Product Type: Champneys Bath / Shower
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Heady Oriental Indulgence Let Down By Two Flaws
Champneys Oriental Bubble Float
Member Name: missrarr
Champneys Oriental Bubble Float
Advantages: Gorgeous scent, makes your bathroom smell gorgeous and lingers on the skin, leaves skin smooth
Disadvantages: Poor packaging concept, bubbles gave up the ghost sooner than I would like.
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.
Summary: A lovely indulgence which should have 4 stars for the product itself but loses an extra for packing