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Homemade Body Scrubs and Wraps (Your Own Spa: Part 4 of 4)

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The Frugal Holistic

A Day at Your Favorite Spa: Your Own!
(Part 4 of 4 - Homemade Body Scrubs and Wraps)

Well, this is the final article in the series and I hope that you all have enjoyed them. I promised an article on Body Wraps and Body Sugaring . Body wraps are a good way to release stress and toxins from the body. Body Sugaring is a natural method of hair removal that is not as harmful to your skin as wax removal. Body wraps can cost upwards of $300.00 for a good professional wrap. But, I am here to tell you that you can save lots of money doing it yourself. The things you will need, in addition to the ingredients for each wrap, are lightweight sheets, flannel sheets or a lightweight thermo blanket that can be bought at any camping/sporting goods store to cover yourself with, towels and a flat surface to lay on. You can also do this lying in the bathtub. It is not as comfortable as using a exercise mat or lawn chair/lounger though. You might want to think about investing in some rolls of gauze to have a friend wrap you in. If you are going to do a compression wrap, be sure that you wrap snuggly but not too tight and this kind of body wrap should only be done once a month.

First, cover your surface with the towels. Light some candles and put on some soothing music. Make sure you have plenty of water to drink before and after to flush out toxins in your body. Try to avoid caffeine, sugar, fried fatty foods, soda drinks and alcohol for the next 48 hours. Take a warm shower before applying the wrap to open the pores. Get your ingredients together and mix away. I have included some recipes for very basic body wraps. Any facial mixture can be used also. Just make more of it. Many people confuse a sugar scrub with body sugaring so I am going to give you a couple of simple recipes for Sugar Scrubs that can be used before your Body Wrap.

Sugar Scrubs

Brown Sugar Scrubs

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons almond oil
  • few drops of honey
  • 3 to 5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Or

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 5-7 drops orange essential oil
  • dash of cinnamon

Here's what you do:

Mix ingredients thoroughly in a glass bowl. In the shower, gently scrub all over body.

Fruit Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut milk or oil
  • 3 Tbsp. almond or jojoba oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh papaya and guava

Mix sugar and coconut milk or oil with almond or jojoba oil. Puree fruit in a blender or food processor, stir into oil and sugar mixture. Exfoliate with dry brush or exfoliation gloves, rinse off in shower. Pat dry (skin should be damp) and apply mixture from feet to head in circular motions always towards the heart. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and enjoy silky smooth, sweet-smelling skin!

Body Wraps

Clay Body Wrap (for oily skin)

  • 1 cup bentonite or green clay
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups water

Boil water and add sea salt until it is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Adjust the water if necessary to form a wet paste. Rub the mixture over your entire body and cover yourself with a sheet.

Avocado Moisture Body Wrap (for dry skin)

  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
  • Lots of towels
  • Plastic wrap

Here's what you do: Blend avocado pulp, cream and aloe vera gel to a thick paste. Place lots of old towels down where you will nap later. Apply paste to body. Wash hands and loosely wrap over masked areas. Lay down and relax for one hour. Rinse.

Oatmeal Wrap (for soft and smooth skin)

  • 1 cup of oatmeal not the instant kind
  • 1 cup of warm milk

Mix oatmeal and milk into a paste and apply to body. Rest one hour and rinse off.

Removing Extra Hair

Body Sugaring is a natural way to remove the hair that you don't want from your body. Basically, you are making a cooked paste out of white sugar and other ingredients that you will spread on your legs and, using strips of cloth, removing the hair. You will need a stove and pot to cook the sugar mixture in and an old sheet to cut up into strips or a couple of yards of cheap broadcloth from Walmart. The strips can be used again by washing in a lingerie bag in your washer.

