There were a few post cards waiting for me when I stopped at the post office on Monday (so there will be another post card blog soon, for those of you who are into it) and - even more exciting - my flip-flop shipment had arrived! (... Oh... didn't I tell you, I actually got My Dream Job!!!)
Tuesday was just a chill day off, Wednesday was a nice, easy night working at Pedro's, and on Thursday and Friday I worked my new job at The Black Orchid Spa.
|2nd floor, Vilma Linda Plaza|
|I love a nice fish pond|
|reception and waiting area|
|homemade soaps. lotions, skin products|
|Massage Room 1 - aka "my office"|
|Massage room 2|
|the desk.... where I spend most of my time|
|rainy day view of the road below|
|breakfast of champions from Mesa Cafe downstairs|
The spa is also located dangerously close to Wild Mango's, so I finally got the Chef Salad that I've been craving for a few weeks now on Friday...
|Grilled chicken, lettuce, cashews, pineapple, papaya, avocado, beets? I don't know WHAT is all in here, but it's amazing|
|coffee grounds, cucumber, baking soda, coconut oil|
Coffee grounds (with a little bit of coconut oil) as a body scrub and exfoliant
Baking soda for whitening teeth, and for a facial scrub
Cucumber as a toner
Coconut oil for moisturizing face and body
I think it would be slightly inappropriate to post pictures of myself performing the coffee grounds and coconut oil body scrub, but here's how I use the other, natural products to clean my mug.
1. Put some baking soda into a small bowl. About a tablespoon or so should be plenty
2. Add a few drops of water to make a milky paste.
3. Give yourself a scrub with the mixture. You can either rinse right away, or, if you have time, let it sit on
You'll know it's dry when it goes from looking like this
4. You can either go really, really simple and just rub a few, thin slices of cucumber on your face (don't rinse) and let the cucumber work it's magic - (they contain vitamin C, silica, and magnesium) OR you can fancy it up a bit and make yourself a cucumber/honey toner by just blending half of a cucumber with one tablespoon of honey, putting it in a bottle, and using it as part of your daily routine. (keep refrigerated.),
5. Once your skin is dries naturally, use just enough coconut oil (because coconut oil is the best stuff EVER) to massage into your neck and face and, voilà - you're done.
Maybe one day, when I have more free time on my hands, I'll tell you about the tomato and sea salt mixture I use as an alternative face wash, or the brown sugar and coconut oil lip scrub... but I basically just told you about them right there - so I'm sure you can figure it out for yourself.
I believe that using chemicals on your face (including make-up) will make your skin look old and gross eventually.... and the chemicals that you use on your face to help make you look younger probably give you cancer.
Just a thought.
Do you have any all natural recipes for me to try?
Something made with papaya, perhaps?
Leave it in a comment for me to test out...