Relaxing into Winter: Taking the Perfect Bath

We're three weeks into 2015 and it feels like time is flying by. But don't worry because EtsyNY has your knotted, stressed-out back. So let's slow down, take a breath and a break in a relaxing bath. Separately.

Please note, all products featured are handmade by people from New York. Yep, that’s right: local folks making amazing products to help you unwind and relax.

Temperature: First things, first, let’s get the temperature set. Anything too hot or too cool just won’t do when you’re aiming for relaxation. So let’s get this right. According to Allure, the perfect temperature for a bath is two degrees hotter than your body temperature.  Allure says anything hotter or soaking longer than 20 minutes will leave you “dry and pruny.” And who needs dry or pruny in the Winter?

Candles: In my opinion, lighting can make or break a relaxing bath. It’s a little bit like finding the perfect bed for Goldilocks: too bright, you’ll get a headache, and too dark, you’ll fall asleep. So what’s the “just right” option when it comes to lighting? The folks at Canyon Ranch explain, “The calming effect of candlelight can be a simple yet sacred tool to help reduce stress and increase self-awareness.” Of course, candles!

 Lucky Elephant Shop Candle

Lucky Elephant Shop Candle

These soy beauties come from Lucky Elephant Shop; be inspired by none other than Miss Audrey Hepburn herself as you soak into bliss.

And Vela Candela may be a self-proclaimed Etsy “newbie,” but her homemade soy candles look very professional and I have a feeling she’s going to do just fine on Etsy with scents like “white tea & ginger, oatmeal & honey, white chocolate truffle, and almond.” YUM.

Tea: There is nothing like a cup of mint tea to calm your mind. It doesn't hurt that the mix Enchanted Mint Tea by P.H. Tea Company is beautiful to just look at. Of course, if mint tea isn’t your thing, P.H. Tea Company, sells many other types including Rose Green and Smokey Mountains Tea.

 Enchanted Mint Tea created by P.H. Tea Company

Enchanted Mint Tea created by P.H. Tea Company

And if a cup of tea soothes your soul like it does mine, why not personalize your experience with a locally made mug? East Coast Love creates mugs with a little Brooklyn and NYC love in each cup.

 East Coast Love's Brooklyn Baby Mug

East Coast Love's Brooklyn Baby Mug

Save Your Skin: I don’t know about the rest of you, but my skin is in serious need of repair since Winter has come (you’re not the only one who doesn’t look forward to Winter coming, Game of Thrones, it may not be a Red Wedding situation, but my skin does get pretty dry).  This means we need to soak, scrub and oil up to keep our poor skin healthy in spite of the brutal temperatures. Naturale offers a Lavender Chamomile Fizzing Bath Salts/ Epsom Salt Bath and Naki Nagi Body Scrubs creates the perfect personalized body scrub where you can pick the scents! How cool is that?!

 Naki Nagi Grapefruit Ginger Body Scrub

Naki Nagi Grapefruit Ginger Body Scrub

But you’re saying, Kate, what if I don’t want to slough off my dead skin cells? Okay, that got gross. Back to relaxing…so you don’t want to scrub. That’s fine because Sprinkle With Grace has a Coconut Bath and Body Massage Oil that you can use in your bath water to soak in and/ or use after your bath to moisturize your skin. A win, win.

 Sprinkle With Grace's Coconut Bath and Body Massage Oil

Sprinkle With Grace's Coconut Bath and Body Massage Oil

So that’s it. You’re perfect bath with candlelit lighting, bubbles, and tea. Now get in before it gets chilly!

By Kate Davey

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