Naturally Vain is a local Ottawa company (that ships across all of Canada and the US) that uses top-quality, vegan and naturally sourced ingredients to craft their products. I’ve mentioned the brand a few times on Instagram and on other blog posts (like my Favourite Face Masks post) because the few products that I purchased from them I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Since they have a location just down the street from where I live I figured I’d pick up a few more products as a “congrats you made it to the end of the week in one piece somehow” treat and showcase them on the blog while I’m at it.
If you like marinating in expensive, aesthetically-pleasing bath water but you don’t like the cost that accompanies that lifestyle then you may be inclined to make DIY bath bombs (hmmm future blog post idea maybe?) or seek out the best prices for all your bathing accessories.
Naturally Vain’s bath bombs clock in at a reasonable $6.00 Canadian and you get a LOT of product for that affordable price tag. The bath bombs feel much denser and heavier than what you typically find at LUSH and they still come in cute designs if you are into all that.
Unlike LUSH bath bombs, these bath bombs actually dissolve rather slowly, which can be a pro or a con depending on how you prefer your baths. Personally, I’m a fan of the prolonged dissolving time because it gives me ample time to take pictures for my Instagram story, not to mention the fact that I enjoy watching the bomb fizz apart slowly. Half of the fun stems from the chemical reaction right? What fun is it if the bomb fizzes away in mere seconds and you don’t have enough time to take a ‘gram?
Every single bath bomb that I have tried from here smells heavenly and they make my skin smell great for hours! Not to mention the fact that they make my skin feel super smooth and refreshed as well!
My only problem with these bath bombs is the fact that some of them have stained both my body and my bathtub. Now this tends to be pretty typical with bath bombs, even commercially-produced ones from LUSH because of the colourants that are used in their formulation and whatnot, but I have found that it is a little more common with Naturally Vain products, seeing as the resulting stains tend to be a bit more aggressive.
Normally it just takes a quick rinse or a light swishing of water to remove the light stain that LUSH bath bombs leave behind, but some of the Bath Bombs from Naturally Vain require a more rigorous cleansing ritual to rid your tub or fingertips of the leftover stain, but that may be because they use natural pigments instead of artificial colourants. Either way, it’s worth the extra minute it takes to clean your tub or wash your hands of the leftover pigments if it means you get a steal on the price!
tip: if you are using a particularly dark and richly coloured bath bomb make sure you move your shower curtains OUT OF THE WAY unless you want them to stain ;p
If you check out their website, you will see that Naturally Vain makes some wicked cool soaps. I made the grave mistake of buying myself one that looked like a sparkly piece of strawberry cake in the summer because I ended up never using it for fear of ruining the cute design!
So, this time around I was more practical and I got a soap that I won’t feel too bad about using up. And even then, it still looks really unique and it smells wonderful!
With shea butter and real oatmeal as it’s featured ingredients, the honey oatmeal soap gently moisturizes and cleanses your skin of oils, dirt and dead skin cells. It also leaves a super sweet smell on your skin that lingers throughout the day, and you can rest easy knowing that there are no artificial dyes or perfumes used in its ingredients so it shouldn’t cause any irritations!
Do yourself a favour and just check out the other awesome looking soaps that they have on their website. They all look super neat and would really add some spunk to your bathroom.
One of my favourite scents ever is lavender, so naturally, (…VAIN!…HA!….GOTEM) I gravitated towards the bath salts with lavender essential oil. I see people that I follow on Instagram pour the equivalence of this entire bag into their bath in one sitting, along with other equally expensive bath products and the inner student in me can’t help but cry out and wince in pain, subconsciously calculating how much money is spent literally going down the drain (welcome to pun-city, population: me).
A quick google search reveals that some “spa experts” suggest that soaking in 2 cups of bath salts for half an hour is beneficial and good for removing “toxins” and all that pseudo-science sounding stuff. But ya girl doesn’t have the kind of money to be spending on salt and it’s going to take a lot more than some fancy pseudo-science buzzwords like “toxins” to convince me to actually give a damn. I’ll pay 15 dollars for 30 minutes of my time when I make at least 15 dollars for 30 minutes of my time thank you very much. Thus, I use no more than half a cup at a time and the effects suit me just fine. I’d say the bag is re-sealable for a reason, so despite paying 15 dollars up front I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this.
The formulation helps relax your muscles and the lavender scent is super nostalgic and for some reason, it reminds me of the better parts of my childhood: bathing and sleeping LMAO. Aromatherapy? More like, aromaTHERAPY amirite?
Ok, I haven’t had my coffee yet so I better wrap this up before I embarrass myself any further.
Naturally Vain Deals And Promos
I figured I’d leave some links for some of their promos below in case any of you were interested in placing an order!
$29.00 Canadian a month for 6 extra large bath bombs each month! Only $20.00 for the first month and you can cancel at anytime!
Give friends 50% off their first order, and you’ll get CA$ 10 when they make a purchase. If you want to refer me or have me refer you let me know (DM me on Instagram, message me here doesn’t matter) and I’d be down to send you the referral email or vice versa!
If you guys live in Ottawa I highly implore that you check this place out over any of the other commercial brands around. Not only are the products just as cute and achieve the same effects, they are cheaper AND your purchases would be supporting a small Canadian business!
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If you guys have any suggestions for future blog posts feel free to let me know and I’d be more than happy to look into them!