Old soak

I do love a good bath. For me they serve several purposes: they warm you up ( I am ALWAYS cold), they stop you eating (very useful when I did the 5:2 diet last year and nearly died of hunger) and most importantly they offer you some alone time to shave your legs. 

Like everyone in my NCT group I intended to have a water birth. I do vaguely remember vomiting into a cold bath on the labour ward (good times) but sadly none of us made it across the threshold of the midwife led birthing pool. Notwithstanding this incident, generally I do find baths incredibly comforting and during my pregnancy I had a bath virtually every night. With this comes a whole host of bubbles and soaks that I have used along the way to relieve aching muscles.  

It used to be that bath time was also 'my time'. This doesn't hold quite so true now as I tend to get joined by a pink, splashing baby. However, after she has been hoisted out of the bath I get 10 precious minutes to crank the hot water up and chuck in a multitude of highly baby toxic bath oils to help me unwind.  

Last night the bath chaser of choice was 'liquid yoga' restorative bath soak by Mio skincare who I know from their Mamma Mio pregnancy range. Appropriate name as I had had a heavy session at baby yoga where I concluded that 'child's pose' was probably the only asana in my repertoire that I could nail.  

 Down facing dog  

Down facing dog  

This Mio offering promised me a 'masseuse in a bottle' (I couldn't find mine) and is designed to ease muscles (yes please) and help you relax (harder with a yelling baby in the background). It resembles throwing the remnants of your Nutribullet in the bath (green slime) but smells lovely and did give a nice soak to me old creaking bones.

It contains a variety of good stuff including Magnesium Rich Epson Salts, Arnica, V-Tonic (their trademark blend) and various other essential oils. Full list here. Even after countless immersions I suspect I will still struggle to touch my toes, but it can't be expected to work miracles. It was a nice bath soak with lots of pleasing ingredients but at £26 for 200ml is expensive and i'm not convinced this range is really worth the money. Available at M&S or online.

If I were to be offering handy hints (and I will) for cheaper and dare I say it better alternatives then the Argan + range stocked by Waitrose is a winner. I busted through several of their bath oils, body butters and body oils and am buying my mother a low loader of them for Christmas. They smell divine, are chocked full of the liquid gold that is argan oil and are great for hydration. Love them.  The Argan + Moroccan Rose is my absolute favourite. Available at Waitrose and £5.95 for 300ml.

 Did someone say Hamam?  

Did someone say Hamam?  

Finally if you did want to splash some cash Neal's Yard Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath is a safe bet at £15.50 for 200ml. This bath oil is a winner and the bottle looks like a minature Harvey's Bristol Creme - so you can imagine you are having a sherry in the bath. Or go ahead and pour yourself one. Very festive. X 

 Sea shanty  

Sea shanty