I wouldn’t have expected it to be bath weather but turns out it still is. And this week is continuing with the ‘grainy’ (that’s ‘grey’ and ‘rainy’) theme. The lovely people at Pure Lochside sent me some of their Calm and Soothe Bath Oil and I’ve had a couple of occasions to try it out over the last few weeks.
This has been good for two reasons. One, there’s nothing nicer than a steamy wallow with a top quality bath oil. And two, I’ve been doing a LOT of exercise recently*, and Pure Lochside’s Bath Oil is amazing if your muscles are feeling the burn a bit.
It’s a gorgeous smell. They only highlight lavender, chamomile and black pepper in the blurb on the packaging, but a quick look at the ingredients list revealed it also contained marjoram, pine, peppermint, eucalyptus and orange. I don’t know quite how to put it into words, but it’s a really sophisticated smell, with the subtle layers of an expensive perfume. The black pepper is a master stroke too. It’s one of my favourite essential oils; I just adore the smell. And it gives the blend a spicy twist that tingles in the back of your nose like an after note. Black pepper is excellent for relieving muscle tension, self-imposed or otherwise, and the blend also contains arnica oil, another well-known remedy for muscular aches and pains.
Pure Lochside as a brand is right up my street. Their entire range is based on holistic aromatherapy (which is what I’m currently training in) and if you want a simple but comprehensive summary of what that’s all about, do have a look at their website here. They also provide lots of clear information about the ingredients they do and don’t use in their products. My appetite is well and truly whetted and I look forward to trying more of the range. They’re not cheap, but you pay for top quality ingredients and a little goes a long way. They recommend just 1/2 – 1 teaspoon per bath with the bath oil, so it’ll take a good few baths to get through 100mls.
One warning if you are making a purchase though – do check the product shelf life. It’ll be the little symbol of the pot with a lid and a number inside. Because these products are made of predominantly organic ingredients, they don’t have the longer shelf lives of preservative-heavy products. You won’t get 12-24 months; it’ll be more like 6-9. So don’t get caught out!
Pure Lochside Calm and Soothe Bath Oil, £24. Available to purchase from Pure Lochside’s website. For more details on stockists, see here. And a quick plea to the good people at Pure Lochside – please do put individual ingredients listings on the product page. I love the A-Z list of ingredients but it’s also incredibly useful to be able to see what’s in a product at a glance, particularly if you’ve got sensitive skin.
Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (organic sunflower) seed oil, Arnica montana extract, tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), Lavandula officinalis (high altitude lavender), Origanum majorana (organic marjoram), Pinus sylvestris (Scottish Highlands pine), Piper nigrum (organic black pepper), Mentha piperita (organic peppermint), Eucalyptus radiata (organic eucalyptus), Matricaria recutita (organic German chamomile), Anthemis nobilis (organic Roman chamomile), Citrus aurantium (organic orange), D-limonene, geraniol, linalool
*So, if you’re wondering about the exercise…it turns out that having tons of revision to do makes exercise look really appealing all of a sudden. I’m usually fairly active but I was a bit lax about proper exercise until about 3 1/2 weeks ago. Proper exercise being the type where you wear appropriate clothing and get shouted at by an instructor (via classes or videos). But when it was a straight up choice between exercise and revision, exercise won every time. And it turns out everything they say about exercise being really good for your brain is true. I’m convinced I wouldn’t have managed quite so much revision if my brain wasn’t being regularly flooded with oxygen!