’t melt. Much to say, he enjoyed his mini back massage!
This is a great all natural product that really delivers. It’s like a store bought homemade remedy that’s ready to use. The company recommends that you store it in the fridge, since it doesn’t have preservatives and all those nasty parabens and stuff.
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Summer is just around the corner so this means Margarita season will soon begin! Well for me – Margaritas are enjoyed all year round since it’s my favorite drink. So then what’s better than having my favorite drink? Using it as a body scrub of course. Smoother skin and zero calories!
Limes are a natural antiseptic, this means they are great for cleaning and healing the skin. The natural occurring acids in limes also help rid your skin of dead skin cells. Limes are also loaded with vitamin c, which brightens and clarifies your skin.
Margarita Body Scrub
- 1 cup sugar or sea salt (I like my Margaritas with salt on the rim!)
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- A few drops of lemon oil
Combine all the ingredients and apply in a circular motion.
Hair masks are the best prescription for dry hair. Natural hair masks work the best because they don’t contain alcohol or sulfates. Most of those chemicals can actually strip the natural oils from your hair.
Supercharged Avocado Banana Hair Mask
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Banana
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Add-ins to choose from:
- 1 Tbsp Vitamin A Oil
- 1 Tbsp Vitamin E Oil
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
- 1 Tbsp Keratin Extract Oil
Mash or blend the avocado and banana together. Add in the olive oil and your choice of add-in oils. Mix until creamy and apply to your hair. Leave in for at least 20 minutes and then wash out with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo.
You can find these oils in Whole Foods or at the pharmacy. You can also order them online. I get mine from a Brazilian products store, the small vials are found in the beauty aisle or near the register. I sometimes add a little bit of all the oils.
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