Before, I have spoken about the importance of a self care day, and set out the perfect at home pamper day for you. Today, I want to help you create your own self care box! So if you want to know how to create your own self care kit, keep reading!
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What is a self care box?
A self care box, or self care kit, is essentially a collection of items that help you take care of yourself, and will make you feel better. You can grab your self care box whenever you’re feeling a bit off, a bit down, in need of a break, or for a good old self care day.
Your self care box should contain items that make you feel comfortable, happy and taken care of. It’s a gift from you to you, so whenever you are feeling in need of it, it’s a bit like getting a hug.
You know when you’re not feeling great and someone makes a cup of hot chocolate or some food for you and it feels so nice to be taken care of? That’s how your self care box should feel.
How to create your own self care kit?
It is quite simple to create your own self care kit, and does not have to be expensive at all. It really depends on you.
You can make your self care box as elaborate as you like! As long as you have some kind of container, box, basket or even just a drawer to put your things in, and things to put in it you have a self care kit!
The most important thing is that you have as many of these things in one place as possible, so that they’re easy to find when you need them.
You can also check out your local second hand store if you want to put everything in a basket. It’s the perfect place to find things like that at a much lower price!
Of course, you can also create a self care box for someone else, or a self care gift basket. In that case, make it look nice and be sure to include things that are comforting to the other person.
What to include in a self care box?
Of course, it is completely up to you what you put in your self care box. Like I said, just make sure to fill it with things that calm you down, make you feel good, and make you happy. Other than that it’s up to you, but here are my suggestions.
I think one of the first things to when you feel like breaking out the self care box, for whatever reason, is to get into a nice hot bath, preferably with some extra goodies in it.
If bath salts aren’t really your thing, try a bath bomb! For me it is so therapeutic to just watch them dissolve and turn the bath into something absolutely magical. Especially if they have (environmentally friendly) glitter in them and your bath turns into mermaid paradise.
What you want to wear when you break out the self care kit does not matter, as long as you are comfortable. Some prefer sweatpants and a hoodie, others prefer a bathrobe.
I love this bathrobe because it is super fluffy and comfortable! Like you’d want to hug yourself for the rest of the day. And let’s be honest, that sounds pretty amazing.
But not just any make up wipes, sustainable face cleansing cloths! Regular make up wipes are terrible for the environment, and we don’t want the environment to suffer from our self care, now do we?
These cleansing cloths are just as efficient at taking off your make up and cleaning your face, and can be thrown in the washing machine. Super easy!
I think this spa is so pretty and will look amazing in any bathroom. It also has nano technology and negative ions so the moisture particles can penetrate your skin more efficiently and hydrate your skin even better!
After a foot bath it’s time to make your feet look pretty again. Like I said, we spend a lot of time on our feet and sometimes that shows.
This set has everything you could possibly need, all in one convenient box. Treat your feet to a good pedicure and your feet are all ready for summer.
Time to do your nails! Doing my nails is so therapeutic for me personally as it takes such a level of focus and concentration, it takes everything else off my mind. And leaves me with beautiful nails, which boosts my confidence.
I love sitting at a computer typing and seeing my nails all beautiful and taken care off. But manicures are a bit pricey here, so I prefer to do them at home.
This set is perfect to do your nails at home, as it is complete and has everything you need to do your nails in the comfort of your own home, in your pjs with a big cup of tea!
This peeling has pretty much saved my skin. I’ve been dealing with a lot of cystic acne in the last 2 years, and have had the scars to prove it.
But with this peeling, the scars are fading so fast! It is amazing, and it’s fun to pretend you’re a vampire. Or just had a blood facial.
It’s also great to scare other people with. I try to do mine every 3 days for 10 minutes, but it depends on the weather and the sun.
Make sure to stay out of the sun or wear good SPF the days after!
I always use argan oil on the ends of my hair and it is so nice! It makes my hair so nice and soft and really helps prevent split ends. It is so moisturizing and it seriously helps my haircuts last longer.
