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      07.06.2013 01:35
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      Great fun, your kids will love it!

      This is actually one of those products I'm surprised I haven't reviewed already - I've been using a couple of times a year for the last 4, although generally using it for my daughter, rather than for myself.

      My daughter adores Gelli Baff, and I think it's easy to see why this would appeal to a child - a powder that when added to warm bath water not only changes the colour, but also changes the texture to a gooey, jelly like texture for you to wallow in, before changing it back into water again to drain away.

      Over the years, my daughter and I have tried various colours - greens, blues, reds. Of course, they're never just called blues, greens, and reds. Instead they have exciting names designed to appeal to little ones Lava Blast, Blue Lagoon, and Swamp Green. They've also recently introduced Smelli Gelli Bath - though we haven't tried that one yet, it's next on our list.

      Essentially, you get a box with two sachets, one that makes the goo, and one that makes the goo go away. You then need to run a bath with 40L (6cms deep) of water, at a warm temperature. You don't need to be too precise, but too much water results in a thinner goo. For this reason, and to avoid potential for any mess, we actually use this outdoors in a small paddling pool, which helps keep us aware of the amount of warm water. You then need to sprinkle the powder that forms the goo over the top of the water, taking care to sprinkle it nice and evenly. Give it a few minutes, then swish it around with your hand, you should have a lovely warm gooey jelly, that feels like thousands of tiny squishy warm wet lumps, ready for your kids to slide into. The colour comes out really vibrant too, which adds to the fun.

      My daughter absolutely loves this. The jelly retains heat for quite a while - outside on a warm day she was happy to stay in this for almost 40 minutes, and it was still warm when she got out. She rubbed it all over and splashed it about all over the place. Her friends played with her, and they had something of a jelly fight, which was so much fun the first time that we repeat it a couple of times each summer. We have learned through experience to have her (and any other children) wear shower caps when playing in it, otherwise the jelly does get in the hair and can be a pain to remove. As we only ever use this outside, I can't unfortunately comment on any staining, as we've never gotten any on any carpets or walls, it certainly doesn't stain skin though.

      You add the second sachet of powder and swish it around to dissolve it, which again takes just a couple of minutes of swishing, before it can be poured away. It doesn't contain any harsh chemicals, and can be poured away down a standard drain as you would with any other bath/swimming pool water.

      Overall, this a fun product that younger children (12 and below, perhaps) will get a real kick out of. My daughter still asks me to buy some each summer (I get it from Amazon, around 5.99 a box, but varying depending on which one you pick) but I imagine she'll grow out of it in the next couple of years. 1 box is one bath, so it is quite pricey, but if you can have lots of kids enjoying it in a paddling pool, I feel you get better value from it than you would in a bath.

      4 stars - my daughter loves it, but one off for it getting stuck in hair.

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        20.07.2011 16:18
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        fun for kids

        After a lot of browsing through my facebook news feed, I noticed a group of my friends had pictures in a bath full of jelly (obviously they were in swimwear so no nudity). My first thought was that they had simply gone to the shop and brought some jelly, then experimented by adding it to the bath. This was not the case.

        Gelli Baff comes with 2 sachets to help you make your bath of jelly. after you have around a quarter of your bath you need to add the first which helps the water to stiffen into a jelly, the second is added when you get bored of the bath to help it turn back to water and rinse down the plug hole. I would say not to add more than 6cm as the gelli may become too watery.

        Me and my friend have changed it up too, adding it to her hot tub. Although the jelly wasn't much, it made the hot tub seem funnier in our boredom. The hot tub ended up with more coloured water than actual goo, but it was still amusing.

        Once the jelly has stiffened, it turns into a weird gooey mess. Obviously aimed towards children but it is good fun! The jelly feels a lot like if you squish normal jelly through your fingers. It is quite hard to describe but good fun.

        When you drain the bath I would advise to shower off as the jelly can get stuck in your hair which is obviously unwanted. The bath may also need a hose down as the dissolving powder doesn't always get rid of all the goo. I'm surprised they haven't created a larger pack of dissolving powder by now because it does cause havoc - but then again its your own fault for putting gelli in your baff!

        We used gelli baff at a halloween party last year in a fish tank and let toy creepy crawlies get stuck floating around in the goo - it looked really good when it was all lit up!

