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I take at least two baths a day. I’m not proud of the carbon footprint it takes to deliver all that hot water, but if it means spending less time on airplanes to make up for it, I’m willing. I don’t bathe for cleansing so much for comfort. The bath is my cocoon, like a liquid Snuggly.

Like all things in life, my strong attachment to the bath harks back to my childhood. Our house was always cold, and every morning, I’d scramble from my bed to the bathroom, where I’d sit in the bathtub, impatiently waiting for it to fill up and blanket me. We didn’t have a fireplace, so the bath was the next best thing.

After a lifetime of taking baths, drawing one seems about as intuitive as eating, so when I was asked to write about my bath routine, I paused. But it is bath season, so here are my tips to achieving the perfect bath in your very own bathroom.

Step one: Clean the tub. Bathtubs are often gross, filled with everything from lingering shampoo residue to yucky rings left behind from past baths. Sprinkle a little baking soda on a wet sponge and have at it, then rinse thoroughly before proceeding.

The most important element needed to optimize the bath experience, other than a tub full of really warm water, is low lighting. Taking a bath in a brightly lit bathroom completely defeats the purpose. You want calm, warmth, serenity, hygge. If your light has no dimmer switch, use the shower curtain to block it, or turn the lights off entirely and light a candle.

Our tub rests against a wall, with 19 bath products standing along its edge. I use maybe two or three of them on a regular basis, but I like having them all around me, like a stuffed animal collection. Each bottle and jar has been vetted — for its scent (which should be subtle; a good bath product knows that the bath water is the star and its fragrance is merely a supporting player), texture and relationship with the bath water, as well as aftereffects on me and my tub (Goop, you make lovely bath salts, but they leave a mean ring). Read on for my favorites.

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The Best Bubble Baths

Bubble baths aren’t my thing — I prefer to see my water when I’m in there — but I respect their appeal. The sound of tiny bubbles bursting around you has the same calming effect as gently falling snow.

Photo: Kevin Lynch Kai Bathing Bubbles

This is a floral bubble bath that, appealingly, isn’t too floral. The cult-favorite gardenia scent has a slightly creamy undertone that translates well into a relaxing bath, and the bubbles are also kind of mellow.

EO Be Well Eucalyptus & Arnica Bubble Bath $22 (was $24, now 8% off)

This is cozy in a way that reminds me of being sick as a child. When I lie among these bubbles, I think about my flower-wallpapered bedroom, with Vick’s Vapo-Rub on my neck and the hissing humidifier nearby smelling of eucalyptus oil.

The Honest Company Bubble Bath

“Lavender is my favorite scent with this brand, but it’s not too heavily scented,” says the Cut’s beauty director Kathleen Hou, a bubble bath aficionado. “And it makes tons of bubbles! It’s a good liquid–to–bubble bath pour ratio.”

Dr. Teal’s Himalayan Foaming Bath

“I love that this is a drugstore bubble bath that’s not cheesy or Mr. Bubbles,” says Kathleen. “And the Epsom salts are a plus!”

The Best Bath Salts

Bath salts — especially ones that contain soothing minerals— are great if you’ve overextended your body, pulled a muscle, or pinched a nerve.

Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes

The bracing, outdoorsy birch aroma in these flakes inclines me to take deeper, longer breaths, but it’s the comforting magnesium that my legs appreciate after I’ve been on my feet all day.

AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salt, Eucalyptus

There are 21 (!) essential minerals in these salts harvested from the Dead Sea. Together, they tackle muscle aches and moisturize skin. The mild, soothing lavender scent is a bonus.

Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts

Just the pale-pink color alone is reassuring. You can thank Himalayan sea salts for that, and then thank the ylang-ylang essential oil for making it moisturizing as well.

Red Flower Hinoki Mint Mineral Bath Soak

A favorite for warding off the first signs of a cold, this blend of hinoki, cedar, sage, and lemon creates a nurturing, curative feeling. You’ll want to change into your pajamas after using this.

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak

A blend of calming oils (lavender, patchouli, vetiver), as well as wild chamomile extract and sea salt, band together to slow the wheels of the mind down before bed. Fun fact: A former British Vogue beauty editor is behind this line.

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution

If it isn’t abundantly clear by now, I can’t get enough eucalyptus in my life. Mix it with some Epsom salts and my stiff neck doesn’t stand a chance.

