How To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Luxurious Spa Retreat

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Everybody deserves a spa day. Taking regular trips to your local spa of choice provides countless benefits to those who are willing to make the investment. As noted by Pure Aesthetics Gainesville, spa days help you de-stress, enhance your sleep, and encourage your body to naturally release Serotonin and Dopamine. Spa day facials can even lead to radiant skin, anti-aging success, and higher levels of confidence. Spa day massages often lead to reduced headaches along with increased blood flow and circulation. Furthermore, Mountain Side Spa says days at the spa are integral to your physical and mental health. They compare spa days to workouts at the gym since both experiences create a similar result: heightened levels of happiness and personal satisfaction.  


So what does that mean for those of us who don't want to shell out hundreds to thousands of dollars on spa treatments? The good news is that there are ways to make yourself feel spoiled and special, right at home in your own bathroom. What it Costs estimates that an average day of spa treatments costs between $150 and $450 on the low-end. If you're hoping to schedule multiple services, it might actually be a lot higher than that. These are the items you should have inside your own bathroom to recreate the same magical feeling you get when you spend the day at the spa.

Reusable wax melting pot

Who wouldn't want to have the smoothest possible skin ever? When you get a wax, your hair is ripped out from the root. Your follicles are left clear and empty, which means you won't notice any hair regrowth for a while. Some of the most popular places on the body people choose to wax are their legs, underarms, and intimate areas. The truth of the matter is that waxing services at spas can be expensive and intrusive. When you get all of the hair removed from your pelvic area, it's called a Brazilian wax. This common practice requires a lot of trust in the esthetician doing their job. You have to be comfortable with them seeing everything. What if you could simply wax yourself at home?


Reusable melting pots for wax beads are perfect for your bathroom if you're trying to achieve a spa vibe. Ulta sells one for $12 and doesn't hesitate to describe how easy they are to use. When you wax your skin, you remove the top layer of dead skin along with all of your unwanted hair. It's way healthier for your skin to remove unwanted hair by waxing than shaving. It's common knowledge by now that shaving causes razor bumps and darkened patches of skin. Healthline says that if you follow all of the necessary precautions with your at-home waxing routine, you'll be just fine and you'll end up with gorgeous results. 

UV or LED nail dryer

Having a fresh set of attractive nails is key for anyone who wants to feel like a total baddie. Gel nail polish has become one of the most popular nail treatments to receive at professional salons since gel polish dries almost instantaneously, and it lasts for a very long time without chipping. Regular nail polish could never! Gel polish is thick, bright, strong, and available in an endless assortment of colors. The only other item you need to have if you're painting your nails with gel polish is a UV or LED nail dryer.


Milady Pro says UV and LED nail dryers will both get the job done when drying your gel polish, but they're still a tad different. The main contrast is that LED lights will dry gel polish a bit faster. Nevertheless, professional salons use both options, and you can, too. The New York Times suggests snagging nail clippers, nail files, polish remover, and nail buffers when you're setting up your bathroom nail station. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars getting your nails done at the salon when it's easy enough to create lovely results at home.

Waterproof massage gun

Massages are another super popular treatment to request at the spa since they help you feel more comfortable and relaxed. If you're feeling tense or tight in your shoulders, back, or neck, a professional massage can loosen you right up. If you're feeling stiff in your legs or arms, a massage can help with that too. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several types of massages to choose from. A Swedish massage is a gentle one that delivers kneading, long strokes, and deep circular movements. Unfortunately, when this service is done by a professional massage therapist, it can cost a pretty penny. 


When you're turning your bathroom into a luxurious spa, you might want to consider getting a waterproof massage gun for yourself. Well Bots says waterproof massage guns can relieve you from soreness anywhere you might go. They're designed to save time since they're portable. Since massage guns are waterproof (depending on the one you buy), you can use them in the tub during a bubble bath.

