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      25.07.2013 10:33
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      Lovely bath melt from Lush

      As a huge fan of Lush, I am trying to sample every single product from the range. This is unsurprising. What IS surprising is that it's taken me so long to try Ceridwen's Cauldron, one of Lush's most longstanding bath products. This item belongs to the 'bath melt' category - the most luxurious of Lush's bath products. It doesn't fizz like a ballistic or create bubbles like the bubble bars: it just melts into the water, leaving behind scented essential oils that soften your skin. It is a little pricey at £3.99, but I've often found Lush's bathing products to be worth the money, at least for occasional treats. The product was originally released as a Hallowe'en limited edition, and then kept on as a permanent product. It has been described as "A witch's cauldron of beautifying herbs and oils", and it is stated that it dissolves slowly in the water in a leisurely fashion. Suitable for vegans, Ceridwen's Cauldron contains cocoa butter to soften skin as well as whole oats to use as a scrub. Walnut, tangerine, lavender and sandalwood oils along with frankincense and rose absolute add to the scent and calming nature of the product, which also contains elderflowers, daisy flowers and cowslips. The mixture is all tied together in a little canvas bag tied with a ribbon, which you drop into the water whole. When the oils have melted, the oat-filled bag will provide the perfect scrub for your skin, softening it while the calming oatmilk soothes. Ceridwen herself was a witch in Welsh legend and the recipe is based on a herbal spell designed to beautify. I must admit I was looking forward to my bath when I dropped the bath melt into it! It had a subtle, herbal scent and turned the water a milky colour. The melt dissolved very slowly, which was fine by me as I wanted a long relaxing bath. After a while I used the bag of oats to scrub my skin gently. It wasn't particularly scrubby but the oatmilk did help to make my skin soft. I thoroughly enjoyed my bath and felt great when I'd finished. My skin felt soft and moisturised, which I was impressed with as I do suffer from dry skin. I didn't experience any irritation either. Overall I am very impressed with Ceridwen's Cauldron and I certainly intend to repurchase. This is a lovely luxurious bath melt, grown up and sophisticated, and it is an ideal treat.

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        03.06.2013 01:06
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        Enchanting? Yes, but you can make it yourself much cheaper.

        Being a witchy type, I liked the name of this so had high expectations of it. Ceridwen is of course a Welsh Goddess and incase you don't know, could be described as having warrior attributes. She is a mother archetype but also has crone wisdom and energy. I very much doubt that the "bubble team" at Lush HQ sit in a circle and invoke her, but I did like the name. I had also seen a video of it being made (although I think that there is a bit of hype in the vids) and it looked interesting. I have used oats in muslin for years as they are a skin smoother and soother, so the principle is not new to me. The addition of cocoa butter etc would just add to the pleasure of the bath. This was another one in our stinky box of Lush stuff. This one is fairly benign in the stink department though. Mini-witch and I, shared this together in a bath this evening. "A witch's cauldron of beautifying herbs and oils" This is a bath melt. It is wrapped in pale muslin cloth and tied with a red ribbon to hold all of the ingredients in one place. The bath melt comprises a round bottomed lump of cocoa butter, cauldron shaped of course. The other ingredients are melted in or embedded. A few reviews on the web have stated that the presentation of this one is disappointing but I really like it. It looks like a spell bag should. Pagans and witches have carried herbs and crystals around in various pouches and wraps for eons, so this is a great presentation of a product with this name. The blurb states that one "should stir the bathwater seven times with a hazel wand and then spit in the water before getting in".... I am not sure what books that Mark at Lush has been reading but I have never had to spit on anything. I have wee'd in a bottle for protection though (but that is another story). I decided that I would not spit in the water, I have another chest infection and did not fancy washing in it. HUBBLE BUBBLE This is a slow-melting solid which eventually becomes a bath oil. The bag can be used as a wash bag, and the little bag can also be used to squish out the resulting oat milk. This assumes that you are using this all in one go and for £3.99 I wasn't going to do that. We hung it over the hot tap for a bit, and then removed it into a soap dish for future use. As with any chunk of cocoa butter, you will get a lovely oil which coats your skin without having a nasty oil slick. There are whole oats in this too which are wonderful for skin on many levels. Essential oils of tangerine, lavender and geranium add to the warm scent that rises from the water as the little bag gives up its contents. There are some dried flowers included, as there should be in every good spell - in this case cowslips and elderflowers. You will also find some frankincense resin included in this but this is usually burnt on charcoal to release the vapours. Unfortunately Lush then break the spell somewhat by chucking in some unnecessary junk such as perfume, laureth 4 etc. Bah. Oat milk is brilliant for eczema and contain a natural antibiotic. Oat milk baths are one of my real pleasures. Combine it with walnut oil and cocoa butter and you really have a mixture that will feed the skin. The scent of this one is inoffensive and gentle, being of flowers and the cocoa butter. Oats do not really have much of a smell but do turn the water milky. There are a few bubbles (which there shouldn't be) due to addition of one of the nasties and I wish that they had not put that in. The sandalwood is tangible to my nose as is the slight citrus. Both are scents that I love. This is not a Lush product that will fill the whole house with a chemical odour. It is subtle. THE EXPERIENCE: Mini-witch and I, found this moisturising and luxurious but no more so that the baths that we usually take. I usually add some form of cocoa butter or shea anyway , and have lots of muslin bags for herbs, oats, crystals etc. The water did take on a milky hue and we had candles lit. The experience would have been totally relaxing on my own, but unfortunately mini witch insists on bits of lego, a plastic harmonica and daddy pig sharing our bath. We did not get to complete the exfoliating part of this bath ritual because we saved some for next time, but the bag and contents would do this very efficiently. We both enjoyed the experience but I would not choose to buy it, I have all of the ingredients here (sans chemicals) that cost very little. No spitting occurred during this process but I am sure that my daughter would have found that fun. Instead, just as I was getting up to get out of the water, she decided to take a wee! Maybe that is a way to activate the spell? Urea is good for the skin after all? Our skin was lovely after this bath and was covered in a thin sheen of sweet smelling oil. I recommend this for folks who want to try oats etc but really it would be so much cheaper to get some muslin bags and tesco value oats, mix the lot up with a few oils and cocoa butter, and chuck it in. For a luxurious bath it is lovely but way overpriced. INGREDIENTS: Quantitative Ingredients Cocoa Butter, Whole Oats, Laureth 4, Walnut Oil, Perfume, Tangerine Oil, Lavender Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Rose Absolute, Elderflowers, Daisy Flowers, Cowslips, *Geraniol, *Limonene, Linalool *occurs naturally in essential oils This bath melt costs a whopping £3.99 for 80g in their stores, or online at https://www.lush.co.uk/

