Whether it’s an occasional indulgence or a weekly ritual, a long, hot bath is one of the top ways to relax. From the time you turn on the tap to the moment you wipe the red wine stains off the side of the tub with the corner of your towel, it’s a precious half hour (or more – who’s counting?) of you-time. It’s not always easy to find the perfect bath soak, though, so why not try making your own? Here are some tips and recipes to help you wash your cares away.
What Makes a Good Bath Soak?
You’ll be amazed at what people are willing to put in their bath – from milk and honey to Jell-o and red wine (stains notwithstanding). The only limit is your imagination, though it’s worth doing your research to make sure you’re not going to do your skin any serious damage. If you’re looking for deep relaxation, though, the main thing you’ll need for your bath is Epsom salt. Epsom salt is great for soothing aching muscles and calming down skin irritation from eczema, insect bites or sunburn.
Epsom salt can be a great bath soak by itself. For a little extra luxury, you can simply add ten drops of your favourite essential oil. For colds and congestion, add eucalyptus oil. For bed- time bliss, try lavender and patchouli. For some added zest, mix in your favourite citrus oil – lemon and orange blossom are some popular favourites. Experiment a little and find the scent or combination you like best.
Need a little more inspiration? Read on for some heavenly recipes!
Moisturizing Milk Bath
We’ve all heard the stories about Cleopatra bathing in milk to preserve her youthful skin. This recipe goes one better: the milk helps to keep your skin hydrated, the baking soda softens any roughness, and the cornmeal is beautifully soothing for skin that’s a little irritated.
You will need:
- Powdered milk (the fattier the better, but vegans out there can also use powdered coconut milk)
- Baking soda
Use two parts milk, one part baking soda, and one part cornmeal – so, for example, half a cup each of baking soda and cornmeal per full cup of powdered milk. Combine them well, then pour one cup of the mixture into your bath. If you like, add a few drops of essential oil to your bath water as well.
If you’re someone who craves bubbles at bath time, this is the home-made bath soak for you: the body wash in this recipe will give you what you’re looking for. On top of that, camomile is great for soothing irritated skin, and olive oil will help moisturize it.
You will need:
- 2 ½ cups Epsom salt
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¾ cup unscented body wash
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 10 drops essential oils
Empty the tea bags into a medium-sized bowl. Add the Epsom salt and mix well, then add the body wash and mix until thoroughly combined. Slowly stir in the olive and essential oils until fully incorporated into the mixture, then store in an airtight container such as a mason jar.
If you like a relaxing drink when you’re in the bath – and you don’t fancy clearing up red wine stains afterwards – grab an extra bag of the chamomile tea and brew it up while the water’s running. Sip slowly as you sink into the bubbles – it’ll help soothe you inside and out.
Vanilla and Eucalyptus Sweet Sensation
This recipe combines our all-star ingredients – Epsom salt and baking soda – with a scent mix that’s as refreshing as it is comforting.
You will need:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops vanilla in jojoba oil
Simply combine these ingredients, then add a spoonful to your bath. Store the rest in an airtight container for future bath times.
There you have it: some ideas and inspiration that will help you achieve bath time heaven.
Experiment, relax, and enjoy!