The Ultimate Shag Pad
You've been creating fantasies in your head all night
– along the lines of whether her curtains match her drapes – about what's going to happen when you finally get her back to your apartment. Well so has she. Just literally, about your actual curtains.
But before you give up on love because of your rented "studio" cupboard, there's a lot we're prepared to overlook in your man cave if we're into you… And then there are deal breakers that will catapult your chance of seeing the colour of our knickers to zero. But with a few well-positioned deal-makers, you'll score major points on the specifics.
The humble towl
Matching, clean, fresh and soft: towels are not to be underestimated. Especially the bath sheet: this is not just a towel, it’s a luxurious blanket that I want to wrap myself in (Studio.W Luxury Cotton Bath Sheet R225 woolworths.co.za).
Keep your towels soft and fluffy: don't use fabric softener (ironically, it's the build-up wash after wash that causes towel to harden); shake out and air dry but put in a tumble dryer on a medium heat after to fluff out the fibres – and to make it toasty and warm on a winter's night before wrapping her in it!
Go ahead and share: when I wrap myself in your robe, the natural scent of your sweat in the fabric may raise my cortisol levels – which have been linked to her arousal and mood – according to a study that was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
A clean shower.
The more inviting, the more time I'll want to spend in it. No mouldy plastic shower curtain with plastic rings, please.
A few grooming products.
Not a grooming larder, just enough on display to show you know how to take care of yourself (and so indirectly me).
Magazines (specially soft porn) strewn in the bathroom.
I do not want to picture your sitting on the throne for hours.
Fungal creams on display.
No matter the harmless location, it’s hard to get me interested in exploring your body.
Did you mother help you decorate in the Nineties?
A girl's razor.
No, the first thing I’m thinking is not, "T'ah bless, he likes the tender twin blade." I’m thinking someone else has been here first. It's a really intimate I-live-here piece of equipment and something that would be easily tossed, unless it was very recently left there.
Save the travel samples of shampoo & conditioner and offer them to her when she's taking a shower. She's probably reluctant to see the results your two-on-one body and hair shampoo's going to do to her locks, but would probably like to wash it (especially if you're in there with her and some vigorous "cleaning" has meant she's got her hair all wet anyway). Then wash each other's hair. There is nothing like a good scalp rub and massage. It's a tender and caring gesture that will score you big points.
GND's 3 Must-Have Bathroom Items:
Yes you must have them, just not on display! Scented candles set the mood and lighting, and engage my senses. Sniff out orange and lavender scents. Their essential oils may help reduce anxiety and also improve mood, according to Austrian researchers. (Scented Damask Glass Votive Candle R90, woolworths.co.za)
Keep it tidy with a neat laundry bin and a mounted medicine cabinet that also ensures there's a mirror that let's her check her teeth and make-up.
Woven Leather Look Laundry Bin R399, Woolworth.co.za
3. Shower matt
Your gym towel does not qualify. Avoid white: this charcoal Studio W Bath Runner (R250 Woolworths.co.za) is masculine, functional and textured so it feels good underfoot.