10 Bath Time Essentials for Ultimate Relaxation

The perfect way to unwind on a long weekend is with a luxurious bath. Here, 10 W editors reveal their go-to soaps, oils, candles, and even books for a perfect night in.

Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Camilla Nickerson. W Magazine, September 2008

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“The perfect bubble bath combination from Santa Maria Novella, this bath foam and handmade oil will leave your skin feeling relax and ultra-smooth. Natural essential oils of cinnamon, orange, rosemary and lavender are characterized by a toning and energizing fragrance. Give it a try!” – Schanel Bakkouche, Jewelry Assistant

Santa Maria Novella Melograno Bath Oil, $80,


“Bar soap is rarely this hydrating, exfoliating, and pretty! This one’s a staple.” – Mia Adorante, Beauty and Health Editor

Tatcha Exfoliating Camellia Soap Body Bar, $15,


“I bring this non-drying face wash everywhere with me. All Dr. Alkaitis’ products are 100% organic, and PH-balancing, and this one hydrates while strengthening my skin.” – Gillian Sagansky, Contributing Writer

Dr. Alkaitis Purifying Facial Cleanser, $65,


“I always read Valley of the Dolls in the bathtub – it’s the perfect way to unwind.” -Sarah Leon, Digitial Editorial Director

Valley of the Dolls, $27,


“I love getting into a hot bath with this D. R Harris & Co Lavender Bath Oil. The smell alone will transport you to the south of France and far away from a stressful week.” – Colin Summers, Accessories Assistant

D.R. Harris & Co Lavender Bath Oil, $27,


“The aroma of lavender instantly makes me want to unwind and relax. Plus, it’s simple and chic design is perfect to place anywhere in your home.” – Nada Abouarrage, Beauty Assistant

Nest Cedar Leaf & Lavender Votive Candle, $16,


“Kevin Murphy’s hair products are really great for curly hair. Luxury Rinse is my favorite, but all of the various weights in the washes are good for curly hair, and you can switch them up depending on the season.” – Alexis Brooks, Photo Editor

Kevin Murphy Luxury Rinse, $28,


“I pour a capful of this into my bath and I am in heaven! The intoxicating aroma makes my whole bathroom smell divine, well after my indulgent bath is over.” – Kristin Auble, Research Director

Dr. Hauschka Sage Purifying Bath Essence, $25,


“I love the smell and texture of Frank’s Body Coffee Scrub. The result is glowing smooth skin and I hear they have a coconut scent now!” – Courtney Costello, Fashion Market Assistant

Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, $17,


“Settle into a tub with Lush’s Milky Bath Bubble Bar. The cocoa butter, soy milk and olive oil leave super dry skin soft and smooth, and the biodegradable glitter adds a bit of shimmer.” -Roseann Marulli, Associate Managing Editor

Lush Milky Bath Bubble Bar, $8,