What Is Your Favorite Do-It-Yourself Home Spa Recipe?

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After a recent trip to a rather posh body care shop (where I was tempted by demonstrations of fragrant, shimmering bathtub bubbles), I was set on recreating the pampering experience at home. A look at the product ingredient labels, however, nearly put the kibosh on my home spa daydream. Determined to find a simpler bubble bath, I consulted the collective wisdom the Internet and discovered this basic bubble bath recipe from Annie B. Bond, author of Better Basics for the HomeNatural Aromatherapy Bubble Bath Recipe 


  • 1 cup each baking soda and cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Up to 5 drops essential oil per bath (optional) 


Combine the baking soda, cream of tartar, and cornstarch in a jar. Use a few tablespoons per bath. Add the essential oil at the time of the bath; otherwise the baking soda will neutralize the scent during storage. 

Pretty nice, right? Simple, inexpensive and easily customized to your own fragrance preferences, and all the basic ingredients can be found at the grocery store. This one is a clear win for DIY home spa enthusiasts.

But why stop at bubble bath? You can also make your own soap and lotion, try do-it-yourself aromatherapy, and make homeade face masks (including one so pure you could eat it).

Have you made skincare products at home or done a do-it-yourself spa? Share your favorite home spa recipes and ideas in the comments section below.