My doctor and I had a discussion about self-care once. She said to ask yourself before engaging in something that might seem frivolous or harmful, "Is this nourishing?" Yoga? Self-care. Treating yourself to an enormous pastry from the French cafe down the road? Maybe, if you don't do it every day. Going down the Facebook-Twitter-Tumblr-Pinterest-Instagram hole for the tenth time in an hour? Yeah, no.
I firmly place baths in the category of nourishing self-care practices. Over the past eight months I've been solidly house-sitting around Auckland, and taking advantage of the places that had bathtubs. One of these places was an apartment in town, two minutes walk from the Lush store on Queen St. After Christmas they had a massive sale which packed out the store -- half off all Christmas giftsets and some of their permanent products will do that. I'd never tried Lush bath products before, so I indulged. (You can split them up so they go further.)
Phoenix RIsing (Bath Bomb): I mentioned before that I like the myth of the phoenix, so of course I had to pick this one up. There's a spicy apple scent, and the oils leave your skin moisturised afterwards. It does stain ever so slightly, and you will be a bit glittery afterwards. As to the colour -- there's a shot of this on my Instagram, prompting a friend to say, "I'm sure it was lovely but it looks like you murdered someone in the bathtub." (I can't remember what I already had in the bath in the picture -- possibly one of the following, but there were a couple that I purchased I haven't taken pictures of.)
A French Kiss (Bubble Bar): This one is my favourite of the bunch -- the lavender, rosemary, and thyme combination helped me sleep like a drugged baby afterwards. That's saying something, because I have major problems with my sleep. This contains sulfates -- it is a bubble bar, after all -- and lavender oil is known to be a skin irritant, but mine coped fine with it.
Karma (Bubble Bar): This smells a bit hippy-dippy, what with the patchouli on top of the citrus, but I happen to like it. It's super bubbly. Apparently the Karma range is quite popular, and includes a perfume; I might have to pay another visit soon.
Amandopondo (Bubble Bar): I'll be honest: I can't remember using this one. I think I was a bit tipsy after a night out. What I do remember is drinking a ginger beer and watching two episodes of Supernatural while in the bath, so it can't have been awful. According to their website, Amandopondo is scented with "rose absolute and a twist of lemon and orange oils". Take a look at where Lush sources its rose oil from in this video:
Rose Jam Bubbleroon (Bubble Bar): This is gloriously scented with rose absolute and rose oil (see the video above for the difference), and also leaves the skin feeling well-moisturised. It easily twists into two, just like an Oreo. A nit-pick though: they've obviously named the bubbleroons after macaroons, which they've confused with the macaron. Look it up, Lush!
I will leave you with a picture of Finn, who was a bit non-plussed (non-pussed?) at what I did to where his litter box usually lives:
All photos taken with an Iphone 4, with graphics courtesy of the A Beautiful Mess app.