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          10.03.2013 10:07
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          I like this very much but it is very expensive

          WHAT IS IT? A bath melt from Lush.  It is called Ceridwen's Cauldron and is different to the other Lush bath melts because the melt is in a thin fabric bag that you leave it in when you drop it in to your bath. THE BATH MELT It looks very attractive because the muslin bag is tied with ribbon.  When I put it into the bath it foams and that was a surprise because the bath melts don't usually, I did not get very much foam but it is thick and so rich that I could feel the bubbles moisurising my body when I got into the bath.  When it has melted there are oats and herbs left inside the bag and you use it as a gentle body polisher because they give you an exfoliating effect, there are not very many oats so you have to grasp the bag in the right way to be able to wash properly with it but it is quite effective and feels very nice. THE FRAGRANCE I can smell cocoa butter in Ceridwen's Cauldron and it smells like flowers also.  I can smell roses in it when it is in the bath and there are lots of other floral fragrances in the fragrance that I think are very feminine and very beautiful.  The smell is not that strong that I can smell it all around my home like a lot of the Lush bath melts but it is a very relaxing fragrance and I like to lie in the bath to enjoy it. WHAT I THINK I like this bath melt very much and I think it makes my bath feel like a luxury.  It makes the water feel beautiful and soft because there is a lot of cocoa butter in Ceridwen's Cauldron and that melts into the water.  I like to relax in the bath and enjoy the feel of the water on my skin and I am always sorry when it is time for me to get out.  I feel very clean after I have had a bath using this bath melt and that is not just because of the bag of oats and herbs but because of how it has melted into the water I think. I like that my skin feels very moisturised when I am in the bath and also when I get out of the water and dry myself I feel very moisturised and do not have to rush to apply my body cream.  I am surprised that it is so effective because even though Lush bath produce are usually moisturising they are not usually to this level where they are like a moisturiser not just something in my bath.  I like the smell very much because it is very feminine and it sticks to my skin for a long time after I have got out of the bath. The bag of oats and herbs is a very nice idea I think and I am very happy at how clean that makes my skin after I have rubbed with it.  I take the bag out of the bath when the melt has all melted because if I leave it in the water for too long the oats go soft because I have my water quite hot but if I take it out and only put it back into the bath when I am using it they stay scratchy enough to do a good job and exfoliate my skin.  I have kept the bag of oats before and used it again but when the oats dry out they go very hard and do not work properly the next time. ANYTHING ELSE Ceridwen's Cauldron costs £3.99 and that is very expensive because you can not break this in half.  My husband does not mind me buying from Lush but he gets very angry at the very expensive ones like this and I can see why he thinks this even though I love the melt very much.  I think it is a 5 star product but I have taken off a star because I do not think it needs to be this expensive. 4 Dooyoo Stars.

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            26.08.2012 16:43
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            A lovely bath melt full of goodies but a bit expensive

