Monday, May 08, 2006

My Indulgence

Something feels very wrong about spending $350 on bath products.

Especially when you come from a poor family, and no more than five years ago, you had your heat turned off in April because you were behind on your bill, and you had to boil water for baths and heat the house with the stove.

Now? I am having twenty dollar baths.

Obviously, things are looking up financially. I'm in debt, but it's what I like to call "manageable debt."

So, yes, I can go to the Lush store and drop $350 on bath products. It's not like I can go all the time, because the closest store is three hours away. Plus, the products are all natural, fresh, and handmade. They look lovely, they smell lovely, and they make me feel good. If only until the water gets cold.

Last night, I drenched my dry hair with "The Strokes," a hair mask. I sat with that on my head for two hours. Then, I put a fresh mask call "Love Lettuce" on my face. Straight out of the fridge, it's really cold, and it stinks, but it feels heavenly.

After a half hour, I showered, washing The Strokes out of my hair. Oh, it was so silky smooth, and then I washed it with Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo and American Cream conditioner. I washed with Olive Branch shower gel, and washed the Love Lettuce off my face.

Then, I put the plug over the drain. It was time to get serious.

After filling the tub with hot water, I tossed in a Ceridwen, which is a bath melt wrapped in cheesecloth. The bath water turned milky white and the herby scent just made me sink down to the deepest depths of my shallow little bathtub. Once I was completely melted like buttah, I tossed in the bath bomb.

This time, I used All That Jasmine. I've used this one before, so I already knew that I loved it. What I forgot about All That Jasmine is that once I'm soaking in it, I can't get out of the tub until the water is cold and my skin has absorbed all the wonderful wonderfulness of the scent.

And hour and a half and a trashy magazine later, I crawled out of the tub, limp and sleepy. You could almost see the "stink lines" coming off my body from all the smelly smelliness I'd been soaking in all night.

I rubbed Lemony Flutter on my cuticles and Smitten on my hands. I washed my face with Fresh Farmacy, toned with Breath of Fresh Air, and moisturized with Afterlife.

A quick blowdry and I hit the sheets. Smooth, silky, shiny hair...warm, beautiful-smelling skin...fresh clean face...I drifted off to sleep without the aid of wine.

$350 is a small price to pay to avoid liver damage. And I'm worth it.


At 6:51 PM, Blogger miamicatt said...

You are worth every penny of it.

No matter how bad things get, sometimes we need to spend that scratch on ourselves from time to time, for many reasons. (Especially if our jobs suck just a little bit.)

Once the bills are paid, a little bit of scratch is put away for the future and the family is fed? It's all good.

I've been close to destitute the past few months -- including having ALL of my power shut off. I just took a loan out against my 401k to pay off my debt and get back on my feet. I put a couple grand in the savings account. I paid off my credit cards. I paid my dad back for the money he loaned me for taxes.

And then I went to the mall...spent $150 at Sephora on bath products and bought myself two new skirts at JC Penney.

There's a lot to be said for retail therapy. :-)

At 10:25 PM, Blogger frisky said...

Good for you, littermate! *headbutt*

I'm glad you got the 401K thing all straightened out. Yay for your work for doing that!

We definitely *must* spend oodles of money on bath products, especially considering how much we both hate the water. Something has to make baths worthwhile, right?

*commences hour of tongue-drying*

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Puffy said...

You two crack me up.


At 1:08 PM, Blogger Lasann said...

So you smelled like lettuce, a bunch of other stuff, lemon and jasmine. Wow. I went to the site and read about the bath bombs. Interesting stuff but I'm too lazy to do anything other than shower on my designated day of the week. *giggle*

I think I have enough shoes, working on rings right now for some odd reason. I'm feeling a need for a new pair of sunglasses.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger ~Nutz said...

Sound like she smelled like a salad... a big salad.

Frisque? I have found a picture of you and posted it on my blog! *snort*

At 7:14 PM, Blogger ~Nutz said...

Since you're ignoring me... I posted your picture on OT too!

*sticks out tongue*

At 10:59 PM, Blogger frisky said...

I can't believe you posted the bathing suit pic. There are better ones, you know. Of course you know. could have at least explained that the fug shower cap was a pool requirement. Ew.

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At 7:42 AM, Blogger Buggy said...

Sounds wonderful!
Frisky, you should have my perfect bathtub, or I should have your products.
It's like a glitch in the universe.

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Lasann said...

Frisky honey, have you drowned? shriveled up?

Miss you.

At 2:26 AM, Blogger RollDdice said...

Too bad you can't get sponsors like race car drivers do. You could write their names in soap bubbles.

Glad you enjoyed your soak.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger HistoryDetective said...

If you don't update, we can't comment!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger HistoryDetective said...

I guess that you are too busy Janelle hating to post an update!

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Silvergirl said...

Hey, girl cat! Post something new.

Happy Holidays!


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