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Thursday, April 1, 2010

KITCHEN : POOR WOMAN'S SPA....



As salaamu alaikum & Hello,  When I found and read this article.  I knew I had to share it with everyone.  If for nothing else , just the title alone.  I love it, love it , love it !!!

Just like much of the country, I'm living life on a budget. I used to love going to spas for a quick massage, the salon to get my hair did and occasionally, I would travel to a retreat for a full weekend of wellness. Well, my budget now dictates that I go no further than my apartment for beauty treatments So, this weekend I indulged at Spa Conscious Chick.

First up was the pre-conditioning of my hair. Instead of looking for recipes, I created my own based on my knowledge of moisturizing properties.

Avocado
Coconut Milk
Sesame Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
Egg Yolk

Make sure the avocado is ripe and easily smoothed. I found out the hard, messy way with chunks of it all over my bathroom floor and sink. Saturate either dry or wet hair with the paste, cover with a shower cap, and cover that with a towel or site under a hair dryer for about 20 minutes. Shampoo hair as usual.

While the conditioner was doing it's thing, I gave myself a facial which started with exfoliation. I used an Agave Nectar scrub from Beija-Flor Naturals and washed with one of their fabulous Organic Soap Bars. Next up, is the steam.

Boil water
Empty a tea bag (eucalyptus is perfect)
Place a towel over your head and voila!- you got a spa treatment.
After about 10 mins or so rinse with cool water and apply mask. The mask of choice was another concoction of mine.

1/2 Cucumber(chopped)
1 Egg White
1 tablespoon Honey

Blended (w/ a blender) together, this mask is so soothing and cool. I ended up putting a couple of slices of cucumber on my eyes while the mask dried to reduce the puffs. After washing off the mask with cool water, I used a toner made of tea tree oil and witch hazel and moisturized with Beija-Flor's Acai Light Moisturizer.

Now the nails. Grab a handful of dry oats, pour milk (any variation will due) into palm of oats and use to exfoliate and soften you hands. It would help to warm up the milk a little before using. Lastly, rub olive oil on nail cuticles to soften and nourish.

Before bed, I brushed my teefahs with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide which whitens and removes plaque. Finishing off with a swish of the peroxide as mouthwash completes the dental portion. Make sure you rinse once more with water to get rid of the foam.

Last but not least, I created my own lip balm using raw shea butter, coconut oil, Vitamin E and a touch of glycerin and coconut essential oil for fragrance. It works great but it won't stay solid at room temperature. I'm looking for some beeswax to complete the concoction.

I felt relaxed and beautyfull... all for no more than $20!

By SuncearRaye

Now, I love her idea of a kitchen spa ! ( smiles)  In fact I love the whole idea , you  probably can mix and add your own products to use, but the overall idea is great.  Annnd , I am really feeling the lip balm in fact I plan to make some and try it out, insha Allaah ( god willing).

Many thanks to SuncearRaye for sharing such a wonderful article.

9 comments:

Slipstitches said...

As salaamu alaikum, girl I love this post, you know how much I'm a fan of an at-home spa. Btw, that massage table in the pic reminds me of Nisa lol.

zainab1 said...

walaikum salaam samina, lol Na'am you know I forgot Nisa knows how to do massages, masha Allaah. So, glad you enjoyed reading this, isn't this great ! Take care samina. And Thanks for stopping by.

JazkAllaahu Khairan

ChocolateOrchid said...

I am so lovin' this idea. I need to go pick up some sesame oil. I've got everything else. Think I'll give this a try this weekend.
Thanks for sharing.

zainab1 said...

Chocolate orchid, Isn't this cool. I looove this whole idea.
I plan to give it try also. If you get to do it, Enjoy, Enjoy !!!

zainab1 said...

Chocolate orchid, also you know I've been trying to view and even comment on your page, but its not allowing me to do so. I love the new look btw. I dont know if that could be the problem or if your other followers may be having this problem as well. Just thought you may like to know . Take care.

Daphne said...

What a great idea. Thank you for sharing. I will have to try this next weekend (I so need a spa treatment, but times are not like they were)

zainab1 said...

Daphne, you are very welcome. Doesn't that sound great! , The minute I came across this article I was sold. So, glad you found it useful. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW, Zainab! I've been doing this for some time, but you've definately given me a few ideas!

zainab1 said...

@ Anonymous, Isn't it fabulous, I just love it ! Enjoy !!!