Bathing Done Right

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Nihil Sanctisne?" (Is nothing sacred?) Nah..

       I'm going to have to say that bathing is sacred, if anything. When done right, it can be a beautiful, meditative, healing experience for your body and quite frankly, your soul! If you want to treat your body like the temple it is, you should soak it in all the salts and oils and bubbles, by candlelight, and I promise, you will feel amazing and utterly unwound for hours. I can't say I do this all the time, but probably about once a week, on the weekend, and it is my favorite.

       I have only recently taken up bathing as a way to unwind, but have found that I'm definitely not alone in appreciating the art of a good soak in the tub. Garance Dore ( and the Violet Files ( both have somewhat similar processes to share. I've even read that Elizabeth Taylor had her own bathing ritual specifically for after she had her makeup done, to set it in place and keep her glowing. 

       For me though, this is just for clearing my head, warming up, and making my skin stay nice and soft. Simple enough. Here it goes, the ideal bathing ritual:

  • Water should be very hot. I like it so hot that my face is actually sweating ten minutes in, so your bathroom is essentially a sauna. Get those toxins out!
  • I like to wash my face before I get in. Something about sweating with makeup on/not a clean face seems wrong.
  • Bring water (sometimes with a glass of wine, cheers!, mineral water, whatever). It gets so hot that I feel the need to hydrate.

  • Next, add a cup of epsom salt. It helps relax your muscles and is super good for you.
  • Add bubble bath. It just isn't as glamorous if there aren't huge clouds of bubbles over you.
  • Don't look at your phone until your done. This time is about solitude and distancing yourself from social media/outside stimulants.
  • Light a candle or candles. Nothing ruins the calming experience more than bright, overhead lighting. Candlelight is mandatory.
  • I like to bring a sugar or salt scrub in with me (usually one part sugar, one part avocado oil, mixed). After I've soaked for a while, I take a scoop of the scrub and use it to slough off dead skin (gross! yeah, but it's so good). The oil from the scrub will make your skin feel super soft after the bath.
  • Stay in until your fingers are pruney, then rinse off with very cold water.
  • Moisturize all over, then: nap time. 

How do you like to unwind?


  1. I take baths every night to unwind from school, but I'm totally trying your ritual tonight! :)

  2. Do you have a bathtub at your place? I live in an apartment that doesn't have one sadly. :(

    1. I do. Next time you get a chance, take it :))

  3. Oh how I've missed bubble baths. I currently don't have a tub but when I do, I'm defs trying out the salt method! Thanks for sharing :)

    x Sarah

  4. Hey! Quick question, where do you get your hair done? Btw love your blog!

  5. Thank you so much, Dayna!! I will surely try this soon... once I get a bath tub. haha :)

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  7. Hey, I love your blog-- especially this post! Your writing is so sincere and you're so honest which is really refreshing! Definitely keeping these tips in mind, thanks a lot :)

    - Vanessa



By Dayna Frazer