That special time of year is upon us again. The weather outside is… kind of like really cold and stuff, and now that Christmas is done and over, all we want to do is dive into an ocean of fleece and down and sleep the rest of the season away, but there may be an even more invigorating, rejuvenating way to shed some of that chilly-weather-stress and the answers can be found all the way back in your childhood. Get ready to celebrate because January 8 is National Bubble Bath Day!
By definition a bubble bath is a “filled bathtub with a layer of surfactant foam on the surface of the water and consequently also the surfactant product used to produce the foam.” The earliest foam baths were foamed with soap, a practice that came about shortly after soap flakes were marketed. Saponins were also used to foam “machine-aerated” baths but foam baths didn’t become more popular until the use of latersurfactants became more normal. An early publicized use of an alkyl sulfate surfactant as bath foam was in the original 1936 production of the play “The Women,” but it is possible that a similar composition was used to produce foams seen in bath photos taken during the marketing of Dreft in 1933.
There are an innumerable amount of ways to dress a bubble bath from the types of soaps and surfactants to added relaxing scents like lavender and vanilla, and energizing scents like peppermint and citrus. As the water moves in the tub, the scents of the oils rise with the steam. A sensation that leaves you breathless as you lay in the weightless embrace, feeling every trickle of warmth slip across your hips and shoulders. Such is the sensation of aromatherapy and relaxation. A moment in time in which the worries of the world fade away and all you’re left with is yourself. A moment of bliss.
In truth, this magic moment (I think I hear a song coming on) is a moment to release stress and worry and realign your thoughts with your feeling of self. An important chance to see you for who you are with all your strengths and weaknesses. Thus, rejuvenating the mind.
But it’s also a moment to improve the condition of your body. A soak in a bubble bath can leave you with smoother skin. The water softens the skin, which creates an easier surface to exfoliate away any dead cells. You can use loofah sponges, pumice stones or foot scrubs to tackle some of those problem areas head-on, thus, rejuvenating the body.
After the bath you can walk tall knowing your mind and body and your understanding of self have all been improved by a simple moment of relaxation and therapy. The easiest way to reclaim even just a small sliver of strength.