If you have been following me for a long time now, you know that I’m a bit bath-obsessed. I take one nearly every night. Drawing a bath is an essential part of my wind-down from the day (during quarantine it’s helped me separate work from relaxation!) and less about getting clean than doing something nice for myself. I love the bath. There’s nothing better after a long day of work, a hard workout, or just because.
I have quite a roster of favorite soaks and bathing accoutrements but a new favorite from earlier in the year has been J.R. Watkins Bath Elixirs. They smell amazing (there are three scent profiles: Awaken, Detox, and Sleep) Each scent is designed to offer you a tailored experience based on what your mind and body need most and THEY ARE NOT MESSY AT ALL which I absolutely love. A lot of soaks can be so messy, leaving behind a salty or grainy residue. That doesn’t stop me from using them but it’s really such a treat to not have to clean the bath tub after bathing. Because there’s nothing worse than having to scrub your tub after you’ve reached peek relaxation.
J.R. Watkins is a natural, personal care brand crafted with non-toxic, plant-based formulas. They’re also really reasonably priced at just $14.99 (and you get several soaks per bottle – I have a heavy hand and would say one bottle lasts me about 8 baths).
Also: if you head to my instagram stories today, I’ll be giving one lucky winner a $200 gift card to spend at J.R. Watkins! Besides the bath elixirs they have a ton of other incredible bath and body products.
My Top Five Bath Essentials:
one // these soaks, of course! I really like all of them but the Detox (ginger, witch hazel, and chamomile) is my personal favorite. That was my introduction to the brand (last winter) and I’m still loyal. But Sleep (soothing lavender chamomile) and Awaken (coriander, bergamot & chamomile) are lovely too! It’s nice that there’s one for every need.
two // wine. Is there really any explanation necessary here?
three // a big glass of lemon water. You’re going to sweat in the tub (especially if you use the Detox one!) and you absolutely must drink a lot of water, especially if you’re having wine! I sound like a parent but hydration is important.
four // an unputdownable book. Something that has you unable to concentrate on anything else! Check out my books page for more recs – I recommend sorting by grade and any of the A+ picks will be perfect for bath time. For a thriller my top picks would be Verity, The Last Flight, or anything by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen or Liv Constantine. For romance I’d say The Idea of You or One To Watch or anything by Christina Lauren.
five // a cold wash cloth. I always forget about it but it’s definitely nice to have, especially for a longer soak. I’ve taken to keeping a few damp washcloths in the freezer and it’s always nice during a long soak!
A bath tray is great too… it’s nice having a place to securely hold (multiple haha) beverages, a book, and anything else you may want for your soak. I bought mine a few years ago and it sold out but this one appears to be identical!
I wanted to mention J.R. Watkins’ In-Shower Mists too, as these are a great way to add the spa-like experience to your shower. Just add a few spritzes to running water for a heavenly scent experience! My personal favorite of these is AWAKEN as that’s usually what I’m trying to do when I get in the shower!