Can’t afford a luxury spa resort? No problem. You can recreate chic spa treatments at home, according to spa directors Leticia Fernandez at the AAA Five-Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya just outside Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and Silvia Velasco from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit near Puerto Vallarta. The duo have developed seven do-it-yourself recipes using ingredients such as avocado, sugar and olive oil that can be easily found at your local grocery store. For some of the other items, check with retailers that sell organic items or essential oils.
- ¾ bottle of Natural Dish soap
- Food coloring
- Essential oil (lavender, sandalwood or neroli)
- Rose petals (ask a florist for leftovers or buy a cheap bunch)
Mix dish soap in the tub. Add food coloring and essential oil one drop at a time until you get the desired color/scent. Top off with rose petals and relax!
Deep-Conditioning Treatment with Avocado
- ½ avocado
- 8 oz. jar of mayonnaise (15 oz. jar for very long hair)
- Shower cap
Smash half of an avocado into a bowl. Add entire jar of mayonnaise and mix well. Divide your hair in 4 parts and work the mixture into each section. Cover your hair with the shower cap. In warm water, wet the towel until damp and wring excess water out. Fold into quarters, place in a microwave for 1 minute or until it is warm to the touch, and then wrap your head in the hot towel. Leave on for 25 minutes, then rinse the mixture out of your hair.
Natural Body Exfoliation
- Olive oil
- Raw sugar
Combine sugar and olive oil in a bowl. Mix well and apply to your body. Rinse off with water.
Milk and Honey Facial Cleansing Cream
- 2 tsp. honey
- 2 tsp. warm milk
Mix the honey and milk over low heat. Apply the mixture to your face with the pads of your fingers, using a light massaging motion. Rinse and dry with a towel, lightly tapping your face.
Aloe Vera Cream for Dry Skin
- 6 capsules of Vitamin E or ½ tsp. wheat germ oil
- 4 tsp. aloe vera gel
- 125 ml. or ½ cup almond oil
- 1 tbs. lanolin
Mix the aloe vera gel with the almond oil. Open the Vitamin E capsules and add the oil to the mixture. Beat vigorously or blend and pour into a small container. Melt the lanolin over a hot water bath. Remove from heat; add the oil mixture and beat vigorously until cool. Store in a glass container. Apply to skin as needed.
Basic Hand Cream
- 2 tbs. lanolin
- 2 tbs. almond or wheat germ oil
- 4 drops of your favorite calming essential oil
Lightly heat the lanolin over a hot water bath and mix well. Remove from heat when the lanolin liquefies; add the almond or wheat germ oil and essential oil. Mix until cool and store in a glass container. Apply to hands as needed.
Intensive Oil Treatment for Dry Hair
- 3 tbs. almond, wheat germ or soy oil
- 3 drops of chamomile or rose aromatherapy oil
Lightly heat the oils and mix them together. Use the mixture to massage the scalp; distribute it over your entire head of hair, focusing on the dry ends. Cover your head with a hot towel for 20 minutes. Rinse and wash well with shampoo.
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