The Wonders of Repurposing Coffee Grounds

A cup of java a day keeps me sane and now you will see why you need to add it to your skincare routine every day.  So start recycling your coffee ground for added skin benefits.  I knew there was something special about coffee.  Here it is!!  You can use it for many beauty tips such as to exfoliate your skin, it can reduce puffiness under your eyes, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Caffeine, when applied topically to the skin, constricts the blood vessels under the skin and helps reduce swelling.  In my research I found that coffee is loaded with antioxidants, which can prevent premature skin aging.  What???  I’m increasing my daily dosage.  Do note, too much of anything is not good, so please use this skincare regime in moderation.

Coffee is known to:

  • Reduce Eye Puffiness
  • Exfoliates the Skin
  • Tightens the Skin
  • Brightens the Skin

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Our gift for you today, a coffee handmade recipe so you can too start re-purposing your coffee…

  1. ½ Cup ground caffeinated coffee
  2. ¼ Cup Raw honey
  3. 3 Table spoons of Sweet Almond Oil

Mix all ingredients the sweet almond oil is infused with vitamin E which act as a preservative adding shelve life to your scrub.  Keep at room temperature in a sealed glass jar.  Apply this mud of goodness topically to dry areas on your body and gently rub in circular motion exfoliating the skin.  Let it sit for two to three minutes and then rise, is recommended to cover your drain with mesh to avoid clogging the drain.

If you are looking for coffee made products for your skincare routine you can visit our website at: www.skincandyspa.com we carry two coffee blends: Coffee Rub and Vanilla Latte.  We have handcrafted soaps and scrubs for both blends.

Hope you enjoy this post.  Please leave your comments or suggestions.  Be blessed!!

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Rosemary a Wonder Herb

I must say, I love, love, ROSEMARY this wonder herb is great for many different things. You can experiment with it when exercising your culinary skills, or if you play with creating your own bath and body products.  Per Wikipedia this herb is known as:
Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers …   Rosemary is an herb. Oil is extracted from the leaf and used to make medicine.  You can research other sources for a more creditable definition or more information.

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I personally use rosemary for cooking, this herbs has such a great aroma giving fish, poultry or meats a great savory taste.  I also use it in creating our Skin Candy handcrafted soaps and other bath and body products.  Stringently enough, when using our Simply Fresh rosemary soap bar, I found that it’s great for untangling my hair.  This is a blessing for me with C 3 type curls.   But that is not it’s only benefit, it’s known for helping with hair loss, it’s also good for many other ailments.  WebMD have listed the following medicinal uses for Rosemary:

It is used for digestion problems, including heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence), liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for gout, cough, headache, high blood pressure, and reducing age-related memory loss.

Rosemary is used topically (applied to the skin) for preventing and treating baldness; and treating circulation problems, toothache, a skin condition called eczema, and joint or muscle pain such as myalgia, sciatica, and intercostal neuralgia. It is also used for wound healing, in bath therapy (balneotherapy), and as an insect repellent.
Unfortunately some women use rosemary to increase menstrual flow and causing abortions.  We don’t recommend.

We at Skin Candy use Rosemary in manufacturing our soaps and other bath and body products using the essential oils as a component to scent our products.   For more Skin Candy Spa Product information please visit our website at:  www.skincandyspa.com

We always like to include a little something for our wonderful readers.  Today we have our special rosemary bath salt scrub recipe.  Please treat yourself, and provide your body some much needed Skin Candy:

Today’s relaxing rosemary recipe:

  • 1 cup of sea salt (you can granulate to taste)
  • ½ cup of Epson salt
  • 2 table spoon of almond oil
  • 5 to 8 drops of rosemary essential oils (You can use less if you have sensitive skin)
  • You can include a few needles of fresh rosemary for an extra bang! (optional)

Start your weekend with a bang! Run a warm bath combine all your ingredients and immerse yourself in this bath of goodness, you deserve it!  Note:  Please make sure to do a skin test before bathing.  Rosemary can cause an allergic reaction or it can irritate your skin depending on how potent the essential oil used is.  Enjoy this wonderful treat!

