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Homemade Spa Treatments to Pamper Yourself Today

Homemade spa treatments can be an affordable, safe way to pamper yourself at the end of a long week.   I love treating myself to a little pampering but I do worry about some of the ingredients in products I purchase from the store.  I hear so much about parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate that I’m quite sure those aren’t things I want to use any more than I have to. It can be difficult (and expensive) to find beauty products that are natural to pamper myself with so I have begun to make some of my own homemade spa treatments instead.  Making homemade spa treatments doesn’t have to be expensive.  Many of the ingredients you need are things that you’ll already have at home or things that can be purchased inexpensively at the grocery store.

Homemade spa treatments

Homemade Spa Treatments

  • Mayonnaise (not salad dressing) – Massage into your hair.  Cover your hair with a shower cap & wait three minutes.  Shampoo to remove. The mayonnaise will moisturize your hair and make it shiny.
  • Lemon juice – Soak your fingers in lemon juice for five minutes to whiten yellow nails.
  • Cucumbers – Place a cucumber slice on each eye.  Cucumbers have ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling.
  • Olive oil – Put a bit on a cotton ball and use it to remove your eye make up. It does a great job & doesn’t dry out your skin.
  • Greek yogurt – Soothes irritated sunburned skin.  Just smooth on plain, unflavored Greek yogurt and it will help with the pain and the redness.
  • Coconut oil – Smooth onto the ends of your wet hair to help with split ends.  Shampoo to remove.
  • Powdered skim milk – Add one cup to your running bath water to help soften your skin.
  • Tea – Brew up a cup of tea and rinse your hair with it. Wait 15 minutes and rinse out.  Chamomile will bring out golden highlights.  Use black tea for a brunette.  Choose a raspberry tea for auburn or red hair.
  • Coffee grounds – Use cooled grounds as a scrub wherever you have cellulite.  The caffeine in the coffee grounds has a temporary shrinking effect on the cellulite.
  • Vinegar – Rinse your hair well with vinegar to remove shampoo and styling product build up. Then rinse away the vinegar.

Using these homemade spa treatments to pamper yourself will not only help keep your budget under control, it will give you peace of mind knowing that what you’re putting on your skin isn’t loaded with chemicals. You won’t need a special shelf in the bathroom for all your beauty and spa products and you won’t have to worry about spending a lot of money only to find out you don’t like the product.  These homemade spa treatments don’t time a lot of time to prepare or require a separate trip to the store. Have you tried any homemade spa treatments? Do you use something that I haven’t listed here?


About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.


  1. Love it!! Now I need to spoil myself!!

  2. I love this post! I actually use olive oil to remove my makeup all the time because it does such a great job and leaves my skin silky smooth! I’m going to try your other tips as well.

  3. These are great remedies. Not heard of any except the Greek yogurt one. Here’s one- if you have dandruff in your hair, if you rub your scalp with lemon it is said to reduce the itching and flaking considerably. Another one- if you cut your finger, put turmeric powder on the wound and it clots the wound immediately. 

  4. Definitely going to try some of these this weekend. It’s been such a long week – mama needs some pampering!

  5. These are great tips and I think just about all of these are currently sitting in my kitchen! thanks for letting me know how to use them!

  6. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says:

    I love these, Ellen!  I already did a couple of them, like powdered milk in the tub – but I had no idea you could use olive oil to remove eye makeup or coconut oil for split ends.  Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the tips! I have used Vinegar on my hair before, it smells awful while using it but makes your hair so baby soft and smooth.

  8. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing! Please feel free to link up this post here too –

  9. What fun!  I had never heard of using coffee grounds on cellulite!  I will definitely have to try that out!

  10. I can’t wait to try the coffee ground tip!

  11. These are awesome.Thanks so much, Ellen!

  12. I too prefer to stay away from all the harmful additives that store bought products can contain. Thanks for this list of natural alternatives to pampering! I had no idea coffee grounds worked on cellulite!!

  13. These are all great! I actually have tried several of these. I don’t think we take enough time to pamper ourselves. I think we need reminded more often. Glad you shared this at my party. Hope you have a great week.

  14. Good tips! Thanks for sharing!
    I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my linky party!

  15. Krista Grandstaff says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these! I’ve been moving away from chemicals and preservatives and processed items in our foods…and have progressed into our detergents, soaps, fragrances and beauty treatments… these are great tips!

  16. Kathy Smith says:

    Great post!  I will trying all these tips especially the vinegar on your hair to make soft.  So many things you can use already in your home, saving a  lot of money to pamper yourself. Thanks for the post.

  17. I like the idea of greek Yogurt as a home spa treatment! 

  18. Great post, and as my grandmother used to swear by using vinegar as a hair conditioner I know how well it works. Bicarbonate of soda is a great whitener for teeth if used once or twice a week.

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