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Bathed in love: products to help tired limbs (and minds) over Christmas

Bethan Robinson
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Chances are your November and December calendars are looking a little on the sparse side... With festive parties, Prosecco-fuelled lunches and Monday-night drinks likely off the table, we're scheduling self-care sessions in their stead! Read on to discover our recommendations for bathing yourself in some much-needed love and self-care.

From skin-soothing body soaks and oils, to spa-in-a-jar candles and winter skin-shifting scrubs, our edit of mind and skin-calming {bath and body} heroes are sure to help revive your body and senses during the holiday season.

Serious bragging rights in the form of body care, PLANT Apothecary sets the standard for certified organic, eco-friendly formulas crafted from high-quality, potent botanical ingredients. Specialising in suds that make you feel good, their simplistic, effortlessly chic shower range comes in an array of 'moods' to suit your tastes.

Our personal favourite? The {BE WELL Body Wash} is enriched with an invigorating blend of eucalyptus and bergamot organic essential oils to send a revitalising scent-shot through your shower. Think: the ultimate wake-up call on cold winter mornings!

Lovingly displayed and lathered, Molton Brown’s heavenly-scented bath, body and beauty products introduce a little luxury into your bathing ritual and can be found in the finest hotels (and your bathroom too!) thanks to the luxurious, nourishing formulas that guarantee results.

New to the brand? We recommend diving in with their {Stocking Filler Gift Set}; a buffet of ten beautiful shower gels to tantalise beauty gourmands, this limited edition, deco-inspired gift box is a great way to try this incredible brand on for size and discover your favourite fragrance.

Earning pride of place in the most prestigious spasacross the globe, {ESPA} is synonymous with luscious textures and sensorial aromatics. With the unparalleled power of natural ingredients at the heart of the range, these expertly formulated products promise results that you can see and feel.

One for your wishlist, their {Soothing Candle} will transport you from busy to bliss in 3,2,1. Housed in an effortlessly chic vessel - that would suit virtually any space - this hand-poured 100% natural, soy wax candle is infused with the brand's signature Soothing blend: a mellow, peaceful aroma of sandalwood, myrrh, rose geranium and frankincense. This calming, therapeutic scent stems from these potent oils, helping to encourage restfulness and quieten the mind. Strike a match, set the wick alight aaand relax...

With a seemingly endless list of benefits, goop’s {G.Tox 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub} works to exfoliate, soften, smooth and hydrate your skin. Uniting five mineral-rich salts – Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt, Celtic sea salt, New Zealand solar salt, and Epsom salt – and three ultra-moisturising oils – cold-pressed moringa, pure unfiltered rose hip and organic extra virgin olive oil – the formula sweeps away dead skin cells and softens, locking in moisture to leave behind a super-smooth, beautifully scented finish.

Up against dry skin, acne, dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis? Make like Cleopatra and treat yourself to a long, hot soak in a tub filled with Elemis' {Skin Nourishing Milk Bath}. This is the hero product of their Skin Solutions range and justifiably so - it contains milk protein, wheat germ oil and oat kernel extract and feeds, heals and harmonises the skin when it's out of balance, whether it's dry, sensitive or irritated.

Finally, once you've emerged from your bathroom and feel thoroughly blissed out, make sure you lock in all that much-needed love and moisture with a nourishing body cream or oil...

The ultimate indulgence for slackening skin, One Ocean Beauty's {Bioactive Body Sculpting Marine Cream} is clinically-proven to improve muscle tone, tighten and firm the skin - results are further increased with exercise too. Formulated with active marine ingredients sourced from the Island of Bermuda using Blue Biotechnology, the organisms mimic the effect of endurance training by increasing cellular energy production to improve muscle definition and shape. The finishing touch? The rich contouring cream is blended with emollient and moisturising murumuru seed butter and shea butter to tone and condition the skin too!

The height of post-bath time sophistication, the {Jasmine Whisper Body Oil} by {Odacité} invites supremely soft limbs, shrouded in a heaven-scent, jasmine fragrance that lasts. A fairytale ending to top a bath spent with Odacité's {Mood Cleansing Ayurvedic Bath Soak} - (a detoxifying soak with Himalayan crystal salt and moisturising jojoba oil with grapefruit and lemongrass to boost the body and mind) be sure to envelop your body in a comforting hug of silky jasmine, hemp and jojoba oils to give long-lasting, satiny (never greasy!) hydration. Take our word for it, this body oil will send your mind to blissfully stress-free, joyful summer days. Simply massage into skin while it's still damp and then breathe...

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert
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Bethan is a Senior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. When she’s not trying to perfect the ultimate ‘no make up’ make up look — she swears by Saie — or find new skin care to fall for, she’s likely playing video games, making the most of her housemate’s MUBI account or strolling around Victoria Park with a pastry in hand.