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Crack open a bottle… of bath oil

For those days when only a luxuriatin­g soak will do the trick – a trio of scented soothers


‘There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them,’ wrote Sylvia Plath in The Bell Jar. Hear, hear. Sometimes a long wallow in a relaxing, fancy-smelling bath with a dash of candleligh­t on the side is all I need to feel reset on the path of equilibriu­m.

But as much as I love a good quotation, it isn’t me pulling Plath out of the thematic hat – it’s Sophie Hinchliffe, co-founder of brand Sister & Co, which she launched in 2015 and which has since become a go-to for

OUR BEAUTY DIRECTOR’S HERO BUYS bathers who want a little bit of languishab­le, fancy aromathera­py but don’t wish to pay too much for it.

Take its Bath Soak, €17.50 for 150ml – it’s great stuff and contains a clever plant-based emulsifier to ensure the organic oil blends with the bathwater rather than ending up as a greasy residue all over your bath. The scents are good, too. The healthful-smelling Myrtle (rosemary, lemongrass and lemon myrtle) is my favourite, but there’s also Rosa (rose, jasmine, geranium and grapefruit) and Holly (black pepper, cardamom, lemon and frankincen­se).

The recommende­d dose is two capfuls added to running water, but I’ve been doubling that to get a really deep-smelling soak. There are also accompanyi­ng body oils, which are top-notch, too, and body oil washes in the same flavours.

While it’s all very wellness focused – the products are a way, says Sophie, ‘to slot more delicious smells and moments into your everyday’ – it’s eco, too: think Cosmos organic certificat­ion, recycled cardboard packaging and fully recyclable glass and aluminium containers.

If you’re looking to do some early Christmas shopping these goodies are a great place to start. Visit sisterandc­

★ Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses

(from €29, Total luxury with notes of ylang ylang, patchouli and lavender – and one of the chicest bathroom bottles ever.

★ Aromathera­py Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath and Shower Oil (€55, aromathera­pyassociat­es. com). A real classic, there’s always one of these in my bathroom and usually a travel-size version in my on-the-move washbag, too. Key notes include pine, ginger, rosemary and lavender.

A long wallow in a fancy-smelling bath resets my equilibriu­m

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