“ Brand: Champneys / Type: Bath Foam / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I'm not normally one for bubble bath, as I find it quite drying to my skin, but its undeniable that sometimes you just have to commandeer the bathroom for a bit of 'me time' and some bubbly luxury can't be beaten.
Recently I had one of those days after a massively tiring weekend away for work, and so I rustled through the bathroom cupboard to see if I even owned something that would fill my bath with clouds of bubbles. I found the remains of a bottle of Champneys Oriental Silk Bubble Float and decided to indulge.
This has seemingly been rebranded as Oriental Luxury Bubble Heaven, but the ingredients remain the same.
The product comes in a 400ml heavy red glass jar that is not quite opaque. A plastic gold lid secures the cylindrical jar and the product is a pearlescent white gel inside.
The product claims to have sandalwood, ylang ylang and ginseng, and being from Champneys does, as you would expect, not only look good on a shelf but claims to be a luxurious product.
Currently this is £12.
Well first of all it becomes very obvious that the screw-top is as wide as the opening of the whole bottle - so no squeeze dispense or anything. This product is quite thick and this has always been a problem - I notice that even with the rebrand there are still people on the product's page on the Champney's website complaining that the product is too gloopy to dispense. You basically either have to tip is and wait for gravity to effect the inevitable (which can take a while and when you first open a bottle, this can mean you get a sudden massive lump of the gel in the bath, which can easily get lost in the flow of the warm water into the tub and just get washed straight away from the bubble-creating movement to just sit on the floor of the tub, ineffectually.
My bottle is coming to its end - maybe I should call it a jar rather than a bottle to be more accurate - and I had to wait for it to gradually slide down the side of the glass jar and the velocity of the water movement STILL knocked it clean out of the downpour of warm water from the tap. Bit of a design flaw there and you'd think Champneys would have learnt from it by now.
So, design flaws aside. When you unscrew the lid - which feels a bit cheap and plastically when next to a heavy glass jar that screams opulence and quality - if you put your nose to the jar and smell the product I found it deeply unpleasant. It seemed thick, overpowering and sickly. But by this point I had already dispensed some into my bath - and having broken up the lump of gel that descended to the bottom of the tub, my bathroom had been immediately flooded with a gorgeous, rich scent. As the Oriental name may suggest, it was both sweet and spicy, exotic and luxurious and quite uplifting as well as feeling indulgent and therefore relaxing.
I loved the scent that was wafting around the room and was pleased to see a bath that had a reasonable amount of tight, uniform bubbles - not ones that looked like they were drying and likely to leave a flaky residue around the tub like some cheaper products - and also that the bubbles were not over the top - I hate having a massive cloud of bubbles early on that fade away and crackle constantly through being so dry, drying out your skin as they go and even worse, your hair as they rise above shoulder level should you try to relax. Whilst some people might prefer more bubbles in their luxury bath, for me this was just right.
That said, the bubbles didn't even last half an hour. They left no residue on the side of the tub, but they gave up the ghost pretty swiftly for something that cost £12 - if I'm going to have a rare "me time" bath, which isn't something my schedule often allows, I intend to make it about 40 minutes plus, so had I had enough time to do so on this occasion I would have been a bit miffed.
So that's an overview of my experience, now let's break it down into the positives and negatives...
- I love the scent that this product filled the room with. I couldn't pick out any one of the oriental aspects described on the label as being overpowering or a top scent, but the mixture of them all was enticing, luxurious, not just relaxing but re-energising and both sweet and spicy at once. I loved it. It was strong, but not heavy, and lasted on my skin for about an hour or two after towelling off. Also, when I left the bathroom it wafted out onto the landing and smelt lovely.
- There was no notable residue on the bath, nor did this product massive clouds of crackly bubbles like a cheap high street product
- This is the main positive for me; after using this product I deliberately did not moisturise as I wanted to see if it had a drying effect on my skin, because I would like to use it again but if it made my skin feel dry and tight then I would not buy this again. Amazingly, my skin felt like it was lightly moisturised, not dry at all, but very smooth and soft to the touch. This was just what I needed after my long weekend at work, and I was very pleased. Typing this about eight hours later, my skin no longer feels immediately moisturised but it remains smooth and happy with no dryness at all.
- The bubbles don't really last
- The bottle / jar is a bad design - either you end up inadvertently dumping half the product in the bath when you first open a bottle or you have to wait for the stuff to drag itself down the jar. Also, it's a very thick product and tends to dispatch itself in one massive dollop, which gravity takes straight through the momentum of the falling water and leaves a big lump of the product languishing at the bottom of your bath, well away from anything that will make it foam.
- Because of the consistency and the jar issue, this isn't the most long-lasting bottle of product. This individually I wouldn't mind as I would only ever use this as a luxury treat, but when you combine this with the fact that the bubbles, which are glorious at first due to their uniform quality and moist softness, fade away within about half an hour, this is a disappointing outcome to what is otherwise a great sensory treat.
