Rave: Our Favourite Bath Products

There’s nothing like a hot bath at the end of a long day, especially if you’ve spent the majority of it running in heels, as we often do. There’s no end to the lotions, potions and accessories we employ for an evening soak but we’ve highlighted some of our favourite essentials for the perfect bath time.

Getting ready
Before you dive in, smooth your skin with a dry scrub. It’s great for the lymphatic system and has been shown to improve skin elasticity and even reduce the appearance of cellulite (bonus!). We like Pure and Simple’s Korean Body Scrub mitt but you can use any kind of natural fibre brush. Don’t be afraid to give a good hard scrub.

Setting the mood
Pampering yourself calls for some serious mood lighting. Nothing beats candlelight (with a little lighting boost for those of us who love to read in the bath). Scented or unscented, there are so many kinds to choose from but here are a few of our top picks:

There’s no end in sight for the online love shown to this signature Diptyque candle. Warm and cozy, light it up if you want to feel like you’re bathing in a posh chalet somewhere in the mountains.

Coming down on the price scale, Pacifica makes quality candles. We love the Nerola Orange Blossom for its warm and slightly spicy scent.

For sensitive noses, nothing beats good ol’ beeswax candles. They last about five times longer than paraffin candles, too.

Bubble up
When it comes to adding bubbles to a bath, some people are for or against. Whatever you add, make sure it has natural ingredients – you don’t want your freshly scrubbed skin to absorb a bunch of yucky chemicals.

OK, we know we’re grown-ups but this plant-based bubble bath is nourishing and makes just the right amount of bubbles.

This mix of green tea, exotic woods, white orchid, ebony and vanillas will zen anybody out. But since scent is subjective, you might be partial to another of Tokyo Milk’s all-natural bubble baths. If only they made it in No. 13…

In lieu of bubbles, we like adding some natural oil to the bath to moisturize skin. A few drops of almond oil and you’ll be amazed at how soft your skin is après bath.

Inciting extras
Again, baths are a personal thing. Some people like to do nothing but unwind in the tub while others like to use the time to flip through books or magazines. Far be it from us to tell you what you need to read, but for true bath time indulgence, there’s Aqua Erotica, a completely waterproof book filled with short erotic stories based around the central theme of, you guessed it, water. 

For a true spa experience, do a hair or face masque in the tub. We shared a bunch of DIY recipes you can check out here.

To finish – towel off and lotion up. We love Consonant Organic Body Lotion because:


Sleigh Bells in August

People who don’t work in journalism, magazines, PR or other similar industries are a little, well, astonished to hear about our recent holiday media preview. “Why are you talking about Christmas already?!”, they exclaim. But, for the 60+ publications that paid us a visit last Wednesday, it was perfect timing for planning their holiday gift guides.

rock-it promotions held its second annual media preview on a sweltering August 4, and it was a smash success. Holiday tunes were playing, Santa was jingling bells and people were buzzing excitedly about the cool products and services on display from our clients. Here’s a peek:

Erin Nadler from Better Styled was on hand, offering personal image consulting tips and a preview of gorgeous fall clothing to be found in her warehouse.
A great fitted blazer on display, and a cozy, yet chic, belted sweater.
Joyce from The Drake General Store showcased a ton of unique gifts for everyone.
 Best ideas included a children’s make-your-own designer T-shirt kit, a festive garden gnome statue, Navajo-inspired throws and Jeff Koons-esque balloon animal bookends.
Luxurious nighttime foot massage spa Red Door offered heavenly foot rubs for everyone after they’d made the rounds. Imagine coming home in January after a long day of trudging through slush and snow, and remembering you received that gift certificate Red Door – time to warm and soothe those tootsies with a foot massage!

You Name It Baby has so many great, personalized products for babies and children. They definitely had the cutest display.
You Name It Baby can customize paintings, stuffed animals, blankets and robes, among many other items. They even did great custom lunchboxes on the spot for attendees.

Marla Brown Home offered up a glorious holiday inspired tabletop, minus the clichéd poinsettias and green and red colour scheme.

The event designers extraordinaire also highlighted their flower arrangement and concierge services by giving everyone a very cute Star of Bethlehem hostess gift to take home.
Come As You Are had the friskiest display, showing all sorts of fun sex-related goodies. gill and Holly were there as experts on everything from organic, locally sourced lubricant to the luxe gold-plated Lelo Earl products.

President’s Choice Home had a stunning display. Decorations, ornaments, cute penguin statues, baking supplies, photo frames–PC Home has got every holiday need covered.
The acrylic reindeer is pretty and classic.
Finally, Toben Food By Design created a globally inspired holiday menu that featured mini-Pho soups, Ahi tuna cones with wasabi, cheesecake lollipops and amazing beignets with injectable fillings.
There were also mini risotto balls, slivers of smoked salmon on potato latkes and freshly made Bellini mocktails. Wow!
We had so much fun at our preview that thoughts of snowy days and blustery skies are welcome now. So excited for the 2010 holidays! Thank you to everyone who came to make this such a great success.