Three Luxurious DIYs Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

So, there’s this old adage that if you don’t love yourself, it’s hard to love someone else. Listen, I don’t want to sound like a corny Pinterest board, but there’s something to that nugget of wisdom. Self-love begets real love.

And there are a million ways to practice self-love and its cousin, self-care. Some of them are rather profound, such as surrounding yourself with positive people or seeking out therapy. But there are other, less profound ways, too: Taking a long bath, cooking yourself a healthy dinner, laughing your ass off with your best friend.

Skincare may fall into the “less profound” route, but it’s fun, easy, and just so happens to be our expertise (though we’re happy to go to a therapy session with you, too). Here are three ultra-luxurious DIYs to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day and, well, any day.

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Scent Your Cream!

We know many of you love our bestselling Cream. Yet we also know that love is imperfect and some of you would like it to smell like the beach / a pine needle / a balmy coconut grove. We hear you. And we have two recommendations.

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Salve Hacks

We launched our Salve to be a catchall, use wherever / whenever treatment for whatever ails ya. Got chapped lips? Slather it on. Plagued by that weird, dry patchiness on your elbows? Salve ‘em. Got too burned and have a peeling nose? Salve will work.

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Mom & Me DIY: “Play-Doh” + Mask

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Hey, moms. We want to have a little chat. We know that you’re out there, you support us, and you’re working your tail off to make it all work – motherhood, friendships, careers, activities, life. And you’re doing an incredible job. But we also know that sometimes that can all be a bit too much and you find yourself stuck in the house with a blotchy complexion and a grumpy six-year-old that suddenly hates all of his/her toys. Which is why we made you this mom-and-me DIY. Because we appreciate you and your complexion. The unifying elements of these two recipes are our Hibiscus Mask, our Makeup Remover, and…turmeric. (Yes, the spice!) Using these ingredients, we’re making two totally different – but equally colorful – DIYs. Read on!

Homemade Play-Doh

This homemade play-doh is insanely easy to make, but your kid will get a total kick out of seeing it all come together. Moreover, hand-dyeing the dough is fun for everyone (yourself included), particularly when you’re using our bright pinky-purple Hibiscus Mask and brilliant yellow turmeric powder as non-toxic dyes. Note that this is a messy project that will require laying down some newspaper and thoroughly washing hands afterward. Also: Although the dough is technically okay to eat if your kid is a little naughty, it’s not a good idea.

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Bathtub Party Photo

Six Ways to DIY the Best Bathtub Party of Your Life

1. Dump two heaping tablespoons of our Exfoliant and one heaping tablespoon of our Body Oil (especially Lemongrass scented if you’re feeling chilly or flu-ish!) into the bath to help soothe itchy skin, fight body breakouts, and come out nice and soft. Level up: add up to half a cup of oat flour for super sensitive, irritated skin.
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DIY Your Coffee

Perhaps you’ve noticed that with the launch of our Microbatch Coffee Scrub, we’re into all things coffee lately – which, obviously, includes DIY-ing. In fact, coffee is one of our absolute favorite pantry items to DIY with, largely because it is so convenient. If you’re making it in the morning, chances are you’ve got some leftover grounds or brew. Instead of chucking the stuff, save it and you’re ready to go. Laziness points intact, ahead are three totally simple coffee-based recipes you can DIY at home. Read on!

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All About Nails

My nails – fingers and toes – have never been a part of my body that I’ve put much thought and/or effort into. In fact, they’re a mess. For one, I’m a chronic nail biter who is also plagued by peeling cuticles, a brutal combination that means my fingernails are often frighteningly short, dangerously jagged, and occasionally bleeding. If this monster-as-a-woman visual hasn’t already scared you enough, my toenails are another gruesome story. Given my compulsions, I’d probably bite them if I could (I don’t). But no, the problem with my toenails is that I’m excessively cruel to them.

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Teatime for Your Skin: Three Tea-Centric DIYs with Teapigs

If you were to rummage through the kitchen pantry here at the S.W. Basics HQ, you’d find some staple items: Nut butters of all varieties, several jars of honey, a healthy stockpile of Purely Elizabeth granola, and lots and lots of tea. Yep, we’re huge tea drinkers over here — and not just because we like the taste of it, either. Indeed, medical research keeps confirming that tea varietals of all sorts (from black to green) can promote good health. And, given that a healthy body begets healthy skin, it should come as no surprise that tea has also become a darling ingredient of the beauty industry. While products laced with, say, green tea extract can be effective, we prefer going straight to the source to reap the benefits.

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Skin Cleanse-Approved: Four New DIYs

Whether it’s cleaning out your winter clothes-laden closet or embarking on a new fitness routine, springtime is historically a time for new beginnings. So it’s only fitting that we unveil four brand-new DIYs for you to sink your teeth (skin?) into this season. Created by our founder Adina Grigore, these Skin Cleanse-friendly recipes offer a fresh take on some of your favorite skincare treatments, plus cater to a variety of skin concerns. Read on and let us know how you’re DIY-ing goes by sharing your creations on social with us using the hash tag #SkinCleanse.

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S.W. Recipe: Dessert Mask

Yum… this mask seriously is good enough to eat. (And you can, if you’d like.) Aside from snack-ability, we love this recipe straight from the pages of our founder Adina Grigore’s book Skin Cleanse for its multitude of benefits: It kills bacteria, hydrates, plus helps repair damaged skin. We highly recommend this one for your girls’ night in. Galentine’s Day party, anyone?

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