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The secrets of the spas : pamper and vitalize yourself at home
Bardey, Catherine, 1963-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TP983 .B293 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Introducing a new series of clever little boxes with tops that slide off to reveal a deck of 52 cards inside. Each card features a recipe and detailed instructions on one side, and a rich, full-color photograph on the other.

Sumptuous spa treatments don't have to cost a fortune when you follow these simple recipes for revitalizing, deep cleaning, moisturizing and relaxing your body and mind--all illustrated and packaged in a convenient pack of individual cards.

Author Notes

Catherine Bardey was a stylist for Elle, New York and French Vogue. She lives in New York City.



Banana & Chickpea Protein Mask Chickpea flour has many advantages: it's an effective skin-toning exfoliator, it stimulates circulation and it rejuvenates tissues. Bananas, rich in potassium and vitamin A, are natural emollients and help reduce redness and puffiness. The egg in this mask will tighten pores and leave your skin feeling revitalized. Recipe: 4 tablespoons chickpea flour 1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed 1 egg, beaten In a bowl, blend chickpea flour and ripe banana into a paste. Add beaten egg and apply mixture to face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well with warm water, Pat dry, Citrus & Milk Bath Cleopatra was famous for bathing in milk and soothing her skin with milk's natural beauty--enhancing properties. Rich in protein, calcium and vitamins, milk is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it smooth and moisturized. It also helps ease nervous tension and restlessness. The lavendar and citrus peel in this bath formula stimulate the circulatory system and add a wonderfully luxuriant aroma to the treatment. Recipe: 1 cup dried milk powder (if you have oily skin, use nonfat milk) 1/4 cup orange peels 1/4 cup lemon peels 4 drops lavendar essential oil Draw a warm bath and while water is flowing slowing add dried milk, orange and lemon peels and lavendar oil. Soak for 20 minutes. Pat dry and moisturize. Herbal Foot Soaks Simple to prepare, herbal soaks are ideal for tired feet. Choose from one or more of the following herbs to custom blend an aromatic bath: comfrey, elderberry, horsetail, lavendar, pine, rosemary and sage. Recipe: 2 cups fresh herbs or 1 cup dried herbs 2 gallons boiling water Steep herbs in water for 20 minutes. Strain liquid and pour into a foot basin. Soak feet for 20 minutes and pat dry, Excerpted from Secret of the Spas. Copyright 1999 by BD&L. Reprinted with permission by BD&L. Excerpted from Secrets of the Spas: Pamper and Vitalize Yourself at Home by Catherine Bardey All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Body: Body scrubs Body wraps
Herbal Baths Essential Oil Baths Moisturizers Massage Face
Cleansers Steams Masks and Peels Toners Moisturizers Hands and Feet
Cuticles and Nails Hand and Foot Scrubs
Exfoliators and Washes Moisturizers Hair
Pre-Shampoo Treatment Shampoos and Conditioners Rinses Spa Cuisine: Drinks Soup and Salads Desserts Essentials
Oils - Essential and Carrier Pampering
Tools Glossary Associations
Resources and Suppliers Spa Listings Shopping Guide