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Bathtime Challenge: Best Feet Forward

We don’t have much time for lounging in the tub, and we’re betting that you don’t either. But there’s something to be said for stopping to smell the bath salts. Which is why we sampled AHAVA’s bath salts in some of this month’s Birchbox deliveries — just a gentle reminder to take the time to relax! To get you excited, we’re bringing back the Bathtime Challenge, this spring’s five-part series all about soaking and scrubbing. Today: Feet Patrol. 

If you’re like me, getting a pedicure is definitely a once-in-a-while occasion. And even though my bathroom cabinets are chock-full of top pumices, creams, and other nail doodad, I have never been able to get soft, non-cracked heels. So I decided for my last installment of The Bathtime Challenge, I’d put my handy-dandy AHAVA salts to the test and see if they could help me recreate a spa pedi at home.

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Bathtime Challenge: Simple Soak

We don’t have much time for lounging in the tub, and we’re betting that you don’t either. But there’s something to be said for stopping to smell the bath salts. Which is why we sampled AHAVA’s bath salts in some of this month’s Birchbox deliveries — just a gentle reminder to take the time to relax! To get you excited, we’re bringing back the Bathtime Challenge, this spring’s five-part series all about soaking and scrubbing. 

So far, The Bathtime Challenge has helped us seen bath salts in a couple new ways: First as a body scrub and then as a facial bath. Last night, I decided to go back and use them in the standard fashion. After a very long day, I decided to see if AHAVA’s Eucalyptus salt could calm my achy muscles. The salts help release muscle tension and the smell of eucalyptus is known for it’s calming effect.

Drawing a very hot bath, I sprinkled in a cap full of salt. The smell was very strong (in a good soothing way) filling the bathroom with a heavy steam-shower type aroma. Once in the bath, I decided to really let the salts go to work by soaking for ten minutes with a warm cloth draped over my eyes. The salts and fragrance really helped me relax right before getting into bed. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to unwind this is definitely the way to go. They’re an easy way to bring the spa to you.

—Alta

After your next marathon work day or tough workout, try AHAVA’s Mineral Bath Salt in Juniper.


Bathtime Challenge: Face Time

We don’t have much time for lounging in the tub, and we’re betting that you don’t either. But there’s something to be said for stopping to smell the bath salts. Which is why we sampled AHAVA’s bath salts in some of this month’s Birchbox deliveries — just a gentle reminder to take the time to relax! To get you excited, we’re bringing back the Bathtime Challenge, this spring’s five-part series all about soaking and scrubbing. Today, we’re testing out the at-home facial.

Last night, The Bathtime Challenge actually took me out of the bath. We always hear about how great bath salts are for the skin, but that usually means our arms and legs. What about using bath salts as a skincare remedy for your face? Odd or beneficial?

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Bathtime Challenge: Scrub Savvy

We don’t have much time for lounging in the tub, and we’re betting that you don’t either. But there’s something to be said for stopping to smell the bath salts. Which is why we sampled AHAVA’s bath salts in some of this month’s Birchbox deliveries — just a gentle reminder to take the time to relax! To get you excited, we’re bringing back the Bathtime Challenge, this spring’s five-part series all about soaking and scrubbing. Day two: Scrub savvy.

Bath salts are more versatile than you’d think. Last night, as part of the Bathtime Challenge, I decided to turn AHAVA’s mineral salts into a scrub and see how they act as an exfoliator. Using olive oil as the base (you don’t need very much), I sprinkled in some salt and layered the mixture on my arms and legs. With a little gentle scrubbing, the salts eventually dissolved into a slick layer of scented oil. Using a wash cloth, I then wiped everything off and did a quick rinse.

Read more

Bringing Back the Bathtime Challenge

We don’t have much time for lounging in the tub, and we’re betting that you don’t either. But there’s something to be said for stopping to smell the bath salts. Which is why we sampled AHAVA’s bath salts in some of this month’s Birchbox deliveries — just a gentle reminder to take the time to relax! To get you excited, we’re bringing back the Bathtime Challenge, this spring’s five-part series all about soaking and scrubbing. Read on for part one.


AHAVA Revival Bath Salt in Juniper, $22, birchbox.com

Sure, most people take showers. But for me, soaking in the tub is the norm and a part of my everyday routine. My habit of taking baths is a true case of monkey see, monkey do: It was my mother’s method for getting clean, as well as my older sister’s, so it was inevitable that I would follow suit.

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Playing Footsie: The Bathtime Challenge

If you’re like me, getting a pedicure is definitely a once-in-a-while occasion. And even though my bathroom cabinets are chock-full of top pumices, creams, and other nail doodad, I have never been able to get soft, non-cracked heels. So I decided for my last installment of The Bathtime Challenge, I’d put my handy-dandy AHAVA salts to the test and see if they could help me recreate a spa pedi at home.

