Have you noticed the pressure to be productive lately?

From picking up a new skill to reading the book on your side table to cleaning and organizing the entire house, the drive to be as productive as possible with your lockdown time is overwhelming. While keeping busy and maintaining a normal daily routine is essential to stave off lethargy and feelings of depression, it’s also important to remember that these are unprecedented, strange, and stressful times.

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In fact, psychologists are comparing the transition into lockdown, shelter-in-place, or quarantine to real-time grieving. We are mourning for our lost routines, social interactions, and activities that once kept our minds buzzing, our creative juices flowing, and our hearts happy.

This period of time is also producing micro-traumas that we experience every day.

From that hour or two spent perusing blaring headlines that stir anxiety and stress to the fear of contracting COVID-19 to actually raging a war against the virus itself. We are all directly affected by this pandemic — whether you lost your job or not and whether you are sick or not.

While choosing productive activities to get you through the day is a necessity, it’s also okay to ignore all those social media posts and YouTube videos pushing you to do that extra thing. Instead, take that extra time that you would have spent commuting or socializing and integrate your favorite self-care activities.

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One of the most relaxing, body-loving, self-care activities you can indulge in during these down moments is a soak in your tub! Pamper yourself by creating a spa-esque environment in your very own bathroom! Take it up to the next level by choosing ingredients that will nourish your skin, calm your mind, and are free of chemicals that may interfere with your luxury time.

1. Orange Owl 100% Vegan Cedarwood, Sage, Lavender Bath Salts

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The classic luxurious bath necessities always include some form of delightful bath salts. These Orange Owl 100% Vegan Cedarwood, Sage + Lavender Bath Salts are guaranteed 100 percent vegan made from a unique blend of salts including Epsom, Dead Sea Mineral, and Himalayan Pink Salts, as well as oils and botanicals. This bath salt mixture is meant to calm the body, detox the mind, and moisturize the skin! A 7-ounce container costs $10.99.

2. Vegan Coconut Oil Shower & Tub Bubble Bath Bombs

Vegan Coconut Oil Shower & Tub Bubble Bath Bombs/Amazon.com

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What’s a bubble bath without some bubbles? These Vegan Coconut Oil Shower & Tub Bubble Bath Bombs offer all the glitz, glam, and delightfulness of bubbles in a simple bath bomb design! They’re all-natural, handmade, and organic, made from a mixture of organic citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, fragrances, and essential oils. Plus, these bath bombs are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and even gluten-free! Get at least four to five minutes of fizz out of each of these bubble bombs! A 4-pack costs $26.99.

3. Dr. Hempster Natural, Vegan, Cruelty-Free Organic Bath Bomb Gift-Set 

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If you’re looking for the bomb without the bubble, try this Dr. Hempster Natural, Vegan, Cruelty-Free Organic Bath Bomb Gift-Set. In these strange times, why not gift yourself a bath bomb gift set? Have fun trying out both scents including calming lavender and refreshing and healing Eucalyptus. You’ll not only get to enjoy the luxury of these bath bombs, but they also provide deep cleanse and nourishment for your skin form a mixture of organic, vitamin E-rich coconut and hemp oils. Vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and shipped in eco-friendly packaging, this is the perfect gift to get yourself! A 6-pack costs $27.99.

Tandy says “Love these things. Make me smell sooo good after getting out of the bath I kinda get a crush on myself a little. FYI, fizzes nice but does not turn your bath into a bubble bath. If you’re down with burning sage and other hippie activities, you’ll most likely be down with these scents.”

4. Earth’s Enrichment Calming Spa Seaweed Organic Bath Salts 

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Looking for bath salts that offer a bit more of an earthy experience? These Earth’s Enrichment Calming Spa Seaweed Organic Bath Salts are the perfect option! They’re certified USDA organic, — which means the product contains at least 95 [percent] organic ingredients — use non-GMO ingredients, and contain zero parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petroleum, or coloring. On top of that, these salts are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and handcrafted with care. A 16-ounce container costs $25.99.

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5. HanZá 8 Vegan Bath Bombs Gift Set

HanZá 8 Vegan Bath Bombs Gift Set/Amazon.com

If you’re looking for variety, this HanZá 8 Vegan Bath Bombs Gift Set is a great way to make each luxurious bath a new experience! This set includes eight unique bath bombs offering different benefits including healing powers, clarity, euphoria, restoration, infusion of vitamin C, relaxation, balance, and a dose of pink. Each bath bomb contains ingredients that promote natural healing, such as “Shea butter, essential oils, and clays,” which means you’ll not only unwind your mind, but you’ll also nourish your body. These are vegan-friendly and are free of artificial coloring and dyes. An 8-pack costs $26.99.

