How to make a spa in a jar

Learn how to make the perfect pampering gift

Sometimes there’s just nothing better than taking time to relax, especially when you’re caught up in the whirlwind of everyday life. But we know in today’s world it’s hard to switch off, and even harder to do so guilt-free. 

Wouldn’t it be lovely to treat someone you love to a bit of me-time? 

With a spa in a jar, you can give someone the gift of relaxation – the chance to unwind for a moment. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, and handpicking the perfect parts with thought and care could make it invaluable.  

Here are our steps, plus some top tips and ideas, for making your very own spa in a jar gift.     

Choose your jar

This will depend entirely on how many little gifts you want to include. A standard jam or mason jar is ideal for just a couple of bits, whereas something larger (like a bell jar) is better if you’ve got some bigger products. It’s a good idea to choose one with a wide mouth so it’s easier to fill, and of course, make sure it’s made of glass so you can show off what’s inside. 


Now it’s time to let your creative side shine! There are plenty of ways to decorate your jar, from ribbons to bells to glitter. If you’re feeling particularly arty, you could even use some paint. Why not try dipping the bottom of the jar in two different colours? 

Fill with pampering products

When your jar is nicely decorated you can start to fill it with goodies. This is where you can really personalise your gift and tailor it to suit your loved one.

Here are our top picks for the ultimate spa in a jar.

TonyMoly I'm Aloe Mask Sheet

First stop, hydration station

Our favourite for replenishing your skin with aloe extract & water based essences. There’s no need to fork out for a facial when you can do it yourself! Sheet masks are perfect because they’re quick, compact and fun. 

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Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

A 2-in-1 mask

We can't get enough of a clay mask! Refining skin's texture and reducing pores, this is the perfect little treat for a relaxing spa in a jar.

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e.l.f. Hydrogel Under Eye Masks

We can’t forget the eyes!

Eye masks are the ultimate spa accessory everyone needs in their life. Packed with hydration, this eye patch is perfect for giving the eyes an instant pick me up. 

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Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask Starter Kit

A perfect treatment mask

Can someone really have too many face masks? We think not, and we just had to include Liz Earle in our spa in a jar. This mask is the ultimate treatment mask or can be used to target blemish-prone skin – cucumber anyone? 

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BYBI Babe Balm

A cult classic 

Winter can wreak havoc on skin – hands up if you experience dry skin all winter long! Well you aren’t alone and your spa in a jar receiver could probably do with some TLC too. This all natural beauty balm is a dry skin saviour, it can be used on any part of the skin (including lips!).

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If you’ve got extra room in your jar, try filling it with tea lights and chocolate for an added festive feel.

Top tip: If you’ve got gaps between products and nothing else can really fit, why not add some more decorations, like wooden stars or colourful beads?

Label with love

Finish off your jar by attaching a label with your message. You can find a range of printable labels online if you don’t fancy making your own.