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Don’t Leave the House in this Weather. Spa at Home Instead.
BY: Favin the Maven |Mar 3, 2014
In an effort to avoid frostbite (do frozen tears count as frostbite?) I decided to stay home and try five DIY beauty treatments. Yes, going to the spa is awesome. Until you have to suffer the heartache of leaving the house in 12-degree weather to do so. Last week, I decided to hunker down at home instead and test out five DIY beauty treatments. Without further ado, my adventures in home spa-ing: 1. Vanilla coconut sugar scrub from WonkyWonderful Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1/2 cup solid coconut oil, 1 cup white sugar, seeds from 1 vanilla pod Recipe adjustments: I did not whip the coconut oil first. I just mixed everything together. Treatment time: 7–8 minutes. I applied it in the shower from my neck down to my feet. What I liked: It smells SO good. There’s not a lot of vanilla bean, but you can still detect it. It’s also really moisturizing. On the days I use it I’m able to skip body lotion—and I’m obsessed with body lotion. What I didn’t like: Getting all the seeds out of the vanilla bean. It took for-e-ver. Final verdict: I’m about to make more for all my friends. 2. Cellulite scrub with coffee and coconut oil from the Coconut Mama Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup ground coffee, 1 cup sugar or salt, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon (optional), 1 tbsp. vanilla (optional) Recipe adjustments: I chose sugar, and opted against the cinnamon and vanilla. I really love the smell of coffee. And I was really over dealing with vanilla. Treatment time: 8–10 minutes per area What I liked: It smells like a Starbucks. Now, this scrub sort of claims to affect cellulite. Supposedly, the caffeine in the coffee grounds stimulates the movement of fat cells and breaks up the appearance of dimples. I don’t know about that, but I will say that after every application—and I’ve done this four times now—my skin did look and feel a bit tighter. Nothing lasting, but it was nice for a little while. Like Juicy Fruit. What I didn’t like: You’re supposed to rub the mixture for 8–10 minutes into each area. This makes for a long shower. And after a while, your hands are like, “OK. We’re done here.” Final verdict: I love coffee too much to not love this. Even if I still have cellulite. My hands are just gonna have to deal. 3. Avocado and yogurt facemask from Anasa Naturals Prep time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 tbsp. avocado (mashed), 1 tbsp. greek yogurt, 1 tsp. honey Recipe adjustments: I added the juice of half a lemon to brighten and help soak up oil Treatment time: 30 minutes What I liked: The avocado and yogurt definitely feel hydrating, and my acne-prone skin loves any excuse to be slathered with antibacterial honey. What I didn’t like: This was disgusting to apply. Excuse me for being blunt, but it was like barf. (There are chunks of avocado that just won’t get mashed up all the way.) Final verdict: It wasn’t anything life-changing. I’d rather do my turmeric mask. 4. Avocado and mayo hair mask from Hollistics Prep time: 25–30 minutes (It takes awhile to even out the consistency.) Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado, 2 tbsp. mayo, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 squirt of honey Treatment time: Hollistics calls for 20–30 minutes. I left it on for two hours. What I liked: The mask was light enough that I felt comfortable leaving it on way longer than the recommended amount of time. After rinsing, I air-dried my hair. Sans product. Which somehow turned out well. Even after sleeping on my curls, they still looked great and felt soft. What I didn’t like: The mixture was runny, so it was hard to apply with any precision. My hair did soak it up quickly, though. Final verdict: Perhaps you missed the part about how I skipped product and still had amazing hair… 5. Coconut and rose-oil eye cream from PopSugar Prep time: 2 minutes Ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut oil, liquid from 2 vitamin E capsules, 2–3 drops of rose oil (optional) What I liked: Me and eye creams are not cool with each other. Every time I use one the skin under my eyes gets irritated. So I was pretty surprised when I loved this. It was really luscious and creamy, and the rose oil smelled amazing. What I didn’t like: Nothing. Final verdict: More please. Photo: Rachel McCann and Michelle Klosinski, Groupon