5 Steps to the Perfect Fall Bath

Now that chilly fall days are here, taking a warm bath feels just right! Taking a break from the cold and soaking your muscles can help keep you happy and healthy—or at least more relaxed! These five tips will help you create a luxurious bath experience for the season.

Set the scene

Mood lighting and calming essential oil scents create a relaxing vibe. This Way Out Wax Candle in Lavender is made with non-GMO soy wax and pure essential oils (not synthetic fragrances), so it burns cleanly and smells like fresh lavender flowers.

Or diffuse a pure essential oil like NOW Organic Lavender or Pharmaca Essential Oil Relax Blend in a color-changing Greenair Lux KaNalu Diffuser. Bonus: Its wave-like ripples of hand-blown glass give your bathroom an elegant spa look.

Bubbles or salts?

If bubbles are a must, try Alaffia Everyday Shea Bubble Bath in Lavender or Vanilla Citrus Mint, blended with skin-softening shea butter and stress-relieving clary sage. Those who prefer bath salts can chase away chills with Aura Cacia Mineral Bath in Warming Balsam Fir, with seasonal scents of eucalyptus, juniper berry, myrtle and balsam fir.

Treat achy muscles with EO Everyone Juniper & Cedarwood Epsom Salt Bath Soak for a woodsy-scented tub that loosens stiff joints and relaxes overworked muscles. If you prefer an unscented healing soak, try Pharmaca Himalayan & Epsom Bath Salts.

Make it more spa-like with the right accessories.

Loofahs are a good way to exfoliate your whole body and stimulate circulation. Hard-to-reach spots aren’t a problem with an all-natural Loofah Bath Brush from Ecotools. For both exfoliating and lathering up, EcoTools EcoPouf Dual Cleansing Pad is half loofah and half suds-producing netting made from 100% recycled plastic.

Be sure to clean natural loofahs by soaking in a mixture of water and baking soda (not bleach) every two weeks to keep bacteria from growing.

Pamper your skin with luxe treatments.

Clean and moisturize skin with a gentle body wash that’s free of irritating sulfates or harsh soap. We like Seed Phytonutrients Body Cleanser made with nourishing coconut, camelina and sunflower seed oils, or Weleda’s refreshing Citrus Creamy Body Wash with sesame and lemon peel oils.

Flaky, dry skin will benefit from Trilogy Exfoliating Body Balm; after cleansing, rub this hydrating scrub all over rough spots to buff skin with finely ground rosehip seeds.

Be sure to keep hair out of the way with a soft, fluffy Daily Concepts Beauty Head Band or Hair Towel Wrap.

Protect and moisturize post-bath.

After you step out of the tub, the best way to keep dry skin moisturized is to apply a rich lotion like Sanitas Milk & Honey Body Butter to slightly damp skin. Fast-absorbing trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Cream is another good choice, as it locks in moisture and protects skin with botanical oils rich in vitamin E.

For a lighter feel, spritz a calming mist like S.W. Basics Lavender Water all over or Goddess Garden Aloe Vera After Sun Gel Spray, a soothing moisturizer with aloe, lavender and tea tree oil, which is especially good for hydrating sensitive skin (even if you haven’t been in the sun).