Turn your apartment into the best spa in Dallas
Saving money doesn’t mean completely giving up the pampering that you love. You’ve simply got to look at it differently. Transform your Dallas apartment in to a spa with a few inexpensive, easy to make nourishing treatments.
The first step is to set the stage. This isn’t the fun step; that comes later. First, give you bathroom a good cleaning. (You’ll appreciate soaking in your tub a lot more when you aren’t sitting in last week’s ring of dirt.) Secondly, bring in a few scented candles and your MP3 player deck. Set your playlist to simple grooves and enjoy a spa night!
Below are a few suggestions to get the night off to a great start:
Comforting Brown Sugar Scrub This selection is great for guys and gals, with warm spicy fragrances that are perfect for a romantic summer’s evening. You’ll need:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger
- 2 teaspoons of nutmeg
- ¾ cup of hazelnut or macadamia nut oil
- 30-40 drops of cardamom essential oil
- Airtight container
Combine the first six ingredients in a bowl and whisk thoroughly until a consistent, lump-free mixture is formed. Then add the cardamom oil, blending carefully after each drop. Place your sugar scrub in the airtight container. Use about ½ cup on your damp skin. Rinse thoroughly.
Nourishing Hair Mask This is one deep conditioner that your hair and scalp will thank you for. Replenish the nourishment the hot Dallas sun and smog have robbed from you. You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of organic aloe vera gel (no additives, especially not alcohol)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of papaya pulp (found most often in international food markets)
Mix your concoction in a blender until it makes a cream. (There will be some pulp.) Smooth the mixture into your hair and let it sit for as long as you can handle it, up to an hour. Wash it out thoroughly with a sulfate-free shampoo. Met your new soft, silky tresses.
Gentle Bubbles Water Freshener One thing you should know is that homemade bubble baths won’t get as bubbly as the store-bought kind. That’s because homemade remedies often avoid surfactants, which make great bubbles but wreak havoc on your skin. The following creates a gentle froth of bubbles that smells pleasant and nurtures your skin.
- ½ cup liquid castile soap
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
- 1 teaspon white sugar
- 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (for scent)
Combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly. Cover, and let the solution sit for 24 hours. Then it’s ready to use!