Flowers have natural self-care superpowers! Their presence alone is scientifically proven to lower depression, anxiety, and stress and boost creativity, happiness, and productivity. So it’s only natural to infuse beautiful blooms into your wellness routine.
What’s our favorite self-care step (besides walking the flower farms on a sunny day) you ask? Why, it’s taking a warm, relaxing bath to disconnect, ease tension, and wash away the hustle-bustle. Follow along for 3 bath-time DIY projects to make your self-care soak 💯% Mother Nature-approved!
Mother Nature-Approved Self-Care
Upgrade your bath-time ritual by surrounding yourself with fresh flowers. With soothing soaps✓, natural bath salts ✓, rose water ✓, a relaxing playlist ✓, and fresh flowers✓, your self-care routine just got promoted from “at-home fun” to “can’t respond, I’m at a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ spa.”
Handmade Floral Soaps
What are your soaps missing? Flowers, of course. Not only will your handmade floral soap be stunning, but you’ll also know exactly what’s in it.
What You’ll Need:
- Dried flowers (we’re using dried lavender, scabious, and spray roses)
- Soap mold (we’ve chosen a rectangular mold, but feel free to choose any design)
- Glycerin soap
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Optional: Essential oils for a relaxing scent (we’re using just a few drops of lavender essential)
What To Do:
- Place your dried flowers in your mold, considering the final design as you do so.
- Microwave the glycerin soap until it has melted completely. It’s best to microwave for a few seconds, check the bowl, mix with a toothpick, then microwave until the desired consistency has been reached. If you want to add a fragrance, mix in just a few drops of essential oils at this point.
- Slowly pour the melted soap into your mold. Adjust the layout of your flowers with a toothpick. You can also create different layers by pouring in the melted soap, adding flowers, letting the layer harden, then continuing with the next layer until the mold is completely filled.
- Once solid, remove the soap from the mold and set it beside your bathtub.
Trust us, you’re going to feel the difference between handmade soap and store-bought right away. Your skin will thank you for it.
Herbal Bath Salts
Bath salts are not just beautiful, they can also help reduce aches and inflammation and aid in sleep and relaxation.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup Himalayan salt
- 3 cups Epsom salt
- ½ cup baking soda
- Dried flowers (to improve sleep and aches and pains, we’ll be adding chamomile and lavender to our salts.)*
Optional: Essential oils
What To Do:
It’s as easy as combining all of the ingredients in a bowl and mixing with a wooden spoon or similar utensil. Feel free to add your salts directly to your bathwater, or, like we love to do, put them in a cute mason jar or sack and place them next to your bathtub for easy (and chic) access.
Pro tip: Make extra and give it as a self-care reminder to friends and family.
* Research the desired effect when choosing your dried flowers and essential oils. Different combinations can help you achieve specific emotional and physical effects, including stress relief, relaxation, pain relief, improved circulation, better sleep, and more.
Healing Fresh Rose Water
Packed with antioxidants, roses have medicinal superpowers, including reducing skin redness and irritation, easing sore throats, promoting brain health, and reducing headaches. There are a few different ways to prepare rose water. Today, we’re going to cover one of the easier ways to keep your wellness routine as simple as possible.
What You Need:
- Fresh rose petals
- Pot and strainer
- Glass bottle
What To Do:
- Clean your fresh rose petals and place them in a pot.
- Cover your petals in water and let the mixture simmer on low heat for 40 minutes (or until the petals have lost most of their color).
- Once cooled, remove rose petals (a strainer or filter helps make this easier) and store* your rose water in the refrigerator.
*Your rose water will be good for about a month.
Once you finish your relaxing soak, spray your face and body with this healing elixir to help soothe sensitive skin or reduce acne and other skin conditions. Remember you can also use rose water as perfume, air freshener, body spray, and even in cocktails.
Push Play & Unwind 🧘
Now that you have your floral soap, bath salts, and rose spray ready to ease you into the most relaxing at-home spa day you’ve had in…ever, the only thing missing is some relaxing tunes. Get into total relaxation mode with our “Push Play & Unwind 🧘” playlist.
Fresh Flowers Always on Hand
Send your floral-infused spa day to the absolute next level with a bouquet of fresh flowers. Make sure you never go a month, week, or day without fresh flowers filling your home with natural warmth and sunshine. Whether you prefer a traditional garden look or an avant-garde design, we have a collection for you. Shop our farm-fresh collections by clicking below—yes, a flower subscription counts as self-care.