        I have to admit, it may not be everyones cup of tea but it can be fun to explore all the uses to give you the most for your oney. I have only ever seen a green version but I know that you can get more colours if you shop around. Mine came from Tesco costing £4.99. I would of preferred pink if I'm honest!

        Given 3 stars due to the mess when tidying up.

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        26.03.2011 00:04
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        Not going to buy it again

        When my granddaughter asked for some gelli baff I had no idea of what she was talking about. But she had obviously been keeping up with adverts for kids, because she seemed to know all about it. If you haven't suffer from the same ignorance as myself it is "magic goo" which changes the bath water into a coloured goo, very reminiscient of wallpaper paste. The children then sit in this goo stuff instead of bathwater, which apparently is great fun. My granddaughter did mention that her friends little sister didn't like it, which is always a danger if you are thinking of buying it as it costs £3.99 for one bath,its a shame to see that ammount of money wasted.

        It comes in a colourful cardboard pack, illustrated with a sort of Dennis the Mennis character, well I think the main appeal must be that its a bit naughty to sit in a bright orange colour to have your bath, rather than water.The ingredients are sodium polyacrylate, Sodium Chloride and Parfum. ie Wallpaper paste, salt and perfume??The manufacturers recommend the use of a moisturiser after the bath, as my granddaughter does have slight excema I did give her a quick blast under the shower, followed by some aqueous cream,but in all fairness she had no ill effects from the gelli baff.

        The pack tells you how to prepare the bath."Simply run a bath 6cms deep", and sprinkle in a poch of goo former, then wait for 5 minutes while the goo forms.Then gently swirl the bathwater and let the kids get in. In our case, being rather excited at the thought of it all my granddaughter who is 7, rather hastily undressed, and then had to wait a while before getting in. As this was a few weeks ago the bathroom was a bit chilly, 6cms is really shallow so the whole experience must be a bit chilly, though you can top up the water.

        We had the new colour changing variety,so when I sprinkled the packet of "goo dissolver "into the water it turned from orange to bright green, to be fair this was quite fun.

        The pack states it won't stain your carpet or kids.I can vouch for this, as I witnessed her splashing it out over the cream bathmat,which wasn't stained at all.The goo was dissolved efficiently, and the bath drained ok, and looked rather sparkling afterwards. Not sure about the child,but apparently you can add bubble bath after, but fearful of skin reactions, I did'nt.

        Would I buy it again? No, once is enough

        Is it fun? Well I'm not convinced,our girl said it was,and shes the consumer.

        Is it harmless, yes I'm sure it is, for this reason I'll stretch to 3 stars. But don't bother to rush to the shop,I don't really recommend it.

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          12.08.2010 12:53
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          Great idea but not so good in reality!

          My son saw this advertised on the television and thought this sounded amazing so when I got a £5 voucher to use at Prezzybox that sold these I bought 4 packs hoping that I would get one of each colour as at the time of ordering they offered four: Blue Lagoon; Lava Blast Red; Princess Pink; and Magic Swamp Green. However, they do say the colours are picked at random. They have since added one more colour: Orange Gloop.

          However, when my items had been delivered I actually had been sent the 'New Colour Changing Varieties' and had two of each of: Cosmic Yellow to Galactic Green and Ballistic Blue to Planet Purple.

          The idea is to make bath time fun for your children by adding the sachets of coloured powder called 'goo' (which looks a bit like sherbet so make sure they don't eat it)! You have to fill the bath with 40 litres of warm water (you can also add these sachets to a paddling pool). For hard water areas a 4cm deep bath is recommended and then to top up as needed.

          The right amount of water and the temperature is quite important to how well the product works (full instructions are given to get this right). You then sprinkle the 'goo' evenly over the surface of the bath. You then leave the goo to magically form for 5 minutes. Once your children have had enough of the goo which is the consistency of gritty jelly, you can then add the goo dissolver which changes the colour and supposedly turns the goo back to water.

          MY OPINION

          In theory I thought this was a great idea. The packaging that the sachets come in is bright and colourful and appealing to the children. On adding the first sachet they were fascinated by the vibrant colour that was produced and very interested to see the water change to goo. However they did not like the feeling of the goo. My daughter refused to get even a toe in. My more adventurous son did sit in the goo but soon wanted to change it back to water so the idea that it would occupy them and be fun for a good while did not hold true for my children. I added the dissolver and topped up the water as suggested and gave it a good store. Again, the colour that started to appear was vibrant although it did take a little while to mix in with the initial colour.

