Taking a bath is the perfect way to release stress any time, but especially over the holidays. In order to have the optimal bath experience it’s so important to put something into your bath that will help improve your mental state. Here are a few great products for your bath ritual, including bubbles, salts, gels, creams and body scrubs to ensure that you step out of your bath feeling like a new person. Of course, it’s not just what you put in the water that that’s important. Candles help create a calming mood, and scented ones are even better.
Your bath doesn’t need bubbles, but sometimes you just feel like sitting up to your neck in them. For times like those, try Lalicious Brown Sugar Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. This paraben and sulfate free formula not only makes luxurious bubbles, but also cleanses with an oil-based gel that turns into a lather as you scrub. You will not want to get out of this fragrant bath. http://www.lalicious.com.
If you’ve got the winter blues, jump into a tub of Fresh Sparkling Snow by Bath & Body Works. This gel makes incredibly fluffy bubbles and also cleanses with an aromatic scent of Iced Pear, Frozen Melon and Snowdrop Blossom. Available for a limited time, this scent will help you through the darkest winter days. http://www.bathandbodyworks.com.
To soothe tired muscles and relax your mind, nothing is better than Kniepp Lavender Mineral Bath Salt. It is formulated with thermal brine salt and lavender essential oils to give you a calm end to your stressful day. Couple your bath with Kniepp Lavender Balancing Body Wash for total relaxation. http://www.knieppus.com.
Another great lavender bath is Moor Lavender Calming Essence by Dr. Hauschka. This bath is especially hydrating, with almond oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil. The lavender oil scent infuses your skin with a gentle fragrance and washes away your cares. http://www.drhauschka.com.
Continue the hydration in any bath with One Hundred Percent Pure Honey Cream Washes in Honey Almond, Coconut, Gingerade or French Lavender, and cleanse your skin without stripping away natural oils. All products are free of artificial colors, fragrances and chemicals. http://www.onehundredpercentpure.com.
Farmhouse Fresh Brandy Pear Sea Salt Body Polish is heaven on earth to your skin. Infused with Bartlett Pear Brandy and Vitamin E, this scrub will leave you feeling like you’ve had a cocktail in the bath. Finish off your bath with this fine, hydrating scrub that will leave your skin so smooth you won’t need to moisturize after the bath.
If you prefer vodka, try Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon-Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub. This cocktail body polish combines Square One brand organic vodka, basil and watermelon seed oils with sugar and rice bran oil. Who needs Happy Hour? http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com.
No bath is complete without a great candle, and these two are awesome. The Baiser Rose candle combines the scents of Rose, Jasmine, Carnation and Lily, to create a flower garden in your bathroom. http://www.baiser-rose.com. The Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle in Amor has a Coconut and Vanilla scent, and melts into a warm body oil lotion that you can slather on after your bath. If that isn’t enough, Destiny candles have a surprise piece of jewelry inside once the candle melts down. http://www.karenmichelle.com.