Make time for bath time.

Is there anything nicer than a hot bath after a long day? 

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Whenever I'm sad I'm going to die, or so nervous I can't sleep, or in love with somebody I won't be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: I'll go take a hot bath. -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Whenever I'm sad I'm going to die, or so nervous I can't sleep, or in love with somebody I won't be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: I'll go take a hot bath.

-Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

I was reading The Bell Jar recently and this passage stuck with me. 

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Whenever I'm sad I'm going to die, or so nervous I can't sleep, or in love with somebody I won't be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: I'll go take a hot bath. I meditate in the bath. The water needs to be very hot, so hot you can barely stand putting your foot in it. Then you lower yourself, inch by inch, till the water's up to your neck. I remember the ceiling over every bathtub I've stretched out in. I remember the texture of the ceilings and the cracks and the colors and the damp spots and the light fixtures. I remember the tubs, too: the antique griffin- legged tubs, and the modern coffin- shaped tubs, and the fancy pink marble tubs overlooking indoor lily ponds, and I remember the shapes and sizes of the water taps and the different sorts of soap holders. I never feel so much myself as when I'm in a hot bath.
There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Whenever I'm sad I'm going to die, or so nervous I can't sleep, or in love with somebody I won't be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: I'll go take a hot bath. I meditate in the bath. The water needs to be very hot, so hot you can barely stand putting your foot in it. Then you lower yourself, inch by inch, till the water's up to your neck. I remember the ceiling over every bathtub I've stretched out in. I remember the texture of the ceilings and the cracks and the colors and the damp spots and the light fixtures. I remember the tubs, too: the antique griffin- legged tubs, and the modern coffin- shaped tubs, and the fancy pink marble tubs overlooking indoor lily ponds, and I remember the shapes and sizes of the water taps and the different sorts of soap holders. I never feel so much myself as when I'm in a hot bath.

"I never feel so much myself as when I'm in a hot bath." --Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Taking a bath is like a reset button for my state of mind. There are days that I come home from work and can't seem to shift into relaxation mode. A bath will usually fix that. 

We have two bathrooms in our condo. The one attached to our bedroom has a shower. The spare bathroom has a shower/tub combo. I confess that up until about a year ago, we stored toilet paper and cat food in the tub and pulled the curtain closed. (We don't have a basement or garage. Space is limited!) One day when I was craving a bath, I decided to stop treating my lovely bathtub like a storage closet, cleaned the whole bathroom and made it into the sanctuary that it is today. 

I've been getting yummy bath bombs from SpaGirlSoaps on Etsy. Around Christmas, I placed a bulk order so I could gift some bath bombs to my gal pals [and keep some for me]. I love the Honey Almond scented ones. And the Strawberry Shortcake ones. And the Rosemary Mint ones. Okay, I haven't tried a scent I haven't liked. They are all amazing and there are so many to choose from. 

While at the mall with my sister Lizzie a few weeks ago, I went into Lush for the first time. I had never been to Lush and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. (Totally hooked now, obviously.)

A French Kiss Bubble Bar from LUSH (it matches my tattoo!)

This was my first bubble bar. I was so used to just tossing bath bombs in the tub so I forgot that you're supposed to crumble the bubble bars under the running water, therefore not getting the maximum bubble action since I just let the bar dissolve in the water. Oops. I still really loved the calming, dreamy lavender scent.

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The Lush location we went to was sold out of the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, a limited edition for Valentine's Day which I had been hearing about from many-a-blogger.  I ordered a few from their website as soon as they were back in stock online. 

See it in action! 

I know what you're thinking, but it's not a real unicorn! It's just me taking a selfie with my bubble bar! 

My shopping habits clearly demonstrate that I am a child at heart, drawn to all things glittery and magical. The unicorn horn even matches my new phone case! (See previous post for more food-inspired phones cases and the like.)

Bonus: The shape and texture of my phone case makes it safer to hold in the tub for obligatory instagram photos like these!

Dunkin Donuts coffee is a bath time essential in my book. 

Mama soap & baby soap. 

I've been subscribed to BirchBox (monthly beauty samples!) for a little over a year now. I enjoy trying out the new samples and have discovered a lot of great products I wouldn't know about otherwise. I hadn't come across anything yet that I just had to have. That all changed when I got a sample of Not Soap Radio body wash. The scent I received in my box was called "Awash in a field of four-leaf clover (when you need good things to happen-yesterday)," otherwise known as "green & white tea + clover." It smells so good! I went through the sample size after a few baths and decided to treat myself to the full size, which is $16 but can you really put a price on relaxation?

Not Soap Radio has some other [adorably named] body wash scents that I may try at some point. These scents all come in bubble baths and lotions as well.

What are your favorite bath products? Leave me some links!