Grape Cuticle Treatment

I read this in an old copy of Fitness magazine (April 2009), and I can’t wait to try it! It’s a simple homemade recipe for a nail and cuticle treatment:

5 grapes (red ones are packed with more antioxidants than green)
1 tablespoon sugar
Grapeseed oil or hand cream

1. Slice grapes in half widthwise
2. Dip the fleshy side into the sugar and use it to massage the skin around each nail (one halved grape per finger) for about 30 seconds each.
3. Brush away excess sugar with a soft towel and rub a dot of grapeseed oil or hand cream onto hands and cuticles.

The sugar crystals remove dead skin and hangnails, and the gentle fruit acids help exfoliate remaining raggedness.


Home Recipes for Spa Treatments

Want to try your hand at making some spa treatments at home? I found this website,, with an extensive Home Spa section full of recipes for everything from a Chocolate Facial Mask to Kiwi Astringent for Oily Skin. (Hey, the kiwi astringent includes vodka as an ingredient. What’s not to love?)

The spa treatments aren’t just for the ladies, though. Try making your own Peppermint After Shave from peppermint tea bags.

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but if you do, leave a comment and let us know how it turned out! I’d love to cook up some Cranberry Honey Lip Gloss and Rosemary Honey Olive Oil Hair Conditioner.

In the meantime, here’s that recipe for the Chocolate Facial Mask (it’s got to be better than the Miracle Whip facial I actually tried!):

Chocolate Facial Mask

This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer — it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tsp. cottage cheese
¼ cup honey
3 tsp. oatmeal
Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender is ideal) and smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

*Spa photo courtesy of Grand Hyatt Melbourne*

Exfoliate Your Hands

After a weekend of moving, which naturally included manual labor, breaking nails, and repeatedly handling rough cardboard, my hands could use a revitalizing spa treatment. Try this one at home, courtesy of

Things You’ll Need:

Olive Oil
Table Salt

Step 1: Gather your materials at a sink.
Step 2: Pour a few drops of olive oil into palm of one hand.
Step 3: Add about 1/4 tsp of table salt.
Step 4: Rub hands together gently.
Step 5: Rinse hands with warm water and dry.

Next on my to-do list: a manicure!

Miracle Whip Facial

Miracle Whip is not just for sandwiches anymore! Nope, this is not a joke. While searching “homemade beauty treatments”, I kept seeing, over and over, the touted Miracle Whip Facial, and I had to know more, even if just because it sounds so disgusting!

According to, here’s the lowdown on using Miracle Whip as your new favorite beauty product:

Here is how you apply this “miracle cream”: Make sure all your hair is pulled back from your face. Apply a thin layer of the KMW (Kraft Miracle Whip) all over your face, up to the eyelashes and make sure to also put some on your neck. The “fumes” from the vinegar may bother you so walk around the house to try to escape them. LOL! Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage gently. The dead skin cells on your face will roll off in rubbery little balls. Rinse your skin with tepid water, then cleanse as usual following your regular beauty regime. If you apply the KMW every day, in 6-8 weeks your skin should be completely renewed.

So! Who is the first volunteer to offer to try a 6-week Miracle Whip regimen and report back to us on the results? Doesn’t the mental imagery of your flesh rolling off in “rubbery little balls” tantalize until you’re ready to lunge for the Miracle Whip?

Me either, but I’m still intrigued. One brave soul, Christina Jones, tried the Miracle Whip challenge and claims, “My skin is looking better than it has in awhile!” (source: eBeauty Daily). And according to, Miracle Whip is more than just a sandwich spread and spa treatment! (Hair conditioner, anyone?)

Okay, if no one volunteers to test the Miracle Whip facial, I will have to valiantly try this out myself in the name of beauty blogging. (In other words, do I see a show of hands? Anyone…anyone?)