DIY Spa Products at Home – scrubs and masks

By Jennifer Dyck, PHEc

Making your own home spa products is all the rage. With a few simple ingredients you can create scrubs and masks. Use them yourself, package them for gifts, host a party or get the kids involved. Your options are endless. View another post from Jennifer for recipes that are even more adventurous: fizzy bath bombs and lip balm using Manitoba beeswax.

Sweet Sugar or Salt Scrub

This all-purpose scrub removes dead skin cells to reveal new, soft skin. And it is so easy to make!

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar or Epsom salts
  • 3/4 cup canola oil

Mix together in a bowl using a spoon. Use on hands, arms, feet, or elbows. Rub in well. Rinse with cold water. Avoid the eye area and always best to do a test patch. Store in re-sealable container.

Note: Make more using a 2 to 1 ratio of sugar or salt to canola oil.

Beach Sand Foot Scrub

This refreshing and cooling foot scrub softens feet while leaving them feeling refreshed and smelling great!

  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3/4 cup fine, clean beach sand
  • 3-5 drops peppermint oil 3-5 drops

Mix together in a bowl using a spoon. Massage scrub onto feet, concentrating especially on problem areas. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Store in re-sealable container.

Note: Purchase clean beach sand from a craft store or rinse thoroughly with boiling water before using.

Avocado-Ginger Moisture Mask

Tired of sprouting or just throwing away avocado pits? Here’s a great soothing way to use them.

  • 2-3 fresh avocado pits 2-3
  • 1/4-1/2 cup thick yogurt
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil

Allow the avocado pits to dry for 2 days on the counter, but not to the point of becoming rock hard or they will break your spice mill. Using a spice mill or coffee grinder, grind the dried pits to create a grainy, mealy powder. Add enough yogurt to create a paste. Add the ginger and canola oil. Stir well.

Sitting or standing in the bathtub or shower, pat the paste all over your body using a circular motion. Don’t forget to apply to your face too. Leave on for 10 minutes, then shower, first with warm water, then cooler water and pat yourself dry.

All recipes credit: www.canolaeatwell.com

Jennifer Dyck is a Winnipeg-based Professional Home Economist, mom of 2, avid baker and passionate about yoga.  She works with the Manitoba Canola Growers in education and promotion and blogs for Canola Eat Well, a blog dedicated to recipes and articles from experts to keep your mind, body and soul working at its best.