As the year stretches on, our days become hectic. Work intensifies and social obligations stack up. That, my friends, is just how this season goes. When our obligations multiply, of course it’s easy to let TLC go by the wayside. So consider this your wake-up call: In the tense winter months, you need a moment to yourself! Today, we’re teaming up with Alba Botanica® to show you how to create a luxurious, restorative, and restful flower bath for those icky winter days.

Step 1: Set the Scene

The secret to an extraordinary bath: Ambiance. Set the lighting just right, and place bathing essentials, a book, and a warm towel within arm’s reach. Most importantly, turn that phone onto Do Not Disturb!

Step 2: Build the Best Bath Ever

After you fill the tub with hot water, follow up with a few handfuls of stemless flowers. Something about these floating florals makes you feel like you’re in not just hot water, but *spa* water.

Psst: If you want to go the extra mile, you can add flowers and herbs with restorative properties — such as rose petals to refresh skin or lavender to calm nerves.

As steamy baths can dry out the skin, opt for moisturizing products during your bath routine. EnterAlba Botanica® Very Emollient™ Bath & Shower Gel in Coconut Rescue, AKA toasted coconut heaven. This rich and creamy cleanser works wonders, especially for those with irritable skin. It’s made with virgin, unrefined coconut oil and coconut milk, so it contains natural antioxidants that really work to make a difference. Best of all, it’s made with 100 percent vegetarian ingredients — no animal testing, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, or harsh sulfates involved.

Bonus! Got a soft spot for bubble baths? Add a few pumps of Very Emollient™ Bath & Shower Gel to the running water for some light suds.

On those especially dry and blustery days, we like to use Very Emollient™ Bath & Shower Gel in Herbal Healing for an extra hydration boost. This 100 percent vegetarian body wash is therapeutic for dry, damaged, or actively inflamed skin — especially flares associated with eczema, psoriasis, or skin-drying medications. Its effectiveness is thanks to 0.4 percent colloidal oatmeal, bamboo, turmeric, chamomile, green tea, *and* blackberry extracts.

Step 3: Relaaaax.

Remember, this bath is first and foremost about “me time.” It’s a time to replenish your energy, escape daily stresses, and relax! But if you need further convincing…

…Consider this laundry list of both physiological and psychological benefits of bathing* :)

See? All you need for this homemade oasis are a few flowers, therapeutic bathing essentials, and a relaxing ambiance. Soak it up, ladies.

How else can we practice TLC in the crazier months? We’d love to hear! Share your tips with us on Twitter and tag @BritandCo.

Production + Styling: Maddie Bachelder + Kayla Haykin

Photography: Chris Andre

Design: Marisa Kumtong

Model: Alicia Goad + Miss Brie the Dog

*Bathing benefits credited to North American Journal of Medical Sciences