We all have those stressful weeks, when all you want to do at the end of it is curl up in the bathtub with a bottle of wine and some chocolates. But why have a regular spa day when you can go all out and indulge your spooky side, as well? Here are my suggestions for how to pamper yourself with the ultimate gothic luxury experience.
I discovered this coffin-shaped bath tray from Life After Death Designs a few weeks ago, and I've been drooling over it ever since. These hand-made bath trays come with a collapsible easel in the middle to hold your book or tablet and either a cut-out notch or a round grip to hold your wine glass or other beverage of choice. They can be customized with your favorite color and wood type to perfectly match your decor and are sealed with a water-resistant clear lacquer. Both gorgeous and practical, these bath trays are the perfect luxury item for your gothic home.
A Gothic Bath Bomb
Bath bombs are all the rage these days, especially those produced by the all-natural cosmetics retailer, LUSH. Earlier this year, LUSH came out with a bomb called Metamorphosis, which has a dismal gray exterior but bursts into bright colors when wet. Users are calling it LUSH's first "goth bath bomb" and note that its name might be a reference to Kafka's creepy novella. And in a few months now, we should start seeing their new Halloween line. Last year, they had bath bombs shaped like jack-o-lanterns and monsters, and adorable little ghost bath melts. But if you want some truly spooky bath bombs, check out the Hex Bomb line sold by the UK-based retailer Bella Muerte Clothing. Turn your bath pitch black with Nether or dark red with Blood Bath. You can also find all sorts of homemade bath bombs on Etsy. I'm personally a fan of TheMADbombers, who sell a variety of gothic options, from little "boo-berry" scented ghosties to licorice scented pentagrams and the moon lake musk scented coffin pictured above.
Give your eyes a break from the harsh electric lighting of your everyday life and relax by candlelight for a while. Scented candles might be a little overkill on top of the scented bath bombs mentioned above, but we're going for ultimate indulgence here. Yankee Candle is my go-to spot for candles of all varieties, and once again Halloween is the best time to find spooky stuff at major retailers. Last year, their Halloween line had a candle called Black Magic, which smelled like a mix of leather, patchouli, smoky incense, and vanilla. Mmmmm.
Your Poison of Choice
The classic option here would be red wine, especially a spooky brand like Apothic to fit the aesthetic. Apothic makes affordable wines that are easily found in your local liquor store and are notable for their elegant gothic labels. Apart from the original Apothic Red, they have several even spookier red blends like Apothic Dark and Apothic Inferno. I'm not much of a red wine drinker, so I can't vouch for them personally. I'd much prefer a creepy cocktail or some luxurious champagne with my gothic spa day.
And of course, we can't forget the munchies. Find the best chocolate or other sweets to pair with your beverage above. Personally, I'm a fan of these absinthe truffles (pictured above) from Tea and Absinthe, though you can usually only purchase them in person at local conventions. FIKA chocolate factory in NYC also makes amazing hand-crafted chocolate skulls. But of course, as Halloween approaches, it will be easier to stock up on spooky candy without shelling out the big bucks for artisanal gothic treats.
Once you've gotten your pick of the items above, all you need is your favorite book, some relaxing tunes, and you're ready for pure gothic luxury. Indulge yourself! You earned it!
How do you treat yourself, goth style? Got any great products to recommend? Let us know in the comments!