Google today’s date and you’ll see why today is the ideal date to skip the everyday shower in lieu of a relaxing, luxurious bath. Sorry, but we aren’t able to divulge anything further due to copyright reasons, so you’ll have to check that one out yourself.
We will, however, be divulging many secrets to ensure that you can enjoy the most blissful bath of your life. To uncover these secrets, we’ve gone to the professionals and have interviewed a retired bath butler.
He has served the rich and famous at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels by drawing them a bath, sometimes filled with rose petals, or champagne, and other times literally filled with milk and honey. His signature baths include a side of strawberries and champagne or even oysters and clams on ice. While we promised we wouldn’t reveal his name, his secrets are now yours to share.
You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune to Experience Luxury
His number one tip is that a great bath doesn’t begin in the bathtub. It is about creating an atmosphere of relaxation in which the bathtub is the focal point. Creating this experience comes down to the little details, it does not need to be expensive, and can certainly be replicated at-home without a butler or a fancy hotel.
To begin, dim your bathroom lights or add mood-setting, color-changing LED bulbs. For a more organic feel, place candles throughout the room, shut off the lights and let natural light shine in by opening up curtains or blinds slightly. “Soft lighting is key,” says the butler.
Then find meditation spa-like music, look for slow music, or classical music played on a piano or violin. Use an app like Spotify, Pandora, or Amazon Music to search for relaxing playlists that are sure to fill the air with a calming vibe. If you don’t have a built-in sound system, purchase a waterproof Bluetooth speaker specifically made for the bath or shower. This will allow you to control the music from your phone with ease.
What You Need to Prep the Bathtub
Ensure that your bathtub is sparkly clean. You want to soothe the mind and relax, so the last thing you should be thinking about is how your tub needs a good scrub. This bath butler recommends cleaning the tub with all-natural lemon and coarse sea salt rather than harsh chemicals like bleach.
When it comes to the products you need, this bath butler kindly shared his shopping list. A wooden bathtub caddy that lays across your tub to hold that glass of champagne and dish of chocolate-covered strawberries is top on his list. This will make it easy for you to fully indulge and relax without stepping foot outside of the tub to get something that is out of reach.
Bath bombs or salts in light scents like lavender that dissolve and soften your bathwater is another favorite. The bath butler says these help ease sore muscles and back tension. Some bath bombs, like ones from Lush, even change your bathwater a different color. Colors like blue or pink are known to produce a calming sense.
Other items on his shopping list are terry cloth bathrobes made of 100% Egyptian cotton, and plush memory foam bath mats that ease tension in your feet.
A natural sea foam loofah and wooden body brushes are next on the list. Lastly, finely scented body wash, your favorite shampoo and conditioner, and a nourishing moisturizer finishes out his list. Notice, bath bubbles are not on the list. This butler is not a fan and says they often dry out the skin, instead, he prefers oils, salts, and bath bombs to soothe skin.
While those are the essentials to a perfect bath, he recommends the following extras to take it up a notch: real rose petals or rose petal soaps that melt into the water, flutes, and champagne or a bottle or your favorite wine, and strawberries, grapes, or cheese to munch on. If you plan on enjoying your bath for a while consider cozying up to a great book too.
Drawing the Bathwater
Apparently, there is an art to perfecting the temperature of your bathwater. This butler recommends an ideal temperature of 97 degrees Fahrenheit. He says this is warm enough to be soothing, but not uncomfortably hot where you will sweat. At this temperature, you will also likely be able to enjoy an hour or two of relaxing bath time.
While you begin to run the bathwater, also boil a pot or two of water on the stove in a tea kettle. Pour the boiling water into the bathtub as soon as it whistles. This will prevent the water’s surface from cooling down too quickly.
Once the tub is filled, make sure you shut the door to keep the heat from escaping. Test the temperature with your hand before entering the tub to ensure it's not too hot. Also, keep a glass of ice water on your bathtub tray so you are able to readily cool down when needed. Use these secrets of a bath butler to enjoy the perfect bath.