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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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Homemade Spa Recipes 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.

Homemade oatmeal bath sachets are the perfect homemade spa gift for a friend who needs some extra TLC.


  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.

Make this simple homemade bubble bath for a loved one.


  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.

This honey salt scrub is an easy DIY spa treatment that makes the perfect homemade gift.


  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. 

A honey yogurt oatmeal mask is a DIY spa treatment that will show some extra TLC to a loved one.  Instructions:

  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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  1. Alisha
    October 19 at 08:11AM

    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 at 04:48AM

      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!) 😉

    • March 15 at 05:18AM

      I am having a ball making my own spa products using – I’m making all sorts of things for friends! It’s great for learning how to make luxurious spa products at home immediately and it’s easy 🙂 I save a lot of money not going to the spa and the products are exactly the same, if not better. I have used my friends and family to try out the products I’ve made and they have been absolutely delighted! I’m thoroughly enjoying working my way through the recipes and then adjusting them to my own design. I really wish I had started this years ago.

  2. Denise
    October 19 at 08:34AM

    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 at 04:48AM

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

  3. Zoey
    October 19 at 10:04AM

    Can’t wait to try these! Thanks!

    • Ruth
      October 23 at 04:49AM

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

  4. October 19 at 11:05AM

    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 at 04:49AM

      Thanks Breanne! 🙂

  5. Heather
    October 19 at 03:56PM

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

    • Ruth
      October 23 at 04:49AM

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

  6. November 5 at 03:05PM

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

    Any ideas?

    • Ruth
      November 5 at 07:38PM

      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!

  7. Rosa
    August 28 at 05:59PM

    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.

  8. Rosa
    August 29 at 03:23AM

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

  9. September 10 at 08:20AM

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

  10. cyndi
    January 16 at 08:01PM

    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:-)

  11. Jill
    March 12 at 09:20AM

    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 at 01:58PM

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

  12. Rachel D
    March 24 at 02:49PM

    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!

  13. Tammy
    April 6 at 04:01PM

    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?

  14. Andrea
    March 15 at 12:33AM

    Are these hard to make?

  15. Toni Perry
    December 10 at 11:06AM

    Want say thnx for sharing. I have 2 questions…can i use epsom salt in bubble bath? And on the satchet … do u use those in bath or shower? I making gift sets for women in my family for xmas…bath bombs, body wahes, body spray, and want add your bubble bath and your satchet (making some scents in oatmeal, milk, nd homey lol)…just not sure how to label directions of usage. So how many time can satchet be used ? How do u use satchet in shower or bath? And same with hubnle bath…does It have self life? Can i use epsom salt (what i have on hand is epsom and regular cooking salt )?…and assuming use as much as u like. Thanks for your time and response. Really enjoy your recipes.

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 10 at 09:19PM

      Hi Toni,
      The satchets are one use only and can be used for the bath. But you could also place a satchet in your sock drawer to add a light scent. You can use epsom salt in your bubble bath. I don’t believe they have a shelf life but the scent may fade as time goes by. 🙂

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