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10 Tips for a Romantic Bath Experience for Valentine's Day (or Any Day!)

Margaret is a jewelry designer, writer, cook and beauty lover. She adores luxury products and experiences, especially if they're affordable.

Learn how to create a luxurious, relaxing and romantic (if you wish) bubble bath in 10 easy steps

Learn how to create a luxurious, relaxing and romantic (if you wish) bubble bath in 10 easy steps

Romantic Bath Ideas for Valentine's Day

Bubble baths are that rarest of gifts: a deliciously affordable indulgence. It's hard not to feel pleasure and relaxation when you are luxuriating in a pool of warm and fragrant froth! January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day in the U.S. The date is inspired; who couldn't use a little quiet pampering and relaxation after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, not to mention the subsequent New Year's Eve festivities? But this is one indulgence that deserves to be enjoyed all year long!

A luxurious, spa-like bubble bath experience is a great way to enjoy some quiet, relaxing "me" time. There's also no better prelude to a romantic interlude than a luxurious soak in a bubbly tub. My husband and I make it a ritual to share a fragrant bubble bath every Valentine's Day, among other days. Enjoying a soak on a Friday evening is a great way to shake off the stress of the workweek and facilitate the transition to the weekend!

10 Steps to the Perfect Bubble Bath

Follow these 10 steps to the perfect bubble bath to create a special experience that will engage all your senses, enhance your enjoyment and set the desired mood, be it relaxation or romance.

How to Create a Luxurious Spa Experience in Your Own Bath

  1. Choose the perfect bubble bath for the occasion.
  2. Set out candles and a lighter.
  3. Arrange the candles on a mirrored or reflective surface to magnify the soft candlelight effect.
  4. Set out a pretty and functional candle snuffer or use realistic looking flameless candles for safety.
  5. Add some bath accessories to enhance the experience.
  6. Have oversized, plush and preferably warmed bath towels nearby.
  7. Chill a festive, beverage to sip in shatterproof glasses.
  8. Add music to set the desired mood.
  9. Check the water temperature of the bath—not too hot, not too cool.
  10. If you're with a partner, end with a relaxing massage, if desired.

1: Pick Out the Perfect Bubble Bath

Find a bubble bath whose fragrance that relaxes you. Everyone's scent preference is different, so you may want to try a few different foaming bath gels to suit your taste and/or your mood on a particular day.

Lavender is used in aromatherapy to help people relax and unwind. For a special splurge, I highly recommend L'Occitane Lavande Foaming Bath, a high-end product whose amazing, natural scent is from essential oil of lavender from the Haute-Provence region of France. It's one of the few lavender-scented products that I don't find overwhelming (many give me a headache). It creates generous mounds of luxuriant bubbles. As a bonus, I find that it not only soothes my senses but also moisturizes my dry skin, so I come out silky smooth as well as relaxed.

If you're looking to save money or prefer to control the ingredients, there are plenty of homemade recipes both online and in books. Try Real Simple magazine's "old-fashioned" and foaming vanilla-honey bubble bath recipes or the 10 homemade bubble bath recipes on the Hello Glow blog.

2: Set the Stage for Relaxation or Romance With Flickering Candles

Candles instantly create a wonderfully relaxing ambiance that helps you unwind and soothes away your stress—the perfect setting for a luxurious and/or romantic bubble bath!

And, of course, candlelight is extremely flattering. Candlelight makes everything—and everyone—look better! And everyone likes to look his or her best . . . especially when sharing a bath with a romantic partner!

I suggest buying high-quality soy candles, since they burn more cleanly than paraffin wax candles and don't produce sooty smoke. Beanpod Candles is one brand that makes excellent quality biodegradable soy candles with lead-free wicks and a proprietary process that distributes the scent from the essential oils evenly throughout the wax and locks in the beautiful color.

Also, if you're using a strongly scented bubble bath product (or if you just prefer an unscented environment), choose either unscented candles or delicately scented candles in a complementary fragrance so the two don't compete.

Use a good-looking lighter rather than matches to light your candles safely and set a festive mood. Used matches not only could set fire to your bath towel, they also are just plain ugly. Zippo makes a Venetian high-polish chrome windproof lighter with chased scrollwork that is both practical and elegant.

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Always Burn Candles in Non-Flammable Holders or Containers

Candles in glass jars are great, and if you're attentive, even tapers in a candelabra can be used as long as you place the candelabra on a large, flameproof surface, such as a large silver or mirrored tray well away from anything meltable or flammable such as towels, tissues or disposable bathroom cups.

Tealights sometimes are sold in individual plastic containers; NEVER light them in those plastic cups! Always transfer them to tealight candle holders, either individual or multi-candle holders. Better yet, use battery-operated LED candles with realistic flickering flames!

A pillar candle lasts a long time and can look elegant (and burn safely) if you put it in a beautiful crystal candle holder.

Use Candle Adhesive as a Safety Precaution

Candles that aren't snug in their candlesticks, candelabra or other candle holders are dangerous! They also can tilt or lean, allowing hot wax to drip all over whatever is underneath. You can't relax in a bubble bath with your eyes closed if you're worrying about whether your lighted candles will tip over and cause burns, or worse yet, a fire!

A candle adhesive such as Fox Run Stick-Um lets you enjoy lighted candles worry-free. Place just a pea-size blob of this terrific candle adhesive to the base of each candle holder or candlestick (it won't hurt them), insert a candle, and then press and twist the candle into the holder. Voilà! The candle is stuck firmly to the candle holder. It stays upright and won't wiggle, wobble, tilt or tip, even if the candle is a bit too small for the holder. This type of candle adhesive doesn't harden, so you can scrape it off and reuse it. Just make sure to scrape off any candle wax residue that might have gotten stuck to it.

Battery-Powered Flameless LED Candles Provide Soft, Flickering Candlelight With Less Work or Worry Than Traditional Candles

Another option is to use battery-operated flameless candles with LEDs, which stay cool and are safer than candles with open, burning flames. Battery-operated flameless candles have improved significantly since they first came out. Today you can find surprisingly realistic-looking flameless pillar candles, votive candles and tea light candles. Some are even made with real wax shells, with or without a "drip effect." Many of them also flicker (although so far, very few flameless candles or tea lights flicker very realistically).