          The pack reassures you that the product is safe, won't stain carpets or kids and contains no harmful chemicals. The goo softens and cleans the skin although they do recommend the use of moisturiser afterwards.

          The problem I found is that the goo did not really turn back to water as advertised. It did become more watery to be sure but there was still quite a lot of good left in the bath. The leaflet says there will always be a 'very small amount' of residue left at the bottom of the bath but it will not clog the drain. All I can say is my idea of a small amount and their idea of a small amount is very different!!! There was loads of residue and it was a bit of a pain getting it to go down the plug hole. I would not have minded so much if the goo itself had been more of a hit with the kids but seeing as it wasn't, I rather regretted using it.

          Needless to say, we haven't used the other packs, and I have rather evilly given them as birthday gifts to other unsuspecting mum's kids (terrible I know) but there kids may love it more than mine! I therefore only give this 2 out of 5 stars and would not recommend it for the bath although it might work much better using it in a paddling pool but then I can just see the goo getting lobbed around and ending up all over the grass before getting the opportunity to dissolve it which would not make my hubby very happy and there is a warning that the grass would then become dangerously slippery.

          These packets generally cost £4.99 each and can be bought online from Prezzybox or Amazon and similar websites. I don't, however know if they widely stocked in toy shops in general.

          Hope this is helpful.

          Thanks for reading. x

          also on Ciao under ryanellaxx

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            28.01.2010 12:18
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            Great fun as a one off.

            I had never heard of this product, until I went to see my Godson. He wanted us to see a Gelli Baff, and he was so excited how could we refuse. (Plus I was intrigued as to what it actually was).

            It is granules that you sprinkle into a bath full of water and it not only changes the colour but changes the texture of the water. I have to admit when I first saw it I was pretty disgusted by this green gloopy water, but when you see how much fun it is, you get past it!

            There are different colours you can get, and it comes with a reversing formula so that you can turn it back into water so it will go down the drain.

            I think this product is great fun, I'm not sure of it's washing and cleaning properties, but kids seem to love it. It is slightly disgusting but so much fun. It's not something you would use every day but as a one off it's brilliant.

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              13.01.2010 15:59
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              I've heard some good things but it didn't work for us!

              Ages ago my son saw an advert on television for a product called Gelli Baff ®. Basically it's a product you put into your bath to turn the water into a certain colour jelly (or Jell-o for others like me). Of course as children do my young man went mental saying he really wanted some.

              I couldn't find any in time for his birthday but six months later whilst doing the Christmas shopping I came across a box of the stuff in Hawkins Bazaar. Ridiculously priced at just under £7 I did have second thoughts but I knew he'd be happy so went ahead and bought it. Writing this review I'm seeing it much cheaper at other places! Boo! wish I'd shopped around now.

              As his favourite colour is red I picked out the Lava Blast Red one. Thankfully the box said it doesn't stain carpets or skin and contains no harmful chemicals which had crossed my mind.

              What was it like?

              Ideal for a padding pool but if in the bath run it roughly 6cm (40litres) deep. Take the goo pouch from the box. It wasn't labelled but the dissolver was and it was pretty clear to see which one was which. Now, the next bit says to wait a few minutes and then stir it around slowly and watch in amazement as ..... Nothing much happens!

              We watched as the water turned a Barbie pink but nothing much else was going on. My son jumped in anyways and had a splash around. He lifted his arms out of the bath at one point and there were little clear jelly bits on him. We had to empty the bath and hose him off with the shower in the end. He's got a fear of the shower head for some reason so it's wasn't a wonderful experience. I had to scrub the bath down to get it all out. The dissolver didn't get rid of anything!

              On the box:

              Something on the box has baffled me ... There's a little drawing of a rabbit on the back that has "Final product not tested on animals" under it. Does that mean that whilst they were making it they did test on animals but when it was done they stopped? As Gelli Baff ® is manufactured in the United Kingdom I'd like to think none of it is tested on animals. Usually things say not tested on animals so the wording of this one is a bit odd.


              Warnings:

              * Avoid contact with eyes. If you do get any in your eyes rinse with cold water for 10 minutes and seek medical advice if there are any problems that arise.

              * Not recommended for children under 5 years of age unless supervised by an adult.

              * Test a patch of skin if skin is normally sensitive.

              * Use moisturiser after use.


              * Product can make bath more slippery then normal.


