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Wait, Is Everyone Into Baths Now?

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05.05.17
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I have a theory and it’s that baths are trending.

It all started when I expressed my surprised that Emma Watson takes three baths a day. “When I found out my old coworker took a daily bath (like in a tub),” I wrote, “I asked her a new question about it every single morning. I needed every logistic. Suffice it to say, baths deeply confuse me. I wonder about the whole bathing-in-your-own-filth thing.”

This struck a cord and the comments below were rather contentious:

Said commenter Lyla, “Bathing in your own filth…what filth? It isn’t like I’ve been working in the fields all day. I wouldn’t do it if my body was caked in mud, but baths clean you.”

“I thought the same re:baths,” wrote Hannah, concurring with me. “Also, WHERE DOES SHE FIND THE TIME?!”

“LOVE baths,” replied KC. “So happy to hear someone else enjoys this passion of mine just as much.” Two others replied in agreement.

“I want to be the type of person who enjoys baths, I think it’d make me a better person,” wrote Kristy.

“Taking a bath requires a great deal of water compared to an average shower,” Lychette pointed out. “Taking two to three baths a day is a massive amount of water for a household. Not a very sustainable thing to promote.”

“BATHS ARE THE BEST THING EVER,” Marguerite comment-shouted.

Many more chimed in. To my surprise, most were pro. Many confessed to bathing every night! I was shocked. Could this be representative of the population, or does Man Repeller unknowingly attracted a disproportionate number of bathers? It called for more research.

In 2011, Allure published an article titled, “Does anyone take baths anymore?” After playing a game of “shower or bath” with a bunch of celebrities, they came to a fairly conclusive answer: No. “No one ever chooses bath. Not Kate Winslet, not Rihanna, not Fergie, not Heidi Klum, not an A-list soul. Reasons have ranged from time concerns (Rihanna) to Fergie’s hilariously graphic explanation that she didn’t want to watch the bronzer she wore onstage rise to the top of the water.” They clearly did not speak to Emma Watson. Or perhaps they did, but baths weren’t hot yet, so to speak.

In 2012, Tom Ford told Harper’s Bazaar that he takes four baths a day. Four! One at 4:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. “I find a bath meditative,” he said, offering little more in the way of an explanation. This news seemed to ripple across the internet — proof, perhaps, that baths were not mainstream. Per an article in GQby 2015 he was down to just one bath, taken daily by candlelight at 4:30 a.m. with a huge iced coffee. But still: a bath.

Had anything been published more recently to prove a shift in A-list bath attitudes? A Life & Style article from 2016 called “Celebrities Who Don’t Shower” seemed promising initially, but it turned out to be a weird, unhelpful slideshow about stars with body odor.

A trail of mainstream attitudes, however, proved easier to sniff out. In 2015, evidence began surfacing: “Baths Are For Gross People,” wrote Deadspin in 2015. “5 Reasons Why You Must Start Taking Baths,”  published XO Jane around the same time. “6 Health Benefits of Taking Baths,” wrote Bustle, a year later. A marked shift in bath tone. Another year later, perhaps capitalizing on the chatter, the Huffington Post published, “Finally, Answers to the Shower vs. Bath Debate,” which clocked showers at a slight advantage to baths (they’re better for skin and the environment). “5 Times Taking a Bath is Better Than Taking a Shower,” countered GQ in March of this year.

It’s hard to say for sure whether the above evidences bath normalization, but I’m of the opinion that it’s there if you read between the headlines.

BATHS ARE ON THE BRAIN, LADIES. Let us not forget last year when everyone started doing photoshoots in milk baths. Or when creepy gifs of black bath bombs took over the internet for 48 hours. It’s hard not to diagnose these as symptoms of a bath comeback.

Harder still is to have a conversation about slow-motion dipping your body in warm water for relaxation without mentioning self-care, the biggest trend to hit millennials since unlimited texting. “Soak, Steam, Spritz: It’s All Self-Care,” wrote The New York Times last December. “The term [“self-care”] has been inescapable online. A search on Google Trends showed that [it] peaked in search interest popularity from Nov. 13 through Nov. 19, the largest increase in the last five years.”

