You’ve been looking forward to this day for weeks: a Saturday free of obligations, a house to yourself, and a psyche longing for well-deserved solace. An at-home spa day is needed.
There is no need to scour Google reviews or brave the weather to arrive at a spa full of serenity and luxury. You can create a spa day at home with expert tips and products that allure your five senses into a state of euphoric rejuvenation.
Whether it’s your first time crafting a DIY spa day at home or your favorite weekly ritual, light your glass jar candles, hang your satin robe on the door, and cozy up to these seven steps to transform your home into a calming spa oasis.
#1 Surround Yourself with Calming Fragrances
Perhaps the most notable way to set the tone of a luxuriously relaxing spa experience at home is to identify your ideal calming fragrance. A fragrance sets the tone of a setting: buttery-crusted gold floating through a bakery, the eminent smell of a new car, or roasted coffee that ignites your senses before it reaches your lips.
Calming Fragrance Examples
Regarding spa day at-home ideas, one of the most important steps is to set the mood of relaxation with a fresh, restorative fragrance. For the most calming spa-forward fragrances, turn to:
Lavender has been proven to reduce anxiousness and improve a sense of restfulness and relaxation. Eucalyptus mint can help prepare your body for better sleep, and lemongrass has been shown to help increase relaxation when paired with almond oil in massages.
There are also a few ways to consider diffusing your fragrance in your spa room (or rooms). You can employ fragrance-throwing techniques like the following:
- Room sprays
We recommend candles or reed diffusers for a soothing scent that lingers as long as you will in your warm bubble bath. Either option in a high-quality form will release your spa scents of choice slowly over time rather than all at once—allowing you to slip into relaxing bliss for hours you needn’t keep track of.
#2 Fill the Room with Low Lighting
When you search for ideas for a spa day at home, turning down the lights will help you find them better. To play on your visual senses during your at-home spa experience, supply plenty of low lighting in warm tones to set a soothing atmosphere.
The light you surround yourself with has a fair impact on our moods. It’s why we tend to feel more invigorated in a home full of natural light or why we wake up easier in an east-facing room. Light impacts our circadian rhythm or our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
Low lighting signals to your body that rest is near after your spa experience. You can achieve optimum low lighting by using elements like:
- Twinkly lights
- Warm, low-light lamps
- Dimmable light bulbs
Candles, such as our votive candles, work double-time for their ability to provide calming fragrance and the ideal low lighting. Their twinkling center also provides the perfect warm colors to help the space feel snug and comfortable as you wind down.
#3 Draw a Warm Bath
Knowing how to have a spa day at home is about indulging in what brings you the most pleasure. For many, a serene Saturday night looks like a decadent bubble bath.
A warm bath allows you to relax while treating your body from head to toe with nourishing products. While you soak, you can rest assured that your skin, muscles, and mind are on their way to complete restfulness.
How to Draw a Relaxing Bath
Draw a bath with water that’s a little hotter than what you’d shower to get started. Pour about a tablespoon of bubble bath, such as our Milk Bubble Bath, into the water while the basin fills, breathing deeply to benefit from the aromatherapy of the bubble fragrance.
As the bath fills, place your bath products in arm’s reach of the tub, such as:
- Body soap
- Body scrub
- Body lotion
#4 Turn On Your Zen Sound
You must also play on your sense of sound for the perfect at-home spa day. Sounds can transport us anywhere in the world: the coastal shore at dawn, an evening rainfall over the cabin, or the cascading waterfalls of Iguazu. The trick to achieving your perfect spa experience is to find a sound that is uniquely calming to you.
For some, the subtle crackles of a fireplace are the only sound needed to soothe a bundle of nerves. For others, brown noise (similar to white noise) helps calm anxious thoughts to help hone in on mindful thinking and presence.
Finding Your Ideal Spa Sound
Start by sitting or lying comfortably in your bath and test out a few sounds to find the one that relaxes you most. You might choose between:
- Instrumental music
- White or brown noise
- Waves or waterfall sounds
- Rainfall sounds
- Fireplace sounds
- Wilderness or outdoor sounds
Remember to enjoy plenty of deep, even breaths as the relaxing aromatherapy washes over you and the sounds transport you to a state of ease.
