You want to know my favourite things about winter? Baths and candles.
Sure, they’re year-round pleasures, but there’s something about a hot bath or a spicy scented candle – or both, go nuts – when it’s cold outside that warms the soul, as well as the body. It’s that “hygge” thing, I guess. Plus, these last few days I have been floored with some sort of delightful headachey/snot monster combo, and if you sneeze in the bath nobody has to know.
This past week or so I’ve had the pleasure of checking out some of my favourite bath and body brands’ festive efforts, and came away with loads of gifting ideas which would be great for both the people you’re close to and those whose tastes you’re a little less sure of. Bath and body products are a failsafe secret Santa solution for a reason – but I’d like to think these picks are a little more “saw this and thought of you” than “I found this in the Boots three for two”.
Lush have, as usual, knocked it out of the park with their Christmas range: I don’t know anyone who’d be disappointed to receive one of their brightly-coloured boxes, except maybe my brother. This year, you’ll find gift sets to suit every budget in store – from the appropriately-named WOW (containing a whopping 37 seasonal products for £170) to the more budget-friendly Home for Christmas (£14.95 for three complementary, soothing products).
They also have great taste in stocking fillers: my love of the seasonal Golden Wonder and So White bath bombs is well known, but new in for this year are the likes of the heady and floral Mistletoe bath bomb* and the sweet-scented re-usable Santasaurus bubble bath wand* (because – well, because why not?). Or you can play it safe and go for a bottle of the iconic, bubblegum-scented Snow Fairy shower gel*.
This year, another old favourite has a new name and a gorgeous new look – although all your old favourite products are still there. Arran Aromatics is in the process of transforming into ARRAN Sense of Scotland, with its product lines renamed in order to more closely correspond to and capture the beauty of their native island. It’s easy to forget how close Arran is to Glasgow – I’ve still only been once. Here’s hoping that changes in the coming year.
My favourite ARRAN scent is the warm, citrussy combo of grapefruit and green leaf – now named Glenashdale, after the spectacular Glenashdale Falls which is one of Arran’s finest beauty spots. Like the other scent collections, which include the incredibly popular After The Rain, each of these products is available in a range of gifts for Christmas which include travel bags and tins full of soaps and toiletries, reed diffusers and scented candles.
Specific to the Christmas range is this lush Soft Cinnamon candle*, which is presented in a beautiful gift tin and smells just like Christmas. I’m burning it as I write and schedule this post, and it’s helping me get into the festive spirit immensely.
Do you like the look of any of these gifts?
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.