I’ve just had the deepest, most luxurious bath.  Finally I feel properly relaxed and, most of all, clean. Having been released from four days in hospital in London, I felt sticky and grubby. It’s not that the hospital was dirty, far from it (the Royal Free is pretty immaculate), but that I didn’t feel well enough to wash my hair, and that taking a shower in flip flops (the bathroom is shared by four people on a ward) doesn’t make you feel squeaky clean.

First off, I took a shower, using Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Exotic Body Scrub to slough off any trace of hospital. Brown sugar, linseed oil, grapefruit, orange & tangerine extract combine to make a most delicious-smelling exfoliating & emollient goop, which leaves my leaves my skin silky soft. I exfoliated my face with the brilliant Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream, which I use every 2-3 days in winter and once a week in summer.

Then I washed my hair with Say Yes to Tomatoes’ new Daily Volumizing Shampoo which handily arrived from the publicist last week. I’m a huge fan of Say Yes to Carrots, its sister range, and I liked this too. My hair is now all soft & shiny, but not in a weird over-siliconed way. (I also liked that it’s inexpensive, comes in a huge bottle, and is petroleum, SLS & paraben free.) I combed a dollop of the equally goodmatching Daily Volumizing Conditioner through, before wrapping my hair in a towel to let the product sink in whilst I bathed.

I drew a bath & filled it to the brim, adding an extremely liberal pour of  ESPA’s Restorative Bath Oil, with its soothing and stress-reducing  combination of myrrh, sweet orange oil, rose geranium and lavender. On my face went a thick, indulgent layer of Chanel’s Précision Masque Déstressant Hydratation to iron out the illness worry lines.

I spent the next fifteen minutes reading Sunday’s Stella mag, drinking a cup of Earl  Grey and turning into a prune, before hopping out to take another shower to rinse off the conditioner and face mask.

Result: one super clean, slightly less stressed and shiny Sasha.

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So glad you are out of the hospital and feeling better

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Oh that lovely ritual would clean all sin from the Devil! What bliss. You are making me wish I had a decent shop and a bath. Glad you are on the mend.

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So glad to read that you are finally at home where you can properly get yourself back on your feet, LLG.

Say Yes To…. sounds intriguing! I followed your link, but it only seems to offer delivery within the US. I googled and found that The Big Online Book Retailer also stocks it.

Keep well.

Ali xxx

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What a beautiful way to feel better! You are making me long for a decent shop and a bath. Glad you are on the mend.

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I am glad that you feel well enough to have a relaxing bath (^-^)
About 2 years ago, I also suffered with a long illness related to the respiratory system. It just started with a bad flu. And I ended up being ill for 6 month.
I am completely recovered now. However, it took a long time to be the same again. So please take everything easy and don’t be too stressed.
I look forward to seeing your wonderful blog in full swing again! (^_<)b

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am just catching up and am so sorry to hear how poorly you’ve been- though pleased you’ve had such great care. Glad you are on the mend now x

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The E’spa oils are amazing, I also love their salt scrubs in oil and the pink hair mud .. wonderful xx

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Sounds like a delicious routine -glad your feeling slightly better x

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glad to see (read, actually) that you are feeling better already 🙂

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Dear Sasha,

So glad you are feeling better.
Wishing you a quick recovery and lots of great posts as usual
liz from Paris

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