Blessings!!

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Why Love Lavender?

I want to talk about the wonderful medicinal benefits of lavender. One of my favorite herbs to use in our bath and body line Skin Candy Spa Products. Lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty commonly used in fragrances, bath and body products. In a general Google search you will find that lavender is defined as a small aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family, with narrow leaves and bluish-purple flowers.  Lavender has been widely used in perfumery and medicine since ancient times.  Its antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti fungal properties help to treat infections, menstrual cramps, indigestion, and many more ailments.

 Lavender

Best known for its aromatic therapy, the scent from the essential oil is used to promote wellness and calm.  Lavender greatly used in aromatherapy today in many health and wellness spa, salons, and medical facilities. Since ancient times, some studies suggest that lavender is used to treat many different illnesses, such as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Skin irritation
  • Hair loss
  • Toothaches
  • Acne
  • Cancer

Lavender essential oil is a great source to battle insomnia, a great natural sleep aid that promotes calmness.  Some individual use the essential oil topically or use the fresh blooms under their pillow for a better night’s sleep.

Today I want to share with you a simple lavender fizz bath recipe to battle those sleepless nights

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ of citric acid
  • ½ of Epson salt
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut oil (or any other carrier oils of your choice)
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oils (You may increase to decrease dosage to your preference.  Be mindful of the pureness of the essential oil, it can cause skin irritation if too potent.)

Mix all your dry ingredients and add them to a warm bath.  Melt the coconut oil if it’s solid form.  Proceed to add all your wet ingredients.  Enjoy your evening with a good read or just close your eyes and take it all in.  This is a great fizzy bath that will detox and moisturize your skin leaving you feeling fresh, relax and Stressless.  You can complement your bath with your favorite lavender infused tea.  Make this a lavender night and enjoy your zzzzz…..

If your are looking for lavender infused products, go to www.skincandyspa.com and see our lavender Stressless bars, bath bombs, and body fizzy salts.

Enjoy and be blessed!

Skin Candy: Synthetic or Essential Oils

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Hello to our Skin Candy friends today I want to go to the aromatherapy realm, and talk about the differences between synthetic fragrances vs. essential oils.  I personally think there is a possibility that synthetic compounds can play a role in many of our health concerns that are not genetically driven.  This is just a thought no supporting evidence will be presented in this blog to validate my assumption.  But I can’t help wonder there aren’t many other people out there that can’t relate to this.
I personally love to use essential oils due to their beneficial health properties.  Usually people are attracted to fragrances because they like the smell, but don’t  realize or care that they are applying a synthetic substances to their body that can contain harmful chemicals.  Now that I’m trying to exercise a healthier lifestyle I like to read labels.  I personally think that we should be mindful of what we apply on our body topically.  Specially when experts stay that 60% of what you apply on your skin goes directly to your blood stream.
Me a woman dealing with fertility can’t help to think  that what I may have been consuming, or applying to my skin could have play a role with my new found health concern.  Specially when there’s no history of fertility problems in my family.  Now a days you see the term PEG’s in many products from skin care, fragrances, and household products. What are PEG’s?  This particular source defines it as follow “This is an abbreviation for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products.  Because of their effectiveness, PEG’s are often used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners and yet are found in many personal care products.  PEG’s contribute to stripping the Natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable.  They are also potentially carcinogenic.” Soure
 That being said I find that using essential oils is the way to go for me because they don’t contain harmful chemical and they naturally derive, smell wonderful, organic, with no man-made additives and, they can be therapeutic.  Many health benefits are attributed to essential oils.  They can help you unless you have develop an intolerable reaction to scent(s)…  Nonetheless, some essential oils can irritate the skin.   However, I find that for me is better to use an essential oil vs. synthetic fragrance.  Compound chemicals that been synthesized or man-made contain many human toxins.  For me natural aroma is the way to go.  What are your thoughts?