Now seems like a good time to mention that a search of the word “bath” on Goop.com returned 5,850 articles.

I want to be surprised but I’m also not surprised.

A quick poll of the office brought a couple of themes to light: The first being most people here don’t take regular baths — not out of bath-spite, necessarily, moreso because of time; the second being most agreed baths are not a substitute for a shower, but rather a separate luxury, like a face mask or a manicure. Interesting.

Which brings me to you. Please weigh in officially as to whether you’re in the bath camp, what that means for you and whether you agree baths are trending harder than camo rn.

Photo by Krista Anna Lewis.

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  • A real luxury, a coupling of warmth and peace to be enjoyed very consciously 🙂 I take a bath 3 or 4 times a year. Usually when I have just survived/am expecting to suffer from a cold, when I am exhausted from too much work and workout offers only temporary relief, or if I have worked out too much and have really sore muscles. I love to read in the bath and stay in for as long as possible.
    Which reminds me: I used to take a bath together with my husband, once a winter or so. I need to do that again 🙂

  • lychette

    I love baths. Bathtubs are a seldom trait of apartments in Scandinavia but whenever I am travelling, I ask for a room with one. For me, they are a mean to relaxation. However, being an environmentalist at heart and profession, I can justify 1 bath a day (corresponds approximately to the same water consumption of an average-length shower), but absolutely not more than that a day.

  • Andrea

    this is the definitive anti-bath piece (and hilarious & feminist too!)

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/23/the-bath-a-polemic-by-jessi-klein

    “To me, there has always been something vaguely miserable about bathing. The soaking, the sitting, the water getting dirty and cold, the inevitable random hair floating up against your skin, the pruning. It makes me feel as if I were stewing up the world’s saddest soup out of myself…” (word)

    “But I think there is a bigger reason that [men] hate baths as much as women love them. I think they sense what I know: that the bath is where you go when you’ve run out of options.”

    • Molly D

      Jessi Klein strikes again

    • Jeanie

      How sexist of her to assume men don’t like baths. A lot of men take baths in Asian cultures.

      • Meg S

        The communal bathing I ran into while traveling in Asia was wonderful. I don’t think Jessi Klein would feel the same way about it if she went to a Korean jimjilbang or Japanese bathhouse/onsen.

      • meme

        My husband (who is not Asain) would agree with them. The warm water lowers your body temperature and it’s relaxing. Not that complicated.

  • Hayley

    I only enjoy a bath if it is in a giant, clawfoot tub. I do not gain pleasure out of squeezing my tall frame into the tiny, modern-sized tubs.

    • dietcokehead

      I’m physically incapable of getting my boobs to stay underwater in the average apartment bathtub. When our new place only had a shower stall, I was like, who cares? What was I getting out of having a tub other than somewhere to fall down and cry if I take a too-drunk shower?

    • Emily

      Exactly! I’m not even super tall, only 5′-9″ but I don’t fit in a regular tub. Half in/Half out is not pleasurable.

    • belle

      My apartment building is seventy years old and the tub is SO TINY. I am a short person and I still can’t get my whole body underwater. It really ruins the fun.

  • I hate baths. They take way too long. So it actually all works out that I live in a 300 sq ft apartment with no bathtub, haha.

    Charmaine Ng
    Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Elizabeth

    I like a bath. But as a treat. 4 times a day à la Tom Ford seems nuts. While visiting my parents recently I decided to take advantage of their bathtub, a luxury I do not have in my box apartment. I heated the water, filled up the tub and got in, my moment of peace was suddenly interrupted when I looked up and saw an alarmingly large crack in the ceiling over head. I subsequently spent the entire bath staring at the crack and imagining my imminent death if the ceiling were to collapse and crush me. Relaxing.. not really. I’m willing to give the whole thing another chance because if Emma Watson says they’re good.. they’re good.