            Ceridwen's Cauldron Lush's description : " A witch's cauldron of beautifying herbs and oils. But you must spit in the bathwater or the spell won't work!" WHY DID I BUY THIS? This has to be one of Lush's least attractive bath products. It is a solid cocoa butter cake shaped bath melt wrapped in muslin cloth and tied with a ribbon. Unlike other Lush bath products this one cannot be broken up and added to different baths. This one also hasn't got a remarkably strong scent either. In fact I am being honest it isn't one I would have bought myself but it came in a job lot I bought though Ebay so obviously I was not going to let it go to waste. THE STORY The story Lush tells once again is romantic and exotic ( if you can call Wales exotic). Ceridwen was an enchantress of Medeival Welsh legends who used her cauldron to make magic potions that granted the gift of wisdom and poetic inspiration. " While we can't claim that our humble cocoa butter cauldron will help you write a book of profound sage verse, it does calm, soothe, relieve and beautify your skin." "This product was inspired by all the herbal spells, natural medicine and Welsh mythology books that Mark was reading at the time. Mark wanted to recreate one of the beautifying spells - although the spell that he originally read did say that you should stir the bathwater seven times with a hazel wand and then spit in the water before getting in. We'll leave that bit up to you!"  THE PRODUCT So this is a magical mixture inspired by Welsh legends but what is it really like? The muslin wrapped cocoa butter lump weighs 80g and costs a whopping £3.99 hence my reluctance to buy this one! Because it is wrapped in cloth the aroma of the rose absolute oil is not really that noticeable when sniffing from outside the cloth. It doesn't have no smell at all but the smell is pretty faint and certainly not one you would pick for its beauty or its scent. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING THIS? Firstly the oats are just about the most perfect ingredient for any irritated skin complaints. Aveeno creams use oat as their main ingredient for eczema and skin rashes. Doctors who believe in natural remedies often suggest bathing eczematic babies in water infused with oat milk. It is known that oats also contain avenanthramides which are a natural antibiotic produced by the plant and this acts as an antioxidant oat milk made by infusing oats in hot water ( not boiling or you'll get porridge) makes a wonderfully soothing effect and is also anti-inflammatory. Oat preparations helps to relieve itchy, irritated skin and also something I make use of a lot with my strange itchy skin as well as taking antihistamine tablets a bath in an oat infusion also helps as oats have antihistamines as well. The cocoa butter and walnut oil are gentle skin balancing natural oils that help to nourish and moisturise your skin while relaxing in your gently fragrant bath. Cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean and is not greasy like most other fats and oils. It is a hard consistency at room temperature but melts easily and most pleasantly smells like chocolate. Walnut oil is rich in vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids as well as a natural antiseptic, and is supposed to be good for helping many dry skin conditions such as eczema as well as being good for moisturizing skin geneally. It is also a light and pleasant smelling oil. As well as these lovely skin nourishing ingredients this cauldron contains a variety of essential oils which not only smell lovely but each is added because of it aromatherapy benefits. Tangerine essential oil is used in aromatherapy for stress relief, to improve the condition of the skin and to help insomnia. Lavender essential oil is well known for its relaxation and anti stress benefits, It is also is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorising and relaxing so it is by far my favourite all round essential oil that I always have in my house. It is said to also help repair skin when burned so is used medicinally for burns, sunburn and also muscular pain like period pains. Frankincense resinoid obtained from a tree is sticky and smells wonderfully exotic but is also good for, softening the skin and making fine lines look even less noticeable. It is good at helping repair sore, cracked, de-hydrated skins, it is supposed to help with eczema-prone, dry and mature skins. Rose Absolute has to another of my favourite essential oils as it smells so wonderful and is also so gentle and balancing on sensitive dry mature skin. The smell is supposed to be an aphrodisiac but can't say I have noticed that element. It is used in aromatherapy to help balance emotions and help with grief. I like it as it smells so great. Sandalwood oil is another personal favourite for the smell alone. Apart from the lovely aroma sandalwood is used in skin care as it is a natural emollient working to soothe and soften the skin. It is particularly good at nourishing dehydrated and older skins and also will help with reducing inflammation. Next we come to the flowers that have been added to this treat. Elderflower has long been used in folk medicine for all kinds of cures. All parts of the plant are used. Daisy flowers are used by herbalists to treat wounds, rheumatism, bronchitis, and kidney problems as well as healing and soothing skin problems. Cowslips are relaxing but are also used by herbalists for facial neuralgia, arthritic pain, skin blemishes, sunburn and migraine. OKAY SO WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS? You can either pop it into the bath as it is filling and allow the ingredients within to melt and infuse with the bath water. You can hold it under the tap as the bath water if filling , again allowing the ingredients to melt into the bath or you can wet the product and massage it over you while in the bath or shower and the cloth acts as a gentle exfoliant while then other ingredients do their work. Personally I would use it in the bath otherwise the ingredients will simply go down the plughole when showering. I used mine for three baths. In between I put the soggy thing in a cup so that it didn't make a mess until the next bath. The bath water sort of goes cloudy but not in an unpleasant way, it was clean and cloudy if that makes sense but not coloured at all. The smell that came off once it began to melt was gentle and very pleasant, in no way overwhelming but the bathroom filled with a lovely combination of floral and exotic smells. I just love frankincense and rose so any product with these is always a winner for me. The water felt nice and soft but not greasy at all while I was in there and when I got out and dried myself my skin felt nice and soft, not dry and tight at all. When I finished mine and squeezed out all I could from the cloth I opened it to have a look and there was a mush of flowers and oats but no other ingredients had survived the three baths. I bet you could use the mush as a face mask if you wanted although maybe all the goodness had been washed out by then. It did make me think I should go and collect a few daisies from our lawn, grab some porridge oats, elderflowers from our hedgerows and I am sure I could find some cowslips too then grab a few rose petals and use my own essential oils and make my own cloth pot pourri or bouquet garni for the bath. I wouldn't have the cocoa butter nad walnut oil but I could add a bit of olive oil! There I have invented my own! The bath did have a rim around the water line after I had emptied it but it did rinse out with hot water and it wasn't slippery either which was good. After the three uses I did give the bath a good proper clean to remove any oily traces. RECOMMENDED? Yes it was very nice and quite novel but isn't the prettiest of their products and in between uses it looks pretty soggy and ugly sitting in the container. I think it is expensive for what it is and that even being careful like I was three baths was probably the maximum so that is £1.30 ish per bath. I do feel many of the benefits could be gained by a simpler version of oats and essential oils infused in a bath but you have to make a bit more effort for that yourself. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username. ©Catsholiday

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              09.06.2011 12:27
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              A relaxing and luxurious bath melt to calm the mind and soften the skin