              Lava Blast Red ingredients:

              Sodium Polyacrylate (this is what is supossed to make the jelly bit as it is a chemical that can absorb 200-300 times it's mass in water), Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Cl 17200 (this is the colouring and may vary from one box to another)

              Other available colours:

              Green magic swamp, Blue lagoon, Orange gloop, Princess pink, and the colour changing Ballistic blue to Planet purple and Cosmic Yellow to Galactic green.


              Funny thing:

              It smells like pixie sticks candies.


              Gift of the year 2007! Really! Maybe it's all us mums running out to get it before finding it to be a bit of a let down. My niece used the green one and said it wasn't perfect but that it became more jelly then my sons. I followed the instructions to the letter but maybe it just wasn't meant to be this time.


              © oioiyou 2010 (oops almost put 2009 again!)

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                30.09.2009 15:04
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                My Sisters Both Hated This

                My sisters 10 and she has wanted to try Gelli Baff for time but my mum always says it's too expensive for what it is and has never got it for her. I was looking at the clothes in the charity shop yesterday and I saw a box of the orange one that was only £1.49 so I got it for her because it's over a fiver in the shops.

                To use it you run a shallow warm bath and then add the powder that will make the water turn to jelly and swish it about with your hand. In a few minutes the water goes all gloopy and thick like jelly but my sister didn't like it as much as she thought she would and I thought it felt rank even though I only touched it with my hand because I've never sit in that stuff.

                It feels very slimey and the jelly leaves the sort of crystals that explode out of nappies sometimes on your skin and the sides of the bath and even the colour of it looked horrible. It makes the bath very slippy and when we put my 2 year old sister in it for a play she started crying because she didn't like the feel of it and wouldn't sit down.

                After about 5 mins my sister asked me to put the dissolving sachet in because she couldn't stand the feel of it any more. The dissolving powder doesn't work very well either and because it doesn't dissolve the jelly very well it meant I had to let all out of the bath and start again with fresh water and some proper bubble bath.

                The jelly crystals stuck to the skin on my hand and all over my little sister so she had to have a shower to get them all off her because I was worried that it would irritate her skin if I left it.

                I reckon this is one big expensive con because it doesn't go as smooth as it looks on tv and isn't nice and gloopy its just horrible. I don't think it would be worth the full price at all but I don't mind having payed £1.49 for it because at least my sister got to try it and it didn't cost a fortune just to find out how bad it is.

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                  Kids will love it!

                  It was my oldest son's seventh birthday the other day and, having purchased his main present, I set about buying a few little extra treats for him to open on his big day. Thinking back to last Christmas, I remembered that one of his favourites from his stocking was a box of 'Gelli Baff' and discovering that the range now includes a 'Horrid Henry' themed collection, as well as the original selection, the choice was clear!

                  The Gelli Baff comprises of two single-use sachets - one which is added to 6cm of warm water in the bath to form the goo and one which is stirred in at the end to dissolve the goo into coloured water. It is straightforward to use and the instructions on the packet are very clear and easy to follow, although 6cm of water isn't a particularly large amount of water at all so be careful not to get too carried away when running the bath. On the most recent use, I think we may have added slightly too much water as the gelli baff wasn't quite as thick as it seemed to be on the first occasion. It didn't detract from my son's enjoyment at all as he relished having a flourescent green bath that feels all gooey and mushy!

                  It's hard to explain the texture of the finished bath once the gelli baff has dissolved and solidified. If you've ever accidentally placed a nappy in the washing machine (or is it just me that does stupid things like that?) it resembles the outcome of that - which is thousands of tiny gel-filled balls. It's not an unpleasant feeling to put your hands into the bath but I wasn't tempted to climb in myself - this is one bath product that is best left to the kids!

                  The health and safety info on the packet advises caution when using this as it can make the bath extra slippy and also recommends that under fives are supervised (which is pretty much common sense anyway.) The first time we had this stuff, our youngest, who would have been about eighteen months old at the time, took one look at the strange bright green bath and made it quite clear that he had no intention of going in there. This time around, once he saw his big brother surrounded by green goo he was tugging at his vest and trousers and would have jumped in fully clothed given half a chance! Both of the boys had great fun in there with a watering can and stacking cups, filling them up and covering themselves and each other with green goo.

