10 Romantic Bath Ideas for 2021

a couple takes a romantic bath together


Looking for romantic bath ideas? Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just another night, taking a bath with your honey can help you grow closer. That is, if you do it right. So think through the details before you jump in the tub together. This guide can help you figure out what can go wrong, so you can plan for optimal romance.

And if you’ve got a man in your life who is reluctant to hop in the tub with you,  try this: Next time you’re in bed together, read him this post: Secrets of Men Who Take Baths.

I promise he’ll warm up to the idea…fast!


Best Romantic Bath Ideas for 2021


And now, without further ado, here are romantic bath ideas that can turn on the sweetness or the sizzle, depending on what shade of romance is your most fervent desire:


1. Soak in a Tub for Two


You need to be pretty comfortable with one another to share a tub made for one—but that can be some of the fun. Just keep in mind water displacement and fill it up less than you usually would when bathing alone. 

It also depends on whether as a couple, the two of you run on the skinny side or, if you’ve both got some love handles to hang onto.

For ultimate comfort, and if you plan to make romantic baths a mainstay of your relationship, consider getting a tub that easily fits two. This could be a hot tub, in which case turn on the power and get steamy! (See my post How to Buy a Hot Tub for help getting a good deal.)

A double-slippered pedestal tub can offer comfort for both bathers and its exquisite design lends itself to romance. For example, check out this beauty from Signature Hardware. At 72 inches and made of cast iron, each bather can rest comfortably at either end. See it here on Amazon.


2. Get Scent-ual!


Since ancient times, the essence of plants, roots and flowers have been pressed. The essential oils were then used as aphrodisiacs to inspire allure and desire. There are a wide range of essential oils that aid sensuality. 

Lavender oil decreases anxiety and stress, and as you probably know, being relaxed is a precursor to feeling the romance. While the essential oil of nutmeg is thought to increase sexuality in men, ginseng oil can help with erectile dysfunction. And sandalwood can improve overall mood for women. (Source)

Fortunately, using essential oils is one of the easiest-to-implement romantic bath ideas. And you have several options. You can get bath bombs with essential oils. Not only will they add some fun to your joint tub experience, by fizzing and spinning, but also most bath bombs contain essential oils. 


Try the Sex Bomb from Lush. And be sure to read my full review of the Sex Bomb here.

You can also try an essential oil diffuser. Place it on your bathroom vanity and let the sensuous scents swirl through the air. This is a great option if you like a stronger scent. 


This Essential Oil Diffuser from Earnest Living is extra pretty and the beautiful colored lighting will cast a romantic vibe. Plug it into the wall and let a fine mist diffuse the scent of desire across your bathroom. Check out the Essential Oil Diffuser on Amazon.

You can also mix essential oils with carrier oils and then put the mixture in a full tub. However, if you choose to do this, test for skin sensitivities by placing a few drops directly on the inside of your wrist, as well as your partner’s. Wait an hour to see if there’s any irritation. Repeat the test. If there’s no problem, then feel free to use—that is, unless you’re pregnant or breastfeeding have open sores or a chronic illness.

Read more about how to safely dilute and use essential oils. The scent will likely be faint. You can also mix essential oils, carrier oils and Epsom salts to create a blissful relaxation bath.


3. Kick It Up a Notch with Chromotherapy


Chromotherapy is the use of color to affect mood. The advertising business uses it all the time, creating green-hued ads to make us feel peaceful and teal-colored ads to signify sophistication.

But what about for romance? Just as there are many shades of relationships, there are many colors that can work to inspire sensuality; it depends exactly what you want from your significant other.

Use red for general attraction and to signal confidence. Pink indicates warmth and sweetness. Turn on the purple light to turn on sexual passion.

Sure, if you use colored lights your lover will just notice the cool ambiance. But you don’t have to reveal the method to your madness!

There are some really fun options to get your chromotherapy on. Check out this amazing freestanding bathtub from Empava with 7 color light-up options on Amazon (Choose either the 59” or 67” length.)

Talk about feeling desire. I want one so bad! And it is double-ended so it can easily be a tub for two.



But, honestly, you can integrate chromotherapy into your romantic bathtub experience for a lot less money. Why not try Submersible LED Lights with remote control. Stick them on the sides of your bathtub. Turn the settings to your desired color combo and let the magic unfold! 

See LED Submersible Lights with Remote Control on Amazon.


4. Try Flameless Candlelight


One of the most obvious romantic bath ideas is to use candles. And while candles can incorporate both the scents of essential oils and chromotherapy, if you anticipate a lot of action in the bathroom, consider flame-free candles to keep things safe.

Below you’ll see the gorgeous LED Flameless Candles with Embedded Starlight String. They will definitely set the mood, but they won’t kill the romance by making you worry about a house fire just when things are getting good!


These flamless candles come 5 in a set, or 3 in a set, and you can turn them on or off with the remote control. You can also set the timer so they’ll automatically turn off whenever you choose. 

See the LED Flameless Candles with Embedded Starlight String on Amazon.


5. Turn On the Mood Music


Since ancient times, humans have recognized the ability of music to alter our moods. So which tunes are best for bringing on the romance? Really, that depends on you and your mate. 