              When browsing around Lush, I came across a product with a Welsh name. Loving all things associated with my country, I bought it before even knowing what the product really was. Ceridwen's Cauldron is a product that was inspired by a mythical Welsh legend and the name comes from that of a Goddess who had a beautiful daughter and a less attractive son. She created a potion that would make her son handsome and wise. Once the potion had been created, she asked her servant to stir the solution of which only the first three drops would be effective. As he stirred too quickly, the potion splashed and three drops landed on the servant's hand. And so he was transformed instead. What does the product do? This magical product may not make you attractive and wise but it will give you silky soft skin. Ceredwens Cauldron is a relaxing bath melt which contains skin softening and natural ingredients that also enable you to exfoliate your skin and leaves it bursting with radiance. Lush also claims that if you spit into the bathwater three times your wishes will comes true. I think that's pushing it a bit but in all fairness, I haven't tried. Nor am I going to! How does it work? The bath melt is packed full of naturally moisturising ingredients and relaxing aromas that will leave your skin soft and your mind feeling calmer. Cocoa butter is the main ingredient and it hydrates the skin deeply leaving it supple and healthy. It contains vitamins which nourish the skin and antioxidants which remove any toxins. The Whole Oats within the product are responsible for exfoliating the skin in a gentle way. The Oats are the perfect consistency to remove dead and dull skin cells from the surface of your body to reveal the shiny new layer underneath. This action leaves your skin feeling smoother and rids the body of any unsightly flaky skin. Walnut Oil is included to moisturise the skin further and gives it a healthy glow and it nourishes the skin. It helps to prevent itchy skin and calms inflammation. Obviously, the inclusion of this product means that this bath melt will not be suitable for those suffering from nut allergies. Tanerine oil is present in order to tone the skin and to improve the blood circulation. The citrus blast also awakens the senses and clears the mind. The Lavender Oil which is included encourages skin to heal faster, soothe any discomfort and it also helps to calm inflammation of the skin. The aroma of the Lavender is well known for its calming effect and it will leave you feeling completely relaxed. Sandal Wood oil gives the skin an extra dose of moisture and helps to relieve skin discomforts such as dryness and itching. It helps to tone the skin and keeps the skin looking young. Its aromatic benefits include relieving feeling of confusion and allowing tension to be released. Frankincense is included in order to rejuvenate the skin and to soothe and heal any damage that has been caused to it. Rose absolute is also included to moisturise the skin and it also helps to prevent redness, dryness and itchiness of the skin. It has antiseptic qualities so it will kill bacteria and keep the skin healthy. The aroma should lift feelings of depression. Elderflower is included in order to tone and brighten the skin while Daisy Flower extract soothes the skin. Cowslip is also present in order to perform a cleansing action and to leave you feeling completely relaxed. How do you use it? The product is simple to use. You just throw the bag under the running water and leave it to work its magic. All the natural goodness within the product seeps out and enters the water, while the Oats and flowers remain inside the bag. I then use the bag of Oats to massage my skin in order for it to perform its exfoliating action. You could just empty the bag into the bath but then you will be sitting on lots of bits, you won't get the exfoliating action and the oats and flowers will clog up your drain pipes. Packaging and price All the delicious natural ingredients come wrapped up tightly in a solid form and are encased within a muslin bag. The bag is then tied with a red ribbon. The product will cost you around £4 for 80 grams. The product can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website. My thoughts When I first used this product, I was expecting bubbles as Lush said it would make the water frothy but this doesn't really happen. As the water runs onto the product, it begins to melt and the ingredients dissolve into the bath water. The water turns a cloudy, milky white colour and it smells incredibly relaxing. I try not to fill my bath too full when using this because I think that the more water I use, the more diluted the product will get. The bath is incredibly relaxing to lie in and the herbal smell really does get you relaxed and feeling calm so it's a lovely one to use before bedtime. The ingredients don't noticeably do anything while I'm in the bath but my skin does smell really delicious when I get out. My whole body feels softer too and it stays that way for ages afterwards. The Oats give my body an effective but gentle exfoliation so my skin feels smooth as well. Only once has the bag come untied in the bath and I had bits floating around which caused problems when I let the water out so now I make sure the bag is tied securely before putting the product in the water. All in all, this is a lovely and relaxing bath product which allows your skin to be nourished and moisturised while you lie back and enjoy the relaxing aromas. It softens and smoothes your skin and leaves you ready to climb into bed and fall into a peaceful sleep. Obviously, the price makes this an occasional treat, but WOW, what a treat! Ingredients Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Whole Oats (Avena sativa), Laureth 4, Walnut Oil (Juglans regia), Perfume, Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Frankincense Resinoid (Boswellia carterii), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra), Daisy Flowers (Bellis perennis), Cowslips (Primula veris), *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool

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                22.02.2011 17:58
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                A lovely treat!

                I recieved this as part of a gift set from Lush. I love lush products and have always fancied trying this but the price has always put me off! This particular bath melt costs £3.99 and weighs 80g. It is a solid bar which is wrapped in a muslin cloth and tied with a ribbon at the top. Lush describe this bath melt as a magical, relaxing melt for softer skin. It could be the ultimate bathing experience, but we won't know that until we finish inventing them. For now, it's as wonderful as you can get. We recommend lots of candles around the bathroom and the phone turned off for this one. Each melt is wrapped in muslin, dipped in wild flowers and tied with a ribbon. According to the spell it is based on, if you spit three times in the water, your wish will come true. Cocoa butter and walnut oil melt into the bathwater, frothing slightly, leaving you a muslin bag of whole oats to give your skin a soothing and gently-scented scrub. It's truly lovely. The ingredients are listed online as; Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Whole Oats (Avena sativa), Laureth 4, Walnut Oil (Juglans regia), Perfume, Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Frankincense Resinoid (Boswellia carterii), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra), Daisy Flowers (Bellis perennis), Cowslips (Primula veris), Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. If you have never used this before then you can use it in one of two ways you can either run your bath and drop it in and leave it to melt, or as I do you can use the tie to hook it around the hot tap and allow the water to run through the muslin cloth and the melt. The reason I prefer the later is that I think you get more from the product. When you use this the water turns a creamy white colour, you can see little cocoa butter beads melting on the surface of the water. I didn't think that it smelt of much, I would describe it as a natural smell, with a hint of flowers. After you have soaked in the bath you can then use the muslin cloth which is full of oats and flowers to exfoliate your body. After using this my skin did feel really moisturised, my skin felt soft for the whole day afterwards and I didn't need to follow with any moisturiser. I would recommend this as a rare treat, I loved it but can't give it 5 stars simply because of the price, for one bath it works out very costly! It would however make a lovely gift!

