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The art of the bubble bath

Dec 19, 2011

People close to me know that I prefer bubble baths to showers, and many of them think that to be strange. I think they're just not doing it right. There is nothing more indulgent and relaxing that is low cost, zero calories and healthy for you -- especially after a long day, stressful day -- than a hot bath overflowing with scented bubbles that soften your skin. Here's how to do it:

1) Clean your bathtub. 

I keep Clorox wipes in my bathroom so I can quickly wipe away any mildew or soap scum and start with a fresh slate. It only takes a minute and is a great habit anyway.

2) Bubbles! 

The best bubbles are not in liquid form as you may remember from your youth (I'm talking of course about Mr. Bubbles). Calgon Moisturizing Bath Beads are by far the best bubble makers. Don't ever skimp on how much you use, and be sure to pour them under your faucet running at full force as you begin to draw the bath.

3) Bath Salts. 

These are a must if your muscles are sore. Epsom salt draws out toxins from your muscles and helps them to loosen if they are stiff. Just remember to drink a glass of water afterwards so you flush them out. My choice is Ahava Eucalyptus Bath Salts -- a little pricey online, but you can often find them at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls for deals.

4) Aromatherapy Candle. 

My favorite is from Bath & Body Works -- Lavender Chamomile. You can find similar scents at most drug stores, or anything with eucalyptus will open your breathing passages and help you relax.

5) Bath pillow. 

This is tricky -- I've tried a lot of them, and they all are either not comfortable or mildew. Then I found a Memory Foam pillow at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is not only super comfortable, but it's anti-microbial.

6) Entertainment. 

Oh heeeeey Beyonce.
As nice as relaxing is, most of us don't know how to do it for very long. So turn on some music you enjoy, grab a magazine or stream some TV on your laptop (propped on a stool nearby where it won't fall in).  If you can make it 30 minutes, you will have done yourself a great favor.

And now it's time for me to go home and make this a reality!


  1. I love this post! Thank you!

  2. Many friends tell me that they don't like to take baths. I think the reality is that they don't know how to take a bath. Great primer! xoxo