Nothing comforts quite like a hot bath after a long day, especially when that day has a winter chill and the bath has bubbles in it. If you can’t make it to the spa as often as you like or just need to indulge between visits, purchase several of the high-end bath products listed below, chosen for their function, scent and multiple positive reviews. The best part is that a little goes a long way, so even though the initial investment may be steep, the long-term effects are easy to see.
“Steep yourself” in the spa-worthy Deep Steep’s Grapefruit and Bergamot bubble bath, which does what bubble bath does best – relaxes you with its aromatherapy and leaves your skin silky smooth with organic aloe, rosehips and olive oil. A little goes a long way, so your 17.5-ounce jar will last a long time.
Savon de Marseille Extra Pur Liquid Soap is regulated to contain a minimum of 72 percent vegetable oil per French law. It comes in a glass bottle, is vegan and lasts a long time, while perfectly cleaning (not stripping) your hands. Fragrances include cherry blossom, fig, grapefruit, lavender, orange blossom, rose, verbena and Mediterranean Sea.
Indulge your thirsty winter skin with First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream, a whipped, super-emollient cream that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. Whether you suffer from eczema, dermatitis or just seasonal dry skin, this Ultra Repair Cream immediately absorbs into the skin and protects against free radical damage. Use it on your body and face, as it’s petroleum-free, fragrance-free, allergy-tested and dermatologist recommended.
Bumble and bumble’s Gentle shampoo is a mild, moisture-rich cleanser that adds shine to those with dry, normal or color-treated hair. It’s perfect for those who like a creamy shampoo that lathers up, or one that cleans but doesn’t strip hair of natural oils.
Frederic Fekkai’s Glossing conditioner contains olive oil, which leaves your hair shiny and bouncy all day without weighing it down. Plus, its fresh scent will lighten your mood when you first smell it in the morning.
Fresh Sugar Lemon Shower Gel gently exfoliates skin with antibacterial brown sugar and restores it with shea butter, and its soft lemon scent is sure to wake you and your skin up in the morning. Look forward to the spring every time you shower with this cleanser.
L’Occitane’s Cleansing and Soothing Shower Oil with Almond Oil foams so you can cleanse and shave while moisturizing your skin, before you even get out of the shower. Free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes and other chemicals, this shower oil firms and smoothes skin with a light, pleasing scent. It’s perfect for the winter when your skin needs extra moisture.
It’ll cost you, but before you balk at spending nearly $40 on a bar of Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment, keep in mind that its Umbrian Clay is solely found in the Italian town of Nocera Umbra, and it serves as a deep cleanser, detoxifier, spot treatment, anti-inflammatory agent, toxin absorber and irritation soother. Mostly, people with acne-prone, combination or oily skin use it as a way to sop up all that extra oil and leave their skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
Since Dead Sea salts are plentiful, they don’t cost as much as some of the other luxury bath products listed here. At $29 for a 64-ounce container, Masada Bath Salts in Relaxing Lavender or Purifying Eucalyptus is a real bargain. Just a couple of spoonfuls of these salts in your bath water temporarily relieve arthritis, psoriasis, rheumatism, stiff joints, eczema and muscle pain, while leaving your skin silky smooth.
The Creed Cocktail de Pivoines Candle from Neiman Marcus is delightfully feminine yet thoroughly sophisticated, with top notes of lemon, heart notes of peony, ylang-ylang and jasmine and base notes of musk and sandlewood. The 7-ounce candle burns for about 30 hours and is made by Parisian perfumery company Creed, who today is helmed by a sixth-generation master perfumer.
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