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                Lovely exfoliation with the muslin bag at the end, otherwise pretty bog standard bath

                Decided to finally take the plunge and give this attractively packaged bath melt a go. At £3.95 and the most expensive bath melt Lush do I'd been quite hesistant but after reading some positive reviews on here I decided I should at least try it once. I like the fact its wrapped in muslin. I think it looks pretty and I also considered placing it among my clothes in my drawer to keep them smelling nice - I think that would be good - but I was itching to try it, so that plan didn't come into fruition. I wanted to see if it would last two baths so I carefully unwrapped it, chopped it in half, cut the muslin down the centre, and tied both bits back up - voila - two half-size Ceridwen's Cauldrons! I ran my bath and got in while it was running, adding one of my halved bath melts. Immediately it started melting and the water turned a milky colour. After it had finished melting I felt the water wasn't all that soft and I couldn't smell the scent at all so I thought I may as well go the whole hog and plop the other half in too. Once that had melted the water was fairly soft and very milky, lightly scented with lavender. That's all I could smell really - lavender - which was a little disappointed since I wanted to get more of the sandalwood and other ingredients really. It didn't really appear typically "Lush" to me, and at that price, I would have expected better to be honest. Once the contents of the muslins had melted I scrubbed myself with the oat filled remains, which is what is advised. This was the best part in my opinion! The oats were soft and oily and it was a pleasure to glide the muslins all over my skin. Afterwards my skin was super-soft, and that's not something that happens to me very easily! So I have mixed feelings about this bath melt. I loved the muslin part and it would be really great if Lush did more products wrapped in muslin to be used in the same way, but I didn't rate the lavender scent very much at all. The milky water was okay, but not extremely moisturising. I put the super-soft skin down to my excellent exfoliation with the muslin bag at the end.

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                  A firm fave of mine now.

                  Ceridwyn's Cauldron Bath Melt from Lush. Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Whole Oats (Avena sativa), Laureth 4, Walnut Oil (Juglans regia), Perfume, Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Frankincense Resinoid (Boswellia carterii), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra), Daisy Flowers (Bellis perennis), Cowslips (Primula veris), *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool £3.95 for 80 gram bath melt. Available from Lush stores or to order online. Suitable for Vegans. Being a massive fan of Lush and especially their bath melts i could not wait to try this one. It seemed pricey for a small melt but i managed to get a good bath worths for me and a bit left over for my little girls to have in their bath which they loved as a treat! Each melt is wrapped in muslin and tied with a red ribbon. The bath melt has a number ingredients but i found the Cocoa butter made my skin feel soft and i love the smell of Cocoa butter too. Lavendar and Sandlewood scents are easily identifiable. Once i had run the melt under the water - it turns the bath water into a cloudy milk colour water - you can use the muslin sack to rub over your body . The oats inside the melt give your skin a lovely soft feel too. A def fave of mine now and i highly recommend for a relaxing treat and also a lovely treat for yor skin too.

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                  05.07.2010 17:11
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                  I AM A CONVERT!

