22 March 2020

Spa Day at Home Ideas

Several spa day at home ideas with common ingredients.  Take time for self care and relaxation with these easy to make DIY bath and body recipes.

When I started this blog, I wanted to post easy DIY beauty recipes that anyone could make at home.  It's evolved to include easy DIY bath and body for home use as well as for those want a little more advanced recipes or those who sell.

Today, I want to get back to basics.  This is a list of recipes and ideas for a spa day at home.  I want to make this a long list to give you a lot of options, but I don't recommend using all of these at once.

In fact, you shouldn't use all of these at once.  Choose one from each category and try that recipe.  I'm giving you options because you may not have all of the ingredients at home or it might not be right for your hair or skin needs.

Spa Day at Home Ideas

Set the Mood

Having a spa day is about self care.  It's not enough to just scrub your skin or use a hair mask.  This is a time to relax and forget about the stress of the day.

I don't know about you, but I can't relax if the room is cluttered or I'm worrying about things.  Before I start my spa day at home, I take a few minutes to an hour to declutter and clean up a little.

I choose  place where I can relax while I'm waiting for my face mask or hair mask.  This is usually my bedroom because I can shut the door and block out the kids.

I make my bed, grab a magazine or book, and play some relaxing music to block out the sounds of the house.

I also take a few minutes to clean the bathroom.  I put away anything that's on the counter and wipe down the sink.

Candles or Essential Oils

Further set the mood by using candles or essential oils to set the mood.  I use essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere.

These essential oils oil are good choices:

Try one of the following relaxing essential oil blends:

  • 3 lavender | 3 wild orange | 2 geranium
  • 3 bergamot | 3 frankincense | 3 ylang ylang
  • 3 lavender | 3 bergamot | 2 ylang ylang
  • 4 grapefruit | 3 frankincense | 3 patchouli
  • 3 grapefruit | 2 lavender | 2 ylang ylang
  • 3 lavender | 2 grapefruit | 2 lemon
If you'd rather buy a premade  blend, I really like these blends:

Grab a Drink

When you walk into a spa, they usually offer you a refreshing drink.  This could be cucumber water or something adult.  Try my Instant Pot infused water recipes.

If you want an adult drink, pour a glass of wine or try a frozen sangria slushie.

No matter what you're drinking, it will taste better if it's in a fancy glass.  Use a wine glass, champagne flute, or your favorite cup to drink out of.


I don't recommend using more than one facial treatment.  I use both an exfoliating or enzyme treatment and a clay mask weekly, but I use them at least 3 days apart.  Choose only one for your spa day at home.

Have a can of pumpkin sitting in your pantry?  Use it to make this pumpkin and kaolin clay natural face mask recipe.  Pumpkin is an excellent natural exfolliant for your skin.

This pumpkin spice latte natural face mask has pumpkin and brown sugar to gently exfoliate your facial skin.

Tighten pores and exfoliate with this homemade strawberry and clay face mask recipe.  This uses freeze dried strawberries, which are full of vitamins and enzymes to exfoliate.

Tighten pores and moisturize your skin with a DIY rice water sheet mask.  I really like the disposable sheet masks, but you can also cut a piece of cotton or muslin cloth.

If you have acne prone skin, try a DIY sheet mask for acne prone skin with green tea and witch hazel.

Dull skin?  Try a DIY brightening sheet mask recipe for the face.

When you're done with your face treatment, add a natural glow while you moisturize with this DIY highlighting shimmer face oil recipe.

Don't forget to exfoliate your lips with this vanilla mint lip scrub recipe.  Use it to exfoliate dead skin and moisturize dry lips so your lipstick goes on smoother

Bath or Shower

These lemon lavender bath salts are in a fancy container for gift giving, but you can just make them and pour into the tub.  Omit the dried lavender and dried lemon peel if you don't have any in your pantry.

Make an easy pumpkin spice chai tea bath salts recipe with real tea.  Substitute the pumpkin spice chai tea for green tea and change the essential oils to one of the ones listed above.

If you don't want to make a bath bomb but want a fizzy bath, try this moisturizing unicorn bath powder.  It fizzes just like a bath bomb, but it's a lot easier to make.

Moisturize and soothe dry skin with this lavender chamomile tub tea recipe.  If you don't have tea bags, try making one with cheesecloth or muslin cloth.

Milk and chocolate are excellent for dry skin, and this smells amazing, too.  This DIY hot chocolate milk bath salts moisturizes dry skin, and it's easy to make.

Get the softest, smoothest legs ever with this homemade shaving cream recipe with shea butter.  This will make your tub slippery, but it is amazing.

Make a lavender chamomile milk bath recipe with ground herbs.  You can omit the herbs and just use essential oils, too.

This easy stress relief bath salts recipe uses an essential oil blend to promote stress relief.

If you're a shower person, turn your shower into an aromatherapy spa with DIY shower steamers without citric acid.  This is a bedtime blend, but you can swap out the essential oils.

Learn how to use essential oils in the shower.


Slough off dead skin cells with a peppermint mocha salt scrub recipe.  You can also use sugar in place of the salt.

Make an easy warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe to exfoliate your body, hands, and feet.  This uses common pantry staples.

Pumpkin is an excellent exfolliant for your skin.  This pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe uses fresh pumpkin and Epsom salts to slough off dead skin cells for brighter looking skin.

I also like this DIY foot scrub for dead skin for my feet.


Exfoliate your scalp with this DIY exfoliating scalp scrub recipe.  It has peppermint to stimulate blood flow to your scalp and avocado oil to moisturize.

Make an argan oil hair mask recipe to use for dry or damaged hair.

If you have dry hair, this moringa infused hot oil treatment is my favorite hair treatment.

If you try one of the pumpkin masks listed above, use leftover pumpkin for this pumpkin hair mask recipe.  Be warned that this can stain blonde hair.

Learn how to make a hot oil treatment for hair using different herbs and essential oils.  Learn more about choosing the best carrier oil for your hair type.

Use leftover fresh avocado for a DIY avocado hot oil treatment.

While you're waiting for your hair mask to work or face mask to rest, sit back, relax, and put your feet up.  I use this time to listen to music with my eyes closed or read a book.

Self care goes well beyond a face mask and a hot oil treatment, but these spa day at home ideas can help you relax and forget about your every day stress for an hour or more.


While your hair mask and face mask are working, try soaking your feet.  Fill a large bowl or other basin with about a gallon of water.  Then add 1/2 cup Epsom salt or sea salt.  You can also add 1/4 cup baking soda to moisturize, exfoliate, and remove odors.

This pumpkin foot scrub recipe uses the natural enzymes in pumpkin to exfoliate for softer feet.

If you have a can of beer in your fridge, use it for this softening beer bath for your feet.

This avocado foot scrub recipe uses both the flesh and the pit to exfoliate for softer feet.

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