A cold snap has swept through the mountains of North Carolina this past week. Perhaps you’ve experienced it, too. Around here, that translates to the muggy, humid days of late summer being bid a fond farewell, or, for me, an “I thought they’d never leave!” sigh of relief.
The dip in mercury has prompted me to start thinking about body care. In the summer, I’m good with a bit of lip balm, a splash of facial toner, and some sun screen. All of that changes when Jack (Jill?) Frost creeps in, though. My supple summer skin moves to the land of leather, gets parched and flaky, and would be content to flounder there indefinitely.
And so, every fall, I stage an intervention. I try, with a pretty consistent degree of success, to cut Leatherface off at the pass, toss it off the precipice, and keep my dewy look. I do this with a little bit of pantry raiding. I love a gorgeously packaged body care item just as much as the next gorgeous-glow seeker. I’m just particularly discriminating about what I’ll put on my skin, which means that, hip as a font might be, in my skin care criteria, content trumps coolness every time.
My solution? DIY bodycare. I whip up what I need, when I need it. It’s a fresh as can be, with no preservatives or artificial scents, made out of individual ingredients I know, use, and trust, most of them found in my pantry and refrigerator. And the best part? It’s SO affordable. Why spend upwards of $25 for a prepared pumpkin mask when you can whip up your own for a fraction of the cost, and do so repeatedly for pennies? What about gifts? You could schlep yourself around town, hunting for a perfectly scented, expertly packaged bath salt for that friend of yours who loves all-things geranium and rose, or you could make up a batch of salts yourself, and pack them into a reusable jar, saving time and money.
The three recipes below are tried and true, developed in my kitchen, gifted to my friends and family, and guaranteed to make you look radiant. Bring it, cold snap!
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Warming Trend Bath Salts
-2 1/2 c. epsom salt
-2 c. baking soda
-1 c. sea salt
-20 drops lavender essential oil
-20 drops rosewood essential oil
-20 drops geranium essential oil
-Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender.
-Process until mixture is uniform in size and texture.
-Store in covered jar until ready for use.
The Great Pumpkin Patch Face Mask
-1/4 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix!)
-2 Tbsp. plain whole milk yogurt (unflavored)
-Place ingredients into a small bowl.
-Whisk gently until completely combined.
-Slather liberally on face and neck.
-Leave for 15 minutes (I’d suggest using a head band to keep your hair off your face).
-Rinse off with warm water.
I Love Ya Honey Body Scrub
-1 c. honey
-1 c. sea salt (fine or coarse grain, your call)
-1/2 c. apricot, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil
-Place ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir well with a wooden or metal spoon.
-Transfer mixture to a container and cover with a lid.
-Use in shower, rubbing onto face and body.
-Leave on for 1-2 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.
-Use caution, as the bottom of the bath/shower floor will become slippery from the oil (I’d advise keeping a scrub brush in the shower so that you can reach down and give the floor a quick rub each time you use the honey scrub).
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