We’re not talking about those ultra-expensive, super-exotic fungi they shave over everything in fancy-pants restaurants. We don’t even mean the round little balls of chocolaty goodness we sometimes indulge in on special occasions.
We’re talking about the Zents Bath Truffles that came in the summer Yuzen box! You just drop one of these little gems into a warm bath and let it dissolve, then sit back and relax as the Epsom salts aid in detoxification; the Himalayan pink salts replenish essential minerals;and the aromatherapy scents of vanilla, sandalwood, blood orange, grapefruit, and amber calm the senses.
Makes you long for a nice soothing bath, doesn’t it? Here’s a list of essential ingredients for the Best. Bath. Ever!
Good lighting. Not glaring overhead lighting that makes you feel like you’re in the spotlight, but soft and gentle mood lighting, like a lamp streaming in from the next room, or a few candles, which serve the dual purpose of also adding ambience. Bonus points for burning all-natural aromatherapy candles.
Good music. Choose something that relaxes you; try not to tune into anything with a rousing beat (or unsettling lyrics) that will actually have the opposite effect.
The perfect water temp. Warm baths are best—between 90 and 95 degrees, or up to 2 degrees above body temperature—as they open the pores and help release toxins. They can also improve sleep, increase circulation, and boost the immune system. Very hot baths can be dangerous for those with heart disease, so be careful, and if your bath is hot, don’t stay in too long.
A lack of electronics. Bath time is your time to fully unplug, and that means leaving your cell phone in the other room (on silent, if you’d be tempted to hop out and grab it if it rang).
Leaving your phone in the other room also means you won’t accidentally drop it in the water, which is a bad thing even if you have a so-called waterproof case. If you have a landline, unplug it. Don’t leave the TV on in the next room. The relaxing music you chose should be the only sound you hear.
Beauty rituals. Bath time is the perfect time to do those other rituals you always want to try but never have time for, like indulging in a face mask, using cucumber slices to combat eye puffiness, putting a moisturizing oil treatment in your hair, or even shaving your legs.
The softest towel. At some point it will be time to get out, and you’ll want a soft plush towel to wrap you in comfort.
Hydrating lotion. As soon as you’ve toweled off gently, slather on your best lotion to help seal in the essential moisture. Bonus points for choosing an aromatherapy lotion that helps relax you further, like one infused with calming lavender.
See the entire Zents line of at-home-spa products at www.zents.com.