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.