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My mum gave me this as a housewarming present, along with a lovely Cath Kidston oilskin book bag. Whilst I used and enjoyed the back right away, I was really reluctant to use this just any old time - I wanted to save it for something of a treat, and also, it looked so adorable all wrapped up that I didn't want to spoil that.
It comes presented almost like a chocolate bar - a paper outer wrapper, featuring a traditional floral Cath Kidston design, complete with the logo and the information that this is a bluebell scented bath melt. The paper contains everything that is best about Cath Kidston florals - lovely pastel colours, a wide variety of flowers, not just bluebells, and a sort of kitshy, almost 50's look. Beneath the paper outer is a gold foil effect wrapper, and beneath this you can see the bath melt bar itself, sealed in an extra layer of clear film, and divided into 8 squares, with grooves in between designed to enable easy snapping into the recommended portions (one or two squares per bath).
Now, the packaging makes this sound really luxurious and very much like a treat, so I was really looking forward to getting into my warm fragrant bath, which makes what happened next a little disappointing. I opened the pack, had a sniff, and rather being immersed in a wave of scent, transported back in my mind to days playing on a carpet of scented bluebells in the woods, I found myself anxiously sniffing the bar trying to detect anything other than the basic herbal bath salt smell. It didn't smell 'fresh' at all, it smelt like the old radox salts you used to get in a box. I was really disappointed, but I figured perhaps the scent needed to be warmed up, and decided I'd still go ahead and use it.
Despite the grooves etched into the bar, it was actually very hard to break into chunks. I resorted to bashing it against the side of the bath to get a couple of bits off. Putting two squares under the running water, I was gratified to see that it fizzed away and dissolved very quickly, and when I stepped into the bath after a couple of minutes there was no gritty residue on the bottom of the bath.
Sadly, there was no scent either. Now, I don't have the most sensitive of noses, and I might be hard pressed to identify one flower from another, but I at least expected to smell something in the water - but try as I might I just couldn't pick anything out at all anymore. I do like a nice deep bath, hence my decision to use two squares, but I really felt this was very poor form indeed.
There is a plus side though - after getting out of the bath, my skin actually felt very soft, certainly much softer that it normally does immediately after leaving the bath. But overall, I really found myself completely underwhelmed by the experience, and it certainly wasn't the luxurious treat that the £8 price tag would lead me to expect, especially given that it only has a limited longevity if you're using a block (or two, in my case) for each bath.
Sadly, I really can't recommend this at all. Whilst it was a lovely thoughtful gift from my mum, who knows I love Cath Kidston designs and long hot soaks, it just didn't live up to it's potential, and for that reason only receives one star from me.