Creating your own self-care kit is absolutely essential for women. That’s because caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility — taking the time to unplug and unwind.
It’s when you put yourself at the top of your to-do list every day, that everything else can easily fall into place. This is not self-indulgent, but an act of survival.
And although self-care is so much more than a beauty routine or a home spa day, carving out time for these self-care activities can help you reset and recharge your body, soul, and mind.
A DIY self-care kit helps make this easy to accomplish.
Forget about expensive self-care beauty items, high-end luxury spa days, or an overhyped self-care subscription box. Women can and should create your own self-care kit to luxuriate and enjoy in the comfort of your home oasis.
Include pricey beauty products or cheap beauty dupes from Amazon as you wish. Creating your own self-care box with everything you need for your daily self-care rituals or the perfect self-care Sunday routine is easy to do.
With a DIY self-care box, you can easily curate a collection of self-care products, items, and essentials to suit your needs, tastes, and budget.
The goal of this guide is to inspire self-care ideas for women and help you to create your own home spa, beauty, DIY self-care kit.
What is self-care?
With all the buzz surrounding self-care gifts, self-care boxes, and self-care rituals overall, it’s easy to forget what it actually means to practice self-care.
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although simple in concept, in theory, it’s something that as women we can often overlook.
What self-care is not?
Self-care should also not be confused with a hygiene routine or beauty routine. Self-care is more intentional and purposeful. Self-care is not something that we force ourselves to do or something we don’t enjoy doing.
Self-care is “something that refuels us, rather than takes from us.
How to practice self-care at home?
How to practice self-care on a budget?
Self-care is essential for your overall health and wellbeing and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. As a woman, you can create your own self-care routine, a personal agenda you create to refuel and revitalize yourself.
Simple activities such as setting aside time in the morning to work out or a Sunday DIY spa day ritual, for example, can help you feel more awake and ready to take on the world.
What is a self-care kit?
A self-care kit is a collection of items you curate to facilitate rejuvenation for yourself at home. You can also gift a loved one with a self-care box kit that you created yourself.
Your self-care kit may include beauty products on Amazon, or DIY natural beauty recipes you make yourself. Your self-care box may include or books, or tasty treats. Heck, your self care-kit could include absolutely nothing at all.
How to create a DIY self-care kit?
Below are a thoughtful list of some simple ideas of items you may like to add to your self-care collection. These items can help you to revitalize, rejuvenate and relax that won’t make your bank account want to cry.
This list guide is perfect for women, for moms, for caregivers, for teens, for teachers, and nurses too. Create a self-care guide for your self, or gift of to someone you love. I hope that creating your own self-care box (and making the time to actually enjoy it regularly) will help you through anxiety, depression, or just taking care of your self overall.
Best Books for Self Care Kit
Reading is such a lovely way to escape the hectic world around us, if even for a few moments. Here are some favorite books to indulge in on a self-care Sunday.
The Witch’s Book of Self Care
The Witch’s Book of Self-Care has advice for pampering your body, mind, and spirit with spells, meditations, mantras, and powerful activities to help you to keep healthy, soothe stress, relinquish sadness, channel joy, and embrace your strength.
The Art of Doing Nothing: Simple Ways to Make Time for Yourself
A practical guide to rest and relaxation, it ushers us into a world where “being” is more compelling than “doing.” The stress-reducing techniques described here require no time, no skill, no commitment.
Thirty Chic Days: Practical Inspiration for a Beautiful Life
Inside this book, you’ll find thirty days of ‘joie de vivre’ sharing fun and exciting ways to bring your ideal chic life into being. ‘Thirty Chic Days’ is a warm, encouraging and fanciful guide on living a simple and beautiful French-inspired life
The Black Girl’s Guide To Being Blissfully Feminine
I absolutely adore this book for all women and especially for black women. I finished this entire book on a plane ride home from Aruba, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s very insightful and easy to read during your leisurely self-care time.
A Journaling Notebook
I recently wrote about how I started my first bullet journal, and thus far I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience. Journaling is a fabulous therapeutic self-care activity.
