The Perfect 
Bath with 
William Hanson

Join our bath time with one of the UK’s leading etiquette consultants, William Hanson. Did you know that 25% of UK bath times have a hip hop soundtrack? And that people in the West Midlands are the most likely to take a snack to the bath? Whatever your perfect bath routine is, make sure you have it with a dash of fenjal.

Londoners and Geordies lead the way with the return of the plunge  

  • Londoners (50%) and Geordies (46%) take the most baths 
  • 25% of UK bath-times have a hip hop soundtrack 
  • Men (39%) more likely to take a bath than women (35%) 
  • 29% play classical music while in the bath 
  • 50% of brits want to share their bath with another person 
  • People in the west midlands most likely to snack in the bath 
  • Scarlett Johansson celebrity we most want to bath with 
  • Six out of 10 brits read in the bath 
  • 44% take smartphones into the bath 
  • 49% burn candles during bath-time 
  • Men twice as likely to eat in the bath as women 
  • Women twice as likely to use bath salts, bath oil, bubble bath or bath crème as men

MORE Brits than ever are taking a bath, new research has revealed.  

Bathing has become a real event in 2021 with music, books, candles, luxury bath cremes and even our favourite snacks making an appearance, our study has found.  

Experts say it is the Lockdown effect which has seen the humble bath-time enjoy a resurgence in the UK over Lockdown, after playing second-fiddle to the shower for so many years.  

The research shows that 4 out of 10 Brits now take a bath regularly – up from just 20% who say they took a bath before Lockdown.  

And the surge in bath-time is down to Brits seeking new ways to relax during the forced isolation of Lockdown. Some 78% of us say the main reason we now take a bath more often is to properly relax and wash away the stresses of the modern-day with some precious me-time.  


William Hanson on Bath Etiquette

Fenjal is working with renowned etiquette expert William Hanson on its British bath-time study. William is widely regarded as the UK’s most trusted authority on etiquette and civility.  William is also executive director of The English Manner, the UK’s most established etiquette and protocol consultancy.  

William said: “There are certain things which modern etiquette dictates we should and shouldn’t do in the bathroom. Playing music, and the choice of that music, as the study reveals, leaves a lot to be desired.  

“The fenjal study shows that more than half the nation (53%) plays music in the bathroom when they take a bath.   

“Pop music (50%), rock music (30%) and classical (29%) are the favourite musical genres for bath lovers, according to the data. Although, I was somewhat startled to discover that a quarter of bath-times are played out to a soundtrack of hip-hop, with dance music tunes ringing out for 27% of bath lovers during their plunge. Far too vigorous and lively, by my standards.  

“The bath has become a haven for many other reasons. It has become a place where people really can take advantage and enjoy some precious ‘me’ time. Six out of 10 bath-times see bath lovers take the time for a spot of reading. Thirty-one per cent read books in the bath, 18% read a Kindle or eReader surrounded by suds and a further 11% regularly read a magazine, newspaper or other publication while they’re bathing in bubbles. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with educating yourself while in the bath.”  

As you’d expect in an era where the smartphone rules, those little mobiles also accompany us to the bathroom. Some 44% of Brits take their smartphone into the bath with them, with 11% insisting they never take a bath without their phone to hand.  

Some bath-time habits are more unexpected than others, however. Three out of 10 of us now eat our favourite snacks while we’re in the bath. And 14% say they always or regularly eat while in the bath.  

Surprisingly, men are more likely to take a bath regularly in 2021 than women. However, according to the data, women are more likely to use bubble bath, bath crème, bath salts or bath oil than men. And most won’t be surprised to discover that men are twice as likely as women to eat in the bath.  

While bath-time has traditionally been a solo pursuit, as Brits seek out those special ‘me’ time moments, there’s also been a shift in that movement. While 50% of the nation admits it would only take a bath solo, the other half of the country wants to share its bath-time suds with someone else.  

In fact, if Britain had its way, the most popular celebrity to share our bath-times would-be Hollywood starlet, Scarlett Johansson. While Scarlett was the most voted for celebrity for Brits to share their bath-time with, others including Taylor Swift, Adele, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt all featured high in the bath-time celebrities list.  

So which parts of Britain like to bathe the most? London tops the list with 50% of Londoners taking a bath regularly, followed closely by those in the North-East, with 46% regularly taking a bath.  

Those in East Anglia are most likely to read in the bath, with 42% taking a book, eReader or magazine into the tub with them.  

People living in the West Midlands are most likely to take their smartphone into the bathroom with them – 24% admit it always accompanies their bath-time. They’re also the most likely to eat in the bath, with 23% admitting bath-time is regularly snack time too.  

Those living in Yorkshire & the Humber are most likely to use bath salts, bubble baths, bath crème or bath oil in their bath, with 47% admitting it’s a must-have.  

William Hanson added: “Some of the results of the fenjal study make me shudder. The bathroom, particularly at bath-time, should be a place of calm and tranquillity. Luxurious bath cremes, calming music and candles are all more than permissible. But I’m not sure that the nation truly understands this – according to etiquette, hip hop music, snacking and smartphones have no place in the modern English bathroom.”