Category Archives: Spa Related

Making A Simple Sensual Massage Bar

Finished Massage Bar
Finished Massage Bar

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and I can’t believe it is almost here! The year just seems to be flying by. Today I wanted to make a simple massage bar that is easy to travel with, gentle to apply and gives the skin a nice, dewy feel. Come join me!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Dimethicone
Conditioning Emulsifier
Beeswax
Cocoa Butter, White
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil
Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Natural Vanilla Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Valentine’s Sweet Tub Tea

bathValentine’s Day is next Sunday and I am super excited. I plan on making sugar cookies and frosting them with pink frosting and spending the rest of my weekend lounging in my chair with a book and a warm cup of tea. The perfect addition to my weekend plans would be a bath with a fabulous tub tea. Today I wanted to share one of my favorite tub teas! Give it a try and you will see why it is my favorite!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Epsom Salt
Milk Powder
Natrasorb
Rose Buds & Petals
Calendula Petals
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Measuring spoons
Large mixing container (I used a 1 gallon bucket with lid)
Large Heat and Seal Tea Bags
Household Clothes Iron

 

Recipe: (Makes 7 ounces)

Recipe in Grams
90 grams Epsom Salt
90 grams Milk Powder
10 grams Natrasorb
4 grams Rose Buds
4 grams Calendula Petals
1.2 grams Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.8 grams Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.17 ounces Epsom Salt
3.17 ounces Milk Powder
0.35 ounces Natrasorb
0.14 ounces Rose Buds
0.14 ounces Calendula Petals
0.04 ounces Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.03 ounces Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
45% Epsom Salt
45% Milk Powder
5% Natrasorb
2% Rose Buds
2% Calendula Petals
0.6% Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.4% Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

 

Weighing the Natrasorb.
Weighing the Natrasorb.

Combine the Epsom Salt, Milk Powder and Natrasorb in a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. Add the desired fragrances and mix again. Add the Calendula Petals and Rose Buds. I found that the best way to have smaller particles of the Rose Buds and Petals was to rub them between my hands to crush before adding to the pail. Mix well. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.

Adding the Milk Powder.
Adding the Milk Powder.

Notes:
I like to mix this in a 1 gallon pail with a lid. I put the lid on and shake the bucket. This recipe was fun to make and it filled 7 Large Heat & Seal Tea Bags. I did find that I preferred to lightly crush the Rose Buds to break up the buds before mixing.

Adding the fragrances.
Adding the fragrances.

The photos for this batch may look like I made more that what the recipe shows. That is because I did! I quadrupled the recipe when I made it for the swap and that is when I took the pictures.

How would you change this recipe? Would you change the fragrances, botanicals or something else? I would love to hear what you would do with this recipe!

Adding the Rose Buds & Petals.
Adding the Rose Buds & Petals.

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Adding the Calendula Petals.
Adding the Calendula Petals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning to mix the ingredients together.
Beginning to mix the ingredients together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished tub tea!
Finished tub tea!
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Easier Than Pie Body Scrub

The Finished Scrub
The Finished Scrub! Gorgeous, right?

We have had a few storms roll through Northern Utah and it seems likes all of the moisture has been rung out of the air. This means everyone is suffering from really dry  skin. Today I wanted to make a body scrub that would gently exfoliate the skin and help the skin stay soft. Come join me in the kitchen to make a fabulous body scrub that is easier than pie!

Ingredients
Granulated Sugar
Blueberry Seeds
Cranberry Fiber
Polysorbate 80
Castor Oil
Aloe Butter
Peach Kernel Oil
LiquaPar
Sweetie Pie Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Halloween Candy Inspired Bath Salts

There are only a few more days left until Halloween! I don’t know what you have planned for Saturday morning, but I’m considering locking myself in the bathroom with a collection of Halloween spa treats and pampering myself. Then I will be refreshed, beautified uglified and ready for a hoard of trick-or-treaters! Join me for perfect spa treat!

Candy Corn inspired bath salts.
Candy Corn inspired bath salts.
Today, I’m pulling a staff favorite out of the archives. In 2012, I wrote a post about Halloween Foaming Layered Bath Salts and our team loved them. Last week we got together and made a large batch of bath salts inspired by that very post! We made changes and you will find these bath salts so fun and easy to make that you will be able to make some right now.

What recipe did we follow? Check it out below!

Ingredients
Medium Bath Salt
Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil
Lemon Sugar type Fragrance Oil
Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Red Color Spray made with Purple Raspberry Color and water*
Yellow Color Spray made with Lemon Yellow Color and water*
Equipment
ScaleTransfer Pipettes
Spoons
Bags or Containers for mixing
Containers for finished bath salts

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How to make a Yummy Italian Tiramisu Lip Scrub

Yesterday I made a really tasty tiramisu lip balm. I decided to expand on the little theme and make a corresponding lip scrub to match the lip balm. I may not have a purse full of lip balms, glosses and tints like Taylor, but I do like using a lip scrub as part of my twice weekly face pampering.