The Best Bath Oils

Bath oils are excellent this time of year when your skin is begging for moisture. Don’t expect your bath to become a grease pit when you use these, though — their textures are less like olive oil and more like maple syrup without the stickiness.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

This is the bath version of fancy lingerie. I don’t use it that often, but it’s so good at moisturizing, now might be time to make it part of the regular circuit.

Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy

Forest Bathing is a big thing in Japan. The term means, essentially, taking a walk in the woods. This blend of evergreen pink pepper, cypress, and juniper berry gets you there without having to travel to Japan, or even take a walk, for that matter.

Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses

Yes, this isn’t cheap, but it’s enormous and lasts forever. If the sprig of rosemary inside this bottle doesn’t send a clear enough message, this oil is like walking through an herb garden in full bloom (do herb gardens bloom?). Kaufmann wisely poured this fan favorite into a jumbo-size bottle back in 2018, and she’s found it hard to keep it on the shelves since.

Kneipp Eucalyptus Bath Oil

If I could only pick one bath product, this would be the one. I love how its deep teal color (it’s food-grade safe!) turns my bath into a blue lagoon, and its warming, slightly menthol-ish aroma practically commands me to calm down.

The Best CBD Bath Products

CBD is in everything these days, but in bath products, its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make perfect sense.

Prima Soak It In Bath Gem for Relaxation & Recovery

I like the square shape (odd for a bath bomb), and I like how it’s not overly fragrant or overly fizzy like some bath bombs can be. But what I really like is how the meadow foam and camphor manage to soften not just my skin but the bath water surrounding it. And no, I was not high when I noticed this.

Bathing Culture Dipsea Soak

A favorite among millennials (my stepdaughter nearly shrieked when she spotted this jar in our bathroom), this herbaceous blend of sea salt and green clay is known for providing an extremely relaxing experience.

Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts

If I’ve had a day where my sensitivity buttons were pushed, I’ll reach for a scoop of this. Its scent (sorry, terpenes) is subtle, but it calms my nerves nevertheless and it’s really softening to skin.

Vertly Bath Salts

While the Dead Sea salts, Epsom salts, magnesium, and sulfur work on sore limbs, your nose enjoys a cocktail of lavender, clary sage, and ginger essential oils. When I open this pack, I’m hit with a burst of lemongrass, which, to me, smells undeniably optimistic.

Green Lily CBD Bath Milk for PMS

This new women-focused CBD brand offers a variety of salves for PMS-related symptoms, including this ylang-ylang scented soak.

The Best Sampler

100 Senses Mind/Body Soak Sampler

Let’s say you’re still not convinced that a bath can transport you, so you’d like some soak options. 100 Senses Mind/Body Soak Sampler contains six mini bottles aimed at different moods, from the green tea–based calming Intrinsic to the white tuberose Intoxicated, to my favorite, Spirit Guide, a foresty vetiver and agarwood blend. All the soaks get their foam from coconut-derived emulsifiers and contain arnica and magnesium sulfate, because sore muscles always appreciate some soothing, no matter how your mind is feeling.

The Best Bath Candles

A candle is kind of mandatory, and despite my sensitivity to aroma, I tend to use scented ones. Bring your favorite into the bathroom; since you’re accustomed to it, the scent won’t feel overpowering. Where you place it is important, of course. You don’t want to set fire to the curtains (shower or window), so bath edges and windowsills are out. I place mine on the tiled floor or atop the nearby toilet seat.

DS & Durga Big Sur After Rain

This presently sits next to the tub, and it’s become my “night bath” candle. Why? I love its post-rainstorm scent, but I also find the way it flickers against the clear, pale-amber glass in the darkness of our bathroom very soothing.

Apotheke Tomato Candle

The bright, fresh, outdoorsy tomato scent of this candle is a pleasant wake-up in the morning, especially when it’s not tomato season.

And a Word About Time

It’s not about the amount of time you spend in the bath, but the quality of it. I’m rarely in mine more than 15 minutes because, frankly, I get bored. I don’t read, but sometimes I scroll. I don’t play music, but that does sound soothing. For me, it’s all about sinking into the water and letting it envelop me. I wash my face, I sink in. I cleanse my limbs with a body scrub, then sink again. I take some deep breaths, look around at the cocoon I’ve created, then sink few more times. Once out, I’m ready for the day — at least, until it’s time for the next bath.

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Why do I need to take a bubble bath regularly? The purpose of a bubble bath is the health benefit. If that sounds like a complicated answer, let us show you the details.

