Oprah & Carmen Ejogo On The Magic Of Lavender Baths

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You know those interviews you come across in which the participants throw around nuggets of wisdom left and right, that you just wish you could have been a fly on the wall for? The Violet Grey interview with Carmen Ejogo — conducted by none other than Oprah Winfrey — definitely falls into this category. Because, when two talented and successful women sit down to have a conversation, the world  listens  reads. The ladies — both of whom starred in Selma (Oprah co-produced it as well) — touched on topics from what the best nights of their lives would be to what Ejogo learned from playing Coretta Scott King.

Our favorite moment from the talk was, naturally, beauty-related. When Winfrey inquires whether Ejogo is a bath or shower kind of woman, the actress reveals that she prefers the former (on occasion, she's even taken three or four baths in a day) — and loves herself some lavender essential oils. Winfrey goes on to divulge her own bath obsession, saying she "will not take a bath without some kind of bubbles." She even found a very special lavender oil while in Provence because, well, she's Oprah.

"I was in Provence last summer, antiquing [Ed. note: as one does], and found this pure oil that they harvest [from] the lavender fields," she recalls. "I have a gallon of it that I transfer to different bottles by my bathtub. It's an art form for me, bathing." She says bubbles are another vital component of her bath ritual and that, as a kid, she would use Ivory liquid soap and Joy dishwashing detergent to avoid having to clean the tub afterward. We didn't think it was possible, but this may have caused us to love mama O even more than before.

Head over to Violet Grey to read the interview in its entirety — and don't miss Ejogo's thoughtful explanation of how her definition of beauty has changed over time. (Violet Grey)


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