How To Make Ridiculously Big Bubbles In Your Bath

After a long hard day, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing bath to improve your mood and ready you for tomorrow’s hurdles. A blissful bath time can only be improved with candles, quality reading material and of course, plenty of bubbles. When it comes to bath bubbles, it seems the bigger the better. With scientific studies confirming that bubble baths can retain heat longer than a bubble-less bath. But how do you go about making big bubbles in your bath? We see if there are any tips or tricks, including how to make your own DIY bubble bath.

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The science behind bubble bath

Bubble bath contains foaming surfactants. These are compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids. What this basically means is that when the bubble bath meets the water and is hit by the force of more water filling the tub, bubbles are formed. Scienceline.org says ‘A bubble is born when two layers of soap molecules trap a layer of water molecules between them, creating a molecular sandwich.’

How to create big bubbles

With this in mind, it seems that the more movement, or splashing, the more bubbles. To create an optimum amount of bubbles, it’s advised to wait until there are a couple inches of water in the tub before adding your chosen bubble bath. When pouring in your bubble bath, add it slowly and right underneath the running water. The stronger the water pressure, the more bubbles you’ll get.

To increase the suds, rapidly run your fingers through the liquid underneath the tap and if need be, add more bubble bath before turning off the tap. If you have a jetted bath tub, you’ll increase your chances of big bubbles, as the bubbles keep growing higher thanks to the power of the jets.

How to make DIY Bubble Bath

Writing for realsimple.com, Janice Cox author of Natural Beauty at Home, shares tips on making your very own bubble bath. Simply use half a cup of liquid soap best suited to your body. ‘Sore muscles? Add a bit of sea salt or Epsom salts. Dry skin? Add natural oil. Stressed out? Try a calming scent, such as vanilla or lavender.’

Add a tablespoon of sugar or honey depending on your preferences. Sugar can act as a natural exfoliant, whereas honey helps to keep your skin moisturised and soft. After this, add one egg white to the mixture. As bizarre as it sounds, the egg white helps create stronger more durable bubbles, for a relaxing bubble bath.

Related: Transform Your Bathroom Into A Personal Sanctuary

Other tips

If you are craving the perfect relaxing bath, other things you can do include dimming the lights, adding a surplus of candles and trying bath salts. Bath salts help to relax your muscles, which is especially useful after a tough work out or long day on your feet. They also help to reduce any inflammation, which will help you wind down before bedtime. On top of that, close your eyes when in the tub, you could even try using cucumber slices over your eye lids for the ultimate in relaxation.

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Can I Make My Own Bubble Bath?

Q. Can I make bubble bath myself?
Frances Wilemon
Aberdeen, Mississippi

A. Yes, you can easily whip up your own with a few household ingredients, starting with liquid soap. “One of the perks of making it yourself is that you can mix a unique bubble bath based on what your body needs,” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home ($22, amazon.com). Sore muscles? Add a bit of sea salt or Epsom salts. Dry skin? Add natural oil. Stressed out? Try a calming scent, such as vanilla or lavender.

Here are two of Cox’s favorite recipes.

Old-Fashioned Bubble Bath
In a clean container, mix together ½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap, 1 tablespoon sugar or honey, and 1 egg white. Pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, which will attract and retain moisture in your skin. The egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles, for a nice, fluffy bath. For extra-dry skin, consider adding a tablespoon of light oil, such as almond or light sesame.

Foaming Vanilla-Honey Bath
In a clean container, mix together 1 cup light oil (almond, sunflower, or canola), ½ cup honey, ½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. To use, shake gently to remix and pour ¼ cup under the running water as you fill the tub. This recipe yields about 16 ounces, or enough for 8 baths. ―Nykia Spradley

It’s officially fall. And while that means it’s sadly time to pack away your open-toed shoes and bottles of rosé, the upside of colder climes lies in all the delightful methods for warming up, like steamy cider, cozy cashmere, and warm baths. About that latter indulgence, it’s vastly more enjoyable when the steamy water is brimming with bubbles so here are seven new foamy, frothy, fizzy formulas that are basically the grown-up (and more skin friendly) version of Mr. Bubble.