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A relaxation is a form of relieving stress. And taking a warm bubble bath is a form of relaxation. Your muscles feel alive, and you as the whole feel like a new engine is pumping blood through you.

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That’s not all. More bubble bath benefits await.

We have detailed the process of enjoying a warm bubble bath in the tub to the fullest. You will understand the full benefits and experience a healthy life spiralling through your body, and mental well-being. And you don’t have to stress, searching for the best bubble baths, since we have collected the best products and DIY recipes for you.

Best Bubble Bath Products for a Relaxing Spa Bath: Contents

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  • 11 Best Bubble Bath Products to Try
  • What Is Bubble Bath and How Does It Work?
  • Components of Bubble Baths
  • Differences Between Bath Bombs and Bubble Baths
  • What Are the Benefits of a Bubble Bath?
  • How to Make a Bubble Bath
  • Bubble Bath Tips
  • 4 DIY Bubble Bath Recipes to Try at Home

11 Best Bubble Bath Products to Try

What better way to plunge into your dreams, plans and ideas after a hectic day than with a deliciously smelling and body-caressing bubble bath? You need to get the best bubble bath products that will provide you with that soothing feel your body is coveting. These 11 options are the best, we promise!

1. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Honey Bath

For the love of a honey-scented bubble bath, choose this product. Enjoy the foam and the smell. It was inspired by the smell of the French pâtisserie, and it promises such a brilliant appearance of clean and fresh skin. We guarantee! If you want to try it, you can find it online at Sephora.

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2. Philosophy ‘Vanilla Birthday Cake’ Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

As the name implies, it is a 3-in-1 product with a special flavor of baked vanilla. It nourishes the skin with many essential ingredients. The many ingredients aren’t ordinary. They are carefully sorted to give you the best. You deserve a pleasant bubble bath, so get this option from Nordstrom!

3. Fresh Rice Sake Bath

With this bubble bath product, you have a blend of special ingredients. It is made of unique fruits, 33%. The product was an idea drafted from the Japanese Geisha bathing ritual: a perfuming bath with real peaches. And this product would foam like you haven’t seen. It would stimulate the skin and improve blood circulation and body temperature. One of the best bubble baths, it’s available through Sephora.

4. Origins Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath

After the daily stress, you’ll want to relax. This bubble bath elixir would help. It sets your muscles to that relaxation mode, you’ll want to continue. And if what you desire is purification, then benefit from the use of the ginger-infused product. Plus… a sweet scent of lemon. One of the best bubble baths, this jar can be picked up from Nordstrom.

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5. LoLLIA Relax Evening Bubble Bath

Your bath experience can be spiced with a sweet sensation. It starts with choosing the right bubble bath product as LoLLIA. Filled with rich oils – avocado and olive, your spa life will take a new dimension, a new feeling. Your skin health would birth a fresher look. Get this bubble bath bottle from Dermstore!

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6. Soap Chérie Revitalize Bubble Bath

Purification. Hydration. That’s the summary of the job of this amazing bubble bath elixir. Of course, it’s more than that. When you are down there for long hours with the foam all over you, you won’t experience the sudden disappearance of foam. It lasts. And it brings you the sweet smell of orchid. This bubble bath comes in three options at Nordstrom.

7. Thymes Goldleaf Gardenia Bubble Bath

Feminine and floral bubble bath for a romantic relaxation, Thymes treat you well. It soothes you with golden honey and antioxidant-rich magnolia flower extract. It nourishes your skin with aloe vera, gardenia, rose, fresh jasmine and delectable praline. You’ll get your body lather with special ingredients. This bubble bath elixir can be found at Ulta Beauty.

8. Library of Flowers Willow & Water Bubble Bath

Take one bottle of this bubble bath elixir and you have wonder in a bottle. It contains green tea, cocoa butter, ginger and lemongrass. The type of nourishment is unforgettable and remarkable. Your time in the tub is called time in a bubbling bliss. Pick it up from Dermstore!

9. Mr. Bubble Bubble the Day Away Powdered Bubble Bath

So you have gotten some warm water to bath. Keep it warm. Add some Mr. Bubble. And enjoy the sensation of a warm bath with bubbles. This powdered bubble bath product pampers your skin like sweaters in the chill. If you are looking for luxurious feel products, here you have it. No more search, pick it up from Ulta Beauty!

