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How to Take a $1,600 Bath

Treat yourself!

By: Laurel Pantin

If at this point I’m not an expert bath taker, likely nobody is. I take a warm bath every single night in what is more of an exercise in relaxation and indulgence than getting clean. Very rarely is soap involved, if I’m being honest.

It’s my absolute favorite part of my day, and I’ve been known to spend upwards of an hour and a half soaking on weekends. True story.

Because I consider the whole bath thing a personal hobby, I really know how to do it right and max out my experience (and my wallet in the process).

Here’s what goes into my extra-indulgent Sunday bath routine.

Sky Organics Epsom Salt, $15

The first step is to obviously put water in the tub. Because I’m pregnant, I can’t make the water quite as hot as I would like it (you’re not supposed to soak in water above 100 degrees or something), so it’s more on the extreme side of warm than super hot. While the tub is filling, I pour in some Epsom salts (by “some,” I mean half the bag) and let those dissolve while the tub fills. I prefer the unscented sort—I find the scented versions can be too cloying.

Epsom salts are key in relaxing muscles, easing joint pain, easing stress, and aiding with digestion. I find including them in my bath really helps me sleep.

Organic To Green Liquid Coconut Oil, $42

Next, I squirt in about 15 pumps of Organic To Green’s unscented liquid coconut oil. I love this one because it comes in a pump, not in a tub. I like to put in probably more than is appropriate, but it’s super moisturizing and helps with the whole relaxation experience. I also think the coconut oil helps prevent pregnancy stretch marks, so, win-win.

Balmyard Beauty Romantic Call Body Oil, $82

Because one oil isn’t enough, I also dump in about two tablespoons of Balmyard’s Romantic Call body oil. The smell is amazing and takes an otherwise utilitarian experience to a luxe level.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask, $115

Before I get in the tub, I wash my face (usually just with Dove soap) and put on a layer of Tata Harper’s Moisturizing Mask. My skin is so dry that I like to just let this marinate the entire time I’m in the tub. When I wash it off, my face feels a thousand times softer and happier.

Apple Macbook, $1,299

Ok, still not in the tub yet, but I like to set up my MacBook on my (closed) toilet seat and get a show ready to go while I soak. The speakers on the computer are great, so it doesn’t sound like I’m listening to something through earmuffs.

O.J.: Made In America, $20 on iTunes

Right now I’m watching O.J.: Made In America, and if you haven’t seen it, I cannot recommend it enough! The story is fascinating!

The White Company Cotton Classic Robe, $90

While I soak, I like to give my legs a little massage. I find they get super swollen over the course of the day, and I try to encourage a little blood flow to them to help my circulation. Once I feel good and relaxed and moisturized, I wrap myself up in a fluffy white towel and fluffy white robe from The White Company, then go straight to bed.

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