Autumn Pamper for Cold, Gloomy Nights (and Days)


Cold, rainy, windy weather.

It’s finally here!

Yes, I’ve also grown a bit tired of the unusually warm weather we’ve been experiencing.

There is something SO cozy about that rainy, sweater weather, but it can sometimes affect our mood too.

I don’t always know how to deal with the gloominess outside. There are days when it makes me feel all happy, comfy and cushy, and there are days when it just makes me feel a bit… sad.

Having one, extra-long pamper session a week won’t fix everything. BUT if you mix in a few things you enjoy doing with a little self-care and make it a habit to teach yourself to slow down, even the gloomiest of days can feel a bit brighter.


Autumn pamper


Candles and essential oils are two things I absolutely need to set the mood- both are a must for an autumn pamper. My essential oil collection is ever-growing and I diffuse them at my home office when working, when I’m meditating, when I’m reading- pretty much all the time. Eucalyptus is a favorite I reach for whenever I feel the need to relax or de-stress. Scented candles are also great for making that long bath on a rainy day a little more relaxing. Right now I can’t get enough of Molton Brown’s Russian Leather*– it’s a woody, muscular scent that kind of smells like wilderness and forest mixed with a little birch, black tea, and leather. It is a perfect candle for this time of year.

I also put my phone on the do not disturb mode. A must for me. Your time is precious and unplugging once in a while is very important.

To add even more ambiance you can also play some music, but to be honest, listening to audiobooks or watching something funny on Netflix is what I usually do since those are the things I don’t get to do too often. Ok, well, I actually do listen to audiobooks almost daily, but those are mostly self-improvement titles, so when I want to relax a little I listen to something more entertaining, like a good mystery. I just finished Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine– SO GOOD! As I’m one of those people who is VERY accident-prone, I’ve drowned countless books and magazines, so I avoid bringing those in the tub. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but it’s very uncomfortable to read in the tub?! No?

MŪN Akwi Purifying Cleanser– a dry-skinned girl’s best friend, save 15% with code MUN13T, Complex Beauty Ocean Potion mineral face mask, Monastery Yuzu Body Butter.


Taking a bath is something I love to do during colder months. Flower petals look kinda cute, but they will also leave your tub looking a mess, so learn from my mistakes, and skip those. Unless you want to spend an hour cleaning your bathroom post your relaxing bath. Instead, try a good Epsom soak. I’ve been using this one with Eucalyptus and Spearmint since I was in High School and it’s amazing. Seriously one of my favorite drugstore products that I’ve been buying for ages. If you have sore back, muscles, feet- this soak really helps with those small aches and pains. Post my car accident I probably went through about 10 bags of this stuff already- it really helps me out with those tense and stiff muscles that bother me quite a bit at the end of the day.

I also love adding something that will soften my skin, like Palermo Body All-Natural Soothing Milk Bath powder. It’s great for sensitive skin, it has coconut milk and oatmeal in it and leaves the skin feeling very soft and smooth.  Another bath-favorite product I really like that’s more affordable is this Skin Nourishing Milk Bath. This product dissolves quickly and turns the water into that pretty, milky-white color while also softening skin. If your skin is more on the sensitive side, I’d suggest the Oatmeal Honey version, OR you could just mix 1 cup of oats with 1 cup of Epsom salt, blend them really well in a food processor and use that to make a bath soak for sensitive skin.

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Bath caddy is from Amazon. 


Autumn pamper wouldn’t be complete without a face mask. A face mask, a jade roller, my favorite cleanser and a washcloth is all I usually grab from my skincare stash when taking a long bath. I love taking my time with MŪN Akwi Purifying Cleanser and really work it in my skin by massaging it all over, including my lips. I then put my washcloth under clean running water, squeeze out the excess, cover my face with it and gently press it on. This is one of my favorite little rituals, especially on those days when I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup or when my skin is feeling particularly dry- something that is for most of us difficult to avoid once the temperatures drop. I then usually follow-up with a nice, hydrating mask.

Autumn pamper

Also loving for my Autumn pamper: this Himalayan Scrub– so good to use all over, I especially love it on my feet and knees. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask– great for renewing and smoothing skin. Lierac Hydrogenist Hydrating Mask and Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy* mask are both overnight hydrating products. Bath bombs are from Amazon


While I don’t usually bring books or magazines with me when enjoying a long bath, I do bring my journal.

You know how people say that some of the best ideas come to you while you’re in the shower?

Well, there is definitely something to that. Sometimes I just brain dump, sometimes I write about my day, other times I write down some ideas I have, goals or plans. That way, I’m taking care of both- my mind and my body. It often just seems like an ideal time and place to gather your thoughts- when you’re in that relaxed and soothing place.

