Those who know me well know I enjoy taking baths. Several years ago I discovered the wonder of bath bombs—a fizzy ball you drop into your bath, to add a little color and smell for relaxation. This turned my world around and suddenly bath time was no longer a mundane chore. It had become a luxurious activity.
During college I lived in a studio apartment that had a walk in shower, so bath time used to be very limited. As soon as I moved into a place with a tub, I swore I would never again live some place without one. Baths are my favorite way to de-stress after a long day or to celebrate a special occasion. And sometimes, they’re simply an end-of-the-day treat for me 🙂
With the help of social media and trendy retailers, bath time has turned into an art. One doesn’t simply fill the tub with hot water, get in, clean up, and get out. No way, Jose. Now, bath time is for taking a leisurely soak in salts or oils, while drinking a cocktail or a cup of something hot. It’s not a designated time for cleaning, but for relaxing. And for as long as possible. Bring along some entertainment and you’re all set!
While there’s no right or wrong way to take a bath, I do believe a guideline of must-haves will come in handy if you want to make the most out of the experience. Of course, it’s open to modification to suit your needs; baths are about “me time” so make sure that you do you.
So are you ready to embark on a journey of relaxation and come out of it looking like a prune? Here is my list of essentials to get you started:
Drink of choice
I always recommend having your drink squared away before you start the running water. You never know how long it will take to prepare it, and you don’t want to worry about the bath overflowing while you’re mixing a cocktail or boiling water for tea. And bring a glass of water along, too, in case of thirst.
You can add bath salts or bubbles to the running water, even essential oils if you’d like, but my go-to will always be a bath bomb by Lush. While you can’t go wrong with any in their selection, some of my favorites are Sex Bomb, Avobath, and Dragon’s Egg.
To really set the atmosphere, I recommend putting together a playlist of your favorite tunes. Something uplifting or relaxing would be ideal, and my favorite music to listen to is She & Him Radio on Pandora. Zooey Deschanel’s voice is heaven.
I never take a bath without lighting a candle. I’m obsessed with smells, so the more the merrier for bath night. I try to pick a scent that compliments the fragrance of the bath bomb I’ve chosen. Whether you go with something floral, earthy, or warm, choose a scented candle that speaks to your soul.
Face mask or scrub
While you’re pampering your body, you might as well treat your face, too! I love masks and lately I have been obsessed with the Cup O’ Coffee Mask by Lush. It doubles as a body scrub and a face mask, and my skin feels so soft and bright after I rinse it off. Plus, it smells like the inside of a coffee shop, so you just can’t lose with this one.
Reading or watching material
For the sake of safety, I usually opt to bring a book into the tub versus an iPad for bingeing on Netflix. Since I tend to use much of my free time catching up on TV shows, bath time is the perfect moment for me to work my way through my reading list. If books or movies aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to think outside the box! You can journal, draw, organize your weekly planner, surf the web, or just sit and meditate. Whatever works for you!
Towels. Lots of towels.
If I have learned anything in all my years of bath taking it’s that you can never be too prepared. I can’t count how many times I splashed water or needed to get to something but wound up helpless because I didn’t have enough towels within close reach. I always keep my bath towel on a nearby rack, for drying off; a hand towel on the edge of the tub, if I need to dry my hands; and one more bath towel on the toilet, in case of emergencies or accidents. Better safe than sorry, right?
Now that you have a guideline to work from, it’s time to discover why baths are so hyped up. And seeing as it’s Friday night, I think I’m going to celebrate making it through the work week by taking a bath of my own 🙂
Cheers and happy soaking!