No time to visit the spa? Bring the spa to you! After all, at the end of a long day’s work, there are few things better than unwinding with a long, rejuvenating shower. And while space constraints mean we may not all be able to have a spectacularly luxurious bathroom like Angelina Jolie’s, it surely doesn’t mean our bathrooms should be any less relaxing.
Follow these simple, affordable tips to create a spa-like experience in your bathroom:
The best spas offer robes and towels that envelope you in a soft embrace, so replace old and stiff ones with new, fluffy ones. Then make sure to roll them up and display them neatly for that quintessential spa vibe. These bamboo fibre towels are also anti-microbial and anti-fungal, so you can worry less about bacteria build-up.
Get: Makko Bamboo Fiber Bath and Face Towels, from $6.50.
Nix unpleasant odours, which don’t always come from the toilet bowl! Other culprits include damp towels, floormats, tiles with grout and unemptied waste bins. Make your bathroom smell good again with natural essential oils or reed diffusers like this one from Kirona Scent, which even features “hotel scents” like Shangri-La Hotel Signature Scent, to complete your experience.
Get: Aromatherapy reed diffusers, $12.90.
Your bathroom spa isn’t complete without a delicious array of bath products, from aromatic soaps to luxurious bath bombs, boby butters and scrubs. Corral them into a stylish caddy or basket and enjoy your bathtime ritual. These water-resistant cotton linen boxes come with a sturdy base and convenient handles on the side.
Get: Cotton portable storage basket, from $2.40.
For even more comfort, step out of the shower and onto a memory foam bath mat (or fluffy slippers, if you prefer). It’s the little things that add to the overall spa experience and make you feel totally relaxed. This one from Konco is available in five different colours (blue, grey, pink, green and white) to suit your interiors, and is anti-slip as well.
Get: Konco memory foam bath mat, $7.99.
For total relaxation, replace your regular showerhead with a sleek rainshower that stimulates the heavenly sensation of falling rain. This unit from Hausprofi is also designed to be more water efficient with a slower flow rate, and can swivel 360 degrees. Its minimalist design suits most bathroom decor styles, too. One thing to note: It has a G1/2 connector, which fits most shower arms, but it’s wise to double check your own to see if it’ll fit.
Get: Hausprofi rain shower head, from $25.31 (excluding shipping).
A touch of wicker or rattan is visually appealing and reminds you instantly of laidback resort holidays. Storing toilet rolls, robes and other toiletries in naturally woven baskets is a chic way to declutter, because a messy bathroom only creates more stress.
Get: Rattan storage basket, from $27.20.
Cleanse and massage your body simultaneously with a body massage brush that helps you clean difficult-to-reach areas like your back (especially if you have back acne), as well as exfoliate your feet. This double-sided brush lets you switch easily between soft bristles and pumice. The brush side also has a silica gel base that works to massage your skin as you clean.
Get: Zhiling double-sided bath brush, $12.98, from Xiaomi.
Need a massage for aching soles? Consider getting a foldable foot massage basin with four built-in acupressure wheel beads to stimulate blood circulation and relieve pain. It even doubles up as a container for soaking or washing laundry, and can be easily collapsed and stowed away when not in use. Talk about value for money!
Get: YST foldable foot massage tub, $20.80.
The soft, flickering glow of candlelight never fails to instill a sense of peace and calm. But if tealights seem a bit too precarious to have in the bathroom, consider fake LED ones that look like the real deal, flickering effect included. Place them in a corner of your bathroom or vanity shelf – as there’s no real fire involved, they’re safe for use around children and pets.
Get: Homllu real wax LED flickering flameless candles, from $8.90.
Bringing nature in can be very relaxing. Orchids are a good choice as they’re very hardy and can survive humid climates (making them perfect for bathrooms and spas!). Plus, they’re really affordable here and you can buy a potted one from florists and garden shops like Far East Flora, Toh Garden and Noah Garden Centre.
Get: White orchid, $21.60, from Noah Garden Centre.
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Text: Elizabeth Liew