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Easy Recipes for an At Home Spa Day

Discover how to create a spa day at home with these easy recipes. Whether you’re gathering with friends for a girl’s day or just need a break to focus on yourself, these DIY home spa day ideas are quick to make and perfect for pampering! 

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At Home Spa Day

I’ve shared numerous skin care recipes over the years. Many of these are perfect for spa day at home! However, not everyone has the time to embark on larger projects that require extensive materials and ingredients. If you’re looking for easy DIY ideas for your self care routine to help you relax and unwind, then you’re in luck! I’ve put together a super easy list of beauty recipes that you can make at home on a budget. Each of these homemade spa day recipes is created using as few ingredients as possible. They’re also easy to source and affordable for most people.

So, fill up that shopping cart with what you need. Then grab a friend and your favorite collection of candles. Send the kids to the sitter. Then sit back and indulge!

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What You Need for a DIY Spa Day at Home

Going to the spa is expensive. And quite frankly, it’s NEVER been in my budget. While I recently took on full-time work for another company, commercial spas are still a HUGE luxury for me. And to be honest, they kind of freak me out. While I’m not adverse to dropping a large chunk of change on experiences, I’d rather spend it on an actual vacation or splurge on fine dining. There’s also my unease about picking up a staph infection. Which incidentally, very recently happened to an acquaintance of mine when she got her nails done.

Therefore, rather than blow a day’s pay to look and feel pretty, I’d rather indulge in a spa day at home. In addition to the recipes I share below, there are some extras you can obtain to make the experience feel extra dreamy. And keep you on budget. Here’s what you’ll need (at your discretion, of course!):

  • Scented candles: I recommend natural essential oil candles for their aromatherapeutic benefits. They’re less likely to trigger an allergic reaction (synthetic vanilla fragrances are my nemesis) and you can pick them to inspire the mood you want to create. You can also grab a diffuser and your favorite essential oil blend if you aren’t able to burn candles. (My lease, sadly, stipulates that candles are a no go.) You can also use fragrant wax melts in a pinch as a less expensive alternative to essential oils.
  • Robe and slippers: These are a given. You want to be relaxed and as comfortable as possible. If, however, you’re not a robe and slippers kind of gal (raises hand!) then grab your favorite pair of PJs or cozy loungewear
  • Plants or flowers: Set the ambiance for your spa day at home with your favorite flowers or floral fronds. Live plants are a great way to set the mood and bring a little bit of nature indoors.
  • Calming playlist: Create a playlist with your favorite soothing jams to set the mood to chill and unwind.
  • Refreshing drinks: Keep your thirst quenched and your body hydrated while you sweat out toxins with a delicious beverage or detox water. (Yes, if you really want, wine is an acceptable alternative. We do have to treat ourselves!)
  • Beauty treatments: No home spa day is complete without beauty and skin care treatments! Grab your favorite products or create your own from one of the spa day recipes below. In addition to the recipes provided, you can also try one of these holistic beauty recipes. You may also dig my herbal hair conditioner for a natural hair treatment. Or learn how to make nail polish for those mani pedis.

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Home Spa Day Recipes

There are so many recipes that can be incorporated into an at home spa day. However, I picked a few simple recipes to get you started. All of these natural beauty and skin care recipes are simple to recreate. As such, they’re perfect even for beginners.

DIY Lip Scrub

Chapped lips need more than just lip balm. They also need exfoliating! Make an easy DIY lip scrub by combining 2 Tablespoons of white granulated sugar with 1 Tablespoon of a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) and ½ Tablespoon of honey. Mix well, then massage onto lips. Rinse off with warm water, then moisturize with your favorite lip balm. (This peppermint lip balm recipe is my ALL TIME FAVORITE!)

For more DIY lip scrubs, try one of these easy recipes:

Anti-Aging Face Mask

French green clay is perfect for sensitive or aging skin. It’s gentle on skin and works as a natural exfoliant. Make a simple face mask by mixing clay with rosehip seed oil to form a paste. (Psst. This restorative skin oil is also SUPER AMAZING!) Apply to clean, dry skin. Then wash off after 10 minutes. Follow with your favorite facial serum.

Don’t have time to shop for ingredients? These botanical masks from Wild Rose Herbs are a great way to treat yourself and enjoy a gratifying home spa experience. Infused with essential oils for their aromatherapeutic benefits, these facial masks also simultaneously support your skin. They’re also all natural, vegan, and cruelty-free . Simply mix these plant-based dry powder masks with water or rose hydrosol immediately before use. (Also be sure to check other ways to use hydrosols for natural beauty here.

Looking for more creative skin care ideas for your at home spa day? Try one of these other face mask recipes:

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DIY Hand Mask

Winter can dry out hands fast! Rejuvenate them with a DIY hand mask. Combine 3 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal, 2 Tablespoons rose water, and 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil together in a small glass bowl. Warm the mixture slightly. Then apply to hands and cover with a damp towel. Remove once cooled.

