When I think of going to a Spa, obviously sitting in a hot tub, having a lovely facial and massage – plus escaping the real world for a day – is hugely appealing, but one of the things I actually find most relaxing is the smell of the products used in a Spa…. and that invariably means aromatherapy oils.
Use 7 parts water to 1 part oil …. so 1 x 10 ml bottle of oil to 70 ml of water.
(***Give the shower floor a good rinse afterwards to make sure no oil is left behind!)
Other aromatherapy products I love using that help to make my shower to feel spa-like are some products from Bloomtown and Elemis:
Bloomtown’s sugar scrub, with Lavender, Rose Geranium, Shea and Sweet Almond oil is my favourite body product at the moment.
Sometimes I’ll follow it with their body/bath oil which contains Meadowfoam, Sesame, Sweet Almond Oils + Vitamin E and has a light, soft floral scent. (I love a multi-purpose product and not only can you use it in the bath or shower, you can put it on your skin afterwards too for extra moisturisation or to your hair as a treatment).
I also have one of their roll-on fragrances which is an infused oil you apply to your pulse points for a pick-me-up. The Blood Orange & Pink Grapefruit scent is a fresh citrus that’s very revitalising so I use that if I want to feel energised rather than relaxed…. it’s great for travel too.
All 3 products are great – but in particular, the hero product for me is their award winning sugar scrub – and for very good reason!
This little pot of magic has worked wonders for my skin and it smells sooo good!
Whenever I take the lid off I stand there sniffing it before I use any – the only way I can describe it, is its exactly like an expensive spa …. you know when you walk in and that lovely aromatherapy fragrance is just everywhere in the air?
But more impressive are the results – I’ve had some strange little patches of dry skin on my left shoulder and arm for months and I have no idea why, I’ve been using another body scrub followed by a body lotion which has helped a little bit, but nothing has got rid of them – well they have gone after just two uses of this! I think it’s because the sugar is quite fine, which means it’s gentle but super effective at the same time.
And whilst we’re talking about divine smells ….. I have loved the Elemis body products for years, ever since I went to a Spa and had the most wonderful wrap using their Frangipani range.
It’s a very exotic scent, Tahitian Monoi, made with the traditional Polynesian method of infusing Coprah Oil with Tiare Flowers…. the likes of which I have only smelt whilst thousands of miles away in Hawaii and on the Pacific island of Raratonga!
All these products I’ve mentioned are cruelty free and I especially love that Bloomtown are palm oil free too – the brand was created after its founders visited Indonesia and saw the plight of the Orangutans over there. This is something very close to my heart having spent time at a rescue centre in Borneo – the devastation to the forests and habitat of the Orangutan is pretty heartbreaking, so I really commend them on the ethics behind their company.
So I’ve been in absolute bliss using my sugar scrub in my candle-lit, eucalyptus scented shower…. whilst my choice of body oil warms up!
I then apply that onto my damp skin, followed by the Elemis body lotion.
If I have time I then follow my shower with my at-home facial routine which I’ve spoken about here….
… and … well, without installing a hot tub in my garden or having a private masseur on hand (oh wow can you imagine?!), I don’t know how I could get closer to a spa experience at home 😉
What do you do to pamper yourself?
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