Since I was a child, I have loved taking baths. I often gathered an assortment of Barbies, rubber duckies and plastic cups – sinking into its warmth and allowing the tub to cradle me until the water turned cold and my fingers resembled prunes.
As my body grew and morphed from child to adolescent to woman, my bath-taking ritual evolved with me. A warm tub became my sanctuary – the place where surrender came most naturally. In the best of times, it served as a séance for channeling inspiration – permitting ideas and epiphanies to strike my soaking flesh and witting mind like a heavenly bolt of lightening. In the worst of times, it served as an altar where I laid my heaviest burdens down.
Throughout the years – perhaps while in the throes of indecision or heartache – I recall saying to myself (on multiple occasions), Just get through this day, girl; you can figure it out in the bathtub. And, I came to consider the act of bath-taking as being auspicious, even; crediting a number of my most life-altering decisions to having been accommodated by those soapy bodies of water.
My Barbies, rubber duckies and plastic cups graduated to flickering candles, a trail of incense smoke looping, rising and swirling through the air like ribbons and either a steaming mug or a chilled glass of indulgence.
Books were occasionally involved – further serving to transport me from my own reality to worlds thousands of miles away from all that had become mundane.
Without my ever intending, the tub became my sacred place of self-ministering. As the residue of dirt and sweat rinsed from my skin, so did the presence of stressful and toxic energies. It was where clarity was always waiting for the water to rise and fill the tub so that it – and I – could be found.
So, readers, let me now arrive at my intended destination: I wish to inform you of how to transform the act of getting physically clean into a self-care ceremony.
This is a means to summon clarity, creativity, relaxation and – ultimately – pleasure. And, through my experimentations along the way, I have discovered a variety of bubbling, foaming, frothing and sensorily pleasing things – each of which make the water (and overall experience) far more interesting.
Being a bath product connoisseur, I am eager to share the holiest of my discoveries with you.
So dim the lights, silence your phone and set the tone for your personal oasis. It’s about to get radical.
Pure Integrity Non-toxic Soy Candles
Pure Integrity Candles are non-toxic, slow-burning and provide some of the most realistic scents I’ve ever found. They are brilliant at tricking my nose into telling my mouth that it’s time to salivate. The Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla are my favorite varieties.
Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Candle
This lavender-scented candle smells like a heavenly spa while also offering comfort and a glimmer of sweetness. In fact, it smells like candied lavender with a wash of vanilla.
LUSH The Comforter Bubble Bar
Forget your antiquated and messy liquid bubble baths. Half of this bar will fill your tub with an Everest of fluff. Also, it smells like cotton candy.
Pure Sanctum Love Bath Bombs
This brand of bath bombs is a hidden jewel. They craft vegan-friendly, heavenly-scented bath bombs from pure essential oils.
This package contains four varieties of scents – each offering a swirl of pink and white which looks adorable and Valentine-esque while dissolving in the tub. The Strawberry Field variety is my favorite, and smells exactly like strawberries and cream. This makes a perfect gift, but I’m in the spirit of purchasing them for myself (which I highly recommend doing).
LUSH Twilight Bath Bomb
The scent is delicious yet relaxing, and the texture of the product is luxurious. Once the bomb’s finale is complete, it gives me the feeling that I’m being cradled and rocked to sleep by a bath filled with whipped foam and an explosion of Skittles.
Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Soap by Nubian Heritage
I’ve recommended this soap in previous articles, and will continue to. I have immense respect for Nubian Heritage’s cruelty-free and paraben-free standards.
This soap remains a staple in my shower. It glides across the skin like butter, leaving its irresistibly sexy scent: a blend of melon, sandalwood and incense.
Vi-Tae® Organic Oatmeal Spice Soap
This soap smells like a sexy blend of sandalwood and clove, with a hint of a warm oatmeal spiced cookies. It’s true magic, however, lies in its ability to calm, heal and soothe the most irritated of skins. I recommended it to a friend with psoriasis, and – two years later – she continues to swear by its relieving power.
LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub Bar
This sea salt polishing body bar smells the way a blood orange mimosa (perhaps laced with jasmine tea) tastes. One bar typically provides approximately ten or so full-body uses of gentle exfoliation.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Mask
I discovered this fountain-of-beauty in a jar mere weeks ago, and I now find myself having to pry my hands away from its jar. It is not appropriate to use daily, however I love it so much that I’m tempted to use it daily. It clears every area of facial congestion and leaves my skin feeling like glass. It is also excellent as a spot treatment.
You are forbidden to entertain heart-wrenching, cry-fest inducing anything – regardless of how self-pitying or somber you may feel. If this is going to be an act of self-care, it should be a pleasure. Every aspect should lift you from your pit; not encourage you to wallow in the briny deep of it.
I prefer classics like Bill Withers, Sam Cooke or Etta James while I’m soaking in the tub. Sometimes, though, I gravitate toward filling the silence with motivational speeches or guided meditations. Be aware of what you need, but refrain from anything and everything remotely harrowing.
Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea
Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe
This recipe will serve as a “crossing over” of sorts. It’s the epitome of indulgence and relaxation – confined to your very own mug. Try it, but be warned: You may never approve of any other hot chocolate recipe again.
Full recipe (and more similar) here.
I’m raising my virtual glass in your direction and toasting to you having the most mind-blowing bath of your life tonight. Enjoy…
©TheDailyDoll.com / Lacey Johnson 2016