Beauty Kitchen With Heather Marianna

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_MG_0519_Heatherdone3WEBTen QUICK & EASY uses for items you likely have in your kitchen right now
by Heather Marianna

I am always “on the hunt” for new recipes for my show, The Beauty Kitchen. So during my recent trip to London and Paris I scoured every pharmacy, spa and salon I could find, to learn how our European sisters are pampering themselves and staying beautiful. I not only found inspiration (great wine in Paris!) but also discovered some creative ideas for my new website (, which I launched in December of 2012.

However, in this article I wanted to share ten very simple and economical beauty treatment recipes that you can make using ten common ingredients that you may already have on hand in your own Beauty Kitchen. If not, I suggest you print out this article and take it with you to your local health food market, grocery store or farmers market.

1. Mayonnaise
We all have Mayonnaise in the fridge, right? Here is a quick tip for moisturizing dry hair. Apply 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your hair, work it in really well, cover your head with plastic wrap to seal in body heat, let it set for about 15 minutes, and then rinse. A word of caution: do not substitute with mustard!

2. Lemons
As they say: “When the world turns to lemons, make whiskey sours.” But you can also use lemons to refresh your face and to help remove blotches from your skin. Simply cut a lemon into sections and rub a piece all over your face. Let the juice soak into skin for about 20 minutes and then wash your face with cool water. It will be like a smooth wind blowing over your face. If you’re in a hurry, keep it on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

3. Avocados
Holy guacamole! Here’s a simple recipe for an avocado hair mask hair mask that’s perfect for hydrating your hair and scalp while restoring shine and softness to dull hair.

  • 1 small jar of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 avocado

Mix all ingredients together and smooth the paste into your scalp and hair – be sure to work it into the ends. Cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap to seal in body heat, leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse.

4. Grapefruit
Oily skin? Try a refreshing grapefruit and parsley facial mask.

  • 4 tablespoons very fine oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 large grapefruit

Grind the oatmeal with a food processor or clean coffee or spice grinder, if necessary. Mix the oatmeal with chopped fresh parsley in a bowl. Add the juice from half of a large grapefruit and mix until you have a soft paste. Let the mixture rest 5 minutes. Spread the soft mixture over your face and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use this facial mask once a week for oily skin.

5. Sugar
There’s nothing like a little sugar to keep your skin baby soft. Here’s one of my favorite recipes for a sugar-sweet facial scrub.


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. The scrub lasts for up to 2 months (or more) and smells good enough to eat. But don’t.


Check back tomorrow for the second half of  this Beauty Kitchen series…