Finished lip scrubs.
Finished lip scrubs.
This lip scrub helps me satisfy my tiramisu cravings and keeps my lips smooth during the changing seasons. Come join me in the kitchen and find out how to make your own lip scrub!

Ingredients
Sugar
Coffee Butter
Cocoa Butter, Regular
Avocado Oil
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Vitamin E Natural
Cheesecake Flavor
Natural Vanilla Oil
Equipment
ScaleTransfer Pipettes
Microwave Safe Container
Food Processor *See Notes*
Spoons
Bags (Zipper or decorating)
Containers of your choice

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Fall in Love with this Easy and Wonderful Lip Scrub

I’ve been wanting to get into the blog kitchen to play with our new Cheesecake Flavor. It has a fabulous flavor and blends well with other flavors. Try blending it with Strawberry Swirl, Raspberries & Cream, Peach, Chocolate Cream and many more!

Filling jars.
Filling jars.
Today, I’m going to make an easy and wonderful lip scrub that you will fall in love with! Let’s head off to the kitchen to create something awesome.

Ingredients
Sugar
Aloe Butter
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E Natural
Cheesecake Flavor
Strawberry Swirl Flavor
Equipment
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Food Processor *See Notes*
Spoons
Bags (Zipper or decorating)
Containers of your choice

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Scary Face Mask for a Halloween Spa Day

Are you ready for Halloween? I am! I’m so excited for Halloween and the fun it brings. Costumes, cute kids and handing out treats. I love it all!

Finished samples of the mask!
Finished samples of the mask!

As a celebration for my anticipation of Halloween, we are going to make an awesome face mask. While I think this mask would be a great part of a Halloween themed spa treatment, you can make this year round and find it a staple in your bathroom.

This mask is perfect for any type of skin and I recommend using it only once or twice a week. I formulated this mask with the intention of leaving the skin feeling refreshed, but not dried out. I think I succeeded!

Let’s go play and have some scary, spooky fun!

Ingredients
Water
White Kaolin
Avocado Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Charcoal, Activated
Hydrovance
Stearic Acid
Chamomile Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Pipettes

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Sweet Milky Tub Tea

Completely mixed milky tub tea!
Completely mixed milky tub tea!

Baths are a rare treat for me. I don’t often have time to enjoy one fully so instead I skip through the shower. So when I discovered I have an upcoming weekend where my time hadn’t been scheduled, I penciled in a personal spa day. These days are where I go full out and treat myself. These little spa days are where I paint my nails, apply lots of lotion and actually take more than 5 minutes to do my hair.

Weighing the Natrasorb.
Weighing the Natrasorb.

In my excitement for my spa day, I went through all of my nail polish, soaps, lotions, etc. It is now organized and beautiful. I also came across one pouch of this tub tea. My cat, Leo, who up to that point had been supervising the cataloging with studied disinterest, perked up when I open the ziplock bag holding this tub tea. I don’t know what it is about this tub tea, but the cat approves. I think if he could get away with it, he would have a sachet of his own!

Adding the Milk Powder.
Adding the Milk Powder.

Today I wanted to remake this lovely tub tea not only to replenish my stash but also to share this phenomenal recipe. Andee has created a number of fantastic tub teas but I must admit, I think this is my favorite.  (See the original post here.) I will be sending a number of sachets of this tub tea to our shipping department. Request one in your next order! It is a must try!

Ingredients
Epsom Salt
Milk Powder
Natrasorb
Rose Buds & Petals
Calendula Petals
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Measuring spoons
Large mixing container (I used a 1 gallon bucket with lid)
Large Heat and Seal Tea Bags
Household Clothes Iron
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
90 grams Epsom Salt
90 grams Milk Powder
10 grams Natrasorb
4 grams Rose Buds, Crushed
4 grams Calendula Petals
1.2 grams Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.8 grams Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.17 ounces Epsom Salt
3.17 ounces Milk Powder
0.35 ounces Natrasorb
0.14 ounces Rose Buds, Crushed
0.14 ounces Calendula Petals
0.04 ounces Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.03 ounces Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
45% Epsom Salt
45% Milk Powder
5% Natrasorb
2% Rose Buds, Crushed
2% Calendula Petals
0.6% Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.4% Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

 

Adding the fragrances.
Adding the fragrances.

Combine the Epsom Salt, Milk Powder and Natrasorb in a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. Add the desired fragrances and mix again. Make sure to break up any lumps that may have formed when the fragrance was added. Add the Calendula Petals and crushed Rose Buds. One easy way to crush the Rose Buds is to rub them between the hands. Mix well. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.

