Favorite Winter Scrubs to Gift + Detox Market Beauty Box

Some DIY beauty recipes are just so darn pretty that you can confidently whip ’em up, wrap ’em up, and place them under your Christmas tree. Here are some of my absolute favorite gifts or stocking-stuffers for everyone on your list. Short on time? Make sure you read on for some ready-made, natural beauty gift ideas from the Detox Market!

Homemade Eucalyptus Oatmeal Bath Salts

Homemade Eucalyptus Oatmeal Bath Salts---Spa Days at Home

The perfect gift, this eucalyptus oatmeal bath salt recipe combines the fresh and soothing fragrance of eucalyptus with the unmatched healing power of oatmeal. Use natural twine to tie a simple, festive bow around the decorative jar of your choice. Find the recipe here.

7 Homemade Winter Body Scrubs

7 Homemade Winter Body Scrub Recipes--- Spa Days at Home

Choose from 7 amazing combinations, or make them all. These are perfect little stocking-stuffers. The peppermint mocha scrub is my personal favorite, and the ground coffee base is a unique twist on the regular sugar and salt varieties. A thoughtful gift for the coffee lovers in your life. Find that and all the other recipes here.

The Detox Market

 

I love everything about this online shop. All your beauty needs without the use of any nasty ingredients. They even have a subscription box now so you and your giftee can receive all kinds of goodies in the mail. The coupons below will be applied to your order after you enter the code. Have fun shopping!

Free KAHINA Giving Beauty Gift Set

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Free Pai Skincare Gentle Genius Body Wash Kit

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Try This— Scone for One + Clotted Cream

One of the many things I miss about vacationing in London is afternoon tea. One of the many things I miss about afternoon tea is a warm scone with clotted cream. I’m ashamed to admit that before I went to London, I’d only had scones a handful of times, plucked from a display case, out of pure desperation while ordering some overly sweet latte from Starbuck$$$. But in London, scones with clotted cream is totally a thing, and from what I experienced, it’s such a thing that you don’t have to go out of your way to a specialty bakery to find it. I found myself stopping by Waitrose (a grocery store chain) every couple of days to get a package of scones and a tub of clotted cream. This was my go to breakfast, tea time treat, and occasional midnight snack the entire time I was across the pond.

When I got home I fell back into my regular breakfast routine of yogurt with toppings. Delicious and satisfying, I know, but I have craved scones and clotted cream consistently since my return. Alas, my fear of commitment wouldn’t allow me to just go ahead and bake a batch of scones for myself. Plus, the fact that clotted cream isn’t readily available here in the States (a fact that I lament on nearly a daily basis) had me questioning the meaning of life.

The answer to this and pretty much any other existential crisis, is to find some method of instant gratification like a cinnamon roll in a mug. Totally quick, totally easy, and deliciously noncommittal. Amiright? So, I found this amazing recipe for a scone for one! Yes! Talk about living the dream. I can now have a different flavor of scone every morning if I want to and I don’t have to fly all the way to the UK to do it. You must try this!

Simple Scone Recipe for One

ingredients

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tbsp mix-in of choice

Directions

  • In a small food processor or blender combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Pulse the butter into the dry ingredients until it breaks up and resembles crumbs.
  • Next add in the mix-ins and milk and pulse until the dough pulls away from the side of the mixer, which should only take a moment.
  • Carefully pull the dough away from the blade and shape into a circle, patting it to about 1/2 inch in thickness.
  • Bake at 450 on a piece of parchment paper for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly.

Possible Mix-ins

  • cherry + walnut
  • blueberry
  • cranberry + walnut
  • lemon + poppy seed

Simple Clotted Cream

ingredients

  • 2 pints heavy cream (be sure that it isn’t ultra pasteurized0
  • heavy casserole dish

directions

  • set your oven to 180F
  • Pour the cream into the casserole dish. It should come up about 1-3 inches on the side.
  • Set the dish, uncovered, in the oven and leave undisturbed for 10-12 hours. Be sure to leave the oven on the whole time. For me, it’s easiest to do this overnight.

  • When it’s done, you’ll notice a thick golden crust has formed on top. This is the “clotted” part
  • Remove the dish from the oven and set to cool (I usually set it out to cool for at least a couple of hours).
  • Then cover and refrigerate for a couple more hours.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and scoop the thickened cream (top layer) into a jar or jars, and cover and put back in the refrigerator.
  • Clotted cream will last for 4-5 days

Scone Recipe Source: Heather Disarro

Clotted Cream Recipe Source: Farmette

Super Simple No Churn Ricotta Ice Cream

There’s gonna be a low of 27°F in the City this weekend. You know what that means. I’m finally turning the heat on this season and I probably won’t be turning it off until April. You got me, National Grid. Well played, sir, well played. Anyway, there’s a bright side to this. You might not know this, but NYC radiators literally hiss and spit heat right out at you. It can get down right hot even when temperatures outside are plummeting. I can now, once again, after a brief Fall hiatus, settle into eating ice cream in shorts and a tank top like it’s the Fourth of July.

I probably should’ve shared this recipe over the summer because, well, it’s ice cream. I’m sharing it with you now though because, well, it’s amazing. I don’t own an ice cream maker, so if I try making homemade ice cream, it’s always no churn. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of no churn ice cream because I can never get that perfectly smooth, creamy consistency I crave in an ice cream. But this…this recipe will make you a no churn believer. The secret…ricotta cheese! Think cannoli meets ice cream. You must try this!