On top of that, the crystals have such a nice cooling effect on your face, your fingers definitely cannot beat that.
For extra cooling effects, keep them in the fridge!
The rose quartz roller also has a vibrating function, which helps your body with the toxins and puffiness in your face.
Rose quartz and jade have different effects, as you’d expect from crystals. Rose quartz is an expression of love and self love, while jade brings harmony and good luck. It really depends on your preference, one crystal is not better than thet other.
I’ve been using castor oil on my hair for a while now and both me and my hairdresser have noticed a difference! It soothes my scalp and helps my hair grow a lot.
I always thought it had a certain point it wouldn’t grow past (cause it never did) but now it has surpassed that point!
Massage it into your scalp, let it sit for as long as you can (I do it overnight, but 24h would be even better) and wash it out. Really amazing stuff!
Another hair saviour. Ever since I’ve started using Olaplex 2 years ago my hair has been so much better! I don’t dye my hair, but it has been pretty damaged by the sun, sea, beach and the cold winters here.
I naturally have pretty thin and brittle hair, and it has been a lot better since starting olaplex. It is a bond treatment, not a hair mask, so put it in overnight and wash it out in the morning.
I have never personally tried this, but the reviews really make me want to! It’s meant to be just as good, and for some people even better, than olaplex!
My hair is so important to me and I really want to take care of it, and I think you do too! So if you’ve tried olaplex and didn’t like it, or just want to try something different, give this a go!
This lip mask will do wonders for your lips and make them super soft. Ideally you’d use this before you go to bed, and after you’ve scrubbed your lips with a pre-made scrub or some sugar and oil.
A lip mask is the perfect addition to your skin care routine and will make you feel like a super luxurious princess. I know I do!
Isn’t the feel of your skin after a good scub amazing? I feel like such a goddess when I’ve scrubbed, and honestly can’t stop touching my skin.
Scrubbing is so good for your skin, as it gets rid of all the dead skin cells, and improves circulation.
This one is all natural, organic, has only 7 ingredients and smells like Jasmine, which will transport you to tropical islands and summer paradise.
After a good scrub, It’s important to moisturize your skin. Once the dead skin cells are gone, it is easier for the moisturizer to be absorbed by the cells, so your skin will get even softer.
Body butter feels so much more luxurious to me than body lotion, as it is much thicker and just feels more moisturizing
This one, with shea butter, almond oil and honey won’t only smell absolutely amazing, it also has so many good quailities that will transform your skin!
A self care box really isn’t complete without some good snacks. These are some of my favorite:
Banana chips; Just so I can pretend to be healthy, while eating something sweet and crispy.
Cookies! Who doesn’t love cookies? I love these as they are vegan and higher in protein, while still being absolutely delicious. And they are definitely one of the best vegan cookies I have tried. I also love that they’re individually packed, as for cookies that’s a bit safer for me (read: otherwise I might eat the whole pack)
“>Dark chocolate. Isn’t it the absolute best! I genuinely prefer dark over white or milk, as they are usually too sweet for me. “>This combination pack is great as it gives you more options, They all have less than 5 ingredients, are organic and support women.
Treat yourself while doing something good, the perfect combination!
Candles are such a mood and make your home or room smell amazing.
This one is more of a clean scent, so you can pretend your house is spotlessly clean and you’ve just done laundry. I love it on warm summer days, or days I’ve actually cleaned my house to extend the smell.
This one is such a warm cozy smell! Doesn’t your house smell amazing when you’ve just baked brownies? Whether you did or just picked them up at the store, with this candle your house will smell like you actually did. What’s not to love?
If you’re not comfortable with candles, add an oil diffuser to your self care box. They can change the mood and can really impact how you feel. On top of that, they are beautiful to look at. I love that they’re so decorative now, and are even beautiful when they’re turned off.
They are the perfect addition to your box, but of course you don’t only have to use them when you’re in a self care mood. I use mine all the time, and even have one in my office.
