In this summer self love session, we’re diving in head first into a pool of coconut oil and body scrubs. That’s right- a full breakdown of how to do a DIY spa day. All with goodies you can find in your kitchen and garden!
Do it step by step, or pick and choose what works for you and your schedule.
First things first: Set your sacred space.
- Make space for a cozy zen zone, where you can relax while you lather yourself. Lay out some blankets (maybe a towel- it could get messy). Make some tea. Light a candle. Put on your diffuser. Burn some sage, or your cleansing tool of choice. Make the space. Your space.
- Place one hand on your heart, one on your belly, or wherever feels meaningful. Take a few moments for deep breathing. Settling into your space, and into your body.
I like to start off my spa session with a simple hair mask. You can let this soak in while you treat yourself.
- Melt half a cup of coconut oil (avocado or jojoba work wonders as well) slowly over low heat.
- Pour into a bowl, and put a couple drops of essential oil in. Rosemary, peppermint, and sandalwood are my favs.
- Slowly work the mixture on detangled hair, from tips to roots, massaging the scalp once you get there.
- Leave in for the duration of your spa session. You can even leave it in overnight, or as hair protection when you swim in the pool or ocean.
- When you’re ready to wash out, use your regular shampoo and conditioner. You may need to wash twice!
Let’s get that beautiful mug of yours shining and glowing with a full facial. I like to do two masks back to back. Feel free to do both, or one or the other.
- Use your favorite exfoliator, or make your own by mixing a tbsp of ground coffee (you can utilize your used grounds from your morning cup), a tbsp of coconut or avocado oil, and a drop of essential oil. Gently massage into face. You can make extra to use on your body- careful, this can get messy and slippery!
- Put a few inches of water in a medium sized saucepan, bring to a simmer. Drop in one or two drops (not too much!) of essential oil. Eucalyptus for clearing and energizing, lavender for relaxation. Fresh herbs work great as well. Sit with the saucepan in front of you. Place a towel over your head and the water to create a mini sauna. Sweat it out, stay for as long as you feel comfortable. This is also great for congestion and sniffles.
- Make a clarifying and toning facial mask by mixing 1 tbsp of activated charcoal powder, a teeny dash of apple cider vinegar (this can be astringent, you can just use water, or a little bit of both). I also add a dash of iodine or spirulina powder. Place a generous layer on your face. I like to paint it on with a clean makeup or paint brush. Leave on for ten minutes, wash off with a washcloth you don’t mind getting dirty. A great alternative to this is a plain egg white mask. You can use the yolk in your hair!
- My biggest skin secret is a honey mask. Use raw, organic honey. Put ¼ tsp of probiotic powder into the honey (you can break open a probiotic tablet and use that). Apply generously to face and neck with hands or brush (again- mess warning!). Leave it on for ten minutes to an hour. Lick off whatever drips on your mouth!
- Once you’re fresh and clean, finish with your regular skin care routine- no cleansing necessary. I like to use my favorite rose spray, serum, and facial oil. Take extra time to massage your lotion or facial oil into your face and neck. Use a jade roller or Gua Sha tool if you have.
Take a relaxing bath or steamy shower to wash out your hair mask, and exfoliate using your coffee body scrub.
Massage more warm oil or lotion into your body. Start with your feet, slowly working your way up, all the way to your shoulders. Don’t be afraid to be sensual with your loving self. Take time with your feet, thighs, stomach, and breasts. Show yourself all the love you deserve.
Now that you’re silky smooth and buzzing all over, nurture your mind with some meditation, music, writing, art, reading, or whatever tickles your fancy face.
There you are, loves. Enjoy your spa-ing! x
With lots of DIY love, Alilia Rose Grace, CEO Mahina Menstrual Cup