You’re at home, and you need to unwind. If binge-watching the latest show or zoning out with some meditation just isn’t cutting it, why not recreate an entire spa experience from your own bathroom? In the last 12 months, bathroom renovations have spiked due to the pandemic. Deep soaking tubs, in particular, happen to be one of the hottest home decor trends for 2021. But you don’t need an entire overhaul to give yourself the spa treatment. From bath bombs to candles, here are a few of our favourite bath routine must-haves for ultimate relaxation.
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“I’m a huge fan of soaps by The Soap Works. They’re inexpensive, come without unnecessary packaging and they won’t dry out your skin. They come in a variety of unique natural scents too, ranging from Evening Primrose Oil and Sea Kelp to Creamy Clay and Oatmeal.” – Jenn P., editor, HGTV Canada (Handmade Soap, The Soap Works, prices vary.)
“I’m a straight-on Epsom salts kind of bather. A couple cups and I’m in heaven. I don’t like ones with an aroma. My next favourite bath product has yet to be bought: I’ve seen some live edge wood pieces on Facebook Marketplace that I am dying to get my hands on. I want to make a little shelf for the bathtub where I can put my book and other helpful bath items.” – Frank P., producer, HGTV Canada
“As an out witch, I take my cleansing and self-care rituals seriously, as recharging is key to a magical life. My favourite bath product of all time is Lush’s Intergalactic Bath Bomb because I love soaking in the cosmos in my clawfoot tub. It offers a sweet ‘master of the universe’ vibe and makes any day better. The size is also good for two – in the event you have a lover worthy enough to share the stars with.” – Chloe T., editor, Slice (Bath Bomb, Lush, $8)
“For me, candles are absolutely essential to set my bath-time mood. I love lighting a few tea candles around the edge of my bathtub, dimming the lights and slipping into the relaxing bubbles. Right now I’m loving this nostalgic and sweet cereal-scented candle from Vancouver-based candle company, Mala the Brand.” – Lydia H., producer, Food Network Canada (Scented Candles, Mala the Brand, $35.)
“Aside from the usual Epsom salts and fizzy bath bombs, a bath caddy is an absolute must, in my books. It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve fully come to appreciate the benefits of regular baths and I feel like this would be the best way to introduce my book or iPad to my evening ritual. After all, no one likes their book pages with soaked edges.” – Laura G., assistant editor, HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada (Bathtub Caddy Tray, Amazon, $55.)
“While I seldom have the luxury of a full-on bath, there is this neat little relaxation trick even if all you have time for is a shower: wellness educator Chivon John suggested putting a few drops of a calming essential oil on your shower stall (try eucalyptus or peppermint), and letting the steam act as a natural diffuser to help ready you for a good night’s rest.” – Dragana K., assistant editor, Slice (Essential Oils Set, Amazon, $23)
“First of all: bourbon. As far as water-soaked supplies go, I’m a big fan of Lush’s Karma bar soap. It smells incredible (patchouli and orange) and acts like a perfume, the scent lasting well after I’m dried off and suited up. Another favourite bath-time (and all the time) ritual is burning Frankmyrrh incense. It’s all about the olfactory for me.” – Alexa K., manager, social lifestyle (Hand-Dipped Incence Sticks, Amazon, $15/20-pack)
Time to Unwind
“Unscented Epsom salts, hands down. I’ve been having baths almost nightly since my days of living in a century-old home in Vancouver – complete with a clawfoot bathtub. Great for aching muscles, winter chills or just general relaxation at the end of the day. Although I no longer have that beautiful tub, the nightly tradition still remains.” – Jen F., editor, Food Network Canada
“One of the small joys I’ve found in this pandemic is browsing Shoppers Drug Mart for new bath and body products to try. The latest one I’ve been loving is the Chapter 04 Lychee & Loctus body gel from Made Cosmetics. It has a lovely tropical fragrance that you can smell from outside the shower (believe it or not, that’s something I look for in a body gel). It gets me clean but also puts me in a good mood, which I need these days.” – Tracey M., producer, Slice (Chapter 04 Lychee & Loctus Body Gel, Shoppers Drug Mart, $10)
Light it up
“Candles. It might not be a bath product per se, but nothing says self-care to me more then a long, lingering bath with a book in hand that I try not to ruin as I read, lights dimmed and a candle flickering in the background.” – Brittany D., digital strategist, HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada (Natural Wellness Candle, Indigo, $12.)