What is a diffuser without essential oil? I think getting a kit to start out with is abslutely the best things to do, as you can get tired of just one pretty quick, and getting a set will save you some $$.
This kit is a small set of 3 which is perfect if you’re just starting out. They are 3 small bottles of their most popular single oils and includes lavender, lemon and peppermint. Perfect for any moment of the day, and any mood. they are a bit more expensive, but DoTerra make some of the highest quality oils out there.
This one is a more elaborate set with 8 single oils, so you have a bit more to choose from. they are priced a bit lower, so you can get more bang for your buck, but remember they might be lower quality.
A blanket is the best thing to cuddle up on the couch with. It is cozy, keeps you warm, and makes for great decor when it’s out of use.
I think this blanket looks super nice and cozy, and it might find its way to my shopping cart very soon.
A daylight lamp is amazing in winter, especially if you’re living in an area where sunlight is hard to find in winter. A lack of sunlight can lead to seasonal affective disorder, which can make you feel gloomy and down.
A daylight lamp is a simple solution for that, and only 15 minutes a day is enough to reap the benefits of it and get your happy self back aagin.
A himalayan salt lamp looks beautiful whether it is turned on or off, and creates such a warm glow in your room, it’s impossible not to love one. I’ve had one of my wish list for a while, and I know I will be getting one.
On top of its general beauty, the negative ions it emits help purify the air in the room. Salt lamps can also help with sleeping problems, migraines and many other things.
So aside from it being a beautiful lamp in your house, you’re really getting yourself something that contributes to your general health and wellbeing!
Something to remind you how great your are
Put this poster on your wall and read it whenever you’re in need of your self care box.
I wrote this poster as a letter to you to remember how amazing you are. This one is sure to improve your confidence and feel instantly better about yourself!
Whenever you feel out of it, unmotived, negative, look at your cards. They’ll lift you up and help you feel a bit happier and more cheerful in no time.
To me, these cards are little reminders that I am taken care of by the universe, I am loved and I deserve to love. Everything is always working out for me and no matter what I do, something good will come from it.
So I feel like these packs are a good addition to your self care kit, as that is usually what we need to hear.
A good notebook
A journal can be a great thing to have in your self care box. I always write whenever I feel a bit off, and 9/10 times it makes me feel better. I have a post on starting a journal as well as 50 questions if you need some help getting started, but I highly recommend you do.
A very popular option for journals are moleskin journals. I think they are one of the most popular journals, and they come in all sizes and colors. I love how you can get the inside lined, squared or dotted to suit your needs, as well as a hard or a soft cover.
Personally, I prefer these oxford journals. The paper is a lot thicker, which prevents your ink from bleeding. Even with my fountain pen, the ink does not bleed and that’s really imoprtant to me. I also feel like the thick paper gives it a bitt more of a luxurious feel.
If you’re a bit more creative, or like to use them for your coloring books, I recommend getting more than 20 pens. I have this set of 36 and it is perfect for my needs of writing and coloring mandalas.
But if you’re very artistic and creative and love making up spreads in your bullet journal, or creating really colorful mandalas, You should really get this set of 60 pens! This will guarantee you have every color under the rainbow and more to express all your creativity on paper.
All I asked for christmas last year was a coloring book. I absolutely love them and they’re the perfect distraction and relaxation. I get so focused on coloring with the right colors and not messing up, it is very relaxing for me. It is also a great way to not look at a screen for a bit. I personally love mandalas, but you can get adult coloring books with so many different pictures now, you’re sure to find one you like!
If you prefer coloring with pencils instead of pens, these are amazing. with 72 colors it’s definitely complete, and you are free to create anything you want.
Books to read
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So there they are, 36 things to include in your self care box. I hope you can make your self care box feel like a super comforting to keep in your house whenever you need it. You can really break it out whether you feel great or not so great, whenever you feel like it. I love knowing that I have a collection of things to make me feel good, all in one place.