When it comes to favorite winter self-care activities, taking a warm bath and cozying up to watch a movie are neck-and-neck for the gold medal. So, um, why not combine the two? Turns out, the women in some iconic films are actually pretty good inspo for your next self-care night in. From bubble baths to petal-powered soaks, they know what’s up when it comes to super-charging their soaks.
So, why not follow their lead? (They’re the leading ladies after all.) Here, I collected five tubs from film history that you’re gonna want to hop in stat. Cancel your plans, self-care is on tap.
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Real talk: Who among us hasn’t attempted to nurse heartbreak with a bubble bath? After Allie sees a picture of her lost love Noah in the newspaper during a wedding dress fitting, she faints, and takes to the bath in attempt to make herself feel better. Post-breakup self-care is majorly important, and the fact that Allie still has her veil on while she bathes just might make this the most glamorous moment in self-care history.
The 7 Year Itch
In The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe treats her icy bath time as a way to cool off from the sweltering New York City summer heat. Ice baths also happen to speed up muscle recovery time (which is why they tend to be a post-game go-to for athletes), so Monroe may have actually been onto something.
Nobody does self care quite like the Queen of the Nile. Elizabeth Burton’s bath game as Cleopatra was next-level, complete with floating lotus flowers and gold toy boats. She also manages to clean up without smudging her cat-eye, which is pretty damn impressive. If you’re looking for some royal treatment, check out one of these thermal baths that are undeniably fit for a queen, and of course, you must add petals to your tub.
Julia Roberts did what any of the rest of us would do when left to our own devices in a five-star luxury hotel: She took a bath, complete with a zillion bubbles and a Prince soundtrack. Bubble baths are obviously the number one way to chill out, and might even help you sleep better if you soak yourself in some suds before bed.
Adding a little scrub to your “rub-a-dub-dub,” the way Joan Blondell does in Blonde Crazy, is the perfect way to give your winter skin a head to toe exfoliation. Sloughing with a sisal brush a la Blondell is actually one of the best ways to get rid of dead skin — plus, it will make bath time feel like a full-on spa experience.
Now that you’re good and ready to hop in the tub (… after you lay on the couch for 12 hours under a chunky knit blanket and re-watch. every movie on this list), here are 5 luxurious winter baths to warm you right up.