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Recipe for Perfect Relaxation

January 29, 2018

I was recently asked about how I handle self-care.   I would say that I am no stranger to it; I really believe in looking after oneself (body and mind) in order to put one’s best foot forward into the world.   Of course in the tangle of day to day life these best intentions are easily lost.  I do have one habit though which always prevails: a delicious, hot bubbly bath.

Perhaps because of my English upbringing, or because I have lived in so many little quirky apartments that only had a bath, I find that it is something that I really crave.   I try to take one every night, which translates into 3-4 nights a week, 5 if I am lucky ( I take a shower every morning, too!! ) …   I thought I would share some of my favorite tricks which make it even more luxurious.

(1)  Salts and bubbles.   This Santa Maria Novella bubble bath was a 30th birthday present from one of my childhood best friends (she picked it up in Italy for me… amazing).   Of course it’s a treat, but I default to the lavender one from Whole Foods for every day use which I transfer into a prettier glass bottle.  I also love their Dead Sea salts and epsom salts are so great too, especially after hard exercise.  (2)  Lighting the candles is a lovely thing to do.  (3) Stock up on beautiful soaps.  It’s nice to have on hand for guests too, and it doesn’t always need to be a huge investment.  These South of France soaps from Whole Foods are so delicious and easy to grab, I particularly love the Shea Butter and Gardenia scents.  I have been using them since college!  (4) Add eye patches!  I am using these bad boys every night now and love how luxe they feel.   If i miss my bath I use them while I read in bed and I leave them on way longer than the instructed 15 minutes.  (5) A face mask would also be nice … (6) A huge glass of icy water.  Essential.  (7) Almond oil/coconut oil afterwards.  The bath is dehydrating!

I know that this all might sound superfluous and hard to make time for, but I really do find that it helps me reset and encourages deeper sleep! xx


  • Reply Ryann Carter January 29, 2018 at 7:31 am

    I love baths and really need to take more time for them. My husband actually really enjoys them as well. We often take a nice bath together and it gives us some electronic free us time which is a real treat.

    • Reply Lucy January 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      We take a bath together too 🙂 It’s the best!!!!! So glad you enjoy as well! xx x

  • Reply Samantha January 29, 2018 at 10:57 am

    This looks heavenly! I’ve never been a bath person, probably because I didn’t know how to set one up right! Can’t wait to use some of these products and create my in-home oasis.

    xo Sam

    • Reply Lucy January 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Ah I can’t wait to hear how you like it Sam!! x x

  • Reply stephanie January 30, 2018 at 3:37 am

    As you like French products, as a French (happy) reader I would suggest that you try Fragonard products. They are made in the South of France, reasonably priced compared to many, and I think the packagings would work with your aesthetics. The brand is apparently revived by the family and several of my friends have switched to it for soaps, lotions, perfumes and even candles. It can now be found in boutiques in Provence, in Paris, and online. They have even opened a museum of perfume in Paris, to show their connection to tradition. For your next trip in France maybe 🙂 (in case anyone doubts, of course I have no personal interest in this brand !). X

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo February 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Stephanie, thank you so so much for this recommendation — I will definitely try Fragonard, just placed an order, thank you! xx

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