The Bathory are all over the blogging world at the moment and, having not read a bad review to date, I jumped at the chance to give the brand a try myself. They work by offering you the opportunity to create your own personalised jar of bath salts; blending minerals and essential oils to produce something just right for you. I chose a detoxing bath, filled with pure Epsom salts and Rhassoul clay that promise to draw out toxins from the body. I tend to lean towards more earthy, musky scents so I opted to personalise mine with a blend of sandalwood, ylang ylang and bergamot; the likes of which smell wonderful together.
Since we moved flat we've had to say goodbye to having our own bath, which in fact makes using this at my parent's house even more of a luxury. Of the two I'd class myself as much more of a 'shower person', although it goes without saying that the occasional soak in the tub can feel incredibly luxurious and relaxing; feelings that are only enhanced when using these salts. The packaging recommends using 25% for a quick fix, 50% for full benefits and 100% for the best bath of your life. As I knew I wouldn't be able to lay back in a hot bath for another couple of months, I sacrificed around half of the tub in one go and wept a little when I saw just how many I'd used. In hindsight, I don't regret a thing. It was a time of pure self indulgence and my skin has never felt softer. The fragrance of the salts really did fill the room and I was able to immerse myself in the water and properly relax for half an hour; no mean feat for me!
At £18 for 200ml of product these are without doubt the priciest bath salts I've used, although the quality of service and the way in which they're packaged are second to none. You really feel as though you're buying and using a luxury product, making them the perfect option as a gift for a loved one or an occasional treat to yourself. My graphic designer boyfriend is also head over heels for the packaging; sometimes you can't help but judge a book by its cover! While I loved filling the tub with these salts I wouldn't say that you need to use quite as much as suggested to really benefit from the experience; making the price tag slightly easier to swallow. You can make your own blend here - I'd love to hear which essential oils you choose.