Saturday, February 28, 2015

Make time for bath time.

Is there anything nicer than a hot bath after a long day? 

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Whenever I'm sad I'm going to die, or so nervous I can't sleep, or in love with somebody I won't be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: I'll go take a hot bath. -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
I was reading The Bell Jar recently and this passage stuck with me. 
"I never feel so much myself as when I'm in a hot bath."
--Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Taking a bath is like a reset button for my state of mind. There are days that I come home from work and can't seem to shift into relaxation mode. A bath will usually fix that. 

We have two bathrooms in our condo. The one attached to our bedroom has a shower. The spare bathroom has a shower/tub combo. I confess that up until about a year ago, we stored toilet paper and cat food in the tub and pulled the curtain closed. (We don't have a basement or garage. Space is limited!) One day when I was craving a bath, I decided to stop treating my lovely bathtub like a storage closet, cleaned the whole bathroom and made it into the sanctuary that it is today. 

I've been getting yummy bath bombs from SpaGirlSoaps on Etsy. Around Christmas, I placed a bulk order so I could gift some bath bombs to my gal pals [and keep some for me]. I love the Honey Almond scented ones. And the Strawberry Shortcake ones. And the Rosemary Mint ones. Okay, I haven't tried a scent I haven't liked. They are all amazing and there are so many to choose from. 

While at the mall with my sister Lizzie a few weeks ago, I went into Lush for the first time. I had never been to Lush and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. (Totally hooked now, obviously.)

A French Kiss Bubble Bar from LUSH (it matches my tattoo!)

This was my first bubble bar. I was so used to just tossing bath bombs in the tub so I forgot that you're supposed to crumble the bubble bars under the running water, therefore not getting the maximum bubble action since I just let the bar dissolve in the water. Oops. I still really loved the calming, dreamy lavender scent.

The Lush location we went to was sold out of the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, a limited edition for Valentine's Day which I had been hearing about from many-a-blogger.  I ordered a few from their website as soon as they were back in stock online. 

See it in action! 

I know what you're thinking, but it's not a real unicorn! 
It's just me taking a selfie with my bubble bar! 

My shopping habits clearly demonstrate that I am a child at heart, drawn to all things glittery and magical. The unicorn horn even matches my new phone case! (See previous post for more food-inspired phones cases and the like.) Bonus: The shape and texture of my phone case makes it safer to hold in the tub for obligatory instagram photos like these!

Dunkin Donuts coffee is a bath time essential in my book. 

Mama soap & baby soap. 

I've been subscribed to BirchBox (monthly beauty samples!) for a little over a year now. I enjoy trying out the new samples and have discovered a lot of great products I wouldn't know about otherwise. I hadn't come across anything yet that I just had to have. That all changed when I got a sample of Not Soap Radio body wash. The scent I received in my box was called "Awash in a field of four-leaf clover (when you need good things to happen-yesterday)," otherwise known as "green & white tea + clover." It smells so good! I went through the sample size after a few baths and decided to treat myself to the full size, which is $16 but can you really put a price on relaxation?

Not Soap Radio has some other [adorably named] body wash scents that I may try at some point. These scents all come in bubble baths and lotions as well.

What are your favorite bath products? Leave me some links!
09 10