Those avocados ripening to tender-firmness on your kitchen windowsill. Hmmm– guac or homemade spa treatment?

Ditto, that cucumber in the fridge that didn’t make it into last night’s salad. And let’s not forget those bananas which are just bustin’-out ripe– but you don’t feel like making banana bread today.

Many of the natural ingredients– fruit, veggies, salt, whole milk, almonds, honey–are perfect ingredients for a homemade spa treatment, made even more complete by the use of aromatherapy essential oils.

The homemade spa treatment may put you in touch with your inner Cleopatra. The Queen of the Nile was notorious for indulging her appetites, including her love of milk-baths. We now know that that lactic acid in milk made this particular homemade spa treatment naturally exfoliating, firming and brightening to Miss Thang’s skin.

For your homemade spa treatment, check your pantry. Then, lock the door, turn up your favorite sounds, and enjoy.



Lemon Bar Body Scrub
 1 cup brown sugar
, 1/2 cup sea salt , 
2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 tbsp of honey, 
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice 
1 tbsp of your favorite essential oil. (Try bergamot for energy, eucalyptus or rmint for stress relief, lavender to chill. Our pick: Aura Cacia oils.)
 Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to create a smooth paste. Apply to moist skin in circular motion, gently polishing the skin. Rinse with warm (not hot) water, pat dry, moisturize.

Cleo’s Milk Foot Soak
  Combine  4 cups of warmed whole milk, 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt and 6 drops of your favorite essential oil in a deep bowl or footbath,  Soak for 20 minutes. Follow with Lemon Bar Body Scrub (above) to exfoliate feet and polish away dry skin. Apply deep moisturizing creme, then protect with white cotton socks for max hydration.

Invigorating Coffee Scrub
 We all know coffee’s a buzz!! Use those fresh grounds on your bod for an invigorating skin treatment.  Brew a fresh pot of coffee. Blend 3 tablespoons of the fresh grounds and 1 tablespoon of salt. Scrub mixture over body, shower, rinse, pat dry.

Not a coffee-drinker? Save those herbal tea-bags, and use them as eye-compresses to relieve puffiness.



Guac Star Hair Masque   
Mash a ripe Haas avocado (two for long hair) in a bowl with a fork to create perfect chip-dip consistency. Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (optional.) Spread the paste on the hair from the root to the ends. Leave on for 20 minutes; then shampoo out and rinse out.

Olive Oil Deep Hair Conditioning Masque
  An excellent antidote for the drying effects of sun, heat styling, highlighting and blonde-ing, and chlorine. Beat two eggs (three for long hair) and add in three tablespoons of olive oil. Add your favorite essential oils (optional). Smooth paste generously over hair from root to tip. Wrap hair in warm towel and rest for about 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Wholesome Breakfast for your Face  
Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of plain organic yogurt. Massage mixture gently onto face; then rinse with warm water, pat dry, moisturize.

Yogurt & Honey Treat  
Mix 1-part plain yogurt and 1-part honey and apply to cleansed skin.  Let it set for 10-15 minutes, then rinse well with warm water.







Cinnamon Oatmeal Milk Bath

Blend 1 cup powdered milk, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup finely ground oatmeal, 2 tsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp. cream of tartar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a food processor. Enjoy as a soak in a warm tub. Oatmeal soothes irritation, while cinnamon is mildly energizing to skin.