by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Alexandra, one of my Homespunspa blog readers, inspired me to come up with this home spa recipe. She asked, “What do you do with the rest of the orange?” after I posted an Orange, Coconut and Cinnamon Cookie recipe which only involved some grated orange peel and no juice nor pulp. That comment got me thinking and this is the recipe I came up with. I hope you enjoy it. And let me know how it turns out — it might get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun. And if you have any questions like Alexandra did, please post them in the comments and I’ll put my thinking cap on to answer them.
Put your feet up — home spa masque recipe for the feet
by Maria Koropecky
There are endless benefits associated with foot treatments. This masque recipe will help with detoxification and relaxation. It’ll also help soften callouses and moisturize dry skin.
Of course, you can apply this recipe yourself to your own feet but I strongly suggest teaming up with a friend on this one. You’ll have a few laughs for sure.
- 1/4 cup Green French Clay — A key spa ingredient which helps remove surface dirt and dead skin cells.
- 1/4 cup Milk — Moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin.
- 1 TB Honey — Has moisturizing and antiseptic properties.
- 2 TB Orange Juice — Packed with Vitamin C which helps soften skin.
- 1 TB Olive Oil — Calms, soothes, softens, cleanses and moisturizes skin.
- 1 tsp Orange Peel — Makes a useful exfoliating scrub.
- 10 drops Orange Essential Oil — Softens and hydrates skin.
You’ll also need the following things for your foot masque treatment:
- foot bath
- 1 bath towel
- 1 tsp Orange Flower Water — (in a spray bottle) Tones and moisturizes all skin types.
- 2 dark medium sized towels – soaked in hot water and wrung out.
- 2 dark medium sized towels – dry
- 2 plastic bags
- moisturizer for your feet
- Remember that orange that was left over from the cookie recipe? Here is your chance to use it. First grate about a teaspoonful of the zest. Then peel the orange. Taste a couple of the orange segments for a snack. Then put the rest of the segments of the orange into a bowl to catch the juices while you use a mandolin to chop them into a pulp.
- Combine the green French clay, orange juice/pulp and orange zest in a separate mixing bowl to have them ready to go.
- When you’re ready to apply the masque to your feet, gently warm (do not boil) the milk and honey for a couple of minutes on low heat in a saucepan or in the microwave. Stir the warmed milk into the clay mixture.
- Then add the drops of the orange essential oil to the olive oil and then pour the oils over the clay mixture. Stir to combine. You should have the consistency of a loose pancake batter. (Reserve the orange flower water for the treatment).
- Soak your feet in a foot bath for at least 5 minutes. Blot dry with a bath towel. Save the bathwater to re-immerse your feet to remove the masque later.
- If you want to do a full pedicure today, do all of your nail work like clipping, filing and nipping first — but leave your polish application to the very end.
- Place a towel under your feet to catch any drippings.
- Add the warmed milk and honey to the clay mix and prepare your masque. (step 3 above).
- Spray your feet with the orange flower water.
- Scoop some wet clay into your palms and apply the masque quickly, while it’s still warm, to each foot, avoiding the nails.
- Wrap each foot in a towel that has been soaked in hot water and wrung out. Then wrap each foot in a dry towel. Then put each foot in a plastic bag.
- Put your feet up and relax for at least 10 minutes.
- Unwrap the right foot and remove as much product as possible with the damp towel. Repeat with the left foot. Place each foot back in the foot bath to rinse the remainder of the masque. Pat dry with your bath towel.
- Apply moisturizer to each foot.
- Apply nail polish (optional).
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by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Last week, I was asked to bake some cookies and after leafing through several cookbooks, I chose this recipe from a 1988 version of Company’s Coming Cookies by Jean Paré. I was limited by the ingredients I had to work with (no chocolate chips!) and was happy to be able to include 3/4 of an orange that was already waiting in the fridge. The cookies went over so well, I thought I’d include the recipe on my Homespunspa blog. I’ve made a few adaptations to the original recipe and have re-written the instructions for clarity, otherwise you’ll find the recipe of page 11 of Company’s Coming.
Before you say, “But Maria, it’s January and we can’t have anymore cookies,” I think this one is a fairly healthy recipe as far as cookies go. It has a lot of fibre (with the oats, coconut and orange zest) and cinnamon, which helps curb the appetite, among other things, is really good for you. Just have one or two cookies a day and enjoy every mouthful.
I think these cookies would make a really good spa snack and I plan on baking them often for my customers when I open my new spa sometime in the future. The orange is very aromatic on its own and the combination of orange, coconut, cinnamon and vanilla reminds me of Mexico. So, if you’re aching to get some sunshine into your midwinter, bake a batch of these — it’s like aromatherapy for your taste buds.
Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened — Have you ever tried sculpting out of butter? You might find it fun and relaxing.
- 2 TB grated orange zest (about 3/4 of an orange) — Orange peels enhance a room’s atmosphere when tossed into a fireplace.
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar — To achieve glowing skin, add sugar crystals to your home spa exfoliating scrubs.
- 2 eggs — Are nourishing to skin and make hair smooth and shiny in home spa recipes.
- 1/4 cup of 0%, 1% or 2% milk — Cleopatra’s legacy — home spa milk baths moisturize, nourish and soften skin.
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract — Not only is vanilla relaxing, it’s comforting, and calming and is known as a popular aphrodisiac.
- 2 cups of all purpose flour — You can make homemade play dough from flour to bump up creativity and relaxation in your life.
- 2- 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder — Helps with leavening.
- 3/4 teaspoons of cinnamon — Astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and aah…fragrant. Cinnamon adds a cozy nuance to spicy home spa bath recipes and has documented antioxidant properties.
- 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt — Adding sea salt to a home spa bath is an effective way to quiet the mind and relax aching muscles.
- 1 cup rolled oats — As a home spa ingredient, oatmeal nourishes, softens and cleanses skin. It’s an excellent exfoliator but mild enough for sensitive faces.
- 3/4 shredded coconut — The scent of coconut can whisk you off to a faraway beach.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Grease 2 cookie trays with Pam cooking spray or (as my mother does) with the wrapping paper or foil from the butter or margarine.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter (or margarine), orange zest and sugar with an electric beater or mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the milk.
- In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and sea salt until everything is evenly distributed. Add the dry flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time and blend. With a large spoon, stir in the oats and the flakes of coconut.
- Drop the dough by the healthy spoonful onto the greased cookie sheets, evenly spaced, one to two inches apart.
- Bake on the middle wrack for 8 to 10 minutes. Give the cookies an extra 2 minutes in the oven if they’re big. They’re ready when you can see a golden edge around the bottom of the cookies and when the top of the cookies are firmish to the touch.
If you end up baking these cookies, let me know how they turned out. Also, you can find more recipes like this one in my book, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way, available for purchase through this website.