In the past, I’ve had the privilege of getting treated at some fairly high-end spas that would instill in me a sense of tranquility that would literally put me to peaceful slumber. The music that they play – that wind instrument that becomes a quiet lullaby – is so soft and sweet that it transports me into a place by the ocean, away from the mess of life.
Then, as the masseuse worked aromatic body oil onto my skin and kneaded my muscles into jelly, I would inevitably fall asleep and only awaken in too short of a time. In some ways, it feels like I paid a bunch of money just to go to sleep! But man, when I wake up, I always feel like I’m in a trance.
I wish I could live that upper west side lifestyle and just go to the spa like it’s a regular Tuesday appointment. But guys, I live in Texas. Ya know what I’m saying?
And when you’re just having the shittiest day you could possibly imagine, a spa sounds like the best option available to take your mind off of things.
So I did the next best thing. I went to Sephora and picked up a bunch of things that would make an in-home spa day possible.
Here’s what I picked up:
- Fresh Brown Sugar Body Scrub: After soaking in a tub for a few minutes, I started exfoliating this body scrub onto my skin, and can I just say, my skin has never felt so soft afterwards! The brown sugar was gentle enough that it didn’t cut my skin, and the jojoba oils added such a luxurious feel. $67
- Fresh Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator: Similar to the Fresh Brown Sugar Body Scrub, I used an even more gentle product for the face. However, instead of jojoba oils, this product uses strawberry seeds as well as plumseed oil and grapeseed oil. I kept the polish on for another five minutes or so, letting the oils soak onto my skin, and getting rid of that winter dryness. $62
- Fresh Rose Face Mask: This mask has been on my wishlist for ages, and I’ve lost count on the amount of Sephora samples I had gotten before taking the plunge and getting it. With a rosy scent and a cooling gel effect, this mask makes me feel a bit on the extra side. $62
- Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate: I’m not a fan of kombucha, unless it’s on my skin. These days, especially on an extra crappy day, I want to get rid of the bags under my eyes. This cooling eye cream, with ingredients like black tea, noni fruit juice, and lychee seed extract felt amazing around my eyes. $68
- Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil: As a finishing touch, I applied a few drops of the seaberry moisturizing face oil while gently massaging my facial muscles. If my winter dry skin wasn’t helped yet, this product does the trick to minimize those patches. This face oil is full of omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, as well as cranberry seed oil and camilla oil. $58
In Addition To:
- Bath Bomb: There are so many bath bombs out there. I happen to have used one that my husband gifted me. I have no idea what properties the bath bomb had, but it felt good all the same. $4
- Epsom Salt: So before recently, I used to get the bag from the local drugstore, and finished the bag up after a couple of baths. That is, until my mother-in-law told me she buys her epsom salt from Amazon, through EpSoak, and guys, it’s life-changing. Now, I take even more baths, knowing it won’t make me cry seeing salt going down the drain. $28
- Gel Eye Mask: Considering that I rarely have cucumbers in the fridge, the next best thing is a gel eye mask straight out of the freezer. Great for depuffing around the eyes. $5
- Bath and Body Works Stress Relief Body Oil: This is the finishing touch to the whole spa experience. I put a few drops onto my hands and massage them thoroughly. The scent of peppermint is so calming, I can’t help but drink some hot tea and just take in the aroma. $16.50
So how much did this at-home spa day cost? $370.50
Pretty hefty for a spa day, I know. But considering that the average 50-minute massage costs about $150 and a 50-minute facial costs $150, plus a 20% tip, it comes up to about the same cost.
It may not be quite as legendary of an experience as going to a full-service spa, but by doing it at home, you can replicate this experience many folds over without needing to spend an extra cent.
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