Build an at-home spa day retreat for the ones you love this holiday season while supporting black-owned businesses at the same time. From hair and face masks to aromatherapy and bubble bath, you can put together a personalized self-care kit for everyone on your gift list to remind them to take a little time out to relax and rejuvenate. Every single item in this holiday gift guide is from a black-owned business so you can feel better about where your money is going.
1. A Pack of Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
No at-home recreation of a spa day is complete without adding some aromatherapy to the mix. This six-pack of extra-large bath bombs comes with six incredible scents and each bath bomb creates the most satisfying fizz as it dissolves into a hot bath and infuses the steam in the air with relaxing scents.
For your busier friends, they can also be used in the shower. Just set it on the floor beneath the shower spray and give it a two-minute head start while the shower heats up and then shower as usual to turn a morning routine into a little self-care retreat. If you use them this way, each bath bomb should last through multiple showers.
2. A Moisturizing Vanilla-Infused Bubble Bath
Skip the harsh, drying suds that most bubble baths are made of with this sulfate-free and paraben-free formula. It’s infused with vanilla extract which not only smells incredible but packs a high dose of B vitamins that are great for the skin. So, soaking in a tub full of this bubble bath will not only feel relaxing, it will nourish and hydrate your skin.
3. A Detoxifying Charcoal and Clay Face Mask
Charcoal and clay are two of the most powerful and widely used detoxing masks available. This face mask combines both of those with tea tree oil for the ultimate acne-fighting treatment. If that sounds a little too intense for you, don’t worry. It also includes aloe and other calming ingredients that will counteract that tingling sensation and prevent irritation.
4. A Hydrating Hibiscus and Aloe Face Mask
After exfoliating and cleansing, the final step for happy, glowing skin is this hydrating face mask. The formula includes intensely moisturizing hyaluronic acid and all-natural extracts for a lightweight (read: not pore-clogging) mask that will leave your skin so supple, you’ll keep telling everyone within earshot to feel how soft your face is.
5. A Deep-Cleaning Clay Mask for Your Hair
Don’t let your loved ones skip their hair during this self-care spa day. It deserves just as much cleansing and hydrating as a face. So, let them start with this 3-in-1 clay wash that strips away buildup — even the minerals and heavy metals from hard water.
It’s a mix of three powerful clays, including the bentonite clay that people often use as a face mask. This wash is already mixed and ready to go so just apply it to your hair, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse to remove dirt, oil, and buildup.
6. A Moisturizing Coconut and Shea Hair Mask
Once their hair is fully cleansed, give them this moisturizing hair mask to lock in moisture and keep their hair silky smooth. Coconut oil and shea butter provide an all-natural and deeply hydrating formula that can heal damaged strands and prevent breakage.
7. An Adorable Sponge That’s Totally Meant for Adults…
Sure, maybe this whale-shaped bath sponge was designed with kids in mind but it says “good for all ages” in the description so the young-at-heart adults in your life have a free pass. They can pretend it’s hunting for krill among the bath bubbles and make whale noises — it’s all in the name of self-care.
The soft terry cloth outer layer and absorbent spongy insides make it a functional bath sponge for soaping up, too. And if the friend you’re shopping for isn’t a fan of whales, there are 13 other animals to choose from.
8. An Exfoliating and Moisturizing Jelly Foot Bath
Unlike boring old water and Epsom salts, this jelly foot bath does everything a soothing foot soak does — but with the added perk of coming in a fun jelly format that you can squish your toes in.
It’s a two-step foot soak where step one is to mix the jelly packet with warm water and squish your feet in it for five minutes. Then, you add the salt packet and keep your feet in for another five minutes.
This 10-minute treatment can soothe sore feet while exfoliating and softening the skin. The relaxing lavender scent makes this the perfect way to recover from a long day at work — especially for anyone who works on their feet.
9. An Unbelievably Luxurious Set of Faux Fur Slipper
After softening and healing their feet in a jelly foot bath, there’s no way they can subject those same feet to walking on the cold hard floor. Add this super plush set of slippers to the self-care kit so they can feel like they’re walking around on a cloud as they wind down the end of this head-to-toe spa day you curated for them.