SEVEN FOR YOU ◽ TIPS
It’s January, and warm hot baths or showers might be calling us to linger, soak or stand in the flow for a while. Our panel of women were asked to share their picks for products, experiences, etc. that make their bath time personal and relaxing. It’s fun to hear what other women do, and then try one of these ideas ourselves! After all, you’ve been working hard this past season, and you deserve a long, pleasant cleanse…underneath warm hot water…don’t you?
I am not a bath person. I like my shower, though, but I want it quick and done. I have used the same Dial Basics HypoAllergenic soap along with Tresemme shampoo and conditioner for years because they work with my allergies. Too much fragrance can start a headache or start me sneezing. I have found one other shampoo I really like. It’s Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo. I found this at Central Market in Fort Worth, Texas years ago and I was hooked on its soothing rosemary smell. It can be found at other Natural Grocers too. And every time I use it I can’t help but sing the song, “Rosemary and Thyme.” Remember that song? I don’t think that’s the title but that’s the part I know and like to sing. Do you sing in the shower?
I’m not a bath lingering person, at all. Once the water cools off, I’m out. However, my husband and I both LOVE special soaps. We buy them all year long – natural fragrances – handmade – whenever we get a chance. For winter, I love the eucalyptus and peppermint scents, or grapefruit.
We buy them at farmers markets or other places where vendors sell their creations! Gruene Witch Apothecary is a favorite place to order from! Their facial coffee bar is the best!
No baths for me unless it’s for therapeutic reasons under doctor’s orders! I take hot showers at night. I don’t have a particular routine, unless I need to wash my hair, in which case if it’s early enough I will wash it at night. I hate going to bed with wet hair and then I really have a bad hair day the next day, so I prefer to wash my hair in the morning. Immediately out of the shower I will put Lubriderm lotion or coconut oil all over my skin. (The best thing about winter bathing is no regular shaving of your legs! That’s always tricky when you’re a woman of a certain age who wears glasses to read. Seems that I’m always missing spots when I shave!)
During the long cold evenings this time of year, a slow hot bath can be a mood changer. I use a cup of Epson salts with a few drops of my favorite essential oil whenever I have the time to indulge. I received a bathtub tray last year for Christmas and it has made bath time so much better. I read or listen to music on my iPad and the tray keeps everything safe and secure. I do keep adding hot water as necessary because the Epson salt works better the hotter the water is. I’ll sit there from 20 minutes to an hour if I’m lucky.
I just bought this for my shower…Eucalyptus branch that I found on Etsy. It was $8.00 for a bunch. Shipping was $7.00. I'm sure you can buy it cheaper, locally. It's supposed to release the aroma with the hot water...so you feel you're in a spa.
I love to take a hot soaking bath in the evening after I've had a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Usually, I put some Epsom Salts and lavender essential oil for these no longer spring chicken bones. I love listening to Spanish guitar music on Pandora while I soak with low lamp light. My favorite one is Armik Radio Station. I can set back and think about the day, what I want to accomplish tomorrow, and then rest. So lovely!
I love a HOT bath with lavender drops and Johnson’s baby shea and coconut oil gel added to the water. Turn on the sauna jets, lay back, with my soft instrumental worship music playing. There is a sky light above my tub, so best time is in the evening watching the moon and stars. Especially if there is a full moon. It is so relaxing, I stay until I feel like jelly when I get out. My husband often says I look like a lobster. My favorite products are pictured below.