Adding the Rose Buds & Petals.
Adding the Rose Buds & Petals.

Enjoy!
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Adding the Calendula Petals.
Adding the Calendula Petals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning to mix the ingredients together.
Beginning to mix the ingredients together.
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Sea Salt Spa Foot Scrub

Finished Sea Salt Foot Scrub
Finished Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Every time the seasons change, I find myself having to reschedule when my girlfriends and I get together. Some months are harder to schedule lunches and other events. You know it is crazy when our outings take place at the grocery store! During our last little get together, we decided the event for this month would be pedicures.

Weighing Rice Bran Oil
Weighing Rice Bran Oil

Today I wanted to make a foot scrub like the one that is used at the spa. It is a beautiful scrub that is a little more coarse than most scrubs I make but it does wonders on the feet. Perfect if you want to wear sandals a few last times before the weather turns for good!

Ingredients
Fine Dead Sea Salt
Rice Bran Oil
Argan Oil
Polysorbate 80
Cranberry Fiber
Ground Apricot Seeds
LiquaPar
Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
335 grams Fine Dead Sea Salt
90 grams Rice Bran Oil
30 grams Argan Oil
15 grams Polysorbate 80
10 grams Cranberry Fiber
13.75 grams Ground Apricot Seeds
5 grams LiquaPar
1.25 grams Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
11.82 oz Fine Dead Sea Salt
3.17 oz Rice Bran Oil
1.06 oz Argan Oil
0.53 oz Polysorbate 80
0.35 oz Cranberry Fiber
0.49 oz Ground Apricot Seeds
0.18 oz LiquaPar
0.04 oz Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
67% Fine Dead Sea Salt
18% Rice Bran Oil
6% Argan Oil
3% Polysorbate 80
2% Cranberry Fiber
2.75% Ground Apricot Seeds
1% LiquaPar
0.25% Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Adding Polysorbate 80, LiquaPar and Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Adding Polysorbate 80, LiquaPar and Lilikoi Fragrance Oil

Weigh all liquid ingredients, including the fragrance oil and preservative into a sturdy mixing container. Stir well. The mixture should turn a little cloudy. This is to be expected and is considered normal. Add the dry ingredients. Stir well. You don’t want any pockets of material. Once the scrub is sufficiently mixed, scoop into jars and cap. Label. Now you can use it for yourself or give it away to friends. Have fun!

Fully Mixed Liquids
Fully Mixed Liquids

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Adding Cranberry Fiber and Ground Apricot Seeds
Adding Cranberry Fiber and Ground Apricot Seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fine Dead Sea Salt
Adding Fine Dead Sea Salt
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Sweet Body Polish

Finished Body Polish
Finished Body Polish

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I had a great time. I got to make rolls and pickled beets. It was a blast! There is only one down side. Beet stains. I had beet juice stain my fingers, cuticles and spots up my arms. Yikes! Today I wanted to make a sugar scrub that would help me conquer those stains once and for all.

I wanted today’s body polish to be a little stiff in the jar but apply smoothly to the skin. To accomplish that, I used a mixture of Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil as my fixed oils.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I also added some Polysorbate 20 to this mixture. Polysorbate 20 makes the scrub a little easier to wash off rather than leaving a film of oil on the skin.

Lastly, I decided to scent this scrub with out Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Starfruit is a sweet, exotic tropical scent that is refreshing and fun. I consider it to be a must try!

Ingredients
Granulated Sugar
Salt
Olive Butter
Macadamia Nut Oil
Polysorbate 20
LiquaPar
Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
260 grams Granulated Sugar
12 grams Salt
72 grams Olive Butter
39 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
12 grams Polysorbate 20
4 grams LiquaPar
1 gram Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
9.17 oz Granulated  Sugar
0.42 oz Salt
2.54 oz Olive Butter
1.38 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.42 oz Polysorbate 20
0.14 oz LiquaPar
0.04 oz Starfruit Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
65% Granulated Sugar
3% Salt
18% Olive Butter
9.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
3% Polysorbate 20
1% LiquaPar
0.25% Starfruit Fragrance Oil

 

Melted Oils
Melted Oils

Weigh the Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Allow the mixture to cool below 120 F. Add the Polysorbated 20, LiquaPar and Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Add sugar and salt. Spoon the scrub into jars. Label and enjoy!

Adding Starfruit Fragrance Oil, LiquaPar and Polysorbate 20
Adding Starfruit Fragrance Oil, LiquaPar and Polysorbate 20

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Adding Sugar and Salt
Adding Sugar and Salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing Body Polish
Mixing Body Polish
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