The Art of a Perfect Bath

The Art of a Perfect Bath

Have we lost the art of a perfect bath?

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 the next guy, 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.

Yes, the perfect bath is truly a lost art. I have said before in previous post that I believe in living a resort lifestyle, where you are able to integrate work, play and relaxation. 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”. So don’t you think your health is worth carving out a little “you time” and relaxing with a dip in the tub?

Well once you have decided to allow yourself some much needed R&R, my advice is not to skimp on the bath products. After all if you taking the time to do something nice for yourself, using good quality products will only enhance your tub time. I like to create my own spa like experience at home. Soft tranquil spa music, super fluffy white towels, maybe some scented candles and fantastic products. I have specific seasonal items I use depending on the time of year, to sooth my skin or sore tired muscles.

BEAUTY SECRET: It is incredibly good to dry brush your skin prior to baths, or even showers, especially during the dry winter months. I like the softer boar bristle brush shown above, it’s not not harsh but does a nice job of exfoliating my skin prior to a nice hot soak.   

I personally love Jo Malone Orange Blossom bath oil in the winter. The bright citrus smells perks 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, are natural conditioners to soothe and hydrate my dry skin, so it is a pure delight for 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 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, it’s a cure all. Epsom salt is a natural exfoliate and anti-inflammation remedy that can be used to help to relieve sore muscles and will actually pull toxins out of your body. Epsom salts are perfect 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, soothe muscles, 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 types and scents for specific skin type.

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 large collection of LUSH bath bombs, these bath bombs are by far my favorite on the market today. LUSH is a great company, with organic handmade products, no animal testing and environmentally friendly. In addition to the fact they have so many amazing, one of a kind scent combinations, which really plays up the aromatherapy spa portion of bath time. If you have never used them be prepared, some of them such as the Dragon’s Egg have gold glitter and confetti inside the bombs, which are completely biodegradable, but can 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 color is visual stunning while dissolving, the lasting smell of lemon and bergamot makes me smile, and don’t forget about that kiss of gold sparkle on left my skin.  

Ok, so maybe you are a purest and sparkles and rainbow swirls are just not your thing. Then allow me to present my favorite soap, the Lemon Verbena Organic Olive Oil Soap by 100 % Pure. These “superfatted” bars contain highest amount of organic plant oils and steam distilled essential oils to make them a very high quality extra luxurious organic soap, with a very full rich lather. It is a soap that smells amazing and you can feel good about, organic palm oil is RAN (Rainforest Action Network) certified, the organic red palm fruit oil produced in Brazil with no orangutan habitats or other wildlife affected from the harvesting of the palm nuts. 100% Pure is company that is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and is committed to producing the highest quality products without ever directly or indirectly hurting animals.BEAUTY SECRET: I also like to 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 towel and the steam from the tub and towel do the rest. 

Finally enjoy your soak, and 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.
  • Three easy of replacement, since they are all white it’s a snap, no color matching.

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!!!

 

Just in case you want a little extra reading while you enjoy your bath:

 

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

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  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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  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.

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  39. 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…..

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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.

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

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