Lush Milky Bath

Milk works wonders to soften skin, but instead of pouring a quart into the tub consider throwing in this moisturizing bar of cocoa butter, soy milk and olive oil instead. Bonus: There’s some glitter in there just for funsies.

$7.95, lushusa.com

Philosophy Lemon Custard Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

If you’re getting a touch of SAD, maybe soaking in this lemony-scented goodness will lift your spirits. When you’re not bathing in it, you can repurpose the conditioning cleanser as shampoo and body wash.

$18, amazon.com

Rituals The Ritual of the Dao Bath Foam

For a super chill bathing experience, combine warm water with this nourishing foam infused with naturally calming White Lotus fragrance.

$19, rituals.com

Kneipp Pure Bliss Bubble Bath

Founded by a priest who believed in the healing power of the bath, this German brand specializes in all manner of herbal soaking remedies. Its newest offering is packed with fragrant Red Poppy and Hemp oils that impart skin with moisture while relieving you of stress.

$15, amazon.com

The Body Shop British Rose Petal Soft Bath Foam

Filling your tub with actual rose petals is a spend-y (and time-consuming) endeavor albeit great for ‘gramming. If you’re after the scent though, you can simply pour in some of this bubble bath, which smells just like an English rose garden, because, well, the blossoms were handpicked from one.

$15, thebodyshop-usa.com

The Honest Company Bubble Bath

Actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba formulated her bubble baths to be gentle enough for babies so you be sure that these will calm even the most easily aggravated skin.

$11.95 each, amazon.com

Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion

What witchcraft is this green potion? Marinate in this peppermint, fennel and sweet birch infused tonic and experience a veritable disappearing act of stress, muscle soreness and exhaustion.

$50, amazon.com

Bath Fizzies & Bubble Bath – Floral, Fruit

About Bath Fizzies & Bubble Bath from Bath & Body Works

Who’s ready for a relaxing night in? Break out the face masks, put the latest podcast on blast, grab a glass of wine and run yourself a relaxing bath. Honestly, a little pampering goes a long way. Our luxurious bubble bath and bath fizzies are the highlight item for a chill night.

What’s a bath fizzy? So glad you asked: our version of a bath bomb, jam-packed with amazing fragrances, essential oils, fizzing agents (enter the fun bubbly feeling) and shea to get you moisturized to the max.

Pick your favorite fragrance, available in calming Aromatherapy blends to sweet and sugary treats. Is it holiday time? Even better. Immerse yourself in the season with exclusive holiday scents, available for a limited time.

Once you’ve picked that signature scent, simply fill up your bathtub halfway, put the fizzy below the faucet while it’s running and watch the fizzing begin. And don’t worry if your fizzy has color in it – it’s just for fun and it won’t stain your tub! Fizz? Foam? Fun? Check, check, check!

Sometimes we need to take a deep breath, but we just aren’t in the mood for something fizzy. Grab a bottle of our fluffy, luxe bubble bath and soak away. Don’t forget to light a candle or two and pick up your favorite book – your night is off to a super-relaxing, majorly fragrant start. Hello, best evening ever.

My oldest daughter has sensitive skin and cannot use most store bought bubble baths. When she’s in the mood for bubbles, we use our own home made version (we don’t put any scent in it). You can try different shampoos until you get the one with the perfect amount of foaminess for you!

Materials:

You can make double or triple the batches and give as gifts.

  • 1 cup shampoo (I like to use generic tear free baby shampoo)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • food color (optional)
  • squeeze bottles or jars (dish detergent bottles or shampoo bottles are my favorite).
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp glycerin (purchase at the drug store).
  • Optional: essential oil (scented oils like vanilla or citrus) — available at most craft stores (I also use them for candle making)
    OR
  • Optional: a few drops of strong perfume (erm, this is a good use for some of the perfumes you might get for mother’s day that you don’t really wear much *grin*).

Instructions:

  • Pour shampoo and water into your bottle.
  • Add a couple drops of food color
  • Optional: add glycerin and essential oil or perfume.
  • Shake well to mix
  • It will get foamy when you shake it, but will settle down and look like bubble bath
  • Squeeze a good amount into the tub as you are running the water.

