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My bottle of Champneys Mediterranean bubble heaven came in a gift set alongside three other products of the same fragrance. I actually bought the gift set for myself - I'm not really in the habit of doing this, but at the time I hadn't tried the Champneys brand and there was an offer whereby you got a second gift set free if you spent over a certain amount, so I decided to treat myself.
I was really looking forward to trying this bubble bath because it was one product I had toyed with buying separately. The thing that had put me off buying the full size was actually the packaging, as it comes a glass bottle which is the same width all the way up and has no neck. I didn't like the large opening and felt it might lead to spillages and I'm quite clumsy so didn't like the thought of a glass bottle either. The smaller travel sized bottle was not without problems either, as the product is thick and so would not easily pour from such a small bottle - and the plastic was too tough to squeeze. Design wise, the packaging is quite nice though, I love the vibrant blue with the gold, I think it looks luxurious and the sort of thing people would notice on your bathroom shelf.
The bubble heaven contains olive leaf, fig milk and green tomato. It was apparently created to celebrate Champneys first continental spa in Spain. It does smell amazing and the scent is in keeping with other products in the Champneys Meditteranean range. I find the scent difficult to describe, but I can smell the fig in it quite clearly and it also has a slight sharpness to it, which I can only assume to be the green tomato. It's definitely quite a summery scent and I think it's lovely - I certainly prefer it to the other Champneys scents available.
The actual product is a sort of light golden colour with a hint of shimmer running through it. As mentioned earlier in the review, it is a very thick consistency, which makes pouring difficult. From my 50ml travel sized bottle I only actually managed three uses. The last use, I had to immerse the bottle in water to get the remainder out. I think had I not had to resort to this, I would have managed five, possibly six uses from this bottle.
Once actually in the bath, the product seems to froth up quite quickly and produce a lot of bubbles. The scent is quite strong, although I found it didn't last well and seemed to have disappeared after around ten minutes in the bath. The bubbles however, lasted quite well and there were still some remaining right up until I got out.
I do not feel that this product particularly did anything special for my skin. There was a slight trace of fragrance left behind, however I don't think this softened or moisturized or anything of that nature.
The full 400ml size costs £12 from Boots. Having now used the product I really do not think that it is worth anywhere near this much. Fair enough, it is a nice product, smells great and produces long lasting bubbles, but there are products from brands like Radox or Imperial Leather which do the same thing and can be picked up for just a couple of pounds. I honestly don't think I would pay more than £5 for this product, because it's just not special enough to be worth more.
As I am sure you are aware, I absolutely love toiletries and whilst I am always vowing to buy nothing new I cannot seem to contain myself when I'm walking around the shops. A range that I discovered only a few months ago is Champneys and what initially drew me to their display stand in Boots was their gorgeous and very luxurious packaging. The range of products is absolutely huge and at present, Boots carry only a limited stock, but their website almost made my eyes pop out of my head, particularly as there are so many different fragrances. However, I've managed to resist temptation to purchase anything new and this review discusses my experience of a purchase I made approximately 5 weeks ago with the product in question being Champneys Spa Indulgence Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven.
APPEARANCE OF THE PACKAGING
In my opinion the packaging of Bubble Heaven is by far the most eye-catching within the range, as we will find 400 ml of product contained within a circular glass jar measuring almost 16 cm in height and 7 cm in diameter. It's vivid blue colour in combination with the luxurious golden banner and matching lid gives the illusion of superior pampering. The familiar logo of Champneys can be found situated approximately one third of the way down the jar and the glass has been etched with pretty images of white flowers, which run around the entire jar just below the lid. The fragrance of Mediterranean Bliss is olive leaf, fig milk and green tomato and to be honest, none of these meant anything to me and my purchase was based solely on my opinion after removing the screw top lid and taking a good sniff.
It was when I read the information contained on the revere of the jar that I learned that Chapmneys were inspired to create the fragrance "Mediterranean Bliss" following the opening of their first continental spa situated high up in the Spanish hills. The concept behind the range is that it captures sunshine with its' blend of fig milk and the moisturising properties of the olive leaf and green tomato. Whilst the fragrance is absolutely delightful and suitable for both male and females, I was initially a little unsure about the ingredients, as the thought of a green tomato made me think of hard and unripe. However, let's try out the product, as this is the real test and the purpose of my review.
USING MEDITERRANEAN BLISS BUBBLE HEAVEN
Once the golden coloured plastic lid has been removed I can witness a pearly white bubble bath with what can only be described as a marbled appearance. The aroma is absolutely stunning and offers a very delicate spice, which makes this fragrance rather different to any other products that I have previously used. Unfortunately, Champneys' have omitted to include directions on how much should be dispensed into the running bath water, so I simply poured a small amount. The product is very thick in consistency and due to the large 4 cm diameter opening it proved a little difficult to control exactly how much was dispensed. This is the only downfall with the product, as whilst the glass jar is very luxurious the thickness of the product creates somewhat of a problem. From my experience with using this product I found that only a small amount is needed.
Within a few seconds of the product making contact with the water a mountain of bubbles were created and my bathroom soon filled with the delightful Mediterranean aroma. I stepped into the bath to enjoy my session of sheer bliss and was pleased that the aroma was contained within the water, which felt extremely soft. The beautiful scent lasted my entire bathing experience and the bubbles only slightly vanished when I introduced soap to the water. After towel drying I was able to witness that the delicate aroma had settled on my skin and whilst this product could not be classed as moisturising my skin did not feel dry or itchy and in fact it was very soft and smooth. To continue with the Mediterranean theme I applied the matching body cream to enable the fragrance to linger that little bit longer. This is an absolutely wonderful product and is extremely luxurious to use for that extra special pampering experience. As the jar is glass I will not leave it on a shelf for fear of it breaking, so I store it in a wicker basket on the floor. I cannot recommend this product highly enough, as the fragrance is very unique and most definitely favourable. Consequently, Champneys Spa Indulgence Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven receives 5 stars from me. I considered removing a star due to the large opening, but decided against it, as this product is simply bliss.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
I was quite shocked at the lengthy list of ingredients contained within this product and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. However, those that stood out to me are the extracts of olive leaf, tomato fruit and fig fruit. There have been many air miles to transport this product to us due to the fact that it is made in Thailand. I suffered no adverse reactions when using, the product should be used within 24 months of opening and the jar can be recycled once empty. However, towards the end of the jar I found that I needed to store it upside down, as the remaining contents refused to budge.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Boots sell a limited range of Champneys products, but this one is readily available in larger stores and will cost £12 for 400 ml. However, at the time of writing if you purchase any participating Champneys product costing over £8 you will be able to receive a free travel pack of 4 good sized toiletries.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.