                  It was up to me to clear up after the pair of them and I kept finding little piles of gel around the bath several days afterwards! Despite adding the dissolving powder, this doesn't dissolve all of the gel and there was still quite a large amount left behind after the bath had been drained. There was also quite a bit stuck to the children so you might want to shower the kids down afterwards too. Nonetheless, it was great fun for all involved and far easier to clean up after than some of the Lush products I've used in the past!

                  A bath filled with green goo and a random creepy crawly lurking somewhere beneath the depths might not be everybody's idea of a birthday treat but it certainly hit the spot for my seven year old son! The Horrid Henry theme (for which I paid a premium above the standard cost of this range) basically comprised of the baff being coloured 'snot green' and including a small plastic beetle. Apparantly, there are six different creepy crawlies 'to collect' within the series which would be a very costly affair at £5.99 per pack (from Toys R Us.) The original version, which comes in a range of colours, is somewhat less pricey at around £4.99 each but it is still very expensive for what is essentially a single use novelty bath product.

                  I don't begrudge spending that once in a while for something that is a real treat and brings a huge smile to my little boy's face. After all, judging by the speed at which his birthdays seem to come and go, he won't be a little boy forever!

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                    07.01.2009 19:06
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                    Good clean fun

                    I am always amazed at the new ideas for kids that toy manufacturers think up. I am also amazed that I go so excited about this product and bought it without thinking about the state of my bath after. In fact Father Christmas bought this, it was a gift set, two boxes of gelli baff and some bubble bath to go with it for £12.99 from studio catalogue. One box on its own retails at around £5. My daughter got orange gloop and my son blue lagoon. There are quite a few colours to try out.

                    Testing time

                    Sunday night came, the night before the big back to school day, and the day to wash off 2 weeks worth of chocolate, christmas pud and paint (I did bath them in between too honest!) We tossed a coin and Izzie chose to use her orange gloop. Without reading the instructions first they got undressed like I told them but they had to wait a while in the end so it may be an idea to prepare the bath while little ones are busy doing something else.

                    Instructions

                    Run a bath with 40 litres of warm water (6cms deep) - this is NOT a lot of water at all, you then sprinkle goo former over the surface of the bath (one of 2 bags in the box) then you wait 2 minutes for the goo to form and stir.

                    I had a few problems at this stage, the goo former flew out of the pack in lumps which wouldn't dissolve in the bath, so go careful to sprinkle it slowly over the surface or you get hard lumps floating in water rather than a bath of goo, our second attempt was much better.

                    The goo feels a bit like angel delight, it stays warm for a while and Oli loved the feel of it. It smelt nice too but I'm not too sure what of!

                    The little ones can then jump in.

                    Oli (8) had great fun watching the vibrant orange goo go between his toes and fingers and he played for a good 30 minutes. Izzie (4) was horrified and firstly refused to get in, I eventually persuaded her in but she really didn't like it so after a few minutes she got out. Maybe its a boy thing?

                    After the goo bath you have to dissolve the gunk. Like I said earlier the gunk in ours was quite lumpy so I was expecting a nightmare. I added the second of the two bags the goo dissolver, I did this while Oli was still in and it was fine, we stirred then waited five minutes the goo slowly dissolved into what looked like frogs spawn, it caked my arms and ended up in my hair and all sorts, this was quite hard to get off but at least it went down the plug hole. He stayed in there for a while and I topped up the water and added bubble bath to wash him off. The goo doesn't turn back into water like I though it would but like I say it drained away ok, there was a small amount left in the bath but I picked that out and put it in the bin. I rised Oli off with the shower hose after too since he had it stuck in his hair and ears.

                    There was a residue left in the bath after but I'm pleased to say it didn't stain the bath, the towels or the carpet.

                    Overall this was a nice little present for them, Oli will probably use it again but not Izzie, I think £5 for a bath is a bit steep but nice for a treat.

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                      this is very dissapointing...dont waste your money

                      When I first saw Gelli Baff on the television, I was very impressed. I really like the idea of the product and could not wait to try it out. I shopped everywhere for Gelli Baff and found it finally in Woolworths. A box cost £5. The box consist of 200g of goo.

                      Gelli Baff comes in a good selection of colours. I decided to choose the green one as it reminded me more of a slime theme. I knew my daughter would really like pretending to be a monster living in slime. Gelli Baff also had paddling pools in there range. These were £10 and came with a box of the Gelli Baff. This would obviously be designed for outdoor use rather than putting the stuff in your bath.

