I am a bit too much of a germaphobe to enjoy a pedicure in a salon, but that’s another story for another day…
Before I tried the ped egg I would go to get a pedicure at least once a month for the sole (pardon the pun) purpose of exfoliating the bottoms of my feet, which was hard to do on my own. Post-ped egg discovery I am happy to say that I haven’t had the need for a salon pedicure at all. Both my wallet and my germaphobic brain are much happier for it. The before and after pretty much speak for themselves. I would recommend picking up a few replacement files to go with it though, because they will dull with use.
Before (sadly neglected feet)
After (happy feet)
1 part turmeric
1 part vitamin c
1 part water
6 drops argan oil
6 drops castor oil
Turmeric is a wonderful ingredient to use periodically in a mask for its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Mix the mask ingredients well and apply the paste to your face. Be careful to keep the mask away from your eyes. Let sit for 5 minutes and wash off. To remove the yellow stain try a sugar or coffee scrub afterward and finish with a witch hazel astringent with a soft cloth to remove anything that remains.
Tip: this WILL stain your skin yellow. It will also stain fabrics. It would be wise to do this at least a day or two before any important events (in case you have trouble removing any of the stain) and wear clothes that you don’t mind ruining. 🙂
1 Part Castor Oil
1 Part Argan Oil
Both Castor and Argan oils are well known for their ability to seal split ends and nourish the hair. This recipe incorporates the best of both for smooth and shiny tresses. Put your hair up in a ponytail and have a shower cap and hat ready. Place the oil mixture starting at the ends of your hair and working toward the base of the ponytail. Do not put the oil on your scalp or anywhere beyond the “tail” part of your hair because it may be somewhat hard to wash out and could make you look oily later. Twist the tail into a bun and put on the shower cap and cover with the hat. Wear to bed and allow the heat from your head to work its magic setting in the oil. Wash out in the morning and style as usual.
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is my go-to hair mask when my hair needs to be shiny and smooth for a big event, or to repair my split ends if my schedule has forced me to go too long between haircuts. Put the ingredients into the blender and process until smooth. Put on hair and work through from root to tips. Cover with a shower cap and hat, let sit for a few hours before washing out. Style as usual.
Tip: This recipe will leave a scent behind for a few washings, so do this a few days before any big events to allow enough washings in between to eliminate that. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the mix to help cover up the scent (do research on these to make sure your favorite essential oils are safe for use on your scalp and don’t use essential oils if you are pregnant or have other health conditions).
2-3 tbsp. organic sugar
1/2 tsp. organic lemon juice
1/2 tsp. castor oil
Mix 2 tbsp. organic sugar (your choice of type, but smaller grains are better and nicer for your skin) with the lemon juice and castor oil. You can add additional sugar if desired for a thicker mixture. Scrub gently on your face, then wash with cool water and finish with witch hazel astringent. Since there are no preservatives in this mix, I would suggest only making enough at one time for each use.
I bought a pack of 4 of these with high hopes after seeing positive reviews online. So far I haven’t seen any real difference between these expensive wraps and our DIY body wrap recipe. You can try them for yourself and see, but I’m not convinced they are worth the extra price.
5 ml lip gloss container
Cinnamon Leaf EO
4 Drops Vitamin E
Place the shea butter into your container until it is almost full, leaving just enough room for the other ingredients. Add 4 drops of vitamin E and stir to incorporate. Add the cinnamon leaf essential oil [Tip: make sure it is cinnamon leaf essential oil, and not cinnamon bark essential oil. Cinnamon bark is highly irritating and can be toxic.] one drop at a time and mix thoroughly. Test on your lips after each drop to see just how much is comfortable for you.
Warning: Do not use this lip plumper, or anything else with cinnamon leaf essential oil if you are pregnant. Do not use on broken skin. Make sure you test on a small area of skin prior to use to make sure you don’t react badly to any of the ingredients.
Credit for the idea goes to Xovain. Thank you for the inspiration!
Castor oil is one of those amazing oils that truly is a gift from the gods. If your skin needs a quick pick-me-up castor oil will do the trick. Apply the oil around the eyes before bed (careful not to get into the eyes) and massage in. By morning you should notice a big difference. Castor oil is also known to thicken eyelashes and eyebrows which is a nice bonus.
A few notes of caution when using castor oil. Don’t apply this every day, maybe just once or twice a week will do the trick. If you use this too frequently, the skin under your eyes will start to look puffy… not a desirable effect. Castor oil may also cause breakouts if you use it on areas of the skin prone to that, so use sparingly and just where needed.
2 Tbsp. Vitamin C Powder
1 Tbsp. Warm Water
Mix the vitamin C powder with warm (not hot) water and apply to face and neck. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse off. Do not get into eyes. I like to use this mask once a week to keep my skin firm. You can also use this on other areas that need a lift and jump in the shower to rinse it all off after 5 minutes or so.
Tip: If your powder has not completely dissolved in the warm water after a half hour or so, do NOT use the crystals as a scrub. Doing so will take off too much skin and leave you with scabs. I learned this the hard way and it took about a week for my face to heal. Warm water will help the vitamin C to dissolve, but don’t use hot water as the vitamin C is heat sensitive.
Warning: Don’t use this mask if you are using Retinol or any similar treatments.
1/2 cup coffee grounds
1 tbsp. sea salt
Coconut oil (opt.)
Mix the coffee grounds and sea salt together. Add water (or oil) tablespoon by tablespoon until you reach the desired consistency. This scrub works great for both your face and any areas that need exfoliation. As an added bonus, this is also a great scrub for reducing cellulite.
Because there are no preservatives in this scrub, I would recommend only making enough of it as necessary for one use.