Create a DIY spa day with a cucumber yogurt face mask

This year I’ve had a bumper crop of cucumbers and I’ve used them to make soap and infused water. I still had some cucumber pulp left over from juicing so I decided to give myself a DIY spa day by making a soothing yogurt and cucumber face mask.

I kept this recipe simple because my skin is extremely sensitive and breaks out at the slightest provocation.

Yogurt and cucumber pulp

Fat free greek yogurt and cucumber pulp left over from juicing.

My first batch was a colossal failure. I used equal parts yogurt and cucumber and the result was a messy goo that slide off my face and into the sink. The cucumber pulp was very wet and watered down the yogurt.

My second attempt turned out much creamier. I used 4 tbsp of greek yogurt and 1 tbsp of cucumber pulp. (If you don’t have a juicer, you can add a few chunks of cucumber and the yogurt to a blender and mix until smooth.)

I slathered the mixture on my face and laid on my back to relax for 20 minutes. What a great way to relax!  The cucumber had a wonderful cooling effect on my skin. It felt great!

Facial selfie

 Spa day selfie. It may be the best picture of me ever taken.

After 20 minutes, I rinsed my face and washed with a bar of Emmet Street Creations  Banana Soap to moisturize my skin and give it an extra hit of antioxidants. My pores looked and felt tight and my skin was soft and smooth.

I ended my spa day with a soak in the tub using a bag of Lavender Bath TeaThere’s no better way to escape from the every day grind than a warm soak in the tub surrounded by the soothing scent of lavender. 

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DIY: Make a hanging soap pouch using only a washcloth

DIY soap pouch

Since I started using Emmet Street Creations‘ handcrafted soap, I’ve been using a soap pouch made of some sort of  synthetic material to hold the bar and exfoliate my skin. It was great and helped make the bars last a little longer.

One day, my soap pouch suffered a tragic accident and I needed to replace it. I had originally purchased it at my local “everything only costs a dollar” store, so I figured I would have no trouble. To my dismay, I learned the store was no longer stocking this product.

I turned to the internet and found a few similar options, but they cost more than I was willing to spend (see my earlier comment about shopping at the “everything only costs a dollar” store). So, I let the crafty part of my brain mull it over. What had I liked best about my expired soap pouch? It held the soap, it had a loop so I could hang it to dry between uses and I could toss it into the washing machine.

One day while I was showering, I realized the solution was at hand. Specifically, it was in my hand: I could make a simple pouch from a washcloth! So, I took out an old washcloth I could experiment on. The result was not just one, but two, functional and durable soap pouches that met my exacting criteria.

I kept things pretty simple, because I wanted to see if the criteria could be met with just the washcloth and nothing else, but you could embellish it pretty easily with ribbon or different types of material. And the best part? The entire process took less than a half hour to complete!

Have you made your own pouch for your handcrafted soap? What were your results? Please share with us in the comments.

DIY Washcloth Soap Pouch 

1.) Since washcloth and soap sizes vary, lay your handcrafted soap on your washcloth (folded in half) to determine where to make your cuts. For my pouch, I found I would be able to make two pouches.

DIY soap pouch 1

2.) Fold your washcloth where you are going to make your cuts. Since I was going to make two pouches, I folded mine in half again.

DIY soap pouch 2

3.) Cut along the center fold line (doing this avoids having to make an extra seam later). You’ll see in the following photos that I ended up with two halves of the washcloth.

DIY soap pouch 3

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4.) Cut strips from the finished edge to use to create your hanging loops. I checked how much fabric I could cut from the edge by placing a bar of soap on each half. I found I was able to cut a strip about 1 1/2″ wide.

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5.) After I finished cutting, I had two pouch pieces and two loop pieces ready to go to the sewing machine!

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6.) Fold your pouch piece in half, so the finished edge will be the opening of your pouch. Sew a seam about a 1/2″ from the edge of the material. Repeat on the other side.

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You’ll end up with something like looks something like this (but in focus):

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7.) Next, take your loop piece and fold it in thirds, lengthwise, with the finished edge on top. You might want to pin as you go to hold your work in place while you sew. Sew down the length of the fabric. (My pictures for this step were too blurry to use. Sorry!)

8.) Cut your loop piece in half.

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9.) When you’re done, you should have a pouch and two loop pieces.

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10.) Fold one loop piece in half and pin it to the center of one side of the top of your pouch. Stitch in place (this can be tricky; you don’t want to sew the top closed!). Repeat on the other side.

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11.) When you’re done stitching the loops on, turn the pouch right side out and add your soap. Repeat steps 6-10 until all of your pouches are complete. Then, stand back and admire your craftiness!

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