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Five DIYs to Treat Yo Self With on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming around the corner like a villain in an 80’s movie, and with every passing day, I can feel its presence. This is going to be the first time in 4 years that I’ll be single for Valentine’s Day, and I can honestly say without any sarcasm that I’m kind of excited. I’m a firm believer that this holiday should be about love in all of its forms—not just romantic, but platonic, familial, and even personal. Today, we’ll be talking about the latter, and I’ll be sharing with you my favorite DIYs to get yourself in the mood to love yourself this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single or not. 

Rose Petal Milk Bath Soak

I don’t know about you, but when I think of self-care, bubble baths are almost always the first things that come to mind. What’s more romantic and soothing than a nice, relaxing soak after a long day of eating chocolate and watching rom coms? (Maybe that’s just me.) This bath soak has milk powder to soften your skin, rose petals for a nice aroma and a romantic touch, and oatmeal for gentle exfoliation. Follow the instructions here for the easiest recipe that your skin will swoon over. 

Heart-Shaped Solid Lotion Bars

You might be tired of seeing hearts everywhere on Valentine’s Day, but these heart-shaped bars are sure to win you over. With a simple base of beeswax, almond oil, and shea butter, it’s the perfect follow-up to your milk bath (and feels heavenly on freshly-shaved legs). The recipe walks you through choosing molds, how to create that beautiful pink color with natural ingredients, and it even has a list of essential oil combinations for different properties. I literally couldn’t ask for more.

Chlorophyll and Tea Tree Face Mask

Okay, I’m seriously proud of myself for not putting this as the first thing on the list, because I’m obsessed with this recipe. Anyone that knows me knows that face masks are my only true love in this world, and this one might have just jumped to the number one spot. A simple mixture of bentonite clay (also known as Aztec Healing Clay), 5-10 drops of liquid chlorophyll, and a couple drops of tea tree oil creates a mask that deeply purifies your pores without the harsh drying effects of normal bentonite masks. The chlorophyll didn’t stain my face at all, but it has the potential to stain clothes, so I’d suggest caution with this recipe. (Also, use your leftover liquid chlorophyll in your water for some extra hydration!)

5 Minute Honey and Vanilla Lip Scrub

A quick, natural, and tasty recipe for soft and kissable lips—what’s not to love? This recipe couldn’t be easier to follow, and nothing screams “Valentine’s Day mood” like a freshly exfoliated pout. Honey has natural antibacterial properties, and the vanilla extract is sure to make your lips taste like heaven. Find the full recipe here. (Pro-tip: add cinnamon for some all-natural lip plumping action.)

Rose Petal Dark Chocolate Bark

It just isn’t Valentine’s Day without chocolate, and dark chocolate is both healthy and delicious. This recipe adds rose petals for some texture and color, as well as some cinnamon and chili pepper for a little heat in the chocolate, but you can always adjust the ingredients to fit your personal taste. Just don’t forget to sweeten it – dark chocolate is naturally pretty bitter. This recipe is perfect not just for yourself, but to share with the people you love.

And there you have it. In my personal experience, these DIYs pair fantastically with a silky robe, a bottle of your favorite wine, and the sweet sounds of Ariana Grande playing in the background. That’s the magic of Valentine’s Day, after all—it’s totally up to you to personalize your day and make it the best that it can be. It’s too easy to feel like if you’re single, you should spend this holiday cooped up inside, alone and crying over rom-coms. But I’m here to tell you that Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the most important relationships in your life, and your relationship with yourself definitely counts, single or not. Happy DIYing!

Madison Sinsel

CU Boulder '21

Madison is currently a sophomore at CU Boulder, working towards a major in the CMCI school in Strategic Communications on the media design track as well as a minor in fine art. She's been a HerCampus writer since her freshman year, and this year she is also lucky to be an Aerie Ambassador for CU's campus and a Barre3 ambassador for the Boulder studio. At CU Boulder, Madi is focusing on learning graphic design and illustration and has plans to one day become an artistic director and tattoo artist. She's had a love for writing since she was three years old, and is thrilled to be a part of the HerCampus community. Her passions include theatre, matcha lattes, and reading people's tarot cards at parties.
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