5 Mar 2019

Soak Up And Slow Down


How to have the best soak every week.

In the world of quick showers and busy schedules, the benefits of bathing can be overlooked.

For some, they’re time-consuming, laborious and hard to fit into the day but what if this is exactly what sets them apart from the average shower?

Diane von Furstenberg penned the wonderful book, ‘The Bath’ sharing her fascination and adoration of the ritual of bathing. Furstenberg noted, “Showers are popular for their speed and efficiency, but baths remain the rite passed down from our ancestors, who understood the need for hygiene and pleasure”.

This isn’t to say baths are better than showers, just different.

The bath can feel almost like a sanctuary, a place to unwind, to think or to not think. It is a place to read, to watch a film or do absolutely nothing. A bath can comfort after a grueling day, nurture the body or simply help us pause in what is often a rushed schedule of life. Bathing can help us let go, cry out our tears or luxuriate in our joys.

What’s To Love About Bath Time?

Baths help us sleep. Having one just before bed can help us to drift off to the land of Z’s and the comfort of the warm water will relax our minds and souls.

Bath salts can work miracles for tired muscles or aching joints. Sprinkle a handful as the water is running, then sit and soak. Salts are effective for detoxing the skin as most contain magnesium to relax and cleanse.

Try this one for the post-workout warm down or this one for relaxing indulgence. Any salts with lavender, like this one, will be perfect for the pre-bedtime slowdown.

Oils are popular too with good reason.

The Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Oil is one of our all-time go-to’s. Not only does it leave the skin feeling moisturized for hours after we’ve left the tub, but also has us smelling glorious.

In order to have the very best bath, mix both salts and oil.

Create ambience by burning a candle, or three, this Cire Trudon beauty is a number one.

Whilst in the bath, use the downtime as a chance to apply a face mask. The steam from the hot water will open up the pores – which is the ideal time to let product work its magic.

Make time for a bath this week; it’s a chance for the me, myself and I moment.

Soak Up And Slow Down

goop recovery bath soak  ||  himalayan pink bath salt  ||  herbivore detox bath salts  ||  aromatherapy deep relax bath oil

darphin illuminating mask   ||  diptyque baies candle  ||  cire trudon lumiere candle

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image, jo malone 


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I’m with you on a bath Vicki. Whilst I shower during the week I just love driving home from work on a Friday and having a soak in the bath. I use Epsom salts which are so good for the skin and aching muscles, and can be bought quite cheaply in the UK. Add oil and what a mixture! I have my candle lit and a book with me; sometimes I take my iPad and put the radio on, along with a cup of tea (very British!) Total relaxation, warm, indulgent and perfect end to a busy week. Sometimes I’ve even dozed I’ve been so relaxed! I wouldn’t be without my bath at all.


Slowing down, no matter what way we do it (I take showers, since I rush off to work in the morning!) but slowing down our emotions, our decisions, our walking even (and I have to with all this ice around here!) is a good idea. I’m teaching my students to take their time when they read because if they don’t they can miss out on so much as well as not do well on their standardized tests! Yes, slowing down is a great way to take in the world.


I live in Cape Town and we have been coping with drought conditions and water rationing for nearly two years now – 70 litres pp/pd is the limit. Baths are simply not an option, and much as one might like them, they are not possible, sensible or environmentally conscious in water scarce environments. Let’s hear it for the shower.


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