How to Throw a DIY Spa Day
My mom is one hard-working woman, so my sister, Jenna, and I wanted to create the perfect retreat, totally focused on self care for our mom who rarely finds time for herself. After a busy weekend, our goal was to provide an uber-relaxing Sunday at home with the family.
Whether you’re planning a girls night in or just looking for some solo self-care and relaxation, a DIY spa day is the perfect remedy for some much-needed R&R.
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We created a little agenda for the day to set the tone and give everyone an idea of the activities we had planned. We wanted the experience to feel authentic, as if we were at a real spa somewhere.
The Creative Hour
We looked into going to one of those “sip and paint” classes but thought why not do this in our own home? Which turned out to be the best decision! It was so much fun to put down some newspaper, roll up our sleeves and free paint or color. This was the part of our spa day our whole family could enjoy, and even my brother pulled out a paintbrush. We had lots of laughs as he painted a character he had dreamt up as a child called “Dog Man”, and my mom was able to decompress from a long work week over the therapeutic activity of a coloring book.
Skincare doesn’t have to be super expensive to work wonders. Simple ingredients around your kitchen can work as natural cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers! Here are the recipes we used:
Bananacado Face Mask
2 over-ripe bananas
1 tbsp olive oil
Cucumbers, sliced (for the eyes!)
Blend everything (except the cucumbers) and apply.
Sugary Sweet Lip Scrub
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp coconut oil
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Looking like the Wicked Witches of the East, we moved on to the very best part! I had seen so many beautiful photos of flower baths, I couldn’t wait to make one of my own!
As the tub filled up, we threw in the blooms of gerber daisies, the petals of spray roses and irises, and a sliced grapefruit. A lantern and candles illuminated the space, and we even played some soothing tunes from a speaker for ultimate relaxation (check out the Butter playlist on spotify). Then, we left my mom to it while Jenna and I were left to fend for our green-faced selves.
We left a homemade bottle of Rose Water and Lavender Bubble Bath for an extra scent-ual soak.
This recipe is compliments of The Lady Slipper, but I adjusted the ingredients to make 2 bottles.
Rose Water and Lavender Bubble Bath
The petals from 4-7 roses
1 bottle of Dr. Bronner's Lavender Pure-Castile Soap
~ 2 cups water
Bottle or jar
1. Gather 4-7 fresh roses, pluck each petal off carefully and place into large pot.
2. Cover rose petals with filtered water, enough to cover the petals.
3. Bring to a boil, gently press petals down with a wooden spoon to release their pigment until petals lose most of their color.
4. Place lid on pot and simmer on low.
5. Once petals are saturated and the water is colorful, use a strainer to strain petals. Discarding petals and keeping rose water.
6. In a separate bowl, pour in the pure castile soap.
7. Add in small amounts of rose water until you are happy with the color (pink, red or dark merlot )
8. Pour carefully into glass bottles or mason jars and let cool.
9. Finish with a ribbon and tag for gifting
Put your feet up and enjoy, zistas! You deserve it.