Aaaahh, the best antidote to a cold winter’s night is a soothing hot bath followed by a warm cozy robe. Shut off your iPhone, add some flickering tea lights, Diana Krall and a full bodied Cab to transform a bath soak into a luxe mini vacay.
Bath salts have therapeutic as well as relaxation properties. Sea salt dissolves negative energy and helps de-acidify the body to raise pH levels. As sea salt works its magic, it will remove accumulations of lactic acid, an unfortunate byproduct of exercising. Remember sea salt is not the same as the salt you sprinkle on your food, which should be kept out of your tub. Delectable fragrances, aromatic oils like rosemary and lavender, foaming and effervescent agents to add some fizz will make your bath soaks do wonders for your body and soul.
INDULGE YOUR SENSES
Indulge yourself with the soothing scent of lavendar with Ahava Mineral Bath Salt – Lavender. Skin energizing Dead Sea salt crystals help relieve muscle tension and soften skin to optimize moisture balance, while lavender soothes the senses and promotes a sense of well-being. Ahava products are sold at malls nationwide. $22.00 at www.ahavaus.com/.
Soothe body and soul with Sai-Sei Mineral Relax Bath Milk. This gentle calming bathing milk is infused with essential minerals from Japan’s ancient hot springs, known as Onsen. This relaxing soak blends nourishing soy milk protein and glycerin to comfort skin. $35 at www.spacenk.com/.
100 PERCENT WONDERFUL
Darphin Aromatic Seaweed Bath and Shower Gel foams the body and leaves skin soft, fresh and subtly scented with aromatic oils. Use it as a body wash or bath soak – it’s wonderful either way. Lemon and orange essential oils give it a fresh citrus scent and the algae extract helps heal and detoxify the whole body. $40 at www.darphin.com.
FRESHEN UP GEISHA STYLE
Revive in Fresh Rice Sake Bath – a unique purifying soak comprised of pure sake to detoxify, soften and even out skin tone. Inspired by the Japanese Geisha bathing ritual of perfuming baths with peaches, this infusion of exquisite fruit and real sake provides an unparalleled skin sensation. Sake contains enzymes that hydrate and smooth the skin and the ginger renders muscles pliable and relaxed. $80 at www.sephora.com/.
Have a spa right in the privacy of your own home with Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak. This incredible deep-heat aroma remedy contains oils of birch, juniper, clove, alpine lavender and chamomile – combined with sea salt. Three capfuls in a tub of hot water is all you need to relax and unwind. Breathe in the vapors to clear your mind as you soak in the goodness. $60 at Nordstrom.
BEAUTY IN A BOTTLE
Luxuriate in Beautannia Brideshead Bath Oil. This decadently scented bath with the floral essence of Brideshead will remind you of grapes, sweet cherries and rose with a touch of honeysuckle. The reviews are in and they’re all good. $60 at www.spacenk.com/.
FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE
Formulated for the masculine set, Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak smoothes skin, soothes tired muscles and relieves tension. Perfect for use after working out or any cold and windy night – the Epsom salts are infused with eucalyptus, arnica and shea butter. Your guy will step out of the tub refreshed and unbelievably smooth. $35 at Nordstrom.
RELIEVE YOUR TIRED OL’ SELF
Tired Old Ass Soak from Little Moon Essentials contains a unique blend of salts especially high in iron and trace minerals, and 100% pure essential oils of rosemary and eucalyptus. It’s packed with nerve-nourishing essentials oils that help the body to deal with stress and exhaustion. This is the company’s best selling product! 12 ounces is $15 at http://www.littlemoonessentials.com/.
ENJOY A MINI-ME
Mini ME! Bath Ice Cream Gift Sets are two-ounce version of their full-size ice cream-flavored soaks and contain a unique blend of six purifying minerals, salts and fragrances, making this a perfect gift set – for you, too. The flavors include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, pomegranate, pearberry, apple, coconut, papaya and peach. Pamper yourself today with this decadent fizzy nourishing aromatic treat. $32 at www.drugstore.com.
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