enjoy your bath
Text by Fiona Clarke

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a bath. You deserve a treat, so why not splurge in your own home? A selection of nourishing oils, cure-all elixirs, fragrant foams and soothing soaks will elevate your bath into a full-fledged spa experience. Just light several of your favorite candles, get your background music going and get ready to have all your cares slip away.


In this relaxing soak by NATURE OF THINGS, plumeria, jasmine and vetiver create a heady bouquet while velvety emollients like shea butter and green tea oil envelope the skin, replenishing its natural moisture barrier. Detoxifying mineral-charged seawater reduces pore size, hops extract works to boost oxytocin and capsicum pepper helps ease muscle tension. Malachite and quartz extracts are believed to have energy-clearing properties. Inhale deeply to enjoy additional aromatherapeutic benefits. $150, www.neimanmarcus.com


Founded by the daughter of a seven-generation Texas farm family, the ingredients are sourced locally. FOLLAIN’s 100-percent natural herbal formulations use time-honored recipes for skin health. The calming combination of lavender and clary sage essential oils are relaxing, will soften skin, promote a restful sleep, and help wash the day away. $36, www.follain.com


You’re looking at an elegant fragrance by FRÉDÉRIC MALLE, full of a thoughtful blend of rose, patchouli, cinnamon, and sandalwood, in a foaming bath form. Essentially, this mysterious black bottle will turn your bath from basic to pure opulence. Plus, post-R&R you’ll smell absolutely heavenly, even if you’re just going to bed. $155, www.neimanmarcus.com


Follow my lead: Pour a few drops of this FRESH elixir into your bath, close your eyes, then imagine you’re indulging in a traditional Japanese geisha bathing ritual. This elixir will transform your tub into a sake bath ( it consists of 38-percent sake) and you’ll feel your body temperature start to rise, ridding your body of toxins and increasing your blood circulation. This detoxifying experience will have you feeling like a whole new woman. $82, www.sephora.com 


These shiny drops hold the brand’s signature FUR OIL along with a nourishing blend of botanical oils like clary sage, which works to soothe rough patches and clogged pores, and grape seed to envelop the skin in a veil of hydration. Encased in a seaweed-based bath, the bead dissolves easily in warm water and gently nourishes your skin, leaving you silky soft and relaxed. Simply add two-to-three drops per bath while your bathwater is running. $34, www.saks.com


We all could use more chill pills throughout the day. To truly calm down, pop a few of these QUAI bath bombs into running water. Made of soothing oils like jojoba, safflower, and hemp seed, you’ll not only feel serene on the inside but on the outside as well, and your skin will feel softened and moisturized. The jasmine and rose floral scent may compete with your candles, but the more scents the merrier. $34, www.sephora.com


A major player in everyone’s skincare routine should be some type of exfoliation. The secret to giving your body that glow — the kind that the Hollywood A-listers have virtually trademarked — is exfoliating your body two-to-three times a week. Just slip these babies by BAUDELAIRE on to make scrubbing off dead skin buildup and boosting circulation a cinch. Produced by a women’s cooperative in Columbia, these gloves are 100-percent natural sisal fiber, an all-natural, renewable fiber that comes from a plant of the agave family. $23, www.anthropologie.com


Not actually salt, but rather a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, epsom salts are notoriously detoxifying as they absorb in the skin with ease, reduce inflammation, soothe muscles, rejuvenate the body, refresh the skin’s appearance and flush toxins. DR. TEAL’s brands are available in a dozen scents. Hint: if lavender is your go-to aroma, let these little crystallines get you ready for some serious snooze time. $6, www.ultabeauty.com