Who doesn’t love indulging in a luxurious and aromatic spa experience? If you’re anything like me where most of my life-altering thoughts are made in the shower, then you’ll know that bath time is more than just washing away grease and dirt – it’s a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat from the hectic daily grind; a way to calm and nourish both your mind and body. It’s a sacred ritual considered of high importance. In fact, if you take a trip down history lane during the Roman era, an entire city was dedicated to bathing.
To achieve momentary bliss, you don’t need to travel far and wide or go to an expensive spa resort because yes, you can find refuge right in your own bathroom. That being said, we’ve rounded up the essentials you may need for your next bath tub getaway.
1. Set the Mood
To instantly up the tranquility factor of your bath time, setting the mood to a cozy atmosphere is a must. Before you dip your toes in the tub, make sure your bathroom is free from bright or harsh lighting and instead use dimmable LEDs, string lights or scented candles. My current favorite is DW Home’s sandalwood myrrh with hints of musk infused oak. The scent is not heavy or overpowering, but very tangible, rich and sensual. Enhance the overall ambiance with a relaxing music playlist. If you’re into soulful piano music with a hint of pop/R&B and hip hop beat, highly recommend lending Jurrivh, composer and pianist from Netherlands, your ears.
2. Cue in the Caddy
Savor every minute of your blissful bathing experience with a good book, some chocolate covered strawberries and a glass of sparkling rosé and keep them all at bay (and dry) with a sturdy bath caddy or tub tray like this Bath Caddy from Urban Outfitters crafted from sustainable bamboo with metal arms.
3. Soak in the Soothing and Sensual Bath Potions
From bath bombs, salts and milk to essential oils, floral herbs and other DIY bath elixirs, it’s a bottomless pit of options for both your pampering pleasures and aching dilemmas. Aside from the gorgeous explosion of colors and aroma, each of them is a feast for all your senses including your tired and tensed muscles. We highly recommend infusing epsom salts into your bath soaks as it helps regulate blood pressure and is a great healing agent for your skin. Here are a few of our recommended bath tub soak recipes you can try: (P.s. when using essential oils, make sure you blend them with a carrier oil like almond, aloe vera or shampoo so they disperse into the water.)
Basic Soothing Bath Blend:
- A handful of Epsom Salt
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential oil (or any essential oil of your choice)
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
Herbal Tea Bath:
- Rose petals
- Ginger root
- Holy basil
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 1/2 cup dried flowers of your choice
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops rose/jasmine essential oil
4. Flower-Powered Bath
Ahhh, probably my favorite from this list. Not only do they prettify your bath water but natural oils in the flowers like roses retain moisture for your skin. They also give off a natural calming scent that makes you forget that laundry list of things to do the next day. Grab some petals from your favorite flowers and infuse them with the stellar combination of coconut milk and lavender oils. Now, allow your senses to succumb into the serene setting and enjoy this moment.
Although a mere 30 minute bath soak may not provide a solution to all our problems or at least make those unanswered emails go away but what it can provide is an escape as we give our physical and mental well being the down time it needs (and deserves) in order for it to function efficiently. So go on, take 30, heck a whole hour, for a blissful bath time indulgence. Your mind and body will thank you for it.