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ROMANCE AND BEAUTY RECIPES

Being romantic and sensual is a frame of mind that you can enjoy even if you are alone. Doing nice things for yourself can make you feel pampered and special. The following suggestions and recipes can be enjoyed alone or as a couple. Creating the ambience for romance will put you into a relaxed mood for giving and receiving love. You need to feel beautiful and sensual in order to be beautiful and sensual. Using scented candles, romantic music, perfume, potpourri fragrance pots, scented bubble baths, incense, and aphrodisiac foods can seemingly work magical results for you if you just learn how to incorporate them into your everyday lifestyle. Like the L'Oreal ad says, "After all, you are worth it!"

ANNIVERSARY
If you can afford to, always go out to dinner some place nice on your anniversary. Give each other a card saying how you feel about your life together. Arrange for someone to take the kids for the entire night so you can be alone.

If you can't afford to go out, then plan an evening alone together at home and prepare finger foods so you can feed each other, play romantic music in the background, light some candles, watch a fireplace video, and spray some nice fragrance all around. A large part of romance is setting the mood for it.

APHRODISIACS
The most popular one in the Ukraine is kopilka, equal parts sour cream and beer.

The scent of jasmine is said to turn even the most frigid of people onto amour.

It is said that oysters, strawberries, champagne, and chocolate all have aphrodisiac qualities.

I personally think all one has to do is set the proper mood for love and it will happen regardless of what you eat.

Fresh flowers, nice fragrances, candlelight, soft music, fireplace videos, and kindness will work wonders for you.

Try warm, bubble baths and sensuous massages given to each other.

Jackie Gleason's music is very relaxing and soothing and puts you in an amorous mood. All lovers should buy some of his music.

Buy some sensual sounds tapes and try them to see if they put you in the mood for love.

It is erotic to hand feed each other so try different foods on a tray and see what it does for the two of you. Always use bite-size pieces of food or finger foods. Create your own appetizers or canapes for love.

It is said that Cleopatra fed her lovers grapes and walnuts.

Cassanova and his lovers ate oysters. Oysters contain zinc, and zinc releases testosterone in the body.

Other aphrodisiacs are said to be whipped cream, honey, chocolate syrup, shrimp, fingerling carrots, strawberries, celery sticks, papaya and mango slices, orange slices, and maraschino cherries on a stem.

Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and similar spices are said to be aphodisiacal.

An APHRODISIAC DRINK you can make in your blender can be made out of celery, apples, and ginger. Puree them and strain through a sieve and serve the juice to the two of you.

Slow dancing can be an erotic form of foreplay. Dance together in the privacy of your own home and watch the romantic sparks fly.

There is no age limit to romance. One can be romantic from adulthood to death. Regardless of the age, the most important thing to remember is to get in a relaxed mood first if you want to be romantic with your mate. The other things I have mentioned above are helpful to set that mood but the most important aspect is to get both people relaxed physically and mentally. Then romance can happen.

Make your own romantic room spray by putting 6 drops palmarosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops lime in a small spritzer bottle of warm water. Spritz it into the air.

Or you can fill a potpourri pot with hot water and add cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and the zest of any citrus smell you like.

Or you can mix lavender, rose, and jasmine and spray in the air.

Purchased air freshener sprays now come in wonderful scents such as lavender, jasmine, cinnamon, or rose.

BEAUTY OIL

Use extra virgin coconut oil as an oil for the body and hair.

CELLULITE REMOVAL

Here's a good tip for getting rid of cellulite. Rub used warm coffee grounds all over the areas with cellulite, then wrap plastic wrap around it for about 15 minutes or so. Use a rolling pin and roll it over the wrapped areas. Rinse off with warm water. Do twice a week to get rid of cellulite.

Make a body butter by whipping 1 cup Crisco shortening, then mixing into it 30 drops of orange essential oil to remove cellulite.

CLEOPATRA'S INCENSE

8 oz. Winter's Bark
12 oz. Sandalwood
4 oz. each Orris Root, Patchouli, Myrrh, Frankincense, and a wood base
2 oz. saltpeter to make the incense sparkle when burned

Mix all together and burn a small amount of it in an incense pot. This was said to be the incense that Cleopatra burned before a seduction.





FULL BODY GENERAL BEAUTY MASSAGE UBTAN FORMULA
4 Tbsp. chickpea flour
2 Tbsp. almond oil
1 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp. fenugreek powder
1 tsp. wheat germ oil
1/4 tsp. rose oil
Mix all ingredients and use this made fresh each day for 40 days to massage the entire body. After the massage take a warm shower to remove.





PEPTO BISMOL FACIAL
Spread the pink stuff all over your face and neck. Let it dry. Then rinse it off with warm water and a clean wash cloth.





FACIAL MASSAGE UBTAN FORMULA
1 Tbsp. almond paste
1 Tbsp. cashew paste
1-1/2 tsp. pistachio paste
1 Tbsp. malai (skim off boiled milk)
1 Tbsp. wheat germ oil
1 Tbsp. rose water
1/4 cup red lentil paste
chickpea flour (to thicken)
Grind the nuts in a blender on high until pulverized, then add remaining ingredients. Use as a facial massage. Let dry then wash it off. Pat face dry with a clean towel.





FACE LIFT MASK
Mix 2 Tbsp. Meringue Powder with equal amounts each of Aloe Vera Gel, Cucumber lotion, Green Tea lotion and Calendula lotion. Pat mixture on the face and neck, let air dry, then wash it off with a warm wet washcloth. This blend soothes, conditions and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Mix only as much as you will need for one application.





