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my 6 favorite bath products

Thursday, December 17, 2015


This post might seem totally random but winter is bath season for me. As soon as the weather starts to cool the bathtub suddenly becomes one of my favorite spots in the whole apartment.  Sometimes I take one first thing in the morning to wake up, other times I take one right before bed. Doesn't matter what time of the day, nothing is more relaxing to me than sipping tea, reading a book, and soaking my stress away. It's my favorite way to warm up if I have a chill... which is basically always. I consider myself fairly well-versed in bath products so I thought it'd be fun to share some of my favorite things that make baths even more relaxing.

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1. Village Naturals Therapy Foaming Bath Oil. This, surprisingly, is one of my favorite bath products. It contains menthol so it's the perfect thing to clear out your sinuses (because winter means I inevitably get sick at least once!) It also comes in a bath soak. Using both the oil and the soak at the same time is heaven. The foaming bath oil is also a great multi-use product because not only can you take a bubble bath in it, it lathers really nicely if you'd like to use it as a shower gel. The smell is super energizing, and perfect for those early morning baths or showers.

2. Lush bath bombs are obviously going to be on this list. I'm pretty cheap so I totally understand not wanting to spend $6+ per bath product but they are absolutely worth the splurge. I don't use them every single bath but they are an amazing pick my up when I'm feeling blue. If you haven't tried Lush yet, quit stalling and go buy a sex bomb. I swear, there is nothing better!

3. A bath pillow. Do I have to explain why having a bath pillow rules? I don't think so but I'll tell you one thing, it's so much cozier than laying your head on the tub or just putting a towel behind your head. It also makes it easy to keep my hair dry!

4. Overflow drain cover. Having one of these is a must if you're over a certain height. Bathtubs that are long enough that I don't have to decide which part of my body - feet, knees or boobs - has to be cold are few and far between. While having an overflow drain cover doesn't completely solve the problem it gives you a few extra inches of water. Once you have one you'll wonder how you went without it all these years! I feel like a dork for not having mine pictured in this post but after a few years and a lot of different hair colors, it's not very pretty. Trust me, you don't want to see it.

5.  Candles, candles, and more candles. I am a verified candle addict. They make relaxing in the tub so much nicer. Recently I got a few from P.F. Candle Co. from Moorea Seal and holy smokes, they're amazing! They smell wonderful, and last for quite a while. My current favorite is Gardenia & Coconut. If you'd rather purchase candles in person, I recommend hitting up TJ Maxx or Marshall's. They always seem to have an awesome selection. I could spend forever just sniffing candles there.

6. Herbivore's Coconut Milk Bath Soak. This stuff had been on my radar for quite sometime. I finally got my paws on it and let me just say - I was missing out! The other day Jeff came out of my bathroom and exclaimed "Wow, that coconut stuff smells amazing!" Not only does it smell great, it leaves you so so so soft.


Also, if you need a new tea for bath time... or all the time - try Bigelow's Salted Caramel. It's easy to accidentally over-steep but when you time it just right it tastes like candy! It's my current favorite. I haven't had it for all that long at all and I've devoured almost a full box.

Are you a fan of bubble baths? What are your favorite bath products? Any recommendations for something that produces lots of bubbles?!
xoxo

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  1. OMG The drain cover I NEED. And I love that you detailed the 3 things that have to get cold at some point because at 5'10"....that's the COLD hard truth...

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    1. Haha! Right? It's awful! It's one of the few things that makes me wish I was really short. Fitting completely in a bathtub must be amazing.

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  2. So jealous! Our bathtub is not suitable for baths (dont get me started) and I got to have my first one in 4 months yesterday. Amazing. I dodnt know I'd miss them!
    I like a glass of wine or a cup of tea, a good book and a huge bowl of salt and vinegar chips!! I have thw opposite problem, Im so small i have issues reaching the other end to keep myself above water! Im excited to try the herbivore!!

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    1. Haha! I can't even imagine having that problem! I dream of someday having a tub big enough that it covers everything.

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    2. Hahaha! Oh I forgot to tell you to check out Salus. It's a (local for me) company that has amazing bath bombs and shower bombs... Whaaaat?... They sit on the floor and fizz and smell amazing while you shower. I'm clearly obsessed.

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    3. WOAH. That sounds amazing. I've never ever heard of a shower bomb but now I must try one!

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    4. WOAH part two : They're so affordable! Holy cow!!!

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    5. Right?! My sister in law got me 26 for my 26th birthday this fall and I've been freaking out over them ever since.

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  3. Love your tattoos! I need a bubble bath now. :)

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  4. i have a fancy trip coming up and have a feeling i need to take a lush bath bomb or two with me. thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Oohh! Have fun! I love taking baths in hotels. Those are my favorite.

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  5. Love this post! I am buying that drains cover ASAP!

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  6. We just bought a house with a huge garden tub and I'm so stoked to take long soaks. Have you also tried any of the Fortune Cookie Soap bath bombs? They have ones that look like doughnuts and cups of gelato

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    1. I had never heard of them but they certainly have some interesting sounding products! Have you tried them? Whats your favorite?

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    2. I have actually tried their products. I get their quarterly 'Soap Box' actually where they showcase their seasonal scents in various products. I love their bath bombs but also their shower steamers 'beam me up scotty' for those times you still want some aromatherapy but don't have time for the bath. Also their hand sanitizer is the only kind I know of that doesn't have an alcohol after scent. A must for how often I'm putting my hands in my aquariums.

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  7. It's 11:30 pm and I just put my kids to bed and finally put up our tree, to decorate tomorrow. Now I think I will take a bath after reading this post 🛀🏻

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    1. Hope you got your bath in last night! :)

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  8. Before my BF & I moved in together, he had a bathtub and I basically lived in that thing :-D I'm a very chilly person too, and I miss that damn tub so much during winter... luckily we have a sauna which we heat up every saturday :-)

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  9. holy moly, i am STOKED on that drain cover. i never even thought to look for something like that! I LOVE taking a long bath and reading in the tub. i'm also obsessed with lush bath bombs! my favorite is the lord of misrule, which i didn't know was seasonal last year, so i definitely stocked up this year. I also really like the dragon's egg one. For valentine's last year my husband got me that big "art of bathing' box set and it was one of the best gifts I ever got!
    have you ever done a magnesium soak? It doesn't have a smell or anything, but if you are ever super sore, like after a long hike or bike ride, it is the BEST. magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and after i take a bath with magnesium salts, it always have the best, deepest sleep! i get the kind by health and wisdom.

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    1. No, I've never heard of that but it sounds awesome. I'll definitely have to try that!

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  10. A few years ago we got rid of our bathtub because nobody was taking baths (we were having to actually DUST the bath!) So we installed a bathroom counter in its place and moved the washing machine in there. Now I wish we still had it. The last time I took a bath was about 5 years ago on a ski trip. It definitely helped with the aches and pains!

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    1. A dusty bath tub!?!?! Hah! That would never happen here. :P

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  11. Um, I can't believe I never knew about this overflow drain cover lol. I've been using a washcloth and holding it with my feet to cover our overflow drain lmfao hahaha THANK you for sharing!!! haha :P

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    1. Hahah! I did the same thing for the longest time!!

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