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How do you make an awesome bubble bath for the kids? I can get a decent amount but they disappear within a few minutes of the boys getting in.

Summary to details below: (1) Don’t use real soap in unsoftened bubble bath water, (2) don’t shampoo, (3) splash well initially to make foam, (4) consider alternatives to bubble bath as ways to cover the kids with suds.

Assuming you don’t want to make my formula (see the link in my credential), and assuming you don’t have jets to aerate the water, then let’s just work with the physical and chemical resources you have in the house. First. let’s work on the angle of not breaking the foam once the children are in the water.

Two things commonly break foam in a bath: lime soap and sebum. Sebum is skin oil, most prominent on the head. It’s probably asking too much to have the boys take a shower before getting in the bubble bath, since you’re probably giving them the bath to get them clean, but at least don’t wash their hair or wet their heads until they’re bored with the bubbles.

The most potent bath foam breaker is lime soap: the product of water “hardness” and soap. Assuming you don’t have “softened” water, the only way to avoid forming lime soaps is to not use soap. But that’s OK, because you can wash them with any of various soaplike but soapless detergents. Almost all the liquids labeled “body wash”, “baby bath”, “shower gel”, “hand wash” and the like (including shampoos) are soapless. The only liquid “soaps” likely to be made of actual soap are the ones from health food stores, such as Dr. Bronner’s. Conversely, few solid cakes of what appears to be soap are not actually, or mostly, soap. The most prominent ones that aren’t are Dove, Caress, most versions of Olay bar, and Lowila. Washing with these non-soaps will contribute to foam breakage even in “hard” water only to the extent they wash sebum off the skin and hair. Keep any actual soap away from where it might get splashed by bath water.

However, you’ll also want the densest (not necessarily most voluminous) foam feasible, because the more lathery the foam is, the wetter it is, and the more easily it resists breakage when the kids play with it. A good way to make a very dense foam is to mix your bubble bath with only about 2 inches of water in the tub, and then, leaning in from outside the tub with fingers spread and palms down, use rapid opposing long arm motion to splash the water sideways very hard, almost hard enough to splash it onto the floor. It’s like clapping very loud, but with thumbs, rather than palms, approaching each other. The kids will love doing this, although they may not be big enough to do it from outside the tub. Keep it up until the foam stops rising and increasing in density. Then stop splashing and resume rapidly filling the tub with water to desired final height. Push the foam to the side to make an entranceway for the boys, one at a time.

But there are more powerful ways than sudsing up the bath water, and they all involve applying the foam from outside the tub rather than mixed with the bath water. Such methods are commonly used for theater, movies, and photo shoots. Dense foams are made by moving air thru a mesh of tiny holes covered with film forming (i.e. soapy) solution. In this case you can even use actual soap, which in fact gives better results (creamier lather) than other common suds-making stuff, and although it will break when it hits “hard” bath water, if the object is to cover the kids with it, they can keep most of it from floating away. This also produces suds strong enough to wash with, rather than just light fluff to play with, without getting the water very soapy. There are a few ways to produce and deliver such foam without the apparatus used for foam dancing (foam parties).

One way I’ve practiced since childhood is to blow thru a soapy washcloth with a dense weave and no holes. Form it around your mouth like a feed bag, occluding the edges completely so so air can escape other than thru the cloth when you blow. Alternately wet and soap the cloth with repeated blowing; I recommend pulling it away from your mouth between blows rather than circular breathing. Beware that the stronger the soap (more coconut or palm kernel content), the more irritating it will be to the skin of your face where you’re repeatedly pressing the cloth; this is where a less irritating soap substitute such as Dove, body wash, shampoo, or even hand dish detergent has an advantage, at the sacrifice of foam density. However, if your skin can take it, the best results are from a cake of Kirk’s all-coconut soap and “softened” water.

To do it faster without sacrificing your breath or the skin around your mouth, look up videos of how customers are soaped by attendants in a Turkish bath (hamam). The closest thing you might have in the house to the sack they use for the foam-making is a pillow case.

