Like many of us, you may have found yourself taking a lot more baths over the past year. If you are craving something new to boost the time spent among all those bubbles, here are some picks for suds-worthy finds to keep that rubber ducky company:
A bath pillow behind your head is great, but it won’t prevent the annoying feeling of your body slipping down too far, getting your hair wet and stealing your zen. The Bath Bean is one of those products that you didn’t know you need until you try it. Suction the antimicrobial silicone bean to the bottom of a freshly-cleaned bathtub with the logo facing you, adjust by sliding it to suit the perfect position once you get in, and stay put.
If you’ve ever lowered yourself into a hot bath and can’t imagine tearing yourself out, you don’t have it. This water-resistant bamboo tray can accommodate your iPad or Kindle so you can binge your latest Netflix addiction or tear through chapters or latest book club title, has two beverage holders for wine or water glasses, and slots and shelves for your soap, washcloth, candles, flowers, and whatever else you need during a soak.
Keep your sauvignon blanc, flavored seltzer, coconut water or Gin & Tonic icy cold and refreshing with this 14-ounce insulated shatterproof tumbler decked out in a glittery mermaid design just made for splishing and splashing in the bath. It includes a splash-proof lid through which you can drink directly or add a metal, bamboo or paper straw.
Lean back in the bathtub without a pillow and you are met with cold, hard, unwelcoming porcelain. A warm, wet washcloth does the trick in a pinch, but this pillow will let you truly drift off to your happy place. It wraps around your head, neck, and shoulders, and stays put with 6 strong suction cups. Stitching done in a wave pattern supports joints and muscles, while the breathable mesh doesn’t get hot and dries quickly, reducing the chance of mold or mildew.
You don’t have to spend a ton on fabulous spa products. This foaming bath with long-lasting bubbles contains pure epsom salts, which can soften and exfoliate rough, dry skin and also soothes eczema and psoriasis. It comes in a variety of scents; this one includes essential oils from the lavender flower, which are believed to relax your body, mind and soul, and help you get a good night’s sleep.
If you get a little antsy just sitting there getty pruney, but don’t feel like plugging in or reading, reach for this screen-free way to tap into your creativity and be mindful. Simply paint on the surface with water, then watch your masterpiece slowly evaporate. It comes with a trough for water and a small paint brush; at just five-inches square it’s portable to keep on a shelf or bathroom drawer, and folds into its own easel stand.
You need some kind of tasty beverage in the tub. If you aren’t indulging in rosé, Martini or craft beer, how about a nice cuppa? This set of hand-picked Ceylon teas grown in the highlands of Sri Lanka includes 80 foil-wrapped bags in an assortment of 4 classic teas (English Breakfast, Ceylon Earl Grey, Forest Fruit Black Tea, and Natural Green Tea) and 4 infusions (Strawberry & Kiwi Green Tea, Soursop & Banana Green Tea, Camomile Dream Natural Infusion, and Cool Peppermint Natural Infusion.)
Pull up a romantic-bath-inspired playlist on Spotify or the Spa channel on Sirius XM on this portable Bluetooth speaker, which can actually be fully submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes without damaging it. Dual passive bass radiators lend full rich sound, the battery gives you 24 hours of playtime, and it fully recharges in about 4 hours.
It’s safer to select a candle for the bath that’s packaged in a tin rather than a glass jar. This set of 6 candles lets you pick and choose the scent depending on your mood: lemongrass, rosemary, grapefruit, eucalyptus, lavender, and mint. Crafted from natural soybean wax, each candle burns for around ten to fifteen hours–at least enough for eight or ten soaks depending on how long you like to linger.