The Bathory custom bath soak: review & giveaway

July 2nd 2014


What do craft beer, Instagram-printed marshmallows and luxury bath soak have in common? They’re all startups from the clever folks at Mint Digital. Check out DeskBeers and Boomf at your leisure, but today we’re talking bathtime with The Bathory and their custom-made, hand-blended bath soaks.


The Bathory invited me to have a go at making my own soak a little while ago. It’s a pleasure to browse the lovely site and choose the perfect ingredients for your very own bath-time invention. First you pick a base of salts, either designed to soothe, detox or just bask.


Then you can layer on three essential oils: information is given about the properties and effects of each fragrance so you can pick ones that revive, relax or inspire you. Pop your choices in the basket and a few days later a beautifully-designed little bag lands on your doorstep.


You can clearly smell the fragrant oils even from outside the packaging! I couldn’t wait to give it a go. The jar is pretty enough to display on the shelf all the time and is enough for several happy bathtimes.


I went for a detox base with grapefruit, bergamot and rosemary oils, and it smelled absolutely amazing. You need to add quite a lot to get a truly scented bath, but my favourite way to use it is in the shower: mixed with a little olive oil it’s a dreamy shower scrub. It made my skin really soft and the scent lasted after I dried off. I’ll definitely be replacing my jar when it runs out – the question is do I stick with my current blend or  try a new one…?


The competition is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Louise and thanks for all your entries.

Thanks to The Bathory for giving me a soak to review and one to give away.

Comments (53)

  • Lauren

    July 2nd 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I went for a sooooothing bergamot, grapefruit and lemon. I think it would make a good morning shower scrub. Uplifted and inspired. Super ready to take on the day! Yay!

    The packaging and site is just a dream too.


  • Gracie

    July 2nd 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for drawing my attention to this innovative start-up! Baths are so precious and it’s lovely that someone is bringing something special to the market for bath-time.

    Personally I’d go for the following: lavender (I can’t sleep without smelling some of this beautiful scent each night), rosemary (this reminds me of the Swiss thermal baths of yesteryear), and ylang-ylang (because who doesn’t want a little bit of sexiness in there too?!).

  • Heather Nixon

    July 2nd 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I would pick the soothe, frankincense, ylang ylang and lavender! It sounds gorgeous! x

  • Meg Jones

    July 2nd 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Ohh, many decisions to be made but a detox with grapefruit, lavender and ylang ylang. I have some grapefruit and lavender soap that I love and I think ylang ylang would just add a lovely warmth to it.

  • Tiffany

    July 2nd 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Detox with lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus.

  • Anna International

    July 2nd 2014 at 2:40 pm

    These look incredible, and would be perfect to soothe and revive me in my current mad dash to finish my PhD thesis!
    I would go for a base of epsom salts (because who doesn’t want their bath to help slim them?!) with Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense, to give me a boost and make me smell like a vixen afterwards! :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway! Congratulations to the winner (who I am secretly hoping will be me!).

  • Denise

    July 2nd 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Turn me into a CITRUS! I would pick Detox Salts, Lemon, Grapefruit and Chamomile. Hopefully, I will come out smelling like a Citrus but not resembling the fruit itself.

  • SewBertie

    July 2nd 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Bask with Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot – they sound lovely x

  • Dana

    July 2nd 2014 at 6:05 pm

    grapefruit is my favorite smell for products

  • Ally

    July 2nd 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Soothing! Frankincense, sandalwood, lavender – a mix of musk and lush. Hootie hooo!

  • Lauren

    July 2nd 2014 at 7:49 pm

    These look amazing! I just tried to buy one but it won’t accept my card! I would go for Bask with bergamot, rosemary and yang ylang

  • Betty

    July 2nd 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Oooh, what to choose? I think I’d go for a detox with lavender, rosemary, and ylang ylang. Might have to go and run a bath right now, I forget how lovely they are!

    Thanks for running the competition.

  • Sarahmia

    July 2nd 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Definitely a detox with grapefruit, lemon and rosemary I think! I love the packaging of these – so pretty :)

  • Bee

    July 2nd 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve been desperate to try these guys out but hadn’t quite worked out how mang baths/soaks a bottle would give you? What do you reckon? Either way I’d love to win since coming back from travelling I’ve actually turned into The Little Mermaid and love baths more than anything. I’d go for Ylang Ylang, Rosemary and Chamomile. x

    1. Katie

      July 3rd 2014 at 2:59 pm

      They say up to 4 soaks per bottle, which is why I use it in the shower to make it go further!

  • Corvus

    July 2nd 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I would go for soothe with lemon, rosemary and frankincense.

  • Harisa

    July 3rd 2014 at 12:19 am

    Wow these look incredible! I would probably pick lavender as I love floral aromas and maybe infuse it with chamomile to add a relaxing edge :)

  • Sherry Lykins

    July 3rd 2014 at 3:23 am

    I would pick grapefruit, lemon and rosemary.

  • Kristy

    July 3rd 2014 at 5:25 am

    How lovely! I’d opt for the Soothe mix with chamomile, lavender, and bergamot.

  • Ruth

    July 3rd 2014 at 8:40 am

    Detox. Lavender, chamomile and the sexy one….ylang ylang!

  • Scarlett

    July 3rd 2014 at 9:50 am

    Frankincense, bergamot and sandalwood sounds like a dream!

  • Lyndsay

    July 3rd 2014 at 11:38 am

    I’d bask in lavender, rosemary & eucalyptus.

  • Esther

    July 3rd 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I picked grapefruit to be inspired, eucalyptus to revive and rosemary for some magic!

  • Jessica

    July 3rd 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Soothe with Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary!

