Whether you are stressed out, need a break from work or just looking to have a relaxing day, nothing like a Spa Day to reset your mood and lift up your spirits.
Now, if you are on a budget or don't want to leave the house to have a peaceful and invigorating time, in this article you will find all of the many ways you can bring the spa to your home and better, on a budget!
A spa day can cost anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollars depending of course on the services you choose as well as your location. Now, imagine being able to get all the services provided in a luxury spa but for a fraction of the cost?Awesome, right?
Well then lets get started with this article so you can get started with your spa day at home on a budget!
Set the mood
1 - Diffuser
Start off with the ambiance and setting the mood for deep relaxation. Light up a soothing candle or use a diffuser to add moisture into the air as well as diffuse your favorite essential oils, hence turning your spa time into an aromatherapy session.
2 - Pick a book/ Podcast/ Relaxing music
Don't know what to read? Check out this list with 100 books to read during your life time. Don't forget that you can get audible free for 30 days and if you already a prime member, you get two audiobooks every month for no extra cost.
Now, if you are in the United States and have a library card, you can also use the app Hoopla to gain access to all the books and resources the library systems has to provide. It is powerful and it's totally free!
Also check out this list of relaxing music right on YouTube!
3 - Drinks
To really get the spa vibe going, make yourself a drink. Whether you prefer plain water or a spruced up beverage, we got you covered with these great drink recipes for you to try it at home (click on links for recipe).
When adding your essential oils to your tea, make sure you bind it with something first. For a nice cup of infused tea, you can bind your essential oil with the sweetener you choose or place a drop on the tea bag. If you like a dash of milk in your tea, the fat in the milk is a great binding agent for a drop of essential oil. Add a drop to any of these binding agents, sweetener, milk, tea bag or dried loose leaf herbs first.
4 - Robe
Drop the clothes to the ground and get yourself in a warm and comfortable robe like this one.
5 - Hair Towel
Skip the big heavy towels that damage your hair and opt for a light microfiber towel wrap to help dry up your locks.
6 - Warm Fuzzy slippers
Get your feet comfortable and put them in warm fuzzy slippers or socks. If you prefer to wear socks you can also add a drop of lavender on the bottom of each feet for a relaxing sensation.
7 - Bath tray
A bath tray is not necessary but it can definitely make your spa day at home experience more pleasant. You can use it to rest your book/tablet and phone as well as other products you will be using during your spa session.
Start with the hair
8 - Deep conditioning treatment
Ready for a silky and smooth hair without the toxins and chemicals? This DIY deep hair conditioning is easy to make and can be used every week.
DIY deep conditioning treatment
3 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of olive oil
Whip it all together using a mixer into a creamy consistency. Let it work in the hair for 15 - 30 minutes. Rinse it with cold water and style as usual.
9 - Thermal Cap or Regular Cap
If you want to take your deep conditioning game to another level, go ahead and use a thermal cap for a deeper conditioning or just cover with a regular shower cap to create a little bit of heat and let it sit for about 15 to 30 minutes.
10 - Shampoo & Conditioner
Look for shampoo and conditioners without chemicals such as petrolatum, parabens, silicone, sulfates.
The brand RAW SUGAR has some great products and the ingredient list is pretty clean with the exception of fragrance.
11 - Use a scalp and head massager
A scalp massager helps to deep clean the scalp while relaxing head muscles and providing a great feeling of relaxation.
12 - Finish it off with a leave in conditioner
To add an extra boost to your hair, use a leave in conditioner to keep hair moisturized and promote healthy looking hair.
Look for products that are free of bad chemicals and alcohol as it can dry your scalp. In the recipe shared below, we opted to use rosemary essential oil because it conditions and strengthens, while Ylang-Ylang leaves hair looking full, smooth, and shiny.
DIY Leave in conditioner
3 parts distilled water 2 ½ tablespoons vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon rose water
2 drops Ylang-Ylang essential oil
3 drops Rosemary essential oil Instructions
Combine all ingredients in an eight ounce glass spray bottle.
Shake well and spray over damp hair after your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.
Do not rinse. Style hair as usual.
All ready to relax
13 - Bath bomb
Real relaxation time starts right here! Drop a bath bomb in a warm bath for a quick stress relief. Organic and natural bath bombs are available on Amazon or you can make your very own using essential oils.
DIY Bath Bomb
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup of critic acid
1/2 cup of corn starch
1/2 cup of coconut oil
10 drops of essential oils of your choice
Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl.
Add eight to 10 drops of the essential oil or blend of choice.
Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. Note: If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct.
At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture.
Place mixture in silicone molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from mold.
