Baths tend to be a bit like Marmite, you either love them, or…you get the picture. I sit with the aforementioned lovers. To me, a relaxing bath melts away all my tensions and allows me to switch off. It’s a ritual of mine. On Saturday mornings when Puppy Daddy has left for work, I let the hot tap run, put on a face mask and light my favourite candles. I don’t do this every week – maybe once a month – so it’s a real treat every time I do get to lock myself in the bathroom for an hour or so and just wallow. Not wallow in the miserable sense. I think of it more of a monthly MOT for my body. I am a firm believer in having time to one’s self; to relax, to meditate and, honestly, to de-hair without interruption.
During these precious moments, I want all of my beauty products to work extra hard whilst I relax. I like products that yield the best results in the quickest time possible. This impatience has lead me to be discerning with what I put on my face, body and hair. It sounds a bit pernickety but once I’m wrapped in that fluffy towel and ready to tackle the rest of the day, I feel like a new woman.
So how do you make your own relaxing bath ritual?
Firstly, set the mood. Arrange freshly laundered towels, candles and something ready to change into after your bath. I love Neom Organics candles; I have an English Lavender one at the moment that’s unbelievable. It’s light yet extremely fragrant. Neom suggest a burn time of around 2 hours to truly release its scent and to let the wax to pool, however it’s so strong I find 1 hour is more than enough time to fill our whole flat with a delicate English Lavender scent. Another favourite candle brand of mine is Ancienne Ambience. I’ve had several of these luxury candles and they’re so worth it. The scents are delicately balanced, authentic and not at all synthetic. They also burn much longer than the cheaper versions I’ve previously bought in supermarkets as a quick fix. Today though, I’m using a Yankee Candle Melt in Vanilla Frosting. These work in a melt burner, where the heat from a little tea light turns the crumbly melt into liquid, releasing the warming, sweet scent.
Next, run your bath. I’ve just picked up this Imperial Leather bubble bath from Boots. Sometimes I create a bespoke mix of bubble bath formulas, with handfuls of Epsom Salts and some herb-infused muscle soak if I’ve been to the gym. Seeing as I’m currently on a gym sabbatical, ahem, I have gone for the Imperial Leather Skin Kind Restoring Bath Soak alone this time. I’m one of those annoying people that has to smell each bubble bath before I buy in store and this one has a squeaky clean scent. I was sold on the fact it was for sensitive skin and features vitamin B5. I also totally love the idea of bath bombs, but all those petals can be a nightmare to clean up afterwards (and catching limp lavender pieces in the plug hole totally ruins my chi after a relaxing soak).
Once thoroughly submerged in the water, I apply my products. Firstly the Bliss Fabulous Make Up Melt goes on. Straight out of the tube this is a gel based cleanser, then as you begin to massage the product into your face, it transforms into a nourishing oil. It reminds me of the Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel, a product I loved but now seems out of stock everywhere, so the Bliss Make Up Melt is a great alternative. Once the product is washed off, you’re left with completely clean skin. If I have them to hand, I’ll follow this cleanse with a Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask. I can’t rave about these little eye masks enough. I thought they might be a bit faddy but actually, they do visibly de-puff and brighten the eye area in just 15 minutes. A must if your skin needs a pick-me-up.
Finally I’ll drench my hair in the bath and apply a hair mask. For a quick, effective result I’ll use a Vo5 hair oil capsule. These only stay on one minute but literally transform your hair. They’re my go to when I’m short on time. But seeing as bath time is all about luxuriating, I like to apply a treatment that needs a little longer to work its magic. That’s where Bleach’s Reincarnation Mask comes in. You’ll get great results from this if your hair is super thirsty or over bleached. At only £6 it’s also really affordable considering the results rival that of more premium brand hair products. Apply the mask only on the lengths of your hair and wrap into a little bun for the remainder of your bath. This is your time. Read, breathe and relax.
Once your prune fingers become too much to bear, wash your hair as normal and get ready to take on the rest of the day. Leni loves bath time. She watches me the whole time whining to get in with me. But when we do actually bath her, she’s not so keen. We picked up a puppy shampoo from Pets at Home called Groomers. It’s gentle so it doesn’t irritate her sensitive pink skin, and has a delicate clean scent. I’ve been thinking about making her an organic shampoo, but that’s for another day and another post.
We all need a relaxing bath ritual from time to time. I hope you enjoy yours!
Until next time,