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.
THE BOMB ASS BATH SOAK
I think there’s nothing more soothing, relaxing, or fortifying than a long, hot bath – but the right ingredients are key. Coconut oil is an amazing bath oil because it dissolves quickly but still adds the necessary moisturizing heft you need to in order to emerge from the tub covered in a film of hydration (not scalded and scaly). Rose geranium is my all-time favorite essential oil (it’s almost musky-sweet scented), plus it’s purported to have antiseptic properties – good news for all you clean-freaks who think they need to shower post-bath. Lavender is a cliché for a reason – it smells wonderful, has a myriad of therapeutic properties (skeptics, please see this research), and is readily available everywhere – including our website! Hint, hint. Sea salt is a bath must have for me: It relieves muscle aches and pains and helps kill bacteria and body breakouts. Pink Himalayan sea salt is basically the Rolls Royce of sea salts, hence its appearance in this very luxurious soak – it is high in trace minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium.
- Generous scoop (1-2 tablespoons) extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
- 5 drops rose geranium essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- Scoop (1 tablespoon) pink Himalayan sea salt
Add all ingredients to bath. Sit back and relax.
CHOCOLATE-COCONUT FACE MASK
Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate and, coincidentally, so is self-love! Well, sort of. This mask features antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, which helps repair and prevent cell damage. Jojoba oil is a gentle, vitamin-rich oil that’s my favorite for use on the face (its very similar in chemical composition to your skin’s sebum, thus helping to de-clog pores), while coconut yogurt is super-hydrating. It’s also yummy: Mix in some cocoa powder into the yogurt for some side game action while you mask.
- 4 tablespoons organic cacao (cocoa) powder
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1 teaspoon plain coconut yogurt
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Apply to face, avoiding eyes. Leave on for as long as you wish or up to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
MOST DECADENT CREAM EVER
This recipe comes straight from our founder Adina Grigore’s book Skin Cleanse. (ILY, Adina.) We’d be remiss not to include it in this rundown because a great moisturizer is like giving your body a BIG hug. If you don’t know about shea butter, now you know: It’s an incredibly healing ingredient rich in Vitamin E, and helps to remedy skin conditions like scarring and irritation. The addition of cocoa butter – another thick, hydrating butter – gives this one some extra pizzazz, while antioxidant powerhouse avocado oil helps to (rather luxuriously) thin the whole thing out. Use this liberally on your body and feel free to add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a bit of fragrance. But FYI cocoa butter smells like chocolate… so… maybe not?
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
Melt shea butter and cocoa butter in a small pot on the stovetop until completely liquefied, stirring well. Remove from heat and stir in avocado oil. Allow to completely cool, and then cover and place in the fridge until it solidifies, usually one to two hours. Heads up: this recipe will make your pot very oily; you may need to soak it in some hot, soapy water to clean. Also, it will make enough uses to last 6-8 months.