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Skin Candy: The Art of Tea Baths

How wonderful it would be if we could commence this new year 2016 with a bang!  I’m sure between renewed bucket lists, vision boards, life books, etc… We have our future completely planned out.  However, in the midst of all that we seemed to fall short of tuning up the engine that will help us get to where we want to go.  Our body is an engine in desperate need of a tune up.  I want to show you how to revitalize and nourish your body giving it that extra boost that it needs to help you get through the days, weeks, and months ahead.   I’m sure many of us have already started new healthy diets, fasting methods, goals, and lifestyle changes for this 2016.  I just want to add something natural and simple to your new healthy regime to help nourish and rejuvenate your body.
If you are looking for a nice way to ease your mind, body, and soul.  Try implementing a tea bath or herbal bath ones or twice a week.  You can use different blends to accommodate the need or nourishment your body is seeking that particular day.  If you are looking to detox you can concoct a loose leaf blend of green tea and add it to your bath.  If you want to add an extra jenesequa you can add Epson salt and baking soda for extra fizz.  This is a great way to balance your PH, detox, and revitalize your body.  If you are looking for something to relieve skin irritations, soften your skin, and help you sleep peacefully through the night then chamomile is the herb of choice.  To complement the mood you can add a scented candle and a great read.  Aromatherapy is great for relaxation.   Choose you favorite blend and follow the steps below for the herbal bath of your choice:
  1. Pour the water over 4 or 5 tea teabags (or 4 to 5 heaping teaspoons of loose-leaf tea).
  2. Steep and cool the tea for at least 15 minutes, and then remove the teabags or strain the tisane (if you’ve used loose-leaf ).
  3. Pour the tea into your drawn bath, swirling it to ensure it’s evenly blended.
You can add fresh organic blossoms such as Jasmine, roses, lavender for a natural fragrance to implement aromatherapy to you home spa session.  Try this simple steps and your bath session will never be the same again.  I personally believe that bathing is a very imitate cleansing ritual design not only cleanse the external part of the body but the mind as well.  Indulge and give your body a sweet treat today.
Sweet blessings to all of our readers…
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Indulge with SKIN CANDY: Our Story

These past two years I have been on a quest to find my happiness.  I didn’t know that this endeavor would take me to a place of faith, soul searching, and healing.  With all that came a lifestyle change, love, struggles, art, and PEACE.  Through all that Skin Candy a bath and body line was born assembled from organic products in the process of becoming completely organic.  This product own by Stylish Party Ideas has been therapeutic for me. Increasing my creativity to new heights.  Allowing me to become self confident and believing that I can do anything in Greatness.
 After teaching many crafting classes using different mediums in our SPI Art Studio.  Skin Candy a sister company of Stylish Party Ideas was created.  With endless possibilities, no money nor resources I had to tap into my new found faith for deliverance.    With plenty of ideas, no product, no customers but a dream of incredible possibilities my husband and I embarked in this journey with no idea where the road would lead us.
Mad community support  has come to the rescue and many donations of recyclable items make their way to our shop daily.   Being a person of faith I say the LORD is proving for us each and everyday.  After six months of self employment and still working this dream.  I’m thankful for the present moment.  Now I can see that our possibilities are endless and my dream it so much smaller than what the CREATOR has in-stored for us.
Through this journey came the need to self cleanse.  Trying to eat healthier and live a better life I found myself revisiting old habits of seeking organic products, aromatherapy, herbal remedies, and all around wellness. I know we still have a long way to go.  But through this quest of happiness I found a new passion for taking care of myself, my body, and my environment.  That’s how I came to the art of soaping.  Through the ART of DIY in our SPI Art Studio I found myself handcrafting soaps and body products concocted from organic herbs, flowers, oils, and spices. These blends are specially designed to nourish and treat your skin providing much needed TLC. Through this journey as I educate myself I promise to share my knowledge with others.  I pledge to find old ideas to do new things for the betterment of ourselves, our body, and our environment.  I hope you find this journey as joyful as we do.  Come and experience the great gift of nature.  Indulge with Skin Candy give your skin a sweet treat today.