Bidet toilet attachment

Let's face it: There's nothing fresh or clean about toilet paper. In fact, toilet paper is known to be a breeding ground for germs in public restrooms. Flushable wet wipes are a step in the right direction, but they're definitely not as great as bidet toilet attachments. According to CNN, more Americans started noticing the benefits of the bidets after the great toilet paper shortage of 2020. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, toilet paper became a hot commodity. 


Switching to bidets has improved the hygiene and happiness of people who prefer feeling fresher "down there" after using the bathroom. Not having to continually spend money on toilet paper or flushable wet wipes is also a plus. After all, a bidet attachment is a one-time purchase. WebMD even notes that 77% of people in Japan are already using bidets. Bidets are also the standard in most European countries. These places are obviously light years ahead of the game in comparison to the United States. Anyone who wants to make sure that their bathroom at home feels like a luxurious spa will want to invest in a bidet as well. The good news is that you don't even need to pay for an entire bidet toilet to be installed in your bathroom. Simple bidet attachments are exceptionally affordable.


Book and magazine shelf

Did you use your last visit to the spa or salon to catch up on some brewing celebrity gossip? It's pretty typical to find a table or a bookshelf filled with magazines and books in places where you're receiving luxury treatments. Even if you're not interested in the current world of pop culture, there are likely tons of books to read that might pique your interest. For these reasons, it makes sense to install a book and magazine shelf in your bathroom. 


According to Penguin Random House, reading in the tub is the height of literary leisure and relaxation. Book Riot notes that the first rule of any enjoyable reading session is finding yourself in a perfectly relaxed state. Bathtubs can be just as relaxing as comfy chairs with blankets, if not more. The only thing you have to worry about is keeping your book or magazine away from any water splashes to avoid soggy pages. Installing a book and magazine shelf in your bathroom will create a luxurious feel while giving you the freedom to fill the shelf space with literary content that actually catches your attention. Magazines about the Kardashian clan or self-help books about the law of attraction are just a few fun ideas.


Towel warmer

Having a towel warmer in your bathroom is not a luxury that should be considered out of reach to anyone. You're never "doing too much" by adding items to your bathroom that cultivate a relaxed and enjoyable environment. If nearly every single five-star hotel has towel warmers installed, why shouldn't you have one also? You don't actually need to have one installed though. You can purchase a portable towel warmer to keep your towels fresh and warm each time you take a shower. 


Ocean Home says that towel warmers are far more beneficial than you might think. They help banish bacteria, lessen your laundry loads, and offer a beautiful storage solution. Real Home Advice says that towel warmers will ensure a vibe of warmth and coziness in your bathroom. They keep mold away and they're incredibly energy efficient. The nicest thing about towel warmers is that they don't have to be dedicated to just warming up your towels. You can also warm your slippers or your robe on a chilly day. In fact, you can warm any piece of clothing you're planning to wear. Towel warmers are easy enough to use. All you need to do is plug them into the wall and add room temperature water that will eventually get heated up by the internal radiator.


Face masks

The benefits that come from getting facials on a regular basis are impressive. Begin With Skin Med Spa says that facials help renew skin cells by circulating the blood flow underneath your top layer of skin. Good circulation means your skin is ridding itself of toxins, losing its puffiness, and thriving from healthy proteins and nutrients. Facials, just like other spa services, aren't always the cheapest thing ever though. For this reason, it's just fine to enjoy face masks at home.


According to The Healthy, you can pamper yourself using homemade face mask recipes that will get you just as far. They suggest using face masks made with mashed bananas, vinegar, milk, oatmeal, mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon, or egg yolks. You might also be interested in DIY face masks made with honey, yeast, or mustard. The ingredients you choose for your face masks depends on what you're trying to achieve. Some face masks are meant for simple hydration while others are meant to prevent aging. There are some face mask recipes you can follow to fight back against acne while others exist to fade any dark spots you might have. If you don't want to make face masks by following a specific recipe guide, you can store pre-packaged face masks in your bathroom also.


