Ok, so I waited until 30 days in before I mentioned bubble baths! 😉 When I first started The Woman Next Door I sold a variety of homemade products, including hand scrubs, body oils, bath salts and bath tea bags all made with natural ingredients. I thought I’d share my top 10 tips to make bathtime a little more luxurious without forking out a fortune or adding unnecessary unpronounceable additives to your bath.
Milk: Well it was good enough for Cleopatra, right?! Rather than donkey milk though, why not add some oat milk to your bath water? Not only do the natural oils in oats have moisturising properties but they have skin soothing benefits too!
Flowers: Just making a bath look luxurious or special can give us a greater sense of taking care of ourselves. Adding the heads of some fresh flowers or a handful of dried flowers (I particularly like lavender and rose petals) can make the bath look really pretty and also add a natural scent to the water.
Essential oils: I find their scent alone so powerful. Adding just a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the running water as you fill the bath not only scents the water and offers you all the wonderful properties that your chosen oil gives but it fills the air of the bathroom with a spa-like aroma that can transport you to another place. My favourites are peppermint, eucalyptus and ylang ylang.
Oils: Apricot kernel oil and coconut oil are lovely things to add to a bath. You don’t need much and the coconut oil also adds its gorgeous scent. 2 things to note though, whilst oils offer moisturising properties they also make baths and feet slippy and can leave a bit of a cleaning job behind so beware!
Seaweed: We’re lucky enough to live by the sea so grabbing a few handfuls of seaweed to bring home is relatively easy for us. Seaweed has stress-relieving properties and can help with skin conditions and irritations. I just love the calming smell of the sea too. But if you don’t fancy bringing the sea home then Sea Haven do fantastic seaweed baths at the harbour in Ballycastle.
Epsom salts: It is claimed that these have muscle relaxant properties so are great for aches and pains and post-workout. Usually available in chemists but you can buy large bags online very reasonably.
Sea salt: Salt has the power to heal and soothe and even just a couple of tablespoons can add to the benefits of your bath.
Bicarbonate of soda: I included this in my bath salts as it has skin soothing properties that can help with irritations and skin complaints.
Simple bath salt recipe: 3 tbsp Epsom salts, 2 tbsp sea salt, 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda, 4 drops of essential oil of choice, handful of dried flowers.
Bath teabag recipe: To make a small jar of mixture mix 2 cups of fine oatmeal with a handful of dried flowers and several drops of your favourite essential oil. This keeps for a couple of weeks in a cool, dark place. Use the small bouquet garni muslin bags you can buy for cooking to make your teabag. Fill the bag with some mixture then ensure it sits under the flow of the tap water so it starts to infuse before you get into the bath.