27 Ways to Use Floral Waters

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner. One of my mobile spa clients recently asked me if I knew of any good ways to stay cool this summer and I immediately suggested spraying floral water directly on the skin like a perfume! Floral waters are popular in esthetics and spa treatments and are a safe and effective …

Happy Garlic Day!

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner. When you think of a spa, you probably don’t think about garlic at the same time, but did you know that garlic is actually a supernatural spa ingredient? In honour of National Garlic Day on April 19th, here’s a quick snapshot about how garlic is used in cosmetics and how …

July is a perfect month for a Facial

July is a perfect month for a Facial

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Once the socks get stuffed in the drawers and the closed-toed shoes and boots get tossed to the back of the closet, and the bare feet, sandals and strappy stilettos come out for some fun in the sun, most people opt for pedicures at the spa instead of going for …

Tips for Lips

Tips for Lips

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Here’s a natural home spa recipe for those of you who’d like to have honey sweet, super smooth and petal soft lips tonight and every night. Nobody likes chapped lips and they’re easy enough to get, especially in winter. They’re also easy enough to fix. I …

Celebrate Earth Hour & Day with Flowers & Clay

Celebrate Earth Hour & Day with Flowers & Clay

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner It’s Earth Hour tonight, on Saturday March 27th, 2010 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is asking everyone on the planet to turn their lights off for one whole hour to take a stand against climate change. Are you looking for a green activity …

9 Ways to Spring Forward with Chamomile this weekend

9 Ways to Spring Forward with Chamomile this weekend

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner It’s time to spring forward again. At 2:00 am on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks ahead one whole hour to go to Daylight Saving Time and therefore magically lose an hour of the day over the course of the night. I never really understood the concept …

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow…

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow…

By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Remembrance Day — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Also known as Poppy day, Armistice Day or Veterans’ Day, it’s a day to remember the fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. I like the tradition we have in Canada of wearing a …

Pumpkin goes to the Spa – A Home Spa Pumpkin Facial Recipe

Pumpkin goes to the Spa – A Home Spa Pumpkin Facial Recipe

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner Are you wondering what to do with your leftover jack-o-lantern now that Halloween has past? Last Friday, the 30th, I was invited to a “Carve it Up” pumpkin carving potluck Halloween party and this photo shows my handiwork. (Thank goodness he didn’t end up like some of his buddies cracked …