How to Create a Relaxing Bathroom Ritual

This gorgeous bathroom is part of a recent remodel that I designed for a client. Of course, a deep soaking tub was high on my design client’s wishlist. And what the client wants, the client gets! Especially, when remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, because these two rooms sell houses.

One way to make a bathroom feel luxurious is by including a stand alone tub as the focal point and a large walk in shower. In addition, high end finishes, like marble, and designer hardware make a bathroom feel grand. Plus, light neutral colors for automatic window treatments, plush linens, and cabinetry will always be classic.

How to Enjoy a Deep Soaking Tub

It is important to carve out time to make your bath ritual a special experience in a deep soaking tub. The goal is to unwind and recharge in a relaxing environment. You can add essential oils, bath salts or fresh botanicals to the bath. However, with a deep soaking tub, submerging yourself under water can be therapeutic.

Here are a few ways to enjoy a luxurious experience:

  1. Start with a squeaky clean, deep soaking tub.
  2. Eliminate all distractions… turn off phone notifications; wait till the children are in bed.
  3. Turn down the lights. Close the blinds.
  4. Burn a favorite scented candle or oil diffuser. Plus, light a few unscented candles for ambience.
  5. Play calming or mediation music. Simply, search for ‘meditation music’ on Apple Music.
  6. Fill the tub with warm to hot water depending on what is comfortable to you. While the water is running, add bath salts or oils. Then, add any botanicals, if desired. Or, make your own bath bombs with this simple recipe.
    • Essential Oils – Essential oils have many benefits from relaxation to rejuvenation to refreshing your skin.
    • Bath Salts – Sea salt and epsom baths allow you to relieve achy muscles and reduce stress.
    • Botanicals – Lavender is relaxing. Sage is stimulating. Roses create a beautiful experience.
  7. Soak for 20-30 minutes in your tub. Relax. Practice deep breathing. Focus on positive thoughts.
  8. Lastly, use the ‘good towels’ to lightly and slowly pat dry.

My Two Favorite Bath Ritual Combinations

Ready to Relax…

If you are looking to take a relaxing bath before heading to bed, this one is for you. First, blend 3-10 drops of lavender essential oil and lemongrass oil with a carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed, avocado, coconut) and pour into running water. Then, add lavender epsom salt. If you have dried lavender, sprinkle a few sprigs into the water. The combination of lavender and lemongrass will relieve both stress and anxiety and ease muscle tension. Don’t forget a cup of lavender or chamomile tea.

Please Remain Calm….

Have an important day ahead? Start your day with a calming bath of citrus infusion. First, add 5-10 drops each of lemon and orange essential oil with a carrier oil to the bath. Both of these oils relieve tension and improve your mood. Then, mix and add 1 cup of warm milk with 1/2 cup of honey to the bath. This will soften the skin. Lastly, slice up a couple of lemons and an orange to add into the bath. Place a few slices into a glass of ice water to sip, too. This will make you feel like a queen. P.S. Be aware that citrus oils can make your skin more sensitive in the sun.

If you prefer oil diffusers to candles, or have skin sensitivities, add a few drops of the suggested oils into an oil diffuser rather than the bathwater. In addition, using essential oils with a carrier oil is always recommended when applying oils to the skin, especially for the first time. My grandma always told me that it is a good idea to introduce one new product at a time. So, take that advice as you may!

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