How To Master The Bathscaping Trend
Lockdown has yielded many unexpected trends – a flurry of baking, first time knitters and watercolourists and an unprecedented vogue for DIY. But have you heard of bathscaping yet? A 2021 evolution of the shelfie (dolling up your bookshelves, window sills and bath cabinets) this is the trend for you if you enjoy a restorative soak surrounded by your favourite scented candles, aesthetically-co-ordinated lotions and potions and artfully arranged bath linens. Ready to get involved? Here’s how…
Invest in a bath caddy
Also convenient as a perch for books, candles, newspapers and a glass of wine (or morning espresso) – a caddy is the first building block for your bathscape. In between soaking, layer it up with favourite bath oils, face towels, scented tealights or vintage glass bottles to keep your look fresh and stylish. We love this gold storage tray from Anthropologie with three compartments which are perfect for keeping your bathtime favourites to hand (and phones from toppling into the water). Anthropologie Maison Storage bath caddy, £98, anthropologie.com
Choose your scent
With fashion temporarily taking a backseat in lockdown – scented candles are the new status symbol. Depending on what time of the day you like to soak, you should choose different scent to enhance your mood – lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, eucalyptus, ginger and mint are perfect for a Monday morning pick me up. Jasmine, lavender, frankincense, bergamot, geranium and vetiver will help you to wind down at the end of a long week.
TRY: Spiritus Sancti, Cire Trudon, £75 (lily of the valley, labdanum, benzoin resin); Sunday Papers, Saint Fragrance, £42 (vanilla, orange blossom, sandalwood); Bibliotheque, Byredo, £59 (leather, patchouli, peony, violet) Figuier, Dyptique, £49 (ripe figs, woody base notes)
Avoid over cluttering – but a few minimal decorative accents, like sprigs of greenery in a bottle on the corner of your tub or patterned pots or glass jars to store make up removal pads create an on-trend eclectic, layered feel. Vintage sellers are the perfect place to find unusual pieces to layer into your scheme – or get on board with the Pinterest trend of re-using empties from your favourite candles as displayed storage.
Bath oils and lotions
When you’ve spent a small fortune on your skin, bath and bodycare line up why hide it away in the cupboard? A good bathscape is all about the products you love to use and look at – whether it’s a favourite aromatherapy bath oil, perfume bottle containing the lingering remnant of your daily scent, or the most indulgent step of your skincare routine. Personalise surfaces of your bathscape with your most beloved (and prettiest) oils, bottles, tinctures, salts and sprays – and get a little extra enjoyment from them as a bonus at the same time.
TRY: Aromatherapy Associates De-stress bath and shower oil, £49; Dermalogica Phyto Replenishing body oil, £39.95; Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille souffle, £53; Oliverum bath oil, £65; REN Moroccan Rose Otto body wash, £22
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