10 Essentials for the Ultimate At-Home Spa Kit
We all need a little R&R sometimes. But, we’re not always in a position to splurge on a full-on spa day. So, it’s time to create a spa right in the comfort of your home. We teamed up with Target Wedding to put together a list of must-haves for on-demand relaxation, from chic towels to DIY bath salts, with a rockin’ sound system right smack dab in the middle.
If you know someone who’s getting married in the near future, a few of these would make for a great gift set for the newlyweds. And if you’re the one getting married, you should probably go ahead and add these to your registry stat! :)
From setting the mood to creating your own scented spa goodies, here are 10 essentials for extreme rejuvenation.
Cozy TextilesFirst off, you probably want a towel or two. We stocked up on these chic Herringbone Towels ($10-$13) and mixed and matched with different patterns.
The Perfect SoundtrackOf course you need a little mood music. Whether you’re getting mellow with Bon Iver or Beach House, or going for a more pumped-up spa experience alongside Katy Perry, you need a solid sound system. We love SONOS PLAY:1 ($200), which is a wireless speaker that connects to your phone and lets you play your entrée music library, stream your favorite music services and tune into more than 100,000 radio stations and podcasts. And, you can play the same song in every room, in perfect sync!
5. Luxurious Lighting: If you don’t have Tea Lights ($20 for 100) in your go-to relaxation kit, then get on it! They’ll instantly set the mood.
6. Fresh Flowers: Fresh flowers will instantly freshen things up in your space, whether they’re wildflowers from the backyard or your favorite blooms from Whole Foods. To complete the scene, we put our flowers in this chic Nate Berkus Vase.
Now, it’s time to push up those DIY sleeves and concoct your own batch of bath salts, candles and lip scrubs.
Rosemary Peppermint Lip ScrubFirst, pucker up! We created a new batch of one of our favorite lip scrubs. This one is minty fresh, with a coconut oil base. Follow this tutorial to mix up your own.
Lemon Rosemary Bath SaltsNext, salt up that water. While it’s easy to buy all sorts of scented bath salts, we decided to create our own batch based on this recipe from Tidy Mom.
Vanilla Coffee CandlesIn addition to tea lights for lighting, we recommend creating your own scented candles to finish off the cozy vibe. These Vanilla Coffee Candles by blogger Henry Happened are still burning bright here at Brit HQ.
Oh, and you should probably find one more thing…
10. A Really Big Bathtub: This one might be easier said than done but, if you’re planning on remodeling your bathroom anytime soon, we say the bigger, the better!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!