In all the excitement of getting our bathroom back (seriously, it’s been like living in a hotel this past week, only one that you have to clean yourself), I realised that I completely forgot to mention Valentine’s Day, and, more importantly What I Got.

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, Terry and I both opted to give each other gifts themed around the idea of "We’ve got a new bathroom and by God, we’re going to use it", so I got him a selection of stuff from Lush (Terry is actually a man, I promise, he just really likes Lush) and he got me this:


Yes, it’s a gel spa bath. It turns your bathwater into… gel. Because really, when you think about it, who wouldn’t want to sit in a tub full of gel? Well, as far as I was concerned, there was only one thing that would be better than sitting in a bath full of gel, and that one thing was blogging about a bath full of gel. Am always the professional. So I pressed Terry into action to act as my model for this quick guide on How to Have a Gel Spa Bath.

Step One: fill the bath to the halfway point


Lookit the fun he’s having already!

Step 2: Pour in the gel powder (for yes, ’tis in a powdered form)


Step 3: Stir it with your hands


I guess you could use, like, a giant wooden spoon or something for this stage, but that wouldn’t be as much fun, would it?

Step 4: Congratulations! It’s a blue bath!


You must now wait five minutes for the water to turn to gel. You must also pray to any God willing to listen that your sparkling new bathroom does not turn blue because of all of this. Because admit it, that’s totally what you think’s going to happen here, aren’t you? Well, it isn’t. Sorry.

Step 5: Enjoy your gel-filled bath!


Also enjoy: looking like a disembodied head! And no, you’re not getting pictures of his naked body, no matter how much you beg and plead.

Step 6: Find a large blob of undissolved gel on your body



Step 7: Pour dissolving powder into bath and mix with hands. Then shower off the blue stuff.Shower

Note: artist’s impression only.

Now, I also tried this myself, and let me tell you, it was a pretty strange experience, and not unlike sitting in a large tub of warm slush. Not, of course, that I’ve ever sat in a large tub of hot slush, but if I did, I just bet it would be exactly like that. Those large blue blobs were everywhere – in fact, I’m still picking them out of my hair now – but it was actually strangely satisfying to squeeze them. Yes. And no, we didn’t dye the bath blue, although we certainly deserved to.

So there you have it: our Valentine’s present, 2008. Recommended.

  1. Was the gel supposed to have any kind of skin-beneficial effects, or was it just for the novelty of having a bath in gel? Because I think I would buy it purely for the chance to have a bath in gel 😛

  2. Steph, the gel has lots of little balls in it that are supposed to massage you and relax you and be generally good for you. But yes, it's mostly for the novelty of sitting in a gel bath 🙂

  3. My son was bought ‘gelly baff’ (yes its spelt like that!) for his birthday last year, and it was far from impressive. but it creeped him out so we just ended up sticking our hands in it, and then running a normal bath. I did scoop some out for my sis to see later, but set it on the window sill bedind the curtain, and forgot about it. 3 weeks later it was still gel! i dread to think about the waterways that it ends up in!

    glad you had more fun with yours than we did with ours!

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