Essential oils diffuser

When you add an essential oils diffuser to your bathroom, you're automatically upgrading the space to feel fancier and more luxurious. What exactly are essential oils anyway? According to Healthline, they're highly concentrated natural extracts that come from the stems, flowers, and leaves of plants. If you want to reap the benefits of essential oils, the most common way to do that is by inhaling them. 


Since they have amazing scents and they're filled to the brim with therapeutic properties, there's truly no way to go wrong with an essential oils diffuser in your bathroom. Medical News Today says that the art of aromatherapy has been around for nearly 6,000 years. The purpose of it is to improve one's mood or health. If you don't want to place an entire essential oils diffuser in your bathroom, you can also experience the joys of essential oils through droplets in your bath water or spray bottles misted into the air.

Bathtub bamboo tray

If you've ever been in a conundrum where you want to relax in a bubble bath but still have a couple of tasks to complete, we know of one amazing item you can add to your bathroom. Bamboo bathtub trays are absolutely perfect for creating a wonderful bathtime ambiance. According to House Beautiful, traditional bamboo trays are ideal for holding books, your phone, candles, or glasses of wine. Maybe even all of the above! 


Adding a bath tray to your bath time experience is an incredible way to indulge in self-care. Bath trays are typically adjustable with multiple compartments to take advantage of. They're generally affordable, stylish, and small enough to be easily stored when you're finished taking your bath. Some bath trays hook onto one side of the tub while others connect to both upper edges. Can you imagine feeling a little slight ping of hunger during your bath? A bamboo bath tray can act as a table to hold a mini charcuterie board or fruit parfait. Bamboo is a material that does well when it meets water, but you can also go for bath trays made of wire, stainless steel, plastic, or wood. 

Acrylic makeup organizer

It's always a lovely experience to get your makeup professionally done at a salon. Makeup artists know exactly what they're doing with foundation, mascara, lipstick, and more. It's pretty typical for people to splurge on professional makeup for major celebrations such as weddings or graduations. But what about all those days in between when there's nothing major to celebrate? 


It's important to have easy access to all of your makeup, the same way talented makeup artists do at their salons, but it can be a tad bit tricky trying to figure out where you want to store all the cosmetics you own. According to NBC News, some of the best makeup storage containers you can purchase are made of clear acrylic. The reason clear acrylic makeup containers are preferable is that you can automatically see everything you own without having to rummage through them. Soft makeup bags might be the most common thing people own for cosmetics storage, but they're also far from what you'd find at a luxury spa or salon. Clear acrylic boxes are more your speed if you're going for chic and classy.


Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

It feels truly luxurious to get your hair professionally done at a high-end salon or spa. In order to emulate the feeling of a truly extravagant spa inside your own bathroom, you might want to invest in a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer before your next shampoo session. According to Ulta, this spectacular hair dryer dries your hair quickly without using extreme heat. It was designed to mesh well with different hair types since it comes with five separate styling attachments. Even curly-haired folks are in luck.


Good Housekeeping says that although the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is on the pricier side, it's definitely worth the price point. When you get your hair professionally done, you walk out of the salon feeling like a million bucks. With the Dyson supersonic hair dryer, you'll likely be dealing with much less frizz than ever before. This means it'll feel similar to the real deal. This hair dryer is dedicated to increasing shine and smoothness while protecting your hair from damage.

Water carafe

Hydration is key if you want to live a happy and healthy life. In fact, some believe you're supposed to guzzle eight glasses of water each day, while others believe you're supposed to drink half of your body weight in ounces in order to take better care of yourself. Regardless of how much water you believe you need to drink, it's important to always have access to clean, drinkable water when you're feeling thirsty. Have you ever noticed that during your visits to luxurious salons and spas, there always seems to be cold, fresh water available to you? Having a water carafe set in your bathroom is one of the simplest ways to upgrade your space by giving it a fancier feel. 


