Reader note: I had posted this on another blog as a great idea for brides. Since then, we’ve received a ton of feedback and photos from those of you who have made your own spa pack. Do you even understand how exciting it is hearing from you and seeing your projects? Like, the most exciting-ist. Yeah, that’s a word. Granted, the mags are talking about stories we know the end result of but the idea is the same.

So, keep it up and send us your photos!

This whole spa pack cost less than $20 and took me around 20 minutes to create. This is literally the quickest DIY project on the face of this planet. Literally, meaning that I’ve looked up every DIY project ever created. Okay, no, but I must have you know that it’s so easy peasy.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to join a friend at a party or received a last-minute invite and didn’t have a gift. I’m the type who can’t just swing by the store, grab something, throw it in a gift bag and run. I have to have some sort of “I gave this a bit of thought and effort” gift.

Who doesn’t like a little pampering?

Included in the gift:

  • Hand Scrub
  • Leg Silk
  • Face Peel
  • Gossip mags
  • Scoops
  • Loofah
  • Face Towel

I also had shipping labels I printed the name of the mixture on. I cut it out in an oval shape and added a ribbon for a little flair. I grabbed some ribbon from my random smattering of craft supplies.

In order to pull this gift together, I went around my house and gathered anything “new” I had in the way of spa gifts and spa supplies. The rest I purchased at the store. In a quick run and grab shopping trip, I grabbed:

  • 3 Glass Jars ($1.99 each)
  • 3 Coffee Scoops ($1.29 each)
  • 2 Gossip Mags ($6)

I had the rest of the supplies at home. No joke, it’s super easy stuff.

So, in all, I have three jars of at-home spa treatments, scoops so you don’t have to dig  your hands in, a loofah, a face towel, two magazines, ribbon, labels, a basket and I’m out the door!

Spa in a Jar Recipes

Face Peel (like an entire face pore strip)

  • Gelatine – unflavored
  • Milk

Instructions: Mix 1 tbs of unflavored gelatin with 1-2 tbsp of milk. This will create a chunky paste. Microwave for about 10-15 seconds and apply immediately to your face. Let dry for around 15 minutes (your face shouldn’t move easily). Peel.


Hand Scrub (people say it’s like the Mary Kay scrub)

  • Sugar
  • Dawn with Oil of Olay

Instructions: Pour the jar 3/4 full of sugar. Add Dawn liquid. Stir. Add whichever ingredient you need in order to create a gritty/liquid consistency. These instructions are extremely specific. No, they’re not.

Scrub-a-dub-dub those hands and rinse with water. They are silky smooth.


Silky Legs

  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar

Instructions: Mix 1-1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of olive oil and 3 tbsp of lemon juice. Using a jar as small as the ones I was using the mixture reached the top quickly. Stir the oil and sugar to allow the levels to go down a bit and then add the citrus.

How to use silky legs (source: militaryfit-bombshell):

  1. Soak your legs in the tub for 5 minutes.
  2. Shave your legs.
  3. Rub some of this mixture all over your legs. The sugar will help rub off all dirt and dead skin. Rub, rub. Feels like a mini massage.
  4. Rinse it all off, shave again. I would use one razor per leg if you have two. You will be rinsing this razor a lot. I was GROSSED out by the amount of dead skin I was “shaving” off. It was insane! Trust me, you’ll see.
  5. Rub your legs again! Second coat of wax, oh yeah.
  6. Rinse off! You can use a mild soap to help get some of the oil off.
  7. Lotion your legs up, and feel the silkiness!

Enjoy your 20 minutes, under $20 spa gift!

tawsha connell