Bath time bliss

There is no better state of blissful relaxation than stepping into a steamy, scented bath. Trudi Brewer shares her favourite potions to create a DIY spa. 

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A hot, nourishing bath leaves skin unbelievably soft. However, boiling water alone, is not that great for skins moisture levels. But we have the solution - fill your bath with one of these luxe-y oils or decadent milks to hydrate, while you soak.

Top row: Linden Leaves Aromatherapy Synergy Oil Memories, $60: Roses in abundance are the base to this organic rosehip, sweet almond and avocado bath and massage oil, which is scented with geranium and ylang-ylang as well.

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, $74: Fresh rose petals are steam-distilled to extract this decadent oil, only a few drops are needed for a full, hot bath. 

Estèe Lauder Youth-Dew Bath Oil, $80: The room will be filled with the aroma of opulent heady flowers and sweet spices, you will only need a few drops of this oil that also doubles as perfume.

Jo Malone London Amber & Lavender Bath Oil, $125: The base of sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils are scented with petitgrain, fresh lavender and amber - this is divine.

Second row: LALICiOUS Shower Oil Bubble Bath, $75: It begins as an oil, and then transforms into a moisturising lather. Grapeseed oil, sugar molecules and topical probiotics are what soothes and firms dehydrated skin.

Dr.Hauschka Rose Nurturing Bath Essence, $44: Essential rose oil and extracts of rose petals are infused in this organic essence. You feel like you are slipping into a bath of fresh roses. 

MOR Marshmallow Bathing Elixir, $65: Apricot and hazelnut oils, are blended with extracts of marshmallow, peach, mango and ginger, that are scented with jasmine flower and rose petals - it's heavenly.

Pure Fiji Milk Bath Soak, $46: Island fresh coconut milk blended with four exotic nut oils, you must pour this milk into the bath while the hot water is running, expect a creamy, nourishing soak. 

Bath IQ

Super hot water gets your nervous system revved up, so if you’re pregnant, keep your bath to a maximum of about 40˚C.

Take a La Crosse (around $7) ball into the bath with you and place it under your body to apply pressure to stiff and aching muscles. Your buoyancy allows for excellent control, without being too intense.

Stay hydrated, after a bath. You can end up losing lots of fluid in a hot bath, drink plenty of water before, during and after a hot bath.

If you have lower back pain, a hot bath is the ideal treatment; it’s even better than ice, to treat, soothe and eliminate muscle pain.

What better place to relax than in a bath. Controlling your breathing moves energy throughout the body, which helps with circulation and relaxation.