From Homemade Soap To Aloe Vera: 11 Home Wellness Ideas

Taking it easy is a trend right now and wellness hotels are springing up all over, offering those interested a relaxing experience just around the corner. And naturally there are products galore that promise wellness for your skin, hair, and spirit... as long as you're willing to fork over the big bucks, that is. Rather than break the bank, try these 11 cool DIY ideas that will bring the same results – all from the comfort of your very own home! From fun homemade soap and aloe vera that heals the body and soul to homemade bath bombs and an in-house spa setup, DIY wellness is our new favorite thing. Give these ideas a try, and it'll soon be yours too!

1. Funfetti Cake Soap

You'll Need:

For the funfetti cake:

  • 4 lbs glycerin soap
  • soap colorants
  • 1 tsp almond essential oil
  • 2-3 drops vanilla essential oil
  • colored bar soap, cut into small pieces 

For the frosting:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 4 tbsp cocoa butter
  • ⅓ cup baking soda
  • ⅓ cup starch
  • 3 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp alumina
  • soap colorants
  • sprinkles for decoration
  • mini soaps for decoration

Here's How:

1.1. Cut the glycerin soap into small chunks, add the pieces to a heat-resistant bowl, and melt them over a water bath. Add the soap colorants and essential oils, mix everything together, and leave the soap to cool.

1.2. While the soap cools, dice the colored bar soap into small chunks and mix into the cooled soap mixture. 

1.3. Pour the liquid soap into a silicone cake pan and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Set some of the soap aside, as you'll need it later for the decoration.

1.4. Heat the coconut oil and shea butter in a heat-resistant bowl over a water bath. Add the cocoa butter, melt it together with the other ingredients, then leave the mixture to cool.

1.5. Beat together the coconut oil mixture with the baking soda, starch, citric acid, and alumina, then color the "frosting" with the soap colorants.

1.6. Frost the chilled funfetti cake soap with the soap frosting and throw some sprinkles on top as decoration. Fill a piping bag with the soap mixture you set aside in Step #1.3 and pipe small rose swirls on top of the cake (one for each slice). Add the mini soaps to the top of each swirl, and your funfetti cake soap is done! Just be careful — it looks good enough to eat, but you really shouldn't!

Funfetti Cake Soap

2.–4. Food-Themed Soap Bars

Making soap yourself sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. In fact, you only need a few basic ingredients and our handy-dandy tutorial. The following DIY soaps are perfect for anyone who loves to pamper their hands, and they also make great gifts, especially for the foodies in your life. Just make sure not to leave them around anyone who might mistake them for food, because they are that realistic! Get the instructions for the 3 Food-Themed Soap Bars

Food-Themed Soap Bars

5. Galaxy Bath Bombs

After a stressful day, nothing helps you unwind better than a relaxing soak in a pleasant-smelling bathtub. Say goodbye to your worries and immerse yourself in a galactic world full of bright colors and bubbles, which is exactly what you'll get after tossing in this spectacular homemade bath bomb. Get the instructions for the Galaxy Bath Bombs

Galaxy Bath Bombs

6–9. Aloe Vera Beauty Hacks

Everyone thinks of aloe vera as a miracle cure-all, and while it may not be the literal embodiment of a miracle, it certainly is a great natural remedy and wonder drug of sorts. On top of that, it smells really nice and is just a good thing to have around. After trying out these tips, you'll be sure to keep your medicine cabinet stocked with aloe from here on out! Get the instructions for the 4 Aloe Vera Beauty Hacks


Aloe Vera Beauty Hacks

10. DIY Bathtub Tray

Showering may get the job done and use less water, but relaxing in a bubble bath is a nice way to treat yourself after a long, hard day. And if you're going to be treating yourself, you might as well go big or go home. In that sense, this homemade DIY bathtub tray is the perfect way to step up your bath game! Get the instructions for the DIY Bathtub Tray

DIY Bathtub Tray

11. Homemade Bath Mat

If you're not careful, you can have a nasty tumble getting out of the shower, especially if a wet foot meets a slippery floor — or even a slippery bath mat. A real rug in front of the shower can make a lot of sense. And here you have some options: of course you can go with a store-bought one, but for a little more color and fun, try this easy method for making your own. Get the instructions for the Homemade Bath Mat.

Homemade Bath Mat

If you're in the mood to treat yourself, but can't make it to the spa, try some of these fun and easy wellness ideas! You can bring the spa to you, and make your time at home that much more relaxing.


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