CHEMICAL FACE PEEL MASK
1/2 cup dry oatmeal, finely ground
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup mineral water
500mg Vitamin C tablet, pulverized to powder
2 Tbsp. honey
Combine dry oatmeal with sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Add mineral water and mix to form a paste. Rub this mixture on your skin in gentle circular and upward motions. Take a full minute or two to rub this on your face. Then use a warm, wet washcloth to remove. Rinse afterwards with lots of water. Dry your face. Next, place the Vitamin C powder in a small cup or bowl. Add honey and stir until completely blended. Apply to your face. Use all of the honey mixture for one application. Keep this on your face NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES. Then rinse your face with cool water. Apply a good moisturizer afterwards.
NOTE: The Oatmeal Scrub can be used daily. The Honey and Vitamin C mixture treatment must only be used once a week.





WARTS AND MOLE REMOVERS
Rub each one with castor oil daily until they fall off. To accelerate this, cover with duct tape.

Dissolve an aspirin and rub on, then cover with duct tape until they fall off.

Saturate a cotton ball with either apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar and dab onto the mole every chance you can to make moles dry up and fall off. Add 1 cup vinegar to your bath water to do the same thing.


FACIAL HAIR BLEACHING
Mix 2 tsp. lime juice with 1/2 tsp. sugar. Add 1/2 tsp. plain yogurt if you have dry skin. Use this on facial hair 2 - 3 times a week for 2 months to turn hair a golden brown.

HAIR BLEACHING
Spray full strength lemon juice on your hair and go out in the sun for 20 minutes to lighten your hair. Afterwards, shampoo hair and condition it as usual.

HAIR DEPILATORY
In a heavy saucepan mix 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water. Use a candy thermometer and boil it until it reaches 250 degrees (very important or it won't work right.) Pour into a covered jar. To use it, cut some white strips of cotton cloth, heat the depilatory in the microwave for a few seconds, then apply powder to the area you want to wax, spread the depilatory WITH the direction the hair growth, and place a strip of cloth over the depilatory. When the depilatory has cooled, pull the strips off AGAINST the growth of the hair.

SCAR REMOVAL
Apply freshly pureed papaya four times a day. Let it stay on the scar for 20 minutes each time then wash it off.

Apply Vitamin E oil daily.

Eat dates and almonds.

Soak a cotton strip of white fabric in eggwhite and place on the scar. Let it dry then peel it off. Do this once a week until scar is gone.

ANTI-WRINKLE CREAM
1 tsp. witch hazel
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. apricot kernel oil
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Mix together and use on face and neck to tighten skin. This only keeps for one day. Leave on skin for 15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Pat skin dry, dont rub.

CLEOPATRA'S WRINKLE REMOVER
Take 2 unpeeled cucumbers and slice in pieces and place in a blender. Pour in just enough heavy cream to make a nice thick smooth mixture. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and blend again. Add 1 Tbsp. honey and blend again. Add 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and blend again. Refrigerate for 30 min. Meanwhile scrub your face with freshly cut lemon or lime halves, and don't wipe dry. Apply the mixture all over your face and neck area. Let dry for 1 hours, before removing . When you have rinsed the mask off with water, pat dry.

Rub wrinkles with fresh sliced gingerroot.

In a dish combine 1 oz. heavy cream and 2 slices each of lemon and oranges. Squeeze out the juices in the cream and mix well. Rub this into your face and neck using circular strokes. Let it air dry. Remove when dry with warm chamomile tea on a washcloth. Your face will have warm glow and in a short period of time less wrinkles.

WRINKLE REMOVER DAILY DRINK
Once or twice a day put 1 tsp. honey, 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp. safflower or sunflower oil in a glass. Mix this and drink it. You will see results after doing this for 12 days. You will notice wrinkles fading and a burst of energy all day long!

WRINKLE REMOVER
Take four slices of fresh lemon and place in a wooden bowl. Never use a metal or plastic dish for this. Add just enough warmed Heavy Cream to cover the lemon slices. Cover and let sit for 3 hours, after which you will strain the mixture and gently massage it into your skin wherever wrinkles are using the tips of your three middle fingers. Allow this to dry on your skin, then use a warm wash cloth and some olive oil to remove. Do this morning and evening and wrinkles disappear within a few weeks or less depending upon how severe the lines are.

Wash your face with chamomile tea to give it a healthy glow and use it as a final rinse for your hair to give it shine and manageability.

WRINKLE REMOVER
Melt 2 Tbsp. Crisco shortening, 1/2 Tbsp. grated parafin wax, and 3 Tbsp. almond oil in a stainless steel pan over low heat. Add 1/2 tsp. onion juice. Stir often. Remove from heat when melted. Stir in 1 Tbsp. rosewater. Pour into clean baby food jars. Cool and cap. Use daily on any wrinkles you have to make them fade over time.

AGE SPOTS OR FRECKLES
Put 10 drops cologne or perfume into some freshly mashed strawberries and rub on age spots, dark elbows, or sun spots to lighten them.

Use a handcream with AlphaHydroxy in it every day to fade the spots.

Rub a fresh lemon half over the spots and leave it on skin and rub a good handcream with Retinol, AlphaHydroxy, or glycolic acid into your hands.

Add some fresh lemon juice to your daily moisturizer. Use at least four times each week. Spots on the skin will fade gradually in time.

