There are few things more relaxing at the end of a long, arduous day than a relaxing soak in a bubble bath. After a hard workout, a long day of sightseeing, or a hot summer day, a refreshing shower is my favorite way to feel rejuvenated. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite bubble bath & shower essentials, all things I already own and love, in order to help you elevate your relaxation experience. I’ll also let you in on a few of my secrets for relaxing to the fullest in the bath or shower. I hope these items inspire you to set aside some time to enjoy reading a book, listening to relaxing music, or simply unwinding at the end of a long day.
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Nothing sets the mood for a relaxing bath better than the perfect fragrance. I personally don’t like any overwhelming fragrances when I’m trying to relax, which is why I love this black tea-scented candle, this sandalwood-scented candle, both by Diptyque, or this subtle vanilla fragrance from Anthropologie. If you prefer something more natural, try adding a few drops of skin-safe essential oils to your bath (lavender is my go-to relaxation scent).
Bath & Body Tools
I love using loofahs, exfoliating cloth, sisal brush, dry brush, pedicure brush, and Baudelaire sea sponge at different stages throughout bathing and showering to keep my skin soft and smooth. Using these has helped my keratosis pilaris and my overall complexion tremendously, particularly when I follow up with this BAIOBAY organic coconut oil moisturizer. To keep my skin extra soft, I avoid soaks with dyes or harsh fragrances, and instead opt for gentle bath bombs, coconut soaks, and gentle bubble bath blends.
For an easy, DIY bath soak, simply fill a cheesecloth with organic oatmeal or quick oats, tie the cloth up (you can use floss or even a hair tie in a pinch), and toss it into a warm bath with a splash of coconut or almond milk for a warm, opaque moisturizing soak bath. If you use a store-bought bubble bath, always be sure to completely rinse off any residue to avoid drying out your skin.
This hand-carved acacia wood bath caddy is perfect for resting a book, candle or body scrub on. This metal floral towel hook is a lovely addition to a bathroom with a subtle floral motif. I ordered two of these trinket dishes because they were so beautiful and simple, and I couldn’t be happier with them. They’re perfect for storing jewelry, potpourri, or cotton rounds in. The woven acacia fiber bathroom set is so pretty and a great neutral to add to an organic-looking bathroom or vanity.
This hand fan is something I first saw someone use at the onsens in Japan to stay cool while in a hot bath, and ever since I’ve been hooked on using these. They also look pretty hung on the wall, or as part of a flower arrangement. Plus, they can be used during hotter months to stay cool outside.
This flower-shaped bathmat is the prettiest I’ve ever seen, and the perfect accent to any feminine bathroom. These waffle weave towels are soft, and dry excellently, plus they hold up wash after wash. I use this spa headband and scrunchie set to keep my hair out of the water when I relax in the bath, and the towel wrap headband is a great way to help hair dry faster without damaging heat tools.
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Monica Magoulas says
I love a good spa day but this list of essentials makes for a relaxing evening at home. There are a few items that I would like to try!
Ashonte Laing says
Thanks to your post I now have a few must haves to try! Self care is so important
SPA @ home!! Focusing on self care in 23! Love your picks!!
These are wonderful recommendations, Annie! I’m adding several to my “must try list.”
Sarah M says
Love this list, added a few to my shopping cart for a future splurge day!
Oh my gosh! So many good finds! I need to go shopping!!
Lauren Futch says
I have been needing to up my game in the shower department!
A perfect guide for sending to my husband for birthdays and anniversaries!
Danielle F says
Diptyque candles are always a must!