Written by The Strategy
As the temperatures drop, the days get shorter and your legs get more and more coverage, it’s pretty shitty living in an East Coast climate. But to get you through these next dreary months, we’d like to re-introduce a ritual you most likely hated as a child: Baths. We’re not talking about the kind where you squeeze in a bottle of bubbles and call it a day. No, when we talk baths, we don’t just require hot water and a large tub. Our baths include oils, salts, masks, a glass of wine, a nice candle and a good book.
Let us start with the important rule of no electronics! Put your phone down, shut off the laptop, and just power down. This is the perfect time to just focus on you, and not the Kardashian’s latest hair colours. Next, get yourself a face mask. You have about 30 minutes to kill here, so why not soothe not only your body, but your face as well. Dr. Jart+ makes amazing masks, but we’re also partial to SK-II masks, and we’ve heard good things about Sephora’s own brand. The final step in creating a relaxing mood is to light a candle. You and your bathroom are going to smell amazing. Le Labo, Capri Blue, and Diptyque are essential.
As we said, baths are so much more than hot water and bubbles, so let’s move on to our ingredient list. While there are many things you can put in a bath, i.e. oats, honey, etc., we always start with two very important basics: Oil and salts. For oil, we use Diptyque Precious Oils, Jo Malone Bath Oil, or Uncle Harry’s Essential Eucalyptus Oil. For salts, Herbivore Botanicals Bath Salts, Dermalogica Mineral Salts or just some basic Epsom salts.
Now that we have set the scene, here are a few more suggestions we’d like to make, to help you achieve the best bath out there. Set yourself up with a cool lemon or cucumber water, to give yourself an upgrade from the usual tap, and pour yourself a glass of wine. Before your toes test the temperature, scrub down your body with a dry brush. Trust us when we say, your skin is going to feel amazing once you step out of the tub! When you do eventually make it out, make sure there is an extra fluffy towel and bathrob on hand, along with luxurious and hydrating body lotion.
Once you try bathing our way, we promise this is going to become a weekly ritual for you.
Collage by The Strategy / Bathing Image Photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, Vogue, June 1994