“ Brand: Boots Natural Collection / Type: Bath Product / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I've been a member of dooyoo for 8 or 9 months now, and have given out over 11000 rates.......several of which have been for lush bath bombs of various types.
I have never tried a lush bath bomb, the only time I have been into the shop is to buy things for other people as gifts. To be honest, the though of spending £3 plus on a bath terrifies me, as I think of all the other things I should be spending that money on.....
But recently, I decided that I did, indeed, fancy a little bit of bathtime luxury.....but instead of buying a lush product, I opted for the "recession busting" version, being the Boots Mango & Papaya bath fizzer, that I could buy using my advantage points - no cash need be parted with, yet I could experience something similar to my lush-obsessed dooyoo friends!
Looking forward to being able to write a review explaining how my whole upstairs had the tropical scent of mango and papaya drifting into every room, how my water was noticeably softer, and how my skin felt and smelt wonderful for many hours later, letting me drift into a deep sleep dreaming of clear blue seas and white sands......I started running the taps. At the appointed time, I unwrapped my bath fizzer, and dropped it into the bath, expecting an underwater firework display as my bath bomb whizzed its way around my tub.........
There, I had my first disappointment - my bath bomb melted, rather than fizzed. There was no fizzing as it dissolved. I was hoping to see my bath bomb whizz around the bath leaving a trail of fizziness in its wake. Sadly, I saw nothing of the sort.
Ah well, perhaps it is because we live in a hard water area.......
So, I shut my bathroom door, and left the room while I busied myself getting undressed.....expecting to open my door to be greeted by the wonderful tropical scent of exotic fruits......a scent that would then work its way across my landing and into the other rooms upstairs.....
So, disappointment number two. I opened the bathroom door, and was greeted by.......nothing. No scent whatsoever. What is going on here!? If I can't smell it in my bathroom, how am I going to smell it through my landing in a couple of hours' time?
I look over to my bath, and it is indeed orange - as I would expect. But it instantly reminds me of "chemical orange" - you know, that sort of iron-ore or sulphar coloured water that you get in puddles near to industrial areas.....I try and make myself feel better by thinking of something less industrial that it might remind me of. But the best I can think of is a bathful of Irn-Bru!
But...all is not lost - once I get into the bath, I can soak back into my tropical luxury as the soft fruity water leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed, with a lingering scent to take to bed with me.....
and yes, you've guessed it I am disappointed once more. I can honestly not give you any benefit of my Irn-Bru coloured water. I can't smell it, I can't inhale wonderful vapours, I can't feel my skin soften and relax.......and to be honest, I can't wait to get out and pull out the bath plug.
Which is exactly what I do. With a big sad sigh, I haul myself out of the bath, and reach for the towel.....leaving my tango-bath behind me, and watching the water go down the plug.
Of course, you will have gathered that there is no lingering scent on my skin, I don't have a hint of the tropics rubbing off onto my bedsheets, and mango and papaya is not drifting through my home sending me off into dreams of far flung places.
My only consolation is that I didn't pay "real" cash for this experience. But I am still annoyed that I could have bought a full sized bottle of radox for the same price as this £1.99 bath bomb - in fact, at Boots at the moment, full sized bottles of radox are BOGOF, so I could have got several baths worth, for the price of one Irn-Bru dip.
This is not something I will be buying again - whether I ever get as far as trying a Lush version, is now debateable.....perhaps I will just have to hope that someone buys me one as a gift to try instead.......
I love bath bombs, so when I spotted this one I was really pleased as it is only one pound fifty! I love tropical smells so I chose mango and papaya instead of the other two flavours.
The bath fizzer was wrapped in plastic packing, which was easy to remove with scissers, but not if you had damp hands. It smelt absolutly delicious, really juicy and lush. I then dropped it in under the hot running water and waited.
The bath bomb was spectacular! It made a wonderful fizzing sound and turned my water bright orange! I held it in my hands when I got in, the fizzing was like a massage! It did not stink the water out, however my skin felt soft and smelt lovely. Some people even commented on how nice I smelt! I really enjoyed using the bath bomb as, although it was perhaps not as good as a lush one, it was cost effective.
I love Lush products - especially their bath ballistics - but they are all very expensive, so I only ever buy them as a treat. I recently had a coupon for 100 advantage points (worth £1) when buying any Natural Collection product, so, seeing as their 'bath fizzers' were only £1.50, I looked at it as though I was getting a £1 back on my purchase making this only 50p - much cheaper than anything you will find in Lush!!
~About the product~
As you can see from the picture, the product is a vibrant orange shade, and is packaged in plastic shrink wrap. It's slightly smaller than most of the Lush ballistics, but is still a decent size.
I like fruity fragrances and chose this one because it is Mango and Papaya scented. There are two other bath fizzers available, unfortunately I'm not sure what the fragrances are, but one is cream coloured, the other blue. You can also buy all three together in a pack.
The first problem I had with this product was removing the wrapping. It has two layers of plastic wrap and both were very hard to get into, and came off in lots of little bits rather than one big piece.
On opening this, you can smell the strong, fruity mango and papaya scent, which is really nice. It states on the packaging that this should be dropped into a pre-run bath, but I put it in while the water was still running. It immediately started to colour the water a deep shade of orange (almost red), but I found that it took a really long time to dissolve, and was still fizzing around the bath not long before I got out!
Unfortunately once this was in the water I could barely smell it at all. I usually buy these predominantly for the fragrance, and I know with similar Lush products the smell not only is strong, but lingers for ages, so the fact I could hardly smell this at all once it was in the water was a big let down. I did find that some of the scent was on my skin after use, but even then this only lasted an hour or so before disappearing completely.
I didn't notice any change to the feel of my skin after using this either. Despite the strong orange colour it did not stain my skin or my bath.
~Price and Availability~
This costs £1.50 and is only available from Boots.
I guess next time I want a bath bomb I will go to Lush after all. Apart from colouring the water this product did not seem to do anything at all, and needless to say I will not be buying it again.