#5 Pamper Your Hands
We use our hands daily to perform tasks like typing, cooking, and scrolling—so it’s only fitting to treat them during the perfect at-home spa day. Your hands are designed to withstand daily wear, so it’s easy to forget that they require regular pampering.
A few ways you can treat your hands to their own mini spa might be:
- Hand massages
- Hand lotion
- Hand soap
- Hand scrub
- Nail care (manicure set, nail polish, etc.)
You can treat your hands in or out of the bath, and it can be done in a matter of minutes despite the long-lasting benefits. Hand massages and other hand pampering can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and reduce anxiousness.1
Treat yourself to hand care products in calming and enjoyable scents to breathe in additional aromatherapy benefits long after you’ve tucked into a restful sleep for the night.
#6 Nourish Your Skin
As your bath grows colder and you reach for a soft, oversized towel, now is the perfect time to luxuriate your skin with moisturizing ingredients. The warm water from your bath helps open the pores of your skin, preparing them to soak up as much moisture and nutrients as possible.
What’s more, your hands aren’t the only parts of your body that endure plenty of work during the day. Whether you work on your feet or at a desk chair, your body craves nourishment that only a spa day can provide.
Treat your body with body care products like:
- Body lotion
- Body oil
- Lip balm
This is an excellent time to incorporate muscle massages into your experience. As you lather your feet, legs, arms, and shoulders with lotion or body oil, carefully massage sore areas and supply generous pressure to your muscles to relieve tension and promote relaxation.
#7 Sip Refreshing Botanicals
Scent, sight, and sound are all vital ingredients to the perfect spa day, but there is certainly room for taste as well. There’s a reason why a fizzy sip of champagne, a bite of a juicy chocolate-covered strawberry, or a sip of a briny oyster evokes such feelings of luxuriousness.
Spa days are about treating your body—the outside and the inside. As such, explore the tastes of ingredients that can help benefit your mood, improve your relaxation, and taste fantastic.
Spa Beverage Ideas
One of our favorite ways to add beneficial ingredients to a spa day is by infusing water into a hot or cold botanical distillation. You can turn to ingredients that make delicious iced drinks in the summer or warm, soothing libations in the winter.
Here are a few ingredients to incorporate into your beverage:
Create Your Perfect At-Home Spa Day with Archipelago
You deserve an at-home spa day that replenishes your mind, body, and soul. Turn this indulgence into a regular habit to experience the lasting advantages of an at-home spa day.
When it comes to surrounding yourself with the paragon of at-home spa products, shop the spa collection at Archipelago. We’re experts in high-quality fragrances designed for the sybarite’s senses. What started as a trailblazing brand of essential oils in 1998 is now a copybook collection of botanical- and plant-based products—from bath and body to home decor—that are as classic as the taste they suit.
We know your spa day is only as quality as the products you surround yourself with. So shop our clean-burning candles, spa-scented diffusers, bath products, body care, and more today to rate your at-home spa an undeniable five stars.
- NIH. Benefits of hand massage on anxiety in preoperative outpatient: A quasi-experimental study with pre- and post-tests. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32919894/
- International Academy of Nutrition & Aging. EVALUATING THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF CUCUMBERS FOR IMPROVED HEALTH AND SKIN CARE. http://www.jarcp.com/3050-evaluating-the-potential-benefits-of-cucumbers-for-improved-health-and-skin-care.html
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- Narayana Health. HEALTH BENEFITS OF MINT. https://www.narayanahealth.org/blog/health-benefits-of-mint/
- NIH. Improvement of naturally aged skin with vitamin A (retinol). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17515510/
- Cleveland Clinic. How Lavender Can Improve Your Health. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/health-benefits-of-lavender/
- NIH. Lavender and the Nervous System. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
- Intrepid Mental Health. 12 Essential Oils For a Better Night's Sleep. https://www.intrepidmentalhealth.com/blog/12-essential-oils-for-a-better-nights-sleep
- ResearchGate. Physiological and Psychological Effects of Lemongrass and Sweet Almond Massage Oil. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/278411223_Physiological_and_Psychological_Effects_of_Lemongrass_and_Sweet_Almond_Massage_Oil