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Book Recommendation: Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas is a great little book by Catherine Bardey that gives you fantastic and easy ways to pamper yourself at home with recipes utilizing herbs, essential oils, and items you probably already have in your kitchen. Why pay to go to a spa when you can do these great recipes at home? Bardley includes natural recipes that are beneficial and healthy for your body, face, hair, nails, and feet. She also includes aromatherapy and skin benefits of essential oils and carrier oils.

You will find recipes for all skin types. You can utilize these recipes depending on what particular aromatherapy or skin benefits you are looking for (either calming, rejuvinating, etc.,)

You will find body scrubs, wraps, herbal bath blends, and milk baths.

body scrubs

bath

You will also find natural recipes for moisturizers, body butter, and massage oils.

body butter moisturizers

Bardley also discusses ways to care for and treat the skin on your face and includes recipes for cleansers, pastes, facial steams, moisturizers, tonics, and masks.

facial masks

You will also find recipes for your hands and nails like hand washes, rubs and moisturizers, nail and cuticle treatments. For your feet, there are foot scrubs, masks, and soaks. There are also recipes for hair treatments, conditioners, and wraps.

hair, nails, hands, and feet treatments

Bardley also includes a section for healthy edible recipes for smoothies, shakes, salads, and more.

food recipes

All in all, this is a great book with many detailed spa recipes you can use to pamper yourself and learn about and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, relaxing and detoxifying baths, and much more.

This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations. There are affordable used copies of this book at the marketplaces of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Alibris, and Abe Books. You may also come across copies at used book shops as well.

* The photos in this post are © Copyright Secrets of the Spas, Catherine Bardley.

** I am getting no commissions from this book recommendation.

Salt Scrub or Sugar Scrub – Which Should You Use?


Salt and sugar scrubs are excellent ways to to remove dead skin cells, rejuvenate and moisturize your skin. Both salt and sugar have great exfoliating properties, but which one is better to use? Actually, neither one is really “better” to use than the other one, they both have different properties, so if you’re wondering which one to use, the answer is that it depends on what you want to use it for. Read on for more information about the differences and benefits of both salt and sugar scrubs and when it’s best to use each one.




DIY Fizzy Bath Bombs


Fizzy bath bombs are a great and fun addition to a relaxing bath. You don’t have to shell out and buy expensive bath bombs, they are very easy to make from scratch. There are very few ingredients for a basic bath bomb and once you get the hang of it you can tweak and add more ingredients to the recipe.

Bath bombs mainly consist of baking soda and citric acid, it is the citric acid that makes them fizz when they are dropped in the tub. You can buy citric acid at some health food stores and grocery stores, it is usually in the baking section. You can also order it online from soap making supply stores. Some specialty grocery stores also carry it, like Indian and Greek grocery stores. You will also need to water or witch hazel in a spritz bottle. You can add food coloring and fragrance to your bath bombs also. You can shape them into balls or put them in molds to create cute and pretty shapes.

Here are 5 easy and fun fizzy bath bomb recipes you can try. Some of these include fragrant dried herbs and flower petals as well as skin beneficial oils in their recipes. Enjoy.