Bath Time - The Ultimate Luxury

In this month's Marie Claire, beauty writer, Kristin Perrotta, shows us that baths are back! Express spas and quickie showers are out, and soaking in the tub is in. Here are some products to make your bathing "me time" more luxurious.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, Baths Are Back!, in Marie Claire Magazine, September 2016 issue.

Kristin Perrotta - Beauty Writer

Baths Are Back!

"In the ages of express spa treatments and quick showers, taking a bath is the ultimate new (old) luxury. Here's how to make the most of your time."
-- Kristin Perrotta, Beauty Writer | Read more @

Bubbles and Steam and Fragrant Oils, Oh My

"It is a miracle that one does not dissolve into one's bath like a lump of sugar," Picasso once said. Few things on earth feel as decadent and luxurious as a bath. The soaking, the steam, the fragrant oils ... maybe that's why humans have been enjoying them for so long.

We all have our reasons for loving baths - they relax us, they reduce inflammation, they feed into the toxin-fearing wellness movement of the moment. But, most important, in a world that's running 24/7, when your iPhone is always on and you're expected to be able to do it all and more, they're a haven. Baths are the ultimate "me" time - your clothes are off, the door is closed, and (if you're smart) your phone is in another room.

Most-Wanted Bath Oils

If a tub were a Big Mac, then bath oils would be the secret sauce. "In my opinion, the best soak is a safflower oil bath or argan oil, which hydrates skin and has a lot of linoleic acid to reduce inflammation," says dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann. Beyond that, here are the latest deliciously scented skin-nourishing oils we're all over this fall.

UO Petal Multi-Use Oil in Forget-Me-Not

UO Petal Multi-Use Oil

Mandarin orange, green tea, and freesia combine for a delicately sweet blend.
Rodin Olio Lusso  Lavender Body Oil

Rodin Olio Lusso
Lavender Body Oil

This lavender-based oil from the woman who spurred the whole oil craze helps lull you to sleep.
$130, Nordstrom - Nordstrom has a gift for all the beauty fans on your list.
Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses

Susanne Kaufmann
Oil Bath for the Senses

With ylang-ylang, patchouli, and lavender, this super-relaxing oil is for when you need a major break.
Les Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine Relaxing Foaming Bath

Les Couvent des Minimes
Eau Sereine Relaxing Foam

Discreet and gentle, the lavender, bergamot, mandarin orange, and cedar make this bubble bath both complex and soothing.
Coqui Coqui Orange Blossom Bath Oil

Coqui Coqui
Flor de Naranjo Bath Oil

The cult oil from the cult resort in Tulum, Mexico, is both chic and scented with fresh orange blossoms. Coconut oil.
Elemental Herbology Five Element Aromatherapy Bath and Shower Oil Collection

Elemental Herbology
Five Element Bath Oils

Aromatherapy Bath & Shower Oil Collection. For variety lovers, this box contains five different oils, from rejuvenating Wood to relaxing Water.

Detox Baths: Beneficial or BS?
We got the lowdown on some of the most popular detoxifiers.*

Clay and Charcoal Detox Bath

Clay & Charcoal

Both yank out and absorb excess oil. Some clays also contain minerals such as selenium, which can decrease inflammation.
Seaweed Detox Baths


It has minerals that increase microcirculation in the skin, which helps move out junk in your lymphatic system.
Epsom Salt Detox Baths

Epsom Salt

The magnesium draws water out, so it helps decrease tissue swelling, but it can cause vaginal irritation.
Coconut Oil Detox Bath

Coconut Oil

Though it's a great skin hydrator, if you have oily skin it can lead to acne.

The über-detox cocktail:

Epsom salts, baking soda, apple-cider vinegar, and essential oils. Though it doesn't exactly detox anything, vinegar has a low pH and can help the blood hold on to oxygen better and bring oxygen to the muscles to help excercise soreness. The other ingredients help with exfoliation and reduce inflammation, and make for a bath with more punch. But the CliffNots of this bath would be apple-cider vinegar and essential oils, in care you're feeling less like a mixologist and more like a relaxationalist.

*Info from Dr. Leslie Baumann, Miami dermatologist, and Dr. Jeannette Graf NYC dermatologist.

The Delights of Artisan Soaps

Jon Bresler - Founder and President of Lafco

Raise the bar of your bathing experience. Move over, body wash: Bar soap is back. To navigate all the cool, fancy new ones on the market, we called Jon Bresler, founder and president of Lafco, who knows a thing or two about the subject. (His company has been making soap for 20 years and currently produces 38 varieties.) "Today, more people are relizing the sheer number of distinctive differences between artisanal and commercial soaps," he says. "Interest is now in product transparency and benefit, with naturally rich soaps that noticeably soften skin and create a rewarding ritual around daily cleansing." Some of the best ingredients you can lood for in high-quality soap are oils - such as argan, almond, and olive - which are essential to healthy skin, as they carry high levels of omega fatty acids, he explains. We rounded up some that pass the test.

Lafco Soap

Lafco Moisture Rich Soap
Watermint & Neroli

Subtler than traditional mint, water mint lends a slightly bracing element to this citrus-blossom moisturizing soap with olive, palm, and almond oils.
Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar Soap

Joanna Vargas
Miracle Bar

This charcoal soap with olive oil, shea butter, and coconut fatty acids acts like a vacuum for dirt, oil, and pore-clogging gunk.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap Lavender

L'Occitane Soap
Shea Butter Extra Gentle

In Lavender scent. This French staple combines omega fatty acids from super-hydrating shea butter and a fresh lavender scent.
Meow Meow Tweet Pink Rose Clay Soap

Meow Meow Tweet
Pink Rose Clay Soap

There's more to love that the cats wearing skincare masks on the packaging: the lightly floral fragrance of crushed rose petals, lavender, and geranium.
Beautycounter Citrus Mimosa Body Bar

Citrus Mimosa Body Bar

With its crisp, wake-you-up citrus aroma, this moisturizing soap with organic shea butter, marula oil, and mongongo oil is what you use for your disco bath.
Level Naturals Tea Tree and Activated Charcoal Soap

Level Naturals
Tea Tree & Activated Charcoal Soap

The added antibacterial tea tree oil in this detoxifying charcoal soap makes it perfect for those prone to body breakouts.

(Perrotta, Kristin. "Beauty: Baths Are Back!" Marie Claire Sept. 2016: 236-239)

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