But to really make loads of lather in a hurry, you can use an upholstery shampooer attachment on the exhaust end of a vacuum cleaner, or for greater safety (taking advantage of the built-in ground fault interrupt), of a spa blower. I had a short threaded piece of pipe cut to fit adapting such an attachment to a rolling canister vacuum cleaner it wasn’t built for, and it fit a spa blower too. This method works much faster and better than using the spa blower with the mat it comes with submerged in bubble bath water; the bubbles made by such a method are large and break easily, as opposed to the thick lather you get using the shampooer attachment. However, finding the right proportion of soap and water to fill the shampooer’s reservoir for best results can take some work, and Liquid Ivory Soap, which was the best for the one I used, was replaced decades ago by their “Skin-Cleaning Liqui-Gel”, which would be no better than common shampoos, dish “soaps”, etc.; Dr. Bronner’s and the like, not nearly as good either. What works best using materials easily available today is a freshly made, fairly strong hot water solution of a high-coconut soap like Camay, Lux, Lifebuoy, or Coast, or possibly the non-hypoallergenic Dial, or for sure Kirk’s, although a lower-coconut, milder soap like Ivory is still going to work better than non-soap detergents.

If you haven’t figured it out, the way you’ll apply these is to get the kids into the tub filled to the desired depth with water, and then to blow the soap over them until they’re snowmen, having them wash with it, refreshing as necessary. Whether you use your mouth, the hamam technique, or a blower, they’ll have more fun that way than they would with suds made from bubble bath water, and it’ll actually get them clean — even their hair if you do it enough and they don’t mind the eye sting.

Everyone can agree that taking a bath is wonderful for both the body and the mind. While taking a shower might get the job done, a soak in the tub actually feels like a treat. And a bubble bath? That is next level awesomeness!

The kids love it, you love it, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t include it in your weekly/monthly/whenever you can routine. If you’ve been reading Hello Glow for a while, you might already know that we like to make our own stuff around the house – that includes bubbles! And we’re gonna show you how to make your own!

Scroll down for 10 homemade bubble bath recipes that are free of harsh chemicals and artificial scents, and did we mention totally easy, too?

10 Bubble Bath Recipes To Make at Home

1. Honey vanilla bubble bath

Vanilla is a very relaxing scent that also happens to stir up feelings of intimacy. Valentine’s Day, anyone? Honestly, though, you can make and enjoy this pampering scent all year round.

2. How to Make Bubble Bath for Sensitive Skin

Store bought bubble bath is often full of nasty ingredients that can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. That’s why you should always aim to make your own! The recipe above is especially suited for sensitive skin.

3. DIY natural bubble bath

Try this recipe from Paula Parrish – it uses glycerin for big bubbles and lavender essential oil for a calming effect. The scent makes it perfect for before bed!

4. Homemade honey bubble bath

Live Laugh Rowe’s recipe for honey bubble bath comes with pretty bee printable labels! Make a bigger batch and gift a bottle or two to your bestie.

5. Calming homemade bubble bath

Made with essential oils, this recipe is more than relaxing – it’s calming, and perfect for little ones to have before bed. Needless to say, you’ll enjoy it, too!

6. DIY Bubble Bars

Rather than making bubble bath in a bottle, try making this solid version! Each one is just the right amount for one bath, so you’re never wasting any of it, plus they’re highly giftable, if we do say so ourselves.

7. Make your own homemade bubble bath

Our favorite thing about this recipe from Make and Takes is the container: an olive oil dispenser! How cool is that? It keeps well, makes it easy to pour, and it looks nice!

8. Calming homemade bubble bath for kids

There’s no child that can resist a bubble bath, is there? Not in this household, there isn’t! Try this recipe from Dwelling Happiness right before sleepy time, and bedtime will be at least a little easier.

9. Bubbling bath salts

Love multitasking even with your beauty products? This 2 in 1 bath that’s a bath salt as well as a bubble bath is for you! Get the recipe on The Idea Room.

10. Relaxing bubbly bath soak

Made with Epsom salt, peppermint and chamomile tea, this bath soak is relaxing – and it looks absolutely lovely. Placed it an airtight container, it also makes a great gift for the people in your life.

