A deluxe pampering bath is one of life's greatest treats! Whether you're at the end of a hard day at the office or it's Tuesday morning and you deserve it, sliding into a deep relaxing bath is surely one of the greatest pleasures. If you've ever asked yourself how I can make a deluxe bath experience? Then you've come to the right place. Our guide let's you know what are the essential ingredients for a heavenly time in the tub.
1. SET THE SCENE
Firstly make your bathroom enticing. You might need to remove toys, clothes airer, dirty laundry, ironing pile - whatever you need to. The idea is to create a spa like zone for zen relaxation. Ensure the bath is clean, tidy and not likely to be needed for an hour or so. Ensure that there will be no disruptions - check that the oven is off! Grab some gorgeous scented candles that you have - Candles work like a dream in the bathroom. Light and place a few around the bathtub, sink or on the floor.
I love the White Jasmine & Mint Candle, £42 from Candles from Jo Malone London.
Play relaxing music to sooth your mood and aid in the process of relaxation. You can also compliment this music with visualisation exercises to soothe you into relaxation mode! Be careful that you don't mix electricity and water though, this Philips Groche Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker, Victoria Plumbing , £49 is a great addition to any bath regime and is definitely worth it - instead of risking your phone being drowned in the bath! - learn from my mistakes! Eek
Philips Aquatuens bluetooth speakers spa experience from Victoria Plumbing
3. BATH TEMPERATURE
A WARM bath is the best for soaking and relaxing the body. I know, I know, we all love a scorching hot bath for those cold winter days - but think again hehe, a hot bath can rob your skin of essential moisture especially if you have dry skin. Not only that, you are more likely to get too hot and feel dizzy. Keep your baths to a maximum of about 37˚C (100˚F) — just barely above body temperature! You should use your wrist and NOT your hand to test the water since your wrist is a better gauge of how the water will feel once your entire body is submerged.
4. BUBBLES AND BATH OILS
I contend that no bath is complete without a layer of giant fluffy bubbles floating on the surface. So choose your favourite bubble bath or bath bomb. For that extra touch, choose a scented bath oil; floral scents like lavender, jasmine, iris and rose are associated with relaxation and can help to ease you into a relaxing state quicker. I absolutely love the White Lavender Collection by The White Company. It's beautifully luxurious beautiful pure lavender blend with notes of bright basil and Sicilian lemon, and warmed with vetivert, to create this deeply relaxing bathroom scent. If you're adding essential oils to the bath - be sure to add oils when the bath is halfway full as this will help disperse it evenly throughout the water. If i'm in the mood for extra pampering for my skin, I tend to use some milk - either real milk or in the form of one of my favourite milk soaps - Au Lait luxury milk soaps. You can read about my review on this collection here! If you're into homemade products then don't forget to try out one of the amazing make it yourself recipes.
5. PAMPER YOURSELF
Make the most of this time and give yourself a mini spa treatment. Why not? Both the skin and hair respond very well to the moist environment created by a steamy bathroom - so why not take advantage of that! I use this time to apply a gentle body scrub, usually I use a natural 3 in 1 Oatmeal and Honey Scrub from Body Shop which is great for my dry skin and leaves it lovely and moist. You can also put a face or hair mask on if you so wish.
6. DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
This is important, a warm bath raises your body's core temperature, so you'll start sweating. To keep cool, before getting into the tub, set a bowl of ice water and face towel next to you and use it as a cold compress on your forehead or the nape of your neck to help keep you refreshed throughout the bath time. I also recommend getting a bottle of water or any cool beverage and keep that close by to hydrate.
7. FINISHING TOUCHES
Use some nice towels to dry off, or a nice soft and fluffy bathrobe. I am currently awaiting delivery Christy Supreme Velour Robe White £59. I've been wanting this for ages!! So just decided to take the plunge and treat myself! Believe me - nothing jolts you back to reality like a tatty old towel does! For a cheaper version, Linea do a great alternative for £25. White towels and robes are a must in creating that spa sanctuary vibe! I am going to do a haul post of my bath linen and a simple guide to buying bath linen.
Now once you're in your comfy robe, Relax! just like you would after a spa treatment. Just enjoy some time to yourself. Get a cup of tea and read or listen to music. Heat a towel in the microwave and wrap around your neck (feels amazing) and take a deep and well-earned nap!
This wonderful guide was written by our guest writer Aj who should know a thing or two about baths as she is the proud owner of the first ever blog dedicated to all things bath related. To keep up to date with all things bath, and beautiful check out her fantastic blog A Life Styled Well.