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Taking the Plunge

February 24th, 2013

Most Luxurious Bath Products | Camille Styles

A few weeks ago, I decided to revive the lost ritual (to me, at least) of bathing. When I was little, there was nothing I loved more than taking a stack of magazines or a big novel into the bath with me and literally soaking in bubbles for hours, turning on the hot faucet periodically as it began turning lukewarm. I’m not sure at what point I completely traded in this ritual for morning showers – probably about the time that life got really busy and efficiency suddenly seemed more important than pleasure – but I somehow forgot how much I loved taking a bath. Now that mornings with a 6-month-old are a blur of getting both of us fed, dressed and ready, nighttime has once again become my cleansing time of choice, and I recently realized that taking a bath would be the perfect transition from a tightly-scheduled day to a more relaxing pace that’s more about enjoyment than getting stuff done. One soak in rose oil-infused hot water up to my neck later, and I was hooked. And turns out I’m not the only one: Tom Ford reportedly takes 5 a day, and Diane Von Furstenberg devoted an entire book to them. Serena Williams once paid $5,000 for “the world’s most expensive,” but even a scented bath oil from the drugstore can be so transportive, especially in these chilly winter months when nothing feels more pampering than cocooning yourself in warmth, and stepping out of the bath with soft, hydrated skin. Now that I’m a bit of an addict, I’m ready to add a few items to my bath time arsenal to make each dip extra luxurious. On my list? Dyptique Precious Oils for the BathLaura Mercier ‘Crème de Pistache’ Body WashFresh Lychee Sugar Bath Cubes and Philosophy Orange Blossom Bubble Bath would all make for a pretty heavenly experience. I’d love to hear: any other bathtime devotees out there? What special rituals do you engage in to make it extra special (glass of wine, scented candle, favorite bath product?) And for those of you who, like me, haven’t taken a bath in years, I highly suggest you give it another whirl… you can thank me later.

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9 Comments under :: Taking the Plunge
  1. Krissy says:

    OOOH you’ve hit my soft spot. I’m a bath junkie. I always make sure to throw a little bit of epsom salt into my bath to alleviate sore muscles. My all time favorite bath “accessory” is Lush’s French Kiss bubble bath. It’s the perfect calming, almost milky lavendar scent with lots of big bubbles.

    I’ve been looking into giving bath oils a try. Lush has a few bath melts which are somewhat similar, but i’m trying to track down actual bath oils that may be in my price range

  2. I too wish I took more baths – it is such an indulgence during a busy day, but I think that’s all the more reason to take the time to unwind in the evening! I haven’t taken one in months (have been doing quick showers too), but when I do I like using epsom salts. They are supposedly great for relieving muscle aches, reducing stress, and drawing out toxins. I get a big bag of it from the drugstore, and it’s really inexpensive. I also add some essential oils (I like lavender, bergamot, geranium).

  3. Leslie says:

    This is a great post! I have been longing for a house with a clawfoot tub. A local company in Nashville called Pretty Pretty Pop Pop makes the prettiest jar of bath salts called “Baptism by Blooms” that I think would make a beautiful gift.

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  4. Love baths, I take a bubble bath every night, it’s where I come up with my best ideas.

  5. As a mom of a 3 month old. I completely agree! :)

  6. Wendy says:

    what a great post for an easy indulgence! Baths offer serenity and sanctuary. Of course with littles it is not easy to take a ‘bath-cation’ but when you can slip away and shut the door and lean into a scented bath..the world goes on pause. A great place to think and just take a few minutes to unwind. I used to read all the time in my baths but now I try and enjoy the peacefulness of it and savour the moment of quiet and scent. I hope you manage to escape now and then into one!

  7. Kirbi Knop says:

    This SO hits home for me. Last night, I was so exhausted from the weekend I told my hubby he was in charge of bathing our almost 3 year old in HER bath (she always wants to use ours), while I immersed myself in oils and salts in ours. I am a major bath lover. Like you, it’s so worth it when I MAKE the time for it. I really love doing detox baths and I will usually do Epsom Salts (great detox and also muscle relaxant) with Lavender Essential Oil or Eucalyptus or Sweet orange, etc with a splash of either Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil. If you want a real treat do coconut oil and some kind of essential oil flavor you like. I am obsessed with coconut oil for skin care. Another favorite is to do a clay/apple cider vinegar detox soak. You can actually get the Austin company ‘The Living Clay’ brand of powdered bentanite clay at Whole Foods. I ADORE their clay exfoliating face wash, also sold at our Whole Foods here in Houston. Its filled with clay, walnut shell pieces for exfoliation, jojoba oil, and tea tree oils. Great for baths as well if you need to get your whole body tingly and smooth. Anyways, I just finished lunch and I am already dreaming of bath time tonight!!! haha :)

    Thanks for posting this!

    Kirbi

  8. Renee Runcie says:

    Baths! Recently I have started to defend my night time ritual with a vengence. Life gets crazy and then all the things that just lulled you to sleep disappear, but not this year… Thirty minutes before bed is book, bath, and tea time. The body shops coconut foaming bath, epsom salt, and vanilla and almond oil go in and then so do I. The only question is- How do I keep my tub clean without cleaning it every day?

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