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7 Simple Ways to Turn Bath Time Into Hygge

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It’s become almost quaint to think of the bath as a way to get clean. Now, it’s a spa treatment, a mental-health break and an Instagram opportunity. Along with this new attitude has come a host of ways to elevate the experience to new levels of “Aaaah.”

The Danes, one of the happiest populations in the world, consider baths as essential to hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” hygge roughly translates to “coziness,” or that feeling of warmth, comfort, calm and pleasure that emanates from the simplest things. We’re ready to jump in, with a little help from some our favorite bath time essentials.

  1. 1. Anything Coconut: Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak
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    1. Anything Coconut: Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak

    A bath is hardly worth its weight in water if it isn’t spiked with some kind of deliciousness. In such situations, coconut is always called for. The anti-inflammatory properties of this coconut-scented wonder will help calm your skin and mind—the addition of vanilla stills your thoughts, relieving anxiety and restlessness. We feel better already.

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  2. 2. The Damage Control Shampoo: R+Co OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo
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    2. The Damage Control Shampoo: R+Co OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo

    More coconut—this time for your hair. This clarifying shampoo removes product buildup from dry shampoo, styling sprays and gels. The moisturizing formula—including coconut oil—makes your hair silkier, while also repairing damage.

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  3. 3. The Quick-Drying Turban: AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban
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    3. The Quick-Drying Turban: AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

    If you want to keep your head dry during the bath, do it with style. If you want to dunk your head under water, reach for this turban after you step out of the tub. It speeds drying time and reduces frizz and breakage when you wrap it around wet hair. It’s made of soft and ultra-absorbent material, and has a clever a button-loop closure to hold it in place.

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  4. 4. An Exfoliating Dry Brush: The Organic Pharmacy Skin Brush
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    4. An Exfoliating Dry Brush: The Organic Pharmacy Skin Brush

    Dry brushing has existed for centuries, though that hasn’t stopped Instagram influencers from embracing it with gusto. The reason: it exfoliates skin, prevents ingrown hairs and according to some enthusiastic accounts, may improve the look of cellulite temporarily. This natural-bristle brush has a nice long handle to reach the middle of your back.

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  5. 5. A Muscle Relaxing Bath Soak: Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak
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    5. A Muscle Relaxing Bath Soak: Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak

    Working out is essential to health, and so is recovery. This muscle soaker is the reward at the end of the jumping jack. It’s loaded with sea salt to de-stress, along with juniper oil to soothe. The additional lavender, rosemary, thyme and chamomile fill the room with lovely, relaxing scents.
     

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  6. 6. The Bubble Bath for Adults: Archipelago Botanicals Milk Bubble Bath

    Are you ever too old to take a bubble bath? Didn’t think so. But you can upgrade from Mr. Bubble with this entirely grown-up, antioxidant-rich bubble bath. This scented wonder fights against free radicals to help your skin stay supple and hydrated. The dried milk addition also softens your skin, unveiling a luxurious texture you can’t get enough of.
     

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  7. 7. Raise the Bar: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree & Aloe
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    7. Raise the Bar: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree & Aloe

    With all the bath gels and fine-milled scrubs, all the elaborate bombs and cleansers, bar soap almost seems retro. Not this bar soap. It’s loaded with tea tree oil and organic aloe vera to bloom with a lather that will leave your skin soft to the touch.

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Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar is a travel and lifestyle journalist who contributes to a myriad of publications—from Travel + Leisure and Vogue to Glamour and countless others. She's a digital nomad who works from every corner of the globe, scoping out the best coffee, collecting artisan crafts and testing every beauty product she can find. You can find a collection of her work at LindsayTigar.com.