10 Steps to Create the Perfect Bath

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Towel and wine glass

Cait Knoll

Yes, spas are amazing, we know. But, they also require a commitment and sometimes, we just need a relaxing soak to decompress from a hectic week. Did you know you can make your own spa-quality treatments at home quite easily? Whether you're already a bath bomb connoisseur or are just dipping your toes in for the first time, here's how you can create an amazing bath in just a few simple steps.

Keep scrolling to learn the 10 steps to creating a perfect bath—and life hack: you can do this every week if you want.

First, Create Ambiance

It's true that spas have a certain ambiance—they're usually calming, serene, and minimalistic. To create the perfect ambiance for you, try lighting candles and place them around the bathroom.

It's nice to have something to do during your bath, as well. I've been known to catch up on Netflix while in the tub (I tend to cart in a chair and prop my laptop on it to avoid electronic mishaps, as we are around water here), I've also used this time to read books and magazines in my to-read pile, though these do tend to get wet, so keep a hand towel nearby. I've also been known to play some ambiance-fitting music, though if you're more of a pop-girl feel free to belt it out as well. Do whatever pleases you most.

Plus, don't forget your beverage of choice. Hot tea, a glass of wine, or even hot cocoa are all great comfort drinks to sip on while taking a bath.

Most importantly, if you live in a busy household, kindly ask your family or roommates to give you privacy. The biggest ambiance buzzkill would definitely have to be kids or noisy friends beating on the door wanting attention.

Start With a Cup of Bath Salts

I like to pour in unscented bath salts or Epsom salts in my bath. They're great for soothing sore muscles. Really, I like them because I think they make the bath water feel somehow softer and everything smells so soothing. They're relatively cheap as well, like Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Therapeutic Soak ($5) which is a popular choice and available at most convenience stores.

Add Some Sort of Bubbles (Mr. Bubble Works!)

I'm not shy to admit it, I like a great bubble bath. I mean, who doesn't? I've even been known to go out and buy Mr. Bubble ($4) when on vacation— made even better if the B&B has a great, large tub. This nostalgic and simple bubble bath maker is always fun to break out and adds a playful quality to my already wonderful bath. Pro tip: The secret to getting the bubbles to properly bubble is to pour the bubbles slowly into the rushing water.

A Few Drops of Essential Oils for Scent

I like to keep essential oils on hand for baths, and adding at least 10 drops should scent up your bath nicely. Lavender is my favorite and especially great for putting you in a sleepy mood, but rose and geranium are also lovely

Or, Skip the Essential Oils, & Try a Bath Oil

If I'm not putting in essential oils, I'll use Dr. Hauschka's Aromatherapy Bath Oil ($25), which is available in a range of scents from lavender to sage. A friend gave me a bottle of this bath oil years ago and I've been buying it ever since. I find it protects my skin from the dehydrating effects of hot bathwater. Another thing to consider, make sure your bath products are hydrating, so you feel moisturized despite the hot water.

Don't Forget Something for Your Head

I used to have a plastic bath pillow that suction-cupped onto my tub, like Hankey's Bathtub and Spa Pillow ($11). You can also roll up a hand towel to put under your neck to make your bath feel a bit more luxurious.

Apply a Face Mask While You Bathe

This is going all out, but for the ultimate spa experience at home, apply a face mask while you soak. Let it sit for 10 minutes on your face and then wash it off with a warm washcloth in the tub. Divine. Exquisite. The height of luxury. Not only do you get a freshly scrubbed glow from the bath, but your pores thank you for the face mask, too.

Pull-on Those Bath Mitts

After soaking for a good 15 minutes or so (I always let more water in as the tub cools), I like to pull on bath mitts (aka exfoliating gloves) and give myself a good, vigorous scrub. I tend to use a DIY body scrub made from coconut oil and brown sugar. You won't believe how soft and supple your skin feels afterward.

Step Into a Big Fluffy Towel and a Fabulous Robe

Years ago, I invested in fluffy white towels because I love how luxurious it feels to dry off with a good towel. I also invested in a wonderful robe and highly suggest you do the same. Otherwise, it's not really a spa experience at home, is it?

Slather Yourself in Moisturizer

Hot water tends to dehydrate your skin. Make sure to use a good moisturizer after you dry off to lock in remaining moisture and help replenish skin. We also love body oils, too.

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