The first one to boost my enthusiasm for bathing was Clarins Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate (£18; www.clarins.co.uk) which was launched earlier this year. I guess it was inevitable that I’d fall for this gel – which can be used as a body wash or for some bubbles – since one of its key ingredients is geranium, a favourite scent of mine. It smells divine, leaves the skin feeling smooth and cleansed, and complements my beloved Clarins Toning Body Balm (£30).
The second item is not actually a bath or body product, but a facial cleanser which works beautifully on dry land, so to speak, but is especially beneficial – both to the complexion and the sinuses – when used in the tub. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£39.50; www.timetospa.co.uk) is a luxurious-feeling, oil-rich balm which melts away make-up and gives the skin a thorough and quick cleanse, when washed off with a hot cloth. Smear a thick layer on before you dissolve into a warm bath, however, and the balm becomes a salon-worthy treatment which leaves the skin clean and feeling nourished.
The oils used in this blend include geranium, eucalyptus and menthol – and it was undoubtedly because of the last two-mentioned oils that I found this beauty product a help when I was bunged up with the cold recently. A hot bath with the scent of eucalyptus and menthols released under my nose was just what was needed.