What's more, glass water carafes provide a beautifully modern look that can elevate any room with a sly sense of sophistication. Aquasana says that drinking from glass containers comes with a slew of health benefits including the fact that glass bottles successfully keep filtered water pure without the risk of any disgusting chemicals contaminating what you're drinking. It's healthier — looks much classier — to have fresh water on deck inside a glass carafe rather than in a plastic bottle.

Refillable marble pump dispensers

When your bathroom counter is littered with plastic bottles of soaps and lotions, it no longer screams "luxury." These plastic bottles, with their tacky stickers and labels, will eventually be tossed in the trash. There's something far more luxurious about using refillable marble pump bottles for your bathroom essentials. Marble is a patterned material that instantly looks chic and classy. Pottery Barn even calls its marble toothbrush holders, tissue covers, trays, canisters, and waste baskets essential items that have been specifically made to look elegant. 


Better Living Products USA adds that investing in refillable dispensers and bottles turns you into a more environmentally friendly human being. Buying single-use bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and everything else you may need leads to tons of plastic waste. Refillable bottles are eco-friendly and they look so much better in your bathroom. When refillable bottles are made of marble or other beautiful materials, they'll quickly make you feel as if you're in a luxury spa or salon.

Silk or satin robe

It's never too late to upgrade your bathrobe, especially if you've owned the same one for years. Investing in a luxurious robe made of silk or satin is a surefire way to elevate your relaxation levels at home. Parade says that when it comes to your self-care routine, it's about time to keep silk robes in mind. They're lightweight and won't cause you to overheat if you have a few tasks to complete around the house. Wearing robes made of microfiber or cotton won't be helpful to you if you're trying to stay totally comfortable and cool. 


Not Just Pajama adds that silk robes are an ideal option for loungewear since they have such a smooth feel. Although you might only think about wearing a silk robe on a romantic getaway paired with some lingerie, you shouldn't put yourself in such a limiting box. Silk and satin robes can be worn any day, at any time. If you want to instantly feel like you're at a lavish spa or salon, slip into a silk robe at your next opportunity.

Bathtub pillow

Has the bathtub become the new best place to doze off for a nap? If you have a soft enough bathtub pillow, bubbly naps just might become your reality. Bathtub pillows exist to provide support to your neck, head, shoulders, legs, and other body parts. When you're using a bathtub pillow, it makes it physically more comfortable for you to chill out and soak your troubles away in your tub. 


No one wants to deal with a strained neck or a tight back. Since bathtub pillows can help with those issues, why not add one to your own bathroom? Regal Bazaar says that bathtub pillows can add to the luxury of your bathroom by matching your overall style. If the color scheme in your bathroom is white and gray, you'll know that a bathtub pillow in a similar color will fit right in. Finding what makes you comfortable both physically and visually is key if you want to turn your bathroom into a true spa experience.

Candles and incense

When exactly is the perfect time to burn a candle or light some incense? If you're trying to create a spa experience in your own bathroom, the correct answer is... all the time! The Chill Times says that candles are extremely beneficial because they can increase your focus, help you remember positive memories, improve your mood, and alleviate stress. If you're interested in creating an amazing morning or nightly ritual, candles have always come in handy with that sort of thing as well. 


Lighting incense is just as magical. Sea Witch Botanicals explains that incense has been burned throughout history for its aromatic and spiritual properties. Whether the incense you're burning is made of cones, sticks, spirals, coils, loose powder, or raw plant materials, incense always tends to create the same positive energy. Tons of salons and spas rely on candles and incense to create a luxurious ambiance. You know you're on the right track if you have these burning in your own bathroom. Just don't forget to put out any flames when you're finished.

Heated rug

Heated rugs make bathrooms feel luxurious because of how high-end and comfortable they are. Walking across a cold bathroom floor isn't the most appealing feeling for anyone. A cold floor will have you awkwardly tip-toeing or sprinting around your home. Heat Breeze says that we're lucky heated rugs exist to keep our toes and feet nice and toasty. Since they radiate heat into the air as well, they essentially double as unexpected space heaters.


