It’s back-to-school season! Fall ushers in a jam-packed schedule of school drop-offs, playdates, and organizing extracurricular activities. Maybe you’re back from the summer vacay of a lifetime and not ready to let the fall frenzy get to you just yet. Don't let the busyness make you forget the real VIP: YOU! There’s a few more things to add to your back-to-school shopping list, and they’re all about pampering yourself as things ramp up.
So this back-to-school season, don’t forget about self-care! Face masks, heavenly soft creams, and oh-so-calming bath and body staples are the can’t-miss buys topping our list. With these artisan goodies in your me-time arsenal, even September can’t rattle your nerves. Scroll on to find your new favorite R and R routine!
The Back To School Self-Care Kit for Busy Parents
Elsewhere Miniature Farms (TX)
Maker: Michael Moore
Need to remind yourself what a rockstar you really are? Lather up with Boss Babe, a scented soap that’ll oust impostor syndrome in no time. The radiant burst of mysterious amber and sensual jasmine gets you ready to face the day’s challenges with gusto.
Pure Organic World (CA)
SOAK! Bath Tea
Maker: Jessica Nardi
There’s no better way to end a packed-to-the-brim day than with a long, warm bath! Sprinkle a handful of this flower and herb-packed blend into warm water for instant me-time. The romantic, sanctuary-like blend soothes weary muscles, while sweeping your imagination off to Blissville.
B.B. Herbals (VT)
Whipped Body Butter
Maker: Christina Sweet
Whether you spend your days cheering from the soccer sidelines or playing in the backyard, sun rays can do a number on your skin. Beat dry and tired trouble spots with this all-over body butter. The cloud-like fluff massages into skin with a silky-smooth texture overflowing with vitamins.
Southern Resident Soapery (WA)
Lavender & Vanilla Rich Body Cream
Maker: Courtney Kelley
Ease into a relaxing evening with the wildly decadent body cream your body’s craving. Avocado, Shea, and Olive sink long-lasting moisture into your skin, while a peaceful blend of lavender and vanilla carries you off to dreamland.
Trio Melts (VA)
Maker: Tristan Robertson
Set the mood for serenity with this blend of ultra-calming herbs and florals. Lavender draws the shades for slumber, while daffodils and tulips sweep you off to a garden under the sun. Just drop it into your warmer to dial back the stress and restart your mood for another busy day on the go.
Maia Botanicals (CA)
Green Tea & Kelp Face Cream
Maker: Lea Wester
Not ready to face the day? Give your countenance a loving pick-me-up with this Green Tea & Kelp Face Cream. Vitamins, minerals, and Amazonian oil sweep onto skin with a smooth-as-silk texture, deliciously massaging in without any residue.
Ginger Chi (NY)
Stress Relief Aromatherapy Duo
Maker: Anna Lam
Harness the calming power of scent with this Stress Relief Aromatherapy Duo. When you’re feeling flat or frenzied, roll onto wrists and breathe deeply—essential oils like lavender and rosewood reset your mind and wash you in optimism.
Save My Soles Foot Treatment
Maker: Jaime Masters
After a long day on your feet running between pick-ups and a busy schedule of after-school activities, give your feet the TLC they’re begging for. Massage this luscious cream into heels, ankles, and toes to turn tired tootsies heavenly soft.
Yaku Collective (MA)
Purifying Powder Mask
Maker: Sharon Sanchez
No self-care kit is complete without a rejuvenating face mask. Yaku Collective loads this one with vegan-friendly ingredients like Kaolin Clay, Neem, Charcoal, and Matcha. Purify your skin of icky debris, while holding on tight to your just-from-the-beach summer glow.
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