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10. The Honest Company Bubble Bath Sweet Orange Vanilla

Your tub is filled with foams. It smells nice. The skin becomes soft. When? After using this bubble bath product from Dermstore. The natural extract will not leave the skin in its poor condition. The foams and scents will not go without you de-stressed. Now, why wait? Get it!

11. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Bath Body & Massage Oil

This is a quality moisturizing product especially if you’ve got dry skin. Try this bubble bath oil out. It tones your skin to a radiating appearance. Relax in the tub, feel your pores being penetrated, and your muscles awakened. Your mind’s alive again. Pick it up from Ulta Beauty!

What Is Bubble Bath and How Does It Work?

The name goes for two: the use and the product. Also known as bath foam or foaming bath, bubble bath is a powdered, liquid or crystal product added to the water of the bathtub to form foam and create a fragrant smell.

The foams serve as a disguise in movies. The tub occupant could be dressed and the viewers would think the actress is naked having a bath.

At home, and in life, the importance of the surfactant (also known as bubble bath) includes cleaning the body like a normal bath and relaxation. That is to spare a few details of its benefits.

The bubbles or foams are a result of aeration or carbonation. The products used in the process have the characteristics to form lather and heavy foams. They would be poured in the tub and agitated, either by hand or the continuous flow of water. And they would exhibit their characteristics, covering the tub in all beautiful whiteness.

Children particularly find foams attractive and would likely join in the tub. Adults prefer bubble baths for it’s understood to have health benefits. And if you have tried one, you would have felt the sensation right while you are still lying, covered in foams.

Components of Bubble Baths

Now let’s take the product you poured in the tub and examine its contents.

The products used in bubble baths must be manufactured to high dilution, or else they would lose foams after a short time. This is because of the term referred to as “hardness of water,” (the reluctance of water to form lather).

Because of “hardness,” different surfactants are used in a bubble bath, the anionic, nonionic, or zwitterionic surfactant. Soap is uncommon in anionic surfactants, as they react fast with the “hardness” in water, producing anti-foams, like lime soaps.

In a typical surfactant, one ingredient(s) is a foam stabilizer, which holds foams for a longer duration. Such ingredient(s)could be another surfactant or stabilizing polymers. Some have unique properties of being foam stabilizers and foam producers.

The product used in bubble baths usually comes in two forms: liquid or gel with water or solid. The solids can be powders, grains, or tablets. The earliest form of bubble baths was the powder, but things have changed and more products are now designed in liquid form.

Liquids to be used for bubble baths as uniform solutions. They should be uniform when stored in certain temperatures, to prevent the growth of microbes or oxidative breakdown.

Powders, however, might be difficult to retain uniformity. Their ingredients could sift, making their uniformity near impossible. Powders are made of solid ingredients or liquid ingredients that have been absorbed.

The purpose of the solid or liquid products for bubble bath is more than foaming and includes health benefits, especially the addition of salt and oils. Depending on the manufacturer, the product may be produced to show non-foaming effects. Call it emoliency, mildness is preferred.

Differences Between Bath Bombs and Bubble Baths

The two are designed to produce a pleasant and sweet-scented bath. But they sure are different.

Bubble Bath

The bubble baths typically produce bubbles or foams above the water. It is often cheaper than bath bombs. The bubble should have dissolved before you step into the tub. Kids love a bubble bath more because of the foaming appearance, add toys into the tub and you will woo them completely.

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs make fizz (bubbles) under the water using effervescent solids. These are usually small single-use pellets called bath fizzies or as a bolus called a bath bomb. It is commonly costlier than bubble baths. The two produce carbon dioxide when bicarbonate or carbonate reacts with an organic acid.

The foams should be dissolving and releasing gas as you lie in the tub. If you aerate the water with fizzy, most fizzes will be lost to air wastefully.

Some products exhibit the characteristics of a bubble bath and that of a bath bomb. Such products cannot be as effective as others dedicated to one purpose. The conditions to operate the two baths are different.

What Are the Benefits of a Bubble Bath?

If you don’t know why you should have a bubble bath regularly, then here you have all its benefits explained!

Relaxation

The foam is warm. The dim light is on. After a hard day’s job, you walk into the tub and immerse your body. It will feel the warmness sipping through its pores. The sweet scent clothes you. Calmness is restored like a gentle rain in a desert.

Especially, if you have silenced your phone and plugged in a headphone of good music, your problems took the back seat on your mind. And your blood pumps new energy through your body.