To use, drop in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.
14 - Bath salts
Another option for a relaxing bath time is adding bath salts to your warm bathtub water. Bath salts are easy, simple to make and nourishing to the skin. Salts like epsom salt contains essential minerals such as magnesium.
DIY Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup of Himalayan Pink Salt
¼ cup coconut oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil
6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
Combine Salts, coconut oil, Lavender essential oil, and Eucalyptus essential oil.*
Mix ingredients together.
Store in container of choice.
Optional: Add dried lavender and/or eucalyptus botanicals
15 - Body Sugar Scrub
Get rid of old cells and promote the growth of new skin cells by exfoliating the surface of your skin. There are many body scrubs in the market and many of them contain harmful ingredient but you can easily make your own scrub with ingredients you probably already have at home.
DIY Bergamot Body Sugar Scrub
3/4 cup of coconut oil
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of brown sugar
8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
In a large bowl, combine the sugar and vanilla extract.
Add coconut oil and Grapefruit essential oil; mix well. Add more oil if you like your scrub to be more moisturizing.
Store in an air-tight container for up to one month (two months if refrigerated).
16 - Get a massage
A massage is definitely a must in a spa day, not only you will help you relax but it can also relieve muscle tensions and calm nerves down but how can you get massage without the help of another human?
If you have a tub you can add one of these to the bathtub floor and let it do the work for you or you can use a handheld massager device and get rid of your own muscle knots.
17 - Warm neck pillow
A warm neck pillow can do wonders for the muscle health of your neck and it is also really easy to make one, unless you prefer to purchase one.
All you really need is:
One long sock
A cup or two of rice (depends on how big your sock is)
15 drops of Lavender essential oil or any other of your preference
Combine rice with essential oil
Pour rice into sock and close the open end. You can either hot glue, sew it together or simply make a knot.
When ready to use, place pillow in microwave to make it hot, then place it around neck for a quick muscle tensions relief.
Optional: Add dried lavender and/or eucalyptus botanicals to the rice and oil mixture.
18 - Moisturize with Whipped Body butter/ Body lotion
After exfoliating, you skin may feel a little dry because the natural oil produced by your body has also been stripped away so in order to keep your skin soft and hydrated be sure to apply a moisturizer.
Body butters are a great body moisturizer but can quite often be expensive especially if they are organic and natural. However, you can make your own whipped body butter and save yourself some serious cash.
DIY Whipped body butter
1/2 Cup shea butter
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of fractionated coconut oil
15 drops of Lavender essential oil
15 drops of Melaleuca essential oil
Measure all butters and oils in glass jar.
Fill a large skillet/saucepan with one to one and a half inches of water. Bring to a boil.
Note: Store mixture in a glass jar and keep in a cool place. If needed, re-fluff the body butter by whipping it back up to the desired consistency with a hand mixture.
Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan to melt and combine ingredients.
Stir every few minutes until the ingredients are melted and combined. (10–15 minutes) Tip: Use a popsicle stick to stir for easy cleanup.
Once everything is melted, remove from heat and let sit for 5–10 minutes. Add desired essential oils.
Once essential oils are added, let it rest in a cool place (such as the refrigerator) until it has set.
Once chilled, take out of refrigerator. With a stand or hand mixer, start on low and slowly turn the speed higher until the lotion becomes light and fluffy (around 3–5 minutes).
19 - Face Mask
As you read a book or listen to your favorite podcast, go ahead and put on a face mask on and let it work on your skin.
A mud mask is a great way to cleanse and detoxify your skin. Be sure to look for products without chemicals that may irritate your skin instead of nourishing it.
DoTerra has a great mud facial mask or you can make your own by following the recipe below.
DIY Clay Facial Mask
2 teaspoons bentonite clay
2 teaspoons of honey
2 teaspoons of distilled water
1 drop Frankincense oil
1 drop Lavender oil
1 drop Melaleuca oil
Combine clay and vinegar in bowl and stir until well combined.Tip: For a thicker mask, add an additional half teaspoon of clay.
Add essential oils.
Apply to clean skin, avoiding the areas around eyes and mouth.
Let dry for 5–15 minutes.
Rinse with warm water and follow with moisturizer.
Note: Do not use a metal bowl or spoon with bentonite clay as it can make it less effective.
20 - Use a face steamer
Use a faces steamer like this or create your own steam by boiling water in a pan and adding a few essential oils to it. Get your face close enough to the steaming water and hold a towel around yourself in order for maximum absorption.
Do not do this for more than 10 minutes.
