Yesterday morning was a spontaneous spa day in our living. Partially because ballet is done for one month and the big girls can actually have painted nails and because I was so excited to actually have all of the girls home in the morning and not at ballet.
I put each girl in charge of something:
- Johanna--filling a silver tray with polishes, some of my lipsticks, my mineral eye shadows, and choosing some relaxing background music.
- Annabelle--stacks of books for customers to read while being pampered.
- Ainsleigh--preparing a fancy snack for the spa of pretzel crumbs from the bottom of the bag, dried blueberries, peanuts, and white chocolate chips.
- Caroline--concocting some floral body oil in the kitchen, because well, it was spa day.
Caroline really did make it all by herself. We worked on the recipe together, smelling a handful of essential oils to find the right ones and me telling her how much of what.
Do you remember my pregnancy massage oil? I loved it so much. I was so sad when I ran out of it. I missed using it after a shower, having super soft skin, and it lifting my spirits. It truly hydrated my skin and was a special indulgence back then.
I've had a new body oil on my list of things to make since, well, Rowan was a tiny baby. Between swimming in a chlorinated pool and simply drying off with a towel after a shower without anything to put on my skin, I've missed supple skin. So here is our floral body oil. I think you'll love it...
floral body oil
1 cup jojoba oil (Got mine here)
15 drops ylang ylang essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops joy essential oil blend
Jojoba oil the most favored in the carrier oil family because of its advanced molecular stability. It is equally wonderful for the skin because it has absorption properties that are similar to our skin's own sebum.
Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability.
Lavender essential oil is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.
Joy essential oil blend is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.
Mix the oils together. Pour into glass container or plastic container with pourable top. (I get my body oil containers here and just reuse them.)
Best used after a bath/shower on damp skin. Pour a small amount into palm and rub all over body. You'll be amazed at how long your body will stay hydrated and soft. The more you use it the more your body will truly transform. Seriously ladies.
Jojoba oil can be pretty pricy so if you don't have it try another carrier oil like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or avocado oil.
(What do you think of this fabric? Definitely another emotional fabric. I bought it awhile back during Johanna's Native American obsession.
It makes me smile whenever I see the Indian feathers on it and think of our journey through all things Indian. It is part of the Indian Summer collection.)
Speaking of Johanna, she painted every females' fingers and toes under this roof yesterday. And gave me a foot massage.
This may have been the first official Shiffler Spa Day but it won't be the last.
the sleepy time gal