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A cold, winter wonderland calls for a night in—in the bathtub that is. We pick our favourite bath products.
It may be the season of holiday parties, over indulging, a packed social calendar and eggnog, but don’t forget it’s also the perfect time of year to stay in and pamper yourself. And what better way to celebrate staying home on a cold, blustery night than with a soothing and relaxing bath?
To help make your bath time a little more luxurious and, of course, scented, we’ve rounded up our favourite bath products. Trust us, you’ll want to stay in the tub all night.
One of the easiest, and most affordable ways to relax in the bath is to add epsom salts to help ease aches and pains. Kick it up a notch this winter by picking out a blend of salts that do more than just help your joints. Immune Bath Salt Soak from Saje includes eucalyptus, cinnamon leaf, peppermint, rosemary and tea tree alongside epsom- and sea-salt for a soak that will help you relax while also giving your immune system a little boost. Saje Immne Bath Soak, $20, www.saje.com
There’s something very satisfying about watching a bath bomb dissolve in a whirl of colours in the tub. Even more satisfying? Hopping in the tub yourself to enjoy the scented treat. Lush is known for their bath bombs (they even have a hashtag—#bathart—that you can use to share your own bath pictures), so it makes sense that our pick is from this brand. Enjoy Frozen—a bomb that smells of neroli and rose oil, but looks like that first, magical snow fall. Lush Frozen Bath Bomb, $9, www.lush.ca
It’s time to embrace your inner child with a good, old fashioned bubblebath. While you could attempt a more adult scent profile, we suggest leaning into the sweet, bubble bath smells of your childhood with this great vanilla-scented bubble bath. Vanilla, orchid, coconut, jasmine and sandalwood combine for a bath experience that is cozy—and smells irresistible. Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Bubble Bath, $14, www.bathandbodyworks.com
Bath milks are definitely the grown up way to enjoy a soak in the tub. Plus you reap added benefits to your skin—specifically moisture. And we could definitely use a little more moisture when the temperature drops. Try this Cleopatra-inspired pick from The Body Shop. This powder turns milky when combined with water and contains olive oil and sweet almond oil for a luxurious bath experience. The Body Shop Spa of the World Egyptian Milk and Honey Bath, $24, www.thebodyshop.ca
Adding oil to your bath is nothing new—essential oils can do wonders to help ease pain and set a fragrant mood. But for a truly luxurious and perfumed take, add a little perfume oil to your bath. We love the classic Estee Lauder Youth Dew for this approach. The sexy mix of flower, spice and woods is perfect for a cozy night in. Estee Lauder Youth Dew Bath Oil, $40, www.thebay.com
Yes, you read that right. Bath tea is a thing. But it’s not as weird as it sounds. Dry ingredients (like flower petals and herbs) are added to your bath for a sensual experience—that you bathe in instead of drinking. Try this one from Fig + Moss—the combination of lavender, chamomile, calendula petals and rose buds will reduce inflammation, ease tension and relax muscles. You’ll be wondering why you weren’t having tea baths all along. Fig + Moss Calming Herbal Bath Tea, $11, www.urbanoutfitters.com
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