Thursday, February 14, 2013

Homemade Sugar Scrub !

As promised!
One Homemade Sugar Scrub recipe share coming up! You can use this on yourself, or on your sweetheart. You can give them a handscrub over the sink, or a foot scrub in a basin (bring another basin with warm water in it or a warm damp towel for rinsing)  You could even have a partner shower and give each other a gentle scrub down......

 Sugar-White, Brown, Demerrara or Coconut/ Palm

Oil: any vegetable based oil- Olive, Grapeseed, or whatever vegetable oil you have in the house
 Equipment: Cereal Bowl, Tablespoon, A willing person to try a gorgeous natural hand scrub

Quantities are approximate, no measuring needed!

1) Take a bowl (any size but for comparison a cereal bowl is enough to do 4 grown up hands) and fill it 3/4 full with your choice of sugar
2) Take your oil and add small amounts to the sugar(tablespoon at a time for the cereal bowl size) stop pouring and stir or mix with fingers (fingers work best)
3) Continue to add oil until all sugar crystals are glistening with oil, you don't want it too drippy.
4) Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes or more and  make sure you don't have too much oil floating on the top. If you do, add a little more sugar.
5) Add two or three drops of an essential oil or a tiny shake of cinnamon if you like a little scent, but avoid the face and chest if you use this.

To use: wet hands with warm water (or feet or your whole body in the tub if you like) and start rubbing a tablespoon or so of your mixture on the skin. Rub gently (don't scrub too hard, especially on tender bits or face) for 10 or 15 seconds (on hands be sure not to miss between the fingers, dried out fingertips and cuticles) then rinse off with water, there will still be some oil left on the skin just blot the skin dry with a soft towel and enjoy the gorgeously naturally moisturized skin you have just revealed! If you are doing this in the tub please be careful, it will be make the surfaces slippery!

You can do this on hands and feet as often as needed, 2-3 times a week is the maximum I suggest for face or other tender body parts.
If you don't want to do any of this you can always buy my Demerrara Sugar Scrub

 Enjoy and let me know what fun concoctions you came up with!

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy 10th Anniversary to me! I opened the first ellenoire store front on Valentines Day in 2003 (I was home based and web based from 1994) I think I sold exactly 0$ that day. Between Corey Smith dragging barn board from Dunnsville, Caroline Peer smearing woad  tinted plaster on the walls with me, Squirrelly McFancypants helping with displays and endless hours of help from Timothy James Hanlon and others I managed to open on time. It's been a long 10 years full of ups and downs, but we'll sell a bit more than 0$ today! Thanks for all the support and love from all of you over the years. Happy Valentines Day!

Don't forget! There are always lots of low calorie treats here for you and your Valentine to share after hours!
Massage oils, Bath bombs, sweet little heart shaped soaps... How about giving your Valentine a foot treatment while they drink a glass of wine tonight ? (or any night) You can buy it from us, or you make it at home. In a few hours i'll be posting a quick and simple recipe for a homemade sugar scrub that you can make with ingredients you likely have in your kitchen right now!
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New York state of mind

 If you are a regular curly salon client here at ellenoire you are likely aware of the legend that is David Lopez. David has been flying in from New York City to cut hair for our clients since 2009. He helped establish ellenoire as a curly specialty salon when he cut hair in the crazy salon setting that was my dining room while we waited for construction to be completed here in the FKA The Dundas Post Office. David is well known on the sets of many magazine shoots and TV sets. You can check out his portfolio and bio at the link below.
David is getting so busy in New York that he will be coming here less and less often. This makes us sad, but we are very happy for his success! If you have not already, then do everything you can to book an appointment with him on this trip. It doesn't matter what hair type you have, David can make magic from anything!
See more about David on his website: David Lopez Hair . He will be here February 22-26 to cut hair for a select few clients... his appointments are filling fast! Call soon! 905 627 9379