Thursday, September 20, 2012

DIY Spa Treatments

Last Saturday our day was filled with lots of fun things. First, we headed to the Downtown Farmer's Market bright and early.
My favorite time to hit the market is in the fall when it is filled with pumpkins, gourds, and apples. There was a huge supply from many different vendors already. Can't wait to head back and pick out a bunch to decorate the house and front step with.

And our favorite winery was there!! Santa Maria Winery out of Carroll, IA. We sampled pretty much every wine on this table. I'm really not a huge wine drinker but this is by far my favorite winery.

Kaydin sat like a perfect little angel just hanging out while Tim and I sipped away. :)

Our next stop was Platinum Kuts, Tim's barber shop. Once I saw the line, though, I knew it would be a forever wait so Kaydin and I decided to hang out in Mars Cafe, a popular hangout in the Drake University neighborhood, for awhile and sip on a hot chocolate.
I had never been before but it's pretty cool inside. A laid back feel and filled with a whole range of different people. 

Thumbs up for their hot chocolate.
After hanging out at Mars Cafe, we walked back across the street to meet Tim at Platinum Kuts. It was almost prefect timing because his haircut was just finishing up.
Next, we went to Gray's Lake to enjoy the nice weather and get Kaydin's bike out. We rode less than half way and turned back around to head to the docks and play for a little bit.

Later in the afternoon Tim and I parted ways and Kaydin and I met up with my friend Kristyn for a little browsing and grocery shopping.  We had a few food items on the list that were actually not going to be for eating. We were treating ourselves to a little DIY Spa Night!  We made a sugar scrub for exfoliating in the shower, a coconut body butter, a blackhead removal treatment, a moisturizing facial mask, a hair mask, and also a sugar foot scrub.

We started with the egg white blackhead removal and worked through the list of treatments.
TeeTee Kristyn and Kaydin baby before they layered on their Kleenex pieces over the egg white.
Notice the big green mark on my forehead in the picture above. Kristyn somehow missed my hair and plopped a spoonful on my face! 
The Woman in the Egg White Mask

 Conclusions- The sugar scrub smells really good with the vanilla extract added in. The body butter feels a little greasy but a really good moisturizer. I noticed no extra shine from the hair mask. And an important piece of advice: DO NOT let your daughter with ringlet curls use this mask.  You will be picking banana chunks out of her hair for two days. Also, do not use this hair mask on yourself if you have any hair at all. You will be picking banana chunks out of your hair for two days. I would highly recommend pureeing the banana instead of just mashing it with a fork.  The oatmeal mask really made my skin smooth and the foot scrub worked well, too. Left our feet nice and soft.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
Equal parts brown sugar and white sugar (ends up being about 1/4 cup each for a 6 oz. jar)
Fill to the top with olive oil (cover the sugars and then maybe an extra 1/2 inch)
Add about 1-2 Tbs of vanilla extract for some yummy flavor.
Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
  • a few drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance (optional)
  • What to do:
    1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. (You do not have to melt the coconut oil first.)
    2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
    3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.
    Note: Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures. I noticed mine beaded into a froth of tiny coconut oil pearls that melt right into my skin.

  • Oatmeal and Yogurt Face Mask


    • 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
    • 1 tbsp live, organic yogurt (skip the flavored stuff)
    • A few drops of honey


    Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together. Warm a few drop of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon. Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture. Apply the mask to the face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth. Apply moisturizer.
    Sugar and Baking Soda Foot Scrub


    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup baking soda
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 3 Tbsp honey
    Combine sugar, baking soda, olive oil and honey to create a homemade exfoliating treatment for the feet. Use this mixture once a week to remove dead skin cells from your feet.
    *These measurements are not exact. The directions I followed did not have measurements so I just guessed. I am now guessing again when trying to remember how much I added of each ingredient.

    Hair Mask for Shine


    • 1 medium banana
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 avocado
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • 3 Tbsp buttermilk
    • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil


    1. Mash banana, egg and avocado in a small bowl.
    2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
    3. Apply to hair from roots to tips.
    4. Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.
    5. Double the recipe for long hair.

    Blackhead removal
    Beat 1 egg white, brush on face, lay kleenex over face, layer egg white and then kleenex again. Leave til dry and remove from the bottom up. 


    1. I've always wanted to do a DIY face mask of some sort, the kind you read about in magazines. I've never done it though, but this looks like so much fun! And your daughter is absolutely adorable!

      1. She has pretty cute, huh? ;) But of course, I'm biased!
        I hadn't done it either but it really was fun! And the oatmeal mask works!

    2. F-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c ! I was looking for similar projects last week, and now i see this post. I normally use breadboard to do this type of work, with one of these, job will be more easy. I was thinking, and searching others projects to do my own PCB. So, let me try my luck, maybe i can win.


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