                      Gelli baff came with the following instructions:

                      * Fill the bath with approximately 40 litres of warm water .
                      * For best results sprinkle the goo former evenly over the surface of the bath
                      * DO NOT stir the water just yet. Let the goo magically form for 2 minutes.
                      * Stir the goo well, get in and have fun!

                      I made sure I followed the instructions correctly and put my daughter in the bath. I found that the goo mixture did not dissolve properly and there lumps of powder in the bath that were awful. I was disappointed as This product was very misleading and the goo was very lump and my daughter was not keen on it and wanted to get out.

                      When your child has had fun playing Gelli baff give you the following instructions to turn the goo back into water :-

                      * Add the goo dissolver to the goo bath (it won't dissolve instantly so give it a few minutes).
                      * Mix in well and if desired, top up the water with some bubble bath to continue the fun!

                      The goo did not dissolve at all and I was left with large lumps of the stuff floating in my bath. My daughter hated this and asked to get out. I got her out and started to dry her when I noticed jelly crystals all over her body. These would not come off so I had to shower her to remove them.

                      I was very disappointed with this product and decided to complain to the company. I received a letter, they did not apologise but in fact blamed me for doing it wrong and as a good will gesture sent me 2 free complimentary boxes of Gelli Baff. The also sent me a set of instructions to follow. I was shocked that these were different to the ones on the box.

                      I decided to give the product another go. The instructions told me to use a jug and measure the EXACT amount of water in the bath. It took me forever as I had to measure 40 litres. This made no difference what so ever and I was still left with lumps. My daughter stayed in this time for less than 5 minutes and again I was left with lumps that wouldn't go do my plug hole. In the new instructions they told me to add salt to any left over which I did and this did work. I have now noticed that the instructions that I had separate are now printed on the actual box so the company must have had a few complains.

                      I did also notice that the goo made my daughters skin very dry and red. I was so disappointed with this product I threw my other complimentary one in the bin.

                      I would not recommend this to anyone. Its ok for a few minutes but it will be a big disappointment. I don't know about letting the goo go down the drain. I just let £5 go down there.

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                        Not for my children or me but might be fun for yours....

                        I bought this stuff for my eldest daughter's birthday as she had seen it on television and said she would like it.

                        First of all you have to run the bath, then empty the first packet of jelly mixture into the bath and leave it for 5 minutes. So after running the bath I let the two of them pout the powered into the bath themselves. It turned some of the water pink straight away but in patches. Gradually you could see it developing into the jelly type product.

                        After five minutes it was set and looked very pink but not that inviting. As my children got into the bath they initially enjoyed the first feel of it even if they did not look convinced. Soon they were moving it about and feeling the texture to the liquid.

                        I put my hand into the bath and moved it about and I must say that after taking it out of the bath there was a sand like granular material on my hand. When I used a towel to wipe this off my hand all the small granular bits fell onto the floor and in the towel. The best way I can describe this is it looked and felt very much like sugar.

                        After a while my youngest had a slight cut on her arm and she said that where the product was on it was making it hurt so I had to keep washing it off. Not sure if it actually did hurt her but she insisted it did.

                        Then after about they were both picking up the product and dropping it some of it landed on my youngest ones face and she really did not like that. Obviously the sugar like deposits was on her hand and near her mouth and eyes and that was enough for her. I had to lift her out and put her in the shower to get it all off her.

                        The mess this product leaves while it is in this state is very annoying. Imagine spilling some sugar on the floor but sticky sugar that what it was like.

                        I must say that when you put the activator into the product to turn it back into water it does turn back quickly and with not much or the deposits left.

                        I would not use this product again as it was not that fun for my children and caused such a mess.

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                          03.11.2008 18:51
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                          A strange and unusual bathtime!!

                          My darling mum (she says through gritted teeth), in her infinite wisdom, decided she was going to buy a treat for my two young kids, something that wasn't sweets, which of course in their eyes will always be preferable, so the product I will now review is what she decided to buy!

                          The product I will now review is "Cosmic yellow to galactic green Gellibaff"

                          Now anyone who has never heard of gellibaff (and yes that is the way the brand is spelled!), obviously has no young children in the house! This product started being advertised in the summer, as a product the kids could use in their swimming pools in the garden, a great idea. Unfortunately the one my mum purchase was to be used in the bath, you know, the room that is situated inside the house!

