Thursday, December 12, 2013

Beauty: Bath Time

There are glorious, wonderful aspects to living in Seoul.
I could go on for days about the convenience of the night malls and saunas, the cornucopia of fashion and accessory shopping, the efficiency of wifi and transportation, and don't even get me started on the affordable and delicious food. However, there were three bones I would like to pick with Korea:
1) Lack of personal bathtubs
2) Lack of standard ovens
3) Lack of food disposers

Everything else is tolerable (even the exorbitant cost of cheese and flowers), but these three things have always irked me greatly. I hate the idea of having to collect and dispose of your food waste separately, I hate how you can't just bake some cookies whenever you feel like it, and I absolutely hated how I couldn't take a bubble bath whenever I wanted in the comfort and privacy of my own home.

So you'd better believe that while I'm living in Germany, I'm taking more baths than are probably healthy for an individual to take. I'm loading up on all sorts of bubble bath items (my local LUSH has officially recognized me as the crazy bath bombs girl) and will soak my body until it resembles a very pruny raisin.

Since I'm taking so many, I've decided to devote a blogpost to bath time!

As I've mentioned, I am a big fan of LUSH's bath bombs. I think LUSH has gotten their ish together regarding bath times and have become a sort of expert in the matter, releasing all sorts of bath bombs and bath bars. LUSH bath bombs currently purchased are Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, the Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, the Comforter Bubble Bar, and the Yuzu & Cocoa Bubbleroon Bubble Bar.

My arsenal of bath bubble is not complete without the jar of the Body Shop's Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt. This item is particularly luxurious because it melds the honey smells with a beautifully heady floral scent. If you close your eyes in the bath, you can almost feel like you're in a sunny field of wildflowers, rich with their honeyed scent at the peak of summer, bees buzzing around you.

Right before I soak my body, I take a hair masque, like MoroccanOil Restorative Hair Masque, comb it through, and roll up my hair into a super-high bun. The masque soaks through the follicles and I totally forget about it while I'm relaxing in the bath tub.

I also throw on a face mask. While in the bathtub, I prefer Origin's Active Charcoal Mask (my review of that here) for the deep pore cleansing of my t-zone, and Aveda's Outer Peace Cooling Masque (my review of that here) for the areas of my face that needs moisture, like my cheeks and eye area.

Aiding me in relaxation during bath time are, of course, the gazillions of candles that I've picked up recently (see my recent blogpost about that here). I gravitate towards scents like eucalyptus and mint, leaving the citrusy scents for perking up the living room, and the floral scents for the bedroom.

If I'm not indulging in a chilled glass of Moscato (sweet dessert wine), then I love to make a hot tea to take with my in the bath tub. I am partial to peppermint or orange-ginger.

I don't take a book with me into the tub mostly because I don't own any paper books or magazines- I've made a complete electronic switch to my Kindle and iPad mini- and having an electronic device perched above you in hot bubbly water is just asking for disaster. Instead, I'll play some classical music while relaxing. Recently I've been playing songs from the Nutcracker non-stop to maximize the holiday mood.

After the bath, I may or may not use a body scrub, like the Body Shop's Honeymania Cream Body Scrub (my review of that here), shower off and then take advantage of my open pores to rub in some body butters to keep my skin supple and soft. I've been using the Body Shop Body Butters recently, and I'll have a review of that up soon!

What are some bath time rituals that you love?

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