4 Reasons for a DIY Spa Experience

DIY Spa Night

Everyone needs a little me time every now and then and for some of us, that means a relaxing trip to the spa.  But you know what? 

It's actually really simple to bring that spa experience TO you. 

At home. 

In fact, there are many reasons why a DIY spa may be better.  Here are just a few:

Flexibility

Ever try to score a reservation at your favorite spa but can’t find a time to fit your schedule? Sometimes it seems like the planets need to align... during a blue moon, before you are granted that sliver of free time before the universe decides it’s time to save your kid from substituting glue for shampoo. Again. 

Our lives have gotten so busy that it seems like time only belongs to our jobs, our demanding bosses, our families, and errands like feeding our car’s drinking habit. And when you finally have a moment’s peace, you call up that spa to find out that they’re fully booked. Or closed because they’re out celebrating that blue moon. Holidays can be even more difficult. Happy Valentine’s Day a week early, Honey!

DIY to the rescue. Because no reservations are needed and you can have spa night whenever you want, and for as long as you want. Also, my favorite part of this is that after you’re nice and relaxed, you can go straight to bed. No more waking up to drive home.  

Cleanliness

For those of you who are spa lovers and amateur germ-ologists, you know this one is a biggie.  

One of the things that prevents people from checking out new spas (or killing a relationship with their now ex-spa) is not knowing if you can trust the cleanliness of the facility. You might read yelp reviews, but sometimes there is just that one or two, or handful or reviews that mention the rash they got and you question everything that is good. Gross. At the end of the day you can never really know.
 
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted that recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by the germs and chemicals that can be found in water that we play in, including swimming pools and hot tubs.  Skin infections, a common RWI even has its own name “hot tub rash” and can be spread through tubs and spas.  One reason is because the high water temperatures in most hot tubs make it hard to maintain the disinfectant levels needed to kill germs.  Some germs, such as Cryptosporidium (or Crypto for short), are chlorine-resistant and can survive for days if the water is not properly disinfected. 
 
But in your own home, you know exactly how clean (or dirty) your bathroom is.  And you control what tools and applicators are used.

Ingredients

Do you know what goes into your spa's favorite facial, mask, bath salt, scrub, fill in the blank?  
 
You’re there to relax right?  You probably even have your eyes closed.  So the last thing on your mind is going to be keeping track of ingredients. 

But ingredients are very important.  

Check out Dr. Axe’s video (linked on our ingredients page) describing how scary bath bomb ingredients can be. While he focuses on bath bombs, this really applies to any bath and beauty product.
 
With the DIY experience, you can either make your own products or buy them from sources you trust. You know what ingredients are involved and you can pick ones that are natural and organic and anything else that matters to you.  Check out our philosophy on ingredients.

Cost

Let’s face it. Spas are expensive. Like Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog expensive.

Treatments in the U.S generally run from $40 - $50 on the low end all the way up to hundreds of dollars at facilities that provide lockers, bathrobes, and slippers.  This is before you factor in the cost of any service charges that may be automatically added and tipping.  A DIY spa experience is just a fraction of that cost.  This means more spa time for you - as often and for as long as you need.
Sources: CDC

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