Most of us cannot afford to spend as many trips to the spa as we need (and, mama we need those trips to unwind from the day-to-day stresses around here *hair flip*).
The good news is that you can bring the spa home to your tub without matching Beyonce’s budget.
Drum roll please…
Allow me to introduce you to the layered bath experience that is what I call it when I tailor my home bath into a spa experience. In this article, I am going to tell you how to make your at-the-house bath experience an all out spa vibe on a budget.
Now, before you dive into the tub, let’s talk about how to set-up your bath to ensure that you have a good time (because I really want you to have a fabulous time).
Clean your tub. It’s an obvious tip, but it is worth mentioning. Make sure the tub is clean. Even if you scrubbed it down recently, give it a wipe down with some soap and rinse the tub well. Remember your skin and sensitive bits are going to be soaking in whatever is in that water with you; it’s worth the extra effort to keep it clean and rinse out all of the soap before diving in.
Be wise about the temperature of the bath water. Your muscles might crave a scorching temperature. Just keep in mind that the other parts in the tub would appreciate something moderately warm; there are varying medical options on if hot water is bad for your vagina. One thing is for sure, you have sensitive parts and skin that can have a less than ideal reaction to scorching hot water. Listen to your body on the right temperature for you.
Set the Mood Right
Pick your playlist and pick it wisely. The vibe in the tub needs to match your mood. HER is currently my favorite playlist for the tub. It is a balanced blend of smooth and upbeat sounds with a splash of emotionally available girl power.
Use a great bath product to enhance your experience. I am, admittedly, completely bias on this subject since I am the founder of an organic bath company jD Bath Co. I started jD Bath Co. because I needed a non-toxic, specially blended bath product that was clean enough to nourish my skin and not leave me with irritation or the beginnings of an infection. All Bomb AF Organic Bath Bombs are non-toxic, organic, vegan, Non-GMO, paraben free, perfume free, dye free, cruelty-free, and vagina friendly (because duh!).
My go to bath bomb is the Relax, bb organic bath bomb — this is a lavender and spearmint blend, equal parts relaxation and invigoration. This aromatic blend brings a refreshing vibe to your bath tub experience.
Here Comes the Layered Bath Part
Depending on how I am feeling and how my skin is feeling I add different things to my bath to cater the experience to my body’s needs. A layered bath experience, if you will.
Let’s talk about what you can add to the bath and what to look out for to make sure the layers in your bath are okay for all your parts in the bath.
My favorite essential oil to add to my bath is organic tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is magical. If you’re like me with sensitive skin tea tree oil helps with a whole host of skin issues — eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry/itchy skin or rashes (I have/get all of the above).
The thing to look out for with essential oils is that they are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, parben free, cruelty-free, and safe for internal use. You do not want to use just any oil in the bath. Remember that your skin is soaking in whatever is in the tub, and so are your sensitive bits — you only want things that won’t irritate your most sensitive parts.
Bomb AF bath bombs already come loaded with an epsom and Himalayan Pink Salt blend — this salt blend is all about soothing, smoothing, detoxing, and treating the body. You can add more salt should you so desire. Pro tip: put the salt in while the water is running so it has time to dissolve into the water.
I’m sure you’ve seen the beautiful bath tub pictures with flowers and fruit in the tub and it looks absolutely delectable. Before you turn your bath tub into a fruit salad, give some critical thought to the quality of what you are putting in the tub with you. Keep in mind that your body is soaking in whatever is in the tub; flowers treated with pesticides, for example. That is not what you want soaking into your body. Organic dried rose petals make a aromatic and fancy add to your bath on a budget.
Another word to the wise, lemon slices are a common bath additive for their detox properties. Be mindful that the acidic properties in lemon can also be harsh on the skin and painful on any cuts or raw skin when dipped into the tub.
Another common bath additive is apple cider vinegar. Please, please, please be careful using this. Vinegar strips the skin of its natural moisture and can be a drying and harsh experience for the skin and other sensitive parts. If the vinegar is not diluted enough it can quite literally burn you.
I hear a lot about treating vaginal infection with apple cider vinegar. It makes me worried every time I hear it. My-not-a-doctor- suggestion is that if you have an infection treat it with medicine from your doctor. If you are trying to treat vaginal odor at home and you’ve confirmed that it isn’t an infection. There are several ways that are better for you: clean up your eating habits, your gut and your vagina are sisters. Drink more water to stay hydrated. Cleanse post-period— there is a bath bomb for that. After Moon Organic Bath Bomb is designed to help you get right post-menstruation.
After Your Bath
To keep my glow, I oil up post-bath before I dry off. One of my favorite topical oils is organic grapeseed oil, this oil is nourishing for the skin, absorbs quickly, and is lightweight enough to not clog pores.
If you’re looking for a lightweight oil plus more, I swear by the Rosey B Face & Body Oil. This oil is completely organic and comes packed with skin benefits like evening skin tone, reducing wrinkles, and rose oil is said to have hormone balancing and stress reducing properties.
Sore sun-kissed skin appreciates the calming spritz of organic rose water. Put your oil on after the rose water. Let the oil dry as long as possible before toweling off and getting dressed. Pro tip: Toss your towel in the dryer for a few and towel off with a warm towel when the oil is mostly dry.
I hope my years of building #BombAF bath expertise helps you have a spa-like experience in your tub at home. be well. jaz.