August 12th 2009

The at-home spa… Part II

We’ve said it before, “Nothing beats a day at the spa.” In Part I, we outlined some of our favourite at-home alternatives to making our way out to get pampered. Here’s the rest of our list.

Eco-Friendly Coffee Scrub
For the enviro-conscious girl, using leftover grounds is a great way to recycle. Try this quicker version of a full-body scrub instead.

1 part leftover coffee grounds
1 part liquid soap or body wash, scented optional

Mix ingredients together, combining well. Follow the same directions as above.

Peppermint Foot Cream
An odd combination of ingredients gives relief to those tired and aching feet.

You’ll need:
½ c. non-greasy unscented body lotion
¼ c. cheap vodka
¼ c. cornstarch
20-30 drops peppermint oil

In a bowl, whisk together vodka with cornstarch until its lump free. Stir in lotion and oils, mixing well. Store in a clean, empty jar.
Tip: Hot day? Store in the fridge. The coolness will satisfy that overheated body.

Nutty Hand and Foot Scrub
Has a toll been taken on your tootsies and tired hands? Give them a good scrub to slough away dead skin cells and moisturize at the same time.

½ c. walnut halves
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. honey

In a blender or food processor, coarsely grind walnuts. Add in oil and honey, stirring to mix well. Rub well over hands and feet, paying attention to problem areas, such as calluses. Rinse with warm water.

Natural Nail Treatment
Treat your stressed nails with this easy mixture to naturally de-brittles and brighten.

¼ c. olive oil, warmed
1 lemon, cut in half
emery board

Soak nails in warmed oil for 8-10 minutes. Massage each nail, then gently push back cuticles with orangestick and shape and file nails. Gently wipe nails clean. Take lemon half and rub each nail, gently squeezing to release juice. Rinse; polish, if desired.

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