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Take your winter bath routine to the next level

Channel your inner Cleopatra and transform your tub time with some aromatic additions, says Katie Wright

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Baths are a great way to relax after a difficult day

Baths are a great way to relax after a difficult day

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1. Westlab Sleep Bathing Salts, £7.99

1. Westlab Sleep Bathing Salts, £7.99

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2. Soak Sunday Cleo’s Paradise Botanical Bath & Body Oil, £14

2. Soak Sunday Cleo’s Paradise Botanical Bath & Body Oil, £14

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3. Lush Snowman Dreaming Bath Bomb, £3.50

3. Lush Snowman Dreaming Bath Bomb, £3.50

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4. L’Occitane Almond Milky Bath, £26

4. L’Occitane Almond Milky Bath, £26

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5. Floral Street Sunshine Bloom Scented Candle, £28

5. Floral Street Sunshine Bloom Scented Candle, £28

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5. Diptyque Baies Candle, £47

5. Diptyque Baies Candle, £47

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Baths are a great way to relax after a difficult day

The ultimate at-home relaxation ritual, a long, hot bath can work wonders, melting away aches and pains and calming the most stressed-out minds.

Particularly now, when there's so much uncertainty in the world, shutting the bathroom door and enjoying some uninterrupted me-time is a form of self-care that can make all the difference to your mood.

Everyone's got their favourite bath-time accompaniments, whether it's a podcast, a playlist or an episode of your favourite sitcom (be sure to keep your device well away from the tub, of course). But we're here to suggest some scented products that will make your soak all the more enjoyable.

Here are five ways to elevate your bathing experience...

1. Soothing salts

While hard evidence to back up any claims about the detoxifying effects of Epsom salts can be hard to find, it can't be denied that adding a few handfuls to your bath makes the water feel softer and silkier, which is a very pleasant sensation indeed.

Plus, salts infused with fragrance release a wonderful scent, whether it's calming lavender or invigorating citrus, so take your pick of the perfumed packs, sit back and breathe deeply.

2. Aromatic oils

A generous drizzle of bath oil as you're filling the tub will disperse throughout the water and leave your skin with a hydrated sheen, as well as scenting your tub with a long-lasting fragrance.

3. Fun Fizzers

The most affordable and, let's face it, fun way to brighten your bath time, bath bombs and fizzers dissolve in the water, leaving a trail of colourful bubbles.

Lush is the king of the bath bomb and has got some adorable seasonal offerings, like a snowman and a fun hippopotamus.

4. Marvellous Milk

Legend has it that Cleopatra used to bathe in donkey milk to improve her complexion, but while there's no proof of this claim, we're all in favour of a modern milk bath.

You don't actually need to add any dairy products into your tub. Simply pour in a slug of ready-made bath milk to enjoy a creamy, cloudy, skin-softening soak.

5. Calming Candles

Sleep experts say that if you're struggling to nod off at night, you should try to avoid bright lights and television screens, so why not switch off the bathroom lights and wind down with a relaxing candlelit bath before bed?

Scented candles never fail to set the mood, whether it's a deep wintry waft of amber or oud, or a bright floral bouquet.

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