“ Brand: Marks and Spencers / Texture: Cream / Type: Bath Cream / Subcategory: Bath Cream / Oil „
I love vanilla and warm scented bath products, especially at this cooler time of year. When I spotted this Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Cream Bath at a pound a bottle in Marks & Spencers (however this was on offer as a buy one get one free at the time on all the 'Essential' products on display from bath foams to talcum powder) for any 2 on a buy one get one half price deal I never even sniffed the cocoa butter and vanilla products I had picked up which consisted of this, the bath foam and the hand wash. I never even sniffed them...this turned out to be a huge mistake! I just guessed they would smell right so first word of warning do sniff out the Marks product before you buy them! The Packaging: Like all the bath products in this range this comes in a see through plastic bottle with a white coloured twist on/off lid/cap to the top of it and it holds 500ml of the product which is rather a lot! On the front of the bottle we are told that it is Essential Extracts Cocoa Butter And Vanilla Cream Bath and the size (as I have listed already0 is given. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed, we are told that this is not tested on animals and that the bottle is recyclable and contact details for Marks & Spencers are given. This is an economy looking bottle and nothing special to look at with us only being told on the back of the bottle in small lettering that it is in fact a Marks & Spencers product at all other than that we wouldn't know but it is easy enough to use and informative as it needs to be. The Cream Bath: Well the bath foam itself has a creamy look to it in the bottle with a slight shimmer to it and is a peachy colour. This to me really doesn't smell of cocoa butter and/or vanilla at all! Not a bit and to me this really has no resemblance to that expected fragrance at all oddly enough and it needs renaming cos seriously I'm sat here sniffing it in the bottle now and I can't detect any of those fragrances. To me its simply soft floral and a bit soapy smelling really and is cheap and nasty in fragrance and I really, really don't like it at all! You don't need a lot of this under running taps to get a nice, thick foam on said water that hangs about well over an hour. The cream bath doesn't colour the water at all or make it feel softer or to be fair to it greasier but it does smell of that horrible floral fragrance though luckily it isn't all that highly fragranced and once I'm dried off anyway I'm hard pushed to find any scent on my skin at all...thankfully. As you can guess from the tone of this review I am really disappointed with this offering. It gives me no skin benefits at all and is like washing in plain water really. I hate the fragrance but the fact when I'm dry I can't smell it at all is actually a blessing. For me though this simply isn't worth a pound or even 75p (on offer) and I'd much rather get a branded product such as Dove or something on offer or cheaply in Poundland or something. For me this just doesn't cut the mustard and why the scent is so strange baffles me! Only available in Marks & Spencers stores.