DIY Your Own Spa at Home with Sweet Escape

Welcome to Day 7 of Camp Cratejoy!

Today, we hung out with Stacey, the founder behind relaxing self-care and spa subscription box Sweet Escape. She was kind enough to show us all some super simple beauty DIYs for self-care at home! Watch the video below for step-by-step tutorials to make some spa-worthy treatments with pantry staples.


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Meet Stacey and Dennis, the founders of Sweet Escape

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Dennis and Stacey are a husband-and-wife team making lavish bath and spa products for their subscription box, Sweet Escape. In a small town located in Oklahoma, the two of them create fun-themed bath products designed to help their subscribers relax and unwind.


DIY At-Home Spa Hacks with Sweet Escape


DIY Oatmeal Face Mask

Pantry staples:

  • 3 tbsp. plain dry oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. carrier oil (like coconut or olive)

How to do it:

  1. Grind up your oatmeal until it becomes a fine powder (like flour, but a little grainier). You can do this in a food processor or a blender, or even a mortar and pestle if you have it.
  2. Add the ground oatmeal and carrier oil to a bowl. Mix this up until you have a paste.
  3. Apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. When time is up, massage the mask into your skin for a few minutes, then rinse off well with water.
  5. Apply moisturizer and you’re done!

DIY Exfoliating Sugar Scrub

Pantry staples:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup carrier oil (like olive, grapeseed, sunflower, or avocado)
  • 3-4 drops of essential oil (optional)

How to do it:

  1. Add brown sugar -- light or dark, doesn’t matter -- to a bowl.
  2. Pour in the carrier oil and, if using, your essential oil, then mix it up well until it resembles a slushy paste. You’ll want this to be grainy for exfoliating purposes.
  3. Use to exfoliate as you see fit! This works well as a lip scrub or all-over scrub.
  4. Rinse off when you’re done!

(Pro tip: The oil in this scrub can cause slippery surfaces, so we advise you use this in the tub -- not standing up in the shower. Safety first!)

DIY Luxurious Foot Soak

Pantry staples:

  • 3 tbsp. baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Large bowl or basin

How to do it:

  1. Pick out a bowl or basin big enough to fit both feet in comfortably. Fill this with enough warm water to cover your feet.
  2. Add the baking soda to the container and mix together.
  3. Hop in (so to speak)! You can add more baking soda once you’re settled, if you like.
  4. When you feel ready -- or the water’s cooled off -- get out from the foot bath and see how good you feel!

Learn More About Sweet Escape

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In addition to running Sweet Escape, Stacey co-owns her own pharmaceutical research company and understands the stress that day-to-day operations of work can bring. Sweet Escape’s box is designed to help melt away everyday stress in the form of self-pampering.

Meanwhile, Dennis learned to make bath and spa products several years ago, when his daughter got married and he made spa gift boxes for his daughter’s bridesmaids. Today, Stacey and Dennis are constantly researching the bath and spa market to learn new techniques, bringing quality products to their subscribers.

Sweet Escape contains handmade bath products created by one company, and not by several different companies. Additionally, the box is curated with a book -- which the subscriber chooses from a list of genres -- to help them “escape” while using these indulgent bath products. Pair this with teas, a cocktail recipe card and relaxation tips, and Sweet Escape will help your body and mind travel to its own getaway without having to leave your house!


Read Along With the Video (Transcript)

Hi everyone! I'm Stacey from Sweet Escape, a bath and spa box here on Cratejoy. And I know a lot of us are spending some time at home, but I'm here to show you a few simple spa treatments that you can do from head-to-toe... that you can make with ingredients that come straight from your kitchen!

DIY Oatmeal Face Mask

The first thing that we're going to do is going to be a mask made out of oatmeal, and what we're going to do is, you're going to want to ground your oatmeal up to make it into a fine powdery kind of consistency on that, and what you're going to want to do is get three tablespoons of that ground oatmeal.

I'm just going to put it here in this bowl -- and I've already got it measured out -- but you're going to want two tablespoons of some type of carrier oil. Now, I'm using organic coconut oil. You can use olive oil if you don't have coconut oil at home, just some oil that's more of a light-based kind of oil, to have a consistency that's a little thinner than most.

