Natural Beauty with Coconuts

Feeling a bit tropical today so had to reblog this ALOHA

Janice Cox

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This year I was lucky to visit the island of Kauai where “Tropical Ingredients” are easy to find and use.  One morning, my husband and I went for a walk along the beach and we found a coconut that had just fallen to the ground.  He peeled the outer husk off (which was not easy) and then we drained out the coconut water and cracked the nut open.  There is nothing like a fresh coconut to start your day!  Coconut is one of my favorite beauty ingredients the oil which is made from the nut flesh can be enjoyed head to toe and the coconut water which I love to drink is also a toning tonic for your complexion.

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The nice thing is today you don’t have to travel to Hawaii to enjoy coconuts they can be found in almost all grocery stores and coconut oil has become a cooking…

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But first, Coffee…..

Janice Cox

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Hello!  I don’t know about you but I really can’t get going in the morning without my cup of coffee – in face my husband knows that he really cannot discuss anything substantial with me until after at least my second cup.

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I also love to use coffee in DIY beauty recipes.  Coffee and caffeine are popular ingredients in skin lotions, creams, masks and body scrubs.  When applied to the skin, coffee is useful as a cleanser and an antioxidant and diuretic.  A popular use of ground coffee beans is as a body scrub to reduce cellulite.  The caffeine in the coffee dehydrates fat cells by energizing the, which in turn affects the sodium potassium balance in the cells in a way that allows the cells to eliminate a buildup of excess wastes.  That is a long explanation for sure — bottom line: You cup of Joe could slim your…

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Icelandic Beauty

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My daughter and son in law just went on an amazing trip to Iceland and brought me back a mud mask!   This is not any mud mask but one from the famous Blue Lagoon.

Most mud or clay masks work in the same way.  They help exfoliate and deep cleanse your complexion.  As they dry they also help remove or draw surface impurities and debris from your pores and skin.  What makes mud mask different is where they originate.  Blue Lagoon Mud is some of the finest in the world.  It is made from geothermal silica mud, a unique and natural active ingredient.  It can be used on both the face and body.

You don’t have to travel to the blue lagoon to create your own mud mask at home, but I want to  now book a trip to Iceland after hearing their stories and seeing photos of this amazing country.   Here is an easy recipe for you to create your own at home mask:

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Natural Mud Mask

Clay or mud masks are some of the oldest natural beauty treatments still used today.  You can find a variety of natural clays at your local natural food store and online.  Remember you never want to use the mud from your yard as it can contain bacteria.  You want sterilized clay or mud that is safe to use on your skin.

Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons natural clay

1-2 tablespoons distilled water

Directions: 

Mix the clay mask fresh each time using equal parts clay and water.  Stir well until you have a smooth paste.  To use: Spread the mixture on clean skin and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, until dry.  Rinse well with warm water followed by cool water and pat your skin dry.

Yield: 1 ounce, enough for one facial mask

Note:  You can also mix your clay with soy milk, sour cream or aloe vera gel and if you are a fan of using essential oils add a drop or two to your mask for a bit of aromatherapy. 

 

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þú ert fallegur! 

(You are beautiful!)

xoxo Janice

 

 

 

Turn Your Bath Into A Spa

 

We can all use a bit of pampering every now and then but a trip to a high end resort or spa may not be on your calendar or in the budget.  Not to worry with just a few simple “At Home” touches you can turn your own bathroom into your own private retreat.  Here are some Easy spa touches that anyone can do:

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Fresh Cucumber Slices 

Immerse fresh cucumber slices in water for half an hour in your refrigerator.  Lie down and place them on closed eyes.  Water makes cucumbers cool, gelatinous and very soothing.  You can also Create a soothing facial mask using fresh sour cream, honey or a bit of cooked oatmeal.

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Spa Towels: 

Soak cotton hand towels in warm water with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, peppermint, sweet orange). Wring out and roll up.  Microwave for 20 seconds.  Massage a rich lotion or natural oil into your hands and feet and wrap then with these warm spa towels.

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Music: 

LIsten to soft music thats evenly paced with minimal lyrics or use nature sounds to set a soothing mood in your spa room (bathroom).

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Tea:  

Make a pot of chamomile or your favorite herbal tea to sip in your bath.  Use a favorite cup and really treat yourself.

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Bath Salts: 

Mix up these relaxing bath salts and soak for 20 to 40 minutes.  Really take the time to relax and unplug .  You may also want to light candles or place a bouquet of fresh flowers on the counter to focus on.

Ingredients: 

2 cups epsom salts

1/2 cup baking soda

5-6 drops essential oil such as lavender or rosemary (optional)

Directions: 

Mix together all ingredients.  Pour into warm bath as your fill tub.  Stir until salts are dissolved.  Soak for 20 to 40 minutes.

Yield: 20 ounces, enough for one bath

 

You are beautiful and amazing!

xoxo Janice

 

Natural Beauty with Avocados

Since it is Friday and Avocado Season had to “reblog” TGIF

Janice Cox

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Avocados are a natural beauty staple.  These rich buttery fruits can be used by all skin and hair types  to moisturize, clean and hydrate.  They are rich in natural oil, protein, and vitamins.  Avocados also contain more protein than any other fruit.  They have been used  for centuries in hot and dry climates to protect the skin and hair.

A simple and nourishing hair conditioner is made by mashing an avocado and massaging it into clean, damp hair.  Let sit for a few minutes then rinse out with warm water.

Avocado oil is a pale green oil that can be found in the cooking oil section of most grocery stores.  It is made from the dehydrated flesh of the avocado.  It is excellent for moisturizing the skin and hair because it is light  and also has some sunscreening properties.  It makes a wonderful skin and hair oil. I also like…

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