“ Brand: Champneys / Type: Bath Milk / Subcategory: Moisturiser / Further Category: Bath Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes, „
It's not often that I have a bath as I usually just have a shower but the other day I was feeling a bit under the weather and stressed out and I thought a bath might be good relaxation. I remembered I had this Champneys bath product from one of the big Boots Christmas boxes and so I was looking forward to trying it out.
This bath milk costs £8 at full price for a 300 ml bottle. Mine will have worked out much cheaper as I paid about £20 to £30 for a big box filled with loads of different products. As it turns out I really don't think this one is worth the full price!
I poured some of this bath milk under running water and swirled it in the bath, as the packaging instructs. However I was left quite disappointed by how little it bubbled up! There were only a tiny number of feeble bubbles. Whenever I checked on the bath while it was running I kept having to whack another generous pour of the bath milk in. Eventually I did have a decent amount of bubbles going but by that point I had poured in literally half the bottle! I was quite shocked by that as it seems a huge amount of product to use in one go, especially if I had paid £8 for the bottle then I would have wanted it to last a bit longer!
Looking past the fact I didn't consider it good value for money, I do think it has its good points. This bath milk smells really nice. It has a calming smell with a bit of a nut and woody vibe to it, but creamy and not overbearing. When lying in the bath this bath milk made my skin feel really moisturised soft and silky. It definitely did feel relaxing and comforting.
Maybe as it is called a "bath milk" rather than bubble bath it is not supposed to make all that many bubbles and you are supposed to just enjoy the smooth texture in the bath. If so then it does do its job, but personally I do like to have more bubbles.
Overall I liked it as it did help me relax, but I felt a bit cheated by how much I had to use to create enough bubbles and therefore I wouldn't pay full price.
This Christmas just gone, I was six months pregnant, and I don't think anyone really knew what to buy me! I asked my mum to get me a nice bag for the hospital and bless her if she didn't go one better and get me a Champneys bag full of lovely spa treats. One of the treats inside the bag was this Champneys Moisture Miracle Skin Comforting Bath Milk.
It's a full size 300ml bottle which retails independently for £8, and is available in selected Sainsbury's Boots, in department stores, on Champneys own website, and online independent retailers. It might be a bit more than you'd normally pay for a bubble bath - but this isn't a bubble bath.
It's a bath milk, and yes, there is a difference. The bottle is a nice, sleek cylinder in soft gold and frosted plastic, with gold lettering. On pouring out the milk into a running bath the first thing that hits you is the scent - it's gorgeous. Made with a blend of sweet almond oil, chamomile and wheatgerm extract, the Moisture Miracle Bath Milk smells of clean linen, soft perfume, and talc, all rolled into one. It's a light, but distinctive scent, perfect for a mellowed-out bath. It creates bubbles (despite being a milk), but the bubbles are small and foamy and creamy, not big and empty. They are a delight to sink into and can be used to wash with - they're not the type that pop instantly leaving nothing - they make more of a foam like a shower aerosol creates.
Because it's a milk, the water takes on a lovely creamy, slightly beige and totally opaque colour, and makes even the hardest of waters soft and smooth. It's a pleasure to bathe in - with the gorgeous scent, the soft bubbles and the creamy water, it makes for a truly lovely, spa experience of a bath (well, as much as you can have, in your own bathroom!). Towards the end of my pregnancy I was having at least one warm bath a day, it being the only place I could truly relax and unwind. Once you get out of the bath, you smell fresh, clean and slightly floral, and your skin is soft as if you've smothered it in lotion - fabulous for my growing tum and lovely for my post pregnancy body. I always looked forward to it being in my Champneys bath milk, and even took it away for a night in London, I couldn't bear to be without it!
So when I ran out in April, I was pretty upset - and ordered more pronto. I will always use it, with a newborn my luxurious baths might be few and far between, but with the Champneys Moisture Miracle Comforting Bath Milk, they are always a treat to look forward to (and in future, I'll order my next one when I'm on my last quarter bottle so I never have to go without!)
I can only recommend this - I have to give it five out of five - I know it's a bit sad to rave on and on about how great a bath milk is but it's SOOOO GOOOOD!! Ditch your soap, and treat yourselves!
As you probably know if you've read my other reviews, I'm a bit of a sucker for the Champneys bath range. I can't get enough of those classy glass bottles with their gold lids (and the stuff that's inside, of course!). It's usually quite expensive though, so I'm always quick to buy if I see them on special offer. This bath milk was reduced from £8 to £6 when I bought it, although I now see it's gone up to the random price of £8.17 in Sainsburys, something to do with the VAT going back up methinks.
Anyway, one of the great things I like about Champneys is that I find I don't have to smell the products in the shop (which always makes me feel like a bit of a scabber). You can rely on their products to always smell good. I was initially a bit surprised when I first opened this- the thing that sprang to mind was Johnson's baby lotion! I think it's something to do with its milky sweetness. But it's a bit more floral, a scent that particularly comes out once it's in the bath. The natural ingredients in this are almond oil, milk and wheatgerm and it also contains geranium and cedarwood essential oils. Nothing particularly strong, but then it is a bath milk so you'd expect it to be mild.
The consistency of the beige coloured liquid inside is milky, as you'd expect. Pouring it into the water, you don't get many bubbles, but the water does feel slightly thicker. I found the gentle smell of it quite relaxing, and a nice change from the full-on scents of most other bath products. And I enjoyed the creaminess of the water- so did my skin! It felt as moisturised as I expected from the name 'Moisture Miracle'. It does have a baby lotion type effect, softening and hydrating your skin.
Looking at the 200ml bottle now, I'd estimate that it should last for about 30 baths, and I'm in no hurry to use it up, particularly as it has a long shelf life of 24 months. I'll definitely be using this whenever my skin feels like it needs a moisture boost. For the full price, I probably wouldn't buy it for myself, as I'd expect something a bit more special from anything over £8. But it does make a nice treat for yourself or someone else.