Jasmine Salt Bath Recipe
For the loveliest bath, I mix equal parts of baking soda and sea salt with a few drops of essential oil. My favorites are orange blossom and jasmine.
After the bath, a little coconut oil or apricot oil softens the skin beautifully.
In fact, I keep a jar of coconut oil in the bathroom to use as a makeup remover, bath oil, and body oil.
Custom-Scented Massage Oil Recipe
I love to make my own scented bath by pouring my favorite perfume(s) and oils directly into the apricot oil, which is very nourishing. The NOW brand of apricot oil is naturally unscented, so you can create whatever fragrance you like.
My recent favorite is a blend of Michael Kors Glam Jasmine with jasmine essential oil.
I also love Atelier Cologne, Orange Sanguine with a few drops of orange blossom essential oil.
Honey Lemon Facial Scrub Recipe
This is so simple! I mixed about 1/4 cup of brown sugar (or you could use white sugar), the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and some honey. Mix this into a thick paste. I massaged it on my dry face and then rinsed well, followed by a toner. Any leftovers lasted several days in a tightly sealed plastic container in the refrigerator.
Honey has been revered since ancient times for its medicinal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. Lemons also have antibacterial properties.
Spiced Peach Tea Recipe
Enjoying a cup of peach tea, spiced with turmeric and cinnamon, and sweetened with stevia, is a delicious way to relax in the bath while letting the healing spices work their magic.
An antioxidant, turmeric is recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil as part of his anti-inflammatory diet because of this spice’s ability to reduce inflammation.
The Skin Deep Cosmetics Database by the Environmental Working Group is an excellent site for researching ingredients, such as chemicals, fragrance, and toxins. The database is not designed to identify gluten specifically as an ingredient, but to me the other considerations are also important (ewg.org).
Ladies – if you are looking for beautiful, gluten-free skin care and cosmetics, I have a section in my book, The Art of Gluten-Free Living. with quite a few brands I like.
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