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A nice bubble bath is the ultimate in me-time indulgence, requiring the luxury of time, space, and the right products. But if you’re really looking to level it up, here are some tips to make your bath time even more special.

Rinse the Tub

Rinse your tub before your bubble bath. Give it a light scrub with a hand brush but don’t ruin your zen over it. You can do this a bit earlier in the day, not right before your bath. Maybe bring in some plants for a more tropical vibe. Create your very own Shambhala with things that make you feel relaxed and at peace.

Add Candles and Aromatherapy

Fluorescent lighting is a no-go. To create a relaxing, , you’ll need to adjust the lighting to more palatable levels. Using multiple candles often does the trick. Consider using scented ones that take you back to your favorite vacations or conjure up dream trips in your mind.

Have your Dove Relaxing Lavender Body Wash handy for your bath. Studies in the National Institutes of Health show that aromatherapy, specifically lavender, is effective at relaxing the nervous system and relieving stress. This product is also formulated with rosemary, which has soothing and healing properties.

Set the Perfect Temperature

For a relaxing bubble bath, keep the temperature slightly above your body temperature. It all comes down to personal preference. Some people like soaking in a seething hot bath (full disclosure, this can dry up your skin, so make sure to moisturize after). Others find cooler baths more relaxing. Set the water temperature to your comfort level. You can also adjust the room temperature for a true

Put on the Right Playlist

According to the British Academy of Sound Therapy, certain songs — specifically, those that go at 60 beats per minute or less — can slow down the heart rate and help you relax. Choose songs without low, heavy bass or high-pitched sounds that can break your trance. All Saints’ “Pure Shores” made their list of Most Relaxing Songs in the World, as did Adele’s “Someone Like You.” But again, it’s all a matter of preference. If Southern Gothic helps you relax, by all means, pop some Nick Cave in.

Prepare Some Tea

A spa experience isn’t complete without a soothing cup of tea. Peppermint, ginger, and chamomile are popular with spa patrons. If you like, you could even prepare scones and mini sandwiches (to go with the tea, of course). Station them within reach beside the tub, so you can have light snacks while reading a murder mystery novel.

Treat Yourself from Head to Toe

During your bubble bath, give yourself a or a hair mask. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Smoothing Mask to soak your hair in nutrients and moisture while you soak in the tub.

After your bath, slather on lotion all over your body while your skin is still damp. And before stepping out, treat your underarms to Dove Intensive Renew Deo Dry Serum Collagen + Omega 6, which delivers smoothening and skin firming benefits while protecting you from sweat and odor.

Create a spa-like bubble bath experience at home by being attentive to your senses and your body’s needs. Set everything at the right temperature, surround yourself with pleasant stimuli, and use products that aim to relax and nourish. You’ll be super chill in no time.