Puree some mango or papaya and place on the spots you want to lighten. Leave on all night and remove in the morning with water. Almond oil can be applied after washing for smooth skin.

Take 3 - 4 lemons and 1 lime and squeeze out the juice. Add 1 cup hot water and soak a wash cloth in this and apply as a compress to the skin for 30 min.

Mash one banana and mix with the juice of 2 lemons and apply to skin discolorations to remove.

Soak a fresh-cut onion slice in vinegar and rub on skin daily to fade spots.

Mix onion juice and vinegar in equal parts and rub onto freckles and age spots every day to remove them.

ANTI-SNORING SPRAY
Spray some cooking spray into the back of the throat just before going to bed. Same as anti-snore products that are expensive to buy.

APHRODITE BEAUTIFUL SKIN CREAM
Mix 4 drops German chamomile, 4 drops carrot oil, 10 drops sandalwood oil, and 1 drop neroli with 2 Tbsp each honey and heavy cream. Massage this mixture into skin at night before going to bed.

CRYSTAL BATHING SAND
2 cups Boraxo
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup white clay
1/2 cup your favorite dried herbs
10 drops your favorite essential oil
Mix well and store in a covered jar. Useu 1/4 cup per warm bath.

EMOLLIENT BATH OIL
2 oz. oil
1 oz. glycerine
2 oz. aloe vera gel
5 drops favorite essential oil
Mix and store in a capped bottle. Add 1 Tbsp. to your bathwater as it is running in the tub.

EYE PUFFINESS
Soak chamomile teabags in chilled water and place them over both your eyes to remove any puffiness.

SKIN TIGHTENER
Beat the white of an egg until stiff, then pat it all over your face, neck, decollette area, and anywhere else you want your skin to become tighter. Leave on the skin for 30 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water to tighten the skin. Pat dry with a clean soft white towel.

AGE SPOTS AND WRINKLE REMOVER
Mash an avocado with a fork, and apply it to any age spots or wrinkles and leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water and pat dry with a soft clean white towel.

PUMP UP YOUR LIPS
Dab onto your lips some hot wasabi paste to pump them up naturally.

EYEBROW GROWER
Juice an onion, and soak a cotton ball in it. Dab it onto your eyebrows daily to make them grow.

SPA DAY
Spas are expensive to go to, so why not create your own at home spa and treat yourself at least once a week. As you can afford it, buy a white terry cloth robe, large white towels, hand towels, and wash cloths, and comfortable house slippers. Make a healthy brunch of things to eat and drink that you consider to be nutritious, healthy, and enjoyable. Buy fresh fruits and make healthy smoothies out of them in your blender, like apples, oranges, strawberries, bananas, papaya, mangoes, and pineapple. It can even be patted on your face and neck as a facial. Buy products like St. Ives masques, Bentonite Clay that you can mix with apple cider vinegar to give yourself a facial, or just use pink Pepto Bismol on your face to give yourself a facial, let it dry, then rinse off with warm water, and pat your face dry with a clean towel. Slice some chilled fresh cucumbers to place over each of your eyes while you are waiting for your facial to dry. Dip a cotton ball in apple juice and rub it all over your face as a toner and astringent to tighten pores, help balance your pH levels of your skin, and restore moisture. Soak your feet in a plastic basin filled with warm water and a cup of either white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar for 10 to 20 minutes to soften your feet and heal any fungus on your toenails. Take a nice warm scented bubble bath in a bathtub of water to which you add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and soak in it for half an hour, then dry off using a nice fluffy white towel. Massage Jergen's Original Lotion all over your body, including your hands and feet. You will feel refreshed and relaxed! This can be something you can do alone or with your daughters, mother, sisters, aunts, or your girl friends once a week just to pamper yourself because you deserve it.

MILK BATH SPA
This makes enough for one bath only.
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup honey
20 drops your favorite essential oil
Mix and add enough whole milk to make one quart. Pour all of this in a tub full of warm water and relax in it for 20-30 min.

RELAXING BATH
In a tea ball or a coffee filter, put some rose petals, lavender, and chamomile. Secure so the herbs and flowers don't come out in the water. Put it in your tub of water while it is filling up. Or you can make a tea and put the tea in the bathwater. To make a tea use the same herbs and flowers and put in one cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 min. and strain.

BATH OIL AROMATHERAPY
Mix 2 drops each tangerine, neroli, & bergamot into 1 oz. oil. Add to your bath water and relax in it for at least 15-20 minutes.

Mix 2 drops each rosewood oil, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood oil in 1 oz. almond oil. Use 2 Tbsp. per bathtub of warm water.

Aromatherapy baths are one of my favorite ways to relax in a nice warm bath for a few minutes. Some of my favorite essential oils to use are lavender oil, peppermint oil (a little goes a long way, use only a couple drops per bath), rose oil, or jasmine oil.

Essential oils can be purchased at health food stores. Experiment with your own but buy a book and read up on them first because some oils can be toxic if not used properly.

BATH OIL FOR SORE MUSCLES
Fill a covered jar with baby oil and fresh pine needles that are still green and let it stand for 4 weeks. Replace the pine needles with fresh ones and use this oil in your bath to help soothe sore muscles.

MASSAGE OIL FOR ACHING MUSCLES
Add some spearmint, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil to an almond oil base. Use equal amounts mints and a little more of the eucalyptus oil. Rub into body parts that hurt.

YOUR OWN BATH OIL
Create your own bath oil by mixing some crushed rose petals, lavender, and the zest of two lemons. Put these in a pretty bottle and fill it with mineral oil. Cap and let it stand for one week before using. Add 1 Tbsp. per bath.