Just be sure to choose a soundtrack that works for both of you equally well, and matches the mood you want to create. It’s not always true that romantic music should be mellow on the beat. Sometimes lively can be sexy and fun.

But nothing can kill a mood like a tinny sound quality, so try not to stream from your phone. If you’re in the market for waterproof speakers, try the Wonderboom 2 to get a huge bang for your buck! This Bluetooth-enabled waterproof speaker is getting rave reviews in the audio world.

See the Wonderboom 2 from Ultimate Ears here on Amazon.


For much more on how to pick the perfect speakers for you, as well as my picks for speakers at a variety of price points, read my post Need a Bathroom Audio Solution? Listen Up! 


6. Rub Your Honey With Sugar Scrub


If you’ve never heard of a sugar scrub, it’s a concoction with essential oils, carrier oils and, yes, sugar! Rubbing a sugar scrub on your own body feels decadent, as the sugar exfoliates any rough, dry patches of skin.

So why not share the sweet sensation, by massaging your honey with a sugar scrub?



Might I suggest you make a sugar scrub together as a type of bath foreplay? The Green Tea Sugar Scrub with Mint explained in the recipe below will get all your senses tingling. And once you have the ingredients, you can make the recipe in no time. 

In fact, there are a whole host of fun bath recipes to whip up together and rub, scrub and spread on each other. Download 5 fast and easy ones here. Might I suggest an after-bath massage with Peppermint Body Butter?



7. Take a Champagne Bath


It feels extra celebratory to sip champagne in the tub, but that’s just the beginning of how to make a bath for two extra romantic.

Why not follow in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe, arguably the sexiest actress of all time?! Rumor has it that she bathed in 350 bottles of champagne. And why not? Well, it would cost a bloody fortune for one thing. Plus all that uncorking would be some workout. 

Instead, follow Marilyn’s lead in spirit, by fixing a more modern-day (and less sticky) version of the champagne bath. Mix these simple ingredients together in a bowl and then add the solution to warm bathwater:

  • 1 cup of Champagne
  • 1 cup of Epsom Salts
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (microwave for 20 seconds)
  • 6 drops of essential rose oil, if available



Next, and this is optional, sprinkle your bath water with dried or fresh rose petals.

Finally, while bathing in champagne, be sure to sip glasses of bubbly! Balance your bubbly on a pretty bath caddy, like the one pictured just above from Royal Craft Wood. In addition to your champagne, the caddy can also hold your sugar scrub, a remote for an essential oil diffuser, a candle, and any other bathtub goodies you may want to bring along.

See the Royal Craft Wood Bath Caddy on Amazon.


8. Bring On the Bubbles!


There is something inherently festive and fun about bubbles. Bubbles are playful, and being in a state to play is essential for romance. So consider adding bubbles to your bath! 

Another good reason to add bubbles is that sometimes, hiding your naked selves, making it easier to let go of any hangups.

There are great, inexpensive bubble baths on the market.  My favorite pick for romance would be Deep Steep Rosemary Mint Bubble Bath. See it here on Amazon.

And if you’re interested in a super-duper bubbly bubble bath, then you’ll definitely want to read my post The Secret to a More Bubbly Bubble Bath. Not to brag, but I’ve got that one totally figured out.


9. Dry Off With a Soft, Fluffy Towel 


Being able to wrap your sweetheart in a soft, fluffy towel can be a sensual experience in and of itself. The last thing you want when you get out of the tub is to hug up your lover in a thin, scratchy towel. Talk about a vibe killer.

So think ahead and set out your most plush towels. Personally, I use blended bamboo towels from Cariloha. They are plush because they mix bamboo with combed Turkish cotton. Check out this awesome bamboo towel set by Cariloha on Amazon.

Also, bamboo towels are incredibly soft, anti-microbial and eco-friendly. To learn more about bamboo towels, read the 7 Best Bamboo Towel Benefits.


10. Take a Long-Distance Couples Bath


These days, just because you’re not in the same place as your lover, doesn’t mean you can’t take a romantic bath together!

You’ve heard of phone sex, right? Well, there’s a more romantic version of that. It’s called the LDCB (Long Distance Couples Bath).  And technology makes it possible.

What you need is a pair of Friendship Lamps. Each of you has one. Then when apart, you set your friendship lamp on your bathroom vanity. Whenever you pine for your lover, touch the friendship lamp. Their lamp will light up in a color that represents you and says, “We’re apart but you’re still in my heart!”  

Likewise, your partner’s lamp will light up when you touch the lamp first.



And now for the best part of this romantic bath idea: each of you touches the lamp and then soaks in a relaxing, hot bath, illuminated by the beautiful colors of love. Enjoy your LDCB! 

Read more about Friendship Lamps here on Amazon.


Best Romantic Bath Ideas


lit candles, towels and two glasses of wine on the bathroom ledge


Taking a bath is such a sensuous experience it easily lends itself to romance. You don’t need to implement every idea on the list. Just pick a few of your favorite romantic bath ideas to turn a bath for two into a form of foreplay. 



Shana Burg is a bath enthusiast, content strategist, and award-winning writer. She is the founder of bathtubber.com.

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