Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Spa Experience At Home

It's a real treat to go to the spa. But sometimes its not conventional or financially smart to spend $300 at the spa, when you could be using that money for a bill or something that's more important. So here are my simple ways to bring the spa experience home on a budget.
First its important to understand that it's not just about the spa treatment but the ambiance and the visual appeal. So in order to recreate the look of a spa you may want to redecorate your bathroom with a few simple things:

White Towels: Clean, fluffy,white towels are ideal for a spa looking bathroom at home. However, if your like me and hate the sterile hospital look, then you can also throw in some neutrals.. like chocolate browns and beige towels.
Check out walmart for various towels options.

Secondly your going to need at least one semi-long neutral bath rug. I personally would recommend a shag rug but any soft rug will do. Bed bath And Beyond has some great options! Sometimes the longer rugs are a little to pricey so feel free to buy a couple cheaper ones and just spread them apart in your bathroom.

It also muy importante to declutter your bathroom counter, tub, and shower stall. I know that's really hard for us product junkies. But its best to use hidden storage so that visually your bathrooms looks more like a spa and less like a beauty supply store lol. The only things you want on the counters are:

A bathroom Ensemble and a cotton ball holder.
(feel free to keep the tooth brush holder hidden)

Some Zen looking candles that look clean and earthy.

As well as some relaxing and tranquil music. For me, that means artist like Amel Larrieux and anything Jazzy.

So now that we have the spa look, we need the spa treatments.
If your spa treatment consist of a nice hot bath. Then you may want to skip the bubbles and just opt for bath soaks or salts. It's important to understand that spas tend to shy away from products that aren't all natural so you want too look for products that do not contain parabens, sulfates, and fillers
For a shower sauna experience its nice to have all the windows closed, so you can have a steamy bathroom. In terms of products you want to look for creamy shower gels and/or body polish.
I personally would recommend Giovanni's Hot Chocolate Body Polish and Alba Botanica Sugar Cane Scrub (yum).

Applying a facial Mask is a step I never skip. Online you can find plenty of homemade recipes but if your lazy like me and would rather buy one, you want to look for a deep penetrating mask or a pore refining mask. So you can have a fresh, glowing face afterwards. Like Burts Bees Pore Refining Mask, and Alba Botanica Deep Sea Facial Mask.
Betonite Clay is my favorite though (not for sensitive skin).

Let me also add that for all my naturals this is a fine time to deep condition your hair. With all the heat and time spent in the bathroom you should put in your deep conditioner, a plastic cap and a twistie turbie.

Spa Accessories are nice to have as well. If you have a bath tub you may want a bath caddy. Also, Ecotools has a great eco-friendly bath accessories that I really love.

Once your done rinsing off and ready to lounge in the comfort of your bed, throw on a nice fluffy robe and you'll feel like a million bucks!

*Disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with the companies listed above. All the companies linked above are legit. The candle company above is my moms!


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It's a great idea, buying those products and create a spa at home in my house with a Jacuzzi, all you need is to buy everything that is used in a spa and so I can have my own spa, my husband and I enjoy long weekends.

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