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by Penny Kjellberg, SimoneFrance.com
What’s more sensual than a romantic bath for two? It’s fun, sensuous, and the perfect lead in to a long, romantic night. Here are some tips:
Remember it’s two of you in there now!
Fill the tub much lower than you ordinarily would, since two of you will be getting in and displacing more than twice the water! This also means using less of any additives. So go easy on the bubbles, salts, herbs, and such or the concentration will be way too high.
Ambiance is everything
Light some candles, use fragrant bath additives, even let some flower heads float on the water. Pick one scent and stay with that one. If you are using scented candles, they should match any bath additives; otherwise, use unscented ones. And this may seem obvious, but make sure your bath partner likes the scent you choose as much as you do. It’s not a romantic bath if one person is sneezing!
Avoid bath oils
It’s not very romantic to be slip-sliding around the bath – or when getting out of it – because the tub is coated with oil!
Pick one: bath salts or bath herbs
Bath salts have the advantage of being detoxifying and great for sore muscles. Dead Sea or Atlantic Sea salts are best. Be careful as some scents can be overwhelming. You don’t want something with too much fragrance oil. As a special promotion starting February 1, Simone France is offering their AAHHHH Bath Salts in Rose fragrance. You can put a couple tablespoons of dried lavender, chamomile, and calendula flowers in a bath bag and let the water run through it as you fill the tub. These are also relaxing, have a romantic fragrance, and are great for your skin.
95 degrees is the ideal bath temperature
Too hot and it dries out the skin, and if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure, you don’t want to rev up your circulation to a danger point.
Keep it to about 20 minutes
Partly because the water will start getting cold then, but also because you don’t want your hands and feet to get “pruned.” While the temptation might be to linger in the bath all night, longer soaks will dry out your skin and pruniness happens when the natural protective layer of oil on your skin washes away. Your skin soaks up too much moisture causing it to stretch and puff up. You don’t see prune texture on the rest of your body because the skin isn’t thick enough there to be so obvious, but your natural oils are still soaked away.