The Art of a Perfect Bath

The Art of a Perfect Bath

Have we lost the art of a perfect bath? Are we all just to become mindless shower people? What happened to relaxing?

I can not begin to tell you how sad it makes me, to hear that people today are opting out of bath tubs in their homes. I have heard people say ” they are just dust catchers” and ” just give me a huge shower”. Well yes, I love a palatial shower as much as everyone else, in fact, I have huge a double headed shower in my master bath. Although, I  could not image living without my jacuzzi bath tub. I try to take a relaxing bath at least once a week, especially in the winter when it is cold outside, a nice hot steamy bath cures all that ails you.

I believe that the perfect bath is truly a lost art. You see, I believe in living a resort lifestyle, where you are able to integrate work, play and relaxation to everyday living. Daily stress is one of the big killers today, it ages us, causes us to develop physical and metal illnesses; it effects our sleep habits and lets not even get me started on “eating your feelings”. Isn’t your health is worth carving out a little “you time” and relaxing with a dip in the tub?

My advice is do not skimp on the bath products, taking the time to do something nice for yourself, and using good quality products will only enhance your tub time. I personally like to create my own spa like experience at home. Soft tranquil spa music, fluffy white towels, scented candles and of course the star, fantastic bath products. I use specific products depending on the season, to sooth my itchy dry skin or rest my sore achy muscles.

BEAUTY SECRET: It is incredibly good for you to dry brush your skin, prior to baths and showers. Especially during the drier winter months or in higher altitudes with dry air. I like the softer boar bristle brush, shown above. It is not harshen the skin but does a nice job of exfoliating prior to a nice warm soak. Dry brushing has also been shown to improve the bodies circulation too. 

One of my favorite scents that I personally love is  Jo Malone Orange Blossom Bath Oil especially in the dreary winter months. The bright citrus smells can perk up any cold dark day. It is a fresh mixture of clementine flower, orange blossom and water lily, with warm undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver. The oil is enriched with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils, which are natural skin conditioners to soothe and hydrate, so it is a pure delight. A sumptuous bathing treat especially in the winter months.

SAVVY SHOPPER HINT: If you sign up for email reminders from Jo Malone they offer free engraving of their products. Nothing says “Lux” to me, like having my initials engraved atop that pretty silver cap of my favorite Jo Malone fragrance. 

Another good yet cost effective bath product, to aways keep on hand, are Epsom Salts. I am sure you have heard of Epsom salt baths from your mom or grandma when you were a kid, as a cure all. Epsom salt is a natural exfoliate and anti-inflammation remedy that can be used to help to relieve sore muscles. It will also pull toxins out of your body. Epsom salts are perfect to way to relieve the pain from tired achy muscles if you have a cold, or as a post exercise workout treatment. They also have the ability to reduce swelling and increase circulation to soothe muscles, and can relieve tired feet, aid in leg cramps, and relax the mind. Did you know the quickest and most effective way for magnesium to be absorbed through the body is through an Epsom salt bath? Magnesium is responsible for many different processes in the body including, controlling blood sugar, regulating blood pressure and making new proteins. I personally like the Dr.Teals brand of Epsom Salts they have lots of different scents and  types for specific skin  concerns.

DESIGNER TIP: I store mine, as seen above, in a pretty glass apothecary’s jar and use a large scallop sea shell for the scoop. I really like the idea of displaying my bath products as part of the bathroom decor.

I also use an apothecary jar to store hand creams I might have picked up while traveling. **Some hotels have very high end creams which are totally worth squirreling away in the luggage for later. 

I also use an Apothecary jar to store my collection of LUSH bath bombs. These bath bombs are by far, my favorite bath bombs on the market today. LUSH is a environmentally responsible company, producing organic handmade products, with no animal testing. Plus they have so many amazing, one of a kind, scent combinations, that play up the aromatherapy spa portion of any bath time experience. If you are not familiar with their line be prepared, some products, such as the Dragon’s Egg have gold glitter and confetti inside the bath bombs. They are completely biodegradable, but can and usually do leave behind some tub residue. Nothing has ever stained my tub or made a huge mess. In fact, the Dragon’s Egg is one of my all time favorite bath bombs. The stunning visual display while dissolving, paired with the lasting smell of lemon and bergamot makes me smile every time , and just a hint of gold sparkle on left as a reminder on my skin.  

