Archives for September 2006

Cool as a Cuke Toner

The refreshing, gently astringent qualities of cucumber make this a perfect toner for the delicate skin around the eyes. Store in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator. Here’s what you need: 1 small cucumber 1/4 cup witch hazel Here’s what you do: Cut the cucumber into thick chunks and puree them in a […]

Miracle Minerals

More and more spas are offering mineral makeup artistry. So why all the fuss over minerals? Unlike most mass marketed cosmetic lines, mineral makeup is as pure as it gets — void of talc, chemical additives, fragrance, fillers, preservatives and dyes. Growing from a need for cosmetics gentle enough to use on skin after chemical […]

Coconut Lip Balm

A coconut oil base with soothing chickweed herb helps to counteract chapped lips. Here’s what you need: 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 teaspoon chickweed tincture chickweed flowers to decorate Here’s what you do: Heat the coconut oil in a small bowl over the hot water. Add the tincture and stir. Place the flowers in the […]

Johnny-On-The-Spot Pimple Buster

Well-known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is an excellent on-the-spent remedy for pimples. Here’s what you need: 1 drop tea tree essential oil 1/2 cup distilled water Here’s what you do: Combine the tea tree oil with water and dot breakouts with mixture 2 to 3 times per day.

Got Buttermilk Hand Soak

My secret to tasty, juicy grilled chicken is buttermilk. Pour it over raw chicken breasts and let them soak for a few hours before you throw them on the grill. Mmm, mmm! Problem is, what you do with the leftover buttermilk? Drink it? Ick! Here’s a better option: Soak in it. The lactic acid in […]

Two-Minute Warming Balm

Need a timeout to rub down soar, achy breaky muscles? Try this warming concoction on yourself or your guy. Here’s what you need: 1/2 cup beeswax 1/2 cup shea butter 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 tablespoon jojoba oil 3 drops camphor oil 3 drops lavender oil 3 drops eucalyptus oil 3 drops peppermint oil Here’s […]

Artichoke Madness Mask

Your mother, roommate, boyfriend or husband will think you’ve gone mad when they catch you with artichoke on your face, but honey, it’s worth it! Here’s what you need: 1 fresh artichoke heart well cooked or canned hearts in water (not oil) 2 teaspoons light oil (avocado olive or canola) 1/2 teaspoon vinegar or fresh […]

Peanut Lip Salve

It is the peanut oil in this lip salve that is so moisturizing. In addition, the raspberry leaves have an astringent property that is particularly good for cracked, dry lips. Use the salve within three months. Here’s what you need: 8 teaspoons raspberry leaves 2 tablespoons beeswax 2 teaspoons peanut oil Here’s what you do: […]