Friday, February 13, 2015

Beauty in the Kitchen

I have been on a DIY beauty bender. Not sure if it's the season change or what, but I have had a handful of recipes that have been waiting on me to get my act together to try. I guess I finally ran out of excuses and gave a few of them a try. Some were better then others, but these two below were my favorites.

I am a big fan of trying a beauty recipe exactly as written the first time I make and then seeing what I want to tweak for next time. Both of the recipes below were tweaked to be more how I like them; The mask a little more creamy and I just love my sugar scrub cubes. Give them a try and letting me know if you have any tweaks you suggest!

The Calming Mask

This is now my go to mask after a long flight or a change in weather (that can really drive my skin crazy). It will calm, soothe and leave your skin feeling hydrated and lovely.

This quantity will yield three masks treatments, give or take how much you apply.

Let’s discuss the ingredients super quick in case you feel they are too hard to get. They aren’t, I promise.

The dried kale is just that so I used my dehydrator and fresh kale, but you could essentially do this in the oven as well and just grind it up in your processor, spice grinder or ninja.

The spirulina I picked up in bulk on Amazon (because it is good for a million different things), but you can get this at Trader Joes in a smaller amount.

The colloidal oatmeal is seriously just oatmeal that is ground to be super fine. Head to the grocery store and pick some up (just make sure it’s not the instant) and blend, process or ninja your way to a super fine powder.


1 tablespoon Dried Kale
1 tablespoon Spirulina
1 tablespoon Colloidal Oatmeal
2 heaping tablespoons Goat Milk Yogurt (I add a little more to have a creamier texture)

Make sure you have a jar to keep the mask in and a spatula to mix it all together.

Now down to the process:     
  1. Mix kale, spirulina and colloidal oatmeal together.      
  2. Add in goat milk yogurt and combine all ingredients until well mixed.
  3. Ready to use. Apply to face and throat for 10-15 minutes.

This mask is good to keep in the refrigerator for 3-7 days depending on your yogurt expire by date. After that is may get a little funky smelling!

Wake me up Scrub

I love a good exfoliating scrub, but finding the right balance of oil, sugar and scents is not an easy task. I think I have a pretty good mix though with this one.

You can do this scrub two ways, just like the instructions (mix and go) or you can make scrub cubes! I got the idea from a small soap shop in Newberg, OR and thought it was a great idea. The only problem were the ones in the shop were too hard, more soap like, and not enough scrub. Tweaking the recipe below just a bit, as soon as the cube gets warmed by your hands it instantly gets soft and scrub like, which is way more my preference. 

The ingredients are essentially the same as the below except you eliminate the olive oil and honey and use a super fine sugar instead of a coarse type.  Once mixed together place the mixture in a small rectangular pan with wax paper and chill either in the fridge or the counter top, depending on your hurry. Once the mixture is set, cut into cubes with a knife and place in the shower. These are a great for travel and gifts. I love them!


1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon of olive oil*
3/4 cup organic sugar 
1/4 cup ground coffee 
1/4 cup raw honey 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Mix the oils together first and then add the remaining ingredients. You are now ready to get in the shower!

*The key to using coconut oil for scrubs is to add a little olive oil in as well to make sure your mixture doesn't turn solid. It doesn't hurt the product if it does go solid, but it does make for a difficult time getting out of the jar.

Original recipes from Refinery 29, but tweaked in my kitchen to be more to my liking.

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