A great product - up to a point. Sadly I can't give this full marks because of the amount of time that the bubbles faded. The scent, which seems to overpoweringly sickening when in the jar, is gorgeous floating around your bathroom on the steam generated from your bath, and its gorgeous lingering on the skin afterwards. For this it definitely justifies its position as a more expensive bath treat.
The jar is a beautiful object and screams quality but it is not suited to the requirements of this product, which is a downside. It looks stunning on the shelf and feels beautiful, but it is meant to transport and decant a product in accordance with the requirements of it, and therefore it fails.
I suppose it'll have to be three stars here - one for the lack of life behind the bubbles, one for the poor design, but the moisturising qualities and gorgeous scent are superb, and I feel a bit sad that I should have to strip a star from this because of a superficial bit of packaging when it's a very nice product inside. Bit of a fail on the part of Champneys, letting down their own product.
I am a huge fan of Champneys, that much may already be clear, and each year I am fortunate enough to receive lots of wonderful Champneys products from my lovely husband. Christmas was no exception and I received a few lovely Champneys gift sets. I received a set of the 'Oriental' range or the 'red' set as it has become known in our house over the past few years, original no but it is aptly named by us after the colour of the packaging. This particular product used to be known as the 'bubble float' and is now known as the 'bubble heaven' but it is the same product in re-branded packaging.
The packaging is lovely on Champneys products and this one is no exception. You get a large tall cylinder glass bottle with a gold coloured screw top lid. There is red and gold detailing all over the bottle and it is possible to see the amount of liquid that you have left inside of this too. The packaging is incredibly thick and despite dropping these bottles numerous times I have never damaged by bath, floor or broken one of the bottles so that is always very good, especially for something that retails at £12.00 per 400ml bottle. However if you are likely to want to try some other items in the Champneys range you will find regular special offers including buy one get one free, 3 for 2 and buy x amount and get free delivery from either the Boots or Champneys website.
After reading a review recently I decided to change the method with which I use my Champneys bubble bath products and I now use a teaspoon to help me decant this liquid. The liquid is very thick and gloopy and it is very easy to drop a massive blob in to the bath and therefore waste a good 50p or more worth in just one bath, I tend to find that two teaspoons and a good swoosh around in the water with my hand gives me wonderful bubbles anyway so I am not worried about the expensive price tag of these.
I love all of the Champneys bubble floats and this one is no exception. It is fragranced with warming patchouli, ginseng, ylang ylang and sandalwood and everything about it reminds me of the Far East and makes me think of relaxation instantly. As soon as I lie back in the bath I feel like I am breathing in scents that I never usually experience (which is true I'm sure!) and I feel my muscles relaxing and just generally I feel like I could lie in a bath filled with bubbles from this for an hour just staring at the wall not needing to think about anything or do anything.
Overall I absolutely adore this. The fragrance from this is beautiful and while when used on its own it does not stay on my skin for long I tend to layer my Champneys products as they are normally from gift sets my husband gets me and this always keeps the lovely scents lasting for hours. I know that this is quite an expensive product but I feel that luxurious baths cannot be labelled with a price tag, particularly with the time I've been having with things recently! Relaxation is a must to keep the brain going, well mine anyway, and to get on with every day life so I love nothing more than to relax in a bath filled with Champneys at the end of every day.
Champneys Oriental Bath Float:
A friend of mine is wholly responsible for my addiction to Champneys bath floats, one look at their stunning packaging and one whiff of their heavenly fragrance and I was hooked for life! Any way when I saw a half priced offer on at Sainsbury's I treated myself to a couple of different fragrances and also got a few in for Christmas presents.
The packaging for these bath floats, (I guess a "posh" term for bubble bath), is simply stunning and would look amazing in anyone's bathroom. The oriental version comes in a ruby coloured glass container with a matt finished gold lid. There is a clear label both front and back featuring gold and white writing which looks very simple and classy. The label is a bit hard to read especially as the writing on the back is so tiny. Well it doesn't say anything too important, it's hardly difficult to use, so I guess it doesn't matter too much.
Being glass they packaging is recyclable if you could bear to part with them that is. Mine get their labels pealed off and then I use them in the garden with tea lights in. They look pretty and you can wind wire round the screw thread at the top and hang them from the branch of a tree.
Opening the lid reveals a thick, rich liquid with a sheen similar to satin. It really is rather beautiful, a kind of creamy white colour with what looks like tiny gold flakes shimmering away in there. The bath float is really thick so when pouring you have to be careful as nothing comes out immediately but then quite a lot can come out quickly and you don't want to waste it.
The smell is truly incredible and like nothing I have ever smelt before. It is very strong in the container once added to the water it mellows out to fill the whole house with a warm fug of delicious scent. The packaging states that it combines silk proteins, ginseng and ylang ylang and the resulting fragrance is, as I have said, wonderful. I wish I could explain but words fail me - it always smells to me how I imagine those really elaborate orchids should smell. It has a hint of candy sweetness, a delicate floral note and just a hint of eastern spiciness.
Using the bath float is easy, simple pour under running water for a bath full of rich, creamy bubbles that fragrance your skin beautifully and leaves you feeling soft and pampered. My skin is always much nicer when I get out than when I get in and it does an amazing job of calming me down and clearing my head.
