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Pamper Your Way to Wellness: Research-Backed Benefits and DIY Pampering Recipes

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Welcome back to our weekly self-care challenge series! This week, we're diving into a delightful topic that's all about indulgence and love – pampering. Not a new idea on this blog that’s for sure! But, it deserves being reminded about. Perhaps the most neglected part of self-care for most women is pampering. It is usually viewed as something that is indulgent and there is no time for. If you’ve been a part of the Mandi Makes family for a while now, you will know that pampering is one of my favourite ways to boost my mood and implement some self-care. It really doesn’t have to take much time or any money.

So, let’s explore the science behind pampering, share some fun DIY recipes, and provide tips to make pampering a sustainable part of your routine. Get ready to treat yourself – you deserve it!

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When we pamper ourselves, whether it’s through a spa day, a relaxing bath, or a skincare routine, our brains respond positively. Research shows that self-care activities can trigger the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are crucial for regulating mood and promoting feelings of happiness and relaxation.

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  1. Dopamine Delight: Dopamine is often referred to as the "feel-good" hormone. Engaging in activities that bring joy, such as pampering, can increase dopamine levels, making us feel more motivated and content.

  2. Serotonin Serenity: Serotonin is another mood booster that's linked to feelings of well-being and happiness. Pampering activities, like a soothing facial massage, can elevate serotonin levels, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.

  3. Oxytocin Overflow: Known as the "love hormone," oxytocin is released during physical touch and self-care rituals. Pampering yourself can foster a sense of connection and self-love, enhancing your emotional resilience.



Now that we know why pampering is so beneficial, let's get into some easy and fun DIY recipes that you can try at home.

1. Luxurious Lavender Body Scrub

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Lavender is known for its calming properties. This scrub will leave your skin soft and your mind serene.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup coconut oil

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Gently massage onto damp skin in circular motions.

  3. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.


2. Revitalising Honey & Turmeric Face Mask

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it helps keep your skin hydrated. This mask will leave your face glowing and refreshed.

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  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric


  1. Combine ingredients until smooth.

  2. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

  3. Rinse with warm water and enjoy your radiant skin.


3. Soothing Chamomile Bath Soak

Chamomile is fantastic for calming both the mind and body. This bath soak is perfect for unwinding after a long day.

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  • 1 cup Epsom salt

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • 10 drops chamomile essential oil

  • Dried chamomile flowers (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a jar.

  2. Add a few scoops to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.

  3. Relax and let the stress melt away.



Incorporating pampering into your regular routine doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. Here are some tips to make self-care a sustainable habit:

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  1. Schedule It: Just like any other important activity, schedule time for pampering. Whether it’s a 10-minute nightly routine or a longer weekend session, make it a priority.

  2. Keep It Simple: Pampering doesn’t always mean a full spa day. Simple activities like applying a face mask while watching TV or taking a 5-minute hand massage break can make a big difference.

  3. Create a Pamper Kit: Assemble a kit with your favourite pampering items – think essential oils, scrubs, masks, and a cozy robe. Having everything in one place makes it easier to indulge whenever you have a few spare moments.

  4. Mindfulness Matters: Practice mindfulness during your pampering sessions. Focus on the sensations and the act of caring for yourself. This enhances the benefits and makes the experience more fulfilling.



Pampering is more than just a treat; it’s a powerful way to boost your mood and improve your overall wellbeing. By understanding the science behind it and incorporating simple, enjoyable routines into your life, you can harness the benefits of pampering every day. So, this week’s challenge is to indulge in a pampering session and share your experience with us. Let’s make self-care a delightful habit!

Happy pampering! 🌸



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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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