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There are few images that can make me melt into a state of blissful happiness faster than that of sliding into a steaming bath at the end of an exhausting winter night. Unfortunately, even the simplest of life’s pleasures comes with some downsides. Dermatologists might even argue that bathtubs should come with a dry-skin warning. Luckily, there are ways around that particular hurdle. Read on for an itch-free bath time.

Do save soap for the end. The main drying culprit isn’t hot water; it’s hot, soapy water. “Soap is worse than the water in terms of breaking down the skin barrier,” says dermatologist Amy Wechsler, who advises washing at the end of the bath. No need to despair if you like bubbles, though. Wechsler suggests adding a little oil to your bubble bath or using a formula that already has it. We like all of the Library of Flowers bubble baths with cocoa butter.

Don’t stay in for more than 15 minutes.”Longer than that and you’ll get prune-y skin,” says Wechsler. Wrinkly palms and feet happen when the top layer of the skin has lost water, causing it to shrivel up. If you do stay in for an hour, moisturize immediately when you get out, before your skin has dried. “When your skin is still moist, it acts like a sponge,” says Wechsler. (Bath salts are especially drying; if you use them, get out after ten minutes.)

Make like salad dressing. Bathoil (or safflower, almond, or sunflower oil) keeps moisture in, but only if you use a generous amount—a whole cup per bath, according to Wechsler. Just make sure to clean the tub really well after you get out so the next person doesn’t slip.

Additional reporting by Ramona Emerson.

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Photo by Denise Mattox.

Taking a bath is not about getting clean—that’s what showers are for. Baths are about calming your troubled mind and soothing your aches and pains, both physical and emotional. As a highly sensitive person, I find baths to be necessary, and I’ve gotten very good at them.

This isn’t to say that baths can’t be cleansing in their own way, especially the steamier ones, but removing dirt is not your goal in the tub. (Plus, if you do remove a lot of dirt while in the tub, you’ll just end up sitting in a body of dirty water. If your goal is to sit in a body of dirty water, I suggest a lake.)

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Anyway. Taking a good bath isn’t as easy as filling the tub and hopping in. Plans must be made. Moods must be set. Playlists must be curated. Learn from me, my children. Follow my bath-time plan and reap the most restorative benefits.

Step 1: Clean Your Bathroom

It’s hard to relax in disordered, dirty surroundings, so take a few minutes to straighten up, wipe everything down, and maybe shake out your bath mat and give the floor a quick sweep, as there is nothing worse than emerging from the tub, all blissed out, only to have your joy stolen by the feeling of grit and hair sticking to your feet.

I’m not saying you scrub every tile and little line of grout, but give the tub a quick spray of all-purpose cleaner, wipe up any grody spots, and rinse it well. If your bathroom is in need of a deep clean anyway, go ahead and do that, then reward yourself with a very nice bath. (Honestly, my love of baths and bathing is what motivates me to keep my bathroom pretty clean.)

Step #2: Decide What Kind of Bath You Want to Have

The baths I take can be divided into four categories: physically pain-relieving, beautifying, pre-date, and I’m-going-to-murder-the-world-if-don’t-chill-out. Each one requires slightly different strategies and supplies.

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The Pain-Relieving Bath

This is the bath to take if you have aches and pains from working out or—in my case—picking up your dog weird, because I’m old now, and never work out my core. This bath requires Epsom salts, an adult beverage, a cold glass of water, maybe a cold compress, and the hottest water you can stand. I’m a big fan of Dr. Teal’s Epsom salts because they’re cheap (so you don’t feel like you have to ration them) and come in a wide range of excellent smells. I like the Ginger & Clay, but there’s even one for manly men, because sometimes masculinity is just too fragile.

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If your pain is anywhere but your head, put on some Netflix or a good playlist (more on that in a moment), making sure it’s something that will keep you in the tub for a while, so that you may reap the maximum amount of restorative benefits. If your pain is in your head, dim the lights, and put a cold, damp rag on your forehead or over your eyes.

