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At MIRROR WATER we understand that some of us simply prefer a refreshing shower to a long bath. Others might be foot-spa-in-front-of-the-tv devotees, and some might not have access to a tub.

If any of these apply to you, read on to discover our alternative bathing guide that will help you to enjoy the benefits of our submerge, reflect, resurface practice without stepping foot in the bath. That said: morning bath people—we see you too, you glamorous enigmas.

There’s something for you here as well.

No bath or more of a shower person?

The feel of running water, the ease of washing your hair, not to mention the time factor—we get it, sometimes showers win over baths. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some of the benefits of bathing.

Try sprinkling some bath salts in the bottom of your shower. We recommend SOAK, our blend that releases new depths of its scent upon contact with water. The shower will fill with the fragrance of the salts—woody notes with a touch of citrus. In this way, you will still gain the aromatherapy benefits of SOAK to due the mild decongestant effect of Canadian black spruce.

We suggest applying BUFF our Body Exfoliator that's formulated with refining salts and shea nut shell powder to ensure that the various surfaces on your body are effectively exfoliated. The binding qualities of Soap Bark give BUFF its gel-like consistency. Use BUFF weekly to help slough away dead skin cells and impurities without stripping the skin of its much-needed moisture.

Of course, you can still follow your shower with body care: using an oil like SMOOTH while damp will seal in its skin-softening properties, and adding a balm like RUB to particularly dry areas: natural emollients will soothe the surface of the skin during the day while vitamins A, E, and F get to work below the surface to address the dryness.

For the foot spa fans:

If you use a pumice or file, we recommend doing so before using your footspa, firstly because it is best done on clean dry feet so that you don’t over-pumice, but also because then your newly descaled feet (sorry) will then become softer from the footspa instead of experiencing peeling after using the spa.

Adding bath salts to your foot spa will take the experience to another level—if they could speak, your feet would thank you for it. Warm water and any massage rollers in the spa will soothe your feet, but adding salts will compound those effects to thoroughly relieve sore feet.

You can still follow up with an oil like SMOOTH, and then a balm such as RUB on the parts that are prone to dryness, such as your heels or the balls of your feet. Adding oil or balm to your toe cuticles and nails will reinforce your foot care routine but would also be good prep if you plan to paint your toenails later.

Morning bath person?

The morning bather is a sophisticated type, and we understand that a morning bath likely has different aims to an evening bath (see our evening ritual here).

An evening bath is a way to distance yourself from the day that has gone before, to carve out some time to wind down before bed. A morning bath, however—perhaps most realistic as a slow start to a weekend—sets you up for the day. Our fragrance profile features a grounding base of woody notes from vetiver, cedarwood, and Canadian black spruce, but we also added uplifting citrus top notes from bergamot. So you can relax into those woody base notes, but when it’s time to get out, the zing of bergamot will help you on your way.

A morning bath could be a good start to the weekend—if you struggle to switch off, it can be a way to send a signal to your body that it’s time to relax. You could set some intentions, take some time away from devices, or even treat your body to a soak and skincare to help it be rested and soft before a long day or an important event.

This was our alternative guide to bathing. We hope you found something new in it or a way to practice submerge, reflect, resurface in your own way.