Homemade Spa Recipes {Day 19}

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This is the nineteenth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day One or visit the Overview Page.

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I am such a spa girl!  It seems like a million years ago now, but once upon a time I was the director of a day spa in the Seattle area.   Part of my actual job description included receiving spa treatments on a regular basis for “quality control” and during that time I had more massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, body scrubs, body wraps, & hair treatments than most people will ever have in a lifetime.  Sometimes I really miss that job!

These days my trips the spa are far and few between–practically nonexistent, really–and the handful of times I have gotten a pedicure or my hair done, it has been paid for with a Groupon.  The rest of the time I usually find a way to treat myself at home, for free, and while it’s not quite the same, it is still pretty darn nice.

Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorite homemade spa treatment recipes so that you can treat yourself to a little spa day this weekend.  (Don’t worry, tomorrow I’ll give you more instructions on how to use them!)  All of them were made at home using common ingredients that most people probably keep on hand–olive oil, honey, oatmeal, yogurt, salt, soap, & shampoo.

The one thing you might not keep around is essential oil, which means you can either skip it, (in which case your treatments will be unscented but still just as effective), or purchase some.  My favorite place for purchasing essential oils is through Vitacost, which sells natural & organic products at a great discount.  If you’ve never ordered from Vitacost before you can use this link to get a $10 credit which will then allow you to pick up 2-3 small bottles of essential oil (depending on which scents you choose) for only the $4.99 shipping cost.  (Get more information about how to use your Vitacost credit here.)

All of these treatments would make great homemade Christmas gifts, but it should be noted that the yogurt mask must stay refrigerated and will only last about a week or two.

1. Oatmeal Bath Sachets

These cute little oatmeal bath sachets can also be used in the shower!  Oatmeal is great for soothing sensitive skin and helps add much needed moisture during the winter months.


  1. Gather your ingredients–old fashioned oats, a bar of soap, & the essential oil of your choice.  I used lavender but eucalyptus, vanilla, lemon, peppermint, or cinnamon would all be nice as well.
  2. Use a pinking shears to cut 6 small rectangles of thin fabric (approximately 4×6″)   I used a plain muslin but you could also use a pretty pattern.  Placing 2 of the rectangles together, quickly sew around three sides to make a little cloth bag.  Repeat for the other 2 bags. (Alternatively you could use small organza party favor bags found in the wedding section at the craft store.)
  3. Measure 1 1/2 cups oatmeal into a bowl; use a knife to shave approximately 1 tablespoon of soap into oatmeal, then add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.  Mix well.
  4. Carefully pour into prepared bags.
  5. Sew shut the open side of each bag, then trim the excess to make a square shape.

2. Homemade Bubble Bath

I love taking bubble baths–the more bubbles the better–but I can’t stand artificial scents of most commercial bubble baths that are available.  This super easy recipe uses a shampoo base.  Try lavender for a relaxing bath (great for bedtime baths for your kids, too!) or eucalyptus for a soothing bath when you are sick.


  1. Gather your ingredients–unscented shampoo, 1/2 cup water, salt, & essential oil(s).
  2. Measure 1/3 cup shampoo into large measuring cup or bowl; add water & mix well.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon salt and mix well until mixture thickens; add 15 drops of essential oil.
  4. Pour into 8oz jar or bottle; use 2 tablespoons per bath.

3. Honey Salt Scrub

This luxurious scrub is both exfoliating AND moisturizing, a perfect combination for the dry winter months.  I love it with peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils, but lemon or bergamot is also very refreshing.


  1. Gather ingredients–olive oil, honey, salt, & essential oil of your choice.
  2. Measure 1/3 cup honey into a measuring cup; add 1/2 cup olive oil; mix well
  3. Add approximately 3/4 cup salt, a little at a time, mixing well until mixture reaches a thick-but-scoopable consistency.  Add essential oil & mix well again.
  4. Transfer to jar or other airtight container.

4. Honey Yogurt Oatmeal Mask

This exfoliating mask is great for most skin types.  It uses only 3 ingredients, but must be kept refrigerated, as it contains fresh yogurt.  It should keep refrigerated for approximately 1 week. 


