I must spend half of my life in the bath. Maybe I was a mermaid in my previous life. Truth is, I find it really difficult to switch off after a long day if I haven’t soaked in hot water, especially if I’ve been arched over my desk for hours working. Saying this, it’s not often I get to write product reviews. Mainly because I’m not a beauty blogger, but also because I have to be really careful what I apply to my skin. Originally when this blog idea first came to me, I wanted to write about the best relaxation and soothing bath products. But since then, I’ve managed to source some amazing products that don’t irritate the eczema on my hands which is a bonus. I want to present some of the best cruelty-free oils, lotions and creams I’ve tried over the past couple of weeks. * Please note, all of these products were sent to me on a gifting basis.
Absolute Aromas Relaxation Himalayan Bath Salt
Absolute Aromas pride themselves on natural products and I’m happy to have tried them during my bath time routine. The Himalayan Bath Salts (£4.75) are packed full of essential oils and are a fantastic product to use before bed. The smell of them is soothing, and radiate scents like lavender and chamomile. For a 290g item, you really get your money’s worth. Just 1 cap added to warm running water is enough to make your entire bathroom smell like a spa. What’s more, all of the Absolute Aromas products are natural, cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. The bath is a little bit messy afterwards mind, but totally worth it.
Absolute Aromas Mobility Massage Oil
Ever since my car accident in 2016, my neck and back has been ruined. But I’m always told that having regular massages will reduce the tension. I love adding oils to my skin, but again I need to be careful if any gets onto my eczema prone hands. Naturally, I was hesitant when trying the Mobility Massage Oil (£8.26) but I was really surprised as it didn’t seem to make my skin react. It must be owing to the variety of natural ingredients including peppermint which is my favourite. I’m definitely going to be using this product more and there are many ways to use it: either massage into skin normally (or hair!) or add 3 capfuls to warm running water. Just be careful not to slip in the bath when getting out!
Olverum Bath Oil
Cleverly marketed as a ‘warm, comforting hug‘, I can wholeheartedly say when trying the Olverum samples, ‘me time’ levelled up by 100. The travel-size packaging of the product and the oils themselves are simply stunning, and they’re not lying when they say it relieves tension and stress. On the day I tried this product, I felt a little achy in my lower back and neck, so I poured a tiny amount under warm running water. I fell asleep within seconds on the night too, so something worked. It’s a non-greasy oil and a little 125ml bottle (£29.00) is enough for 25 baths worth. The 250ml size is £53 and enough for 50 baths. What I love most about this product is again, the natural properties of the the oil. It has carefully selected plant extracts, each with their own traditional therapeutic properties. A whole list of ingredients used can be found on the Olverum website, I definitely recommend checking them out.
Flamingo Gifts Raspberry Ripple Bath Blaster
Delicious enough to eat, one of the most colourful and attractive bath products I received was this little Raspberry Ripple Bath Blaster (£2.80). Similar to any other bath product you can buy, this one specifically smells edible and it took all my strength not to eat it. Not only is the product vegan, this one too is made of natural ingredients. When I dropped it into the bath, the entire thing began to dissolve in seconds, turning my bath water into a candyfloss colour. The pink swirl on top is made from cocoa butter, and is crammed full of pure vetiver and bergamot essentials oils. If you fancy a party in the tub with some hints of rich caramel and vanilla, this bath bomb is certainly one for you. P.s – How pretty is this!
Himalaya Almond Moisturizing Soap
The most irritating thing I have to deal with on a daily basis is hand washing. Using normal soap is fine, but it tends to dry my skin out so my hands become sore and cracked. I was gifted a couple of these 75g Himalaya Almond Moisturizing Soaps (£1.20) and I’ve been using them for a week or so. I’m not even sure I can resort back to normal soap after using this. The soaps have Almond extracts that help moisturise and revitalise the skin. In addition to hints of Rose to cool, I’ve been using it non-stop since.
The Earth Friendly Baby Bath
Okay, okay I know. I don’t have a baby (yet). But I couldn’t pass the opportunity to at least see if these little beauties had any benefit to me. I’ve heard about the Shampoo & Bodywash made from 99.2% naturally sourced ingredients and the Calming Lavender Bubble Bath before which is dermatologically approved for sensitive skin. I took the shampoo bottle with me to use after I went for a swim recently and it felt so good to be using natural products on myself, rather than other established shampoo brands. My hair felt squeaky clean afterwards too which is a bonus. I’ve been using the lavender bubble bath every other night since receiving them. If that doesn’t speak volume, I don’t know what will.
Pure Potions – Bath and Body Emollient Oil
A versatile moisturising oil that is 100% natural and suitable for all kinds of skin types. The Bath and Body Emollient Oil (£12.99) comes in a 200ml bottle and can transform into a facial cleanser, shaving oil or massage oil. I love these type of products as it means you can take it away when you go travelling and you’ve got a combination of uses for it. Hemp is one of my favourite ingredients in beauty products so I knew I’d take to this straight away. I added a few drops to my bath as a tester and it felt so rich and smooth. What I was also looking for was a bath product that didn’t dry my skin out, and this completed the challenge. It contains essential oils of calendula, chamomile and lavender and I’ve now added this to my basket for future uses. Thanks also to the team for sending some samples of the moisturisers and ointment as well, they’re a perfect size to pop into my make up bag.
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