It’s a good job I’m decisive and go to the bath armed with a map and compass!
Enter stage left Nelsons Arnicare Bath & Massage Balm, containing natural Arnica Montana (Arnica Montana? A long lost sibling of Hannah?!?). I’m not sure what drew me to this in the bathroom, after all it is to be blunt rather plain looking and me, being blind as a bat struggled to read what it was until I squinted and drew it to within about an inch of my eye (I‘m not kidding - small fonts and certain colours mean I see nothing, nothing I tells you)!
Having no idea where this came from it’s safe to say that my thoughts have not been clouded in the slightest by the theory of reciprocation (the book Nudge is worth a read on this - it’s where someone gives you something and you either feel obliged to be nice about it or to actually make a purchase).
If after reading this you feel the urge to pick up a bottle yourself then you can do here, with 200ml bottle costing £8.49.
This is what Nelsons say about the bath balm over at their website:
‘A dual-purpose product helps you relax and unwind after a tiring day! You can use bath and massage balm to massage into tired legs, shoulders, arms and neck or to add to your bath to help soak away the day’s tensions.
The balm is enriched with natural Arnica montana extract to leave the skin soft and silky. It also contains
Evening Primrose and rich Sweet Almond oil to naturally hydrate the skin, whilst Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils help to calm the senses and relax the mind.
Dermatologically tested. Free from parabens, lanolin, mineral oil, SLS's and PEGs.’
While I haven’t massaged this into my skin directly I have used it a few times to get a feel for it. Like an idiot rushing around to just try something new I didn’t smell this before pouring it free hand into my running bath. Two things struck me - first the bath took on a cloudy, almost milky colour which weirded me out a touch but then the fragrance that had been seemingly absent started to become stronger.
For me, and for most other people fragrance evokes memories and this evoked all the wrong kind. The Evening Primrose oil and Sweet Almond blend to create an aroma that reminded me of Dulux paint! Yes, not a strong chemical smell, but just a bland paint……bizarre. An examination of the bottle and I thought it could be redeemed if the lavender and grapefruit oils could overpower it and come to the fore.
After around ten minutes of soaking I personally do get used to the smell and while washing it was evident that the oils were going to town on my skin. My muscles were relaxed and yes, even me, stressed Eric relaxed and felt calm after drying off. You can't argue with that.
With only a few caps of the oil needed for a bath this will last for ages (more the pity in my opinon). Our bottle had about a third left (the other half must like it) but it’s one of those products where you shake your head and think “that’s a shame” as the results were fantastic. My skin felt amazingly soft, I don’t think it has ever felt so smooth and any fears of an oily residue on my skin were unfounded. However, and this is a massive however which kicks my urge to say buy this into touch - the smell.
I’ve used it three times, loved the results but really found the fragrance to be a huge let down. Sort out the fragrance and I would say this is the bomb, but as it stands, it reminds me too much of Dulux paint, and I don’t want to smell like a painter and decorator after falling into a vat of gloss.
If you can get over the fragrance then you will be impressed but it has to be a no from me.
People, I think I have found a Marmite like beauty product - you'll either love it or hate it.