While baths were mandatory as a child, because I was incapable of the mere task of standing to take a shower, they were also enjoyable. I would spend so long perching in lukewarm water that my whole body resembled a prune upon my mom's (finally successful) cogency to part from the tub. I guess I enjoyed playing bartender, mixing bath water with body wash into mixed drinks for my parents, too much. (Sorry mom, that's where all the soap went.) But baths aren't strictly reserved for small children, although turning them into a mature task is a bit of a toughie. Maybe I'm just inspired by the ALS Ice
Bucket Bath Challenge, but I've created a task chart for turning my bath from drab to fab, creating an oasis within the confines of my own room--even if I only hit this vacation destination once every other week...you get the idea.
I'll toss the blame on my "dirty" tub for my lack of bathing experiences, but, when the tub is clean, I run lukewarm water, dim the lights--because night vision is so much more relaxing-- and light a few candles (if I can remember). I'll admit that the latter step is brushed aside more often than not, but I never get in the bath without some added oomph. Sometimes this enhancing step comes courtesy of Epsom salts, or essential oils (lavender, peppermint, lemongrass), or the best smelling body wash in the world--which happens to operate like bubble bath, the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. That's the stuff. But, more recently, my bath has been at it's peak performance for relaxation thanks to The Bathory Detox Salts*. The Bathory site allows prospects to customize their own soak from salt type to scent. The "Detox" formula contains pure Epsom salts and Rhasshoul clay to draw out toxins. If you're not into the whole detox regime like I am, they also have mineral-enriched and soothing mixes to float your boat. But customizing your soak base isn't where the fun ends; the swing continues with a choice of essential oils. My pick? Bergamot, eucalyptus, and lemon. With so many choices, concocting a blend is a difficult. And I nominate you for the challenge. The Bathory has graciously offered to giveaway a free soak. All you have to do is follow the instructions below.
Sitting in the bath is where the playground continues, but lounging can take some getting used to. Often my biggest snitch is that I end up sweating; baths are supposed to be tranquil, not sweat-inducing, right? Nevertheless, I found dipping my hair and face into the water solves it in a cinch. When it comes to bath entertainment, turn on some tunes, read a book (or a magazine, which relieves the stress of getting book pages wet), or vicariously hold your phone or iPad over the water for some digital pastime. Now that all your problems have melted away, another one just arose: getting out of your abyss. Uhhhh...good luck.
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