“ Brand: Beautilicious / Bath / Type: Bath Melt/Foam / Subcategory: Coat / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I really love a good bubble bath, they are so comforting and relaxing and more enjoyable than just having a quick wash in the shower. I get through loads of bath products because of this, and I can't stand having a bath without bubbles, it is one of the saddest experiences ever. I received this Beautilicious Sugar Coated Candy Apple Bath Bubbles as a gift, with a matching shower gel, as everyone knows I love "foody" scented bath products.
The bath bubbles come in a generously sized 500ml bottle which was enough to last me for a couple on months of use. It comes in a clear plastic bottle that has a large sticker wrapped around it. There is a tiny gap where the sticker doesn't quite meet at the sides, and if you squint carefully this allows you to just about get an idea of how much product is left in the bottle. The bubble bath itself is a bright pearly pink coloured gel so it is visible through the clear plastic, but the large sticker obscures the view and makes it a bit difficult to see how much there is left. There is a plastic screw top lid which you remove and then simply pour the bubble bath out of the spout at the top. The bottle is decorated in a very retro and girly way with a cute picture of a blonde pin-up girl.
To use, you simply run it into a hot bath under the taps and let the bubbles begin! I normally end up putting in quite a lot as I like really bubbly baths, and the results were pretty poor when I only added a small amount of the liquid. I tend to pour in a few generous dollops and this gives a much better outcome, with lots of fun bubbles being produced. The bubbles last for a long time and there are always plenty left even by the time I'm done with the bath and emptying out the water.
I absolutely loved the smell of this Sugar Coated Candy Apple Bath Bubbles, and it really fits in with my love of sweet and foody fragrances. It is incredibly sweet smelling and smells exactly as you would expect it to based on the name and description. The base fragrance is a strong apple scent with a lovely sharp note to it just like a crisp, fresh candy apple. Then there are sweeter notes to add a touch of sugar and works with the apple to make it just like the real thing. The sharp fruity scent is nicely balanced out by the sweet part of the fragrance. This is really lovely for a relaxing soak - delicious when you want to have a nice indulgent bath, and it is a nice girly smell that is perfect for anyone that loves fruit or candy scents. Unfortunately even though the scent is strong to begin with and smells great when I'm bathing, it doesn't have any staying power and I can't notice it afterwards which is a shame as I would have enjoyed it even more if the scent had stayed on my skin.
Although you get a great bubbly effect and the smell is delicious, the bubble bath is still fairly basic. I have found that it is there mainly for show and scent, as it does not have any positive effects upon my skin. I use other products for washing in the bath, but unlike some of my other bubble baths this one does not seem to give any extra moisture or leave my skin with a silky smooth feeling after settling in and soaking in the bath water. It does create plenty of bubbles as long as you pour enough of the product in, and the smell is gorgeous but that doesn't last on the skin, so you only really get the benefit of using this bubble bath while you're actually bathing and unfortunately there are no after effects.
Overall I'd say this is an average bubble bath product. Other than the yummy scent it doesn't stand out in any way, and it's not one that I would rush to buy again as the overall quality isn't really up to scratch.
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Kitsch 1950's packaging is very 'in' at the moment, with brands such as Benefit and Soap and Glory leading the way with their gorgeous ranges of products. It seems that budget beauty brand Baylis and Harding wanted to jump on the bandwagon and have produced a range of products called Beautilicious which are all adorned with 50's themed labels.
I'd used a Beautilicious body lotion a while back that I bought in TJ Hughes, but I didn't think much of it and it ended up in the bin. This made me a bit reluctant to try anything else from the range, but when I was placing an order with Fragrance Direct I spotted this product and the name 'sugar coated candy apple bath bubbles' was just too cute for me to resist!
I must admit when my bottle arrived, I was quite disappointed in its appearance and it looked as cheap as it was. The front of the bottle is adorned with a picture of a blonde 50's pin up and the Beautilicious name is emblazoned in a metallic pink font across the front which was all very cute, but the label had been stuck on really badly and there were loads of air bubbles under it which rather spoiled the look.
From the name of the product I was expecting a very sweet toffee apple scent. In fact, I was hoping this would be a cheap imitation of the Nina scent by Nina Ricci. Wishful thinking I guess! In actual fact the product had quite a crisp apple scent. Sort of like a Granny Smith smell, and I couldn't detect the sugary or candy smell at all, it was simply very fruity. Even so, I do like the scent of apples, so I wasn't too gutted. That was, at least, until I tried it...
So, I run a bath and pour a glug of the bubble bath into the water. I'm pleased to see it is a shimmery pink colour. If there is anything that will brighten up my day it's a splash of pink. I wait for a mountain of frothy white bubbles to appear and for the scent of apples to hit me. I wait a bit more. The bath is getting full now and if I keep waiting I'll have a flood on my hands. There is a slight froth on the surface of the bath water, but no smell of apples. I'm confused. I must have used hundreds of bubble baths in the past, I can't have done it wrong can I? Pour bubbles in, run water. That's how it normally goes. I check the bottle just in case I've lost the plot. Yep, I did it right. Maybe next time I'll pour more in, see if that helps...
So next day, next bath. This time I am fairly generous with the product. In fact I pour in about a fifth of the bottle, and hey presto, bubbles! So that's where I was going wrong, this obviously isn't an economical, 'just use a capful' kind of product. My optimism fails me yet again.
There was one thing still missing though, and that was the Granny Smith scent that I could smell in the bottle. Seems this is a product that doesn't take well to being diluted and other than a faint whiff of apples when I initially poured this in there was just no smell. I was really disappointed - I mean if I just wanted bubbles I would have used Fairy liquid (OK, that's a lie), I want a nice relaxing scent to envelop me as I wallow!
Given that actually creating any bubbles in the first place was such a chore, I was surprised that when I finally did mange to get some they were fairly long lasting. They do deplete a fair bit during the course of the bath, but I suppose that's something that happens with a lot of bubble baths so that's one point that I won't hold against it too much.
When it comes to the effect this had on my skin, well there wasn't any, so there's not much I can say on that score!
I paid £1.59 for a 500ml bottle at www.fragrancedirect.co.uk which at the time seemed like a bargain, but obviously now that I know it will only give me about 5 or 6 baths, it's not seeming like such good value. I haven't seen this in the shops, but as mentioned above, I've previously purchased Beautilicious in TJ Hughes, so it might be worth looking there.
I probably don't really need to say this, but I wouldn't recommend this product. I fell for the cute name and the kitsch exterior. Don't let it seduce you too! It might be pink, it might have a cute picture on the front, it might have 'sugar coated candy apple' in the name, but it's not quite as sweet as it would have you think!