NOTE: You can make any fragrance you like by changing the flowers and herbs or by using essential oils that you like.

MAKE YOUR OWN PRODUCTS FOR BATH

BATH OIL
Mix 2 cups veg. oil, 2 Tbsp. shampoo, and some of your perfume. Put in a capped bottle and use 2 Tbsp. per bath.

BATH POWDER
Mix 2 cups cornstarch, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 tsp. perfume or cologne in a heavy duty plastic bag. Put it in a pretty box and buy a powder puff and you have an equivalent of very expensive bath powder.

BATH SALTS
Mix 1 Tbsp glycerine, 3 cups epsom salts, few drops food coloring, and a few drops essential oil or cologne. Keep in a pretty covered jar and use 1/2 cup per bath. Label it whatever you want to name it. If epsom salts bother you, use sea salt instead.

BATH SALTS
Mix 1 cup epsom salt, 1-1/2 cups coarse sea salt, and 1/2 cup baking soda with 10 drops essential oil and 3 drops food coloring until well blended. Pour into apothecary jars and label. Use 1/2 cup per bath.

Use 2 pounds of Himalayan Pink Salt dissolved in a bathtub of warm water and soak in it for 30 minutes once a week or month.




PERFUME
Mix 4 oz. vodka with 40 drops of your favorite essential oil mixtures.

COLOGNE
Mix 4 oz. vodka with 20 drops of your favorite essential oil mixtures.

AMORE PERFUME

7 drops rose oil
7 drops jasmine oil
7 drops lavender oil
7 drops sandalwood essential oil
5 drops vanilla essential oil
7 drops cedarwood essential oil
1 pint vodka

Pour the vodka into a jar that has a lid. Add the oils, put on the lid, and shake well. Let sit for one week before using. Decant into your favorite perfume atomizers.





SOLE WATER
Use a small clean jar with a lid. Place about an inch or two of Himalayan Pink Salt in the jar. Add three or four inches of filtered water to the salt. Put the lid on the jar and shake well. When you can no longer dissolve the salt in the jar, the Sole Water is ready to use. Take one teaspoonful of the Sole water added to a glass of water, and drink it every day.

BREAKFAST TO PAMPER YOURSELF
Prepare some fresh fruit in a bowl. Use at least 4 or 5 different kinds such as cherries, orange slices, apples, bananas, strawberries, peaches, and pineapple chunks. Use lemon yogurt as a dressing for the fruit. Serve warm butter croissants from the bakery of your local store, your favorite jams, and freshly squeezed orange juice or Welch's Passionfruit Juice. Make a cup of Taster's Choice Hazelnut Coffee with Hazelnut Coffee Creamer and enjoy a Sunbelt Bakery Fudge Dipped Coconut Granola Bar with it, then have a great day because you ARE special!




GLOWING SKIN
Apply to your face, neck, and decollette daily buttermilk or sour cream. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash it off, to have healthy, glowing skin.

Use Pepto Bismol to give yourself a facial to have glowing skin. Let it dry then rinse it off. Pat dry with a soft clean white towel.

BLEMISH TREATMENT
Spot treat a blemish at night before you go to bed. Use a white creamy toothpaste and dab it onto the blemish. It should be greatly diminished when you get up in the morning.

BLEMISH TREATMENT
Mix 2 Tbsp. each of water and Bentonite Clay powder and 2 drops lavender oil. Mix to a creamy state. Put in a container. Apply on face and let it dry. Rinse off with water. Don't use more than twice a week.

BLEMISH TREATMENT
You can use buttermilk or plain yogurt dabbed onto a blemish. Add Grapefruit Seed Extract liquid to your facial cleanser to get rid of acne fast. Or soak peeled cloves of garlic in some milk for one hour, then apply it to blemishes to heal them.

PIMPLE REMOVERS
Mix 3 Tbsp. honey and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Apply mixuture to pimples before going to bed. Next morning wash it off with warm water. Do this daily for 14 days to remove the roots of the pimples.

Mix 1 tsp. lemon juice or lime juice with 1 tsp. cinnamon and apply to pimples.

Rub fresh sliced garlic on pimples.

Apply fresh lemon juice to pimples.

Make a facial mask of 1 Tbsp. honey, 1 eggwhite, and 1 tsp. glycerine, and some flour. Put this on your face and leave it on for ten minutes, then wash it off with warm water to remove pimples.

REDUCE REDNESS OF PIMPLES
Just use Visine Eyedrops on a Q-tip and dab onto the pimple. In about 10 min. you'll see the redness disappear so you can camouflage it with concealer.

BLUSH TIP
Did you know that you can use your lipstick also as a matching blush on your cheeks. Just dab it on your cheekbones and blend it in with your fingers or a makeup sponge. This tip will save you a lot of money.

MAKEUP SETTER
Instead of purchasing an expensive makeup setter, use cornstarch and a makeup brush to apply it to set your makeup when you have finished applying it to absorb any oiliness and keep it matte and shine-free all day or night.

BODY CONDITIONER
Mix equal parts honey and baby oil. Warm and rub over your entire body. Then take a bath and your body will feel silky smooth all over.

Extra Virgin Coconut oil works wonders as a body moisturizer, a foot balm, an elbow softener, and as a hair treatment or to make it shine. Yes, the same kind you can cook with. Keep a jar of it in the bathroom, too.