                  Lush is a cosmetic brand offering fresh and handmade cosmetics. Formally known as Cosmetics to Go, the company does not test on animals and the products are made with natural ingredients. Often more expensive than regular products, you pay for luxurious treats. The packaging is minimal so you are helping the environment. From bath ballisticts to bath melts and soaps to solid perfumes in a range of scents..Lush has it all! *Product* Ceridwen's Cauldron is part of Lush' luxury bath melt collections. It is firm, half sphere shaped bath melt which is delicately wrapped in a muslic cloth which has been dunked in flowers and finished off by tying a soft, red ribbon around the cloth to seal it in. The bath melt has been enriched with cocoa butter to soften skin and also contains walnut oil. Once melted, it is designed to release a blend of sandalwood, tangerine and rose oil. It will also leave a bag of oats to act as a scrub. The bath melt is vegan friendly! *What Lush Say* Magical, relaxing melt for softer skin. It could be the ultimate bathing experience, but we won't know that until we finish inventing them. For now, it's as wonderful as you can get. We recommend lots of candles around the bathroom and the phone turned off for this one. Each melt is wrapped in muslin, dipped in wild flowers and tied with a ribbon. According to the spell it is based on, if you spit three times in the water, your wish will come true. Cocoa butter and walnut oil melt into the bathwater, frothing slightly, leaving you a muslin bag of whole oats to give your skin a soothing and gently-scented scrub. It's truly lovely. *Packaging* The bath melt in its muslic cloth, comes in a simple, yellow paper bag. The bag has the Lush details and states that it can be recycled. A label with the directions of how to use the bath melt and some information about it can is used to seal the back and avoid any damage. The muslin cloth around the bath melt is a creamy colour. It is semi transparent and is wrapped fairly tightly around the melt. The red ribbon compliments the muslic cloth well and seals the melt in. *How to Use* Ceridwen's Cauldron should be dropped under running water. It can also be tied around the tap. Hop in and enjoy your bath and once the melt has fully dissolved, use the remaining oats as a delicate scrub for your skin. *Ingredients and Information* Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Whole Oats (Avena sativa), Laureth 4, Walnut Oil (Juglans regia), Perfume, Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Frankincense Resinoid (Boswellia carterii), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra), Daisy Flowers (Bellis perennis), Cowslips (Primula veris), *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool *Occurs naturally in essential oils -The laureth 4 is added to provide softness and silky skin. -The linalool is an essential oil which produces a soft, sweet odour. -The tangarine oil is used by aromatherapists for stress relief, to improve the skins conditon and to aide insomnia. -The walnut oil is used for its anti-oxidant properties. -The cocoa butter is known for its softening properties. *Availability and Price* Ceridwen's Cauldron comes in an 80g size and is priced at £3.95 online at www.lush.co.uk! *My Opinion* Last week, I went to visit my sister and she mentioned that she had been shopping in Glasgow. She loves to treat her little sister and informed me she had picked up a little something for me whilst in Lush spending her birthday money. She presented me with a little yellow bag and the amazing scent erupting was too much to bear..I had a peak and spotted this bath melt! Ceridwen's Cauldron was its name and giving me a relaxing bath was its aim! I love going into Lush stores whenever I go into the city. Despite the overpowering smell, there is something so luxurious and decadent about the way the beauity goodies are set up and there is so much choice! I feel the prices are often out of my range but I gladly accept gifts and we all need some treats in our life! I was confused as to what this actually was and my sister wasn't sure. She did mention she seen the word "Cauldron" and thought of her witch of a sister..charming! The yellow, standout bag was just adequate for keeping the melt safe from harm. The muslin cloth was delicate and I had not seen this type of Lush product before. My initial impressions were that this was a gorgeous scented bath ballistic which I had to unwrap to reveal. Further probing of the directions for use and a trip to the Lush website, confirmed that this was infact a luxurious bath melt. I decided to treat myself to this bath melt in my bath last night. I attempted to tie it around the tap as my sister recommended but for someone who struggles with knots and even shoelaces, this proved awkward. I ended up chucking it in the bath and let the hot water run. 10minutes later, I headed through to check on the progress and was stunned by the citrus scent that was floating through our flat. The bathroom had been hit the most with the scent and it was simply divine. By this point, the bath melt was almost dissolved, leaving just a crumbly mush inside the muslin cloth. The bath had filled with a reasonable amount of frothy bubbles and looked very promising. By the time the bath was ready, the bath melt had been reduced to a muslin bag filled with a creamy textured and almost lotion like substance seeping through and some delicate oats. I jumped in straightaway and relaxed which is something I do get to do often! 30mins later..how did it go? Well on stepping into the bar, I noticed the water had turned a light turquoise shade and was delicately topped by a layer of bubbles. There was a mound of bubbles loitering around the tap area which were heavily scented and has a sort of creamy topping like buttercream! The water was extremely soft and felt lovely against my skin. The muslin bag was floating around on the surface and looked deflated. There was still a fair amount of creaminess seeping out and I took fully advantage of this by using it as a body wash. The muslin bag was gentle on my overly sensitive skin and the bath melt seeped through in an excellent consistency, producing a delicate lather. The scent was certainly visible as it engulfed around me and was citrusy with a blend of floral and musky notes. Very pleasant indeed. Once I was satisfied that my body felt and looked clean, I decided to open up the muslin bag and get at the oats. Now, the oats are described as being whole..to me they just looked mushy like soggy porridge! I am not a fan of scrubs in general as I feel they are too harsh for my skin. I put my feelings to the side and started to rub them into my body and concentrated on rough areas of skin. The oats were incredibly gentle yet effective and had a biscuity mixed with citrus scent! My skin felt rejuevenated after rubbing them and they washed away well. I remained in the bath for a good 10minutes before resembling a prune and got out and dried off. My skin at first, felt a bit dry and I assumed I would have to slap some body lotion on but I waited and I am glad I did. 10minutes later, my skin was soft and perfectly smooth. The bath melt had done its job and left my skin with a delicate, yet noticable fruity scent. The scent lasted well and I could still detect it on my arm when I woke up this morning. As for the muslin cloth, I haven't yet thrown it out. Its overpowering scent is still very much there and is fragrancing my bathroom as we speak. I suppose its more natural than aerosol air fresheners! For the price, it does seem expensive for one bath but it is soooo totally worth it! And I highly recommend it so there you go! This would make a lovely gift for a Lush lover or someone new to the Lush scene..you don't even need to wrap it but I am sure the receiver with smell it a mile off! I have decided that the next time I go anywhere near a Lush store I am going to treat myself! Everyone raves about the products on here and I want to rave too :) Thanks for reading!

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                    12.05.2010 21:34
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                    not one I'm going to use again I'm afraid

