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I'm a little bit obsessed with bathing and treat this as a ritual to indulge myself in some pampering relaxation time. I'm moving on from my bubble addiction after I recently discovered how effective bath oils are. I also have a bit of an interest in aromatherapy, and like to use nicely scented products wherever possible. I received this Dr. Hauschka Bath Care Kit as a gift and though it was a lovely looking set that I couldn't wait to try out.
Product description: "Dr. Hauschka Baths contain genuine plant essential oils obtained from freshly harvested leaves, peels, needles and flowers, gently steam distilled to capture their scent. This kit contains a selection of bath oils to suit your mood and treat your senses: calming and soothing, refreshing and stimulating, the choice is yours."
This Dr. Hauschka bath kit comes presented in a nice, neat little silver tin with a hinged lid. Inside the tin there is a cardboard insert which holds 5 little vials of bath oils in place. The bottles are made of glass and you can see the oil through this. The bottles are also marked with the name of each oil so you can tell which one is which. This kit looks very sleek and I can testify that it is a lovely gift to receive!
The kit contains:
1 Lavender Bath, 10ml
1 Lemon Bath, 10ml
1 Rosemary Bath, 10ml
1 Sage Bath, 10ml
1 Spruce Bath, 10ml
My only previous experience with the Dr. Hauschka range is with the facial skincare products and I absolutely love their toning lotion. Based on this and the presentation of the brand, I was expecting the bath kit to be of a very high quality. Firstly I had a tiny little niggle about the packaging; although the tin looked smart and I liked the idea of keeping the oils stored away in a tidy manner, I found it really difficult to remove the bottles from the cardboard insert as they were very tightly packed in. I suspect this is to protect them so that the glass does not break, but it does make it a bit awkward to get a hold of the bottles and I ended up just taking them all out and lining them up in a row on my bathroom windowsill. The tin can be reused for storing other little bits and pieces afterwards.
There were no real instructions included as to the properties of the different essential oils and how these bath oils should be used. I assumed that they would have already been quite heavily diluted so that they are ready to use in the bath as required. I tended to use anywhere between 1/5 to 1/3 of the vial per bath, depending on how strongly fragranced each oil was, and if I was blending the oils together or using them separately. The scent of each oil comes across quite strongly and they have a fresh, natural quality to them. The level of fragrance was effective in providing the aromatherapy effect that I wanted to achieve, and was powerful without being strong or overwhelming while I was soaking in the bath and breathing in the vapours.
The fun part of the Bath Care Kit comes when you start to play around with mixing the oils together. I often blend two or maybe three different bath oils into my bath water to achieve different sorts of aromatherapy effects. In very basic terms: lavender is relaxing, lemon is uplifting, rosemary is stimulating, sage is refreshing, and spruce is grounding. Combining these oils can make the most of their individual properties and gives a tailored treatment depending on what sort of aromatherapy effect you want at a particular time, for a specific purpose. For just one example, I often like to combine lavender and rosemary to help wind down and feel restored after a heavy work-out session, as this combination works to relax the body and soothe sore muscles.
These bath oils were quite light and mixed into the bath water easily leaving a few droplets of oil floating on the surface. There was not much in the way of a moisturising effect and I found this a bit disappointing as the bath oils I have used before were very rich and provided a deep level of hydration. After bathing in these bath oils my skin still felt somewhat dry and I had to use an additional body care product afterwards to ensure that my skin was fully moisturised.
Overall I think this Bath Care Kit from Dr Hauschka is a good introduction to their range of bath oils, but has limited use. It would be well suited to a beginner and makes a lovely gift as they are nicely packaged and come in a smart looking presentation box. It is a good way to begin experimenting with mixing various essential oils together for varied bathing experiences, and because the oils are already pre-mixed it makes it very simple to use. I think it would have been useful to have a bit more information about the oils and their uses to accompany the kit, and feel that for anyone with a real interest in aromatherapy this might feel a bit basic. Recommended as a nice little gift for the right person, but I personally prefer the other brands of aromatherapy bath oils that I've used previously.