My Facebook status this weekend shared the fact that Mabel the dog does not like salt and lime, these being the first and only things I have seen her turn her nose away from.  My FB friends thought Mabel and I were shooting tequila together.  And while I think Mabel would probably be a lot of fun to watch with a tequila worm, I should hope I could score a more discriminating drinking buddy.  I had to burst the bubble (and a few happy images) and confess that I was exfoliating my feet with the salt and the lime.  My friends are now scarred forever.

I read somewhere that a good, quick DIY skin smoother was half of a lime dipped in salt and rubbed on the knees and elbows, etc.  With me and Vic dressing up our toes with our new polishes, I decided this was the perfect time to try this trick on my feet.  Sort of a beachy, wish-I-had-a-margarita-right-now pedicure, if you will.

It wasn’t half bad!  My feet were really soft when I was finished. But the salt (I used sea salt first) trickled away pretty quickly during the scrubbing and the lime was holy-crap-why-didn’t-I-plan-ahead-and-and-set-this-fruit-out COLD.  But otherwise, a fine little homemade scrub nonetheless.  The next night I decided to try it again, but this time I would use kosher salt (a coarser variety) and add enough olive oil to make a stiff paste.  Then I used the lime with the olive oil/salt mixture to exfoliate my legs and arms (getting my tan from a bottle makes regular exfoliating extra important!)  I liked it with the olive oil so much better.  Olive oil has great skin conditioning properties, plus it keeps the salt in the general area to be worked on.  It was recommended for use in a DIY sugar scrub, but the proportions of that recipe made it way too drippy, hence my using  considerably less this time.  (But no, I didn’t measure anything out.  If I had to guess, I’d say I used 2 T kosher salt to ½ t oil.)

Sunday I came across an interesting DIY hibiscus hair pack.  If I ever give my hibiscus plants enough water, they will probably bloom enough for me to try this recipe.  In the meantime, this made me want to make my own conditioner with whatever I had on hand.  Looking through the fridge I spied some leftover pumpkin from a facial mask recipe I tried a while back.  So I googled a pumpkin conditioner recipe and voila…I found Cassadie and her recipe which is ½ cup Pumpkin, ¼ cup yogurt, and 2 tablespoons honey.  Stuff I always have on hand.  Cassadie warned her readers in a follow-up post that it is highly important to puree your pumpkin so it is easier to rinse out.  Can do! (Mine was actually already pureed because it came from a can.  I think Cassadie had used fresh pumpkin.)

Anyhoo, I mixed up the conditioner which, minus some egg whites, bore strong resemblance to the facial mask I had made.  I slathered the pumpkin through my hair, being sure to massage it into the roots (this stuff, too, was refrigerator fresh and appropriately c.o.l.d.) Since it was soooo similar to the pumpkin facial mask, I decided to slather the leftovers on my face before rinsing the bowl.

I have to say, this is the tastiest skin care treatment I have ever used.  😉

I left the conditioner in my hair for 20 minutes, wrapped in plastic wrap, with orange goo all over my face and neck.  Victoria laughed out loud, shouted, “Mama! Look at you!!” and took my picture.  I was instantly grateful that she does not have a Facebook account.

I found the mixture pretty easy to rinse out, but I rinsed extra long just to be sure.  I could tell a difference in the feel of my hair from the time I put the mixture in to the time I rinsed it out.  It felt softer.  And since it’s still wet as I type this, here’s hoping for a good result when I style my hair in the morning.

Otherwise Mabel and I are cracking open the tequila.