Name one thing better than a hot, soothing bath in the winter. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
That’s right, you can’t! Hot baths are the best thing in the world, especially when you’ve been working hard and your skin is all dry and chapped from the winter air. And, if you don’t mind sacrificing a few bubbles, it’s incredibly easy to make your very own luxurious bath recipes at home.
Here are 10 items to keep in stock to throw into your next bath
Epsom salts: If your muscles are tense or sore, you must must must add some Epsom salts to your bath. You won’t regret it.
Baking soda: Baking soda soothes and detoxifies the skin. You probably have some in your cabinet already!
Oatmeal: You can use regular ground oats in your bathwater to soothe the skin. FOr extra impact, use colloidal oatmeal, which is great for beating itchy skin.
Honey: Honey is awesome for adding to most DIY beauty recipes — it benefits the skin, face and hair. It has antioxidants and it soothes and hydrates the skin.
Milk: That’s right, you can add regular ol’ milk to your bath. It gently exfoliates and softens the skin.
Oils: Gentle oils, like jojoba, will make your skin lovely and smooth. Essential oils like lavender are also useful for aromatherapy. You can tailor your oils to your own specific needs!
Dried herbs and tea: You can also just add certain dried plants to your bath. I t looks pretty, smells good and feels wonderful. Green tea tones the body, lavender calms and rose petals are moisturizing.
Alcohol: Wait, what?! Yes, apparently red wine and champagne are both useful bath ingredients. They’re full of antioxidants, so they reduce inflammation and prevent aging.
Bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is an ancient ingredient used to draw out toxins and other yuckiness from the skin. Add it to your bath if you’re looking to detox.
Ginger: Not only does ginger smell amazing, but it also helps treat itchy or irritated skin. If you’re not feeling well, adding some ginger to your bath will help clear you right up.
These ingredients are all affordable and easy to find. You can combine them any way you please, like your own personal bath witchery.