Fall is the perfect time to start experimenting with some simple, pampering beauty recipes.
Changes in weather will affect skin and hair, and you’ll need a few good recipes under your belt to moisturize, exfoliate, and rejuvenate!
If you find yourself out working in the yard a lot this fall, or you’re just plain in need of some pampering, these two fall-themed recipes are perfect!
Homemade Hand Scrub: Orange Spice
I do a lot of gardening in the fall and my hands get pretty beat up. This antibacterial homemade hand scrub leaves hands clean and soft.
I use homemade soap as it retains its glycerin, a natural humectant, adding moisture to the skin. Distilled water is just the right pH for your skin. Pumice is a very finely ground volcanic ash that will buff and polish the skin. Orange essential oil is great for removing grease and dirt from the skin without being drying, and cinnamon essential oil is naturally antibacterial.
- 1 cup soap shavings (learn how to make your own soap)
- ⅓ cup distilled water (more or less as needed)
- ½ cup fine-grain salt (any variety)
- ¼ cup ground pumice (find it here)
- 10-15 drops orange essential oil (find pure orange EO here)
- 5-7 drops cinnamon essential oil (find pure cinnamon EO here)
In a large bowl, combine the soap shavings and the water. Let sit for an hour or two. Stir until a thick paste is formed. Adjust the amount of water depending on how thick you want it. Add remaining ingredients. When thoroughly combined, store in a pint jar with a tight lid.
Scoop out a small amount and scrub all over hands. Rinse well and moisturize if necessary.
Fall Blend Homemade Foot Soak
I tend to neglect my feet until they are tired and sore. This soothing, moisturizing homemade foot soak wakes up tired feet!
Sage leaves are thought to be antibacterial, while eucalyptus opens up pores and sinuses. The mint leaves in this recipe allow skin to soak up the other nutrients, and parsley has antioxidants to help prevent cell damage. Epsom salt contains magnesium, encouraging muscles to relax.
Ingredients & Supplies
- foot bath full of warm water
- ½ cup Epsom salt (find it here)
- sage leaves, eucalyptus leaves, mint leaves, and parsley leaves – dry or fresh (find these dried herbs here)
- small muslin bag (like this)
Place herbs in the muslin bag. (Tie them up in a coffee filter if you don’t have a muslin bag.) Steep the bag in the water for 30 minutes or so. Place your feet in the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Soak until skin is wrinkled and pruny-looking. This is the point at which the nutrients can really permeate the skin. After soaking, dry your feet and apply a moisturizer if needed.
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