Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gifts to Make Your Mum's Day. Give Your Mum the Gift of Me-Time with an Indulgent Pampering Present This Mother's Day. Katie Wright Rounds Up the Best Bath Time Buys

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gifts to Make Your Mum's Day. Give Your Mum the Gift of Me-Time with an Indulgent Pampering Present This Mother's Day. Katie Wright Rounds Up the Best Bath Time Buys

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Byline: Katie Wright

THIS year marks the 30th anniversary of children's classic Five Minutes' Peace, the tale of elephant mum-of-three Mrs Large's attempt to escape her manic household with a bubble bath.

That the book's remained popular for three decades just goes to show: all most mummies really want is a bit of alone time in the tub, to melt away the stresses of the day.

So this Mother's Day, give mum the excuse to indulge, with a gift that will hopefully bring her much more than five minutes' peace...

BATHING BUNDLE MAKE a pampering pic 'n' mix by gathering a bundle of bath time treats in a pretty gift box.

Lush's new Flowering Tea Bubble Bar, PS4.95, is a quirky alternative to bubble bath, and reusable too.

Run it under hot water and the 'bag' bursts, releasing blue cornflowers and a divine neroli and rosewood oil fragrance (lush.com).

heyland & Whittle's Shea Butter Bath Melt Gift Box, PS20, contains seven petal-packed melts that dissolve to infuse your bath with lavender, rose or marigold scent (heyland andwhittle.co.uk).

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Soft Balm, PS4, is a rose scented moisturiser specially launched to mark International Women's Day. Profits go to projects in Burkina Faso, where the shea butter is produced (loccitane.com).

LIGHT RELIEF THERE'S something so relaxing about a bath by candlelight, especially if that flickering flame also scents the air.

Light Rituals' new Hammam Secret Candle, PS21, close your eyes and let the wafts of eucalyptus and rosemary transport you to a tranquil Turkish bath (rituals.com).

On even the coldest winter night, Cocolux Coconut Wax Tropical Gardenia Candle, PS55 (RoullierWhite.com), which uses organic, sustainable coconut wax and a recyclable copper vessel, conjures dusk on an island beach.

WORTH YOUR SALT INITIALLY a foodie fad, the Himalayan salts trend has hit the beauty counters with Aromatherapy Associates' vetiver and camomile scented Deep Relax Himalayan Bath Salts, PS42. …

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