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Long day? Need to just sink in the tub and forget your troubles? We hear ya. Our day sucked, too. The good news is, we’ve prepared you a bath. We haven’t run it, but we’re here to give you tips on how to take a bath you’ll never forget.

The set-up

This is you time. So, every aspect of it should bring you joy. So, begin by finding your “you” candle. We’re talking the good stuff. The ones you would never waste on company, or to hide a cooking smell. This is your top-shelf candle. It’s the gift you bought for yourself – a veritable pick-me-up on a horrific day. Now, light it. (If you need a candle, try Pendleton’s Wood Smoke, or Log Haus’ fireside and tobacco. Nothing is quite as soothing as a freshly crackling fire. Mm.)

Create a soundtrack

Nothing too up-tempo. It’s relaxing time, not a rave in a bath. You’re going to want something soulful, but nothing that is going to wake you up from your personal nirvana. Listen to Massive Attack’s Mezzanine. Or this Soundcloud DJ mix titled “Slow Smooth Soothing Instrumental Music” is very good.

Customize

Choose a blend that works for you. Try aromatics like eucalyptus (this Eucalyptus Spearmint soak, perhaps?) or lavender for chilling out (hello, lavender foam bath), or go for some French green clay for something a bit more detoxifying. Patchouli isn’t just for “hippies,” either. It is remarkably enjoyable. Try this moisture bath and shower gel.

Accessorize

Do all those things you don’t do when you’re rushing. Give your hair a mask (we love a macadamia oil hair mask), and reinvigorate the dry, brittle hair of the week. It’s been cold, and you’ve probably been under the neon lights of an office all week. So, give yourself a sheet mask (this one’s great, and fast, or do something really fun like an animal mask). Drape it on your face, and actually leave it there. This is not a time to feel panic or stress. You must slip into a trance. Your mantra: I f–king deserve this s–t.

Finish

Shower off. Or don’t. Your choice. Put on a robe, and then lounge. Read a book. Watch a show. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

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