Taking a hot bath when it’s a 1000 degrees outside: Counterintuitive. Delicious.

Bora Bora: Totally on my bucket list.
Bora Bora: At the tippity top of my bucket list.

The French have a beauty term – sensorielle – that doesn’t, as far as I know, have an American equivalent.

Translation: Any product infused with sensorielle properties – and it can be anything, from a facial toner to a body lotion – is all but guaranteed to be lushly fragranced, heady and utterly relaxing.

When I got back from my recent vacation, jet-lagged, suffering from a maje sinus infection and staring down a crisp list of deadlines, this intoxicating Phytoceane Bora Bora Sensory Bath was waiting for me.

And despite the fact that it was roughly 800º in my not-so-little palm-treed hometown, I grabbed it and headed straight to the tub.

Laced with beaucoup vanilla and almond, it smells really incredible. And it bubbles a bit, too, which was a nice change for non-foaming salt-addict moi. Though the press release recommended using just a little, I kept adding more. More bath water, more Bora Bora, more bubbles.

I stayed in there a while, reading a very odd little number called “A Paris Apartment” (I kinda bounce between loving and hating it), and breathing in all that sensoriality.

And of course I slept like a rock that night.

While “proper sleep hygiene” dictates that you drift off in a fairly cold room (68º is ideal), what really helps with insomnia is if you raise your body temperature first before slipping into the deep freeze. This triggers the natural release of melatonin, and we all know how great that is for sound slumber.

Better to generate your own melatonin than to take it in pill form, as I’ve recently discovered. Wearing a sleeping mask also helps on this front.

My point, on this steamy, mid-August Friday afternoon? Don’t let the heat keep you out of a piping hot tub. Load it with something sensorielle and dive in.