  • Hannah Nichols

    I LOVE baths. I love to steam up my bathroom and sit in boiling water mixed with a whole bag of Epsom salts and lavender oil. Usually I wear a hilarious bathing cap and a hydrating face mask and just chill for 20 minutes or so, and I always play an audiobook or Peggy Lee.

  • Catherine

    I used to haaaate baths, I hate the feeling of my hands being pruney (like, loathe it. I will have to hold on to something cold and metal to recover)

    But lately I’ve become a bather; long soak, bath bomb, Netflix and face mask is an hour well spent. Definitely a blues buster, but a max of once a week, 2 in a bad week with a well placed towel to prevent the prune.

    Multiple per day is some crazy, Ancient Rome level of self indulgence and I bet Emma Watson has permanent extremely pruney fingers and toes, potentially even trench foot

  • jukeboxxrequiem

    110% Pro bath over here. I’ll jam all of my “hold still” activities into one session – paint my nails, put on a facemask, drink a bottle of wine, throw some shea butter in the water, listen to a podcast, read a book, catch up on Instagram, etc. for a minimum of 1 hour. If I don’t get tub time at least once a week I turn into a crabby bitch with dry skin. haha.

    • Shea butter IN the bath?? Genius!

  • Vic

    One of the two things I have in common with my boyfriend is a love of baths. I think it stems from growing up in a freezing cold house where I have always shared my room so an hour spent being warm and by myself was bliss. A shower is also more stressful. Don’t slip while standing on one leg to shave! Don’t be in there too long and waste water! Don’t get shampoo or conditioner on my face in case it gives me more spots!

  • BarbieBush

    omg i read somewhere that your hands prune in water as a reaction to help you retain a grip on things underwater.

    it wasn’t exactly a science journal article though so..

  • Ash

    Baths gross me out. I tried to get into enjoying them, but couldn’t do it. And I feel like your tub has to be squeaky clean to take one. I just can’t…too lazy. My mom, on the other hand, takes a bath every. single. day. In my almost 28 years on this planet, I do not ever remember her taking a shower.

  • Alexandria Varady

    I take a few baths a week! It’s a nice time to relax and zen out. I also use epsom salts, so I’ve cut down on the frequency of massages I needed, and increased the quality of my sleep.

  • Tayler Lord

    i bathe more than i shower! a lot of it has to do with not wanting to wet/wash my natural hair too often.

  • Elizabeth

    I agree that baths are definitely trending right now! I’ve always loved taking baths, probably because of my mother who takes one every night and who specifically chose an angled back tub (key) when she was designing her bathroom. So I guess you can say I’m from a “bath household”. Now that I finally have an apartment with a tub (a rarity in Amsterdam!) I take one when I want to unwind or relax and feel fanccyy. As a side note, I’d love to try out those bath bombs but damn are they expensive! (screw you Lush and your overpriced but wonderful body products).

  • Jane

    Baths really gross me out if the shower is in the bath (stand alone baths are so fancy and idk a single person who has one but that would be a different story). Do people who take baths not have roommates who have used the shower that day? I would have to fully clean the bath with bleach before sitting in it…

    • I never took a bath when I lived with roommates! I still feel like I need to clean the tub before I take a bath and it’s just me and my husband. I’m all for the baths, but you have to clean your shower/bath very frequently to be able to just “hop in” like the fancy Instagrams make it seem. 🙁

      Also, bath bombs create a lot of SCUM. Nobody mentions that!

  • Aydan

    I love baths. They are the physical manifestation of me re-charging my batteries!

  • Laure-Helene

    I definitely agree that baths are trendy right now.
    I love them but don’t love seeing posts all over my instagram feed. Maybe cause it gives me a weird bath fomo?

