I am a self-proclaimed diva when it comes to “self care.” I can see how that may have a negative connotation, but it’s something that I’ve always been proud of. I’m good at realizing when I need to take a minute for myself and let my thoughts be quiet for a bit in order to de-stress.
I also understand that self care is a little different for everyone and hugely depends on what part of your life needs attention in that moment.
If your self care requirements for today go beyond giving your brain a quick break, then my suggestion to you would be to try new things to help alleviate that part of your life. Some other great ways to practice self-care are to meditate, exercise, surround yourself with loved ones, or simply take a day away from work, household responsibilities, toxic relationships, and stress so that you may really spend time with yourself. Although social media may suggest differently, and there it surely a time and place for everything, self care isn’t always about indulging in junk food or the latest skin care gimmick.
Self care is more about being introspective and understanding what parts of your life need to be improved in order to continue being happy. Sometimes, this is taking time to process your thoughts and emotions in an effort to de-stress over time and accept your hectic day-to-day life. Others, it’s taking time to be selfish and care about your physical body.
Once in a while, these two needs come together and for that, I’ve got you covered. I’ve always found that a good old fashioned (well, spruced up a bit) bubble bath was the perfect way to rejuvenate my tired body while also helping to relax and unwind from a hectic day.
Like I said, this won’t make all your problems go away, but it will put a band-aid on them for a bit so that you may time the time to look within and find the true root of what’s making you unhappy. So without further ado, here’s my recipe for the best bubble bath.
The Perfect Bubble Bath
Prep Time: 3 minutes
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup activated charcoal
- 1 cup bubble bath
- 1 cup epsom salts
- 1 bath bomb
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
- A few candles (optional, but strongly encouraged!)
- A good book (optional)
Now, I’ve spent years perfecting the optimal bubble bath, because like I said, diva, and I’ve found that these ingredients come together to create not only the most relaxing bath, but also the most beneficial.
Coconut oil is, in my opinion, the most important step in any bath as it helps deeply hydrate tired skin while your pores are wide open from the hot water. It’s also been suggested that coconut oil may help reduce inflammation and acne due to its antibacterial properties.
ProTip: If you’re like me and you like the water to be scalding hot like the fiery pits of hell, keep a cold water nearby so that you don’t overheat, because there’s nothing worse than becoming uncomfortable before the bubbles disappear or right at the best part of your book.
Activated charcoal is another great addition to a good bubble bath as it’s said to reduce cold and flu symptoms as well as stimulate the lymphatic system. My favorite is from the brand Dirt Don’t Hurt, which, you guessed it, I pick up at my local farmers market. But not to fret, you can purchase their entire range online as well. To take full advantage of the benefits offered by activated charcoal, be sure to dedicate at least 20 minutes to your bath.
Bubble bath is self explanatory, no bath is complete without it. If you don’t have bubbles, honestly don’t even bother; it’s just no fun. This ingredient is almost obligatory, so I try not to spend too much money on it. I’ve repurchased Dr. Teal’s foaming bath time and time again, mostly in the scents Milk and Honey and Coconut Oil, which you can pick from your closest Walmart for about $5.
Epsom salts are another oldie but goodie; they help detoxify your body, reduce pain and stress, and soften skin all the same time. I go through epsom salts like no one’s business, so I also use the $5 Dr. Teal’s brand in Eucalyptus / Spearmint and Rosemary / Mint to add a little tingle to my bedtime routine. The mint will be an added bonus for achy muscles.
Bath bombs are key. They make your bath visually appealing, which is super important to me, and provide additional oils to soften your skin while you relax.
Did you know that some bath bombs can give you a yeast infection? Less than ideal when you’re trying to promote relaxation, right? While most bath bombs will provide a nice smelling environment for you to relax, I do prefer bath bombs with more wholesome ingredients so I can continue my relaxation well past getting out of the tub. Check out my latest Lush haul on my YouTube channel for some of my personal favorites.
The last few goodies on this list are still great adds to your bubble bath, even though they are “optional.” Essential oils and bath bombs will really help set the mood. I don’t have a favorite brand of essential oils. I honestly just buy whatever I can find at Home Goods when I remember to look, but I prefer lavender, vanilla, cinnamon, and eucalyptus.
Similarly, any candle will do, but I prefer to invest in candles that can fill a room with fragrance so I tend to gravitate to the Bath and Body Works three-wick candles. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “but Angelica these candles are $24.50 each!” Yes, this is true, but unless you’ve been living under a skincare rock, you’ll know that Bath and Body Works also has a sale **literally** every single day.
Pro Tip: Did you know that Bath and Body Works has an annual, one-day-only, candle day sale where all remaining fragrances from the year will be on sale for $8? While this day is never publicized more than 24 in advance, you can usually keep an eye out for it the first Saturday of December.
My final recommendation is a good book. Some people enjoy watching Netflix or listening to a podcast, but in my opinion, it ruins the ambiance you’ve created. Don’t drown out your thoughts or peace and quiet by listening to other people talk at you. Enjoy the silence and be with yourself for an hour or so. You won’t regret it.