Secrets of the Spas: Pamper and Vitalize Yourself at Home (Life's Little Luxuries Series)

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Indulge in luxurious spa treatments including:

Invigorating and cleansing body scrubs

Replenishing skin toners

Comforting moisturizers

Relaxing baths

Luscious massage oils

Rejuvenating facial masks

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Overview

Indulge in luxurious spa treatments including:

Invigorating and cleansing body scrubs

Replenishing skin toners

Comforting moisturizers

Relaxing baths

Luscious massage oils

Rejuvenating facial masks

Stress relieving facial steams

Regenerative facial peels

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579120634
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Life's Little Luxuries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.72 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Bardey has been a stylist for Elle, New York and French Vogue. She has written for Glamour, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart's Living and other magazines. Her previous books include Secrets of the Spas, Making Soaps & Scents, Making Candles & Potpourri and Lingerie, all available from Black Dog & Leventhal. She lives in New York City.

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Banana & Chickpea Protein Mask

Chickpea flour has many advantages: it's an effective skin-toning exfoliator, it stimulates circulation and it rejuvenates tissues. Bananas, rich in potassium and vitamin A, are natural emollients and help reduce redness and puffiness. The egg in this mask will tighten pores and leave your skin feeling revitalized.

Recipe:

4 tablespoons chickpea flour

1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed

1 egg, beaten

In a bowl, blend chickpea flour and ripe banana into a paste. Add beaten egg and apply mixture to face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well with warm water, Pat dry,

Citrus & Milk Bath

Cleopatra was famous for bathing in milk and soothing her skin with milk's natural beauty—enhancing properties. Rich in protein, calcium and vitamins, milk is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it smooth and moisturized. It also helps ease nervous tension and restlessness. The lavendar and citrus peel in this bath formula stimulate the circulatory system and add a wonderfully luxuriant aroma to the treatment.

Recipe:

1 cup dried milk powder (if you have oily skin, use nonfat milk)

1/4 cup orange peels

1/4 cup lemon peels

4 drops lavendar essential oil

Draw a warm bath and while water is flowing slowing add dried milk, orange and lemon peels and lavendar oil. Soak for 20 minutes. Pat dry and moisturize.

Herbal Foot Soaks

Simple to prepare, herbal soaks are ideal for tired feet. Choose from one or more of the following herbs to custom blend an aromatic bath: comfrey, elderberry, horsetail, lavendar, pine, rosemary and sage.

Recipe:

2 cups fresh herbs or 1 cup dried herbs

2 gallons boiling water

Steep herbs in water for 20 minutes. Strain liquid and pour into a foot basin. Soak feet for 20 minutes and pat dry,

Excerpted from Secret of the Spas. Copyright 1999 by BD&L. Reprinted with permission by BD&L.

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Table of Contents

Body:

Body scrubs

Body wraps

Herbal Baths

Essential Oil Baths

Moisturizers

Massage

Face:

Cleansers

Steams

Masks and Peels

Toners

Moisturizers

Hands & Feet:

Cuticles and Nails

Hand and Foot Scrubs, Exfoliators & Washes

Moisturizers

Hair:

Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Shampoos and Conditioners

Rinses

Spa Cuisine:

Drinks

Soup and Salads

Desserts

Essentials:

Oils - Essential and Carrier

Pampering Tools

Glossary

Associations, Resources and Suppliers

Spa Listings

Shopping Guide

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Recipe


Banana & Chickpea Protein Mask

Chickpea flour has many advantages: it's an effective skin-toning exfoliator, it stimulates circulation and it rejuvenates tissues. Bananas, rich in potassium and vitamin A, are natural emollients and help reduce redness and puffiness. The egg in this mask will tighten pores and leave your skin feeling revitalized.

Recipe:

4 tablespoons chickpea flour

1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed

1 egg, beaten

In a bowl, blend chickpea flour and ripe banana into a paste. Add beaten egg and apply mixture to face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well with warm water, Pat dry,

Citrus & Milk Bath

Cleopatra was famous for bathing in milk and soothing her skin with milk's natural beauty--enhancing properties. Rich in protein, calcium and vitamins, milk is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it smooth and moisturized. It also helps ease nervous tension and restlessness. The lavendar and citrus peel in this bath formula stimulate the circulatory system and add a wonderfully luxuriant aroma to the treatment.

Recipe:

1 cup dried milk powder (if you have oily skin, use nonfat milk)

1/4 cup orange peels

1/4 cup lemon peels

4 drops lavendar essential oil

Draw a warm bath and while water is flowing slowing add dried milk, orange and lemon peels and lavendar oil. Soak for 20 minutes. Pat dry and moisturize.

Herbal Foot Soaks

Simple to prepare, herbal soaks are ideal for tired feet. Choose from one or more of the following herbs to custom blend an aromatic bath: comfrey, elderberry, horsetail, lavendar, pine, rosemary and sage.

Recipe:

2 cups fresh herbs or 1 cup dried herbs

2 gallons boiling water

Steep herbs in water for 20 minutes. Strain liquid and pour into a foot basin. Soak feet for 20 minutes and pat dry,

Excerpted from Secret of the Spas. Copyright 1999 by BD&L. Reprinted with permission by BD&L.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Time for Yourself

    The book is an easy read, quick and to the point to find just what you need for a relaxing time. The only thing I found a bit bothersome was that I was going to different stores for each recipe. Other than that it was fun to make and fun to try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    Just What I Need!

    I bought this book and I began to enjoy this wonderful beauty treatments directly from my kitchen having fun with my sisters. I also learned a lot about essential oils and other valuable information that mother-nature has given us. I give this book 5 stars because this are great recipes, simple to make, without getting complicated... is just what I need!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    Awesome

    This book is so great. It has some really excellent recipes for you to make your own beauty products. The recipes are very sophisticated and completely worthy, and the recipes are really easy to follow. GET THIS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Simply Put: Excellent!!!

    This book is a must-have for those who love to pamper themselves, but don't have the time or money for a trip to the spa!!!! Excellent!!

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