Rinse your hair after you shampoo and condition it with a final rinse of cold water to close up the pores. It will make your hair shinier.

BODY ODORS
Use a mineral salt crystal deodorant stick which will last about a year with one person using it. Moisten your fingers and apply to the top of it, then rub it onto your armpits after you bathe. Can keep another one to use on your feet to stop odors on them.

Body odors denotes a deficiency of magnesium, B6, zinc, and PABA. Take a good multi-vitamin daily to make sure you are getting your proper vitamins and minerals.

Use a cup of white vinegar in your bathwater if you have an odor problem.

Use a cup of baking soda in your bathwater if you have an odor problem.

Use an antiperspirant/deodorant that has an antibacterial agent in it. Suave makes a good one.

For mouth odors, take chlorophyll tablets. Brush your teeth every time you eat. Always use a good mouthwash. Thera Breath is a good one to use, and use the toothpaste as well. Clove oil will kill germs in your mouth that cause odors, when you use it diluted with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Eat some cinnamon every day.

Drink horsetail tea daily or dissolve 3 silica tablets under the tongue morning and evening. Can purchase at health food stores.

Take B-12 and zinc for any body odor.

Add 3 cups tomato juice to a bathtub of water and soak in it for 15 minutes to get rid of odors. Tomato juice is supposed to remove skunk odors.

Drink a cup of warm tomato juice to which you have added 1/2 tsp. dried sage.

Six charcoal tablets (the kind you get from a health food store) taken internally will stop odors and gas. It will also turn your feces jet black while you are taking it.

If you eat garlic or onions, I am told you can get rid of the odors by chewing on a sprig of parsley or a coffee bean.

BODY POWDER FOR ODORS
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp. powdered ginger
15 drops tea tree oil
5 drops lavender oil
Mix together and sift. Place in a box. Apply to body after your bath with a puff.

PUTTING ON A BRACELET ALONE
When you are getting dressed and want to put on a bracelet, there is an easy way to hook the fastener. Simply place a piece of tape over the bracelet securing it to your wrist, then you can easily hook the closure all by yourself.

Did you know that eating wheat could cause you to have a larger belly?

BUST INCREASER
Saw Palmetto Berries are said to increase the size of one's bust naturally. They can be purchased at health food stores. Take according to directions on the bottle.

MALE GENITALIA INCREASER
Taking Royal Jelly daily is said to increase the size of male genitalia when taken over a period of time.

CANDLES HAVE A MEMORY
If you want your pillar candles to burn correctly and not just a place in the center, you will need to let it burn the first time you light it long enough to set its memory. The rule of thumb is to let a candle burn one hour per inch in diameter. Let a pillar candle burn thoughout the evening to set its memory. If you have burned some large candles already and the memory has been set, you can set a tea candle in the spot and burn the tea candle in the pillar candle.

When blowing out candles use a candle snuffer or hold up your index finger in front of the flame before blowing it out. This keeps the wax from going all over the place.

Wobbly candles that don't fit right can be fixed by lighting a match and holding to the bottom of the candle and letting it melt a few drops in the candle holder and quickly setting the candle in its proper position and holding it there for a few seconds until set in place.

TIRED EYES WITH DARK CIRCLES UNDERNEATH
Sleep on your back to minimize wrinkles forming.

Keep chamomile tea bags soaking in some water in your refrigerator. The chilled tea bags can be placed over your eyes to help dry, tired eyes that have dark circles underneath them.

Lay slices of cucumbers that are chilled over the eyes and relax for a few minutes while taking your bath.

Rub liquid lecithin underneath your eyes to get rid of bags under the eyes overnight. Wash it off next morning when you wash your face. Always pat the eye areas dry with a soft clean hand towel so as not to stretch the skin around them.

KEEP DATING EACH OTHER AFTER MARRIAGE
Plan at least one date night each week even after you get married to keep the romance alive. Be creative. Go to art museums, zoos, bookstores, ride go karts, go to a carnival, mini-golfing, movies, ride a train, bowling, or go out to eat. You can go to an arcade and spend $10.00 in quarters on two player games you can enjoy together. Go dancing occasionally. Just have fun together! Go to specialty shops that sell certain foods you both like and shop together.

MAKE A MEMORY COLORING BOOK
If either of you have any drawing skills, use a black marker pen and white paper to sketch out experiences you and your mate have gone through or events you have experienced together. Bind them together in a notebook and get a pack of crayons and sit down occasionally and color the pictures together to relive the memories.

SCREAMING ORGASM SMOOTHIE
1-1/2 cups peach nectar
2 scoops pineapple sherbet
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup diced mangoes
1 banana
Blend everything in your blender on high until smooth. Enjoy divided into two glasses.

ORGASM SMOOTHIE
1 cup ice
1 Tbsp. honey
1 banana
1 Tbsp. Flaxseed Oil
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup peaches
1 tsp. minced gingerroot
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
1 cup almond milk, rice milk, or fruit juice
Blend everything in your blender on high until smooth. Divide between two glasses and enjoy.

DEPRESSION SMOOTHIE
1 cup apple juice
1 tsp. rhodiola rosea extract
1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
1/4 cup blueberries
1 banana
Blend everything in your blender on high, and enjoy the drink to lift your depression.

SLEEP SMOOTHIE
1 cup almond milk
1 banana
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp. Flaxseed Oil
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Blend everything in your blender on high to help you sleep better.