All-Over Moisturizer

Create an easy all-in-one moisturizing solution for skin and lips using your favorite tea! To make a matcha moisture stick, weigh out 3 oz. coconut oil and 1 oz. beeswax and combine in a double boiler. Once melted, mix in .05 oz. matcha green tea. Then pour the solution into lip balm or deodorant tubes.

This chamomile balm recipe is also lovely if you have the budget for extra ingredients. Like my matcha lip and body moisturizer, it can be used on dry lips, hands and skin.

Natural  Makeup

Give your cheeks a sun-kissed glow anytime with an easy, natural 2-ingredient blush! To make yours, simply mix together 2 Tablespoons beet root powder with 1 Tablespoon white kaolin clay. Then apply with a makeup blush brush to complete look.

Once your ready to try something a little more complex for your at home spa day, give these creative makeup recipes a spin:

Hydrating Facial Mist

Refresh dry skin instantly with an easy, hydrating face mist! To make this simple facial moisturizer, blend 3 oz. aloe vera leaf juice with 1 oz. witch hazel in a spray bottle. The mix in and 24 drops lavender essential oil. Shake to combine. Then spritz onto skin as needed.

In addition, you can also make this moisturizing face toner recipe for your spa day at home.

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Acne Mask

Acne is something we’ve all dealt with at one point or another. Sadly, for many of us, the breakouts didn’t stop at adulthood as we were led to believe. (At 46 I STILL struggle with hormonal acne.) If you need a simple beauty solution to conquer your acne, try this 4-ingredient blemish-busting face mask recipe!

To make yours, combine 1 oz. bentonite clay with ¼ oz. fine sea salt, and ½ oz.activated charcoal. When ready to use, mix with aloe leaf juice or water to form a paste. Apply. Then allow to set 5-10 minutes before rinsing clean. Pat dry then follow with an anti-aging serum.

DIY Facial Serum

Did you know you can make a hyaluronic acid serum at home? To make yours, vigorously shake 1 teaspoon hyaluronic acid powder with 3.5 oz. water until it’s no longer grainy. Then refrigerate the serum to use once gelled. You’ll save money and keep skin moisturized at the same time! Get additional details on how to make hyaluronic acid serum here. Plus, discover an easy recipe for a vitamin C serum.

Coffee Sugar Scrub

The caffeine in coffee scrubs helps tighten and tone skin. And what spa day is complete without an amazing body treatment? Make your own coffee sugar scrub by mixing ¼ cup sweet almond oil, ½ cup ground coffee, ½ cup sugar and 15 drops sweet orange essential oil in  a large glass bowl. Massage onto damp skin to exfoliate. Then rinse off.

For a twist on this basic body scrub recipe, these other DIY coffee scrubs:

2-Ingredient Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are a quick, affordable way to get glowing skin. Always on point for an at home spa day, you easily mix up a 2-ingredient sugar scrub on any budget. To do so, combine ½ sugar with ¼ cup sweet almond oil. Then massage onto damp skin to exfoliate and moisturize skin in the shower.

Once you’ve tackled this exfoliating skin care recipe, you can discover more information on how to make sugar scrubs here. In addition to a guide on formulating your own natural body scrubs, you’ll also discover 18 beauty recipes for exfoliating, emulsified and moisturizing scrubs. 

Sugar Scrub Bars

Solid sugar scrubs bars are a mess free alternative to traditional oil-based scrubs. To make an exfoliating solid scrub, weigh out and melt 2.5 oz. soap base with 4 oz. shea butter. Then mix in 2 Tablespoons of a carrier oil choice. Finally, combine the liquid mixture with 16 oz. sugar. Pour the body scrub mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and allow to harden. Once solid, unmold and cut the scrub into bars.

You can also try one of these recipes for solid sugar scrub bars made both with and without a soap base depending on your preference.

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blend

Scent your homemade spa recipes and products with an uplifting essential oil blend or use this blend in your diffuser. To make my favorite orange eucalyptus essential oil blend, combine 22 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 15 drops each peppermint and mandarin essential oils, and 7 drops each rosemary and tea tree essential oil in a dropper bottle. Swirl or shake to combine. Then add 12 drops of this blend to every 1 oz. of product you create.

Relax and Unwind

Sleep better with an aromatherapy sleep spray! Combine 1.8 oz. rose water (learn how to make rose water here!) and 2 oz. high proof vodka along with 24 drops vetiver essential oil, 16 drops lavender essential oil, and 16 drops ylang ylang essential oil in a 4 oz. glass spray bottle. Shake to combine. Then mist onto your pillow before bedtime to end the perfect at home spa day.

Alternately, you can also try this simple 2-ingredient sleep rollerball recipe.

You can also make these lavender shower steamers to help you unwind. Or give these relaxing aromatherapy shower steamers a try!

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Keep Track of Your Favorite Spa Day Recipes

I hope you enjoy my easy recipes and ideas for a spa day at home here. If you’d like to save your favorite home spa recipes, then be sure to download and print my self care journal. This free download includes blank journal pages for writing down motivational quotes or journaling. It also contains pages for setting goals. There are also recipe pages for jotting down your favorite healthy food recipes, skin care DIY’s and face mask recipes.

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