Upgrade your bathroom: It’s as simple as a better bar of soap

A spa-like master bathroom is more than the aspirational freestanding soaking tub, window with a view and heated floors. It’s the feel of luxury, pampering, all-embracing warmth. And the scents that transport you to your favorite fragrant place.

Here’s the secret: The towels you wrap yourself in, the slippers you slip into and the little additions, from soaps to candles, can provide a spa-like experience in any bathroom. Here are choice sources:

Brooklinen super-plush 100% Turkish cotton towels, robes and rugs are extra thick for spa-like comfort. Find slippers in the right size, color and style at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Parachute has handmade, nourishing soap bars with the benefits of aromatic botanicals like rosemary and peppermint for stress relief. Lather up with a soft, natural sea sponge for a soothing bathing experience.

And to organize your vanity, Frontgate has pretty accessories such as soap and lotion dispensers and monogrammed tissue covers and wastebaskets in a variety of styles. And for a casual look, Kazi has practical, beautiful baskets to store towels and bath products. Artisans also weave wall decor, pet beds and planters.

The 2019 NW Natural Street of Dreams home, Pacific Usonia

Homesick has specialized candles and diffusers selected for their nostalgic scents to evoke memories, from morning coffee (black espresso and lemon peel) to a faraway country (Australia’ eucalyptus or the U.K’s bergamot, grass and rain) or the city you love.

Makeup and grooming mirrors can be as big and bright as those seen in a Hollywood dressing room or compact and portable.

Styledry’s shower cap (in pink or black) at Anthropologie keeps your blow-dried hair free of frizz by shielding it from water and humidity. Designed with a soft outer layer, it doesn’t leave elastic imprints or marks.

Merben’s coconut foot brush is handmade from 100% natural coconut fiber and the 6.5-inch brush’s bristles exfoliate dry, itchy rough skin. Urban Outfitters also has a soft jute body brush to remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation, plus other luscious bath and body products.

Don’t know what you’re missing? Birchbox subscribers receive a monthly box, personalized for men and women, with an assortment of new skincare, hair and other products to test out along with tips on how to use them.

GlossyBox delivers five beauty products, plus treats, trends and tips, each month in a pink box. On Friday, April 24, GlossyBox will release its Mother’s Day Box, valued at $157 and priced at $30 for subscribers (“Glossies”) or $35 for non-subscribers.

–Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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