CUTICLES OR DRY, DEAD SKIN REMOVER
Put 2 Tbsp. mashed papaya, avocado, or lemon juice on any area you have dry, dead skin. Leave it on for a couple min. Rinse off with water. Pat on some olive oil on these areas. Dry skin needs moisturizer on it daily.

If your hands and feet are dry use petroleum jelly on them before you go to bed at night. Rub in good. Then wear gloves on hands and socks on feet. In the morning you will notice a big difference in them They will be much softer.

Once a week put some plain yogurt on your face and body. Let it dry. Then rinse off with water to remove dead skin cells.

DEODORANTS
2 oz. witch hazel
2 drops sage oil
10 drops grapeseed extract
20 drops chamomile oil
20 drops sandalwood oil
20 drops calendula oil
Mix and put in a spray bottle and apply once a day or more as needed.

In a bind you can use baking soda dabbed under the arms or on feet or in shoes to deter odors.

If you are out of deodorant take a bath in a cup of vinegar to a tub of water, to act as a deodorant. Vinegar is also good to use as a final rinse on your hair to remove any soap residue.

It is said that you can use radish or turnip juice to keep odors away. Just liquify either in your blender and strain and apply as needed. Says will keep odors away for up to 10 hours.

ACNE TREATMENT
After cleansing your face every night, dab on 3% Hydrogen Peroxide all over your face and neck area with a tissue or cotton ball. Omit the eyes area.

ECZEMA TREATMENT
4 drops Patchouli oil
4 drops Rosemary oil
4 drops Frankincense oil
1 Tbsp. cosmetic clay
1 Tbsp. water
Mix to form a paste and apply to the eczema.

ECZEMA TREATMENT
Buy some pure emu oil and apply it to the eczema.

MAKE YOUR OWN ESSENTIAL OILS
Use sunflower or safflower oil.
Heat the oil for 3 min. in the microwave. Put your flower petals, herbs, or spices in your bottle. Add the heated oil. Cap. Shake. Let stand for 24 hours. Strain. Add more of the same flower petals, herbs, or spices you used before. It is now ready to be used. Refrigerate.

Rosewater can be made in the same way by placing 4 cups rose petals in a saucepan and covering them with boiling water. Let sit for one hour. Strain and use as rosewater. Refrigerate.

FOR HARD TO CURL EYELASHES
If your eyelashes are hard to curl, here is a tip to help them curl better. Hold your eyelash curler under Hot running water for a few seconds. Dry the curler and curl your eyelashes at once. Repeat for the other eyelashes. Or you can heat up the eyelash curler with a hair dryer and it will act like a mini curling iron to curl your eyelashes.

$120.00 SPA FACIAL
Spread honey all over your face. Blend in your blender on high, strawberries, red grapes, apples with peelings on, pineapple, and orange juice. Layer on top of the honey. Leave on for 10 min. Rinse off with warm water. Drink what you have left in the blender.

JOYCE'S FAVORITE SPA FACIAL AND SMOOTHIE
I like to mix this up and pat it all over my face and neck. Let it dry while you drink the rest of it. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Your skin will love the vitamins it gets both inside and out. Mix in a blender on high until smooth, 1 apple with peeling on but cored, 1 orange peeled, 1 banana peeled, 1 small can of pineapple juice. Double the recipe and do the same for your mate. The guys like them too.

DRY SKIN FACIAL
For dry skin create a mask of 2 cups cocoa powder, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, and 3 Tbsp. heavy cream. Mix to a mud consistency and put on the face. Let dry. Wash off with warm water and apply cocoa butter lotion all over the neck and face.

CROW'S FEET can be gotten rid of in two weeks with pure cocoa butter. Massage morning and night using a rotating massage for 10 min. each time, per eye.

MAKE YOUR OWN EXFOLIATOR
Mix 2 Tbsp. corn meal with enough honey to make a paste and use it to clean your face.

Mix 2 Tbsp. oatmeal, 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp. ground- up almonds, and 1 tsp. water. Make a paste and scrub your face with it. Leave on for 20 min. Take a dry wash cloth and buff off the residue then rinse with water.

Use daily. Combine 4 Tbsp. each oatmeal, yellow corn meal, and crushed almonds and 2 Tbsp. kelp powder. Store in a glass jar after it has been pulverized for 30 sec. in a blender. Amount here should be enough to use every day for one week.

For dry skin - Use 2 Tbsp. scrub mix to a bowl and add 4 - 6 Tbsp. water and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Rinse off with cold water.

For oily skin - Use 2 Tbsp. scrub mix to 4 - 6 Tbsp. water. Rinse with cold water.

SKIN TONER
After you scrub your face, combine 1/4 cup each strawberries, apples, bananas, and orange juice in a blender. Strain out any pulp and put in a spray bottle and keep refrigerated. Spray on your skin each time you scrub it.

Mix a handful rose petals, 1/4 cup rose water, and the juice from half a lemon. Put this in a spray bottle filled with 1/4 cup ice water. Spritz on your skin as a toner or skin freshener. Refrigerate.

Keep a bottle of chilled lemon juice and use it to spray lightly over face and neck with your eyes closed, after your bath each day to tone it.

In a blender put 2 oz. each of cucumbers, lettuce, lemon juice, and tomatoes. Puree on high and strain out juice. Use this liquid to spray on face. Keep chilled.

MOISTURIZER
Mash one ripe avocado or papaya and an equal amount of plain yogurt until it is pureed. Put it on your face for10 min. then rinse with warm water to remove.

