Thursday, 4 September 2008
Bathing in bluebells
I'm not sure if it's the weather cooling or the fact that our bath which used to only run luke warm and required Victorian style topping up with kettle boiled water has suddenly started running proper hot water but I am obsessed with baths at the moment.
I have always liked a bath but having long hair and being busy means I normally just take showers. However lately I am taking a bath in the evening and then jumping in the shower too!
So I have a renewed interest in bath oils and foams all of a sudden.
For pure luxury and indulgence I have always enjoyed Penhaligon's bath oils and have been lucky enough to pick up bottles in sales.
My favourite Penhaligon's bath oil is Bluebell, although I also like Violetta, and would love to try the Lavendula and Elizabethan Rose.
Bluebell is an unusual scent in both the oil and perfume incarnations. Reading reviews it seems a bit love or hate and I can understand not everyone would appreciate it- but to me it really does smell of an English wood, of damp earth that has been shaded by trees for hundreds of years, and for taking me to the woods near my childhood home I love it.
I actually think the scent is in many ways more suited to the bath oil as the steam makes the whole room smell of woods (perhaps that's just the quantity I put in though) and it's more evocative this way.I also find it very calming, restorative and re balancing.
Bluebells picture courtesy of: http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cotonmanor.co.uk/images/bluebells/bluebells_06.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cotonmanor.co.uk/bluebells.php&h=685&w=1024&sz=184&hl=en&start=16&um=1&usg=__nWpPw7Y-kktUkXjvrEfE-UBspao=&tbnid=bquu6DgGA1r6HM:&tbnh=100&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbluebells%2Bpictures%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX
Penhaligon's bottle from their website as above