Take Yourself To The Spa… At Home

Going to the spa is one of my favorite things to do—massages, blackhead extractions, facials, steam in my face to the point of acute suffocation, oils all over… it’s the best.

Except I go to a spa like once every 2 years, lol. I would love to go more often, especially to get massages because they’re so good for releasing toxins, but I always feel like I have so much to do and never book appointments! Or if I do think about it, I get caught up doing something else and forget.

One of my favorite things to do is bring the spa to my house + create the experience for myself. It’s just as relaxing for me (minus steam suffocation and covered in oils, miss that part.)

I recently have been doing a spa night once a week either on a work night or a Saturday night if it’s a chill weekend.

Here’s how I set up my spa at home

Epsom Salt Bath

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I love a good epsom salt bath. Like, hello little angelic crystals! I get headaches (have one right now) and migraines frequently, and epsom salt is known for releasing toxins from the body and also relieving inflammation which helps migraines.

I use this epsom salt that is made for detox and cleansing. The scent is so fresh + the crystals are so soft and make the water feel amazing.

Voluspa Candle

I just bought one of these candles 2 weeks ago and I’m obsessed. The scents are so addicting and smell up the entire room. One thing I hate more than anything is when a candle doesn’t spread its scent all over the place when lit (is there a proper word for this?) and the same goes for perfume when it wears off. I like to CHOKE on scents. Like drench me in 5 bottles of Si by Giorgio Armani and I’ll be satisfied. Jason is the same way, too. We both love it when our perfume/cologne chokes the other—it’s like a competition in our house of who can smell not only the best but the strongest. Anyways, Voluspa is a great candle and I love the cute little travel tins they make, too. Light a baby up.

Baby Cactuses

Secret’s out. I have 3 baby cactuses that I line on the edge of my bathtub when I take epsom salt baths. ( Weird? I can’t be the only one?) I need them on the edge or my experience doesn’t feel complete. Not just 1 one them. Or two. I need all 3 of them. I line up the candle then the 3 baby cactuses (or is it cacti?!) follow suit. This is obviously optional to your at-home spa experience, but I swear they help me relax! I think green plants are so calming, and cactuses are just chill, you know?

Eye Mask

HEAVEN. Just purely heaven. Lay back in your detox epsom salt bath with your baltic amber scented candle and 3 baby cactuses next to you, THEN put these babies on under your eyes. The renewal eye mask is so hydrating and really brightens under the eyes. When I do masks, whether it’s an eye mask for a full-faced mud mask, I fully commit. If the directions say to leave it on for 20 minutes, you can bet I’ll have it on for at least an hour. I fell asleep last time I used this Karuna eye mask! Woke up flawless (just kidding… maybe.) My eyes were WOKE. Super relaxing. Just peel the plastic that comes on both sides of the mask off, stick under your eyes, and get on with your bad self.

Book

I like to spend these moments reading a magazine, listening to a podcast, or reading a book. I just started reading A Cuckoo’s Calling which is authored by Robert Galbraith who is really J K Rowling! So far it’s a good one.

Charcoal Toothpaste

The only way to end a decent spa night at home is to give that mouth a cleanse too. I wrote about how much I love activated charcoal toothpaste not too long ago, and I just ordered two more full sized tubes. I ran out of my original tube and went back to using good ol’ Sensodyne toothpaste for about a month. It did NOT make my teeth or mouth feel nearly as clean at the charcoal. Like… this stuff is literally magic. My teeth feel so polished and refreshed after using it. And it makes brushing teeth so much more exciting ha ha. I’m actually about to go do that now…

So that’s my typical at home spa routine! How do treat yourself at home to relax?

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. April 28, 2017 / 11:12 am

    I don’t have any cactus to set on the edge of my tub but everything is very doable. Time to pamper myself.

    • elizabeth
      April 28, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      GET THE CACTUS! xoxo

  2. Viki
    April 28, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Lovely! I wish I had a bath tub at home! But there are some bubble bath like tabs that you can put in the shower and it will smell just as nice!
    Do you have any other book recommendations that are similar to The Cuckoo’s Calling? I adore the series!

    • elizabeth
      April 28, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Ohh I didn’t know about shower tabs! And as for books, I recently read The Underwriting which was a great read–good for a summer poolside book. Mudbound is AMAZING–one of my all-time favorite books. Highly recommend. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2qfLruC

  3. April 28, 2017 / 11:22 am

    As a stay at home mom with a husband who works SO MUCH, this is perfect. Something I could totally do at home, at night, after my kiddos are in bed. I’ve been searching for a way to incorporate more me time into my life. I’ll be trying your at-home spa ideas. Thanks!

    • elizabeth
      April 28, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      YAY! Yes sneak away and give yourself a spa night, girlfriend. Totally worth it.

  4. April 28, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Last week my daughter & I made some DIY bath bombs with Epsom Salt Bath such a great treat…Charcoal Toothpaste is something I’ve never her of!! WOW have to lookk into it =)

    • elizabeth
      April 28, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Whoa! What’s the recipe for the bath bombs?

  5. Sienna
    April 28, 2017 / 11:38 am

    That looks so nice and relaxing! Going to have to set up my own home spa this weekend!

    • elizabeth
      April 28, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      DO IT!!!!

  6. April 28, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I NEED to get a cactus! I’ve been meaning to for a while. I’m so into home spa things! I have so many products lol and I do have a designated bubble bath book!

  7. April 28, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I love baths. I do mine very similarly! Great post!

  8. April 29, 2017 / 4:25 am

    That looks so nice and relaxing! Thanks to share this awesome post.

  9. April 29, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I am cactus crazy right now too! I love them! taking an epsom bath today actually!

  10. April 29, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Love the cactus…I really want one, they look so cute

  11. April 30, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I didn’t know they had charcoal toothpaste! I love whitening my teeth with activated charcoal every once in a while. I need to look into that! Your post made me want to do this for myself! Our tub isn’t very nice but I might have to try anyway!

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