Mungo’s Winter Survival Guide: Volume Two
Welcome to the second edition of Mungo’s essential Winter Survival Guide – all you need know if you wish to get through this chilly season with a smile upon your face. However, this week’s volume is not only absolutely necessary to your survival but also one which you are sure to thoroughly enjoy as we’ll be focusing on how to create the perfect bath.
There’s no better way to begin or end a cold, wintery day than with a relaxing, warm bath. We humans realised this ages ago with water- or hydro-therapy being traced back as far as 4 500 BC and we won’t be going back on it any time soon. Immersing oneself into hot water helps minimise cramps, tension headaches and improves muscle elasticity making it valuable to both athletes and those who tend to find themselves behind a desk all day. But most importantly for now, it keeps you warm. Now I didn’t think there could be that much to running a bath, we’ve all been doing it for years. I soon discovered, however, that there are in fact one or two helpful tricks and tips when it comes to creating the ultimate bath. So let’s start soaking!
The perfect temperature: So apparently the ideal water temperature for a warm bath is 33 degrees Celsius. But I’m sure, like me, you aren’t going to be sticking a thermometer into your bath water every night, so here’s a handy trick: use your wrist rather than your hand to test the water temperature! Your wrist is a much better gauge of how the water will feel on the rest of your body once it is submerged.
Scented bath oils: Unwind this Winter with floral scents like lavender, iris, rose or jasmine. Here’s a tip: add the oils halfway through running your bath – this will help them distribute the oil more evenly.
Bath salts: A great external muscle relaxant, bath salts help with inflammation and stiffness as well as detoxifies your skin and increases circulation. So why not.
Scrub, scrub, scrub: Scrubbing down your whole body – either with a sponge or some body scrub – won’t only buff away those Winter blues but will also prevent your skin from drying out.
Close your eyes: Here we recommend cucumber slices, an icy compress or eye pads soaked in chilled chamomile tea.
A little pampering: Your skin and hair love the moist environment of a steamy bathroom, so take advantage of this. Apply a clay face mask for 7 – 10 minutes or hydrate your hair with a conditioning treatment while you soak.
Candles: My personal favourite, adorning your bath with candles is a must when it comes to ultimate relaxation.
Most importantly… The way you choose to end your bath is just as important as how you begin it! Nothing jerks you out of a relaxed and happy state like climbing out of a warm and luxurious bath and into a miserable, worn-out towel. If you wish to survive this Winter we recommend you stay warm and comfortable with Mungo’s Belgian Waffle Towel or Willow Weave Towel. Whilst the Belgian Waffle’s unique weave allows for excellent absorption and quick drying the Willow Weave is crisp, classic and wonderfully soft!
Alternatively, climb into one of Mungo’s luxurious gowns. Thick and oh-so-cosy, the perfect way to end the perfect bath. Shop these beauties online now!
A great one stop online shop for beautifully made candles, essential oils and bath salts is Candylwood.