How to create a home spa

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We love the whole spa experience (who doesn’t?) but know that sometimes schedules - and bank balances – scupper plans for the real thing. So why not try your own DIY spa at home? From towel tips to the best mood-setting scents, here’s how to make your weekday bath even better.

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The set up


Organise your space


Nothing will take the shine off the spa experience like clutter. Beyond the pedal bin, our top tip is free standing shelves – they’re a clever way of making the most of vertical space when it’s a tight squeeze. Fold your favourite towels in wire baskets and banish the less pretty lotions and potions to woven options.


Add some greenery


With their mood-boosting benefits and air-purifying properties, plants are perfect for the bathroom. As a low-lit and humid space, it can feel more than a tad tropical, so look for plants that thrive in that environment. Whilst their names don’t conjure up images of tranquillity, spider and snake plants are easy to look after and like things moist, as do elegant orchids and peace lilies.


Reach for the robe


A luxe robe is one of the easiest ways to elevate the evening. Traditionally white, look for a towelling reverse and shawl collar for the real deal, and dig out those complementary hotel slippers from the back of the wardrobe, too. After changing, take a few minutes to relax or meditate with a herbal tea in hand.

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The towels


Select your style


A stack of fluffy white towels might be synonymous with the spa, but there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to luxurious linens. Look to contrast borders and jacquard prints in muted tones to add some detail, or for maximum impact, try mixing and matching jewel tones and velvety finishes. Pay attention to the technical bits too, like GSM, which defines the weight and thickness of a towel.


Keep them fluffy


How do spas keep their towels so soft? Not all towels are born equal, so if this is a priority, look for combed cotton or options with ‘zero twist’ yarns, which are renowned for their soft and fluffy feel. Go easy on the fabric conditioner, avoid crowding the washing machine and drying on radiators, too - all contribute to that dreaded stiffness.


Add essentials oils


The easiest way to upgrade a DIY facial? A little aromatherapy. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to hot water, soak your flannel and wring out until damp, then use to remove excess product between applications. Lavender, eucalyptus, rose, neroli and clary sage are all spa favourites for good reason - the scent is so relaxing and helps to open your pores.

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The mood-setters


Dim the lights


Don’t despair over dark evenings, as they offer the opportunity to control the ultimate mood-setter - good lighting. If you can’t dim the main source (and bathroom lighting tends to be anything but relaxing) consider the sensory appeal of candlelight instead. For a long-term investment, spotlights will focus bright light away from the bath and towards high-use areas such as sinks and mirrors.


Add some fragrance


‘Saving’ that candle you got as a Christmas gift? Now’s the time to put it to good use. Forget layering here – with the added factor of scented products, one special scent is all you need, so choose wisely. If surfaces are lacking and flames are a safety concern, a good quality diffuser makes a fuss-free alternative.


Hit play


If your evening bath is the only spot of silence you get all day, then we understand the temptation to make it a music-free zone, but it’s worth trying out a few genres first. What relaxes each of us is so personal, and might be unexpected – anything from rain sounds to reggae. Consider creating a playlist of soothing tunes so you won’t feel tempted to interrupt your bath to dry hands and skip a song.

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