And if you do use some organic coconut oil, you're going to want to melt it first, so it needs to be of a liquid form before you add it to your oatmeal. Right here, I have two tablespoons and I'm just going to add that to the bowl... and you're just going to mix it up and you're gonna want it to be a little paste, so if you need to add more oatmeal, you can definitely do that.

Depending on your carrier oil, you may need to add a little more oil, you might need to add a little more oatmeal, but you're going to want it to be in a pasty form in which you can apply to your face.

Once you apply it onto your entire face, you're going to wait about ten or fifteen minutes and leave it on; at the end of the ten or fifteen minutes, you're going to massage it into your face so that you kind of get that exfoliating action going, and just to get it worked through there.

Once you massage it through, you're going to rinse it with warm water -- maybe splash a couple of cold splashes of water on there. Pat it dry, and then apply a moisturizer.


DIY Exfoliating Sugar Scrub

Now, the next thing that we're gonna do is going to be a body scrub. And this body scrub is made out of brown sugar and another carrier oil -- there, again, it could be grapeseed oil, avocado oil, it can be coconut oil, it could be sunflower oil -- it's just kind of whatever you have in your kitchen that you might be able to use. I happen to have avocado oil.

You're gonna want a quarter cup of avocado oil, or some other type of oil that you have, and a half-cup of brown sugar -- it could be the light or the dark, it doesn't matter -- and you just add both ingredients. You can also, actually... if you wanted to use an essential oil, you can add a few drops of essential oil. I have lemon here, but you can use any kind. If you have sweet orange or rosemary or frankincense, just a couple little drops is all you really need.

Once you get that all stirred together, it's gonna make kind of a slushy little paste that you can apply as a scrub. If you've ever used a body scrub before, you'll know that it's kind of a slushy, grainy material, and the reason for the body scrub is to obviously exfoliate your skin! So in order to do that, you need to get it into a slushy form.

Add more brown sugar, or if you'd like add more oil, if it needs to be a little more just to make it that consistency that you're looking for… you're looking for kind of a scrub, so you can use this all over your body.

I recommend that you use it in a tub, if you're going to use it all over your body -- not in a shower, because it can cause slippery surfaces. So it's best if you use your scrub in a bathtub.

But you can also use this on your lips, so it would make a perfect lip scrub! Just kind of scrub it on there and rinse it off with some water. And it doesn't taste bad, because you're gonna have -- you know -- brown sugar in there, so that's a plus.

Once you scrub it on and exfoliate with it, you just rinse it off -- and you should have kind of a smooth, not too oily, but kind of a smooth surface that you can have for your skin, just using brown sugar and oil. So it's the perfect body scrub!


DIY Luxurious Foot Soak

The last thing we have [to do] is a foot soak. I don't know if a lot of people know this, but baking soda is actually a really good additive to put in your water when you do a foot soak, because it does a good exfoliation for your feet!

You can use a basin, if you have just a foot basin, or you can even use a large bowl like this. And so really, all you need is three tablespoons of baking soda. You put your water in here -- make sure it's big enough that it covers your feet -- and you add three tablespoons of baking soda.

Once you add that, you kind of mix it together with your feet to get that action going -- maybe sit there for about 10-15 minutes, maybe you want to keep your water warm, so when it starts to cooling off a little bit, then you're probably ready to get your feet out of there....

But once you have your feet in the water, you can add a little bit more baking soda if you'd like, and kind of rub it on some dry surfaces -- some calluses -- and it really kind of helps to smooth those calluses and helps to make your feet smooth.

So, that’s a really good foot soak that you can do there, if you have it -- it's right out of your pantry and you can use it all the time if you want to. No limit. So it's just the perfect fit.

So basically, that is everything we have. I hope you enjoyed this little video with the head-to-toe spa treatment! You don't have to go anywhere to have any of these things, you can just do them right in privacy of your own home…

A couple items you can use to relax: you can grab a book while your facial mask is on, you can light some candles, take a nice bath, use your scrub, dim the lights maybe, grab a little drink or something, or a hot tea, and listen to your favorite playlist with some mellow music. Just something that kind of takes the stress off of everything that's going on right now. And you can always have a spa day at home -- it doesn't have to be fancy, it can just be simple things with simple ingredients. And, you know, just be safe out there, and we hope that you enjoyed this video! Thank you!