Canadians know Winter. It hits us like a ton of bricks but we trudge on through, even into February and March, making our way through the sludge and freezing rain only to be met with a short and too-hot, too-humid Summer.
But we don't complain (much). We have ways of coping.
I, for example, take a lot of baths. They warm your cold bones after a long day, and if you're feeling under the weather (no pun intended), they can bring you back to life just as well as a bowl of chicken noodle soup. I'm a bit of a bath conoisseur. I like to brew up bath cocktails with various products, mixing oils, bath bombs, bubble bars and liquids and the like into a concoction made purely for the purpose of erasing the day.
One of my favourite items, particularly for the winter, is Green Beaver's Boreal Bath Oil ($13.99, greenbeaver.com). Green Beaver are a certified organic Canadian brand that make simple, straight to the point products that smell amazing and do what they say they're gonna do.
Last Christmas I was suffering brutally from the flu and was gifted a bottle of this bath oil from my sister and, combined with a multitude of other natural remedies, it perked me right up in no time.
Its scent is supposedly reminiscent of a walk in the Canadian Boreal forests, with essential oils from balsam fir, black spruce and sweet birch. It smells crisp, like a nature-y version of Vick's VapoRub. Soothing, comforting, so very relaxing. Just a small capful is enough for a bath and it's all natural so even those of us with sensitive skin won't be offended.
They also make a Winter Body Lotion ($14.99, greenbeaver.com) to use as a follow-up to the bath. It contains colloidal oatmeal to soothe stressed out, dried-out winter skin, along with cocoa and shea butter. Hurray!
Another favourite of mine is Lush's Cinders bath bomb ($4.95, lush.com) It's got cinnamon and almond oils in it to make the tub smell delicious, and it contains fizzy candy (think Pop Rocks) to make it crackle like an evening fireplace. So dreamy!
I like to throw half of one of these puppies into the bath with a few other products and pretend I'm off in some antique clawfoot tub by the fire in a cottage in the English countryside. Someday ...
So, besides investing money in a new cable-knit cardigan or limited edition holiday teas, how do you keep warm? I want to know your favourite Winter-time bath treatments, or just your favourite Wintery traditions in general. Let's keep each other warm (with the heat of our computers).