You feel relieved from stress. Spend some more minutes, and the nervous system relaxes, anxiety vanishes, and your mood changes.

And that feeling extends deep into your muscles. The warm water in the bath eases tension and cramps in muscles. They feel alive again, and the elasticity increases. If your muscles feel tight, achy or tired, especially if you are an athlete, a bubble bath works like a heat pack.

If you want to maximize this benefit, you could exercise your muscles, doing some gentle stretches.

From the above, you have understood that bubble baths help to relax:

• The muscle,
• The body generally,
• And the mind.

Aromatherapy Benefits

Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils during the bath to achieve special effects. Some natural oils include lavender, bergamot, vanilla or cedarwood.

You can decide to add such a procedure to your bubble bath. Your body will become nourished, and your skin will develop beauty. And your relaxation will be extended to a higher level.

Comfort From Weather

Let us guess what you do when winter comes. You wear giant sweaters, and drink warm tea or gin. You make fire and sit by it. But, is that all?

Take your comfort from a tub filled with warm water. You want a drink, bring it close to the tub. As you enjoy the warmth, let warm water soothe and comfort you from the outside world.

Enhanced Sleep

Even a simple bath enhances sleep; talk more of a relaxing bubble bath with the best relaxation experience. Your body temperature rises during the bath and drops after the bath. Since you feel relaxed completely after the bubble bath, you will fall into a sound sleep. The body has secreted a hormone, melatonin, which improves sleep.

It Could Remove Toxins

Depending on how it is done, you’ll sweat toxins during a bubble bath. First, the water should be a little hot to produce sweat. Then, your lymphatic system would stimulate the removal of toxins and carry out what is called lymph drainage.

Stimulates Hormonal System

The hormones in the body are produced (secreted) by glands and transported by the circulatory system. They influence the immune system as well. Bubble baths stimulate the secretion of the hormones, therefore, improving the immune system. This means less sickness. No cough or cold. You win!

Healthy Skin

Finally, the skin would grow healthier. The warm bath increases blood circulation. Tissues are nourished and strengthened. These reasons help to develop healthier skin. And for those who use the bubble bath to perform skin exfoliation, their skin becomes extra beautiful than those who just take baths.

How to Make a Bubble Bath

You have many reasons to take a bubble bath. Now, let us see how to go about it.

• Have a clean bathroom.

• Consider taking a shower before you take a bubble bath.

• Tie your hair to knot so it doesn’t get in the water and soaked in bath surfactants.

• Choose a product with essential benefits. And we have made that simple for you. The list is above. If you want a homemade product, you could scroll down to see below.

• The water should be moderate. Not too cold. Not too hot. The right temperature is at 112°F or lower. To understand the degree of comfort, dip a hand to your wrist as the water goes hot. Be careful though.

• Add your bubble bath products while the water is still running. Preferably, add the product where the faucet stream flows into the bath water. This would agitate the products and reveal their foams.

• Add some bath salt in the tub while the water is still running. Bath salt has health benefits. Epsom salt is a good option.

• Hydrate. Drink one glass of water so you don’t get thirsty. Or you could place the cup of water near where you can get it. It could be a bottle of wine as well.

• Do you love some beautiful candle lights? Then light your bathroom before you step in.

• You could bring some good music or read a book during your bath.

• Put something to make your neck comfortable. It could be a pillow or a folded towel. If you choose a pillow, cover it with a kitchen trash bag so it doesn’t get wet.

• After five minutes, or after you feel relaxed enough, use a cotton flannel to wash clean. Or use a bath soap to clean your body from head to toe.

• You can exfoliate your body too. Use a gentle brush to work out your skin and remove dead cells.

• The process is recommended to last for 20-30 minutes. 10 minutes improves cardiovascular health. Up to 30 minutes will improve sugar level in diabetes. Spend at least 30 minutes.

• After the bubble bath, moisturize your skin with the best body lotions.

Bubble Bath Tips

• Add lavender oils or any essential oils to your bath and smell nice. This could be done just before stepping in.

• Use bath salts. In fact, this isn’t a choice you should ignore. A simple Epsom salt could help with health benefits, as it dissolves and soothes your muscles and detoxifies your skin. Or you could buy other bath salts for your use.

• Don’t dally too long, moisturize as soon as you step out and your body is blotted dry.

• The deeper the water, the longer it retains heat. So make it as deep or as shallow as you wish.