Body Sugar Recipe

  • 1-7/8 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Use a fairly large, heavy pan because the sugar will foam up as it boils. Mix the ingredients in the pan and put on medium heat. Boil gently until a candy thermometer reads 120 degrees C. The mixture will turn an amber color as it cooks. Take it off the heat, let it cool a bit and pour into a container. A wide shallow one works best - if you have a tall container, the paste tends to get all over the stick. When cooled, it should be quite thick.

To use the paste, either microwave it (careful-it heats up fast) or boil some water and let the jar sit in the hot water for about 5 minutes. Be sure to test the temperature *very* carefully before you put a lot on your skin. Test a bit on the palm of your hand where the skin is a little thicker and tougher. Use a craft stick, like a tongue depressor, to spread the paste. The paste works best when it is very warm, it spreads thinner that way.

Take a bit of paste on the stick and spread it on, as thin as you can, in the direction of the hair growth. Put a strip on the paste and press it on firmly. Pull the strip off against the direction of the hair growth. Be sure to hold your skin taut, and pull the strip directly back, not up. You can use the same strip a couple of times. To clean up, all you need is soap and water. You can cream your legs after with a good natural lotion. By Debra from Colorado Springs Co

Editors Note: This is a four part article. Check out the other sections here:

About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 7 grandsons. She is a published author and poetress. Born in California, she now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and many pets. Her hobbies include crocheting, reading, arts and crafts and bargain hunting.

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By Alice12/16/2008

Thanks so much for the terrific recipes. I have tried some other recipes, but never any that are like these.

Philip - you had asked about body wrapping clay - I found this article that tells you all about the different types of body wrap clay: http://www.wrapyourselfslim.com/blo ... -types-of-clay-to-use-in-body-wraps/

Thanks again for the recipes. Do you have any others to share with us?

By Valentina (Guest Post)10/21/2008

I do not know how to thank Mrs Debra for your wonderful contributions. You have shared your wealth of knowledge with the rest of the world. I would like to say, a big Thank You. You may not know the worth of your work, but it has gone a long way. Also a thanks to Thrifty Fun for creating an avenue such as this. You are doing a great job.

By Philip (Guest Post)06/12/2008

Where do you get the clay for this? I want to try it.

By Liz (Guest Post)02/08/2008

Hey Andrea, to answer you question carrier oils are oils like jojoba, grapeseed and sweet almond oil which as used as base oils to carry other ingredients and do not have much of a scent. One such ingredient is an essential oil like lavender or rosemary which have a much more strong and pungent strength. These essential oils also tend to have medicinal properties. you can check out http://www.anandaapothecary.com/essential-oils.html to find out more about the particular properties of each oil.

By Andrea (Guest Post)12/04/2007

What's the difference between extract and oil?
What's the difference between carrier oils and essential oils?
I'd like to add scent to this but am confused by all the descriptions.
Thanks,
Andrea

By nailfanatic (Guest Post)11/29/2007

Do you use dry clay or wet clay in these wraps? And how do you wrap yourself? Thanks I can't wait to try these!

By Charlotte De Marco (Guest Post)07/18/2007

Hello, I love your infor on Body Wraps however, I was wondering if you could give me a Body Wrap that tones the fat on my waist and arms. The one that I love is the Aavacado Moisture Body Wrap but now I am hoping you can share a Body Wrap for toning. I took off weight and I have flabby arms and still a thick waist. Can you please help me?
Thanks, Charlotte

By Sirena (Guest Post)04/23/2007

Is it possible for hair to be too fine for sugaring?

By Toni01/14/2007

I had to modify the brown sugar scrub for the ingredients that I had at home. I made a big batch because my children love the scrubs in the shower and it was costing my a fortune. I did the following:
2 cups Brown Sugar
1 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Honey

Mix all the ingredients in a glass jar (just need to find a small scoop)

My hands are as smooth as a babies bottom.... LOVE IT THANK YOU!!! I can't wait to try the hair removal Body Sugar!

By lindseyna (Guest Post)12/30/2006

Love the recipes

By debbie from SC (Guest Post)12/28/2006

i'd like a recipe for homemade fizzy bath bombs

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