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self-care recipes MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 05, 2019 by Devin Dilday

5 DIY Ways to Practice Self-Care This Valentine’s Day

Personal Growth
Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a season of love— but it’s not just for couples. This year, we’re turning this holiday into the perfect excuse for a little self-love. Wondering how to treat yourself without dropping a ton of cash? 

From face masks to zen sprays, make your home into a Pinterest-worthy self-love oasis with five of our favorite DIY recipes that will have you feeling fine—no heart-shaped candy or sappy cards required.  

 

“You Guac My World” Hydrating Face Mask 

avocado face mask

With winter weather attacking every ounce of hydration in our skin, this tasty, three-ingredient DIY face mask is a miracle worker. Just try not to eat it! 

Ingredients
- ½ avocado 
- 1 tbsp of organic honey
- Handful of oats 

Directions
- Mash up avocado in a small bowl and add in honey and oats until combined. 
- Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and enjoy the effects of ultra-nourishing avocado oils!

 


“Oooh La La” Lavender Body Scrub

lavender body scrub

Relax your body—and mind—with this healing body scrub. Packed with antioxidants and our post-workout savior Epsom salt, this combination can help to heal all your aches and pains. 

Ingredients
- 1 tsp (about two bags worth) of green tea
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil 
- 3 tsp of Epsom salt

Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass jar. Mix until achieving a pasty consistency, adding more salt or olive oil if the scrub is too stiff or runny. 
- Apply to damp skin, avoiding the face. 
- Leave on for five minutes. Rinse and get ready to embrace your super smooth skin!  

 


“Curly Q Cutie” Hair Mask

curly hair mask

With an office that has a few resident curly-haired beauties, we’ve tried our fair share of DIY Friday night hair masks. With easily accessible ingredients, it’s easy to whip up this hydrating hair wonder. 

Ingredients 
(Double recipe for longer hair)
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey

Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, blending until smooth. 
- From roots to tips, apply the mask evenly through damp hair.
- Cover hair with shower cap or towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Rinse hair until water runs clear then apply conditioner.
- Comb out tangles and enjoy your luscious locks! 

 


“Smell the Roses” Bath Soak

bath soak rose

No self-care ritual is complete without a good bath. Scrub out your tub because it’s time to unwind with one of our favorite recipes. Plus, you can put last year’s dried roses to good use.

Ingredients
- Small cotton or organza bags 
- Roughly ½ cup organic oats (to fill the bag)
- Handful of dried rose petals
- 3-5 drops of rose essential oil
- 3-5 drops of lavender (or your favorite) essential oil

Directions
- Place oats and rose petals in bag. Add essential oils.
- Tie bag closed and let soak in warm bath. Now, bask in the beautiful scents! 

 


“Soothe Your Soul” Spray

calming spray

Whether it’s in our gym bag or spritzed on our pillow, homemade “zen” spray is a must-have, self-love essential. One feel-good mist and you’ll be embracing positive vibes all day long. 

Ingredients
- Small glass or recycled plastic spray bottle 
- 6 oz aloe vera witch hazel water
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5-7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil

Directions
- Add all ingredients to bottle. 
- Shake, spray, and enjoy the instant dose of hydrating calm. 


Whatever your self-care routine may be, remember there’s nothing wrong with loving yourself this Valentine’s Day—and every day! 
 

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.