  • Katrina

    July 3rd 2014 at 2:47 pm

    After a couple of years without a bath, I’m really looking forward to long soaks especially after a hot bike ride! My combo would be a citrus-tastic happy one of lemon, grapefruit & bergamot. x

  • Riann

    July 3rd 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I would go with grapefruit and rosemary. Maybe throw in some lemon!

  • Natalie

    July 4th 2014 at 10:16 am

    For me baths are definitely about relaxing so I’d go for the Soothe base with the lavender (I am basically addicted), rosemary and sandalwood oils. This company sounds really amazing. Thanks for writing about them.

  • Kylie

    July 4th 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I’d go with lemon, grapefruit and bergamot!

  • Louise

    July 5th 2014 at 2:36 am

    Wow! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. I just had a look at the checkout process to pick my favourite and what a fantastic experience it was. I was a bit nervous to pick oils that didn’t clash but they’d figured everything out for me – so easy and relaxing, I wish more sites would take note and have less painful purchase processes! And with worldwide shipping for $3, what’s not to love! The ingredients list displayed clearly is also a massive bonus for those of us who try to avoid using a lot of chemicals.

    My dream blend would be Soothe (honey, oatmeal and buttermilk) with lavender, frankincense and rosemary. Ahhh, just thinking about it makes me want to go take a bath right now. That’s ok, at 9.30am, right??

  • Lubka K.

    July 5th 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Great giveaway! I would like to try all of oils and salts.:-) But I am choosing Soothe base with lavender, rosemary and frankincense. Just noticed that girls comment has the same ingredients.:-) Thanks!

  • Lubka K.

    July 5th 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Forgot mentioned that I retweeted as @Lubaska

  • Sarah

    July 5th 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Ooh how do I choose? I normally go for more musky scents, but I’d love to try Detox with lemon, rosemary and grapefruit!

  • Tanja

    July 5th 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Katie! I don’t read on a regular basis, but I really appreciate the effort you put into each blog post.

    Custom bath soaks – just what I’ve been waiting for. I’m kind of addicted to the smell of chamomile, it’s so relaxing and ever since the Kneipp company discontinued their Chamomile bath a few years ago I’ve been desperate to find a similar product – yet without success so far. That’s why I’d choose chamomile as my sole ingredient.

    By the way – in a few weeks I’ll be in London again. As far as I remember you are a vegetarian but do you have any recommendations for not too fancy restaurants or pubs where they offer nice sunday roasts? Thanks in advance!

  • Zoe

    July 5th 2014 at 10:23 pm

    This is so great!

    I’d love to have a Soothe Bath Soak with Grapefruit, Lemon and Ylang Ylang.

  • Nicole

    July 6th 2014 at 12:34 am

    I would pick Chamomile, Lemon, and Bergamot

  • Nicole

    July 6th 2014 at 12:35 am

  • Gemma

    July 6th 2014 at 9:05 am

    Think I’d opt for Soothe with Ylang Ylang, Camomile and Grapefruit. Sounds delightful! Love the look of the website and simplistic design of the bottles.

  • Maxine

    July 6th 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Wow! What a fab idea, and thanks for the giveaway! It’s a popular choice, but I love the idea of of a zingy combination of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit in a soothe base

  • rondah

    July 7th 2014 at 9:44 am

    I’d choose Chamomile

  • Charlotte

    July 7th 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Ooooo! I’d pick the detox salts with rosemary for a bit of magic, lemon to add some zing and grapefruit for inspiration. It sounds totally delish! x

  • Kate

    July 8th 2014 at 10:12 am

    I originally saw The Bathory after your first tweet about them! I loved the look of them so bought my mum one as a treat, as I felt guilty buying myself one but loved the idea and brand! I got her a soothe blend with lavender, chamomile and bergamot. I’d go for something slightly different I think, like a detox blend with grapefruit, eucalyptus and bergamot. Summery and fresh : )

  • Melissa Berg

    July 8th 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I would chose lavender, grapefruit, and ylang ylang. What an interesting website!

  • Cat

    July 8th 2014 at 10:52 pm

    After much much (much!) thought, I would choose the soothing bath option with sandalwood, lavender and bergamot. Bliss :)

  • Amy Orvin

    July 9th 2014 at 1:45 am

    I’d bask in the chamomile, eucalyptus and Lavender. ;)

  • Jennifer H.

    July 9th 2014 at 3:44 am

    I would love the detox bath with Lavender, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang.

  • Cate

    July 9th 2014 at 9:47 am

    I would love the soothe bath with lavender, bergamot and chamomile- sounds like pure relaxation!

  • Anna

    July 9th 2014 at 9:56 am

    Detox bath with eucalyptus, chamomile and lavender for me!

  • pixeldiva

    July 9th 2014 at 10:33 am

    Oooh, this looks lovely. I’d have a detox bath with Frankincense, Bergamot and Rosemary, to relax, revive and inspire me after a particularly stressful couple of months.

  • Jen

    July 9th 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I’d choose Lavender, Rosemary and Bergamot, I think they’d be great together. Fab giveaway!

  • Sarah

    July 9th 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Wow, what a great company, love blog posts like this that introduce new ventures!

    I love a bath every now and then as a treat so I would definitely go for Soothe – with Ylang Ylang, Bergamot & Grapefruit (my favourite scent!)

    Sarah (@sunday_best)

  • erin noie

    July 9th 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Oooh, what a treat this would be! I would have to choose Detox with
    ✻ Ylang Ylang
    ✻ Eucalyptus
    ✻ Rosemary

    Sounds heavenly! TY for the chance!

  • erin noie

    July 9th 2014 at 6:15 pm

  • Katie Donald

    July 9th 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’d love a bask base with bergamot, eucalyptus and rosemary

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