“ Brand: Lavera / Type: Bath Oil / Subcategory: Bath Cream / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin / What it does: destresses / Product Line: Lavera Body Spa / Contens/Size: 100ml / Quality Standard: Organic „
Lavera are a brand I have recently discovered after falling madly in love with their incredible hand lotion, and I was keen to use some more of their range. Founded in Germany, their products are stocked by many online retailers and also Holland and Barrett which is more convenient for high street shopping. A 100ml bottle of this Body Spa Honey Moments Bath Oil is currently available for £9.99 with free shipping from www.amazon.co.uk, and I decided to use up some of my gift certificate balance to give it a try.
Product description: "Honey Moments bath oil with organic milk & organic honey. Leaves skin feeling thoroughly pampered, smooth and silky."
Recommended directions for use: Shake before use. Pour 4-5 capfuls of bath oil into warm running water, lay back and relax for 20 minutes.
This bath oil comes nicely presented in a glass bottle with a slightly frosted finish to it. The oil itself has a rich bright golden colour to it so you can see it clearly through the bottle which is handy for knowing exactly how much is left inside. The instructions recommend using 4-5 capfuls of oil in your bath, and I followed this to begin with. I noticed that the oil seemed to float around visibly in little dots on the surface, but it all mingled in together as I was soaking in the bathtub for a while. With a generous dispensation of 5 capfuls of oil, I felt like my skin was heavily coated and there was far more product in the bath than was really necessary. On following uses I opted to add a more reasonable 3 capfuls of oil to my bath, which was plenty enough to give me all the benefits, with the added bonus of making the bottle last that little bit longer and reducing the cost per use. As it happens, my 100ml bottle was used up within one month.
Honey is one of my favourite beauty ingredients and I love the smell of it. Unfortunately, the scent of this bath oil is just a bit odd. Instead of the rich, sweet, creamy milk and honey fragrance that I was expecting, it turned out to have a harsher citrus type edge to it, and it smelled just like Lemsip medicine with a honey lemon fragrance. The scent was still quite syrupy sweet underneath, but the harsh overtones made it far less pleasant than I would have liked. As I continue bathing the scent seems to soften, or maybe I just get more used to it, but it is still noticeable and the scent also lingers on my skin for a while. I was really quite disappointed by this as I feel like fragrances are very important to me in making my bathing experience more enjoyable.
Ignoring my dislike of the scent, I thought that the oil worked really well to moisturise my skin. Seeing as the instructions told me to lay back and relax for 20 minutes, I was more than happy to follow this advice! I made sure to soak in the bath water and unwind for a bit, and during this time I could feel the oil getting to work and soaking into my skin. This oils feels very rich and is intensely hydrating. After getting out of the bath there was a light oily residue left behind on my skin, and so decided it was best to wait for a while for it to be fully absorbed before getting dressed. The following day my skin was still lovely and smooth and retained a good level of moisture without requiring me to use any additional products. I think I'm definitely moving on from my bubble addiction and really appreciate the way that bath oils condition and care for my skin. On the down side it did make my hair go greasy quite quickly, and I have to be very careful to rinse thoroughly with clean water to get rid of any leftover product from my hair.
I'm not really sure whether to recommend this or not. It works very well as a nice treat to moisturise skin and gives lasting results, and I love the Lavera brand and their ethical approach. This bath oil is completely natural and contains both organic milk and organic honey, and not a single chemical. If only it didn't smell so unappealing! I probably won't be buying this one again as I would rather have something that smells nice to further enhance my bath time pampering sessions.
Lavera are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Honey Extract, Milk (Lac), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance/ Parfum(natural essential oils), Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool / Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture Natural Essential Oils // Bathe like Cleopatra in milk and honey / This bath oil with its precious organic oils from soy, almonds, jojoba and sunflowers combined with high-quality extracts from milk, honeycomb and pure vitamin E provides relaxation and a feeling of well-being / Dry skin and tired senses are pampered with orange-scented skin care products with a feel-good factor / Certified natural and organic cosmetics /