    I was on a trip with friends recently, and was enjoying a nice bath in the hotel tub. When I got out, I picked up my phone and one of my friends had JUST sent us all a picture of his bath on our group chat! I can’t tell if more people are taking baths or if baths as self-care performance has just taken a life of it’s own.

  • Caitlin Brownfield

    I enjoy a good bath when I’m overly stressed or not mentally well. I put a bathbomb in and watch Gilmore Girls…by the time I get out my problems aren’t gone but I realize they weren’t as bad as I thought.

  • Jeanie

    Baths are so rooted in Asian culture that I cringe a little when I see anti bath arguments. I feel cleaner in a bath. Think about it, do your dishes get easier to clean after soaking them for a bit? It’s only a slight difference though. There’s no way I’m “bathing in my own filth,” cause I’m hardly filthy. If I don’t add soap that clouds the water, the water stays clear. I also spend about the same amount of time and the same amount of water when showering vs bathing, so it’s really just up to the person. Mostly, I find the argument annoying like the dog vs cats debate. Both gets the job done, so why hate on something other people enjoy?

    • Meg S

      It should be noted that you bathe before you go into the baths in any Asian bathhouse, or even in the bath in an Asian home. And it’s definitely a cultural thing. I wish it was more prevalent here, because the only Korean spa I found is way too westernized for my liking.

      • Jeanie

        If it’s public, yes. I wouldn’t say everyone does that in their own home. I grew up in Taiwan. We go straight into the bath, but it’s not shared with anyone.

  • ESW

    Baths seem to help my migraines (although one must be careful about taking meds before a bath). I cannot do the bath bomb thing due to yeast infections. But I love to read, shave my legs, and do face or hair masks in the bath.

    • migraineur

      Wow, me too with the migraines (though usually I medicate first––is it triptans you worry about?). I like to think epsom salt helps because of the magnesium intake, but maybe that’s all in my head.

  • Tracey Meade

    Total tubby girl here. Shower in the AM to get out the door, but a luxurious bath every evening with a magazine, book and glass of wine!

  • Rheanonn Perez

    i love baths! more so to relax than to bathe, i only take baths like once or twice a month. i used to drink wine & listen to music during my baths, but now i drink beers & watch netflix, because that’s what i would do if i were relaxing somewhere dry like my bed lol so it’s fun to do it in the bath!

    frheak.net

  • Sheila T.

    recipe for a great bath:
    1 pre-showered human
    1 face mask
    1 large or 2 medium-sized bath bombs (Lush are large, Amazon knockoffs are medium)
    1 cup of epsom salt
    hot-but-not-too-hot water (i.e., will not turn skin red and blotchy)
    bluetooth speaker with ~curated playlist~

    c’est tout!

  • Baths only! My mother only took baths growing up, so it wasn’t until college that I realized that it was abnormal to be opposed to showering. There’s no way I could shave my legs standing up. Also, showering in the morning does not sound like something I have time for.

    I also wash my hair 1-2 times a week, so logistically it’s a lot easier to put on a shower cap, sit in the tub, and then quickly rinse off soap residue at the end.

    However, in my late twenties I was forced to take up this activity called “working out” in which case, I will shower afterwards. But as far as a nightly ritual, baths all the way.

  • Kay Nguyen

    I’m pro shower, not bath! I’m love the feeling of hot shower hitting my back, it’s so relaxing, which I can’t get from taking a bath :-/

    https://www.myblackcloset.com/

  • dk

    John Green takes daily baths, his brother Hank doesn’t at all. I take one bath once every season, maybe. I put my laptop on the toilet seat, load Netflix and chill for an hour.

  • Kattigans

    I grew up as a pro-bather. My mom always took a bath and I would put my feet in the tub while she was in there and we’d talk. It sounds a little weird, but it was really nice. It wasn’t until college and living with roommates in adult world that I stopped taking baths. Now I live alone and have a bathtub that I thoroughly enjoy. It’s not a shower substitute just more like a relaxing me time type thing. Throw a bath bomb in or epsom salts. Gear up some RHOB (lol I know) and soak away the day. Feels especially good after a really crappy day or when you have a hangover ha.

