I am a queen, and consequently want to feel like one — all the time.
Since I can’t wake up to the sound of compliments while Ian Somerhalder fans me with a banana leaf in his loincloth, I have to improvise. My indulgences are most often beauty related — whether I’m soaking in the tub with a bath bomb, slathering on a luxurious body cream, or marinating in a face mask, I always devote at least 30 minutes of my day to me.
“Me time” beauty rituals occur in the morning or evening, so I can either start my day as royalty or end it in a tranquil state. Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t understand people who have to justify pampering themselves. Oh, I deserve a to splurge because I worked hard this week. Do you also justify breathing air and drinking water? No. Taking the time to feel calm and soft and pretty is just as important as, I don’t know, eating vegetables or whatever. Even your bath or shower should be a luxurious activity. You deserve to feel like a goddess just because you are alive.
The best way to ensure regular pampering with no excuses is to start or end your day with a little TLC. Here are four bath products with real petals, fit for royalty. I have already tried and fallen in love with two, and the other two are products currently on my wish list. Let’s get started, because queens should never wait for anything, obviously.
Mmm . . . mm . . . mm. Some products were made to inspire writers, and this baby started my hunt for more products featuring rose petals. First of all, we need to talk about the name and packaging. “Milky Rose” just sounds dreamy, creamy, and feminine — all traits that this lightly scented moisturizing soap brings to the table.
The rose petals are attached to one side of the soap bar, so you can preserve the romantic cuteness by massaging the opposite side on a bath pouf into a creamy lather. I’m also extremely pleased that this soap contains buttermilk powder, because buttermilk was rubbed on Wilbur before the county fair in Charlotte’s Web. Hold your pig jokes.
Lush Rose Queen Bath Bomb, $5.25
When the sales associate at Lush told me their bath bombs make water softer, I didn’t really get it. Water feels like water, right? No. This makes your water silky and pink with rose petals floating around your limbs, just like in the Instagram screenshot at the beginning of this article. I challenge you to think of a more heavenly scenario. The lingering scent is also very similar to the delectable Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, so you’ll want lick yourself (or someone else will want to, hehe).
Now here are a couple products I have yet to try, but am dying to get my hands on.
Speaking of baths, I have never used a powder in the bath before . . . . This “soak” contains goat’s-milk powder, colloidal oatmeal, Dead Sea salt, kaolin pink clay, and of course, rose petals. The ingredients are appealing, and I’m interested in whether the powder will saturate the water or sink to the bottom of the tub. (Random question: Am I the only one that has to shower before taking a bath? Otherwise I feel like I’m soaking in dirty skin cells. Anyway . . .)
Oils are the key to moisture retention and eternal softness. Without body oil, I would have an ashy face, crusty knees, and two pieces of hair. I’ve walked past this particular bottle of oil (okay, I carried it around the store lovingly in my arms) in Urban Outfitters on every shopping trip, but haven’t been able to bring myself to shell out $40 for it yet. All good things come in time, friends.
If you aren’t taking the time to regularly pamper yourself already, you can start now by working these products into your daily routine. Exchanging your unscented bar of white soap for one covered in rose petals, or trading in a quick shower for 20 minutes in a rose water bath are progressive steps to treating yourself like the bad bitch queen you are.
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