There’s something special about mother-daughter bonding days. Taking some time to do something special with your favorite girl (or girls) is a great way to strengthen your relationship while having fun. And what could be better than a spa day? One with homemade spa products that you created yourselves!
With winter winding down and spring arriving in the northern hemisphere, everyone’s skin could use a little pampering. Chances are, you already have most or all of the supplies you’ll need for these homemade spa products on hand in your house. Making these spa products is also a fun starting point for a girls’ birthday party or sleepover.
And not only is this a fun way to spend some time with your kiddos, but you’ll also get to learn together. Making your own DIY spa products is a great way to do some hands-on science at home, and help inspire a new generation of women interested in science. And who knows, you could inspire the next Annie Malone, Madame C.J. Walker, or Estée Lauder!
So if you’re ready for a day of fun learning, bonding, and relaxing, here are some ideas for
Mother-Daughter Spa Day with Homemade DIY Spa Products
1. Dry winter hands? Try a DIY Sugar Scrub
One fun activity to help slough off that winter-dry skin from your hands is making your own sugar-scrub hand soap. All you need is
- white granulated sugar
- your favorite liquid dish soap (preferably a moisturizing variety)
- a small bowl to mix it in
- a wide-mouth jar to store it in
In a small bowl, mix equal amounts of sugar and dish soap thoroughly. If the final product seems too liquid, you can mix in a little more sugar. If it’s too granular, add a little more dish soap and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight wide-mouth jar, and use a small dab whenever you wash your hands. The soap will clean your hands, the sugar will help scrub off the dead skin cells, and your hands will feel softer and smoother.
Another idea you can try is running some plain uncooked oats (either quick-cooking or old-fashioned is fine) through the blender. Once they’re ground into a fine powder, stir some of the powder into your hand scrub. Oatmeal is renowned for its ability to lock in moisture, so this can give your scrub an extra moisturizing boost.
2. Chapped lips? Make some Homemade Lip Balm
After you make your sugar scrub for your winter-dry hands, you can mix up some homemade lip balm to pamper your chapped lips. For this, you’ll need
- 4 tsp. coconut oil, melted in a microwave-safe bowl
- 3 tsp. petroleum jelly
- 1 packet flavored drink mix (like Kool-Aid)
- a small jar with a tight-fitting lid for storing
In a small bowl, combine all three ingredients thoroughly with a spoon, before the coconut oil cools and solidifies. Once cooled, store in a small airtight jar. To use, dab a small amount on your lips and spread evenly with your finger.
Note that the flavor of drink mix you choose will affect both the taste and the color of your final product, so choose accordingly. (And remind your girls as needed that the lip balm is NOT for eating!)
3. Need a relaxing soak and/or skin detox? Make your own Bath Salts
Finally, you can make your own bath salts at home, to finish off your spa day! All you’ll need is
- 1 cup sea salt (coarse kosher salt will work and is less expensive) or pure rock salt
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 2 Tbsp. baking soda
Mix all three ingredients thoroughly in a large heavy-duty zip-top bag. For fun, you can also add a few drops each of
so your bath salts have a nice scent and color. Personally, I’m a big fan of lavender for its ability to promote quality sleep.
You can also use Epsom salt by itself for a restorative bath or foot soak. Or check out other DIY spa products using Epsom salt near the end of this post, from facial and body scrubs to a blackhead treatment!
Sneak some science learning into your spa day:
Yes, busy mamas may find a luxurious bath relaxing on its own merits. But this combination of bath salt ingredients does more than just alter your bath water. For starters, Epsom salt is not actually “salt,” but rather consists of magnesium sulfate (magnesium and sulfur). And that distinction is important.
So what does soaking in this combination of elements actually do that makes it so soothing? The magnesium in Epsom salt improves circulation, detoxes the skin, and soothes sore muscles. It can even help you sleep better at night. And both sea salts and baking soda can alleviate skin itchiness and dryness. In the case of sea salt, this has to do with all the trace minerals it often contains along with sodium chloride. I can confirm this firsthand; I remember my skin feeling so soft and smooth after an hour swimming in the Dead Sea.
Ideas for other DIY Spa Products:
- To soothe dry, itchy skin (as well as eczema and diaper rash!), you can also just do a baking soda bath or oatmeal soak. (Click on the links for complete how-to’s.)
- Check out this post for a fabulous run-down of all-natural facial scrub recipes. This thorough list covers a wide range of skin types and needs, so you can mix up the formulas that best match your skin type(s)!
- Want to host a spa-themed birthday party or sleepover for your girls? See the images in this post for some great ideas on everything from decor to favors to other activities you can include!
Have you and your daughter(s) had a spa day yet? Have you ever tried making your own spa products at home? Let us know in the comments!