Did you know that January 8 is National Bubble Bath Day? No you didn't, of course, but only a person with a pathological obsession with baths would know such a thing and that's most definitely not you - you're casual to infrequent bather at best, am I right? Not me. I'm the person who has to stop herself from taking multiple baths per day (unlike Emma Watson) and can easily spend several hours submerged in hot water with a book. I never worry about marinating in my own filth because actual dirty days are for showers. Baths are for relaxing and hiding from worldly concerns and using a variety of normal- to question-able wellness remedies to boost happiness and the glow-y properties of one's skin.
The above tub is not my tub, but rather one of the tubs of my dreams that I sometimes look at longingly online.
I have lived several places with claw-foot tubs and they are still the benchmark of luxurious to me, though I am not currently in possession of one. My Mom used to like a bath, and I may have picked this habit up from her, though likely she was on a quest at the time for some peace and quiet that I'm sure I was interrupting. We had cats back then, and they would always do a precarious walk around the edge of the tub, tight-roping so close to an edge that always ended badly.
So, I would be remiss if I didn't share with you my most favorite bath time products, which I enjoy with a healthy dose of indulgence in the magical healing properties of salts and essential oils and powdered substances.
Epsom Salts: reputedly good for easing joint and muscle pain, skin conditions, and introducing trace minerals back into the skin
Mustard Bath: soothing for colds and congestion, as well as sore muscles; induces sweating
Baking Soda: alkalizes and softens skin; eases skin irritations
Powdered Milk: moisturizes, softens and mildly exfoliates skin; eases irritations
These four ingredients can be used in combination and are the main ingredients in most "soak" products you'll see on sale!
Bubble Bath: for obvious reasons
Almond Oil: moisturizing oil excellent for skin and as a carrier oil for essential oils to minimize skin irritations
Lavender Oil: for relaxation and skin calming (use only in combination with a carrier oil)
Eucalyptus Oil: refreshing, sinus-clearing; when used with lavender oil (and another carrier oil) this will result in what you'll think of a "spa scent"
Exfoliation Mitts: get that dead skin off!
Foot Pumice: don't forget calluses, which will be getting soft in that hot water
Korean Sheet Masks: for moisturizing your face and taking selfies
Hair Mask: don't forget the tresses
Serious Amateur Upgrades
Bath Caddy: to keep that wine and book from slipping into the water
Herbal Soak: upgraded bath soak ingredients, including dried flowers and charcoal, for greater "detoxing" and pretty colors
Charcoal Mask: greater skin clarifying
Coconut Bath Soak: soften your skin whilst closing your eyes and pretending you are in Hawaii
Indulgent Professional Investments
Detox Soak: if you can make it through a regular mustard bath without batting an eye, upgrade to a more powerful combination that might make you tingle
Fig Honey Soak: because dipping into the pot with that little honey scooper is so fun!
Body Oil: to smell like a million bucks and feel like you're made of silk
Coffee Scrub: for a mean exfoliation - great to be done right before applying said body oil