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7 Relaxing Bath Products to Try Right Now

Woman in a relaxing bath tub outside in the desert.
There's nothing I love more than a relaxing bath vibe, and my favorite products make it a truly luxurious experience.

If you’re a millennial like me, you may remember the bubble bath that came in a Barbie doll bottle. That was my favorite bubble bath to use as a kid! In high school, I was hooked on all things Lush, and I even used baths to help me focus and study for exams when I was in college. So, basically I’ve always been a relaxing bath girlie.

As an adult, baths have become one of the best ways for me to chill out, quiet my mind, and reduce my anxiety. While I love them, a relaxing bath also tends to be the first thing I’ll cut from a busy day. Instead, I’ll scroll TikTok aimlessly for far too long (and I could do it in the bath) or binge a few episodes of a show and call it a night. That’s where my 2023 resolution to take a nightly bath came from, and I’m looking forward to setting a good rhythm now that February is here.

I know it sounds weird that I didn’t kick off January 1 with this daily relaxing bath goal, but we had a super busy month with travel, guests visiting, and our cat Harper had surgery a week ago. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stick to much of a routine, so instead of irritating my perfectionist self, I decided to kick off most of my 2023 resolutions on February 1. That was such a great idea for me personally, and I spent my January researching bath products I wanted to add to my tub instead of criticizing myself for not following through on my goals.

7 Products for the Most Relaxing Bath

  1. Ahava Mineral Salts—The Ahava mineral salts are unscented, so I get all the benefits of the salt in my bath, but the scent isn’t competing with my bubble bath of choice. I add 1/2 a cup of the mineral salts to the warm water as soon as I plug the tub. This gives them ample time to mix in and dissolve with the water before I get into the tub.
  2. Kai Bubble Bath—I love the scent of gardenias and jasmine, and that’s exactly what the Kai bubble bath smells like. It’s a sweet, fragrant bubble bath that isn’t overpowering. The creamy formula also helps nourish and moisturize my skin. Plus, a little goes a long way, and I love a good mountain of bubbles.
  3. Mustard Bath—Whenever I feel a little under the weather, stressed out, or need a good night’s sleep, I add this mustard bath powder to the tub. It’s full of wintergreen, rosemary, thyme, and eucalyptus, so it’s a pretty powerful smell but the ingredients are meant to aid with stress reduction, congestion, sleeplessness, muscle and joint soreness, skin conditions, and tension. I’ll sprinkle about a 1/4 cup into my bath early on, so I don’t feel the powder against my skin.
  4. Floating Bath Light—This is absolutely not necessary, but I love adding this little floating light to the tub that I found on Amazon. It has a handful of different light modes, and keeps the space around me lit enough, so I don’t have to turn any overhead lights on (because that’s the opposite of a relaxing bath).
  5. Whipped Sugar Scrub—I’m addicted to this sugar scrub! It’s made by a small business in western North Carolina, but they ship anywhere in the U.S. I personally love the Wildflower Bergamot and the Revive scents. I’ll soak for a good 10–15 minutes, and then I’ll use the whipped sugar scrub on my arms, legs, chest, and stomach. My skin always feels so silky and smooth afterward.
  6. Nécessaire Body Wash—I know this is a super-hyped product with many influencers, and that’s actually why I put off trying it for so long. If I see every influencer I follow sharing the same product around the same time, I know it’s a brand’s marketing push and it turns me off a bit. But then I was in search of a good body wash and I saw this one also came in a Sandalwood scent (one of my favorites), so I finally ordered it. And I really do love it. I add about a quarter-size of product to a loofah and use it to rinse off the exfoliating scrub.
  7. Big Sur after the Rain—No bath is complete without a candle, and I love the earthy, woodsy scent of this one. It’s pricey, but it burns evenly (no tunneling) and I think it’ll last a good while since I just use it during baths.
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