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Time to Unwind: 6 Soothing Steps to for a Ritual Bath

by Rebecca Norris

In a time when stress and time indoors are both at an all-time high, there’s no better opportunity to embrace your bathtub. It’s because of this that ritual baths are trending on social media and the web as a whole. But, what is a ritual bath, and what’s the best way to create one of your own? Keep reading for all that and more.

What is a ritual bath?

By definition, a ritual is a (often religious) sequence of events performed in a methodical order. Think about morning rituals (another trendy notion amid the pandemic). The more streamlined your morning is, the more you’ll get out of it. The same is true of baths. The more thought-out they are, the more relaxing and rejuvenating they’ll be. 

How to Create the Ultimate Ritual Bath

Now that you know the what and the why, let’s talk about the how. Ahead, discover the six key steps to getting the most out of a ritual bath. By the end of the sequence, we bet you’ll feel better than when you began the process. 

Set the mood with scents. 

So often people think that baths are solely about the products in the water. On the contrary, it’s about the whole environment. Because of this, aromatherapy is a must. While you could absolutely light a few candles, we’re big fans of Pura Smart Home Diffusers. They make it easy to customize the scent of your space, they add a color-coordinated glow (you can pick the exact color you’d like to tie small aspects of chromotherapy into your ritual bath experience), and they’re not a fire hazard, as you simply plug them in and control them from your phone. Plus, some of the most beloved candle brands have pods on their site. Capri Blue Volcano, anyone?

Pick your bath products. 

Once you’ve selected your scent, you can move forward with your bath products. We like to work in this order because it allows you to go into your bath experience with a clear idea in mind. Do you want it to be relaxing? Detoxing? Invigorating? Whatever the case may be, there’s a scent to match the mood. While Lush is an obvious choice for cult-favorite bath products, not as many people know about J.R. Watkins bath offerings, including tablets and elixirs. (P.S. If you don’t have time to take a bath, J.R. Watkins also has newly-launched Bath & Shower Aromatherapy Tablets, as well as Aromatherapy In-Shower Mists.)

Set up a bath tray. 

One of the downfalls of baths is that it can be difficult to have everything you need within arm’s reach. And if it’s not close enough to reach for, you end up getting up and dripping water everywhere. Thankfully, bath caddy trays are here—and trending—to solve this common problem. The cult-favorite Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bath Caddy Tray on Amazon has amassed nearly 20,000 glowing reviews, and for good reason! The adjustable, slip-resistant tray has a space to hold a book or tablet, wine glasses, candles, snacks, and more. Best of all, it comes in a bunch of different finishes, so you can match it to your bathroom decor. 

Dim the lights. 

Once upon a time, if you didn’t have candles flickering, you may have found it difficult to select the perfect lighting for a ritual bath. Not anymore though! Casper’s Glow Lights—which are, admittedly, designed for sleep—can be dimmed to the perfect glow and put on a timer to maintain the lighting for your entire bath. (Just be sure to place them on your counter, not on your tub.)

Dry off with a plush towel.

A ritual bath doesn’t end once the actual bath is over. You still have to think about ways to prolong the feelings found within the bath space. That’s why plush towels are a must. After all, what better way to ruin a relaxed, post-bath mood than to agitate your skin with a scratchy towel? To save yourself from that unsettling reality, be sure to check out Brooklinen’s Super Plush Bath Towels. Like the brand’s cult-favorite bedding, they’ll change your life. 

Slip into something cozy after. 

Last but not least, be sure to have something comfortable to slip into post-dry-down. Weezie’s Long Patterned Robes—which have deep pockets and are made with ultra-soft terry—will do the trick. 

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