Once things started getting a little extra stressful in our house we decided that we needed a home spa night. Something a little more than just a soak in the tub. The whole treatment to feel rejuvenated and fresh after a long week. Creating an environment that literally says “relax” is important in order to really release that stress to the next level. This isn’t a bath to get clean. It is simply to relax. Take the time to clean up the products around your bath for ones you don’t need. I have started substituting home products/toiletries with less harmful chemical filled ingredients. A good bath takes some time to prep but it is always so worth it! I find I feel completely different from a Spa Night bath than a regular quick get warm bath.
The top 10 things needed for a good ‘Spa Night’:
- Bubble Bath– Doi. I need lots and lots of bubbles in order for my bath to feel “fancy”. You’ll find that I get lavender scented products a lot of the time and that is because a. I don’t like the fake smell of roses or flowery scents in my products and b. lavender is known to be a very natural relaxing scent. We use lavender essential oils a lot so I figured they would all go well together to just keep it the same.
- Candles! – This is huge on the ambiance category. I normally have one big candle and then a few small ones depending on what time of day it is. I never take a relaxing bath with the lights on full brightness. If you have a dimmer use it! If not, try getting lots of candles and having no overhead lights on at all. I actually have found I like bathing during the daylight occasionally too and I normally just let the blinds open with one candle. If I do a bath in daylight, I switch the wine for tea. I find I will sit longer and relax having something enjoyable to drink. (I like pretty HOT baths so I also keep water to drink close by just in case)
- Flowers – Ok, so my husband may not fully appreciate the flowers but they make me feel prettier in the bath. I chose pink as a subtle feminine touch. Don’t go overboard on these, they can take up lots of room and “crowd” your space quickly.
- Bath tray– I finally made the plunge to get a bath tray. I am that one person that has her phone by the tub and has to dry it off my hands to change the music, answer a text or simply take a photo of my bath bubbles. Oops. Sorry, I’m not sorry! I know that sounds weird and some of you are judging, can’t she just be away from her phone? I normally relax for a good amount of time with phone put up in and then always get kind of antsy sitting still too long so it helps me relax longer knowing I am not missing anything on my phone and to do some quick replies. Do what makes you comfortable! This tray is awesome because it is expandable to fit any size tub, has a book holder, cup holder (I use for my candle), phone holder, removable smaller trays and it even has a holder for your wine glass to slide into! Need anything more? Nope.
- Pillow– I searched a while for the perfect pillow. Having a bad neck I really have to watch what position I lay in for any amount of time. A lot of the pillows out there are inflatable, too round and just awkward. We LOVE this one. Very cozy and easy to move for the 5’1 gal and 6’1 husband.
- Face mask– I LOVE face masks. It’s another essential to feel like you are at a spa. My favorite are the creams and gels type not the sheet mask. Make sure if you are purchasing any to take a look at which one it is. Sheet masks to me aren’t as rejuvenating, relaxing and they don’t fit my face so I just can’t see in them. I just LOVE this brand face mask! I normally use about half and save the rest for another time and it works just fine. I like the ones with tea tree oil because I really feel it cleaning!
- Bath scrub– Something to wash off that dead skin! I normally do this toward the end of the bath because I don’t want to bath in too much filthe (Also, when I rinse my face mask) . I always like when they do this at nail salons so I added it to my Spa Night routine. Tip: Don’t shave then do it, it burns!
- Hair mask– A lot of the time I don’t like to get my hair wet in baths. I get cold faster and let’s face it even though I am short it is HARD to rinse and what not. If it tickles your fancy, get a hair mask to rejuvenate that hair!
- A good book– I will be honest it is rare that I actually read my book in the bath but I like to have it in case. I like to relax and clear my thoughts and I find reading kind of fills those thoughts with whatever story you are in.
- Lotion for after– I don’t like to apply lotion to damp or wet skin so I normally hang out in my robe and let all those scents and products sink in and then apply 15 min or so after! I think this is my favorite part of Spa Night. Just hanging in my robe feeling clean, pretty and fancy!
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Sending Love, Stacy