Thank you to Aura Cacia for sponsoring this post! Although I received compensation in exchange for writing this review, all opinions are my own.
You know what rocks? Having a good soak in the tub – especially on a Sunday night before a hectic week. It’s so important to take the time to unwind and have some quality me time before the craziness gets going again, but we often put relaxation on the back burner in order to get everything done.
I say we change that! Let’s make bathtime a Sunday ritual with your favorite candle, an epic book to read, and some aromatic bath salts to end the week on a positive note.
When Aura Cacia asked me to pair some bathtime reading material with their newly released body soaks, I was all over the challenge! Their four new blends — Clear, Recover, Soothe and Cleanse — combine marine salt with pure essential oils and elemental clay to bring purpose to your bath experience.
To go along with the body soaks, I’ve rounded up five books that are perfect when you need a pick-me-up, a little dose of motivation, or a great big howl of laughter. So grab one of these books, run yourself a bath, and get soaking!
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I’m going to guess that you’ve already read this book or have it on your reading list already because everyone is raving about Big Magic right now. I’ve never considered myself a particularly creative person, but Liz puts creativity into a whole new perspective and shares her personal struggle dealing with fear in order to make space for her creativity. If you’ve ever felt like you’re afraid you have no talent or that you’ll be rejected or criticized, this book will give you the kick in butt to quit thinking that way.
I paired Big Magic with the Recover Body Soak because the combination of ginger and lime is so warming and invigorating that it’ll make you excited to start your own creative journey pronto. The red clay and Himalayan salt also add the perfect touches for a healing and recovering bath.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
If you’ve ever wanted to be more adventurous and bold, this book is probably going to inspire you to do just that. After being told that she never says yes to anything, Shonda decides that she’s going to say yes to anything and everything that scares her, for a whole year. This book definitely resonated with me because, like Shonda, I can tend to shy away from situations and I’d prefer to blend in rather than stand out, but her experience in overcoming these fears by simply saying yes makes you want to do exactly the same thing.
I paired Year of Yes with the Clear Body Soak because it smells so refreshing and zingy that you’ll want to jump out of the bath and start saying yes immediately. The combination of eucalyptus, ylang ylang, green clay, and bamboo extract will help to clear your sinuses right up so you can breathe easy, and you’ll basically feel like a new person who’s ready to take on the world.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve loved her since The Office days, so of course I adore her books as well. She could talk about drywall and I’d still listen. Why Not Me? is a series of essays and topics where Mindy shares how she achieved her success as a writer/actor/producer – which was essentially through a heck of a lot of hard work. She goes a little deeper with her feelings than in her first book and discusses how she built up her confidence and stopped caring about how she is perceived in Hollywood. If you want to laugh out loud while you’re drinking a glass of wine, this one is for you.
I didn’t have a bath soak to pair this book with, but I highly recommend mixing Aura Cacia’s Renew Essential Oil Blend with a few tablespoons of almond oil and adding it to your bath because the mix of citrus and peppermint oils will help to rejuvenate and renew a weary mind.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
What’s not to love about Drew Barrymore? She has so much enthusiasm and such a down-to-earth feeling about her that I can’t help but want to be her BFF. In Wildflower, she recounts everything from adventures with Cameron Diaz, to being emancipated at the age of 14, to her love for flowers and plants, and of course, what it was like filming ET. The chapters are their own little stories so you don’t have to read chronologically, which makes it perfect for bath time reading.
I paired Wildflower with the Soothe Body Soak because I imagine Drew would just want you to feel totally soothed and relaxed while reading her book. The soothing combination of lavender, sweet marjoram, kaolin clay, and oat powder will bring out your inner wildflower.
My Paris Dream by Kate Betts
Now I know there are a lot of books out there about young girls moving to Paris and falling madly in love with the city, but I will never tire of hearing these stories. Kate shares her experience of going from au pair to being a journalist for a fast paced fashion magazine and the struggle to try and understand and fit in with the Parisian culture. If you love reading about Paris, long to pack your bags and move to a new city, or enjoy reading about people pursuing their dreams, you should pick this one up before your next bath.
I paired My Paris Dream with the Cleanse Body Soak because it reminds me of that fresh feeling you get when you arrive in a new place. Everything is unfamiliar and exciting, and the tea tree and tangerine essential oils will make you want to start making big plans.
Which book do you want to read with your next bath?
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