  • Lindsey

    Oh my God, I literally despise baths. I get so sweaty, and all the steam kicks in my anxiety for some reason. Not to mention the whole bathing in your filth thing. The water always turns grey somehow, even if all I did was go in to the office and come back home. And then all your hair that normally would just fall down the drain or collect into a nice, easy-to-clean pile is just floating around in the water. So gross.

  • Samantha Lee

    I honestly can’t even remember the last time I took a bath. I’m on the boat of feeling like I’m sitting in filth – not because of my body but because how often does everyone really clean their tub?! ALSO – who got the time for baths? Is it actually comfortable to lay/lie (I’ll never figure this out) in one? My sister gave me a couple bath bombs for Christmas, so at some point I’m going to have to try them. I guess.

    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  • Emily

    I HATE baths. I used to take them when I was young, in my parents bathroom, and that was kinda nice, but as an adult – no. I find showers super relaxing, as well as hot tubs, but baths are small and weird and the last time I took one I got lightheaded and had to lay down. So… I’m not getting on the bath train. I do agree that if I were to take one, though, it would be separate from showering, like some sort of relaxing spa treatment IF it relaxed me which it doesn’t!!!

  • Meg S

    I need a Japanese bathroom set up. One where you rinse off outside the bath and then get in. I think it’s a genius idea. So are Korean shower rooms. Drain in the middle of the floor, tiled walls, you can spray everything down after you’re done bathing.

    I’m into taking baths when I have time for it. Which isn’t often. Sighs.

    • Hannak

      Yes!! The only time I take and actually enjoy baths is in bathouses in Asia. I LOVE the whole experience, the multiple showers you do in the shower room, the soaking in different hot (or cold) pools, the mineral-rich water, the fresh air, the pretty surrounding gardens… it’s so different from my baths at home which equal sitting in my tiny bathtub staring at the white wall in front of me waiting for the moment the water gets too cold. Also, I can’t shake the feeling that it’s a waste of good water. My boyfriend, however, loves baths. His whole family does in fact, I wonder if it’s a British thing?

      • Meg S

        It took a little while to get used to at first, but then you realize everyone else is naked too, so who cares? The mineral bath was my favorite part. And I was with my best friend, so we could sit in the mineral baths and talk. I’ve only been to bath houses in Korea, so I missed out on the open air baths. I didn’t have enough time in Japan to take advantage (we were too busy exploring Tokyo to think about bath houses), and I’m not sure my friend and I would have been allowed because we have tattoos.

        I’m pretty sure the British bath phenomenon is because baths are more common than showers (I think). I looked into visiting London, but most places had baths unless they were newly renovated, then they had showers. I know most places I looked at in Paris (where I’m going next month) have either small showers or a bath tub with a handheld shower head (reminds me of my Grandmother’s bathroom). The showers are small (this isn’t a problem), in strange places and do things like open into the hallway. I don’t have a problem with this, and I adopt a very “when in Rome” policy when I travel overseas.

  • Never been a bather as in Finland it’s not that common to have a tub (instead, everyone has their own sauna at home). However, currently living in Switzerland in an apartment with a bathtub and it’s my weekly indulgence, with candles and a book. “Indulgence” only lately as after the first time I almost fainted, holding back tears, trying hard not to throw up.

    All my life I’ve thought the idea of bathing disgusting, but I now get why people like it.

  • Jolie

    I hadn’t taken a bath since I was like 4 years old UNTIL all this “self-care, wellness, put on a Glossier face mask and read a book by Diptyque candlelight” stuff became a thing. Last year when I was unemployed and full of free time, I started taking baths a few times a week, usually coupling them with face masks, Lush products, and quality time with my partner, who also became super into baths.

    Then I just stopped taking them when I got a job, and now they’re one of those things that I always remember I should be doing but keep forgetting to actually do (like get my nails done and moisturize). Oh well.

