By Milly Nolan

What better way to finish a long, stressful day than to have a relaxing soak in the tub? Milly Nolan blog on MiNDFOOD.

My favourite way to finish a long, stressful day is to have a relaxing soak in the tub while reading my book. At the risk of turning into a shrivelled prune, I’ve been busy these last few months soaking in all sorts of bath oils, foams and gels. Here are my nine favourites:

Innoxa Relax & Enjoy

A delicate blend of
lavender, rosemary, geranium and patchouli, this foaming bubble bath
smelt incredible and promptly sent me into a deep state of relaxation.
The bubbles lasted for the duration of my bath and had a lovely
softening effect on my skin. RRP $14.

Linden Leaves Fig Licorice Bubble Bath

combination of the sweet notes of fig combined with the licorice aroma
of this bubble bath made for an interesting but enticing scent. A few
spoonfuls of liquid created lots of long-lasting, foaming bubbles. I
also love the Linden Leaves Green Tea and Lime Leaf Bubble Bath in this
range. They both smell good enough to eat! RRP $22.

Estee Lauder Youth-Dew Bath Oil

I love this
spicy, oriental bath oil as much for its history as its incredible
scent. Despite gaining instant success when it was launched over 50
years ago, it still continues to entice women around the world with its
intoxicating fragrance. Only a few drops are needed to turn your bath
water into an opulent haven. RRP $78.

Elle Macpherson Self Release The Day Bath Soak

Easy to squeeze out of the bottle, this bath soak instantly provided plenty of bubbles to slip under and filled the bathroom with a beautiful aroma of lavender. As promised on the bottle, it certainly helped clear the mind as well as soothe the skin. RRP $29.

Avalon Organics Bath and Shower Gel Ylang Ylang

the floral aroma of ylang ylang, a hint of rosemary, peppermint, lemon
and lavender can be smelt in this bath gel. I like the fact that it is
made with pure and natural ingredients – kind to both your skin and the
environment. The lathering formula also makes it a great product for
the gel shower. RRP $20.

Joyce Blok Bliss Bath and Body Oil

Ideal for people who prefer a subtle fragrance, this bath oil has a very soft aroma of lavender and bergamot. After a ten-minute soak, I felt extremely relaxed, soothed and calm – most likely due to the essential oils. After the bath I massaged the oil onto my damp skin for added nourishment and hydration. RRP $35.

Decleor Aromessence de Bain

While it still
provides a relaxing soak, the pure concentrate of essential oils in
this product are actually designed to energise and eliminate fatigue,
so this bath oil is probably best used at times where you need more of
a pick-me-up than a send-off-to-sleep. The fragrance of lavender and
lemon is absolutely divine and thanks to the hazlenut oil packed full
of vitamins A and E, my skin felt well nourished afterwards. RRP $145.

Dr Hauschka Sage Bath

This bath oil has a
strong pine scent that automatically brought the word “medicinal” to
mind. It was not surprising then to learn that the main ingredient –
essential oil of pine needles – works to clear the nasal passages and
lungs, as well as warming the whole body. This is the perfect bath oil
for when feeling under the weather with a cold or flu. RRP $42.

La Prarie Silver Rain Bath And Shower Gelee

The sumptuous scent of this luxurious bath gel reflects its hefty price tag. Part of La Prarie’s Silver Rain fragrance range, this bath gel creates a lavish, full-bodied lather which turned the bath into a refreshing and relaxing place to be. Afterwards my skin felt soft and beautifully fragranced. The elegant, rain drop shaped bottle begs to be put on display. RRP $205.


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