I’ve always loved baths, and the older I get, the more I appreciate their value as a way to de-stress, relieve tension, and rehab sore muscles. And no, I’m not talking about toddler bathtime (that’s a whole other, much less relaxing story). Since becoming a mother, soaking in a hot bubble bath after a long day has become an important, unnegotiable ritual in my week. I think of a hot bath as good for my mental health — a little me-time after a long day/week/month — so I try to make them feel as grown-up and spa-like as possible. That said, here are the six bath products that make my tub feel like a spa.
1. A soothing bath soak
Nothing relieves mind and body tension better than a bath soak. This luxurious soak from The White Company promotes better sleep with a calming scent and soothing essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and clary sage.
2. Salt for sore muscles
There’s no better way to soothe soreness (aching lower backs anyone?) and kick your bath into high gear than with a scoop of bath salt. This one has natural Dead Sea salts infused with a therapeutic blend of eucalyptus oils to help rejuvenate the mind and body.
3. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles
Mommy-only bathtime doesn’t have to be without baby products. This gentle Mustela bubble bath, for example, is a great way to add bubbles to your bath (since it’s derm-approved and good for sensitive skin).
4. A candle to set the mood
My personal motto: there’s a candle for that. Got stress? This yummy mint and eucalyptus candle from Bath & Body Works promises to melt away your worries. Plus, the lighting in my bathroom is a million times better with a candle, just like in the movies.
5. A gripping novel
Reading in the bath is the ultimate luxury for moms or really anyone who has had a long day. If you’re looking for a book recommendation that’ll take your mind off, well, anything, start here.
6. Luxury hotel-quality towels
Last but not least, fluffy towels are arguably the most important part of any bathing experience. Wrap yourself in this premium set of highly-absorbent, super soft towels and finish that book in bed with a glass of wine. C’est la vie.