My Favorite (Easy) Ways to Amp Up Bathtime!

Dreamy tub space… photo by @zioandsons

Dreamy tub space… photo by @zioandsons

A bath seems like a great idea, but when it comes down to it, how do you make it more special than just sitting in a tub of hot water? (Which I admit, is almost enough for me!)

Bath time can be an opportunity to let go of stress, sore muscles, troubles & worries, and even a time to meditate and gain new insights into your goals. Here I share 5 of my favorite ways to make the most out of your bath.

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I have been making baths a priority once a month (& once a week when I can!) for awhile now. It gives me that chance to experience myself outside the everyday realm, and I get to experiment with different ways of amplifying the enjoyment & relaxation level of each one.

My top 5 favorite ways to elevate my bath experience are: 1) bath salts 2) candles 3)flowers 4) neck pillow 5) bath caddy. Each of these are guaranteed to turn ordinary into lusciously extraordinary, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and ready for the world (or for bed) when you emerge.

Two of Heart & Arrow’s most popular bath salt scents.

Two of Heart & Arrow’s most popular bath salt scents.

Bath Salts

Salts have been used for millennia in beauty treatments & relaxation rituals. Heart & Arrow bath salts combine the unique properties of Epsom salt, Dendritic Salt, Mineral Sea Salt & Himalayan Pink Salt. An aromatherapy experience is created in each jar through essential oils and/or phthalate-free fragrance oils. A sprinkle of representative botanicals, like flower petals & Lavender buds, are mixed in for maximum exposure to the healing beauty of nature.

Candles

Heart & Arrow’s Lavender & Wild Rose candles are a perfect way to light up your relaxation time.

Heart & Arrow’s Lavender & Wild Rose candles are a perfect way to light up your relaxation time.

Ah, to create the perfect ambiance… one that allows you to unwind, & breathe, encourages you to reflect, open your heart to the perfection of the moment.

Make sure your candles are set up in safe, flat, stable locations and in vessels that will not leak onto surfaces. Our Spa Travel candles are exceptional for this, and can be brought on any adventure life takes you on.

Cocktail Tumbler Candles can later be used to hold… you guessed it; your favorite cocktail!

Cocktail Tumbler Candles can later be used to hold… you guessed it; your favorite cocktail!

I personally prefer the glass cocktail tumbler candles (and usually light about 3 at a time for an ultimate scent & light combo).

Flowers

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Gather some from your garden. In a city? Try getting involved with a community garden where you can access flowers. Or you can order Organic dried flowers like Rose Petals and Calendula from Mountain Rose Herbs, based in Oregon. Sprinkle flower petals to float on your bath water, or place stemmed flowers in vases around your tub or bathroom.

Neck Pillow

I received this simple inflatable bath pillow as a gift from my boyfriend (he knows me well!) and it is one of my favorite easy ways to fully relax in the bath. Cushion your overworked shoulders & neck while you lean back and close your eyes for a few deep breaths. Here’s the one he got me.

This is my personal bath setup- complete with caddy, pillow, bath salts dissolving in the tub, my candle ready to light, flowers & a beverage… oh yeah, my journal, too.

This is my personal bath setup- complete with caddy, pillow, bath salts dissolving in the tub, my candle ready to light, flowers & a beverage… oh yeah, my journal, too.

Bath Caddy

This simple item, picture above, has revolutionized my bath-taking. Bathtub caddies come in many designs & usually stretch to fit any width tub. Mine features a cup holder, a book stand, a spot to hold a pen & snacks or a candle. Look how I set it up one evening. The bamboo bath caddy I ordered is available right here.

Doin' it right at bath time.

Doin' it right at bath time.

There you have it, my friends~ 5 super easy & inexpensive ways to make the most of your time to yourself when you take a bath. I’d love to hear some of your favorite bath time rituals! Drop me a line in the comments below.

Loved this article? You may also enjoy ‘Creating Your Personal Spa: 3 Easy DIY Recipes for Self-Care’.

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An inspiring tub area.

An inspiring tub area.

I’ll be here… *sigh* Dream tub status. Photo by @eatplayshop

I’ll be here… *sigh* Dream tub status. Photo by @eatplayshop