Blend together 3/4 cup each aloe vera gel, almond or olive oil, and glycerine. Drop in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Blend on medium speed for 10 seconds. Store it in a dark glass bottle. This can be used all over the body.

One of the finest and cheapest moisturizers is cocoa butter lotion. You can buy a giant bottle for around one dollar.

EVERYONE WANTS NICE FEET
Did you know you can use the same masks and facial scrubs on your feet, too? Just do them the say way. Massage onto feet. Let sit for 15 min. Rinse well. You can use the same skin moisturizers on your feet as well to keep feet soft and smooth.

FOOT SPA SOAK
Fill a foottub with enough warm water to cover your feet. Add 1/2 cup sea salt and a few drops of tea tree oil or peppermint oil. Put some marbles in the bottom of the tub and stick your feet in and move them around for l5 min. or so. Dry feet with a big fluffy towel.

FOOT SCRUB
Mix 1/2 cup kosher salt with 1/4 cup pineapple juice and 1/4 cup aloe vera gel. Scrub this over clean feet with a pedicure brush for 5 min. Rinse feet well and pat dry with a towel.

Mix 2 Tbsp. oil and 2 tsp. salt with 5 drops peppermint oil. Rub this on your feet. Leave on for a few minutes, then rinse off. Your feet will feel wonderful!

Then rub a soothing peppermint foot lotion on your feet. You can make your own by mixing a good dry skin lotion and some peppermint oil.

FOOT LOTION
Mix 1/2 cup safflower oil, 2 capsules of Vitamin E, 5 drops each tea tree oil and peppermint oil. Use to massage the feet.

FOOT ODOR
Steep some teabags in water and soak feet in the tea for 15 min. to stop odors. Dry feet with a towel. Then spray feet with a mixture of water, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and lavender. Sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes.

REFRESHING FOOT SPRAY
Mix 1/2 cup vodka, 1/4 cup witch hazel, and 1/2 tsp. tea tree oil and peppermint oil. Put in a spray bottle and use to refresh your feet.

FOOT POWDER
Mix 1 tsp. each cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch. Dust the mixture on clean, dry feet using a big fluffy makeup brush.

SKIN TIGHTENERS
Puree some black figs with tangerine juice and apply to face and neck for 30 min. to close pores and tighten skin. Wash off with cool water.

Mix 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin with warm water to make a thick paste mask. Apply this mask to the face and neck area then let it dry. Remove with a warm, wet washcloth for tighter skin.

Use one dish apple cider vinegar and one dish of hot water. Use cotton balls to cleanse the skin first with the vinegar then the hot water. After this is done, apply some fresh squeezed orange juice to the skin and let this dry. Remove with a damp wash cloth for fabulous looking skin.

Beat 2 egg whites and 1 Tbsp. almond oil and apply to skin at night. Leave on until morning. Remove with warm water for tighter skin.

WANT A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL?
According to legend, the Victorians believed that you would receive a marriage proposal by the end of the year if you place a silver coin under your pillow on the night before Valentine's Day and sleep on it. Good luck!

ROMANTIC MOOD SETTING WITH COLORED LIGHT BULBS!
Put either a pink or an amber colored light bulb in your lamp to create a romantic ambience.

KISS A SPOT-OF-THE-WEEK ON YOUR MATE
To keep romance alive in your relationship, every weekend designate a place on your mate's body to kiss. Kiss that place repeatedly the following week.

CREATE A SPECIAL BOX JUST FOR THE TWO OF YOU IN WHICH YOUR BOTH WRITE THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR MATE TO DO TO YOU ON PINK (HER) OR BLUE (HIM) INDEX CARDS. CHOOSE ONE OF EACH TO DO EACH TIME.

YOU CAN DO THE SAME THING WITH YOUR FANTASIES. WRITE THEM OUT ON PAPER. FOLD THEM UP AND PUT THEM IN A SPECIAL BOX. SELECT ONE TO ACT OUT THE FOLLOWING WEEK ON YOUR SPECIAL NIGHT TOGETHER.

HAVE AT LEAST ONE DATE NIGHT TOGETHER EVERY WEEK AFTER YOU ARE MARRIED TO KEEP ROMANCE ALIVE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP.

MEN'S SKIN CARE PRODUCTS YOU CAN MAKE

SHAVING TIPS
Shave with the grain of hair if your skin is sensitive. Wrap a hot towel around your face by microwaving a dampened towel for 1 min. Shave from top to bottom of face with the grain. Rub your face with grapeseed oil and lavender before shaving and after you use the hot towel. Use only 1 tsp. shaving gel or you can shave with hair conditioner. After shaving, use aloe vera gel and splash face with cold waer to close the pores. A man's face needs to be washed twice a day regularly. If you cut your face shaving use some nasal spray on the cut to stop the bleeding. Powdered sage will also stop the bleeding.

MEN'S AFTER SHAVE GEL
Mix 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 20 drops sandalwood, 1/4 cup vodka, 1 Tbsp. orange extract and put in a bottle. Use after shaving. Can be used on all skin types.

MEN'S HERBAL AFTER SHAVE
Mix one bottle witch hazel, 2 Tbsp. rosemary, 2 Tbsp. lavender, 2 bay leaves, 2 whole cloves, 1 orange peeling, 1 lemon peeling, and l tsp. orange extract. Mix and let stand 10 days, shaking every day. Strain and use as after shave lotion.

