T’is the Season! Holiday DIY SPA treatments
Inn by the Sea’s SPA Director Bobbie Arsenault shares 3 simple recipes for seasonally sensational scrubs- perfect for gift giving
With the holidays just around the corner it’s easy to get your tinsel in a knot over gift lists whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza. Trying to find the perfect personalized gift at the mall or on line can be exhausting and stressful. And while we think a gift of relaxation or a day at SPA is the best present ever, here are 3 simple spa treatments you can make yourself. These seasonal sensations make affordable gifts, and many of the ingredients are household products you may already have.
A DIY SPA treatment is the gift that keeps on giving – long after that most magical time of year, offering blended ingredients that nourish, relax, hydrate and rejuvenate.
Peppermint Salt Scrub
As salt scrubs are coarser, suggested for feet or tough hands.
1 Cup Salt (Sea Salt or Epsom Salt are personal favorites, but any salt will do)
3/4 Cup Coconut Oil (I use solid oil for flakier scrubs for areas I don't want to be greasy)
8-10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil or extract
Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended, adding more oil or salt as you see fit. Be careful, especially in a shower, as oil will make surfaces slick.
Hot Cocoa Scrub
1 Cup of Sugar (My preference is 3/4 cup white, 1/4 cup raw sugar)
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 Cup of Oil (this time I used fractionated coconut oil)
1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended, adding more oil or sugar as you see fit.
Cinnamon Honey Lip Scrub
Lip scrubs are the new great trend and this one will knock your socks off – it’s delicious, easy and effective.
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 Tablespoon raw Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey
3/4 Tablespoon solid Coconut Oil
Pinch of Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended, divide in containers and enjoy! Use on lips 1-2 times a week by taking an amount less than pea size, scrub for a minute, remove with cloth and then apply your favorite lip balm.
SPA at Inn by the Sea is open to the public year around, everyday, at Inn by the Sea at 40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth. Maine 04107. Steam, cardio, fitness on demand, 6 treatments rooms & a room for two with deep soaking tub. 207.799.3134. www.innbythesea.com