AmazonGrandma says “I was hesitant about ordering due to the fact that the other bath bombs I tried were garbage. NOT THESE! You can smell them through the packaging. There are 8 different scents. I just tried the HEAL bomb. I loved the scent. It was nice but not overwhelming. My skin feels smooth and I can still smell a hint of the scent from the bath bomb on my skin. The bomb dissolved quickly. No trace of salts on bottom of the tub. I have tried others and it felt like sitting on rocks…yuck! NOTE: I do have a small kid-sized bathtub. A larger tub or garden tub would require maybe 2 bombs. Regardless these are well worth it!” 

6. Deep Steep Lavender and Chamomile Bubble Bath

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Get your at-home spa just right with this relaxing bubble mix of lavender and chamomile. This Deep Steep Lavender and Chamomile Bubble Bath is not only vegan, but it’s cruelty-free and gluten-free. It contains a unique blend of organic coconut oil, shea butter, argan oil, aloe vera, and essential oils to moisturize, nourish, and soothe the skin. Deep Steep promises that this bubble bath is free of SLS, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, alcohol, dyes, and formaldehyde. A 17-ounce bottle costs $10.50.

Crash OveRide says “Love the uplifting and refreshing scent on this! A great perk-me-up for relaxation showers. Great quality and reasonably priced. It does not make a huge amount of bubbles, but makes up for it with fragrance. Left my skin feeling super fresh and smooth. This is also very gentle against the skin and does not cause any irritation. Makes bath time an indulgence – love it!”

7. LIVE BY BEING Bath Salt Spa Gift Set Collection

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We’re sheltered-at-home, so let’s make the most of it! Splurge on this elegant LIVE BY BEING Bath Salt Spa Gift Set Collection! All three bath salts are 100 percent natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. They will arrive packaged in three uber-cute and reusable apothecary glass bottles accompanied by a wooden spoon. LIVE BY BEING handcrafts these salts in small batches to assure the highest quality. A 3-pack of 8-ounce containers costs $54.00.

s jones says “These bath salts will leave your skin feeling silky and your mind relaxed. Use these after a long day and enjoy a relaxing sleep.”

8. Kind and Simple Sea Turtle Conservation Candle 

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What’s an at-home-spa experience with the flickering, delicate, and always beautiful candlelight? Fill your at-home-spa with the scent of the ocean, while supporting a wonderful cause with this Kind and Simple Sea Turtle Conservation Candle Ocean Breeze Scent! This candle is 100 percent vegan — free of any animal-derived ingredients and not tested on animals — made from soybean wax and comes in a reusable mason jar. Plus, 10 percent of Conservation Candle sales is donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network. A single candle costs $15.95.

Amazon Customer says “Love the scent and the way it burns so slow…this is the best candle ever and everyone I give them to as gifts absolutely love it!! I would give this product 10 stars if I could!!! The price is Wonderful too!!”

9. Kneipp Dream Away Valerian & Hops Herbal Bath Oil 

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Ever tried bath oils before? While you’re locked down in your home, you may want to give them a whirl to really luxuriate your at-home-spa! This Kneipp Dream Away Valerian & Hops Herbal Bath Oil is not only 100 percent vegan and free of harmful chemicals, but it’s been dermatologist tested. These oils contain a concentrated blend of valerian extract and hops both of which are powerful plant oils that help you rest, relax, and can promote healthy slumber. A 3.38-fluid ounce bottle costs $20.00.

LD says “This met all of my expectations for a relaxing spa-like bath experience at home. I love that is is made with essential oils. The scent is absolutely amazing. I love the added blue color. It also bubbles very well. All of this lasts for the whole bath time. My skin was soft and smooth. I highly recommend this scent and product.”

10. The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Soap

Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Soap/Amazon.com

Lay back, relax, and give your skin a nice detoxifying scrub with this Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Soap. This soap is vegan, organic, cruelty-free, leaping bunny certified and contains zero sulfates, parabens, or gluten. This specific blend includes sustainably-harvested bladderwrack seaweed, — which helps detoxify the skin — Hawaiian kukui oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, arabica coffee, — which provides a gentle exfoliation — cinnamon, — which activates skin cells and increases skin elasticity — and charcoal powder — which draws out and washes away dirt, toxins, and impurities on the skin. A 3.75-ounce bar costs $6.77.

Amazon Customer says “This is my new favorite product. I have dry sensitive skin, and using this daily has helped with the dry skin on my legs tremendously. I love the scrub I get from this soap. Not great for sensitive areas. Almost no scent at all which is fine by me. Maybe some slight improvement for cellulite on my legs, but I wasn’t expecting much there. One bar lasts about 2 weeks. Wish there were a 3pack available. Going to try other products by this brand.”

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