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Being pregnant has really opened up a whole new world of products to me, some of which I may not wish to surrender once the baby has arrived. I'm pleased to say that this product is one of those.
I was given this weighty jar at Christmas (also available in a cotton bag as in the photo), and before I'd even unwrapped it, I could already smell the gorgeous and relaxing scent wafting out from the confines of the wrapping paper. A fabulous start to my relationship with the milk bath.
The milk bath is a powder; something I'd not tried before. It's contained in a very chunky brown glass jar, which is pretty heavy, and sealed with a screw lid. The rather pregnant cartoon lady on the front looks chilled and relaxed (despite having a cartoon bird perching on her 'bump'), and reminds the consumer that it's designed specially for expectant mums.
As soon as you start to unscrew the lid, the smell of lavender begins to make its way out of the jar. Now, I'm not a massive fan of lavender and would never buy anything with this scent, however Erbaviva have got it just right. Even smelling the product just now to write the review makes me feel relaxed and peaceful.
The instructions advise you to add ¼ cup of the powder to the bath, but not knowing what size a 'cup' is, I add about 3 heaped lids' worth. This is plenty for our large bath with hard water. Because this is a milk bath rather than a bubble bath, there is no froth at all. The powder combines with the water to produce a moisturising wash containing organic essential oils and organic milk powder.
Once out of the bath, my skin feels soothed and not at all dry or itchy, despite being quite sensitive. As well as soothing skin, my favourite thing about the milk bath is that it also soothes the senses (as it claims on the jar). It's a real treat to have one of these milk baths just before bed.
This product is available online, and from some department stores. It retails for around £12 for 550g, which I think is good value for a specialist product. I have had four baths with it now and still have well over ¾ of the jar left. I think this would make a lovely baby shower gift for even the most discerning mother to be.