CITRUS GINGER MINT COLOGNE
1/2 cup minced ginger
peel of 1 Lemon
peel of 1 Orange
peel of 1 Lime
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 pint rubbing alcohol or vodka
1 cup distilled water
Chop the mint leaves, orange and lemon peels and place in a clean glass jar. Add ginger, pour the bottle of alcohol over mixture, stir well and cover tightly. Steep for 8-10 days. Shake gently once each day. Strain into a decorative bottle. Label and use.

MEN'S COLOGNE
Mix 1/4 cup vodka with 1 drop blue food coloring (optional), and 1/2 tsp. lime oil, sandalwood oil, or musk. Other oils you might prefer can be substituted. Witch hazel can be used instead of vodka, also. Mens or womens fragrances can be created using vodka and different essential oil combinations.

MEN'S SORE MUSCLE SOAK
Combine 7 cups rosemary, 2 cups chamomile, 1 cup calendula, 1 cup spearmint, 2 cups sweet marjoram, 1 cup catnip, 1 cup lavender, 1/4 cup thyme, and 4 cups epsom salts. Mix and keep in a large covered container. Put 1/2 cup this mixture in a coffee filter and tape or staple it closed. Place it in the tub while filling it with warm water. Or you can steep the teabag in 2 cups hot water for 10 min. and pour the tea in the bathtub. Soak for 15 - 20 min. and relax.

NAILS
Soak your nails in a dish of olive oil to keep your nails nice before you do a manicure.

If you have wet nails and need to dry them in a hurry, spray them with PAM. The chief ingredient in nail drying products is oil.

Make a travel-size container of nail polish remover by taking a large sponge hair curler and cutting it to fit in a 35 mm film container. Fill it with nail polish remover. You stick your nails down in the middle of the curler to remove polish. Cap tightly so it won't leak out.

MAKEUP TIPS
Use Crisco shortening, olive oil, or sweet almond oil to remove makeup.

Older skin should use cream based makeup instead of powder based. Wrinkles will catch the powder and make them more visible.

Always line your lips with a lipliner pencil before you put on lipstick. It will keep the lipstick from bleeding or feathering out into the tiny lines around the lips. Use a lipliner that matches your lipstick not one that is contrasting.

Lipliner and some petroleum jelly can be substituted for lipstick. Or you can mix some blusher and petroleum jelly for lipstick and apply with a lip brush.

Eyeshadows that are powder can be turned into creamy eyeshadows by mixing the powders with a bit of moisturizer lotion. You can also buy funky lipstick colors and use them on your eyelids, like blues, yellows, greens, browns, gray and black. Lipstick can double for blush or eyeshadow.

Eyeliner can be made of waterproof mascara and a small liner brush used on the top lid only to bring out the eye. Use shampoo and water to clean eyeliner brushes.

Foundation can be made by mixing some concealer and lotion together.

If your eyebrows are flyaway and look unkempt simply spray an old toothbrush with hairspray and brush the eyebrows in place. You can fill in any missing eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil.

Make your own lip gloss by mixing any package Kool Aid with Crisco shortening or petroleum jelly and letting it melt in the microwave for 1 min. Pour the mixture in a small container and let it setup. When firm use it as you would any lip gloss.

You can also take old lipsticks and dig out the part below the tube and store them in a small divided container to use as cream blush.

You can use your favorite essential oil and petroleum jelly to make lip gloss.

HAIR CARE PRODUCTS

Did you know that all you need to make your hair shine after you shampoo and condition it, is to give your hair one final rinse with nothing but cold water?

HOMEMADE HAIR SPRAY
Boil 2 cups water and the juice of one lemon, orange, or two limes. Let cool. Strain. Put in a spray bottle and use as hair spray.

BLONDE HAIR RINSE
Mix 2 cups water, 1/4 cup lemon juice and put on blonde hair. Leave on for 10 min. and rinse out.

DARK HAIR RINSE
Mix 2 cups water, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp. clove oil and pour over hair.

DEEP HAIR CONDITIONER
Put a deep penetrating hair conditioner on your hair. Put on a shower cap and leave it on your hair for 12 hours. You can do this at bedtime and leave on over night. Wash it out after the 12 hours. Shampoo hair as you normally would and use a normal hair conditioner after the shampoo. Your hair should be normal again now.

Warm olive oil can be used to penetrate the hair overnight as in the above recipe.

You can also put a damp towel in the microwave for 1 min. on high. Put some olive oil on the ends of your hair. Wrap the hot towel around your head and leave it on for 5 min. then shampoo hair.

MAKE YOUR OWN HAIR COLOR
Use 2 packs unsweetened Kool Aid mixed into 1/2 cup hair conditioner. Apply to your hair and leave on for one hour. Shampoo out and rinse well.

Blondes would use lemon.
Brunettes would use cocoa powder.
Redheads would use cherry, strawberry, or orange.

Rosemary-Sage Natural Hair Dye
For covering gray hair
1/2 cup dried sage
1/2 cup dried rosemary
2 cups hot water
Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel or glass saucepan. Simmer mixture for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Let sit for several hours. Strain out the herbs. Use this liquid for hair color. Apply to clean dry hair and leave on until hair is air-dried. Rinse and dry hair. Repeat weekly until the desired shade has been reached, then apply monthly to maintain hair color.

HAIR OIL
Use almond oil as your base. Add 12 drops rosemary oil and 24 drops lavender oil.

HAIR RESTORER
Rub your bald spot with Kyolic Liquid Garlic each day. Use only a couple drops but massage it well into the bald spot. In three months you will see some baby-fine new hair growth. Do this daily. Don't stop when the new hair comes in, or it will quit growing.

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