Hello, I’m Gio and I’m a workaholic.
Writing and blogging are my biggest passions in life. There’s nothing I’d rather do than researching the truth about a new anti-aging ingredient, writing a review of the latest hyped-up serum and reply to all your emails and comments.
I could literally do it all day. Every day.
Actually, I do it all day. Every day.
That’s what happens when you turn your hobby into your job. You forget you need time off to unwind and relax. It’s a lesson I’ve learned the hard way.
After a big burnout that almost caused me to stop blogging last year (no worries, this blog ain’t going anywhere 😉 ), I realised it was time to inject more me time into my day.
One of my fave ways to relax is a hot bubble bath. I fill the bath tub, pour in some salts and relax for the next couple of hours (I don’t do short baths).
Lately, I’ve put the salts aside and opted for an oil, instead. Elemental Herbology Wood Rejuvanation Bath & Body Oil is so versatile, you can use it both in and out of the bath (or shower, if that’s more your thing). You can:
- Apply 2-3 pumps to your torso before stepping into your shower
- Pour 2-3 pumps into a hot bath (my fave way to use it)
- Slather it on your clean, dry skin after bathing
Either way, its moisturizing oils nourish your skin while its soothing scent invigorate your mind. Here are the main oils it contains:
Sweet Almond Oil
Did you know that sweet almond oil is the most common oil used by massage therapists? There’s a reason for that. Well, more than one reason:
- It’s easily absorbed by the skin
- It isn’t greasy
- It’s super moisturizing
- It reduces the effect of UV light induced photoaging (wrinkles + dark spots) on the skin.
Talk about multitasking!
Out of all the oils, jojoba resembles human sebum the most. What does it mean?
Well, jojoba oil is a magician that tricks the skin into thinking it has already pumped out all the oil it needs, stopping excess production in its tracks. If you have oily skin and what to go down the natural route, jojoba oil is your new BFF.
It’s very moisturizing, too. It forms a barrier on the skin that prevents moisture loss, keeping your skin hydrated for hours.
There’s not much research on rosemary oil. But the few studies I’ve found are promising:
- Rosemary oil has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals
- Rosemary oil has anti-bacterial properties that help treat acne
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use Or Opinion
I’ve never used Elemental Herbology Wood Rejuvenation Bath & Body Oil in the shower. I have one every morning, obvs, but I just want to get in and out of there asap.
Instead, I always pour a few pumps in my bathtub when I decide to treat myself to a pampering hot bath. This particular scent, Wood, is very masculine. The herbal scent of rosemary mixes with the spiciness of nutmeg and the citrusy crispiness of lemongrass.
There’s nothing sweet here. It’s a woody herbal scent that soothes the whirling mind and reinvigorates the senses. But, it’s not for everyone. If you leave masculine scents to your men (I steal them all the time, ahem…), you won’t dig this. Not a bit.
(P.S. This oil comes in a few different scents, so I’m sure you’ll find one you like if you fancy the idea of an aromatherapy bath as much as I do).
When I get out of the bathtub, I feel much more relaxed and – more astonishingly – my skin isn’t as dry as it usually is. Dry bath can be very drying but this oil seems to limit the damage. Yay!
Just to be on the safe side, I slather a few drops all over my skin afterwards. It keeps it soft and smooth for hours. Now, what scent to try next?