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Candles lit – not one but several. Hot steam rises off the water as clouds of fluffy lather float along the surface. Aromatherapy oils fill the air and have turned the water translucent. It’s 6:30am and I’m in the bathtub. Surrounded by complete and utter silence (and the best bath products) – this is my time.
When it comes to the tub we always assume long baths are the reserve of the evening. Sure, after a long stressful day in the office / running errands – delete where applicable – there is nothing better than a long soak in the tub. But there’s something about taking time for you in the morning that I am wholeheartedly embracing. Twenty minutes. That’s what we’re talking about.
I’ve always associated taking some me-time in the evening with guilt; that’s when I should be completing that tax return or finally unpacking that box from our move six months ago – generally anything on my life-admin list that seems to find itself to be low in priority. But it’s just twenty minutes, which is enough to get away with.
Read on and scroll through the gallery to see the best bath products out there…
Best bath products: what to use:
From sugar and salt scrubs to scrubs that give your body a glow, gently exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal soft and smooth skin.
Oils and Moisturiser
Keeping your body moisturised throughout the year is important. In the winter the cold air leaves your skin dry whilst in summer all the exposure to the sun dehydrates your body. Body oils soak deep within the skin to leave it moisturised all day long.
Masks: face and hair
Try the Radiant Glow Express Mask from Sisley, the red clay leaves your skin with a radiant glow and it takes just 3 to 5 minutes. Why not try a hair mask too like this Intense Treatment Masque by Windle & Moodie which gives ultra softness to dry hair.
You can find your perfect match-made hair mask by taking this quick quiz.
Baths have been proven to help you get to sleep. It’s something to do with temperature. Your body heats up in the tub and followed by the rapid-cool down once you’re out that relaxes you and sends your body into sleep mode.
Effective time management
As much as we’d all love a few extra hours in the day, sadly that’s not going to happen. Anyone got Tempus on speed dial? So it’s all about effective time management.
Here’s a handy list of things to try while your bath is running:
- Prepare your breakfast / lunch for the day
- Lay out your clothes for the day (if you haven’t already done this)
- Pop those ingredients in the slow cooker and turn on.
- Watch this GIF to reduce your anxiety
Crafting the perfect atmosphere
When it comes to crafting the ideal setting candles are firmly at the top of the list. We could wax lyrical about candles all day and therefore have adopted a more is more attitude. So why not get a few on the go? This classic like Feuille de Lavande by Diptyque which is full of fresh leafy notes which evoke calm or this Menthe & The by Kerzon candle which bursts with invigorating mint to get your senses going.
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The lavender and geranium blend really get you relaxed.
Some wonderful things have been done with water; Jesus turned water into wine, after all.
This magical bath oil not only turns your bath water into a nourishing and super silky milk but is packed full of skin softening and revitalising ingredients like Argan Oil, Vitamins A + E and smells simply divine.
Full of goodness from Vitamin E to coconut this silky cream moisturises deep in your skin and smells pretty great too.
The best quality essential oils, with Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile. Feel your stress and tension ease with a capfull in your bath. A real luxury item.
A deliciously creamy lather which is delicately scented.
When you’re talking about the best of the best, Aesop would definitely earn a place on the list. Everything from this brand is brilliant. Our pick of the bunch? This refreshing body cleanser.
Use directly on skin or pour a capfull under running water. Either way, prepare to be amazed.
With lavender crushed flowers at the base of this candle, it’s almost too beautiful to burn. Well, it would be if it didn’t smell so wonderful.
Things don’t get much better than this.
A decadent product with cane sugar and gold gives the smoothest and most glowing skin, ever.
It’s not just about what goes into the bath, think about the atmosphere. Inspired by prayer candles, the red emits the softest and most comforting glow.
Pour a capful under warm running water or apply directly to the body. Detox’s and purifies.
Two thumbs up…
A creamy bar packed full of moisture. Plus, have you checked out the Buly section Dover Street Market? You should…
A new addition to the Jo Malone range, is infused with sunflower seed and shea butter which condition the skin and walnut shell fragments that buff the skin. We love.
Indulgent and full of glamour. You deserve it.
A silky smooth gel that is enriched with five essential minerals including magnesium and copper which all help to gently cleanse the skin.
We love pouring a splash under running water.
Scented with classic Neroli Portofino, an uplifting scent, this candle is perfect for those chill out moments.
Not only is this expertly hand-blended (yes, we’re sold, instantly) but it’s packed with botanical extracts including orchid oil and vitamin E. Turns your bath water translucent. Leaves your skin super soft and keeps you smelling fabulous.
A real winner.
Can either be used as a shower gel or as a bath foam. So, you’re basically saving with this super product which leaves your skin feeling soft and smelling great.
Enjoy a super luxurious and fluffly lather. Bursts with crisp blackberry notes.
Notes of Bergamot and Jasmine fill the room. Pure joy.
Oils calm the skin while Pumice and Bamboo stem gently scrub away dead surface cells.
Packed full of the best ingredients. Revitalising and luxurious.
100% natural. The beauty of this set is that you can tailor your bath each time.
Roasted coffee beans gently slough away dead skin cells while Peppermint oil invigorates the skin and senses.
Bursting with the freshest ingredients, this oil packs a serious punch.
A soothing blend of Sandalwood, Rose Geranium and Frankincense. Great for those longer chilled out bath moments.
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