  1. Gather ingredients–oatmeal, plain yogurt, & honey. (Note: for a less “lumpy” mask you can grind up your oatmeal in a blender or food processor before using.)
  2. Mix 1/3 cup honey with 1/3 cup yogurt; blend well.
  3. Add in approximately 1/2 – 3/4 cup oatmeal until mixture makes a thick paste.
  4. Transfer to jar or other airtight container.  Will keep 1 week.  To use, spread over face & let dry for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.
And there you have it!  4 super easy homemade spa treatment recipes that will turn your bathroom into a 5 star resort (or give you some great options for homemade Christmas gifts!)
Your assignment today is to prep for a spa day tomorrow.    Whip up a few of these recipes, or, if you already have your own scrubs, masks, & bath supplies, simply gather them up to use tomorrow.  If you haven’t yet organized your bathroom, be sure to get that done too–it’s much easier to relax in a clean and organized space!

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Do you consider yourself a “spa girl?”  What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself at home?

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  • Alisha October 19,

    My first thought when I saw the picture was “Christmas gifts”! So cute….love them all! I’m definitely going to have to pick up some essential oils — I seriously want to make the salt scrub, like, today! And how adorable are the oatmeal bath sachets?!? (and seriously jealous of your spa director days…sounds fabulous!)

    • Ruth October 23,

      Well the spa treatments part was pretty fabulous, that’s for sure. But there were definitely a few downsides too (like managing 35 very hormonal women!) 😉

  • Denise October 19,

    I wish I could afford to be a spa girl! I agree with Alisha that being a spa director pretty much sounds like the best job ever! These all look SO great…..can’t wait to make them for Christmas gifts! Thanks Ruth!

    • Ruth October 23,

      You’re welcome Denise! Let me know how they turn out!

  • Zoey October 19,

    Can’t wait to try these! Thanks!

    • Ruth October 23,

      You’re welcome Zoey! I’d love to hear how they turn out for you! :-)

  • Breanne October 19,

    These look fabulous! I love that they can be created with stuff from around the house and made to look so pretty. Perfect for gifts. =)

    • Ruth October 23,

      Thanks Breanne! :-)

  • Heather October 19,

    Thanks for coming up with Christmas gifts, for like, everyone I’ve ever met ever.

    • Ruth October 23,

      LOL, you’re welcome Heather! Let me know how they turn out!

  • Melony November 5,

    Ruth, I’m trying to get the VitaCost referral link to work and not having any luck. :(

    Any ideas?

    • Ruth November 5,

      Hmmmm…..I just double checked the link and it is correct, and then I checked with VitaCost to make sure they are still offering the referral credit and they are. Did you check your junk mail folder to see if it might have gone there? If not you may want to try emailing the company. Sorry Melony!

  • Rosa August 28,

    Hi Ruth!

    I am afraid I fell down today! (day 21) I was very focused on my spending zero plan but I am on a vacation trip and it is very difficult when you see shoes and flip flops on final sale. 3 € and 9,90 € . I dont know what to do now, if beginning a new month for example in October or finish this. What would you do? ( I know you would not fell down haha) kisses and hudges from Spain, Europe.

  • Rosa August 29,

    In my opinion, it would be great a printable PDF for your spa recipes as spring cleaning PDF sheets :)!!!

  • Bimbo September 10,

    Beautiful and creative gift ideas, can’t wait to try them.

  • cyndi January 16,

    Just a quick question you can only use the saches once right? I want to male them as gifts but some of the receivers will need to know:-)

  • Jill March 12,

    What type of salt did you use in your recipes; kosher, iodized, sea salt, Epsom, etc? There are so many kinds out there now, I’m wondering what version you used.

    • Ruth Soukup March 12,

      Hi Jill,
      I used Kosher Salt for the Homemade Bubble Bath and Peppermint Salt Scrub. I hope you enjoy!

  • Rachel D March 24,

    Im not typically a spa girl but I know a couple of girls that are, lol. I am wondering how many times during the week can you use the facial scrub? Love your site!

  • Tammy April 6,

    Hey. I clicked on the $10.00 credit off of ANY purchase link and it keeps popping up that I have to use it towards a purchase of $30.00 or more. Are they no longer honoring it?


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