How we bathe is an individual experience. With the lights on, or with candles? What kinds of scents are in the air? Is silence or music preferred? There is so much to consider when creating the perfect bath atmosphere, and the answer is subjective. What one person considers sublime will be too hot for another person; my dream may be your cleansing nightmare. However, that makes the answer to the above questions all the more interesting, and it’s why we asked three bathers about their ideal bathing experience — and also got a rebuttal from a life-long anti-bather. Read on to hear all about it.
“My perfect bath is an existential experience. One of the most important parts, to me, is the material of the tub itself. Some of the best are made of hinoki wood instead of porcelain — wood has inherent warmth. Hinoki, which I discovered in Japan, is very healing. Outdoor would be ideal, but at home, I bring nature into the bathroom. I like ferns — they’re ancient, and they do well in humid spaces. I like to use antibacterial essential oils. So I use my own Red Flower Japan Hinoki Mineral Mint Bath Soak, which releases essential oils and minerals.” — Yael Alkalay, founder, Red Flower