                          The basic idea behind gellibaff is, you fill the bath with water like you are going to take a bath, which in effect you are, you add a sachet of powder from the set. Leave 5 minutes and the water in the bath has transformed itself into a bath full of gloop.
                          The children then bath in it, play in it whatever, then once they are finished you simply add the dissolving powder, a touch of bubble bath and the kids can finish their bath in colour water, the gloop being completely dissolved.

                          This particular set that I will review is enough for a single bath session.

                          The set comes in a cardboard box, about the size of one of those cake mix sets you can get. The packaging is of course coloured to catch the child's interest. The box is acrid yellow gradually fading into a bright green colour as it sweeps across the box.
                          Over that is a picture of a cartoon boy in a towel, waiting to jump into a bath full to the brim with snotty coloured goo, with the statement that this changes into goo and back into water and the fact that this is colour changing.

                          Finally the box makes a few claims, these being - This product turns baths into playtimes (ok, anything that involves water is fun to my kids).

                          Gellibaff is safe, fun and kids love it! (I am still not convinced!).

                          Gellibaff won't stain the carpets or your kids! ( My kids go into the bath stained and in fairness after my kids have walked on them, the carpets could do with all the help they can get! I am so going to buy some of this stuff to send up my mum's house!).

                          I open the box and am faced with an instruction sheet, which seems more than self explanatory, a large sachet of yellow powder marked as step one and a smaller sachet containing blue powder with the writing step two on it.

                          The instructions tell me that I must fill my bath with 40 litres of warm water, this equates to 6cm high. After filling the bath to that height there looked practically nothing in there!
                          Then I am told to sprinkle the contents of the larger sachet containing the yellow powder over the water and leave for 3 - 5 minutes.
                          After that time I am then supposed to swirl the water with my hand, when I start doing this the water will be gloop and will change from green to yellow.

                          The reality - Up until the whole swirling point everything is follow precisely, once I sprinkled the powder into the bath the water started almost swirling itself and the water level dropped dramatically.

                          After 5 minutes I swirled the water, the colour stayed yellow, the colour it went when I added the powder in the first place.

                          After that it wasn't so much gloop, as it was water containing loads of little tiny jelly beads, very much like the ones that you would find in a babies nappy. I speak from experience, my son's nappy popped once and I was finding these pellets everywhere days after!

                          My kids entered the bath and found it a strange sensation and mildly amusing for about ten minutes, then the fact that my son (who is 3) kept splashing my daughter (who is 7) in the face with the gloop, seemed to take the shine off the proceedings!
                          That said, and after I had explained that once the dissolving powder was added, the gloop was non returnable so to speak, we decided to dissolve the bath.

                          For the second step the children can stay in the bath whilst being done. You simply sprinkle the powder (blue), from the slightly smaller sachet and move the water around until the goo has dissolved.
                          The first thing you notice is the fact the yellow water turns bright green, the colour it should have been in the first place and that's about it.
                          The gloop didn't dissolve with the powder and even after I added a good slug of bubble bath to take away some of the slippyness.
                          My poor kids had to be showered down before exiting the bath and even then I found I had to keep picking it out of their ears and hair for a few hours after!

                          My mum (bless her!?!), managed to purchase this product for the price of £4.99 from a "cheap" shop at the coast, which in fairness is really good value. The cheapest I have seen these sets going for is starting around the £10.00 range.

                          There are a few different sets available these include - Summer fun pack containing enough to fill a 4ft paddling poll, perfect for children's summer parties.

                          Lava blast red
                          Blue lagoon
                          Green magic swamp
                          Orange gloop.

                          New for 2008 - Ballistic blue to planet purple and princess pink.

                          Adult jelly bath (for the adults they spell it correctly!), four skin treatments for adults in four variants containing aromatherapy oils. Also available three different treatments to keep your feet healthy and well maintained.

                          Finally coming soon a three stage gellibaff containing glitter, great there not satisfied with filling your house with gloop, now there going to glitter it too!

                          For more information on the children's range visit - www.gellibaff.co.uk

                          And for more information on the adults treatment range visit - www.gelicity.co.uk

                          Would I recommend this product, for outdoor use in the summer and when the kids CAN spend the entire day in a swimming costume and in the garden, then yes it is a fun and novel idea.
                          For indoor use when there is a chance it could be spread across the bathroom and work it's way throughout the entire house....please god......NO!!!

                          Thanks for reading x

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                          Relax in a bubble baff full of warm glop!