• Homemade bubbles compared to most manufactured products, will not make as many foams.

4 DIY Bubble Bath Recipes to Try at Home

Here comes the part you could use to make more natural products. Below we present a couple of homemade DIY bubble baths to give a try.

DIY Honey Almond Bubble Bath

Ingredients:

• ½ cup of mild, liquid hand soap or body soap
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 1 egg white
• 1 tablespoon of light almond oil (optional)
• 5 drops of essential oil (optional)

The Process:

• Pour the ingredients in a container. Have another container on the side, where you will transfer the ingredients.

• Crack the egg open. Allow the egg white to fall into the bowl until you are left with only the yolk.

• Add the soap. Soap is important to homemade bubble baths generally.

• Stir the mixture. Be careful. Do not stir too strong, less the soap and egg white foam.

• Move the content into another container.

• And it is ready for use. You could use a labelled container so you would understand the content and when to use the products.

DIY Vegan Bubble Bath

Ingredients:

• 1 ½ cup of liquid Castile soap, scented or unscented
• 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
• ½ tablespoon of white sugar
• 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)

The Process:

• Egg whites and honey are optional. Egg whites will keep the bubbles firm, while honey moisturizes. But you can skip them.

• Pour the ingredients in a mixing container.

• Add the egg white.

• Add 1 ½cup of liquid Castile soap or any other scented soap.

• Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin and ½ tablespoon of sugar. Sugar and glycerin will help in forming larger bubbles and increase the bubbles duration.

• After you have mixed the ingredients in a container, stir with a fork.

• Transfer into another container where you would keep it.

• The bubble bath is ready. Wait for 24 hours for the bubble bath to cure. Shake lightly before use.

Homemade Honey Bubble Bath

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of baby oil
• ½ cup of honey
• ½ cup of hand soap or unscented shampoo
• 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

The Process:

• Add some oils into a bowl.

• Add and stir all the ingredients. It must blend.

• Transfer the mixture into a plastic squeezable bottle.

• Shake the bottle before use.

DIY Bubbling Bath Salts

Ingredients:

• 3 cups of Epsom salt
• ½ cup of rock salt
• 1/3 cup of your favorite body wash

The Process:

• Pour all the ingredients into a bowl. Stir.

• Pour into an air-tight container.

• Use in a bubble bath as specified above.

• Use for up to three months, depending on how you store it.

Photos via @lioninthewild, @champagneandmacaroons

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There’s no doubt that taking a bath is one of the surest ways to experience relaxation and unwind at the end of a long day. But as it turns out, in addition to being a self-care staple, baths can give you many health benefits.

Frank Lipman, MD, an integrative physician, director of New York City’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and founder of Be Well, extols the health virtues of a good bath. The benefit that tops his list? Anti-inflammatory effects.

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“By reducing stress, you reduce inflammation,” Lipman says. “So by simply making the time to take a bath and relax, you can get anti-inflammatory benefits.” He adds that baths can also be an efficient way to lower cortisol, and through sweating, they can be a “nice way to detox and take care of your skin.”

Studies continue to back up these health boosts time and time again. For example, in 2017, one study reported that baths carry similar benefits to exercise, helping to burn calories and produce cardiovascular gains, which leads to lowered blood sugar. (Here are 7 sneaky signs your blood sugar is too high.)

And just like your mother told you, baths are still just the ticket when you’re feeling sick, particularly for easing troubled breathing.

“The steam can be very beneficial for your lungs,” says Lipman, who adds that a few drops of eucalyptus oil can enhance the breathing benefits. “It’s highly effective for supporting the respiratory system.”

MORE: 4 Genius Ways Essential Oils Can Ease Congestion And Cough Better Than OTC Meds

So, what’s the magic number when it comes to taking baths? “I recommend anywhere between 1 and 4 times per week for 20 to 40 minutes,” Lipman says. “And make sure the water’s hot enough to promote sweating.”

Natural beauty experts agree with this frequency. Amanda Jo, founder of blog The Organic Bunny, says that she soaks twice a week for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. Natasha Uspensky, a holistic nutrition counselor and Ayurvedic practitioner, shares that she aims for an hour three times a week, “but even 20 or 30 minutes can yield massive benefits.”

