One of the best things about being a beauty blogger is the fact that all kinds of things arrive in an unexpected fashion, and occasionally those things turn out to be products you never realised you couldn’t live without, and Olverum Bath Oil is one of those things.
Random fact, I don’t think I’ve actually taken a bath since Kneipp discontinued my favourite Juniper-scented bath salts, and Shu Uemura discontinued Hinoki bath oil, and then I ran out of my beloved Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak (which was certain used to be called something else, but on a quick google search, it seems I’m merely misremembering), because yes, I am that fussy about my bathing products. I’ll happily shower in any old (cheap) crap, but baths are for lingering, for loitering, for indulging in*, and, it turns out, I do want a strong herbal element to my bath. I have no idea why, except maybe it’s linked to the fact that I grew up in the heyday of the “badedas bath”, and ALL baths in the seventies smelled of pine as a result.
Olverum Bath Oil smells not only of pine (from Siberian Fir Needle oil), but also of eucalyptus, lavendin, lemon, rosemary, verbena, lavender, lime, juniper and geranium, and combined in a ground nut and sunflower oil base, those scents are amazing. It’s like being surrounded by the alpine forest of your dreams. I spent some time near Lake Bled in Slovenia last year, and this bath oil smells how those forests looked. It’s beautiful. Deep and distinctive, resinous from the woods, yet also sharp and bright from the citrus, and yes, it is ever-so-slightly medicinal. It simply smells like it would do you a world of good even before you pour it into a hot bath. And actually, bearing in mind it contains eucalyptus, it’ll probably help soothe a head cold too.
At around £25 for a 125ml bottle, there’s no denying Olverum Bath Oil is an indulgent treat, but as it is highly concentrated, you need only 5ml to scent your bath, and your bottle should last 25 baths as a result. £1 for a bath in the middle of a Alpine forest is a bargain, no?
You can find Olverum Bath Oil at Liberty, House of Fraser and Roullier White.
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* And, of course, reading in**
** and only occasionally, you know, washing in.
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