Cozy Winters says heated rugs fit perfectly in kitchens, playrooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and more. If you want your bathroom to feel like a luxurious spa, having a heated rug placed there is your best bet. The nicest possible heated rugs don't require any tools or electricians and pose no risk when it comes to possible burns. Since most heated rugs are waterproof, you can step on yours right out of a steamy shower or bubble bath.

Plants and flowers

Having flowers and plants in your bathroom will create an instantly luxurious feeling paired with an overflow of positive emotions. Fresh flowers and plants create a sense of internal creativity, innovation, and productivity. If you're a writer dealing with writer's block, take a dip in a bubble bath surrounded by orchids and lilies. You'll be flowing with ideas in no time.


According to the Petal Republic, it would be a mistake not to have fresh plants and flowers placed around your bathroom. The mental, physical, and emotional benefits are undeniable. The Art of Celebrating says that fresh flowers add an instant color pop into any space, serve as stress reducers, and add a lovely scent. There's a reason you've likely noticed fresh flowers inside the luxurious spas you've visited in the past. Lush green plants without colorful blossoms are mood lifters also. Copying the essence of a luxury spa inside your own bathroom definitely starts with fresh flowers and plants placed all around. You might consider adding a vase of roses on the countertop or an upside-down eucalyptus plant over your shower head. 


Foot bath

Whether you have a laborious job or not, foot massages can feel totally amazing. You might have an office job or a work-from-home job that doesn't require you to spend much time on your feet. That doesn't mean you don't still deserve a foot massage every once in a while. Harvard Health Publishing says foot massages stimulate the muscles, ease pain, reduce tension, and improve circulation. 


Foot massages are a common request people make at spas. You don't always need to seek out the service from a professional though. There are ways to replicate the feeling at home in your own bathroom. Using a foot bath to soak and massage your feet can feel just as lovely. WebMD says when you add Epson salt and vinegar to your foot bath, you turn it into a better experience with multiple health benefits. Using Epson salt will soften your skin and fight against any bacteria growth. Using vinegar also fights against bacteria and cancels out any possible foot odors. If your foot bath vibrates or sends ripples through the water for you, that's an added bonus.

Sugar scrub

Sugar scrub makes your skin feel shockingly soft. In most cases, sugar scrub also makes your skin smell delicious and sweet. According to Healthline, a sugar scrub should definitely be added to your shower or bath routine. Sugar scrub allows your skin to absorb lotions and moisturizers better, it unclogs pores, it prevents ingrown hairs. and it leaves your skin feeling smoother than before. If you've just finished waxing your body, a gentle sugar scrub over those freshly waxed areas will work some magic. Nourished Life says hormonal and dietary influences can change what's happening with our skin. 


The impact of these constant changes can cause flakiness, dryness, bumps, or worse. For these reasons, a sugar scrub can be very helpful. When you spend the day at a spa, you probably expect to leave feeling softer and cleaner than you were when you walked in. If that statement is true, sugar scrubs in your bathroom at home should be the first thing on your checklist.

Waterproof headphones and speaker

There's nothing wrong with wanting to relax to some music while enjoying your bubble bath. When you add waterproof headphones or speakers into your bathroom, you're creating a spa ambiance you won't want to walk away from. Most spas and salons have gentle music playing in the background to help clients relax and unwind. Whether you want to enjoy similar music with gentle melodies or something a little more exciting to jam out to, waterproof headphones and speakers will make that possible.


Under Water Audio says waterproof headphones provide excellent sound quality along with other advantages. Of course, you can use them in the bathtub or shower, but you can also use them in a pool, a sauna, or while walking in the rain. Tech Radar explains that bathing in silence can be boring and dull, but we all knew that. Instead, you can make your bathroom feel far more luxurious and pleasurable with your favorite tunes playing in the background.