Showers are functional, baths are joyful. Showers make you feel clean, baths make you feel better. Every bath time should, really, be special. A gift you give yourself. And so, if you can carve out the time for a soak – environmental guilt aside – then why not… elevate it. Give it the therapeutic status it deserves.
Beauty School Dropout occasionally has three-bath-days. If things are really bad. And possesses a kind of ‘bath wardrobe’ of salts and bubbles, soaks and oils. The trouble is, if you want your precious bath to be a generous experience, you can burn through a bottle of the good stuff in three goes. Not so with Aromatherapy Associates. Their essential oils are of such potency and quality that one bottle should deliver 20 baths. Which is more like it. In terms of cost per bath.
So why don’t we talk about baths to revive rather than baths to relax? Baths to pep us up rather than baths to slow us down. Baths to lift the spirit and invigorate the senses. Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil is a motivational workshop in a bottle. Neroli is an anti-depressant that simultaneously offers balance; Grapefruit bolsters circulation, energy and digestion; Juniper Berry is a detoxifier – both physically and emotionally; and Rosemary oil improves memory and clarity. Whether you believe in all of that or not, this is a fantastically pleasant and fragrant experience without being too oily. The other thing Beauty School Dropout likes about fragrant baths is that they will tend to scent the whole dwelling for hours to come. Which means more bang for your bath. More wallop for your wallow. More, more, more…
Aromatherapy Associates London, Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil, 55ml, £48