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Or so the old advert goes. And if the things to which they refer are complete relaxation and an easy sleep then they are right, these do happen after a Badedas bath- it's one of the few staples my bathroom is never without. Badedas can be purchased easily from any large supermarket or Boots. It comes in two sizes, 300ml which retails for about £5 or 750ml which sells for closer to £12. It's the price that's most off-putting, especially when compared to most bath bubbles and soaks but once you get past that hurdle then you're left with a wonder product. It comes in a distinctive dark green bottle and the gelee itself is also an almost luminous green. Made from horse chestnuts, you can smell its natural woodsy aroma the moment you take off the top. It's fairly thick which makes it hard to use too much and you certainly don't need much for a relaxing bubbly bath (although I find it works best if you swirl it around for ten seconds after you pour it in to make sure it's properly distributed and agitated). The thickness also means that one bottle, even with frequent use, lasts for ages (a brief flirtation with Radox ended pretty soon after I realised how much more of it I used). Smell and bubbles you could get from any bubble bath but I've never found one that makes me feel so relaxed. It's great for aching muscles at the end of a long hard day and I practically fall asleep the moment I get out. Finally, while I can't speak from personal experience, two of my aunts were nurses and they used to recommend this to patients with stitches to ease pain and promote healing. I also know a lot of people who started using it after hearing about it from their midwife.
I had never actually heard of this product but when I was heavily pregnant with my first daughter a neighbour who I had only spoke to a couple of times said to me "you'll have the Badedas ready?" When I told her I had never heard of it she told me that I would definately want to get some as it helps after the birth. For all I'd only really spoke to this neighbour a couple of times (now one of my closest friends) for some reason I believed her that I really needed to buy this product. I looked in the usual places Tesco, Asda etc with no luck then found that it is generally only available in chemists and Boots. I found it in my local chemist and was a bit put off at the price, the product comes in two sizes 300ml and 750ml. The 300ml bottle retails at about £6 and the 750ml retails at around £12. I bought the large bottle and off I went. The packaging of this product is quite striking, it is in a nice strong box with Badedas and a couple of other bits written on it which is foiled gold, the background is a couple of different greens mottled together and there is a picture of a horse chestnut as this is made with extract of horse chestnut. There are a couple of reviews written delicately on the front: "my thoughts lifted far away from reality" "the enriched waters caressed my skin. The evocative fragrance lingered in the air" "it was magical.....unforgetable" The claims on the rear of the box are "Experience the intensity of Badedas original bath gelee. A rich, concentrated formulation, with the distinctive badedas fragrance and natural moisturisers to leave skin feeling soft, delicately fragranced and you completely indulged." I have to admit I was feeling I had possibly been conned a bit into buying this as it didn't claim to have any healing properties at all. Well after the birth as I was about to be discharged from hospital the midwife told me the best thing for me to do was to go home and have a long soak in badedas, she said that although the makers do not claim it to have healing properties it really does help. So having had another person telling me this I decided that once my baby was settled I was going to try out this magic bath. Well magic it was, directions for use as you would expect are to pour under warm running water and step in. As soon as I opened the bottle the delicious frangrance hit me, I don't really know how to explain the fragrance just that it smells sort of like nature and it is lovely. The gelee itself is really thick so you really don't need much and it does provide you with the most luxurious bath I have ever known. The makers may not claim this has healing properties but to me it most certainly made a difference, it made me much more comfortable and I used it every day while healing. Now we always have a bottle of this in the bathroom cabinet, it is not used just for the day to day bathing due to price but when you just need a release or you are aching from head to foot it's there. The fragrance of the gelee not only fills the bathroom but it fills the whole house which I love but if you didn't like the fragrance you probably wouldn't be quite so happy. The scent lasts on your skin and your skin is really soft after using it. I have yet to find someone who doesn't enjoy bathing in this and at the moment the 750ml bottle is on offer in Morrisons at £6.66 so it's even better. Wonderful product would recommend it to everyone
Badedas is my favourite bath time pleasure but it hasn't always been that way. Growing up in the 1960s as I did, there were very little bath treats to choose from as there are today. Christmas was always a pleasure as it often yielded bath crystals. These were weird chunky sweet smelling pieces of large gravel which you added to the bath water. They didn't do much but it was the start of my life devoted to the pursuit of finding the most indulgent bathtime soaks! Matey was around then and I still love the mountains of bubbles which explode when you add this to the bath, but over the years a few other treats have caught my eye. I love Lush and am regularly in there buying the odd bath bomb but with work and things I often forget to go and so I rely on my old but very special favourite Badedas. I fist discovered this bath foam one day about 10 years ago when I was looking along the shelves of foams and oils trying to buy something different. Next to "Dead Sea Salts" which I almost bought as I felt quite dead that day, and one called "Fenjal" which sounded intriguing(-must try that soon) was a green box called Badedas. I don't know what made me buy it because I couldn't see what the name meant but I was attracted to the dark green bottle. It reminded me of woodlands and forests and so I bought some just before I went on my first Scottish holiday a decade ago. Driving to Scotland from Essex is no party and after a few hours you get quite shattered with the roar of the traffic and the hemmed in feeling. Stiffness sets in and for the passengers daydreaming starts! I was dreaming of getting out of the car a few hours later and crawling into a Travelodge to sink into a bath of Badedas and to feel like I had submerged myself in a woodland heaven We were on the A1 at the time just when I was having these fantasies I noticed the fringes of Sherwood forest and an note saying "beware adders." The thought of my woodland soak suddenly seemed less inviting! Still it was much enjoyed and started me on a 10 year Badedas buying spree which I haven't strayed from much as yet except for the odd Lush treat and one day I will try those other two shelf partners Dead Sea Salts and Fenjal though they are both quite pricy. Badedas is a thick green ink like liquid which you pour under running water and the smell is one you either love or hate. Like marmite I suppose. I adore it but I have to say it isn't to everyone's taste. I bought a gift set for my father last Christmas and I am sure it ended up in Oxfam because my mum who being 77 states her case said he didn't like the smell much! The aroma is a rich horse chestnut and it really does smell like a woodland garden, it is very foamy and I think it is moisturising and fresh. When you have been in the bath even for a few minutes it doesn't dry out the skin at all, and the bathroom is filled with the lovely scent of a forest. The great thing is it is unisex so I leave it in the bathroom and my son and husband can share it. The product is actually German and is one of the many products under the production of the massive Sara Lee. I used to think they were mainly about chocolate cakes but have since discovered they are behind some of our major household products. At about £4.99 for 300 mls it is good value as it lasts a long time as it isn't necessary to add a lot. It is often on offer especially in Superdrug and Boots. It also comes in a large size which is about £9.99 for 750mls. There are also two variants which I should tell you about. One is called Badedas Spirit. This is a slightly lighter fragrance but still very pleasant and secondly Badedas Aura. This one is actually lovely and is a bath oil with added Patchouli and Cedarwood. I have tried both of these and do purchase them for a change and hope to review these in separate reviews. I shall probably buy this brand for many years to come and they also do a shower gel which is fresh and rejuvenating too.