21 - Gently Exfoliate Face
As mentioned earlier, exfoliation is great way to remove old skin and promote the growth of new skin cells but applying an exfoliator to your face you will want to make sure you are as gentle as you can.
Face skin is way more gentle and sensitive than any other areas of our body so ensure you are not using any pressure or scrubs to exfoliate.
Here's a great recipe you can make at home and of course, free of any harsh chemicals.
DIY Green Tea Peppermint Sugar Facial Scrub
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon Matcha Green Tea powder
1 tablespoon green tea leaves
½ cup coconut oil
Few drops of Peppermint essential oil
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, matcha, and green tea leaves.
Add coconut oil and Peppermint; mix well. Add more oil if you like your scrub to be more moisturizing.
Store in an air-tight container for up to one month (two months if refrigerated).
21 - Eliminate black heads and dead skin
23 - Face Moisturizer
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! After removing all of the dead skin along with blackheads and unclogging your pores, your skin will be in much need of being hydrated.
A facial moisturizer can also help keep your skin protected and close pores.
Choose one without harsh chemicals or make your own
Natural Facial Moisturizer
⅓ cup aloe vera gel (do not use juice or aloe from a plant as the cream won't whip properly) 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil 2 tablespoons jojoba oil ½ tablespoon beeswax 10 drops Lavender oil
In a medium saucepan, gently heat the almond and jojoba oils with the beeswax.
Once melted, transfer your mixture to a deep mixing bowl. Leave to cool for an hour or until the mixture reaches room temperature.
Slowly add the aloe vera gel and Lavender oil as you blend the mixture with a hand blender.
Continue adding aloe until you have reached your desired consistency.
Store in an airtight container and apply to skin liberally.
24 - Massage face skin with roller
To finalize and give your face the ultimate spa treatment, finish it off with a facial skin roller. You may also add a drop of frankincense with a tbsp of coconut oil for cell rejuvenation and as an antiseptic.
Finish with nail and feet care
25 - Feet Massage
Netflix and chill on your own couch while getting a feet massage using a feet massager spa. You can also add a drop of peppermint essential oil to help with any muscle tension and relieve stress from every day standing.
P.S. Don't forget to bind the essential oil with a carrier oil so it mixes well with the water.
26 - Remove calluses using pumice stone
Remove calluses and dead skin from the bottom of your feet using a natural pumice stone.
27 - Strengthen your nails
Make your nails stronger while softening your cuticles for better removal. The following recipe also deeply moisturizes the skin around your nails while helping reducing visible signs of skin aging.
DIY Cuticle softener Oil
1/2 teaspoon of Jojoba oil
1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil
1/2 teaspoon of Sweet Almond oil
1/2 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil
2 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops of myrrh essential oil
2 drops of grapefruit essential oil
Mix all oils together and place in a rollerball container and massage mixture into cuticles and nails.
28 - Add nail polish of preference.
We recommend Color street because they are free of many toxic that regular nail polishes aren't. They also require no drying time which is perfect for anyone who wants to maximize their time and really take advantage of their Spa time.
29 - Finish hand and feet moisturizer
Use this light and moisturizing feet and hand lotion for guaranteed moisture.
DIY Hand and feet moisturizer
1 teaspoon beeswax
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
4 tablespoons shea butter
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Peppermint oil
5 drops Melaleuca oil
In small glass container, combine all ingredients, except essential oils.
Place in saucepan with 1–1 ½ inches of boiling water.
Stir ingredients until combined (around 5–10 minutes).
Once melted, remove from heat and let rest 3 minutes.
Add essential oils and stir.
Let mixture come to a solid. To quicken process, place in refrigerator.
Once solid, use an electric mixer to whip lotion.
Gradually come to high speed and whip for 3–4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Place in container. To use, rub on heels to help soften and soothe them.
Tip: For best results, add a generous amount to feet with socks before bed.
30 - Smell Fantastic!
Now, to help you stay in a state of relaxation, finalize your spa day with a perfume that has a mild scent.
The aromatic benefits can help to uplift your mood, ease your mind, and provide a variety of solutions to everyday issues. Another way to take advantage of the aromatic benefits is by wearing essential oils as a natural fragrance.
DIY Summer Fragrance
15 drops Lavender 10 drops Vetiver 10 drops Ylang-Ylang 1 tablespoon witch hazel ¼ cup water
Combine witch hazel and water into a small glass spray bottle and shake.
Add essential oils and mix thoroughly.
Mist scent over body or clothes to create your desired aroma. Mix well before each use.
Shelf-life is approximately one to two weeks; keep refrigerated to extend shelf-life.
Information used derived from doterra.com and modern essential sixth edition