Along with good TV, even better food and a deep appreciation for a chunky knit, baths are up there with the reasons I love autumn (as well as the fashion, see here). When the nights are drawing in and there’s a biting chill in the air, nothing soothes away the drizzly weather like a steaming hot tub filled with every potion and bath salt made by man. Plus, they’re a damn sight cheaper than a flight to Australia! The key to a great bath recipe is the right amount of scents and formulas. Let’s face it, no one likes an undissolved bath salt lodged in the unthinkable.
While we wait for our new bathroom to be built, I’m already starting to get nervous that I’ll be without my bath recipe for some time to come. So, I’ve been updating my products in haste of that sweet day. But, while I do, I hope you can enjoy them instead…
FIND THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
I always used to think that the measure of a good bath started and finished with a good amount of bubbles. The more the better. But in order to make my muscles feel like butter, I’ve learnt that you can’t beat a really good quality bath oil. Right now I’m loving Ren’s Atlantic Kelp And Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Bath Oil, £26. Packed with anti-fatigue essential oils it’s especially amazing post-exercise. For bath salts, I’m using Hayo’u’s Bathe-Rite Bath Minerals, £40 to detox and draw out toxins. The combo smells amazing.
CHANGE THE MOOD
No bath recipe would be complete without candles. The subtle fruit scent from this Sweet Plum and Raspberry Scented Candle from Wedgewood, £39 smells good enough to eat and changes the environment from ordinary bathroom to your own spa.
INDULGE IN A TREATMENT
I don’t relax very often so if I’m going to lie down for half an hour, I need to make the most of it. And being in your own self-made steam room is the perfect opportunity to slather on a face mask. Opt for one that’s deep cleansing but gentle like this Evercalm Rescue Mask from Ren (again!), £28 or Crystal Clear’s 10 Minute Glow peeling mask (so satisfying!), £7.99 to leave your skin, well, glowing!
SMOOTH IT OUT
A quick wash in the shower might be part of the daily grind but baths call for a little more attention. I make sure I double cleanse my body as well as my face with Pai’s Gentle Genius Body Wash, £18 followed by Kind Natured’s Coconut and Monoi Body Scrub, £5.99. The sugar melts into the skin and it smells like a holiday in a tube.
DON’T FORGET YOUR TRESSES
The steam from a bath makes it the perfect time to do a hair treatment. My lengths are in desperate need for a little TLC after the battering summer gave it. I really love hair oils as the weather turns to penetrate the hair shaft. When I’ve got nowhere to go for an evening I slick it all on and pin it up for the night. This Windle and Moodie elixir, £29 is just the ticket.