Ultimate Spaliday Party: Donna Maria - The Spa Party Blog

12.14.2009

Ultimate Spaliday Party: Donna Maria

As I revealed yesterday, I asked several bloggers/twitterati if they were to host the Ultimate Spaliday Party what treatments they'd offer their guests. This week I'll be spreading seasonal cheer by sharing their answers. I'm happy to kick off the series with none other than Donna Maria Coles Johnson, who though she's uber busy advocating on behalf of Indie crafters and business people, was the very first to respond. Before I share Donna Maria's response I thought you may want to know a tad more about her.

Donna Maria Coles Johnson is the founder and CEO of the Indie Beauty Network (IBN), a trade organization representing small manufacturers of soaps, candles, cosmetics, aromatherapy products, jewelry, confections, perfumes and other health, beauty and lifestyle products. IBN serves hundreds of small businesses nationwide and offers an affordable products liability insurance program for members who sell products. IBN also offers training programs to help people turn their passion for making products into a profitable business. Learn more and join the social network for free at at http://www.indiebeauty.com.

Donna Maria's Ultimate Spaliday Party:

My recipe would be this one, which I created myself. It's called The Perfect Sugar Scrub, so named because of the sugar and also because of the whipping cream which creates an irresistible texture. If you don't have all of the essential oils, just use what you have, but be sure not to add more total essential oil than the recipe calls for and do not increase the amount of cinnamon oil. This scrub is not to be used on the face or on broken skin. It is best for hands and feet and this is exactly what I would use it for if I was hosting a spa party for my friends -- a fabulous hand sugar scrub to relax them, pamper them and let them know I love them.

The Perfect Sugar Scrub


Ingredients:
4 ounces 
white or brown sugar (depending on the color you'd like your scrub to be)
3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons liquid whipping cream
30 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
20 drops  lemon essential oil
3 drops patchouli essential oil
2 drops rose absolute
2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop cinammon leaf essential oil



Blending Procedure:
  1. Measure the sugar into a bowl and set aside. You can use brown sugar, but you'll only get a pretty yellow color from the essential oils if you use white sugar.

  2. Measure the cream and oil into a bowl and stir well to combine. Make sure the cream is fully dispersed into the oil so you get a smooth mixture.

  3. Pour the smooth cream/oil mixture into the sugar and stir well to combine. The more and faster you stir, the more "whipped" the texture will become. This is a good thing.

  4. Add the essential oils last and stir again. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container (preferably glass). Look at the expiration date on the panel of the cream carton to determine approximate shelf life.

  5. If you don't have all of the essential oils, just use what you have, but be sure not to add more total essential oil than the recipe calls for and do not increase the amount of cinnamon oil. This scrub is not to be used on the face or on broken skin. It is great for hands and feet and this is exactly what I would use it for if I was hosting a spa party for my friends -- a fabulous hand sugar scrub to relax them, pamper them and let them know I love them.
This and hundreds of other DIY beauty recipes can be found at Make Your Cosmetics.com (MYC), a satellite site of the Indie Beauty Network, and one of my go-to resources when I'm looking for recipes to fit into the various spa party themes I write about here. At MYC you can create your own recipe box, share feedback on recipes and also discuss ideas at the forum! All for free.


My thanks again to Donna Maria for participating. 

You needn't feel left out, tell us about your Ultimate Spaliday Party by joining the discussion on Facebook.


Your Resident Spashionista!

PS- Today 12/14 the Grand Opening Spaliday Giveaway closes be sure to enter to win a $25  Gift Certificate to the Spalibrations shop to purchase handmade indie beauty products.

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