There are few things as relaxing and luxurious as heading to the spa – an entire experience dedicated to yourself and your well-being. The tender, loving self-care at the spa may seem priceless, but those of us who have been to the spa know that in reality, it’s far from cheap.

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Still, you don’t have to break the bank to treat yourself to a spa-tacular experience. There are several low-cost spa tricks you can treat yourself to at home.

Scrub and smell

Aromatics and exfoliation often go hand in hand at the spa – there is something relaxing about certain scents, and exfoliation leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. You can create a similar soothing spa experience in your own bathroom with this sensual scrub recipe from Whole Living Magazine – its smoky, minty scent promises an invigorating experience – peppermint is known in aromatherapy as being mentally stimulating and energizing.

Wake Up Scrub

  • 1/4 ┬ácup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pure turbinado sugar
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil (you can buy it at the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup used coffee grounds (take them from the morning’s pot)

Combine all ingredients and apply to your entire body in the shower. Scrub from toe to head for a truly spa-like wake-up call.

Make it steamy

Almost every spa has a steam room – the place you can go to relax in the warmth while your skin is being hydrated and your circulation is getting a boost, bringing life back to your skin. The magazine recommends an herbal facial steam to hydrate, refresh and reinvigorate dry, pale and tired skin. This combination of flowers and oils is nice, but really you could use whichever you have available.

Herbal Steam

  • 1/3 cup dried lavender blossoms
  • 1/3 cup dried calendula blossoms
  • 4 to 5 drops geranium essential oil.

Boil a tea pot of water and pour it into a mug with the blossoms in it, like tea. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes, and in the meantime, fill your bathroom sink halfway with very hot water, pull up a chair and bring in a large bath towel. Strain the blossoms, then add the herbal “tea” and the essential oil to the sink water.

Seated in the chair, hold your face 6 to 8 inches away from the water, and drape the towel over your head to create a tent. You can stay here for three to five minutes, then finish by rinsing your face.

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