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Lipman says that certain products can build on the effectiveness of baths. “If you add essential oils, herbs, or salts to your bath, you can experience deeper relaxation, further detoxification, an increase in circulation, decrease in tension and muscle pain, and lessening of skin inflammation,” he says. His preferred products include Epsom salts, magnesium salt, almond milk, baking soda, fresh herbs, ginger, and fresh citrus.

Jessa Blades, a natural beauty expert and makeup artist, believes that it’s important to seek out health-benefitting products that also feel good to you personally. “When creating a bathing experience for yourself, make sure that it delights your personal senses and pleasure,” she says. “If you don’t like lavender essential oil, then don’t use it. Find an essential oil that really speaks to you.” (These 5 essential oils may help treat your health conditions.) Blades thinks that setting the proper mood will lead to even less stress. She favors inspiring podcasts, beeswax candles, and a favorite scent, like sage, to turn your bathroom into a “healing oasis.”

Baths are rituals that are personal to each practitioner, but to fully immerse yourself in those health advantages, the right products are essential. Here are the best ones recommended by our natural beauty experts to create a bath that’s not only healthy and non-toxic, but incredibly luxurious as well.

Pursoma Digital Detox Bath

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Blades sings the praises of this natural detox bath that acts as a sleep aid and helps to lift the tension and haze felt by those who spend hours on digital devices. (Here are 5 things that happened when one woman stopped bringing her phone to bed.)

Buy now: $34, pursomalife.com

Kaia Naturals Charcoal Detox Hot Bath

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After Jo fills her tub with clean bathwater (she has a home water filtration system that removes harmful contaminants), she soaks in these charcoal-rich bath salts. The activated charcoal draws out toxins, and essential oils serve as calming aromatherapy.

Buy now: $12, amazon.com

MORE: 8 Healthy Uses For Activated Charcoal (And 3 You Can Skip)

Epsoak Everyday Unscented Epsom Salts

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Uspensky swears by good, old-fashioned Epsom salts, like these salts that are a “high-quality USP grade” (a chemical grade of purity) and are “non-GMO.”

Buy now: $28, amazon.com

Osmia Organics Organic Milk Bath

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Both Jo and Blades love Osmia Organics products. This milk bath promises to soften the skin while offering soothing aromatherapy, carrying notes of chamomile, lavender, and rose geranium. (Dry skin? Slather on one of these 4 cooking oils that make the best natural moisturizers.)

Buy now: $36, anthropologie.com

Plant Therapy Top 6 Singles Organic Essential Oils

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As Lipman mentions, “detoxing oils” can “boost the benefits” of a bath, and Uspensky says this is an ideal starter set. It contains peppermint, sweet orange, eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree, and lavender essential oils.

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Beauty by Earth Bath Bomb Gift Set

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Bath bombs can be fun to watch as they dissolve, and can be quite the stress busters, too. Uspensky says that these bath bombs are “pre-infused with essential oils, moisturizers, and salts custom-blended for a variety of health concerns and applications.”

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Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Bath, Body & Massage Oil

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Uspensky likes to apply this all-natural, hydrating oil “right before getting out of the bath to lock in moisture on my skin and further soothe frayed nerves.” She shares that oil massage is an ancient Ayurvedic self-care practice that elevates immunity and relieves stress. (.)

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Weleda Arnica Massage Oil

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Blades believes in the power of this massage oil, known for its ability to ease sore muscles after a bath.

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Captain Blankenship Meteor Cosmic Freshening Spray

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If aromatherapy is a focus of your bath practice, Jo suggests spritzing this spray while enjoying a steamy bath. “It’s a great way to clear your space and energy,” she says. The spray is scented with vetiver, ylang ylang, and pine. (After your bath, make sure to moisturize your skin with the Captain Blankenship Anchor Balm, just $12.99 from the Prevention Shop!)

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The Beeswax Co. Tapered Votive Beeswax Candles

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As you soak, set a tranquil scene with lit candles. Uspensky advises turning off overhead lights and burning candles instead. She prefers these candles because they’re all-natural and non-toxic, plus they’re unscented, so they won’t interfere with the aromatherapy effects of the bath. (While you’re relaxing, try this simple meditation to beat the winter blues.)

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Roses, Whole Buds

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Lipman asserts that adding fresh herbs to a bath maximizes health benefits, and dried roses can do just that. Roses are known for their antibacterial and aromatherapeutic properties. Blades orders her dried roses from Mountain Rose Herbs, creating a bath that improves well-being and smells amazing, too. Now that’s a recipe for good health.

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