When it’s cold and wet outside, you long for the complete opposite at home: warmth and dry comfort. With one exception: the bathtub! There’s almost nothing more relaxing then climbing into a full, hot, fragrant bath in the winter to do something good for your body and soul. To release tension and make your skin soft, you should bring a glass of red wine (or tea), a book and one of the following bath salts, crystals or oils.
1. Foam and salt from Susanne Kaufmann
Hamamelis Bath: This charmingly packaged oil bath graces not only the tub, but also creates beautiful skin with every use. The plant, which can be seen within the bottle, is witch hazel. Next to chamomile and yarrow, the healing plant makes up a large part of the oil bath. Its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties ensure that even especially dry, flakey winter skin will be perfectly clean and velvety soft. Optimal usage is to linger in a 37°C Hamamelis water bath for half an hour, then to pat the skin dry and apply a rich oil.
Also included in the Susanne Kaufmann line is the Alkali Salt deacidifying.
Just the thing for a deacidifying treatment: no coffee, cigarettes, sugar or alcohol, and so that the cell salts are able to strengthen the body’s vital functions, lots of fresh vegetables and alkali salt baths, like this one from Susanne Kaufmann. It detoxifies and deacidifies to bring your alkali salt levels in balance. This kind of bath can be very tiring: It’s quite hot and you can actually feel your body letting go of toxins. Not exactly a relaxing bath time, but with convincing results. You’ll feel a bit like a newborn every time and the skin will be firmer and smoother. Tip: the salt can be mixed with a little warm water and be used as a peeling. Before a session at the sauna, for example, it will open your pores and make the skin more permeable, to eliminate toxins even better.
2. Liquid Yoga from MIO
This sounds promising! So, can we skip yoga and just relax in a bubble bath for half an hour? Not really, it’d be best to do both. Whether it’s from sports or muscles tense from poor posture or tense thoughts, they’ll all be loosened with this light green additive of medicinal herbs, mineral salts like magnesium and essential oils, such as mint, sage, cypress and lavender. Murumuru butter offers additional moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effects, arnica repairs, and a special kind of brown algae kelp purifies.
Not just for a post-workout bath, but after a full day of work, this bath additive acts as a soothing bit of sleeping potion for the skin.
3. No. 51 Kurbad Seaweed from L:A BRUKET
With the No. 51 Kurbad Seaweed from L:A BRUKET you can bath at home as though you were in the sea. The only ingredient: Kelp from the west coast of Sweden! Because it has no roots, it takes nutrients directly from the water, such as minerals and trace elements and discharges them directly into the heart of its cells, resulting in a very high nutrient density in the plant. It’s no wonder that this somewhat slimy green is not only healthy, but also beautifying. The algae is especially effective for the skin’s moisture balance, as already seen in my sheet mask test. Just put the entire package in water and watch as the once bulky and dry leaves become soft and slippery. This kind of bath definitely takes some getting used to but the results are visible: perfectly moisturized, soft skin.
4. Muscle Bath Shower Oil from Aromatherapy
4. The Muscle Bath Shower Oil from Aromatherapy is a classic among bath products. Put a capful in a full bath or a few drops on the skin before showering. The warming oil-based formula of lavender, rosemary, ginger and black pepper relieves tension and cares for the skin at the same time. Tip: All of the Aromatherapy Associates therapeutic bath oils are available in a set of mini bottles for on the go. Making every hotel bath a feel-good destination.
5. Coconut and Sea Salt from Herbivore Botanicals
Since Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow founded the Herbivore Botanicals brand in their Seattle kitchen in 2011, they’ve followed the approach of creating “safe, non-toxic, and highly effective” products. Packaged with a nice, clean design, the highly concentrated formulas have taken our bathrooms by storm! With the Coconut Milk Bath Soak in a pretty little glass bottle, you feel like you’re bathing as Cleopatra would have. Organic coconut milk is the base of this powdery bath additive, smelling bewitchingly like coconut and vanilla. Although the smell from the bottle is pretty intense, it becomes pleasantly understated in the water, leaving only a touch of fruity freshness on your velvety smooth skin.
The coarse-grained white and rose-colored Calm Dead Sea Bath Salts from the Dead Sea detoxify and purify, ensuring a long, relaxing bath. Ylang ylang and vanilla lend a delicate and soothing scent.
Translation: Alicia Reuter
Originally from Hamburg, Julia Alfert moved to Berlin from Paris in 2010. After completing her studies in Art History and trying out different jobs, her path led her to Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as Fashion & Beauty Assistant until mid 2015. While she’s harboured a love for all things beauty-related for as long as she can remember, her discovery of the written word is recent. When Julia isn’t busy trying out different creams, oils, and sprays she writes and styles for an assortment of magazines and websites.