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Mother’s Day Gift Guide + DIY Spa Recipes

Ah Mother’s Day, where you can grab a bite at your favorite restaurant, maybe hit the spa, send the kids away… oh wait… Well, in these unusual times, moms will likely be overdosing on the family time or missing those away. So why not send a mother-earth-friendly gift that makes an impact for the mom (or other superwoman!) who’s made an impact in your life. And help her pamper-in-place with the fun recipes below!

Feels *almost* as good as a hug in social distancing…

Show her the love with a beautiful, artisan-made Bloom & Give scarf and you’ll also be sharing the love with girls education programs (10% of every purchase) and the small artisan co-ops that support employment-seeking women in India.

For the fashionista mom:

And just a few more responsibly-made, environmentally friendly pieces to keep your mom looking chic:

Because you probably gave her wrinkles…

Give her skin hand-crafted care with this all-natural skincare set from our friends at Lovett Sundries, a small family company working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with their two young kids in tow!

Gifts under $50 for the one-in-a-million mom

When your love for mom has no bounds, but the budget sure does… here are a few more of our eco friendly favorites!

Choosy mom? Let her choose!

Pamper-in-place: 5 DIY home spa recipes

[1] Coffee-grind face masks: Start with this and other recipes by skin type courtesy of Wild About Beauty.



  1. In a bowl, start mixing the coffee beans and cocoa powder
  2. Add milk, and stir until you create a paste. If you want a thicker paste, use less milk
  3. Add in lemon juice and honey, and apply to your clean face
  4. Allow the mask to dry for 20 minutes, and then wash off. Store any leftovers of the mask for up to 3 days. You can apply it the next day as well
  5. If you want extra exfoliation, apply the mask in a circular motion for a quick scrub

[2] Hair masks for growth & thickness: all hail The Oprah Magazine’s hair masks, like this easy one for thinning and breakage:

[3] Home-made foot peel: Well + Good says this one is the closest thing we’ll get to a pedicure

[4] Home Spa Sugar Scrub & Honey Hand Wrap: WebMD brings you this and more from the Four Seasons Resort and others

[5] Shower Steamers with Essential Oils: DIY Beauty Base teaches variations from aromatherapy to decongestant from this recipe


Instructions :

  1. Dissolve menthol crystals by mixing them with essential oils or alcohol.
  2. In a separate bowl combine baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid.
  3. Add color if using any.
  4. Add dissolved menthol and essential oils.
  5. Mix for couple of minutes to ensure that all ingredients are well incorporated. The final mixture should resemble damp sand. Squeeze it in your palm. If the mixture stays together, it’s ready. If it crumbles, spray some alcohol/witch hazel, mix and try again.
  6. Take your molds and pack them tightly with the mixture. Keep the mixture in the mold for a minute and then remove from the mold to dry overnight.
  7. Add couple of drops of essential oils to the finished steamers. Ideally somewhere on the bottom, so it wouldn’t be seen.
  8. Store in an airtight container

A special thanks…

Hey all, it’s Lauren, Founder of Sustainable Travel & Living. I couldn’t let Mother’s Day go by without a big, heartfelt shout-out to our #1 VIP customer, my favorite travel buddy, my biggest fan and my dear friend, my mom Linda.

And to the mom’s on the team, balancing it all and leaving their important mark on our small business!

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