Beauty on a Budget: Turn Your Shower Into an Oasis

Updated on November 12, 2019
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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

Get advice for turning your boring old bathroom into a spa-like oasis without breaking the bank.
Get advice for turning your boring old bathroom into a spa-like oasis without breaking the bank.

There's something magical about stepping in the shower, looking around, and realizing you have amazing products to help you look your best. It certainly makes an ordinary time into something luxurious. You can create your own spa-like adventure at home with just a few simple tricks:

  1. Invest in a Luxury Shower Head
  2. Stock up on Your Favorite Products
  3. Make Your Own Body Scrub
  4. Choose Practical and Pretty Storage
  5. Remember the Essentials
  6. Save Money on Hair Removal Products

Why stop at making it a one-time event, when you can have an amazing experience every time you step into the bathroom? This guide will help you create your own bathroom oasis on a budget.

A quality shower head can transport you to a tropical oasis with each shower.
A quality shower head can transport you to a tropical oasis with each shower. | Source

1. Invest in a Luxury Shower Head

The best way to transform your bathroom is by changing out your shower head. It's a simple fix that makes a drastic difference. When you step in the shower and find the perfect setting, it will transport you and will feel as though you're in a tropical oasis. Having options also helps when you have aching muscles. A more pressurized pulsating water stream will feel amazing on your back.

You don't have to spend a ton of money for a nice one. A decent shower head with three to five settings will cost between $20 and $25. You can find options at the hardware store, Target, Meijer, or Wal-Mart.

Maintaining Your Shower Head

To keep your shower head like new, pour a little white vinegar in a freezer bag. Put the bag over your shower head and secure with a rubber band. Let it soak for 30 minutes to overnight. After you remove the bag, turn your shower on warm, and let it run for a few minutes. Doing this once a month helps prevent mineral build up and helps preserve your shower head.

2. Stock up on Your Favorite Products

Part of the spa experience is being surrounded with your favorite products. Personal taste and skin sensitivities play a big part in what you choose. Check deals and specials in your store's weekly ad to see any sales or special promotions. Likewise, take a few moments to browse through the Sunday advertisements for coupons. Stock up on your favorites when they are on sale and stash them in the cupboard. Fill your shower with your favorite body washes, shampoos, and conditioners.

Try Fun New Products, Too

It's worth taking a few minutes to browse the hygiene aisles at your store to check for new products you might like to try.

  • Suave makes a variety of affordable options that are just as good as many name brands. My husband and son love the Suave Men body washes, and the 22 oz bottle lasts them two months.
  • Old Spice has an amazing line of tropical-inspired body wash that now comes in a convenient pump.
  • For ladies with sensitive skin, St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter is a wonderful option.

3. Make Your Own Body Scrub

Body scrubs are luxurious and come with a hefty price tag. Making your own is easy and can save you a lot of money. My favorite is an anti-cellulite scrub. I've been making my own for years. You can customize this anyway you like, including leaving out the coffee grounds. The sugar and salt exfoliate and the olive oil leaves your skin feeling soft.

You Will Need:

  • A large container (preferably with a lid. An old coffee container works perfect.)
  • 2 cups used ground coffee
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Apply all over your body before showering.
  3. Rinse well.

Enjoy your soft, glowy skin! It's even more enjoyable knowing that you saved a bunch of money by making it yourself.

4. Choose Practical and Pretty Storage

Practical and aesthetically pleasing storage is important no matter the size of your bathroom, but it becomes even more important if you have a small space. A standard shower typically has a few shelves and a bar to work with, but that is hardly enough for everything you might need.

The dollar store and Big Lots are two great places to check out for unique and fun bathroom storage ideas. You can find some pretty shelving options for inside the shower as well as for the rest of your bathroom. Wal-Mart also has some great options. If you have a bigger budget, try Target or Bath and Body Works. You might also want to shop around online for good deals.

No-Nail Hanging Items for Showers

3M Command has expanded their line of no-nail hangers to include bathroom products. I love their plastic shelf. It adheres to the shower wall using their specialty stickies and the shelf is removable for easy cleaning. It can hold four to five bigger bottles, and it has a hole that is perfect for hanging your razor.

5. Remember the Essentials

Decorations are left up to space, budget, and personal taste. I like to keep the bathroom more of a functional space that still feels luxurious. Some essentials for an amazing bathroom include:

  • Plush, over-sized bath towels
  • Plush bath mat to place outside of the shower
  • A drain protector, especially if you have long hair
  • A fun toothbrush holder
  • Atomic clock
  • Great lighting—this can be achieved by switching out your bulbs.
  • A full length mirror
  • Quality toilet paper—1 ply doesn't cut it.
  • A decorative garbage bin—I purchased a bamboo one from the dollar store ten years ago. Instead of buying little trash bags, reuse plastic grocery bags from the store if you have them.
  • Loofahs and a long-handled body brush
  • A plant, if there is sufficient space and lighting

Dollar Shave Club is a great, budget-friendly option.
Dollar Shave Club is a great, budget-friendly option.

6. Save Money on Hair Removal Products

Men and women spend a lot of time, money, and energy removing unwanted hair.


Shaving is a popular choice, but it can also be costly. If you use a disposable razor, you could be spending up to $50 or more on replacement razor blades alone. As a woman, I've found that nothing works better than a man's razor. It's a cleaner, more precise cut and lasts longer than the brands made specifically for women. My husband and I have been members of Dollar Shave Club since 2015, and it has saved us a lot of money.

We purchased the executive razor, which has five blades. Every month, you get a set of four new razor heads for less than $10. We save even more money by pushing out our shipments. We don't need new razor heads every month and can make our razors last for a month or longer. This saves us even more money.

We also love Dr. Carver's Shave Butter. My husband uses it to shave his face and loves how it feels on his skin. I like to use it to shave my legs and it leaves my skin feeling so soft. Since we joined, Dollar Shave Club has added more products to choose from and the value is amazing. I highly recommend looking into this as an option.


If you like waxing, Nair is a great option for women. I do my own eyebrows at home. I have a Nair kit for eyebrows, a nice pair of scissors, and a good set of tweezers. I recommend getting the tube of wax that you heat in water with the cotton strips. You can reuse these until the wax is gone. If you are comfortable with doing it yourself, this is a great option to save money.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Alyssa


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    • Deborah Minter profile image

      Deborah Minter 

      2 years ago from U.S, California

      Good tips! Thanks.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My shower is where I wake up in the morning. Beauty is not part of the equation for this old man. :)


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