The Magic of Oats

Today we’re still discovering all the magic contained in oats. So this post is for you whether you are using oats in skin and hair formulations or for eating. It’s for you if you want to know whether you should purchase steel cut oats or rolled oats. It’s for you to discover the magic of oats.

Sun Safety Tips and Me in Hot Water

This post was originally going to rate the best sunscreens for this year. However, after extensive research I’ve decided to change it to a post I think will be more beneficial. It contains the latest sun safety tips, but additional information I think will be useful albeit somewhat controversial.

Vitamin E – Facts and Fiction

You will read a plethora of information on the benefits of vitamin E both as a supplement and as a preservative. The question is how much of what you read is true and how much is hype? Hype not only misleads, but can be detrimental.

How much do bath and aromatherapy products cost to make?

There’s a lot of talk online about how much money you can save by making your own bath and aromatherapy products such as lotions, gels, creams, soaps and so forth. The purpose of this post is to take a closer look at the money you will need to spend to make your own products? Is there really a big savings or is it a lot of hype to get you to buy somebody’s product?

Crystal’s Anti-acne Treatment

Crystal, one of our totally amazing goddesses, shared this anti-acne treatment that she swears by. Thank you Crystal for this wonderful acne treatment. We always love to hear from our readers.

Should You Use Petroleum Jelly on Your Skin?

It’s amazing how much conflicting information you read on the use of various skin care products. Today we’re going to discuss the facts and fiction out there on the use of petroleum jelly in skin care products. Petroleum jelly may be in the commercial bath and beauty products you buy or in homemade creams and salves. The question is should you use it?

Aloe Vera Works Best for Burns – Thank You Scientists of Iran

It’s summer, at least here in the US, and people are swarming to beaches and parks with bare skin exposed. Some of these folks are going to come home with sunburns. It’s no secret that aloe vera gel has been used for centuries to treat burns, but now, thanks to a group of scientists at the Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran, there is evidence that it works better than a commonly used burn medication.

Is DMAE Safe to Use?

Wrinkles be gone. That’s the miracle DMAE is supposed to perform. Then comes the big question. Is DMAE safe to use?

Stings and Bites – Say No to Itches and Ugly Bumps

Since stinging, biting bugs have no respect for a goddess that cares about the appearance of her skin. This post is how to make the itchy and sometimes painful stings and bites go away

Dollar Store or Maui Jim Sunglasses

Sunshine is a much coveted commodity here in Seattle, but when it comes, it’s time to don the sunglasses. You can buy a lot of dollar store sunglasses for the price of one pair of Maui Jim sunglasses. The big question is why buy a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses or other quality brands. Why not go out there and buy 30 pairs $10 sunglasses vs. one pair of Maui Jim sunglasses for $300?

Benefits of Manuka Honey

Honey has been used for eons as a cure for an assortment of maladies. Its antibacterial properties are undisputed. Its skin benefits are renowned. The big question is why should someone use manuka honey? What are the unique benefits of manuka honey that make it special?

Treating Sunburn

No matter how much our doctors harp at us about avoiding sunburn, some of us are going to end up with sunburn anyway. It might be because we forgot to apply our lotion. It might be because we stuck our arms out the open window of our car. It might be because we pay no attention to what our doctors tell us. We know people ignore what medicine teaches because there are still adult smokers. Regardless of the reason we get our sunburns, whether accidental or excuseless (like in my case) it’s good to know how to go about treating sunburn.

Vitamin C Serum Recipe

A vitamin C serum recipe can be very simple or quite complex as you will soon see. Whatever recipe you choose to use, one thing is certain. The benefits and cost savings when you create your own vitamin C serum will make for a very happy day. Vitamin C serums can be expensive coming in at well over $100 for a small jar. With a good vitamin C serum recipe you can create your own serum for a few dollars.

Blepharitis Treatment

Long luxurious eyelashes enhance the beauty of your eyes. However, that’s not the case if you develop blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelash follicle. When this happens you want to get a blepharitis treatment that’s going to make it go away quick.

Best Tanning Lotion 2010

With the promise of sunshine, it’s time to do my annual review of the best tanning lotion. Why examine tanning lotions each year? Because companies can change formulas and it’s important to know which is the best tanning lotion to slather on my winter pale skin?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A Giant No No

Go through all your cosmetics, shampoos and toothpaste. If any of them contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), pitch them out. They damage your skin, hair and health. Bad juju.

Have Dry Sensitive Skin? Here’s an Easy Fix.

When winter comes around, so does dry skin. This is particularly hard on those of us who not only have dry skin, but also sensitive skin. We have to be careful what we glop on our faces to keep them moisturized or we may well wish dry skin was our only problem. Fortunately there’s inexpensive and very effective solutions for the dry sensitive skin issue.

Forever Young Face Cream Recipe

To keep your skin looking young and lovely, you should apply a nourishing cream morning and night. The following Forever Young Face Cream Recipe is sure to make you and your skin happy way into your senior years.

“Ask the Experts” on SpaFromScratch Is Now Live

If you have a problem that pertains to your skin, hair or nails, it’s important to get accurate information. It has always been our objective to provide you with this service and now it’s up and running. You can be assured that all the information is provided by professionals in their respective fields of expertise.

The Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin

When you climb out of the tub or shower, your skin feels so supple and fresh. However, if you have dry or mature skin that feeling soon disappears. In its place often comes flaky unhealthy looking skin that no goddess deserves. This recipe produces a luxurious and all natural cream that is the very best moisturizer for dry skin.

Building Collagen with Silicon

So what’s the big deal about silicon anyway? It’s a very big deal to keeping your skin healthy and young. Let’s take a look at the role silicon plays in building collagen so you can have a better understanding of just how important it is.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil – Just the Facts

You will find all sorts of claims for carrot seed oil if you do a Google search for carrot seed oil. We’re going to explore these claims and try to come to some kind of conclusion as to what is fact and what is pure folklore.

Make Your Own Cucumber Peel Off Mask

Not everyone would agree, but there’s something nice about a facial mask that you get to peel off at the end versus simply rinsing. I think it must satisfy some sort of primordial instinct, but since I’m not sure about that, suffice it to say, peeling is fun and being able to create a cucumber peel off mask is better yet.

Jojoba Oil – What You Need To Know

Jojoba oil is one of my favorites. Actually, Jojoba “oil” pronounced (Ho-Ho-Ba), isn’t really oil at all, but a wax ester. However, it looks and feels like an oil so I’m going to go right on referring to it as an oil. Anyway, jojoba is more spendy than olive oil (another one of my favorites), but most closely matches the natural oil (sebum) in human skin. That’s one of the reasons you’ll see this oil in a lot of the recipes on this site. But wait!! There’s more, lots more reasons I love this oil.

Two Awesome Anti-wrinkle Creams You Can Make Yourself

Don’t spend a lot of money on commercial anti-wrinkle creams that are loaded with chemicals that do your skin no good. You can create your own formulas using ingredients that are a lot less expensive and more importantly, work. The following two recipes are just a starting point to future discoveries.

How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes the Quick Way

You wake up in the morning and stare in the mirror. To your horror there are two gigantic bags under your eyes staring back at you. They make you look tired, haggard and old way beyond your years. On top of that, you’ve got those dark rings under your eyes commonly called raccoon eyes.

SpaFromScratch Declares War!!!

Who ever said we have to age gracefully? The wrinkling effects of gravity and the environment aren’t going to get us without a fight. This is war. Our first defense, of course, is to make sure our skin is as healthy as it can be by eating right, drinking plenty of water, getting enough exercise and managing stress. Our second defense is to use a nourishing anti-wrinkle face cream.

Vitiligo Cosmetics – What and What Doesn’t Work to Cover Skin Flaws?

If you have vitiligo, tattoos, scars, birthmarks or dark patches on your skin, you can cover them up to get that flawless complexion of the stars. Yes, the stars you see on TV and in the movies use cover up cosmetics because they have the same skin conditions that plague the rest of us.

Cheap Beauty Products Are the Best

Ever heard of k.i.s.s.? It’s an acronym for ‘keep it simple stupid’. In my humble opinion, that’s the best approach to beauty products. Now, don’t go running off into the sunset screaming obscenities at me until you hear me out. Creating cheap beauty products is not the only reason the k.i.s.s. approach is best. You can have products that are effective, healthy and cheap. It just doesn’t get better than that.

Camellia Oil or Olive Oil – Which is best?

Both camellia (tea) oil and olive oil have unique properties that make them the best for some applications, but not for others. So, if someone were to hold a gun to my head and make me choose between these two oils, I’d probably end up dead.

Homemade Moisturizer – Finding What’s Perfect for You

Why do you need to find a homemade moisturizer that’s just right for you? The short answer is because you are totally unique.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Hooray! Good science. Not only is sea buckthorn oil wonderful for your body and skin, there’s good science to back up the claims. We sometimes have to really dig to find valid evidence to substantiate claims on the benefits of beauty and health oils, herbs, essences and so on. Let’s face it, there’s no money for research in something that can’t be patented with eyes on future profit. Not so with sea buckthorn oil for reasons you will soon discover.

Tea Tree Oil for Acne – Easy Gel Recipe

If you’re using benzoyl peroxide to treat acne, you’re not doing your skin any favors. In fact, it dries and damages skin and can actually make acne worse. Why not switch to tea tree oil for acne and get all the benefits with few if any side effects?

Homemade Acne Treatments that Work

Avoid damaging prescription and over the counter acne medications. Try these homemade acne treatments.

Declare War on Acne and Win

If you have a Mount Etna that’s trying to erupt on your face, you want it gone. You don’t care whether it’s caused by a hormone, a microbe or you’re uncle’s genes. Just make the bad thing go away.

The Best Colloidal Oatmeal Mask

Since 2000 BC oatmeal has been used as a soak or poultice to relieve irritated, dry, itchy and inflamed skin. Whether in the bath or applied topically, oatmeal has been shown to help heal everything from bug bites to sunburns. An oatmeal mask is a safe, easy and inexpensive way to have beautiful smooth skin.

Are You Dead On The Outside? Exfoliate your skin!

If don’t regularly exfoliate your skin, you might just be walking around leaving little pieces of yourself here and there. Did you know that over a lifetime you will lose about 40 pounds of dead skin? Ewwww.

All Purpose Lavender Face & Body Lotion Recipe

The following is a basic lotion recipe that’s healthy for your skin, but it’s just a beginning.