One New Years resolution that I’ve been unsurprisingly good at sticking with was my intention to indulge in more candle lit baths. There is just something about switching all tech off, electricity too and stewing in a warm, bubbly bath with a candle creating a flickering light to read your chosen choice of text by that is extremely comforting and nine times out of ten makes me almost drift off and dip my magazine into the water. Doh. It’s what I imagine being back in the womb would be like, just with an Allure Magazine in hand. It’s a routine I’ve been indulging in every few days and I’m feeling mildly more chilled for it. As always with these things I’ve gathered a rather lush product arsenal to make my candlelit tub-time that touch more luxe and given that it’s Sunday, a.k.a) the day of rest and pampering, I thought it was about time I shared.

Before I even get the taps running, I strike up and light a candle to set the mood. Oh baby. There’s a few that fit the category of ‘spa-like sniffs’, but at the moment I’m all over Jo Malone’s latest release; Lavender and Lovage. It’s a little bit herby, a little bit sweet and a little bit lavender-y (obvs); I’ve yet to shove this in someones face for them to smell and them dislike it. The perfect bath soak pairing for this comes in the form of the Clarins Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate. Which though pricey, wouldn’t look out of place in the This Works Deep Sleep range. I lob a few drips under running water and 10 minutes later I’m left with a tub that alludes a sleepy, herby haze. You feeling relaxed yet?

Mood set and bath run, when in-tub after all the boring wash/shave bits are done, I get to work with the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish, a recent purchase that smells good enough to eat. Who knew that the best body butter in the world came in scrub form? It doesn’t disappoint, with a gritty texture that gets to work sloughing off all the rough bits and leaving a hint of a coconut scent on your limbs. Finish off with a quick flick through Allure and there ladies and gents, is the most perfect candlelit bath time of all.

So who’s in the mood for a bath now? 

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  • http://www.brodiejay.com/ Brodie Curnow

    I am unbelievably excited to finally get a whiff of a Jo Malone product this Tuesday. I mean, so excited, is that pathetic? SIGH.

    BrodieJay.com

  • http://www.beautyloon.com/ Erin

    Awesome! I wasn’t even aware that Clarins had a bath concentrate – that’s totally going on my wish list.

  • Anna Blush

    I love a good bath but don’t ever remember to light up a candle. Must make an effort to do so in the future!

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Endora Siu

    A bath sounds good right about now! Love your blog Anna.
    Bauble & Trinket

  • Carina Stewart

    Relaxing in the bath with a good book is probably one of the best things in world <3

    Carina | CARSTINA

  • http://pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com/ kirsty thompson

    Wish I had the time for a relaxing bath, but as a mum a shower has to do lol x

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

  • Marlenne

    Wish I had a bath to relax in! The Kiehls body polish sounds really good!

    marlennebeauty.blogspot.com

  • http://loveaugustblog.blogspot.com/ Stephanie @ Love, August

    I love taking baths when I can and that Clarins bottle looks and sounds amazing. I’ll have to give it a shot!
    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

  • Huxley

    Excellent choices, I have been using the Clarins concentrate for about a year now and have definitely noticed a change in how relaxed I feel before bed.

  • Hannah

    So luxe! This definitely makes me want to run a bath (even though I’m more of a shower girl), either that or just go back to sleep. :)

    Girl+World

  • http://blushingbiddies.com/ Puri

    I wish I could just TOTALLY submerge in a bath, but I’m too tall D: I need a Japanese style tub, it’s not gonna let mr extend out fully, but it’s more like a box and I feel soooooo comfortable :3
    blushingbiddies.com

  • molly

    that makes me want to go and have a bath right now! i love candlelit baths, the perfect time to read a good book xxx

    mollyox.blogspot.com

  • http://www.lamourjosie.com/ Josie

    The kiehls body polish sounds dreamy, might have to give it a go :) x

    lamourjosie.com

  • Cloud Esmé

    I need a Jo Malone Candle in my life!

    Esmé
    http://cloudesme.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Eleri Roberts

    I love the Clarins bath & shower concentrate, it smells divine! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Jessica Rose

    I don’t tend to take baths…I find I can’t relax……;((

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Beauty in crisis

    omg I’m really trying so hard not to buy this Kiehl’s scrub first thing in the morning… I totally love their body butter.. I believe it is one of the most luxurious body products I’ve ever tried! That divine smell!!!!

    xxx
    beautyincrisis.blogspot.com

  • Zazie Bibi

    would love to have a jo malone candle! xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  • Allie H
  • Nicole

    I don’t have a bath at uni so it’s the nicest thing going home and being able to have a long relaxing bath! Candles and some bath time reading are essentials!

    lifeofatraineejournalist.com

  • Hope

    I am yet to purchase a Jo Malone candle, but I feel the need to!My Sunday baths just cant compare H x

    http://www.hopesgone.blogspot.com

  • Angelique

    Oh me me me!! I’ve been hanging for some bath time but Australia is just too hot right now and I want to get out before I even put a foot in. I’m hanging for autumn to come around so I can bath away every other day. As for candles I’ve been loving wood wicked ones, they crackle and pop and sound just like a fireplace, I always am taken to another place when one is burning. I definitely recommend them if you can find one.

    http://www.eroswrites.wordpress.com

  • Parisian To Be

    I always tell myself I’m going to take a bath, but I rarely get around to it; let me grab my Sunday agenda…. xo
    Lillian from parisiantobe.com

  • Natalie Morgan

    So glad I am not the only one who drifts off and is left with soggy corners of my favourite magazine!

    Lovely post – nlmorgan, lifestyle & beauty

  • http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/ Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    I really love using essential oils at the moment, Muji do some really great ones! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Sharlotte

    I always use the Soap and Glory sugar crush scrub in the bah, with a lush bath bomb. It’s bliss! :)

    Sharlotte
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    Sharlotte

  • Victoria Reilly

    If you like a good lavender-y-herb-y bath I highly recommend using Lush’s French Kiss bubble bar with this – an absolute huge mound of bubbles (you could even split it into two and still get enough to cover up all of the explicit areas), an absolutely stunning scent and it lingers for hours all over the upstairs, perfect for when you’re drifting off.

    Vickie xx | VickieBlogs

  • Amy Rose

    Baths are the best, you are so right in saying that it is what you’d imagine being in the womb feels like :’) I really love your style of writing, it’s like you’re talking to the reader, not just writing to them! I’m convinced on having a bath tonight now, Allure’s February issue is calling!
    http://www.whatshedoesnow.com

  • Tarte Tanya

    I went through a huge bath phase, now I’m more of a shower girl.
    But the candle, magazines, luxe bath products.. you’ve sold me!
    Maybe a glass of wine…
    SOLD
    Lovely post and will be taking a bath asap!
    TarteTanya

  • Prettysnoopy

    I love a bath but always have to wait till im home from uni! Cant wait till i finish in june and can have more baths!! Xx
    http://www.nellyandnoopy.wordpress.com

  • Iso Bean

    A night in with a hot bath really is the ultimate way to relax :)
    http://beautyandthebaking.wordpress.com/

  • ranunkel1

    I’m instantly following this “command” ;-)

  • Bev

    Kiehl’s cream body wash is beautiful too. It isn’t foamy but has a lovely rich cream to luxuriate in. Baths are the only way I really relax & have the best nights sleep afterwards. Love the salt bath from Therapy plus just tried Mio Liquid Yoga – similar but a beautiful liquid full of wonderful relaxing ingredients, recommended as an alternative to Therapie. I swap about

  • JoySteib

    I have got to try the Jo Malone candles…they sound so amazing!!!!

  • http://raeey.tumblr.com/ Rachel

    Honey and Soy anything and I’m on board. You always rave about the body creme so I got a sample recently, and DAYUM GURL. I might have to splurge on it for my upcoming birthday…

  • Celina

    I imagine the Kiehl’s scrub would be lovely! Their Creme de Corps moisturizer is fantastic!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • natalie

    This sounds absolutely perfect after a long day, I may have to treat myself to a bath now…*scoots off to begin the bathing ritual*

    silverliningsofanemptysummer.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sarah Pradolin

    Love this post! I would love to try and do pamper sessions more frequently and I’d love to try the products you have recommended above x

  • sarazbeautytonic

    i am waiting to get my hands on the this works deep sleep range..have heard soo much from fellow bloggers that i need to get one now sooon!!!

    http://sarazbeautytonic.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Sarah B

    Nothing better than a nice relaxing bath! The origins ginger bath box I got for Christmas has made me want to live in my bath, all I need now are some candles!
    Sarah x
    http://www.alittlespaceforeverything.blogspot.com

  • Harriet

    Such a great bathtime routine! I love the Kiehl’s body polish, it smells lush!! Definitely will have to try the Jo Malone candle too :) x

    harriebeauty.wordpress.com

  • PeonyandPeach

    As of late I’ve been having baths almost every evening, dreading the water bill!! I’ve been using a scoop of coconut oil in mine to soothe dry winter skin. That jo malone candle sounds dreamy!

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • Nathania Iron

    Hi Anna!
    Did you ever try the Clarins Gommage “Relax”? I bought it the last time six years ago, it was SO gorgeous…then I discovered that Clarins stopped the production of this product! I’ll try the Kiehl’s one!