                    This is yet again another product that was in the Serenity gift box that I got for Mother's Day. I haven't come across anything like this with Lush before, so it was a new for me! ~What is Ceridwen's cauldron?~ This is what Lush say about their product: "Magical, relaxing melt for softer skin. It could be the ultimate bathing experience, but we won't know that until we finish inventing them. For now, it's as wonderful as you can get. We recommend lots of candles around the bathroom and the phone turned off for this one. Each melt is wrapped in muslin, dipped in wild flowers and tied with a ribbon. According to the spell it is based on, if you spit three times in the water, your wish will come true. Cocoa butter and walnut oil melt into the bathwater, frothing slightly, leaving you a muslin bag of whole oats to give your skin a soothing and gently-scented scrub. It's truly lovely." This sounds absolutely lovely, just like they say! I like the idea of the bath melt being a 2-in-1, which I will explain later. So, yet another night of peace and quiet, and off I go to the bathroom. ~What do you do with it?~ As your bath is running, pop the melt into the bath (still in its muslin). As the hot water seeps through the muslin, it begins to melt leaving the aroma of all ingredients used. With other Lush bath melts that I have tried, it doesn't take too long to melt, but when my bath had finished running I noticed that the whole bath melt hadn't yet finished melting. By the time I went downstairs, made a cup of tea and got my book, my bath was ready for me to jump into. I left the muslin in my bath to make sure that if there was anything left to melt, it would do so as I was relaxing. After about three quarters of an hour, I had finished my relaxing and was ready for the washing! I grabbed the muslin bag and started using it as a scrub like explained in the products description. I noticed that as I was washing, it was leaving a smear of white creamy liquid on my skin. This must be because the item hadn't finished melting like I thought it had. So after I had used the muslin bag to wash myself, I rinsed with water and out I got. ~My thoughts~ I was really excited to try Ceridwen's Cauldron, and unfortunately after having my bath, I don't think I will be using it again. As I have mentioned in another one of my Lush reviews, I do not particularly like the smell of sandalwood, and even though there was a lot of other ingredients put into this bath melt, the sandalwood stood out quite strongly. This might be because I don't like the smell, that I can sense it a mile away, or it might be because they have used quite a lot of sandalwood oil in it. Unfortunately, because of the sandalwood I wasn't able to smell any of the other scents that I was looking forward to smelling not only whilst I was in the bath, but after, on my skin. Another thing I noticed when I was using the muslin bag to scrub my body, is that it didn't really 'scrub'! It just glided over my skin due to the amount of oil in it. This was a tad bit disappointing. When I had used the muslin over half of my body I noticed that the bag had started splitting, and I had to rush the rest of my body so that I would hopefully feel smooth all over! Again, this was another disappointment. When all my bathwater had gone down the drain, I noticed that the bath looked really oily and greasy, so off I went to get some cleaning products, and scrubbed the bath. Not something I wanted to do when my main aim for the bath was to relax, not clean! However, even though Ceridwen's Cauldron has the downfall (in my opinion) of the sandalwood, it did leave my skin really soft to touch for the rest of the night and the next day. I did notice, however, that unlike other Lush products, I was unable to smell the product on my skin about an hour after I had got out of the bath. But honestly, I think this was a bit of a blessing rather than a curse as I didn't want to have the smell of sandalwood under my nose for hours! I have given this item 2 out of 5 dooyoo stars. It lost stars due to the sandalwood, the muslin bag splitting, not actually being a 'scrub' and of course having to clean the bath straight away before the oil seeped in everywhere! It got 2 stars from me for leaving my skin soft and feeling lovely for about 2 days. ~Price~ If bought separately, this bath melt will set you back £3.95 for 80grams. For some this might be about an average price for a Lush product, but for me it's a bit too expensive especially when I hated the smell! If Lush took the sandalwood oil out of this bath melt, and let the other ingredients release their aromas then they could be on to a winner, but as it is, I won't be either buying or using this one again.

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                      02.04.2010 19:22
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                      need to give this one 2 goes before making an opinion

                      What is Lush? Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' and quite appropriately changed it's named which I think suite it best because the only way to describe their products is they smell and look 'lush'. All the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan. Nothing is tested on animals and they make sure every ingredient is sourced from companies that also do not test on animals. They support many charities and often do limited edition items to gain money for charities or campaigns. They make a lot of 'naked' products, which come with no packagaing. Their bags, wrapping and even the stuff that comes in the boxes to protect gift sets are all made from recycled items and can be put in a composter or recycled. They are very much an ethically aware company. What is a bath melt? A melt is dropped into the bath while the water is running. It comes in a naked block form or wrapped in a muslin cloth. It immediately begins to flow around your bath and gradually melt to fill your bath full of fragrance and essential oils and ingredients which make your skin silky soft, moisturised and making your mood that oh so much better. They are more moisturising than ballistics and bubble bars as they are more compact. They can only be used once. How must does it cost? Ceridwen's Cauldron weighs 80g and costs £3.95. It comes wrapped in a magical muslin type cloth which you keep on and just drop into the water. You can then use the remains in the bag as an exfoliator. What makes Ceridwen's Cauldron special? Ceridwen's Cauldron is named after a witches spell. Each melt is wrapped individually in a muslin cloth and tied with a red ribbon. Even to look at it feels that little bit more special than your average bathing product or melt. Cocoa butter is one of natures best moisturises so when it and walnut oil melt into the bathwater you can instantly feel there powers making your skin turn silky soft and feeling like they've been well and truly pampered. It doesn't bubble or fizz, but melts away, frothing slightly. You are then left with a muslin bag of whole oats to give your skin a soothing and gently-scented scrub. The Lavender oil will help to rest even the most active minds and body. It is suitable for vegans too. My opinion ' According to the spell it is based on, if you spit three times in the water, your wish will come true.' A bit yucky so I avoiding doing that and just enjoyed the melt. I wasn't impressed with the scent which is slightly nutty, somewhat chocolatey, sometime a bit herbally and there's lavender in there too! Not my favourite. I did feel really moisturised but I didn't enjoy the aroma. I must admit when I tried this product I didn't realise you could use the left over oats as a scrub, so until I can afford this expensive present to give it a second shot, my first impressions were sadly average.

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                      21.03.2010 18:00
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                      Turn off the phone, dim the lights and have some me time with this melt

                      Ceridwyn's Cauldron is a bath melt from Lush. These are solid bath products packed full of oils and cocoa butter for a luxurious bathing experience. This melt is particularly attractive looking. It's a half sphere wrapped in muslin and tied with a red ribbon unlike the others which are undecorated blocks. It's also the most expensive melt at £3.95 and is harder to cut in half than the others due to the muslin, although as you'll see if you read on, it's well worth the cost. The melt has a relaxing floral scent. I'm usually pretty good at picking out notes, but I couldn't figure them out here. Once in the bath, the melt slowly dissolves. I estimate it was about 20 minutes before it was fully dissolved. You can see the oils and cocoa butter coming out of the muslin bag and turning the water cloudy. The scent became stronger on dissolving and I was able to identify rose and sandalwood, although there's a lot of other floral notes in here too. This was a very relaxing smell, nicely complemented by the milky soothing water. To make this an even more relaxing luxurious experience I lit some candles and put soft music on. With the cost of the melt I think it's worth making this as special a bath as possible. At the end of your bath, you're left with a bag of oats that you're meant to scrub with. I wasn't convinced by this idea until I tried it. You in fact have a lovely skin soothing gentle scrub that covers you in a gorgeously scented milky oil. It's a perfect luxurious end to your bath, and has the added bonus of an easy clean up. No bits of oats or anything all over your tub! After getting out my skin felt so soft and smooth, and stayed rose scented. This has got to be the most moisturising melt Lush do, and it did wonders for soothing my irritated areas of skin. I highly recommend this melt for an occaisional treat- it's worth every penny! Apparantly this is based on a spell and if you spit three times in the bath water you wish will come true. No evidence of that yet, but I'll be sure to update if anything comes of it.