I also sometimes take this time to treat myself a little- I’ll have my favorite tea or a handful of dark-chocolate-covered cashews, and sometimes I go all out and make myself a huge array of some healthy snacks. Oh, and jumping into my favorite loungewear as soon as I slap some body butter on (currently loving the Yuzu Body Butter* by Monastery), is always a perfect end to my pamper sessions.

For all of us who are a bit on the sensitive side, things like the change in seasons, lack of sunshine, rainy weather, can affect our mood. That’s why it’s so important to remember to take care of yourself- even if it’s just by taking a silly bath (because it’s a little more than just that). It’s you letting yourself know that it’s okay to stop and indulge a little once in a while. To pause, relax and do something you really enjoy (which, btw, doesn’t have to be a bath at all).

Oh, and if you guys have any recommendations for a good mystery novel- please do tell!!

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  • Reply
    Mollie Quirk
    October 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Such a gorgeous post. I thoroughly enjoyed this. All of the photos are utterly stunning!!

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx |

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    Yvonne Ashon
    October 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    This sounds so good and cozy.

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    Laura Anderson Weiss
    October 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Have you ever read Harlan Coben? He’s my favorite mystery author– they’re suspenseful but not too stressful and have a fun comedic side, too. My favorites by him are probably No Second Chance and The Woods

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      Paula @
      October 30, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much for your recommendation, he sounds like an author I’d love! Just ordered No Second Chance! :)

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    Amelia Loke
    October 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Your post has really made me lament the lack of a bathtub in my house! I completely agree with your view on face masks – they help me unwind a treat. And you’re right about reading books or magazines in the bathtub, I think it looks great but isn’t so practical!

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      Paula @
      October 30, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      A hot shower or a nice foot soak will do the trick, too! :D I definitely reach for face masks a lot more during this time of year- with rainy weather and nothing much to do outdoors, it’s a perfect little treat and a way to relax. :)

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    Linda Libra Loca
    October 27, 2017 at 2:16 am

    I would be so afraid of dumping my Journal into the bath. If I had a Journal, that is. The change of weather doesn´t affect me much, I like many different kind of weather. As long as I can motivate myself to get out of the house once a day everythig is fine.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Paula @
      October 30, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      You’re lucky the change in weather doesn’t affect you! I find that it does affect me less and less as I get older, so there’s hope! :)

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    October 27, 2017 at 2:55 am

    We don’t have a bath in our new place :( Such a shame.

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    Janah Jay
    October 27, 2017 at 7:46 am

    We are so similar – I JUST wrote a post on baths and how amazingly relaxing they are with the right products!

    I’m going to be checking out that Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt soak for sure – salts are really good for drawing toxins from the skin, I can’t have a bath without them! xxx

    Janah |

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      Paula @
      October 30, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Great minds! haha! :) I love salts too, find that they really help me out with sore and stiff muscles!

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    Asaake |
    October 28, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Okay i’m seriously going to start taking self-care seriously. I buy so many bath time products but never really take the time to indulge. ugh.

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      Paula @
      October 30, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      That was me for many years haha! I’d buy all the fancy soaps and jump out of the tub after 5 minutes. Now that I deal with so much muscle soreness and stiffness, I’ve grown to appreciate those nice, lengthy baths, for sure, hehe :)

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    October 28, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    These all look sooo good – you are pretty much goals for self-care. I wish I could take a bath in your place (without any creepiness intended haha). I just moved into a place that has a bathtub so I’m trying to up my bath time game. I’ve gotten past my LUSH bath bomb phase haha and I’m gonna look into all the other types of bath milks, fizzers, and beyond. Definitely gonna need to sift through some of your other posts for inspo too!

    Cindy |

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      Paula @
      October 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      LOL! Thank you so much, Cindy!! My husband always jokes that the fact I saw a huge bathtub in the master bathroom when we were house shopping was the deciding factor when we bought our house years ago haha :) Hope you enjoy your new place (and the bath that came with it :D )

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    Danielle Alexa
    October 29, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I love candles and essential oils, it makes me feel really cosy and relaxed after a long day at work!

    Danielle xx

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    Sara Rodrigues
    October 29, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I’m obcessed with candles, really! Light up a candle and read a book or just work… oh dear
    xx /

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    Naya //
    October 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I got way more relaxed just by looking at these wonderful photographs (your bath looks fab Paula!). I love a good bath and sheet mask, even better if I have one of those nice Lush bath bombs ready. Great post xx

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    Natalie Redman
    October 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I love everything about winter when I’m inside the house. I just hate going out into it haha

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    November 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    A good bath is incredible when it’s cold outside!

    Sara – Flemingo

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