A Day at Champney’s Tring

 

 

9am – Breakfast

A couple of weeks ago, (as a graduation gift from my sister) I encountered my very first spa day. We arrived in the morning for our complimentary breakfast at around 9am, the buffet was full of pretty plates and even prettier prepared food. The dishes ranged from figs and cream cheese to bitesized granola and yogurt parfaits.

10am – Zumba

In regards to the fitness classes, they ranged from aqua aerobics to legs, bums and tums classes. The majority of the classes were free with the exception of a few. It was my first time doing a Zumba class and while it was far more intense than I had anticipated, it was also far more fun too. We were laughing almost the entire duration of the class, (60 mins).

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11:30am – Tea

After the Zumba session, we needed to refuel with tea and cake. We sat in the sun in our white robes and slippers munching on delicious snacks, (I would highly recommend the carrot cake and the banana cake.) We then had a little stroll around the grounds and laid on the sun loungers.

12:00 – Relax

It was then time to take full advantage of the spa facilities. We took a dip in the pool and jacuzzi before dozing off on the water beds.

13:30 – Lunch

Champney’s is a health spa, so the buffet was clearly very healthy. There were lots of options for food (especially if you’re vegan or veggie). The buffet was full of lots of healthy carb varieties, veggies with some lean fish, chicken breast, tofu and more. Pudding was a choice of fruit, healthy crumble or yogurt (or both, you could get as much as you liked.)

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15:00 – Jumpa

A little while after lunch, we decided to participate in another exercise class. Jumpa consisted of HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuits involving mini trampolines, the class lasted 1 hour.

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17:00 – Facials

Facials are not included in the price of the day and you do need to pay extra for them, our facials were around £45 each. This involved a small face, neck, hand and arm massage for circulation followed by the therapist using a range of 5 – 10 Champneys products on your skin. This included a toner, moisturiser and exfoliator. At the end of the facial the therapist also gives you a skin consultation.

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Overall I left the spa (at 18:00) feeling refreshed and revitalised, as expected. What was different was the amount the spa offered as part of the day package and the variety of activities and facilities available. I would highly recommend Champney’s Tring.

 

Bubble Bath Essentials

Today is Sunday, the day of rest – some say. There is nothing quite as relaxing as a warm, foamy, aromatic bubble bath. Whether you are a bath bomb, salts or oil kind of person (or all of the above!) I’ve got you covered.

I am going to start by sharing my personal favourites that I like to use, followed by some non beauty bubble bath essentials!

  1. Unicorn HornLush (£4.50)

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https://uk.lush.com/products/valentines-day/unicorn-horn

Unicorn Horn is back for Valentines! This is a Lush favourite for many and I can see why.  I can’t help but rave about this product, not only does it look magical and transforms any bubble bath, the smell is a lovely subtle floral-sweetness with notes of feminine lavender. You can break off pieces of the bubble bar and save some for later or use the whole bar at once for a more luxurious bath experience. Either way the water will always turn a gorgeous shade of pink. It’s pretty much a given that if you use this product you’re guaranteed a pretty bath and it will be fun to use, but what are the benefits? I have found with this product that it is best to use in the evening as a winding down method. Lavender has a reputation for being a calming fragrance and the Neroli oil not only gives you silky smooth skin but according to Lush, increases serotonin in the brain which helps you feel content and happy.

Ingredients (via Lush.co.uk)

Sodium Bicarbonate,Cream of Tartar,Sodium Laureate Sulfate,Laurel Betaine,Cornflour,Perfume,Lavender Oil,Ylang Ylang Oil,Neroli Oil,Titanium Dioxide,Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Tin Oxide,*Citral,*Limonene,*Linalool

 

2. Smoothie Star  – Soap & Glory (£10.00)

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https://www.soapandglory.com/bath-body-care/moisturisers/smoothie-startm-body-lotion

Okay so technically not something you use directly in a bubble bath but a vital product for me. I use this as soon as I get out, even after using a heavenly bubble bar that hydrates your skin, to make it last longer a moisturiser can really help. This body milk by Soap & Glory is really unique to any moisturisers I’ve used before, it takes an abundance of ingredients and blends in all into one 500ml bottle (hence the ‘smoothie’ reference). This product is loaded with cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil, all products we may use on their own to moisturise (full list of ingredients below). The name is also referencing the scent: oat, yoghurt, honey and brown sugar- it smells like a luxurious hearty breakfast. Another handy element to this product is that it is a body milk so unlike a butter or oil it sinks into skin quicker, it’s not as messy and a little goes a long way.

3. Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Moisturising Shower Creme – Baylis & Harding (£6.00)

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Not only does this product look lovely stacked in your shower/bath with its classy, luxurious packaging but it feels it too. The best way to describe this essential is silky, from the bottle’s feel to the peach coloured formula. It is a happy medium between a shower gel and creme, enough of a gel to lather up on skin with a luffa and enough of a creme to moisturise. While we may still be in Winter, a lot of us (me included) are dreaming about Spring and this bath creme makes you feel a little closer to the brighter season with its sweet mandarin and grapefruit sent, it’s a great ‘pick me up’.

 

 

I wanted to include some essentials that can’t technically go in the bath with you, but help your bubble bath experience:

 

 

My bubble bath wish list:

 

 

What are your bubble bath essentials? Let me know down below!

 

 

xo

Sian