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How to Curate a Beautiful Bathroom

10 Jun 2019|By Mhairi Mann

The most luxurious body and bath products to brighten up the most essential room in your house

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Susanne Kaufmann Essential Bath Oil


What is says about you: You are mindful, minimalist and effortlessly stylish – and likely leave a lingering waft of patchouli in your wake.

Produced in the hills of Austria’s Bregenz Forest Mountains, Susanne Kaufmann’s alpine products promote purity and self-care. Her world-renowned Essential Oil is made up of medicinal, mood-boosting ingredients spanning ylang-ylang, lavender and patchouli, presented in a smart glass bottle revealing a single sprig of rosemary. Simply pour this pleasurable oil in a steaming hot bath and wash your troubles away.

Austin Austin Hand Soap and Hand Cream


What it says about you: You like to discover independent, burgeoning brands and you’re particularly fond of Picasso’s linear drawings.

Austin Austin was founded by a father-and-daughter duo in Norfolk. The family-run company creates organic hand, body and hair products, packed full of moisturising, nutrient-rich plant extracts and soothing algae. Each one is packaged in a recyclable bottle, adorned with a drawing by a local artist.

Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune Body Wash


What it says about you: Tu es très chic.

While musing over her next olfactory move for Hermès, perfumer Christine Nagel became fascinated by Lord Frederic Eden’s devotion to building a secret garden on the island of Giudecca in Venice in 1884, which is now permanently closed to the public. After a series of pestering letters, Nagel was finally granted access to visit the enchanting oasis and translated its wafting flora, woody textures and mystical allure into a new fragrance, Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune. The unisex body wash is bursting with magnolia, Madonna lily and orange blossom, tempered by a woody base. It yields the power to transform your shower into a tropical Garden of Eden, while the peachy-hued bottle is a beautifully tactile addition to any bathroom.

Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land Body Lotion


What it says about you: its mere presence in your bathroom indicates that you are something of an aesthete.

Byredo and chic bathrooms go hand-in-hand. The Rose of No Man’s Land body lotion can also be used as a hand cream, and takes its moniker from the nickname WWI soldiers gave to nurses for their selflessness and care. A deft blend of sweet Turkish rose petals and raspberry blossom is balanced by pink pepper and white amber for a beautifully fragranced, soothing formula that is sensual, potent and deeply hydrating.

Le Labo Santal 33 Shower Gel


What it says about you: you handsome bachelor, you.

Le Labo Santal 33 fragrance is a cult phenomenon that was originally inspired by the lone cowboy in a vintage Marlboro advertisement. This luxurious shower gel stirs the smoky tobacco and leather aroma with nourishing aloe vera, omega-rich flaxseed extract and anti-oxidising vitamin E for an invigorating, sumptuous slather.

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Whitening Toothpaste Selahatin


What it says about you: You’re a stickler for detail.

Trust the Swedes to turn the simple act of brushing one’s teeth into an altogether stylish affair. Selahatin’s whitening toothpaste has subtle cinnamon, orange and peppermint flavour, housed in a tactile aluminum tube. The formula is vetted by the Swedish Dental Association and is packed full of fluoride, as well as antioxidants.

Aesop Redemption Body Scrub


What it says about you: You appreciate simplicity; natural materials and calm, plant-filled spaces.

What bathroom edit would be complete without mentioning almighty Aesop. The Australian super brand’s vast arsenal of plant-based products spans bath, body and fragrance, all of which promote a holistic, healthy and clutter-free lifestyle. We particularly like the Redemption Body Scrub, which blends finely milled pumice, bamboo stem and pine needle oil to buff away tired cells and leave skin smooth, polished and refreshed.