“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you.” – Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy
There is nothing more nourishing for the soul than gathering a group of women together to laugh, share, and feel naturally beautiful. Instead of heading to a stuffy and expensive spa, invite your girlfriends over for an at-home spa evening with facial treatments, snacks, and drinks. Our friend Jules Aron, the author of Fresh & Pure: Organically Crafted Beauty Balms and Cleansers (read our interview about the new book here) has put together a few tips and 3 treatments straight out of her book. Enjoy!
set the scene
Set the mood by burning incense, lighting candles and turning on a mellow playlist.
Ask your friends to arrive dressed in robes and flip flops. Have stretchy headbands and fresh towels on hand.
Customize a pitcher of spa water with your favorite fruits and herbs.
Have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand.
Take turns hosting!
SEA SIREN MASK
*Makes approximately 6 masks
Three powerful ingredients work in harmony in this luxurious sea mask. The french green clay coaxes out deep toxins, the mineral rich spirulina clears out blemishes and fights free radicals, while the moisturizing coconut oil nourishes and replenishes skin for a soothing and softening seaside treat worthy of a siren.
2 ounces French green clay
1 tablespoon spirulina powder
2 tablespoons distilled water
1 teaspoon coconut oil
In an airtight glass container, mix together the dry ingredients and store.
When ready to use, mix 2 teaspoons of the dry ingredients with water and coconut oil to create a muddy paste. Apply the mask all over your face, neck and chest, avoiding the gentle skin around your eyes. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Store the dry mix in an airtight glass container in a dark, cool place. For maximum freshness and potency, use within 1 year.
COOLING EYE GEL
*Makes 1 treatment
The delicate skin around the eyes is the thinnest in the whole body and is especially vulnerable to changes in appearance. This light, cooling treatment made with soothing aloe vera gel and nourishing Vitamin E oil moisturizes the skin and repairs damaged cells in the gentlest way.
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
2 slices of cucumbers, large enough to cover the surface of your eyes.
Blend the aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil and dab gently all around the surface of your eyes. Find a comfortable spot to recline and place the cucumber slices over your eyelids. Relax for 15 minutes before removing the cucumbers and rinsing with water.
For maximum freshness, use immediately.
ROSEMARY HOT OIL TREATMENT
*Makes 1 treatment
Heating this deeply nourishing oil infusion allows nutrients to penetrate into the hair shaft giving hair extra luster.
5 tablespoons rosemary infused olive oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
3 drops cedarwood essential oil (optional)
Rosemary infused olive oil:
1 ounce of dried rosemary
3 ounces olive oil
To prepare oil infusion follow instructions on page xxx or use the following quick method:
On the lowest setting on your stove, heat your herbs and oil in a double boiler and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Bring the water to a simmer and allow the oil to heat for 20-30 minutes, taking care not to burn the herbs. Use a cheesecloth to decant your oil into a glass jar.
Let cool until the oil is luke-warm and add essential oil if using.
To apply, work the mixture into your scalp and comb to saturate the strands. Wrap your hair with a warm, wet towel and allow the oil to permeate your hair. Rinse and wash as usual.
Enjoy your evening of pampering!
JULES ARON is also the author of Nourish & Glow: Naturally Beautifying Foods & Elixirs and Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker and Vegan Cheese, Simple, Delicious, Plant-Based Cheese Recipes. She is a highly sought out wellness expert, certified yoga, qigong & traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, and a certified holistic nutrition coach that has been featured in The NY Post, The Today Show, NBC NEWS, Thrive Magazine, Well + Good NYC, Mind Body Green and is a regular contributor to Woman’s World Magazine among other national media outlets. Connect with her here: website, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.