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Body and Soul 

Bathroom accoutrements that are good for your skin, spirit and senses

An open shower -- with no shower tray or partition -- a square no-boundaries bathtub, and a cool, modern block that holds the faucet and hand-shower wand are all part of the "free showering and bathing" attitude in the Eternity series by Dornbracht, available exclusively at Southland Plumbing Supply Inc. (2328 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 835-8411; 68443 Hwy. 59, Suite 6, Mandeville, 985-893-8883; www.southlandplumbingsupply.com). Prices depend on design elements.

A double-slipper bathtub painted dark green on the outside has white, cast-iron lion paw feet and holds 44 gallons of water. The faucets are mounted on the rub rim, and the unit requires a leg-tub drain (that and faucets are not included). The tub feet come in uncoated, paintable brass, white, chrome, polished brass, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze, by Belle Foret, $2,570, from Tubs 'N Things (4609 Magazine St., 895-0052).

A super-soft gray-and-cream floral cotton-linen rug, starting at $99, by Habidecor, goes perfectly with ultra-thick white towels with black-and-white striped piping around all the edges by Abyss, $63 bath towel, $29 hand towel, $16 wash cloth; all from Bellanoche Bedding and Sleepware (3632 Magazine St., 891-6483). Add luxury to bath time with creamy purple passion fruit bath foam with Amazon nut oil by MOR, $29; or Voga liquid soap in a decorative pump container by Claus Porto, $18; and extra-large bars of scented, luxury soap, including Parada (pear-sandalwood) and Voga (acacia-tuberose), both by Claus Porto, $15.75 a bar; from Belladonna Day Spa and Retail Therapy (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com).

Getting clean can be fun and luxurious when you outfit your bathroom with great-smelling soaps such as a shaker-tube of passion-fruit bath soak by MOR, $21; a large purple passion fruit bar of soap (in a groovy box) by MOR, $9; an assortment of bath bars in Rivale, Parada and Voga scents by Claus Porto, $24.75 for a box of three; and an assortment of luxury shea-butter enriched guest soap medallions in five scents by Claus Porto, $20 for box of 15; all from Belladonna Day Spa and Retail Therapy (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com).

The boxes these candles come in are almost as pretty as what is inside. Candles come in different scents and are poured into pretty etched-glass holders. Scents include Parada (pear-sandalwood) and Rivale (grapefruit-fig), both by Claus Porto, $33.75 each, from Belladonna Day Spa and Retail Therapy (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com).

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