Oct 162011
 

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!

Dec 082010
 

towels

Homemade bath salts are luxurious gifts to make for family and friends during the holiday season. When this type of an inexpensive gift is coupled with set of soft Egyptian cotton hand towels, or a few long-fiber organic cotton washcloths, a whole family can enjoy your thoughtful gift as they go about their daily bathing routines.

Ingredients:

  • Bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid
  • Plain Epsom Salts crystals
  • Few drops of perfume or essential oils
  • Few drops of food coloring
  • Gift bath towels or hand towels (optional)
  • Ribbon to match the towel colors (optional)

To start, wash and dry your jar and lid so that they sparkle like new. Fill your container with plain Epsom Salt crystals. Next, pour your crystals into a mixing bowl. Add 3 drops of any food coloring that will complement the color of your chosen bathroom gift. Add 3 to 5 drops of perfume or essential oils. Mix the Epsom Salt with the food coloring and fragrance. Pour the salts back into the jar and tightly cap your homemade luxury gift.

Your jars of tinted homemade bath salts can be packaged with towels, bath mats, robes to give the appearance of a very fashionable gift. When the jars are tied with a piece of ribbon that matches the terry towels or his-and-her bathrobes, the container will be displayed in the bathroom along with your high-quality monogrammed towels. To have a monogram placed onto a hand towel or waffle bathrobe is an inexpensive gesture that will make your bath gift items very special presents for the gift recipients.