I take bathing seriously, especially on a Sunday evening. I absolutely love creating a sanctuary; I light candles, read a book or listen to a podcast while in the bath. Heaven.
My home spa goodies this evening include:
I love the natural beauty of crystals and have them in the bathroom and all round the house. Rose quartz is known to lower stress and tension, clear out anger and resentment to others and is also known as the romance stone, often used to attract love. The other crystal in this photo is white/clear quartz and is known as the master healer and can help to energise and clear thoughts. You can even add the crystals to your bath if you like. If nothing else, they look so beautiful.
Dr Bronners is an all time favourite range. This soap/body wash is brilliant, inexpensive and smells divine and is made of ingredients including natural rose fragrance, coconut oil, olive oil, rose, hemp and jojoba oil. The lavender soap smells really nice too.
I use different oils like coconut, almond, flax, avocado and carrot oil. In the glass is flaxseed oil blended with 2 drops of valerian, 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rose geranium. All very relaxing and calming. You could use this as a massage oil or pour into the bath as a bath oil.
Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, helps to release toxins, exfoliates the skin, may help to reduce cellulite, can improve digestion and can feel quite invigorating. People who dry skin brush regularly report glowing and tighter skin. Try and include dry skin brushing in your daily routine if possible. Always brush towards the heart and brush the whole body, starting from the soles of your feet, working your way up, taking care to avoid any abrasions and your face. I have a mini, softer dry skin brush for my face and also have a Clarisonic face brush, which is quiet expensive but brilliant.
I love this Skandinavisk Baer Scented Candle. I bought from a super stylish shop called Norden in North Berwick. The candle smells divine and is a blend of vegetable wax and natural fragrances. Apparently, Scandinavians get through more candles than any other nation in the world, using them at morning, noon and night. SKANDINAVISK's beautiful range celebrates this tradition and the ease at which a lit candle can enhance our environment to create a softer, more informal and cosier atmosphere. I love the beechwood lid too.
Himalayan Salt - The healing powers of salt baths have been discussed for centuries. Himalayan salt is mineral rich and bathing may help to relax and de stress, detoxify the body, ease aches and pains, aid sleep (especially if you add a few drops of lavender and valerian essential oils) and cleanses and can heal skin, among a whole host of other reported benefits. I add a couple of handfuls to my bath.
Rose petals - I add these mainly because they look so pretty but it’s said that ancient Greeks and Romans used rose petals to add fragrance to their baths.
Switch off and enjoy a home spa.
*take great care in the bath if you add oil, as this creates a really slippy surface