At Sainsbury's these normally cost a whopping £13.50 and on Champneys' own website they are £12.00. I tend to stock up when I see them half priced, (and they currently are on half price offer on the Champneys' website: http://www.champneys.com/Collection/Custom/sale), so that brings the price to a more affordable level. I worked it out too and at around 6-7 baths per 400ml jar it isn't actually more expensive than Lush which I where I get most of my bath products from. It's absolutely worth every single penny too for the smell alone never mind the wonderful effect it has when you use it.
I would recommend this bath float to anyone wanting a luxurious treat for bath-time and also as wonderful gifts, whoever you gave this to would love you forever! I wish I could give it six stars.
Champneys oriental bath float is something that I would definitely say is heaven in a jar. I received this bubble bath at Christmas time as part of a gift set from my boss and I was over the moon when I seen it, it looked gorgeous.
The bubble bath comes in a 400ml deep red glass jar with a bright gold lid. The jar is slightly see through so you can see the luxurious silky liquid inside. The jar looks very posh and looks beautiful standing around the bath with the other champneys oriental products.
The bath float contains a blend of silk proteins. Ginseng and fragrant ylang ylang. The first thing I noticed when opening the screw lid was the scent, it was very strong and actually did smell oriental. I think the scent is actually a love it or hate it kind of scent as I absolutely love it yet my friend can't stand it. I think it is very enticing. When starting to pour the liquid you can see that it is very thick and silky and looks rather pretty. The bubble bath actually comes out in drops and easily blends with the water to create lots of bubbles. I was actually surprised to see that only a small amount of the bubble bath was needed to create a bath full of bubbles.
I really did enjoy this product and I loved the fact that the scent of the bubble bath was even nicer once in the water. I must admit I don't use this product all the time; I use it about once a week as a luxurious treat. To be honest if I had my way I would use it every day but while checking up on prices I realised that this bath float actually costs £12.00 which is rather expensive hence not using it every day.
This bath float is a favourite of mine and I'm sure anyone who has used this will understand why. The scent is beautiful and I love how you can still smell it on your skin throughout the day. After use the skin feels a lot smoother too and that's without even using a body cream.
I would defiantly recommend this product to anyone and I could probably guarantee you will love it.
This product for me is a serious indulgence. Even the fab red glass jar with the golden top just shouts out "I am a treat" even before you take it to the bathroom.
When you open the lid, the fab smell wafts out of the jar - a glorious blend of ylang ylang, sandalwood and patchouli which really does somehow smell "oriental". The smell intenstifies when you add a generous dollop into the bath and add hot water to it and fills not just the bath but the whole bathroom full of this amazing scent.
The product is really thick and silky in the jar - quite unlike a standard bubble bath - and produces gorgeous bubbles and adds a silky sheen to the water. The bath water really somehow feels silky and really softens the skin.
When I get out of the bath, my skin really feels silky soft and smooth - even without any other products being used and really feels and complete treat to use.
At £12 for a jar of bubble bath it is difficult to justify, but it really is such a treat. I must admit that I usually wait until either a birthday or Christmas before dropping heavy hints, or sometimes Sainsbury's have this on offer with a third off which makes it slightly easier to justify. At 400ml it is a large jar, but I tend to be rather generous with my dollops so it doesn't last as long as it should do.
If you are after a treat for yourself, or a gift for a friend, this would be a guaranteed winner.
Champneys bath products are my weakness. Usually, a bottle of anything priced at £10 plus will send me running for the hills, but when I see that gold lid, my resolve starts to waver, and sometimes I give in.
This bottle costs £12, so it really is a once-in-a-blue-moon indulgence. But look at it- fat, red glass bottle with gold lid- it's certainly a looker. And (in an attempt to justify forking out so much for it) it is quite a bit larger than your average bubble bath- 400ml, in fact.
Inside the bottle is a very thick, pearly whiteish substance. I can't call it a liquid, because it's the consistency of thick whipped cream. This does present a slight problem in the fact that you can't pour it under running water. You have to just wait for a bit to glob out, and hope it's the right amount. A smallish glob will give you a healthy layer of thick bubbles that generally last the course of a half hour soak. But it doesn't dissolve quite as well as ordinary bubble bath and you do get a few odd blobs of it floating around.
The smell is unusual- very sweet and rich, but not sickly. It contains ylang-ylang, sandalwood and patchouli oils, which together smell very exotic- not sure if I'd call it oriental, but it's certainly interesting and mysterious.
After bathing with this, my skin felt very soft and moisturised, and smelt pleasantly sweet and scented. The bottle lasted for a year, so it worked out at £1 a month, which I guess isn't too bad. Personally, the 'oriental' scent isn't my favourite of the Champneys range, as I tend to prefer refreshing rather than just sweet smells. But if you do like your bubble bath rich and luxurious, then you'll love this.
Is it worth it? Well personally, I'd rather stick with something a bit cheaper and with more zing in its scent- this felt a bit like the bubble bath equivalent of a pavlova. But it made a nice change, and for a one off was great- I just won't be buying it again.