We love pampering ourselves (well really, who doesn’t?) but visits to a spa can be rather pricey. One look at the bill, and all that tension you just erased can come right back. So what’s a girl – or a guy – to do when they really want to indulge in some stress-reducing spa time? DIY!
Believe it or not, transforming your bathroom into a rejuvenating day spa is quite easy. Moreover, when you combine eco-friendly elements with inexpensive homemade treatments, it’s a triple win: for you, for the environment and your budget!
Read on for 12 tips on creating the ultimate eco spa at home. Be forewarned though; you might love it so much that your spa day becomes a weekly ritual. Which, when you think about it, isn’t a bad idea at all.
1. The first thing you need is a tranquil atmosphere. A clean, clutter-free space will set the tone for the soothing soaking to come.
2. Green up your space – literally – with plants, which provide aesthetic beauty as well as natural air purification.
3. Arrange a row of aromatic candles on our hinoki shelf. It’s ideal for humid environments because it resists mold, contains antibacterial agents and suffers no water damage. As a bonus, hinoki wood adds a light, lemony scent to the room.
5. After a warm bath, dry off with our charcoal towels which are not only super soft and richly textured, but imbued with charcoal’s natural moisture-absorbing and odor-eliminating properties.
6. Eco friendly exfoliation starts with an all-natural, homemade scrub. Making your own sea salt scrubs, sugar scrubs and other spa day products is a piece of cake. Here’s a simple scrub we love:
Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup almond oil (coconut and olive work too)
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
7. Massage is a key element of any spa day. If you don’t have a live-in masseuse (or one who makes house calls) it’s easy to give your own hands and feet a good rubdown. You can make massage oil by mixing a few drops of high quality essential oil with a carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, coconut etc.). Check out the website Nama’s Natural Remedies for Health for detailed directions.
8. Another great way to incorporate massage into your spa day is with our riverstone mat; it’s made from pebbles that are polished smooth by river water to gently massage the bottom of your feet.
9. Deep condition your hair with a homemade mask made with argan oil, which is great for repairing the damage done by harsh winter elements. Here’s an easy recipe:
4 teaspoons virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
2-4 drops of essential oil of your choice
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons argan oil
4 teaspoons Epsom salt
10. The facial is another popular spa treatment. You can easily make a natural face mask from ingredients you already have on hand, such as avocados, bananas, milk, yogurt, honey and lemons. One to try:
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon pure honey
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
11. Fill the room with the invigorating scent of our woven bath mat and beaded tassels made from vetiver fibers, a wild grass which releases a naturally woody, subtly spicy aroma when wet.
12. The perfect way to end your at-home spa experience? We think it just might be slipping into our cozy loungewear and calling it a day … or a night. Our stylish BambooWeave pajamas and robe are ultra comfortable, silky soft, and eco-friendly to boot.