Metro Man & Metro Home

By Amy O'Connor

Here are some inspiring ways to make your April showers (and baths) more luxurious and refreshing than ever.

There’s no reason to stress over rainy weather this spring when you can soak in the tub with the most luxurious bath pillow. The Pretika Soft Spa Memory Foam Massage Bath Pillow is soft, comfortable and best of all, massages your head, neck and shoulders with vibrations you can adjust to either low or high speed with a wireless, battery-operated, remote control. Simply secure the pillow to your tub by wetting the suction cups then relax as the memory foam pillow covered in a microfiber machine washable slipcover conforms to your head, neck and shoulders, and enjoy a spa experience in your own home. Sheer bliss!

Available online at and Bed, Bath and Beyond, see

Known for the simple elegance of their natural-based skincare products (Malin +Goetz) makes a Mojito soap set with one each of their lime, rum and peppermint scented bar soaps packaged in a box that’s as modern and stylish as the soaps are deliciously scented. The Mojito soap set is a treat for every sense and makes a perfect gift.

Available online at and at (Malin + Goetz) Chelsea, 177 Seventh Avenue (between 20th + 21st Sts.) and at (Malin + Goetz) Upper West Side, 455 Amsterdam Avenue at 82nd St.

The clean, zesty aroma of lemons is abundant in Sweet Lemon Shower Gel from The Body Shop. The gel is a soap-free cleanser made with cold-pressed lemon seed oil from Italy. If you decide to enjoy the gel while bathing, you may as well get comfortable with The Inflatable Bath Pillow also from The Body Shop. Inflating the pillow takes more blowing force than Dizzy Gillespie used on a trumpet, but once inflated, the cotton waffle knit slipcover is very comfortable and two rubber suction cups keep the pillow in place.

Available online at and in-store at The Body Shop – see web site for locations

The Swissco bath body tools Bath and Spa Pillow is a mildew resistant rubber encased cushion with suction cups that easily affixes to the tub. Take your bath to the next level in an instant.

Available online at and in-store at The Body Shop – see web site for locations

No one knows salt better than the folks from Morton’s, and they’ve now brought their expertise to a line of natural Epsom salts. Epsom Salt baths soothe minor aches and sprains and sore muscles, and Morton Natural Epsom Salt is available in Eucalyptus or Lavender or Plain varieties. I find the eucalyptus scented salt especially relaxing and therapeutic. After a relaxing bath try Morton Epsom Lotion which offers the soothing relief of Natural Epsom Salt in a gentle, unscented lotion.

Available online at and at Walmart – see for locations.

Originally published April 2013
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