No-Churn Ricotta Ice Cream

ingredients

  • 2c heavy cream
  • 1c whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2c wildflower honey
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon

Directions

  • Pour 1¾ cups heavy cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining ¼ cup heavy cream with the ricotta cheese, honey, vanilla and cinnamon to combine. Whisk vigorously to help thin the texture of the ricotta so it’s less clumpy.
  • Whip the heavy cream on medium speed until it forms medium peaks.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the ricotta mixture, mixing just until fully combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a storage vessel (a casserole dish, cake pan or loaf pan would work) and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until set, 3 to 4 hours. Soften for 15 minutes before scooping and serving.

Source: Pure Wow

2- Ingredient Purifying Rice Flour Face Mask + Honey Chamomile Rice Flour Scrub

I’m gonna jump right into this one. No need for me to go through all the amazing benefits of homemade beauty recipes. Just like there’s no need for me to tell you about the importance of exfoliation and moisturizing. I mean, if you’re here and you’re reading this, you’re probably already an expert in natural skin care.

Well, if you don’t mind me bragging, I fancy myself quite the natural skin care guru myself. I try not to get too excited about some of the fads that sweep across Pinterest boards, because you know, not all pins are created equal. I do get excited when I see something that I’ve been using for a long time get that good ol’ Pinterest pin of approval. So when I saw a few pins praising the skin healing properties of rice flour, I was pretty stoked.

You guys! Rice flour is my go-to for a quick, skin brightening treatment. Seriously. Imagine a face mask that could not only gently exfoliate, but could also moisturize, combat discoloration left behind by breakouts, and target fine lines, leaving your skin an amazingly bright, youthful blank canvas. That’s the dream, right? As it turns out, rice flour makes this dream a reality. So without further ado, here are a couple of easy rice flour beauty treatments that you can try out on your next spa day at home!

2-Ingredient Purifying Rice Flour Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/4c rice flour
  • 1/4c water

Directions

  • just mix together your rice flour and water until you have a smooth paste
  • spread the mixture over your face in a thin layer
  • leave it on for about 15 minutes, or until it feels noticeably dry
  • rinse off with warm water and a soft washcloth using circular motions

Honey Chamomile Rice Flour Scrub

Image: HelloGlow

ingredients

  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried chamomile
  • 1/4c rice flour
  • 3-5 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
  • 1-2  tbsp water

Directions

  • combine all ingredients and mix until you have a paste
  • apply to skin and spread it around in circular motions to gently scrub away dead skin
  • rinse off with warm water

Spa Oasis: The 4 Best Shower Plants To Add to Your Bathroom + A Nifty Idea for the Commitment-Phobic Plant Lover

This summer I went to Stockholm and got to see Scandinavian design first hand. Ikea definitely rules the city, but one thing that I hadn’t really noticed before my visit was this new trend that’s sweeping across the internet: shower plants. I stayed at this cute little air bnb and the bathroom was full of potted plants. I absolutely loved it. The shower stall had hanging plants creeping down the side of the wall and the tub was adorned with beautiful potted plants. It made for the most relaxing spa shower I’ve had in a long time.

As soon as I got back to the states, I knew I just had to add a little green to my shower. I did some investigating and soon discovered that Swedes might be on to something here. Not only are potted plants in the bathroom totally beautiful, but they also serve the function of purifying the air of bacteria and humidity. Perfect for a bathroom! It’s no secret how much I love houseplants. Even though I have the worst luck in keeping plants alive, I’ve found some houseplants that totally thrive even when they are in the care of an herbicidal maniac like me. Finding houseplants for your shower is no different. These plants are totally well suited for a bathroom’s humid environment and are all seriously low maintenance. Check it out!

Air Plants

These amazing little guys are really making the rounds on Pinterest lately. Practically impossible to kill, they add a touch of elegance without all of the fuss. They don’t need soil and when stored in a bathroom, they get most of their water from the air. Just perfect!

Ferns

An oldie, but goodie. Ferns never lose their charm. They require little maintenance and are super prolific. they don’t need direct sunlight and your shower will feel like a rainforest. These look amazing on a vanity, on the lip of a tub, or on a shelf above the toilet.

Spider Plants

Spider plants serve double duty by adding a beautiful touch of low maintenance green to your loo, while at the same time purifying the air. They don’t need much light and they really do well in the humid environment provided by a bathroom.

Eternity Plant

So aptly named, the eternity plant is virtually impossible to kill. Seriously, I tried. I am horrible at taking care of plants, but this one here doesn’t mind the fact that I, ahem, never water it, never talk to it (aren’t you supposed to talk to plants?), and have only indirect sunlight in my bathroom. Forget about marriage, this guy will never give up on his relationship with you.

Nifty Idea: Bath Bouquets

Ok. So what if you’re not willing to even attempt to care for a plant, no matter how low maintenance it is? I totally understand. I have a guest bathroom that I seriously never use. I only go in there to wipe it down from time to time when I know I’m going to have company. Not an ideal place for indoor plants that rely, even just a little bit, on human interaction.

For that bathroom, I like to put together a bouquet of eucalyptus, mint, lavender, rosemary, or lemongrass stems that i tie up with natural twine (find it here) and hang from the shower curtain. These ‘bouquets’ last for weeks and release the most beautiful fragrances when in an enclosed space. When and if you do use the shower, the bouquet reacts to the steam and creates an amazing aromatherapy shower. Such a cool little idea! You can avoid commitment, but still enjoy the benefits of bringing the outside in!