  • Ariane

    I don’t have a bath so I envy all these people. My current home and my last one both had teeny tiny bathrooms. I used to hate baths but the last time I had one I realised it was an incredibly comfy reading spot. :/

    I also find it difficult to have baths when I have lived with housemates other than my boyfriend. Especially if you KNOW your housemates are having sexy baths with their lovers. I can’t have a sex-bath in the same place that those guys do it :/

    • Ariane

      Also I don’t know if I’m the only one who grew up in a house like this, but my parents originally didn’t have a shower (until I was about twelve) so we had one of those conversion pipes you put over your bath taps.

  • Kay

    Whenever I think about taking a bath my next thought is “ugh I have to scrub the tub first” so I never do it. I am too lazy for baths.

  • Claudia Langella

    Baths are the best ever, especially with coconut oil. 10/10 recommend. They make me feel like I’m on a cloud. 🌥🌥

  • I feel like I need to be in a place where I can trust the cleanliness of the bathtub again. Living with a guy and another roommate with long thick hair, there’s no way I’m sitting my ass at the bottom of my clawfoot tub, and it’s missing a leg (hello wobbles!). I try to keep it clean, but there’s only so many times I’m cleaning up after those two just to soak a little. **CRINGE**

    • Lyla

      Lysol wipes!

  • Callahan

    My mom was/is committed to baths, so I grew up loving the idea of them, but I never quite grew into them. I can’t sit still that long, the sides are too cold and hard to lean on comfortably, my arms get cold, I get paranoid about getting books wet, I get obsessive about how filthy the tub is and wind up having to clean it thoroughly before I can run the bath which just adds to whatever stress had me thinking “I NEED A BATH.” But I do love them – for about 15 minutes. And then I’m off to a big comfy chair for the same effect.

  • nathaliea

    In responses to an Into The Gloss article one or two years ago, one commenter said it seemed unrealistic that a working woman should have the time to take a long bath to wind down at the end of each day. While her point was valid, somebody responded that in the grand scheme of things, a relaxing bath is perhaps a more affordable solution with regards to . I have since

  • Becky

    I am ALL in with baths. Actually read this article in one! Like many other have said it’s a great time to catch up on Netflix and do face masks. Plus it’s SO relaxing. If I am in a bad mood my husband will *suggest* I go take a bath…

  • Cordelia

    We only have a stand-up shower so I’ve had no option to bathe for more than a year. I only seem to take baths when I’m at a hotel… once I was on a seminar for a week and had nothing to do in the evenings so I took long baths while watching Mad Men on my laptop using hotel wifi.

  • cecilrahn

    if i take a bath i have to take a follow up shower, lest i feel even dirtier than when i hopped in. if it weren’t such a waste of water, i’d probably do it weekly, but bc of my eco guilt i relegate baths to particularly hard days and really bad colds (nothing better than a dollop of vicks in a steaming hot tub!)

  • Heleen Peeters

    Every sunday evening = bath + 2 episodes of The Nanny 🙂

  • Sam

    I get bored and antsy really easily in the bath. Bath bombs are nice in theory but every time I use one I get in the tub and I’m like “now what” and get out < 10 minutes later. It might have something to do with always taking five minute showers growing up due to well water running out faster than you'd think. I feel bath FOMO super hard tho.

  • 808kate

    I don’t clean my bathtub often enough to want to take baths

  • lateshift

    also trending: pedicures! shampoo! makeup! all retro under-the-radar experiences that have most recently only been truly indulged in by suburban grandmas and Bushwick hipsters, but which have been mentioned in magazines at least half a dozen times over the past half dozen years, thus becoming a red hot trend. (You’re welcome!)
    Seriously, though: bravo on the trend parody post! Well done – A++ 👍

  • Josanne

    I only take showers when staying in hotels. Best part of my daily bath is when my two Welsh Terriers lean over my tub to get a good lick of shampoo…

  • Britta

    A bath a day 🙌🙌🙌

  • mademoisielle

    showers over baths for me! Aside from the occasional Sunday morning bath with my boyfriend I just don’t enjoy the experience – water getting cold, never feel like my hair actually gets properly clean in a bath, want to read or watch something but book/laptop getting wet etc. and who has time for a bath every day?

