1. A copper bowl does wonders for whipped cream. Discover what a copper Japanese soaking tub does for you. Covers you up to your shoulders in water - or whipped cream, your choice. $10,500. 800-951-7727 or diamondspas.com.
2. Soy meets bamboo meets your bare skin in a SoyBu robe from the Colorado Clothing Company. The earth-friendly fabric is naturally anti-microbial, machine washable and soft as cashmere against your body. $69 (matching sandal slippers are $20) at Kay's, 219 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231-941-7505.
3.You don't have to believe in chromatherapy (the holistic notion that color heals) to feel pretty in pink - or any of the eight shades of water that change with a push of a button in Kohler's Tea for Two (take the hint) whirlpool bath. $5,656. For local dealers, visit kohler.com.
4. At last, a towel warmer for people who can't live with right angles. The Boz Cirqo 3 starts at $2,010.
540-582-6677 or wesaunard.com.
5.The name says it all: Divine rainfall showerhead. $235. For local dealers, visit moen.com.
More Great Soaks
Atlantis Free Soaker Tub, $2,910. Neptune, bainsneptune.com.leek
Stainless Steel Circular Japanese Soaking Bath, $8,500. Diamond Spas, diamondspas.com.
Cedar Ofuro Japanese Soaking Tub, $1,850. Northern Lights, cedartubs.com.
Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.
Note: This article was originally published in March 2008.