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Monday, August 16, 2010

DIY Recipe - Spa You with Cucumber Cream Recipe

Did you know that the same cucumbers we eat as snack has many wonderful benefits for our skin?You notice when you go to a spa, they put cucumber slices over your eyes?  It has been documented that it helps to reduce dark circles, treat sunburn, treat puffy eyes, reduce freckles, improve complexion and open pores.

Since this is cucumber harvesting season, take advantage of the excess cucumbers in your garden or the discounted ones at the stores and make this cucumber cream from Harriet Ayer. You will give yourself a home spa treatment that your skin will thank you.

3/4 cup sweet almond oil
4 cucumbers, with peel on, cubed
2 oz lanolin
1 oz white wax
2 tbsp jojoba oil
2 tsp benzoin essential oil

Put the sweet almond oil int the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, When the almond oil begins to warm, add the cucumbers. Set the double boiler over low heat and let the water merely simmer for 4 to 5 hours. Strain it. To the strained water, add the lanolin white wax and jojoba oil. Return to double boiler and heat until the was, jojoba oil and lanolin have melted. Then remove the top from the double boiler and beat with an egg beater until cooled, add the  benzoin oil while beating. Pour the mixture into a bottle, cork tightly and put aside for future use. To use, gently rub into face as needed.

Try it. Your skin will thank you.



  1. I always wondered what the cucumbers were for...I had heard that they were good for the dark circles and puffiness, but you taught me that there's even more to it than that! I think I'll try that cucumber cream sometime soon, just to see how it works. =)
    Thanks for a great post!

  2. No problem Kim. Let me know how it goes for you! Hope you are having a great summer!