Soak It In

1 Jun
Bath fantasies: I have a lot of them. Most involve me, a novel, pillowy poofs of bubbles, and a flute of champagne. The more interesting ones feature chocolate-covered strawberries, candle pillars, and that French guy from the Sex and the City movie.
 
These fantasies have never come to fruition, and not just because the French beaut has been busy on Dancing with the Stars and Brothers & Sisters (besides, he’s really more famous for showering…). The real problem: I simply cannot get over that icky feeling of my bare bum on the tub floor. No matter how clean the porcelain, it feels slimy against my skin. And then there’s the yuck-factor induced by stewing in water contaminated by dirt and dead skin cells. Surely I’ve whetted your appetite for a lovely bath?
 
Those tub-lovers are out there, though, as well as plenty others who are more in love with the idea of the tub. (Especially those vintagey clawfoot ones.) So if you’re one of the former, you’ll enjoy using the bath accoutrements below. And if, like me, you prefer the fantasy to reality–then you’ll enjoy positioning them around the bath, where they will look quite pretty.
 

I’m a sucker for packaging. This is some of the most alluring I’ve ever seen. If these bottles arrived at my house filled with rat poison, I wouldn’t mind. I desire them purely for their prettiness. If you’re into the actual bubble bath, though, rest assured. The Relax Evening Bubble Bath is a luxurious blend of white orchid, Tahitian vanilla, bee blossom honey, Indian amber, and moisturizing olive fruit, avocado, almond oils and vitamin E. Or for a more feminine scent try the Breathe Tranquil Bubble Bath, which features peony and white lily.

 

 

Lollia Foaming Bubble Bath

 

 

Yeah, so I’m not really sure why you’d need regular bubble bath and foaming bubble bath. But you might once you lay eyes on this screened glass decanter adorned with a Chinoiserie bird. Inside: Imagine Foaming Bubble Bath, a fragrance with hints of willow, lotus, orchid, rice flower, coconut milk, mandarin and jasmine.

 

 

 

Beekman 1802 Milk Shake Bath Soak

 

 

Love the old-school apothecary look of this soak, which is comprised of dehydrated goat milk and mineral salts. True, I’d rather dine on goat cheese than lie around in a goat milk stew, but apparently this stuff contains skin-healing  properties. Plus, the dropper is filled with essential oils, to be combined with the soak and tossed into your warm bath.

 

 

Truly Aesthetic Bath Affirmations

These neat little tubes contain bath salts and remind me of those sand art bottles we used to make at the town fair as kids (minus the neon colors). Each test tube includes a positive affirmation scroll to help start or end your day on an uplifting note. Varieties included in this set: Enliven Coconut Basil, Repose Thyme Lavender, Harmonize Juniper Berry Grapefruit, Fortify Mango Peppermint, and Thrive Camomile Eucalyptus.

Fiat Luxe Felted Soap

 

 

Oddly reminiscint of a Fraggle, the swirly wool pouch surrounding this yummy soap is both exfoliating and anti-fungal. The soap comes in six flavors, each with it’s own felt design: Fir, Citrus Spice, Amber, Lavender, Lavender Mint, and Verbena (my favorite!). Though pricey, the soap is designed to last longer than a regular bar. Plus, it’s pretty, reusable and economy-boosting (handmade here in the States).

 

 

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My pup shares my distaste for baths.

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8 Responses to “Soak It In”

  1. Connie June 1, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    The bottles are gorgeous and I’d love to try the soap. Hint! Perhaps next Mother’s Day…

    • yogalina June 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

      yes…i would like to hint at receiving these goodies for a future birthday, christmas or other occaision. i am such a bath lover. good old epson salts are nice too.

      • Cheekie June 3, 2011 at 8:09 am #

        Hint taken! I use epson salts for Miles’ paws when they get irritated–it’s very healing. He is not a big fan of having to hold his paw in the bowl, though!

    • Cheekie June 3, 2011 at 8:16 am #

      Geez, already on to next Mother’s Day… as though a nook and a new daughter weren’t good enough presents to hold you over for a year!! Kidding! I’ll keep it in mind…

  2. Lynzie :: Small Time Cook June 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi, I’m Lynzie, and I’m addicted to baths. What’s funny, though, is that I always shower first to get clean, so as to avoid the stewing-in-your-own-filth situation. That felted soap is amazing! I’m totally going to try to make it myself.

    • Cheekie June 3, 2011 at 8:15 am #

      Lynzie, that’s a good solution to the ick-factor of dirty bath water! If I ever give baths another shot, I’ll definitely be doing that. A lot of people say they shower afterwards, but that doesn’t quite solve the problem. And the felted soap rocks! I bet it’s pretty easy to make…

  3. Deb Y June 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Lauren, you have just hit on the one thing that skeeves me the most about bathing: sitting around in whatever it is that has sloughed off of me. Ick! At the same time, the idea of a bubble bath always sounds fantastic. I think when the day comes that I can truly lounge in a bath with a book and NOT get the pages wet will be the day I fully sell out to the luxurious fantasy of the tub.

    • Cheekie June 3, 2011 at 8:11 am #

      Agreed–the book getting wet thing is so annoying! And to avoid it getting wet you have to hold the book up in the air, which then strains your arms and is not relaxing at all. I would like for my book to just float, perfectly positioned in front of me. Wouldn’t hurt for a magic fairy to turn the pages for me, too.

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