Making time for some me-time? A long soak in a deep, scented bath has to be part of your evening in. Oils, salts, soaks and foams – here’s our expert edit of the very best bathing treats…
Planning a night in? Surely a book, a bath and a glass of wine/cup of tea are all you might possibly need… We provide the books – we can’t (unfortunately) send you wine, and here’s our edit of the very best products to transform your bath into a spa-like experience. Total relaxation guaranteed.
Prepare to intoxicated as you’re transported to the fragranced hammams of Marrakech, scented steam hanging heavy in the air. Romantic exaggeration aside, Ren’s Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil is one seriously sensual treat if you’re in need of some blissed-out me-time. It’s also not too heavy an oil, instantly dissolving into a milky elixir in warm water. The sensual rose otto scent is light and delicate, gently soothing away stress and tension, while softening and hydrating skin.
Short on the shut-eye? We won’t bore you with stats about the contemporary sleep crisis, but suffice to say, many of us have trouble in one way or another. Luckily Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath Foam does just what it purports to. Creating a rich foam to luxuriate in, this is made with an indulgent blend of jasmine, sweet basil and lavender – scents designed to relax and soothe body and mind, preparing you to drift off the land of nod. Plan a night in, switch off your phone and choose a favourite book before sinking into a softly scented cloud of foam. Neom Organics’ Scent To Sleep range really does the trick – prepare to awake feeling refreshed and rested.
Tucked away on one of the bottom shelves at your nearest branch of Boots, you’ll find the extremely efficacious and very keenly priced Dead Sea range. Ignore the retro-style packaging – or decant into something more elegant – the Aromatherapy Bath Salts with Frankincense are simple yet absolutely marvellous. Natural Dead Sea salts are reputed for their therapeutic benefits, and these are guaranteed to relax and soothe, while softening skin from top to toe. The light rose and frankincense scent is uplifting and calming too.
Olverum only make one product, but it’s a damn good one. Olverum’s Bath Oil is the result of a secret family recipe, dating back to 1931. A cult product with a fascinating story, this natural bath oil is super-concentrated so you’ll only need the tiniest amount to release all of the essential oils for a relaxing, aromatic soak. Ten essential oils include lemon, rosemary, lavender, geranium and eucalyptus, resulting in a unique, slightly-herbal scent that’s both invigorating and soothing, helping to banish tensions and ease stress.
A little goes a very long way when it comes to Soapsmith’s Bloomsbury Bath Soak. A sprinkle of this fresh, floral treat and you’ll have a beautifully scented bath, with a heady perfume redolent of roses, honeysuckle, peony and primrose. Inspired by the Bloomsbury Square Gardens in London, this is made with a blend of Epsom and Dead Sea salts, along with nourishing cocoa butter, coconut milk powder and oat powder for a deeply hydrating experience.
Other things we love?
Suckers for pretty packaging, we can’t get enough of Herbivore Botanicals’ organic products – particularly the Detox Bath Salts. Equally photogenic is Diptyque’s Precious Oils for Body and Bath, and you can’t go wrong with an Aromatherapy Associates bath oil. This Works’ Deep Sleep Bath Soak is another trusted treat if you’re having trouble sleeping, and if you can cope with the overpowering scent assailing your nostrils as you enter a branch of Lush, the Twilight and The Big Sleep bath bombs make lovely treats. Less pretty but super effective are the Magnesium Oil Flakes from Better You, but we’d simply decant these into a pretty container et voila! We’d do the same with any of Westlab’s bath salt varieties, or even better – add your favourite aromatherapy oils and perhaps a few dried rose petals for a personalised bath salt blend.