So maybe you are a purest, and the sparkles and rainbow swirls are just not your thing. Then allow me to present my favorite soap, Beessential Natural Lemongrass Oil. Sooth your skin with relaxing essential Lemongass oil while hemp oil hydrates and moisturizes with Beessential’s Hip Hemp Lemongrass Bar Soap, which comes in a 4 Count Variety, with Moisturizing Beeswax, Shea Butter, Olive Oil (Peppermint, Honey & Yogurt, Tea Tree, Lemongrass) – and it is Made in the USA.BEAUTY SECRET: I also like to use face masks and give my hair a hot oil treatment or moroccan oil treatment, while I am in the tub. I apply the oil to my dry hair and the wrap in a twirly hair towel and the steam from the tub and towel do the rest. 

Finally enjoy your soak. Do whatever it is that helps you to decompress and relax. Whether you put cucumber slices over your eyes and meditate, catch up reading a good book, or like me flip through the pages of your favorite magazines. Whatever it is, just enjoy your time to yourself to clear your mind, recharge your battery and become a better you. 

DESIGNER TIP:  I prefer the usage of all white towels in a home for three reasons:

  • One, white invokes a spa like quality of cleanliness.
  • Two they are very easy to keep crisp, clean and maintenance, by bleaching and there is no color fading. By adding vinegar to the rinse you can re-fluff a flatten towel. 
  • Three easy of replacement, since they are all white it’s a snap, no color matching.

One last favorite thing I want to share is the Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze. This is also listed as one on Oprah’s favorites things. It is by far the best heel balm for dry or cracked feet. I love the entire Farmhouse Fresh line, but this is probably my favorite product to date. Perfect for after you get out of the bath and for sandal season. If this post isn’t enough to make you want to go take a good soak, you must not be a bath kind of person. Well I am, and I can hear that tub calling my name right now. Happy Bathing!!!

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46 Comments

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  11. Can I just say it makes the grand babies sleep so good when they have a bath, and it did the same with my kids too. I wish I had a easier way to take a bath but I afraid I will get in there and not get be able to get out.

  12. Ummmm a nice hot bath sound great right about now. We are getting snow from that arctic blast and I am so cold.

  13. I am seeing lot of post as of late about care for yourself, and a lot of them mention a weekly bath to sooth your soul. I am willing to try it as I need a lot of soothing. LOL

  14. Hi there, I agree there needs to be a bigger focus on learning to self sooth and take care of ones self. I know I love a good hot bath with bath salts to take out the toxicants, it really is good for you.

  15. I love a good bath, it is really one of life’s simple luxuries. When I was younger it seemed like a waste of time to sit in a tub, but now I want to lock the door and chill our with a glass of wine and good book. It is the only time I have a little bit of me time, to self sooth and recharge to deal with my family. They actually thank me for doing this, and say I am more well adjusted after a nice long bath.

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  17. I think people do not give as much thought to holistic treatments as they should. Taking a hot bath can sooth so many ailments and make you whole body feel better. I would take one everyday if I had the time to dedicate to doing so, but unfortunately showers are so much quicker.

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  19. An interesting discussion is always worth leaving a comment. I think that it’s best to write more about this matter, it does seem that there is a decline in baths and bathtubs in the world. You are right it is a tradition as old as time. Great reading with you.

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  26. Good post. I must say I am a bath person too. I also take several each month during the colder month here on Canada. I did take note of your favored bath products! Thanks for sharing.

  27. This is a awesome read, I really like your jetted bath tub and the products that you like to use. I am also a Jo Malone fan! I like the Basil Neroli best 🙂

  28. This is a wonderful post about the benefits of a old fashion bath perfect for the self care movement taking the world by storm.

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  35. What a joy to find some one else who thinks this way. Bubbles up!!!

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  39. Will, I am so glad you were able to stop by and read my little post. Of course I know why, I am sure you have at least one of everything!!! You can always hook a sister up 🙂 Take care…..hugs!!

  40. Girl you had me at bath time!!! There is nothing better than a big tub full of bubbles!!! Except maybe a claw foot tub full of bubbles. I also have an obsession with LUSH products (wink wink) and I think you know why…..

  41. Desiree, thank you for the gracious complement. I do love my bathroom and have spent a lot of time trying to recreate a spa like environment. I can tell you a remodel, while hard, will be totally worth it. Maybe just start small with new fluffy towels, pretty candles and great products until you decide to take the plunge on the remodel.

  42. Glad I could inspire, I love a good bath, I feel like it cleanses my soul.

  43. Oh! I am envious of your beautiful bath! I’m also encouraged! I love a long relaxing bath, I see a bath remodel in my future.

  44. I think I will have to take a bath tomorrow, thanks for all the good tips!

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