While you have surely heard of food and wine pairings, you may not be as familiar with the amazing benefits of food and bath pairings. This article will put you out of your misery. Dive in as I share some of our members' most delectable concoctions. You'll crave the delicious scent combinations that make a house (and a bath) a home.
By the way, this is your drool warning. You may want to grab your bib before getting started. Don't say I didn't tell you …
1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Soy Wax Melts, by Creations by N.L. Mason (Virginia)
Maker: Natasha Mason
Don't lie, you thought they were cookies, right? These chocolate chip cookie scented wax melts will have you wondering who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Each “cookie melt” is individually handcrafted to look just like a cookie, and don't get me started on the scent. You'll swear your home was a first-class bakery, and everyone who lives with you will too.
2. Birthday Cake Soy Wax BrittleMelts, by Southern Heat Candle Co. (Georgia)
Maker: Aubrey Wright
Does this not look like white chocolate brittle with speckles of birthday happiness? Whatever you're celebrating, this vanilla cake and buttercream icing scented soy wax brittle will make the event more fun. It makes the perfect gift or basket stuffer, and is a sweet way to make someone (or yourself!) feel special anytime. Go ahead and get some. Because after all, really, every day is your birthday.
3. Cinnamon Buns, by Great South Bay Candles (New York)
Maker: Theresa Caggiano-Gorgone
It looks like any other candle, but let me tell you, it's really that local cinnamon bun shop without all the calories. Great South Bay has unlocked the secret to non-fattening cinnamon bun goodness with this delectable combination of cinnamon, sugar and clove, with that sweet and sticky frosting aroma complemented by hints of that most amazing southern delicacy we all know and love — BUTTER!
4. Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap, by Etta + Billie LLC (California)
Maker: Alana Rivera
Foodie Alana Rivera of Etta + Billie has partnered with San Francisco based artisan Ritual Coffee Roasters to create a stunning combination of coffee and mint. Yes. You can wake yourself up with coffee alone, but why not add some mint to the picture? It's a truly invigorating mixture, with freshly ground coffee to exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. Don't fight it. Your morning routine needs this.
5. Mocha Coffee Soap, by Handbrewed Soaps (California)
Maker: Alyson Swihart
Continuing on our coffee theme, if mint does not strike your fancy, perhaps mocha will. Why wait until you can make it to your favorite coffee shop when you can experience the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, chocolate syrup, creamy vanilla, and toasted marshmallows before you even leave your bedroom area. Stop torturing yourself. This soap was made for the sweet coffee lover in you.
6. Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar Candle, by Southern Elegance Candle Co. (North Carolina)
Maker: D'Shawn Russell
Before burning this candle, you never could have told me that I would want any room outside of my kitchen to smell like a pie. But from the moment I lit this jar of southern sweetness, in my family room, I was hooked. It is like a hug from your grandmother, and who can get enough of those? Sweet potatoes, that southern delicacy we all know and love… butter…plus vanilla, nutmeg, pecans, and cinnamon. Wrap yourself up in a warm blanket with your favorite book and a cat, and after that, the only thing missing is this candle. Don't deprive yourself.
7. Mask With Me: Banana, by Ditto Skincare (California)
Maker: Christine Koh-Pham & Windy Nguyen
As you probably know, the right facial mask can help you maintain a healthy glow by hydrating your skin, removing excess oils and buildup, and minimizing the appearance of pores. All those things are great, but adding real banana powder fruit extract and specially selected skin-loving vitamins takes it to another level, and that's what you get in this powdered mask. Also available in strawberry and blueberry. Just add 1-2 spoonfuls of the power with warm water and mix until the desired consistency is achieved, apply to your face, then rest for 10-15 minutes. Rinse away and pat dry. Go forth and glow.
8. Blueberry Maple Pancakes, by Gingersnapped Candles (Missouri)
Maker: Breanna Friedeck
There is never a bad time for a blueberry. Likewise, there is never a bad time for a pancake. Put the two together, and there is never a bad time. This blueberry pancake inspired wax melt surrounds you with a favorite sweet treat. Don't worry. This is a no judgement zone. You can also get Fudge Brownie, Red Velvet (as in cake!), Banana Nut, Caramelized Pecans, and many more.
9. Mimosa Bath Bomb Cube, by Provenance Soapworks (Missouri)
Maker: Carolyn Holden
Sparkling champagne notes mingle with the aroma of fresh citrus zest to create a scent reminiscent of that Sunday brunch mimosa. Can't make it to brunch today? No worries. Drop this into the tub and it will be all the refreshment you need.
10. Earl Grey Tea Candle, by Caffeinated Candle Co. (Massachusetts)
Maker: Kali Hegarty
Scented with notes of bergamot, black tea, jasmine, honey, vanilla, sandalwood, and light musk, this candle delivers the best of all the continents! Born from a love of the scent of a freshly brewed pot and a desire to linger with it as long as possible, this is the perfect lifestyle accompaniment for the tea enthusiast in your life. Hand poured, 100% soy wax, 35 hour burn time. Boom.
Questions for discussion and sharing
We all know and appreciate the association between food and love. Now, we can add our bath time and skincare rituals to the mix. What do you think? Does any of this make your mouth water? Which of the deletable treats featured here leaves you helpless to resist?
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