Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk – an I Choose What I Use Review
This is the first in an occasional new type of blog for us where we’ll review one of the products on our website. First up is Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk.
This stuff has made me start taking baths again! Over the years I had come to associate baths with bubble bath and, as it’s hard to get bubbles without the addition of surfactants which I prefer to avoid, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), I’ve tended to forgo baths in favour of showers. However, this has made me appreciate how good a soak in the bath – without the bubble bath – can be.
If you don’t like the smell of Lavender then this really isn’t for you. However, if you like or don’t mind it and you’re in need of a good night’s sleep, I would suggest giving this a try. Every time I use this in a bath at night I find that when I go to bed I fall asleep quickly and I wake up the next morning feeling fully rested and refreshed. This is not a common occurrence for me!
The ingredients are few, which I like:
- Lavender Oil
- Potassium Olivate – a derivative of Olive Oil and an emulsifier which will help the water and oil to blend as well as acting as a gentle cleanser and skin nourisher
- Glyceryl Oleate – a derivative of Glycerin and Oleic Acid (fats from vegetable oils), which is also an emulsifier
- Limonene, Linalool & Geranoil – which are all part of the lavender oil but have to be listed because some people can have allergic reactions to them
To use the bath milk, you shake the glass bottle and then add 3 or 4 capfuls to your bath water. I use 4 and that really is as much as you need, if only because when you first add it the lavender fragrance is quiet strong! That subsides though (or maybe you get used to it?) and it doesn’t seem to linger on your skin, just in case you’re worried about smelling of lavender the next morning.
Here are a couple of photo’s I took last night, they looked okay on my phone, but they’re a bit less okay now I’ve seen the downloaded versions. David Bailey (or Mary McCartney) I most definitely am not!
‘A capful’ – I think it’s fair to say the description is correct, it looks milky to me!
And here’s what it looks like when you’ve just poured it into the bath, reminds me of wispy clouds in a summer sky…ahhhh, summer…….
The cap holds approximately 5ml and so a 200ml bottle, if you used 4 capfuls every time, would give you 10 baths. At £11.95 (edit: October 2014, Weleda price increase, now £12.95) a bottle that’s roughly £1.20 a bath which I don’t think is bad for a natural, high quality product like this.
The instructions say ‘enjoy a relaxing bath for 10 – 20 minutes’. That’s the bit I probably don’t follow, I don’t time my bath and I don’t feel like I’ve got my monies worth if the bath water is still warm when I get out!! I don’t seem to have come to any harm from staying in a bit longer than the recommended time.
Weleda say you can also use it in the shower, in a foot bath or as a room freshener, I haven’t tried any of these suggestions though.
I can definitely recommend this bath milk, it’s great for putting you in the right state to get a good nights sleep and I can see how it would help if you were stressed or agitated (which they recommend it for on the box). I’m now waiting to get a cold so that I can try the Pine one!
It’s suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans and is certified by Natrue (see our blog on Organic certifications to see what this means).
About Weleda: Weleda are committed to producing high quality natural skincare and haircare products in a sustainable way. A member of UEBT (Union for Ethical Bio Trade), they engage in Fairtrade when sourcing their raw materials. A large percentage of their plant based raw materials come from organic or bio-dynamic cultivation. Where raw materials are taken from the wild they are only obtained from controlled sources. They do not test their ingredients or products on animals and animal ingredients they do use are sourced ethically. All their personal care products are suitable for Vegetarians.
Have you tried this bath milk? What did you think? Did it work for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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