  • aspiringsocialite

    I can’t bring myself to take a bath, but maybe I should try it sometime.

    xo,
    Vicky
    http://www.aspiringsocialite.com/

  • Miss J

    I like baths, but as was mentioned in the article, I too consider them an “extra”, like a mani or a face mask. I used to take them about twice a month. When I renovated my home just over two years ago, I got rid of my tub and put in a shower. My bathroom looks a lot better than it did before, but now that I don’t have a tub, I miss the baths. Next time I move, a tub will be my number one priority. It’s one of those things that you don’t appreciate until they’re gone.

  • Cleo

    I literally can’t cope without my (almost) daily baths. I make the water as hot as I can handle (sorry environment!), add a ton of different bath products promising a gazillion different things, put on some yoga/medidative music, light candles, and just soak. I try to do a mini-digital detox at the same time and leave my phone outside the bathroom. I just take a book with me and that its! Its so highly meditative for me. It just cleanses all the stress of the day away. I sleep like a pink-skinned uber-hydrated baby afterwards! Definitely a bath-person!

  • Cristina

    I don’t bathe. Well, in a bath. #teamshower all the way and you REALLY wanna know why?! Because baths are for skinny people. I can barely fill up my tub halfway before I submerge myself into the water, causing a tidal wave to practically overflow the tub. Real women in tubs don’t look as glamorous as movie women in tubs. I’d prefer not to sit there staring at all my rolls from that angle. SORRY BUT NOT SORRY.

  • jennoski

    re: bathing in filth. heard great quote on podcast fat mascara that someone does a “sh-bath” aka take a shower to get clean, then soak in a bath. not entirely environmentally friendly, but it address the filth factor.

  • Jessica Amento

    I take a bath every single day in the winter, and roughly 2 x per week in the summer. It’s worth noting that “hydrotherapy” aka prolonged baths were a favored treatment at mental hospitals in the 1950s and on for a variety of ailments. Suffice it to say I take mine to stay mentally sound too haha.

  • Lyla

    I am so honored to have been featured in this article.

    • Haley Nahman

      Twas my pleasure

  • tiabarbara

    I love a good bath! But yeah time is definitely an issue… I agree that it’s more of a luxury, pamper activity like a mani-pedi. I generally draw one when I’m feeling especially stressed out and need an excuse to sit in warm, soapy solitude without being yelled at for using all the hot water.

  • streats

    I’ve never liked baths. I just usually find the tubs physically uncomfortable. Like, I have this fantasy of lying back in steaming water and reading, but in reality I’m slipping all over the place or my arms ache from holding the book above the water or I get a crick in my neck. And then the pruning – even if I keep my hands out of the water, they still prune. And it sucks that I feel this way because for 6 years I lived in a house that had an incredible freestanding lion foot bath. I used it maybe once a year. It took forever to fill and then the water would get cold after 15 minutes so it rarely seemed worth it. But then we also had an incredible shower so that was always preferable. HOWEVER. Now that I’m living at home for a bit, I’ve started taking baths again because my parents’ shower is crap – terrible pressure and hardly any water flow and it’s too low so I have to stoop to get under it. So I bathe. But I bathe to wash, never to soak, so it’s more like a shallow bath. Enough so I can dunk my hair in, but not enough that my face can submerge completely. So tl;dr I like the idea of baths but in reality I find them, as a means of pampering, disappointing.

    Also, I can’t believe Emma Watson takes three baths a day – source please? If so, she’s got a cheek championing sustainable fashion if she’s wasting at using a tub of water every day (giving her the benefit of the doubt that perhaps she, like I, doesn’t completely fill the tub).

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