Pull out your wellies and your umbrella and prep yourself for the rainy month ahead. You know how the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers. And what better way to welcome the cool and wet season than by indulging in a little hygge?
Pronounced “hoo-ga,” hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates to “coziness,” or that feeling of warmth, comfort, calm, gratitude and pleasure that emanates from the simplest things. For some, this could mean enjoying a simple meal with close family or friends, or reading a book while sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace, or simply spending a full hour in the bathtub without the usual interruptions (like a screaming toddler in the background).
And because getting a full hour of well-deserved me-time isn’t always in the cards for everyone, you can elevate your typical 10-minute shower and bath experience—and detox your skin in the process—with a little help from our favorite bath time essentials. Below are just some of them!
Woke up not feeling your merriest little self in the morning? For when you maybe shouldn’t have had that extra glass, let this scrub from Prim Botanicals excuse your late night behavior with its natural ingredients, including caffeine to wake you up in time for your 9 a.m. meeting.
For when you have an itch you can’t scratch, or you need a nice rub down after an outdoor bootcamp class and want to make sure you’re exfoliating all that sweat away, consider this brush. Its bristles are made of cactus (yep, for real) and it’s meant to power through dead skin to promote healthy cell growth, giving you a smoother, clearer complexion.
You’ve already converted over to the lighter side of your morning coffee by cutting out dairy and swapping in coconut or almond milk, so why not apply the same logic and healthy attitude to your skin? This soak will not only hydrate your skin and soften it, but it’s paraben-free, natural, gluten-free and it’s meant to provide relief from anxiety, anger and restlessness.
Blame it on not having enough time or simply not being #motivated—drying your hair not only takes way too much time, but it’s an arm sore. To the rescue (and winning our award for such a cool product!) is this hair turban. Not only does it rid frizz and work with all hair types, but it will dry your hair in record speed. Another perk? You can finish getting ready while it’s doing its magic, thanks to a button in the back that keeps it in place.
Winter isn’t easy on our locks: between the dry heat indoors and the harsh conditions outside, plus static disasters from caps and jackets, by the time spring is here, your hair is in desperate need of detox. This paraben- and sulfate-free shampoo has caviar and white truffles (no you can’t eat it, sorry) to enrich your hair with the protein and amino acids it’s hankering for.
Say buh-bye to Mr. Bubble from when you were a tot and welcome this more luxe (and healthier) potion into your bathtub. While you’re never too old to soak in the suds, now that you’ve upgraded from milk to wine, this vitamin E and olive oil bubble bath will moisturize your skin while you relax. Oh and did we mention it comes in a 750 ml wine bottle, so it’ll definitely last you at least a few months.
Like truffle salt on your popcorn? Truffle in your pasta? And pizza? Basically, just like truffle? We feel ya. Take it another step further with this “bath truffle” that’s meant to detoxify your whole body and soothe aching muscles from those workout classes you can’t get enough of. It will also help cut down your worries if you’re stressing about what summer share you’ll sign up for in May. You know, because, adulting.
When your friends keep telling you that you need to take a chill pill or when that infamous time of the month arrives yet again, you might need a night in to yourself. Lavender, known for its smell-good and do-good nature, is a key ingredient to look out for in any scrub meant to relax you. This one from AHAVA is natural and certified cruelty-free, and made with essential oils to give you a super-zen experience.
As lovely as those fresh spring blossoms might look, they also might make you sneeze. Enter this awesome eucalyptus cold and sinus relief that will also assist with a stuffed up nose from allergy season. You can add to your bath or simply sniff (yep, for real!) while taking a shower to unclog your sinuses.
Instead of your typical shower gel, try something new this season with this paraben-, gluten-, cruelty- and sulfate-free bar of goodness. Lathering up with this baby will make you feel instantly clean and give you that silky texture you enjoy while showering. It’s made with shea butter and coconut oil, so you won’t have to worry about drying out, either.