Belles and Ghosts
I love those random, silly holidays–like National Red Lipstick Day and National Pancake Day. I also love pampering myself, and while some people save their bubble baths for special occasions, I treat myself to them almost every day. So I have a few tricks up my sleeve on making them run smoothly and relaxing.
In honor of National Bubble Bath day, which is on 8 January, I wanted to let you know how I unwind at the end of my day, at bath time.
I always start by gathering everything I need for my bath–things like towels, a glass of tea or water, a bath poof, body scrubs, etc. That way I don’t have to feel like I’m entering the Arctic if I have to step out of the tub. It’s all right there for me. Then I light a few candles, I really like the Lavender Vanilla candle from Yankee. It’s really relaxing to me, but you can light something in a scent that’s desirable to you.
As for bath products, I love adding goodies to the water that will benefit my skin or just make me feel luxe. I like to add some kind of bubble bath and bath salts to every bath, and a bubble bar for kicks sometimes. Usually, I use bath bombs or bubble bars from Lush and bubble bath and salts from Dr. Teal’s or other pre-made products, but for this post I wanted to offer a couple of DIY options.
Lavender + Eucalyptus Bubble Bath
For me, baths are all about the bubbles. They make me feel covered and less exposed (if that’s possible in the bath) and kind of kid-like. And lavender and eucalyptus are really relaxing and often found as scents in spas and spa treatments.
What you’ll need:
- 2 c. water
- 2 oz. Castille soap
- 1 1/2 oz. glycerin
- Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils
What you’ll do:
- Begin by grabbing a container–I like Mason jars because they’re fairly large, easy to seal and store, and you can usually find alternative lids with pumps to screw on to the top–and fill it with the water.
- Add Castille soap.
- Add in your glycerin. I add this to combat the drying effect of the soap on your skin.
- Add 10-15 drops of each essential oil, or to your desired level of scent.
- Pour into the bath and enjoy!
Relaxing Bath Soak
My body does a weird thing and won’t absorb magnesium through my food, so I use it in my bath in the form of Epsom salts, but I really love them for other reasons. Not only do they make you think you’re being extra fancy, but they relax sore muscles and can soften the skin, especially when you mix them with a few extras.
What you’ll need:
- 2 1/2 c. Epsom salts
- 1/2 c. olive oil
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 1 green tea bag
- Frankincense and lavender essential oils
What you’ll do:
- Empty the contents of the tea bags into a medium sized bowl and add Epsom salts.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Slowly stir in olive oil and essential oils until well combined.
- Add to bath and store the rest in air tight container.
After I draw my bath and add my goodies, I remove my makeup and wash my face. I don’t like to do this in the tub for a few reasons. One, I usually put a lot of other things into my bath that I don’t necessarily want on my face. Second, I like my baths really hot (don’t yell at me, I know it’s bad for my skin, but it’s warm), and it’s usually too hot for me to splash on my face. Thus, I do it at my sink. I’ll then add a face mask to treat whatever my skin is needing at the time, and I slide into the bath and relax.
Generally I will catch up on makeup tutorials or TV shows or read a book, but you can put on some relaxing music or flip through a magazine, or sit in sheer silence–whatever strikes your fancy.
After I’m finished in the tub, I will finish with my skincare and just hang out for the rest of the evening.
And that’s how I plan on pampering myself for National Bubble Bath day! Everyone needs to take some time for themselves.
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