I use it as a time to do various things:
- Unfortunately I have been guilty to take my iPhone into the bath and continue a bit of work...bad.
- Reading the beauty pages of a glossy magazine is better, still work related but a more bath-relevant activity.
- Slather on a face mask - either a detoxing/pore cleansing clay-based one or a moisturising creamy one; whatever my skin is crying out for.
- Hair mask - always trying out new ones to leave on for as long as possible.
- Exfoliating my limbs with whatever I have to hand. A rather boring job but the results are astounding; baby's bum softness!
All this whilst perhaps putting on some calming music and in extreme cases...lighting a candle - pushing the boat out indeed.
Then, what to put in the bath. Bubbles or oil? Coloured or transparent? Aromatherapy, perfumed or unscented? Organic or not? It is nice to have a choice and I tend to have a top two at any one time, depending on my mood. Then, here at Beautisserie, I was introduced to 'Miss Patisserie', loving the name connection so far...
A really cute brand founded in 2009 by Charlotte Ridgewell, a fellow beauty enthusiast. Her success has grown from strength to strength. She had a vision of putting the fun back into bathing and her dreams came true when she went from selling her 'cakes, lollies and macaroons' at local fayres, to now distributing all over the UK, Europe and even Australia.
As you might gather from the name, Miss Patisserie is a range of attractive and delicious looking products to dunk in the bath. When I got hold of a couple of 'cakes', they appeared truly, good enough to eat...but I resisted.
I started with a glittery-topped cupcake that as well as a 'bath bomb' fizzing away, it also doubled up as an exfoliator, amazing! The 'creamy' top is actually rather hard and great for buffing away at tough skin. After a few minutes, the water had been transformed to a shimmering lilac colour and I felt newly polished.
Then on my next dip, I tried a slice of cake, topped with flowers. As it effervesced in the water, a gentle fragrance was released, easing me into a more tranquil state and unlike some others I've tried, it lasted a good while, slowly shrinking down to full disintegration. I emerge from the bath, fragrant and rather impressively covered in petals, sort of 'American Beauty'-esque!
It's a fab range and well worth a try if you've never ventured into plunging a fizzy object to join you in the water. Or think of it as having your cake...and not quite eating it.
Check out their pretty website here: