Everything is going wrong. Tier 4 has meant that – for some of us – Christmas might as well be cancelled. Currently, neither Christmas films nor Christmas books are bringing us any joy. We have developed a distaste for Christmas music. And we don’t know why we bothered getting a Christmas manicure. It all seems so pointless, but we’d probably cheer up at the sight of a Christmas hamper. What we really need, however, is a bath.
You already know how much we love baths – we even have a favourite bubble bath. When times are tough, a bath – if you have the luxury of having one in your home – is a necessity. Perhaps thanks to the prospect of Veganuary, as of late we have also become obsessed with all things vegan – including bath products.
These four should actually eliminate any thoughts of the apocalypse entirely.
An ongoing global pandemic definitely calls for a Happy bath soak – and this is a vegan Happy bath soak. Made from epsom and dead sea salt, Yougi’s contains an aromatic blend of bergamot, orange, may chang and ylang-ylang to lift your spirits (hopefully to a ‘Christmas spirit’ level). And then there’s Vitamin E oil for moisturisation – the whole enterprise will put a dumb smile on your face.
One of the – many – benefits of baths is that they allow you to cater to elements of your beauty regimen that are otherwise neglected by the speed of showers. Here, you have the opportunity to cleanse the skin on your body as you would the skin on your face. This particular body cleanser is rich in vitamins that help to purify the skin alongside a dose of aloe vera that helps to soothe it. A win-win situation, we think.
You will be tempted to eat this upon smelling it – do not. It’s best used on the skin. So how does it smell so good? That would be the roasted coffee grinds and the coconut oil. While the former is the scrub’s primary exfoliator, the latter provides the benefit of hydration and antibacterial properties that reduce inflammation. The glow it gives is by grace of the grapeseed oil – resplendent in fatty acids and vitamins C, D and E – that helps fade scars, tighten whatever ‘needs’ tightening and protect from environmental aggressors. It’s messy to use, but – to us – that’s part of its appeal.
No bath – not even a vegan bath – is complete without a scented candle. Although your olfactory system will likely be bombarded with scent from all directions in this bath, candles also serve to provide suitable bathroom lighting. Thankfully for the purposes of this piece, the scented candle Evermore have made in collaboration with artist Fee Greening is made from vegan rapeseed wax. More exciting are its fragrance notes: orange zest at the top; star anise and clove at the heart; amber, sandalwood and patchouli at the base. We’re great fans of anything that makes us feel festive in the subtlest of ways.