For a refreshing bath
To make your bath pleasant and refreshing, choose from foaming gels, silky oils, fizzy bath bombs, sparkling pearls and coloured salts - the choice is vast.
Essential bath oils: an elixir of pleasure
A few drops of essential oil are enough to give you a feeling of total well being, cocoon your body in velvety perfume and leave your skin soft and delicate.
Recipe: Mix 20-30 drops of essential oils in a small cup with an ingredient that will make the oil soluble in water (for example, powdered milk, 2 or 3 spoonfuls of honey with a natural yoghurt, or plain liquid soap).
A bath for every occasion!
- If you're tired and lacking energy, have a tonic bath to give you strength. Pour in a few drops of rosemary oil into cool water.
- If you're stressed or under pressure, camomile will help.
- For relaxation, put lavender in your bath.
Warning: Pregnant women and children should not use essential oils without taking precautions. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, cloves, or mint essential oils can be too irritant.
Note: Essential oils don't release their active ingredients in cold water.
Good old-fashioned recipes
Pour 1 or 2 teaspoons of peanut oil and a handful of big salt grains into your bath water, and you’ll come out with deliciously smooth skin.
If your skin doesn't react well to water, add 2 handfuls of corn strach to your bath water.
And for the skin of a goddess, pour a few drops of geranium or sandalwood oil into your bath water.
For muscular aches and pains, pop 2 soluble aspirin into your bath water and soak for 15 minutes.
If you're hung over or you've got a raging headache (or both!), dilute 6-10 drops of essential juniper oil in your bath.
The art of bathing
The temperature of your bath water should be 37°C.
Don’t stay in for longer than 15 minutes, and when you get out, wrap yourself in a dressing gown without drying yourself off for a feeling of wellbeing.