If you're like me, you don't pain your nails often. As in ever. But when we do, it is glorious. That's why I found a nice nail prepping soak for when you are feeling a manicure. The Listerine I used was purple, and have no fear, the color won't change your skin purple. Enjoy!
In a small/medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup warm or hot water, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 TBS Listerine mouthwash. Soak your nails for only 60 seconds, and wipe dry with a soft towel. They are now clean and dry enou
It's back: chilly weather, Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and dry skin. Where I'm from, the fall and winter are really tough on skin, especially if your is sensitive like mine. Luckily, I found an AMAZING body butter recipe. I cannot put into words how much I am loving this stuff. It is super easy to make, non-greasy, and smells like heaven. Trust me, you'll be sniffing your hands all day! You need to make this body butter; it's luxurious and leaves skin velvety smooth, without being ridiculously expensive! Enjoy, stay fresh, send comments!
Set up your blender with a wire whisk attachment. Scoop out 1 cup coconut oil, 1 tsp vitamin E oil (totally optional), and any essential oil/extract. I used a fake coconut flavoring, because the scent was divine. Whisk well for about 5 to 7 minutes, on medium-high. The final product should be fluffy, almost like a thicker whipped cream.
Using a spatula, scrape mixture into a clean glass jar or whatever container you've chosen to use. If you live somewhere very hot, stick this in the fridge when not in use so that it doesn't melt. Like I said, it has already gotten chillier here, so I left mine on the kitchen counter and it was good to go. To make an easy-peasy gift of this, slap on a cute label and a ribbon. Enjoy!
The final product! I leave this in the bathroom and slather a bit on after I shower to lock in moisture, and before going out so that I smell coconutey and tropical
A long day of in uncomfortable ballet flats means that your feet deserve some serious TLC. I found a great, easy scrub that worked very well. It is only two ingredients, three if you want to add essential oil. I used it twice in one sitting, because this makes plenty. First, I just wet my legs and feet with a wet washcloth, and scrubbed my skin until if felt soft and clean. Second, I rubbed a little bit onto my hands, and rinsed off all of the scrub with warm water. Enjoy your amazingly soft skin!
I know the picture shows fine granulated sugar, but I used regular granulated sugar and Bartolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).
In a small bowl, preferably tupperware for easy storage, combine 1 cup sugar and enough EVOO, probably about 2 TBS or so, to make a thick but slightly wet mixture. If you want, you can now add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Warning: some recipes may say that you can use vanilla extract, but if you want a yummy smell, stick to peppermint or lavender.
Before you hop in the shower or bath, slather a handful of the scrub onto wet legs and feet. For as long as you want, scrub the mixture and massage it into your skin. I suggest taking a shower when you do this scrub, just because it won't leave as much gross residue around the tub. Rinse off with warm water, not too hot. You can refrigerate any extra body scrub for later use. Enjoy! Tell me how this worked for you, I love having readers comment on posts.
I have suffered years of dry, itchy, eczema-prone skin. Luckily, the doc prescribed some serious stuff to make it go away, but the dry skin persisted. After trying every lotion and potion known to man, I found this. It is not the most simple or quick lotion, but it is great for those dry winters. I hope you tell me all about how it works! Enjoy!
Snag your food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet. Pour in 1/4 cup oats, and blend away! You want this to be a super-fine powder. Leave aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 3/4 cup coconut oil over low heat until liquified. Pour in ground oat flour, and stir in with a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour in olive oil, and stir. Remove from heat.
Pour mixture into a an empty glass jar. Leave uncovered in the fridge for several hours, and use whenever your skin is feeling dry. Leave in the fridge so it doesn't liquify.
This is my go-to foot bath for pretty summer feet. I love how it leaves my feet fresh, and so much dead skin is exfoliated in the process. I do this before an at home pedicure, too, because the vinegar lightens and stains from prior nail polish. One warning though: When you use colored Listerine mouthwash, don't use a very dark colored one, and don't leave your feet in any longer than required, otherwise your feet might pick up the color of the Listerine... oops!
In a large bowl or foot bath, combine all ingredients:
1/4 cup Listerine mouthwash
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup warm water
Soak your feet in this mixture 10 minutes, and then wipe dry with a towel. Follow with a light moisturizer. Enjoy your soft, silky feet!