Ads for bathtub trays have been around since, well, there have been bathtubs and advertising. (I mean, I can only surmise. Honestly, who has the time?) They portray bathtubs as perfect safe havens within the home, complete with artfully arranged trays with all the amenities one needs for a relaxing afternoon in soothingly perfumed water.
Everything changed, however, when Twitter user Sharon Su (@doddlyroses) pointed out how most women would NEVER arrange their bathtub trays the way they're shown in the ads.
The people who manufacture bathtub trays seem to have no idea what women actually do in the bath and I find that st… https://t.co/JMKssBLbi7— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553395664.0
I mean, who does this?
Love sitting in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and a [checks notes] small undressed salad https://t.co/NgA3ri2wXb— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553395724.0
You know it's not a complete bath without a glass of red wine, a tiny latte, and an empty mug. Ambience brought to… https://t.co/UJQhDJOqpz— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553395980.0
These would be some of the most stressful baths you could imagine...
As a woman, I enjoy painting my nails in the bathtub while simultaneously grabbing handfuls of cornflakes, reading… https://t.co/uoRmAUUnLx— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553396117.0
This company has figured out what women really want while bathing: half a bottle of j'adore perfume to continually… https://t.co/fw7ttRrSMn— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553396318.0
This level of fanciness is unprecedented (and a bit unwelcome).
The EXCESS in this photo! White AND red wine! Green AND purple grapes! Eight kinds of cheese! And the piece de resi… https://t.co/1VdXOuwWEK— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553396474.0
Look if you're not chowing down on waffles and hot dogs while gazing at stock photography of the ocean then what ar… https://t.co/MrmPnr3riI— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553396526.0
Twitter users are taking steps to fix their baths ASAP!
In short I have learned that I am apparently bathing all wrong and will rectify this immediately— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553396670.0
@doodlyroses What gets me about this one is the teeny tiny flower arrangement-- that seems to include a tiny patch… https://t.co/KYjnAGYOS7— Patricia Wallinga ⛵🎶 (@Patricia Wallinga ⛵🎶) 1553454648.0
@pwallinga These imaginary women put more thought and planning into preparing their baths than con artists doing crimes— Sharon Su (@Sharon Su) 1553456501.0
Everyone's bath-time habits are VERY different apparently.
@doodlyroses Why is that woman bathing with the dashboard of a 2005 Renault Scenic? I'm not judging, just surprised… https://t.co/T2KHxvJUWe— devolute (@devolute) 1553453574.0
Several women decided to share what might be more normal to see on a bathtub tray.
@doodlyroses @SianySianySiany Where's the bowl of chicken nuggets— Natasha (@Natasha) 1553457765.0
@natasharadical @doodlyroses @SianySianySiany Where's the BOOK?— Mme Decadent Sneezy-Bottom (@Mme Decadent Sneezy-Bottom) 1553462581.0
If there's something EVERYONE loves, it's drinking coffee and wine at the same time!
@doodlyroses lol I love that she is drinking both a latte and wine— Musicology Duck (@Musicology Duck) 1553395727.0
@MusicologyDuck @doodlyroses Nothing like that refreshing blend of stimulant and depressant.— M. T. Anderson (@M. T. Anderson) 1553395921.0
@_MTAnderson @doodlyroses unless she's going to just stay in the tub for like 7 hours, and the coffee is for AM and the wine for PM— Musicology Duck (@Musicology Duck) 1553396071.0
Strange guesses about what women keep on their bathtub trays go back centuries. (See, I told you.)
@doodlyroses This has been going on for quite some time. As noted on the caption of this 1872 periodical, this Lite… https://t.co/r8DpZH7FWY— Mark Seifert (@Mark Seifert) 1553464370.0
@markseifert01 @doodlyroses #goals— Robin Marwick (@Robin Marwick) 1553469133.0
@electricland @markseifert01 @doodlyroses ...right up until the moment she knocks that bottle of ink over. ✒😲— InquisitiveCommander (@InquisitiveCommander) 1553475750.0
So what's actually on most women's bathtub trays? Well...
@doodlyroses the reality https://t.co/u735gIG09j— Tracy Facey (@Tracy Facey) 1553490545.0
But if you've been inspired by these suggestions, by all means, check out this selection of every kind of bathtub tray you could imagine. What's on your bathtub tray?