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Whenever life gets a little hectic, the best thing you can do for yourself is practice a little self-care. Although it can come in all forms, when you're stuck at home, you have to work with what you got. One of the best ways to unwind and reset your day is to draw yourself a hot bath. But not just any hot bath—you need something that will transform your regular bathroom into an ultimate destination for peace and relaxation.
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Luckily, you can have a luxurious soak anytime your body calls for it by adding a few extra items to your bathroom. Upgrade your house slippers to something cozier or add some enchanting bath bombs to your hot water before you take a dip in, and you’re golden. By adding a few key items, your daily routine can be something you look forward to. So grab that book you've wanted to finish and check out this list of bath time goods that will maximize your bath and give you the ultimate soak.
1. Bath salts to relax your muscles
Packaged in resealable bags, these epsom salt crystals are meant to soothe sore muscles and promote relaxation. Simply pour the salts into your hot bath and fall in love with the calming lavender or eucalyptus scents of the salts. Close to 20,000 Amazon reviewers say that these salts soften the skin and make for great self-care gifts.
2. A cozy robe for post bath bliss
If you want to stay relaxed after your bath, a soft robe is an absolute must. We chose the Nordstrom Bliss Plush Robe as our top favorite in our roundup of the best bath robes due to its cozy fabric and comfortable fit; it essentially feels like being wrapped in a blanket. In fact, our tester likes it so much, she wears hers for hours on end!
3. This candle to melt your troubles away
Made with lavender and eucalyptus essential oils, you'll enjoy this candle whether you're in or out of the bath. It's made to burn for over 150 hours so you can enjoy multiple soaks while admiring the scent of lavender that will put you in a tranquil state. Plenty of reviewers rave that this long-lasting candle smells delightful and also helps them sleep better.
4. This 3-in-1 gel and body oil to hydrate your skin immediately after your soak
This olive oil based anti-aging oil is perfect for all skin types, and can be used on both the face and body. You can even use it on your hair on days where your locks feel dry and dull. A little goes a long way with this product so you'll be enjoying this product for quite some time. Close to 400 HSN reviewers say that this lightly-scented oil is great for all-over usage and many saw improvements in their skin almost immediately after use.
5. An adorable shower cap to keep your hair dry
Just because you want to take a dip in the tub doesn’t always mean you want your hair to get wet. In order to keep your tresses nice and dry, you’ll need a dependable shower cap to do the trick. This Morning After Shower Cap by everyone’s favorite blowout salon chain Drybar has an allover “db” pattern in petite gold lettering, and features a luxurious terry cloth lining as well as a cotton-lined elastic grip to secure your hair in place. One happy shopper writes, “It snuggly seals the edges so water doesn't get in and ruin your [hair] style.”
6. This body balm to rescue your skin from dryness
This small but mighty balm is ideal for those stubborn places that have a hard time staying moisturized. Once you're done with your deep soak, apply this balm for those stubbornly dry areas like your hands, ankles, and elbows. Ulta shoppers say they love the consistency of this body balm and that its non-greasy formula goes on smoothly.
7. This bar soap to brighten your mood
Sealed in reusable packaging, this bar soap will give your bathroom the appearance of a spa with its classic Americana, vintage appeal. It comes in five unforgettable scents including Honeysuckle and Blood Orange Amber. Anthro customers are happy to report this high-quality soap smells great and doesn't dry your skin out.
8. This hand salve to hydrate dry hands
Since we’re all washing our hands more than ever now, our hands are experiencing a new level of dryness. Even when you use the best hand creams and body balms, sometimes that's not enough. In testing, we found this hand salve acts like an invisible glove on your hand to moisturize and repair uneven textures. It’s seriously the holy grail of hand creams and will help your hands feel softer and more moisturized instantly.
9. These ribbed slippers feel like clouds on your feet
After a pleasant soak, your feet deserve a pair of the best slippers we’ve tested. Created for ultimate comfort and style, your feet will appreciate the fluffy wool lining of the Ugg Scuffette II, which feature a rubber bottom and open back, so they’re easy to slip on and off after a long day.
10. This tray that can hold your wine, candle and favorite book
Maximize your soak time with this beautiful, rustic tray. If you've been too busy to have a glass of wine or finish that book you've been reading, this tray will encourage you to indulge in some serious self-care. Place the caddy anywhere in the bathroom when not in use and it makes for a beautiful centerpiece you can add candles and flowers on. Close to 750 Etsy reviewers agree that this caddy is beautiful and transforms any bathroom to an ethereal destination.
11. A loofah sponge to exfoliate with
This bath sponge is designed to lather quickly and gently massage your skin to exfoliate without any irritation. It comes in a pack of two, which also means you can easily swap one out, or have one dedicated to the face, and another for the body. Out of its nearly 7,000 positive reviews, one shopper comments, “Once soaked and expanded, they are the perfect combination of firmness and softness and feel luxurious.”
12. This velvet headband to keep your hair back
This microfiber headband is made for soak days because it keeps your hair dry while you suds up in the bath. It's also stylish enough to wear while running errands, plus it makes for a great gift. More than 500 Etsy reviewers say these headbands are thick and keep hair in place while not putting tension on your roots.
13. These delicious-smelling bath bombs perfect for long soaks
By now, you already have the candles and the caddy ready so what are you waiting for? All that’s left is to throw this aromatic bath bomb in your tub and watch it fizz to perfection. Many Etsy shoppers (close to 8,000 in fact) report that this bath bomb smells amazing and the scent lingers in the air after you finish your bath. Sounds heavenly!
14. A luxurious soufflé body creme to enhance your fresh skin
This vanilla soufflé body cream by Laura Mercier will entice everyone that comes near you while making your skin supple. Formulated with grape seed, rice bran oil, honey, and vitamins A, B5, C, and E, it’s full of ingredients that your skin craves, especially after a much-needed soak, so your skin can rejuvenate in luxury. Nordstrom shoppers praise this soufflé for being lightweight and moisturizing with a pleasant smell.
15. An easy-to-use epilator for painless hair removal
Removing hair after a bath is best, since the wam water brings hair follicles to the surface of the skin and softens them. Instead of having a collection of used, disposable razors in your bathroom, opt for something more precise and discreet. The Braun Silk-Epil 9 comes recommended from a staff member at Reviewed for its mess-free, relatively painless hair removal and long-lasting results. Unlike disposable razors, it’s reusable, rechargeable, and has a one-time cost as well!
16. A facial sheet bundle at your fingertips
Let's face it. You may or may not have the time to set aside an hour or two to soak. If that's the case, you can always enjoy a quick bath and get into a relaxed mood with these face masks. This combo pack will allow you to indulge in an at-home facial whenever you are yearning to unwind. A whopping 11,500 Amazon customers say these sheets are great for all skin types and their skin feels renewed after using one.
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