Using AHAVA’s Honey Herbal bath salts, I took a large pot (yes, a cooking pot), filled it with water, and placed it on the stove to warm. While the water was heating, I then re-created the olive oil scrub from Day 2 in preparation. Once the scrub and water were ready to go, I sat myself in front of the television (my usual place to unwind), poured in a cap full of salt, and dunked my feet in the pot. (Tip: fill the water just high enough so your lower shin is submerged.) Then, I took my scrub and lightly exfoliated, concentrating on my heels since the skin on the top part of my feet is very sensitive. I decided to soak my feet for 10-15 minutes post-scrub until the water turned luke warm. Since your feet will be covered in a slick, oily film from the olive oil mixture, the last step is to wipe them clean using a damp wash cloth. 

Now that you’ve got perfectly prepped feet, the logical next step is slapping on a fun where’s-spring hue. My current favorite: Deborah Lippmann’s sassy My Old Flame.

—Alta

For pedicure-perfect feet, make your own scrub with AHAVA’s Mandarin-Cedarwood bath salts. Then you can polish your pretty tootsies with Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame polish. 

Super Soaker: The Bathtime Challenge

So far, The Bathtime Challenge has helped us seen bath salts in a couple new ways: First as a body scrub and then as a facial bath. Last night, I decided to go back and use them in the standard fashion. After a very long day, I decided to see if AHAVA’s Eucalyptus salt could calm my achy muscles. The salts help release muscle tension and the smell of eucalyptus is known for it’s calming effect.

Drawing a very hot bath, I sprinkled in a cap full of salt. The smell was very strong (in a good soothing way) filling the bathroom with a heavy steam-shower type aroma. Once in the bath, I decided to really let the salts go to work by soaking for ten minutes with a warm cloth draped over my eyes. The salts and fragrance really helped me relax right before getting into bed. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to unwind this is definitely the way to go. Let’s face it, we don’t always have time or money to visit a spa, and these salts are an easy way to bring the spa to you.

—Alta

Our fave AHAVA salts are actually the Mandarin-Cedarwood scent. Click here to buy them in the Birchbox Shop.

Face A-Salt:The Bathtime Challenge

Last night, The Bathtime Challenge actually took me out of the bath. We always hear about how great bath salts are for the skin, but that usually means our arms and legs. What about using bath salts as a skincare remedy for your face? Odd or beneficial?

I put this question to the test by drawing what’s called a facial bath. Essentially it’s a bath, but in your sink. Using very warm to hot water, I filled my sink and poured a cap full of the AHAVA Bath Salts into the pool. I then took a clean wash cloth and soaked it in the facial bath for two minutes, giving it ample time to really absorb the salty water. Finally, I rung out the wash cloth (be careful, this can be very hot) and pressed it against my skin. Taking deep breaths in, I continued to press the cloth against my skin and avoided any type of rubbing. 

You might find this method a little offbeat, but the results are truly fantastic. Not only does this help you relax (the aromatic salts have a calming effect), but my skin immediately looked more glowy and fresh. I’m telling everyone I know to incorporate this bath-salt-facial compress into his/her nightly skincare routine a couple times a week, especially if they’re looking to relieve themselves of any all-around stress.

Alta

Our favorite AHAVA bath salts are the Mandarin-Cedarwood variety, which you can buy in the Birchbox Shop

Scrub A Dub Dub: The Bathtime Challenge

Bath salts are more versatile than you’d think. Last night, as part of the Bathtime Challenge, I decided to turn AHAVA’s mineral salts into a scrub and see how they act as an exfoliator. Using olive oil as the base (you don’t need very much), I sprinkled in some salt and layered the mixture on my arms and legs. With a little gentle scrubbing, the salts eventually dissolved into a slick layer of scented oil. Using a wash cloth, I then wiped everything off and did a quick rinse.

The result? Polished, silky smooth skin! But be careful. I can’t emphasize enough that your scrubbing should be very light. If you’re too aggressive, you could scratch your skin, which would lead to stinging because well…it’s salt! While I did the scrub in the bath, you could certainly apply the same method in the shower—although I am partial to the bath, of course.

—Alta

Post bath or shower, we recommend using AHAVA’s Mineral Body Lotion to really make your skin super-soft.

Let The Bathtime Challenge Begin!

AHAVA Revival Bath Salt in Mandarin-Cedarwood, $19, birchbox.com

Sure, most people take showers. But for me, soaking in the tub is the norm and a part of my everyday routine. My habit of taking baths is a true case of monkey see, monkey do: It was my mother’s method for getting clean, as well as my older sister’s, so it was inevitable that I would follow suit.

Given that I’ve taken a lot of baths in my time, and I’m starting to wonder if there’s a way to get a little more out of this ritual. Working at Birchbox, I have plenty of great products at my fingertips— I’m going to take advantage of our newly added AHAVA’s signature bath salts to shake things up. This post marks the beginning of the Bath Time Challenge. Everyday this week I will be testing out either a different type of AHAVA Bath Salt or a non-traditional bath salt application to get more out of what has become a mundane event. Will I be more zen by the end of the week? Check back everyday to find out!

—Alta

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