An Adult Coloring Book
Millions of adults are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring — and so can you. Pass some time coloring whimsical florals, to squirrels, to butterflies in an imaginative coloring experience
In addition to the aforementioned books:
I also highly recommend Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide. Check out a full curated list I put together of fun, yet insightful, and easy to read recommended books for women.
Best Sensory Products for Self Care Kit
Essential Oils Diffuser
This essential oil diffuser doubles as a humidifier. Use it to improve your home’s atmosphere quality, eliminate bad smells, and protect you against the excessively dry season, dust, and more!
Natural Essential Oils
Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine that employs plant extracts to support health and well-being.
My favorite essential oil is currently Lavender. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. And it smells incredible.
Bring Me, Love Handmade Candle
This love and happiness candle is perfect for anyone trying to find true love, reflaming an old flame, or putting a spark back into your current romance/friendship (including with yourself).
*Handmade in Brooklyn, NY
Best Bath Products for Self Care Kit
Bliss Lemon & Sage
I first discovered Bliss products in the bathroom of the W Hotel New York City. Their Lemon & Sage Soapy Suds Body Wash is absolutely delightful. It helps you turn your bathroom into a full spa experience.
Feminine Luxury Bath Robe
How absolutely fabulous is this bathrobe? I would lounge around in this all day long after my shower or bath. This bathrobe is perfect to help you channel your inner feminine goddess as you glide around the house luxuriating in your self-care time.
Enchantress Bath Salt Potion
Can you smell that? The potent scent of blended rose, lilac, lavender, chamomile, and sweet orange essential oils, mixed with roses, lavender buds, cornflower, chamomile, and dried orange peels? So good!
Pamper your skin in a luxurious bubble with this indulgent blend of purifying salts, herb, oils, and floras.
*Handmade in Brooklyn, NY
Dried Organic Rose Petals
The rose was one of the most valued medicinal plants in the monastery gardens of medieval Europe. Not only decorative, rose petals do contain some vitamin C, though less than that found in rose hips. Ancient Chinese medicine used roses to treat digestive disorders, the pain from injuries and menstrual irregularities.
*Handmade in Connecticut.
Natural & DIY Beauty Products for Self Care Kit
Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & Body Mask
The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Bentonite Clay Mask has an almost cult-like following. Many ladies swear by this stuff for cystic acne, hormonal acne, even sensitive skin.
Bragg Apple Cide Vinegar
Another natural product that you likely already have in your kitchen cabinet. Apple cider vinegar advocates also swear by it for many different benefits. Use it by itself as a skin toner or mix it with the Bentonite Clay to make a DIY face mask.
DIY Facemask Mixing Kit
Use this facemask mixing kit to mix DIY face masks. Its simple to use and clean the brushes makes it easy to apply the mask.
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
Brooklyn Botany makes a great brown sugar face & exfoliating body scrub for Acne Scars, Stretch Marks, and Feet.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Organic coconut oil is excellent for moisturizing the skin naturally. Especially after a hot show or bath. You can use it for your hair as well. I use coconut for everything, including my self-care kit and regimen.
Tried & True Beauty Products for Self Care Kit
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment
This stuff is expensive, but it’s magic in a bottle. Mix this Lactic Acid Treatment with the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser and you’ve got a powerful at-home facial potion. The powerful ingredients like lactic acid help to resurface your skin overnight.
Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin.
Best Food Treats For Self Care Kit
Adorable Loose Leaf Tea Infuser
This flowery combo of lavender and chamomile proves that tranquility and calmness can be found during even the most hectic of days. Enjoy hot or iced, plain or sweetened with sugar or a touch of honey.
Adorable Loose Leaf Tea Infuser
A charming little tea infuser that floats in your cup — bobbing and brewing loose tea leaves to perfection. It’s an ideal companion for tea at the quack of dawn.
What do you think of this list of fabulous self-care products and items for you next Sunday self-care ritual? What products or items do you incorporate into your self-care kit that we left out? Sharing is caring — tell us in the comments!
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