If you’re lucky enough to have a bath, use it! The ultimate indulgence after a long stressful day is a warm bath surrounded by candles to wind down & leave the day’s worries behind. What’s even better is that taking a bath actually has health benefits besides just alone time. Research published in the journal Temperature found that an hour-long soak in hot water produced similar anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses as 60 minutes of moderate physical activity. So don’t feel too guilty about skipping the gym tonight as you run the water & prep your perfect bath with my must-have ingredients:
Bath Salt Soak or Bubble Bath – No bath is complete without EO and Everyone Epsom Salts and California Sea Salts are blended with soothing blends of essential oils. My favorite is the French Lavender Bath Salt Soak to relax and calm the senses & soothe sore muscles. When I’m not looking to calm sore muscles but still want to surround myself with the relaxing aroma of lavender, I use EO French Lavender Bubble Bath. Unlike many bubble bath products that are all foam and no benefits, EO’s nourishes the skin with Organic Aloe Vera, Calendula, Chamomile, and White Tea extracts while you soak.
Bath Bombs/Fizzies/Candies – We all know and love LUSH but have you heard of Fizz and Bubble? Trust me when I tell you, these bath bombs are good enough to eat (but, please don’t!). Fizz and Bubble boasts 21 ahhhhhmazing scents to tantilize your nose but my current cravings are for Rainbow Sherbert and Coconut Cream. Not only are these fun to watch fizz and burst under the water, but all “fizzy” products feature Fizz & Bubble’s signature ultra-moisturizing 8-Oil blend that includes a carefully crafted fusion of Aloe Vera, Coconut, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Olive, Avocado, Sunflower, and Jojoba.
Candles – Is a bath really a bath if there are no candles? Not in my world! Currently surrounding my tub are TOCCA candles in Florence, which wafts notes of bergamot and gardenia and Giulietta with notes of sweet green apple and the blooming pink tulips. You can’t go wrong with TOCCA candles, which will fill but not overwhelm a small to medium size bathroom.
Body Scrub & Body Wash – Apparently I’m on a TOCCA kick right now because not only are my candles TOCCA but both my body wash and scrub are too! While there are so many scents to choose from I prefer the combo of Bianca with green tea and lemon for my body scrub and Florence with bergamot and gardenia for my body wash. The combo isn’t overwhelming and the scents blend seamlessly when used at the end of the bath leaving you with a light fragrance and smooth silky skin. For days when I am going to shave my legs, I opt for Oribe Côte D’azur Polishing Body Scrub, to buff away dry, dull areas to reveal healthy, glowing skin before I lather on the suds. The Shea Butter acts as a protective barrier and the Sweet Almond, Meadowfoam and Starflower Oils restore softness, making the razor easily glide without nicks.