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9 divine bath oils for a long soak

We've put Blue Monday behind us. I think that calls for a relaxing bath, don't you? Here's how to make your evening soak more luxurious than ever.

Go on, run yourself a bath. Let the steam swirl through the bathroom and fog up the mirror. Can you be faffed to light a candle? Doesn’t matter: with one of these cult oils, your bath will leave you feeling as luxurious as a queen. And isn’t that a rarity! Time to dive in.

The Glitter Bath

Fancy a bath oil with real 23.5-carat gold flakes in it? Why not. Also enriched with myrrh, the Molton Brown Oudh Accord & Gold Precious bathing oil is only a bit of frankincense away from the birth of Christ. It’s certainly divine, leaving skin hydrated, soft, and smelling of cinnamon leaf, nutmeg, and bergamot.

£45

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Send-You-To-Sleep-Good

The multi-award-winning thisworks Deep Sleep bath oil has been designed to help soothe you to sleep. Boasting a therapeutic ‘superblend’ of Lavender, Camomile, and Vetiver to relieve tension and stress, this will have you perfectly relaxed and ready to zonk out all night long. It’s also cruelty-free and 100% vegan, so it ticks that Veganuary box too.

£48

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Touch of the Exotic

We might not be luxuriating in a Moroccan hammam any time soon, but REN’s Moroccan Rose Otto bath oil could just fool you into thinking you are. If you shut your eyes, you can feel the steam and smell the rose petals. It’s made from 100% pure plant oils and natural fragrances, with Moroccan rose oil being one of the world’s most expensive essential oils thanks to its anti-bacterial, hydrating, and anti-depressant properties.

£32

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Bath-time Bliss

Harvest’s Relax Bath + Body Oil is hand-made in the Midlands, and completely organic. Infused with a rich blend of patchouli, lavender, and black pepper, it’s imbued with the benefits of aromatherapy. The essential oils not only cleanse and soothe, but also improve circulation. Plus, it smells lovely.

£20

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Carpe Diem

Writing on the waste of waiting for a special day to use something nice, Nora Ephron once commanded: “always use the good bath oil”. Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass bath essence was the bath oil to which she was referring. With a double shot of lemon, it’s invigorating and fresh, so could be the perfect morning pep or thing to soothe tired legs after exercise. It is also recommended for use to treat skin prone to cellulite. Mostly: relish the clean scent, and vow to indulge daily.

£17

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One-Way Ticket to Relaxation

A luxe blend of sweet orange, cedar wood, and lavender, the M&S Apothecary Calm Bath Oil makes your bathroom smell like a fancy spa without breaking the bank. The inclusion of clary sage oil means it is soothing to the skin, antibacterial, and stress-reducing. Plus, silky legs for under a tenner? Halleluiah.

£8

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Immediate Chill

Beauty Pie’s Soul Providers Relaxing oil claims to make you even more zen than you would be if you were lying in a lavender field on a sunny afternoon in Provence. (We’re listening…) Formulated to help relieve stress and tension, and to promote better sleep, it’s perfumed sweetly with orange, mint, and lemon. Best of all? If you don’t have time for a bath, you can slap this on during a quick shower and still reap the relaxation.

£40

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Bottled Summer

Relish the scent of rural England (sans hay fever) with the lusciously-scented 100 Acres Relax Bath & Body Oil. Sweet jasmine and fresh lavender have been blended with balmy sage and rose geranium to have you feeling ultra-relaxed, refreshed, and miles away from screaming children.

£20

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Sunday SOS

Ila Spa Bath Soak for Pure Relaxation: a recipe for complete bliss. Vetivert, petitgrain, and deeply softening apricot promise to nourish and soothe your body and mind, saving even the stroppiest of Sundays.

£17

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