For most people, a day at a spa was something you did on your holidays. But today, you don’t need to travel far to indulge yourself. With the wealth of high-end, quality brands and products out there, you can easily create the ultimate spa day at home. Besides, we spend more time inside during the winter months. So what better way to spend time indoors than in your very own home spa? Here’s how to do it…
How do you have a spa day at home?
It’s not just the products you put on your body that create that home spa experience but also what surrounds your body that’s important. In other words: it’s about the mood. With the right sounds, smells, temperature, and light, you can transform your bathroom by day into your very own home spa for your nighttime wind-down.
Start with low, warm lighting, maybe by using a candle such as the ‘Menthe Verte' scented candle from Diptyque. The scent is incredibly important, so if candles aren’t your thing, try incense or a room spray like AESOP's Cythera Aromatique Room Spray.
- Diptyque Menthe Verte scented candle (left)
- AESOP Cythera Aromatique Room Spray (middle)
- L'OBJET Oh Mon Dieu Incense Holder (right)
The room temperature should be warm, enlivened with the steam from a hot bath or a shower. As for sound, for a traditional feel, try Heiwa Records’ Spa Music 2021 playlist.
For something more modern, choose more dubby, hypnotic techno sounds like Spotify’s Negative Space playlist.
Once your environment is set, now it’s time to focus on yourself…
The products you need for the ultimate home spa
FENDI FF Bathrobe
Any spa day starts with a good bathrobe, and you can’t get one more luxurious than from the iconic Italian label. Made with 100% cotton and in the brand’s signature brown, the robe features a belt, plus a large enveloping hood and pockets for a warm and cosy feel.Shop now
11.11/eleven eleven Hand-Painted Organic Cotton Beach Towel
This beautiful beach towel is from 11.11/eleven eleven — one of a small selection of brands in MR PORTER’s Small World group of brands that champion people- and planet-focussed manufacturing. Crafted using organic, rain-fed, pesticide and synthetic fertiliser-free Kala cotton, the design is hand-painted by a kalamkari artisan from India's Andhra Pradesh region, using only natural dyes.Shop now
Japan Best Bathroom Set
If you’re looking for a full suite of spa textiles, then Japan Best’s Bathroom Set is a perfect choice. Composed of a bath towel, a face towel, a body wash towel and a bath mat, the set is crafted from organic cotton and rayon weaved in four-to-ten-layering techniques for high absorption and quick drying. The set is infused with charcoal for its anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties.Shop now
Dr. Barbara Sturm Body Brush Soft No. 1
A simple, effective cornerstone of any spa treatment is the all-over body brush. A simple, colourless, natural fibre brush that exfoliates and will stimulate circulation and enliven the complexion. It’s an easy and effective way to tighten skin and reduce cellulite, increase localised blood flow and remove toxins, reduce bloating and activate tissue metabolism. Use as a dry massage or with water for a softer effect.Shop now
L'Objet Bath Salts – Côté Maquis Bath Salts
Fill your bath and add ‘Côté Maquis' luxurious bath salts from L’Objet, opening with notes of salt and incense before finishing with a labdanum and cashmere wood. Blended with detoxifying Atlantic and Epsom salts and housed in a UV-blocking glass bottle to ensure the formula stays fresh for longer.Shop now
Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil – Rose Shower Gel
Invest in the same products as the professional spas with Aromatherapy Associates rose bath and shower gel. Infused with warm damask rose, geranium and palmarosa, this lotion is so soft and gentle, it can also be used as a massage oil directly applied to dry skin before you soak into a hot bath. Free from parabens, artificial fragrance and colours.Shop now
Dr Augustinus Bader The Hand Treatment Hand Cream
A deeply nourishing hand cream developed using Dr Bader’s own research and the company’s patented TFC8 technology, formulated especially for dry, overwashed skin. Infused with a complex of amino acids, vitamins and synthesised molecules that naturally occur in the skin. Make sure you finish your treatment by nourishing the part of your body that does the most work for you. Free from parabens, fragrance, SLS, SLES, DEA, heavy metals, talc, petrolatum, paraffin and mineral oils.Shop now
With these tips and products, plus some of your own inspiration, you won’t need to travel far anymore for some ‘me time’. In fact, the only thing you really need to do is run a bath, sit back, and relax…