Beauty Without Fuss

Friday 30 July 2010

Lifesavers! Bath products for the shower ...

No, I haven't gone insane, I just haven't had a bath for a month.  I really, really, really want a bath. I love baths, and have been known to spend several hours in there, just floating, reading, relaxing, and chilling, really.  They're where I go when I need a little respite from the daily grind (and they're where I can hide from MrLippie - don't tell him) Occasionally, I even, you know, clean myself in there too.  Showers simply don't compare.  In fact, whilst I'm being honest, I shall admit that I find showers rather unpleasant. Purely a necessary evil, as far as I'm concerned.

So, having spent the last month confined to showers only (and quick showers at that), has been a trial for me.  I love my luxurious bath oils - Ren Rose Otto is still a world beater as far as I'm concerned - and I miss my "me-time".  I've been avoiding shower gels during my bath-prohibition, as I can find them a bit drying and, the thought of itchy skin combined with healing scars after my operation still makes me wince a little bit!

So, I've been delighted to find that Aromatherapy Associates bath oils can be used in the shower too.  At a cost of £26.50 (£2.95 each, more than comparable to a Lush Bath Ballistic, for example) these are completely luxurious to use in the shower as the scent is amazing, and you still get clean.  To use these as shower oils, you simply rub them over your (dry) skin, prior to getting into the shower, and then rinse off as normal with your shower instrument of choice.  There are nine scents in the box, and my own personal favourite is the Deep De-Stress oil, which is meant for aching muscles, but I find the gingery, herby scent most invigorating!

For a shower treat that's a little more traditional in style, I've also been using No7 Shower Oil, which claims to foam gently. Personally, I find it foams barely at all (even on a shower puff), but the scent is nice, it leaves my skin silky soft, and it cleans admirably. Plus, at a cost of £8.75, it's a little more purse-friendly than the Aromatherapy Associates, albeit this means that there are a few synthetics in there, so I suggest you check the label before buying.

Two more weeks till bath-time!  I can't wait.  For serious.

 The Fine Print: Some samples were provided for review purposes, and some were provided as a gift in apology for someone's website accidentally infecting my computer with a trojan virus.  I'm not going to tell you which is which though - none of these links are infected, I've checked.  They're not affilliate links, either.  The Romans used to bathe with oil, you know.


  1. Speaking of insanity, my boyfriend's house doesn't have a bath. Meaning that someone thought it was acceptable to build a modern 4 bedroom house with no bath.

    Screw all those bedrooms! Children are small enough to sleep in a bath if space is an issue. Start them off young enough and they'll never know what they're missing.

    Showers in winter (I'm a Southern Hemispherian) are just a heartlessly cruel punishment. Give me a deep bath and a snorkel. And a pile of magazines. And a cup of tea.

    So you have my best wishes that the time passes quickly before you are back in the steamy embrace of your bath.

  2. I've used the L'occitane almond shower oil. Like the No7 one it barely lathers even with a body puff, but it is great for using when shaving my legs in the shower.

    The only complaint I would have about it is the smell, it's not a marzipan almond, it's more almond blossom. This probably sounds a good thing to most people, but it reminds me of my Great Gran,s bungalow, as she always used Almond Blossom perfume, so to me it's a little old lady fragrance.

  3. I bloody love bathing, but haven't had one for two weeks due to lack of time - quick hose downs are SO unsatisfying. My personal bathing record is 4 hours. I had a really good book.

    Love Aromatherapy Associates oils, they are so lush.

  4. The only bath oil I have tried is the Ren Moroccan Rose Otto which I also love. I have used the Rose and Frankincense facial oil by Aromatherapy Associates which is divine but not tried any of their bath stuff. This looks like a nice little set and rather reasonably priced too. I'd much rather have these then a bath ballistic.

  5. I definitely go through phases - sometimes I love baths, other times I'm a shower girl. x

  6. Those oils sound lovely, I too am a bath person. They look like a great idea for a present as well.


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