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Monday, September 15, 2014

Building a Better Bath


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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27 comments :

  1. I love having a relaxing bath but currently the flat we're living in doesn't have one. However, we're moving in a couple of weeks and the house has a bath! I can't wait. I still need to try Soap & Glory products- everyone seems to rave about them.

    Lizzy at Nomad Notebook

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  2. What a lovely post and giveaway! I hope that it is open for international readers as well! xxx

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  3. I love adding some coconut oil to moisturize while i soak!

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  4. I like putting on my hair mask whilst I'm in the bath because the steam really helps it sink in. :)

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  5. I've just got my own Bathory salts too and I LOVE them, I picked very similar oils to you and the scent is just divine.

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  6. I've been loving my bathory salts too, so relaxing and they smell incredible!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  7. I really love this post.
    www.anaviglam.com

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  8. I just found you through That Grace Girl's blogroll. So glad I did! I put coconut oil in my hair and have a bottle of water always, just to stop that occasional light-headed feeling! x

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  9. These sound SO good!! Love me a good bath, Bathory salts sound all kinds of shamazin'.

    http://byhermirror.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I love the bath salts from Sabon!

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  11. I love a good bubble bath, and bar tending was my favourite bath game as a child! xx

    Eleri Roberts

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  12. Reading in the tub is always my favorite!

    taylorrness at gmail dot com

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  13. I love baths! There's nothing that soothes the body quite like a bath, especially with some tea and music.

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  14. That sounds so amazing! A good bath is needed when I got really stressed

    Sophia | sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  15. I love baths so, so much and there is always room for bath-product-improvement!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  16. I love baths for so many reasons, but an important one is for their ability to soothe migraines. I get them a lot, but climbing into a bath with gorgeous oils in it manages to dull the pain, even if just a bit! So my bath tip would definitely be scented oils for anyone feeling unwell :) x


    Megan / pixiecrop.com

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  17. I always pour epsom salts in my bath, and now and then I light my pink salt candles. Ahhhh!

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  18. I put a mask on, soak myself for a few minutes until it's too hot!

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  19. I've never used the Soap & Glory body wash as a bubble bath...you might have just changed my life. If I'm in the bath, it's guaranteed to have Epsom salts, pretty much the only thing that makes my muscles calm down.

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  20. I love using salts in the bath and I light a candle!

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  21. Lush bath bombs are great too!

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  22. Just looking at this post is relaxing me at work. Sincerely, your fav Tim Hortons's spitting reader hehe. (changed my Disqus username) Hope all is going well with you though and tha you are enjoying the best season on the NE coast rn :3. Until next time xx

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  23. I do love a good bath salt, and Epsom just never fail!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  24. Those bath salts sound amazing, I love a good relaxing bath.

    Zeynab xx

    the Beautifully Disastrous

    P.S love your blog one of my favourites to read.

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  25. I’m impressed and I like your blog! Everything is so beautiful! I think that you do a great job! I know that blog requires much time, but keep doing it!

    Diana Cloudlet

    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/ru/

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