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                        18.03.2010 14:28
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                        You must try this one!

                        Lush Ceridwen's Cauldron Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt. www.lush.co.uk If you haven't had the pleasure of shopping with Lush then you may be forgiven for being a little unsure who they are or what they do. It is worth knowing that they make hand made cosmetics products from only natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either. Many of their products are suitable for vegans. Lush also support a variety of different charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on the website, along with products and ingredients. You can also shop online and also locate your nearest store. They are committed to reducing unnecessary packaging and orders placed online will arrive packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene. The Lush website will also allow you to buy items from their "Retro" range, which is basically products from the past that customers still want to buy. There isn't room in the shops for them but you can still buy them online. I love that I can find my old favourites here and have been buying quite a lot of things lately to see if they are as good as I remember! A bath melt is designed to be popped into a bath, where it melts into the water, softening it and filling it with its gorgeous oils which scents the water, the room and of course, your skin. These bath melts are also a great way to moisturise your skin. This 80g bath melt will cost you £3.95 and is suitable for vegans. It is wrapped in a little muslin bag and wrapped with ribbon so looks incredibly cute and also helps prevent little bits ending up in the bottom of your bath. In addition, the little bag also serves as a body scrub, allowing you to scrub yourself all over and leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. This bath melt leaves a slight froth on the top of your bath water and also makes it feel extremely soft. In fact, the water has so many oils and moisturisers in it that you should be careful not to slip! The fragrance is delicious, it is predominantly cocoa butter which is one of my favourite fragrances but also has hints of sandalwood, rose, orange, lavender and other floral scents which give it a slightly exotic and sweet aroma. Of all the Lush bath melts (yes, I admit it, I have tried them all!), I definitely find this one to be the most potent. The water is filled with the oils and my skin feels heavenly after using. It is best to pat skin dry after using this bath melt to help to retain as many of the delicious moisturising oils as possible. The fragrance last for ages on skin and in the bathroom too. I like to use this bath melt before bed as I find the hints of lavender and the creamy cocoa butter extremely relaxing. It is also recommended to use candles and lock the bathroom door for the ultimate peace and quiet filled, luxury bath time treat. I have sensitive skin and find this bath melt really soothing. The lavender has calming properties and the cocoa butter helps to restore lost moisture. The tangerine oil gives a gorgeous fruity citrus aroma which helps me to feel relaxed and refreshed and altogether, this bath melt is a winner, well deserving of five Dooyoo stars! Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website); Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Whole Oats (Avena sativa), Laureth 4, Walnut Oil (Juglans regia), Perfume, Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Frankincense Resinoid (Boswellia carterii), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra), Daisy Flowers (Bellis perennis), Cowslips (Primula veris), *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool} *Occurs naturally in essential oils

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                          12.01.2010 13:46
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                          A treat for a special occasion.

                          Note, I didn't use this in the bath, I used it in the shower because I wanted something moisturising, other than my usual routine of Buffy and Therapy. Price and packaging: This is £3.95 as of January 2010, and when you buy it it will come wrapped in greaseproof paper with a label on it telling you a little bbit about the product and how to use it. This means you can then recycle the paper after you've used it, thereby saving the planet. At least a little bit. Scent and shape: This is a 'cake' wrapped up in muslin and tied with a ribbon. I wouldn't advise unwrapping beforehand, as it looks a bit like a fat-cake put out for the birds. When in the bath/shower the goodness seeps through the muslin anyway. It smells gentle and slightly herby. It's not a strong 'defined' scent like the Comforter, but it is very nice and very relaxing. How to use: In the bath just toss it in and wait for it to start working. In the shower leave it on the floor for a bit to soften, and afterwards rub the bag on your skin (this applies to bathers as well) and let the oats soften it up.

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                          06.01.2010 15:23
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                          Pure luxury in a muslin wrap.

                          I discovered Lush as I walked past a small shop they used to have in our High Street. The smell drew me in and I had to find out what it was all about. On seeing lots of products demonstrated, the assistant showed me Ceridwyn's Cauldron, and the aroma was very tempting. So, I bought one. I thought it was expensive at the time for one bath, but oh no, for a little bit of Heaven, it was worth every penny! Sandalwood and Lavender oil and cocoa butter mixed with oats wrapped in a muslin bag, it doesn't sound like something amazing, does it? But when you drop it into a hot bath, and leave it for ten minutes, something miraculous happens. Those oils are released into the bathwater and as you immerse yourself into it, you feel like Cleopatra bathing in milk. The little bag is then fantastic used as a body scrub and as you gently cleanse all the dead skin cells, revigorating your tired flesh, you start to relax as the aromas start to make you feel dreamy. The hardest of waters feel soft and silky on your skin. After the bath, when you are all dry and snug in clean PJ's or a nightie, you notice the shine on your skin! My legs were soft and silky and so shiny. It was a lovely feeling. Not only do you feel relaxed and fresh but you are also aware that you are buying ethically sound products, not tested on animals and for me and my daughter at least, allergen free. I don't buy regularly, but when I am in town, I pick one up. And I was lucky enough to have some in my Christmas presents (well, less luck and more begging, actually!). At the steep price of £3.95 currently, it is still not a high end price for a bath product, especially if you view it as a treat and not a necessity. Hollywood glamour bathing at a fraction of Hollywood prices. This, my friends, is luxury on a budget. Lock the bathroom door, silence the kids, light a Yankee candle, and immerse yourself in pleasure, Princesses!

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