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The Beautifying Bath

This bath is slightly less relaxing than the others, but still soothing in its own way. The treatments you use will vary, depending on your skin type, but I recommend choosing one for your body and one for your face. A face mask is an obvious choice, and I cannot recommend the TONYMOLY sheet masks enough. Not only do they have one for every single type of skin concern you can conceive of, but they’re easy to put on, cheap, and require no scrubbing afterwards. In fact, the serum they leave behind isn’t meant to be removed at all; just gently massage it into your skin.

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For body treatments, epsom salts are once again a good option, but I’m a fan of a moisturizing bath bomb or melt, usually from Lush. If you wish to exfoliate, however, get yourself some viscose. I have a Baiden Mitten, but apparently Korean Italy Towels work just as well and are much much cheaper. To use either one of these scrubby miracles, just soak yourself in hot water for twenty minutes and then rub your whole body with your viscose of choice. Dead, dull, skin will roll off of you like magic, revealing a super smooth, new you underneath.

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You’ll want to use your mitten or towel at the end of tub-time, and rinse off in the shower after. No one wants to walk around with rolls of dead skin on them.

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The Date-Night Bath

The date-night bath is similar to the beautifying bath, only a little less aggressive, and a little more mood-enhancing. You could do a face mask, but I don’t like to do any intense or new facial treatments before a date, just in case my skin reacts poorly. Sensual, fragrant bubbles are must for the date-night bath, either by way of this bubble bar or (once again) a wonderfully scented Teal’s product. A playlist is also needed, preferably something a little sexy but still relaxing. Cigarettes After Sex is my current go-to for cultivating date-night bath vibes. Feel free to use it yourself.

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It also doesn’t hurt to have a cocktail, because most good dates begin with cocktails.

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The I’m-Going-to-Murder-the-World-If-I-Don’t-Chill-Out Bath

Also known as the “fuck-it-all bath,” this is the bath you take when you have ceased to be able to even, and must submerge yourself in hot water to replicate the soothing feeling of being in your mother’s womb, when things were simpler, less aggressive, and no one wanted anything from you. This bath is about indulging in whatever you need in that moment, and there’s no wrong way to take do it. For me, it usually involves a cocktail (shocking), and some sort of fragrant bath product, but it has also included ice cream and macaroni and cheese (with potato chips crumbled on top).

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The one thing this bath does not include is beauty products or, like, shaving. This is your time to sulk, not make yourself more pleasing to look at by patriarchal standards.

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You can of course create your own bath, taking elements from each of mine as needed to craft your best bathing experience. I sometimes combine the pain-reliever with the fuck-it-all; there are no rules.

Step #3: Gather Your Supplies

I am never more enraged than when I sink into the warm, caress of the my tubs embrace, only to realize that I left my drink or book in the other room. A little bit of prep work prevents such a disaster, and you will thank yourself for having such brilliant foresight. Before you even begin to fill the tub, gather the following:

  • A couple of hand towels: Place them within easy reach of the tub, so you can dry your hands as needed to prevent your books, magazines, or phone (tweet in the tub at your own risk) from getting damp.
  • Entertainment: Set your laptop on a chair near the tub so that you may watch your favorite show, grab some reading material, or cue up a podcast or playlist.
  • Beverages: Though a very concerned citizen warned me against it, I enjoy an alcoholic beverage in the bath; I even have a little cup holder for such imbibing. You should also take a big glass or bottle of water in there too, because dehydration is no fun.
  • Any beauty treatments: Gather your bath bombs, face masks, or anything else you plan to apply to your person. This applies to exfoliation devices as well.

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Step #4: Shower, or at Least Wash Your Feet

If you haven’t showered recently, you probably will want to do it before your bath, lest you wish to stew in the filth you’ve accumulated that day. At the very least, make sure your feet are clean, otherwise all that grit and grime will float off of them and contaminate your otherwise perfect bath. Save yourself some rage and wash your damn feet.

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Step #5: Unwindulax

Get in the tub, enjoy the blissful time in your tub, emerge renewed. Wrap yourself in a very absorbent towel, then put on pajamas. (Unless you just had a pre-date bath. Then you should put on your sexiest little number, or just stay nekkid, depending on how you conduct your dates.)

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