How To Take The Best Bath Of Your Life

Illustrated by: Mallory Heyer.
When I was little, bath time was a highly anticipated part of my day. I would empty multiple bottles of bubble bath into the water and then hop into my frothy, overflowing tub where I (and a few Barbies) would splash around until my fingers and toes were prune-y and the water had cooled to room temperature.

Over the years, the products I put into my bath have gotten a bit of an upgrade and, unfortunately, Barbie no longer frequents my tub. But, my love for bath time? That hasn’t changed at all. In fact, I’ve been known to pick a hotel specifically for its exceptional bathtub (seriously, though, look up the Coqui Coqui in Mérida, Mexico, and tell me you wouldn’t do the same). And, I cancel Saturday-night plans on the regular in favor of a date with my bath. 

Of course, I’m not alone in my passion. People have been luxuriating in bathing rituals for centuries, and pretty much every culture has its own version, from Turkish hammams to Japanese onsen. And, as my personal beauty guru Derek Zoolander once said, “Wetness is the essence of beauty.” What further proof do you need?

Not all baths were created equal. Here’s what you need to take the best one, ever.


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The Prep
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with a beautiful, brand-new tub the size of a small studio apartment, congratulations. Skip ahead to step two. For the rest of us, turning our bathroom into a spa-quality environment can be something of a challenge. The first rule of baths is: no overhead lighting. If you don’t have a dimmer (and who does?), light some candles. I love Diptyque’s latest scent, Rosafolia. Byredo makes some seriously sensual ones, too. But, on the cheap, a few unscented ones from your local drugstore will do the trick.

Music is a great way to set a chilled-out mood. I opt for the classical station on Pandora to channel my most sophisticated self, but anything that relaxes you is good. I’m a big fan of bringing a glass of wine into the bath, too (and if it spills…antioxidants!). You can read a book or magazine in there, but leave your electronics in the bedroom (I learned this the hard way).
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The Main Event
When I’m feeling a DIY vibe, I dump a box of Epsom salts and some Cocovit coconut oil into my bath and call it a day. The salts turn my tense limbs to Jell-O, and the coconut oil is ultra-moisturizing. But, when I want something more, my go-to bath soaks are from Pursoma. After a hard week, its Resurrection Bath is my personal version of heaven. With French green clay, sea salt, seaweed, and algae, it is super-detoxing and nourishing. According to Pursoma, the clay’s negative charge helps to draw toxins out of your body. And, I have to admit, when I finish a 20-to-30-minute soak in this stuff, I feel like a totally new person.
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I also use bath time as an excuse to indulge in all of those extra rituals that I know I should do, but never have time for. I exfoliate with One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Polish, which I love for its gentle sugar granules and delicious tropical scent. I like to do a face mask while I’m sitting in the steamy water, too. Might as well take advantage of those open pores, right? Currently, I’m addicted to Odacite’s Deep Hydration Masque. It’s packed full of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and circulation-stimulating calendula. Plus, it's so gentle and moisturizing that you can leave it on as long as you want.
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Lately, I've been experimenting with bath-time hair treatments. Because, when else are you going to want to sit around with oil in your hair for 15 minutes? I love Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil (I put it on my hair, face, and body). If full-fledged oil isn’t your thing, Rahua’s Omega 9 Hair Mask is a lighter option that's packed with nutrients to keep your locks looking shiny and smooth.
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The After-Party
After a while, the bath water starts to get tepid and your fingers prune. That’s your sign to get out. I tend to sweat like crazy in a hot, detoxing bath, so I’m a big fan of the post-bath shower. Shampoo the oil out of your hair, rinse off that face mask, and hop out feeling fresh, clean, and relaxed.

When I’m toweled off, before I hop into bed, I like to cover myself head-to-toe in May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff. All-natural and packed with essential oils, it smells incredible and makes my skin ultra-soft. A bottle of it doesn’t come cheap, though, which is why I save it for special occasions (a.k.a. bath time).

After I’m done moisturizing, I don a bathrobe and cuddle up in bed with the rest of my glass of wine. If I’m lucky, I can get through about three minutes of an episode of Scandal before I’m out for the night. And, when I wake up in the morning, my glossy hair, glowy skin, and lack of undereye bags say it all. So, go ahead and cancel your Saturday-night plans. You've got a date with your tub.
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