Aug 132011
 

Bathtub Addition Towels

The idea of soaking in a warm, relaxing bath is a thought that appeals to many. In addition to the benefit of solitude and quiet in a bathtub, the warm water stimulates the body’s blood flow, an effect that has the well-known result of reducing tensions both physical and mental. While bathers that are truly tired and stressed out find it easy to “check out” and relax, others may find a bath rather boring! The remedy? A selection of fun and interesting bathtub additions that can turn any relaxing soak into one that’s stimulating for all the senses.

Bath Bombs

Sometimes called fizzies, tablets, or bathballs, bath bombs are spheres of baking soda, colors, scented oils, flower petals, and other fun ingredients that fizz when added to the bathwater. The water and baking soda react to one another, providing a science-fair-like stream of bubbles that feel good on sore backs and feet. The oils and other additives float in the tub, coloring the water fun hues like blue or rose, and in some cases even shedding sparkling glitter along the way. Bath bomb addicts recommend sliding large bombs or ones with a lot of “confetti” into a knotted hosiery sock before tossing it in the bath, thereby keeping any stray pieces in an easy-to-toss container.

Bubble Bath

This familiar favorite of kids everywhere is one that moms and dads are calling their own these days. With the development of solid “bubble bars” that can be crumbled under running water, luxurious scents like chocolate, lavender and orange blossom are quickly gaining popularity over youthful “bubble gum” type scents. People of all ages love a big tub of bubbles, after all!

Bath Salts

As much a staple of the high-end bath experience as Turkish bathrobes, bathers are enjoying this spa ritual at home on their own time. Made from actual salt crystals blended with essential oils and occasionally herbs, bath salts help open the pores for true relaxation. When using salts, be sure to put the crystals in while the bath is filling up, otherwise you may end up sitting on an uncomfortable patch of gravel.

Whether using one addition or several, these fun and enjoyable products can turn any regular bath into an experience you’ll be anxious to repeat. Happy bathing!

Aug 062011
 

Beach Towel

I think you’ll agree that no one has come up with a satisfactory replacement for the traditional and comforting fluffy beach towel. Even with the ever-increasing popularity of beach lounge chairs and beach tents with canvas, plastic or rubberized flooring, beach towels in various sizes and colors are still in demand. For, they are still lightweight and easy to transport, even by bike or scooter. And if you live or are visiting at a location nearby a beach area, it’s easy enough to walk to the beach carrying a rolled-up towel under your arm or draped over your shoulder.

Or, just wear your favorite designer towel around your neck like an athlete, and you’re sure to be right in style. Then, of course, once you reach the warm, inviting expanses of white sand, you can spread out your towel and take a snooze under your beach umbrella. Later on, when the gang is ready for lunch, you can relax on your soft, comfy beach towels while you picnic and party. And if you’re at a seaside resort with the family on vacation, the kids always love having their own distinctive beach towel designs—from cartoon characters to turtles, sea dragons and giant starfish. And since attractive, durable beach towels come in a variety of sizes, you can easily find towels suitable for each and every member of the family, from babies to teens to young adults and grandparents.

Even with the added comfort of today’s lightweight, well-designed beach chairs with soft cushions and reclining backs, beach towels prevail. Somehow, there is nothing more relaxing and refreshing than stretching out on a luxurious, thick expanse of soft terry cloth. From the luxury of your treasured beach lounging spot, you can enjoy the warm coastal breezes as you take in the sunlit seascape around you. The design and colors of your beach towel—bright and bold, or subdued and subtle, depending on your taste—will complement and enhance the overall cheerful beach décor. And, after that last refreshing dip in the ocean, you can drift off to dreamland on your soft, comfy cotton towel for a few more minutes of bliss before heading back to home, hotel or seashore guest house.