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As I'm sure a lot of us do, I remember having these Matey bubble baths as a child. The princess one was definitely my favourite!
It's basically bubble bath in a shaped bottle to look like a person, in this case a sailor! You use the bubble bath but can then play with the bottle in the bath also (at least that's what I used to do!)
They sell for usually around the £2 mark in most supermarkets.
The fancy, child friendly bottle is what sells it, kids see the characters and just have to have it! There are a few characters in the Matey range to choose from I believe.
My kids really like it however are not allowed to use the actual product very often due to my son's sensitive skin. It is not a great product for sensitive skin, it seems to dry my son's skin out quite a bit. They love playing with the bottles though none the less.
The actual product is a clear bubble, pour a generous amount into your running bath for it to create a kiddies bubble bath. I'm not really a fan. I like a strong fragrance, so my children come out of the bath smelling of the product used, you don't really get that with Matey at all. The liquid is quite thin and pours out quickly. The bubbles created also do not last long in the bath at all and dissolve quickly resulting in my children asking for more bubbles!
As fun as the actual brand is, I feel that the real product is cheap and not worth the money.
I would avoid and buy a better quality products, however my children would disagree!
I'm reviewing MATEY bubble bath for children.
It comes in cute little character bottles (plastic),
My bottle contains 500ml and cost £1.99 in Superdrug. It is also available in most chemists & supermarkets.
The science bit....contains,Aqua,Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Sodium Chloride ,Parfum ,Sodium Lactate ,Lactic Acid ,Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate ,Sodium Benzoate ,CI 47005 ,CI 61570
Mild and gentle with a hypoallergenic and skin pH neutral formulation.
***WHY MATEY ?***
I got roped into child minding recently, and although it is a day time only situation I occasionally give their mum the option of leaving them with me over tea time,allowing her to go straight home & catch up on housework etc unencumbered by two toddlers.
So that means not only feeding them ,but bathing and getting them into nightwear so that they just need picked up, transported home and straight to bed with a story.
However, apparently our bubble bath from avon is just not suitable for their tiny tastes because it smells of "grown-ups" , and so their mum dropped off a bottle of MATEY for me to use.
It comes in a really cute plastic bottle which is shaped like a sailor figure/cabin boy complete with white hat bottle-top, and the liquid itself smells sweet and fruity. The kind of aroma that appeals to children.
Two capfuls are recommended for lots of bubbles ,but I just use one because with two bodies going in there I don't fill the bath that much anyway.
You just tip the capful under the running water and the result is lots of frothy foam and happy smiley children keen to get in there.
This bubble bath suits me really well,because I just sit on the laundry bin supervising and leave them to their fun with rubber toys, sponges and splashing for ten minutes, letting the warm soapy water and bubbles do their work while the kids play (I call this the pre-wash cycle) ,then I take over and wash all their nooks and crannies and shampoo their hair and the job is done.
Even though it has been splashed into eyes it hasn't seemed to bother either child that much. I just step in with a wash cloth rinsed in cold clear water & off they go again.
Since using this I've been aware of it in TESCO and noted it comes in different 'characters',all based around the sea and they all have proper names. Ours is called Max apparently.
I can see the appeal of this to children .With such character based bottles,lots of bubbles and then using a smell reminiscent of a sweet shop they hit their target market really well in my opinion, but most importantly it helps soak away a day of play and is kind to their skins causing no nasty reaction. Also ,at around the £2 mark for a bottle it isn't a scary price in the least.
Would I recommend it ? Yes,definitely. I don't think bath times would be the same fun experience without it,and I like to end their day on a positive note when I've kept them over . That way their mum collects two happy but pristine little people when she calls for them. Win win.
I hope this review was helpful and thank you for reading~~~myloh.
Our little lad loves bath times when we use his Matey Bubble Bath. His favourite one is the Bath Sailor although we have used all of them, even the pink ones meant for girls. His favourite one is the sailor one though and we have used quite a few bottle of this.
It makes bath time more fun for him and it also lessons the aggro for us. If we run out it can be a bit of a job persuading him to have his bath because he likes to pour in the Matey himself under the running tap and watch it as the bubbles come up. Me and his mum think its an excellent way to encourage kids to have their baths. He just twists of the sailor's cap which acts as a top and pours out the thick blue liquid. It smells nice but isn't too overpowering as its designed for children and seems to be very kind to his sensitive skin.
It is not meant to be used on young babies though and not designed for kids under the age of one year. I have used this myself and sometimes we pop into the bath together though now he is getting bigger and I am so large, there isn't actually much room for the two of us anymore.
He also likes to use his Matey in the shower though he doesn't get to shower very often as his mum prefers him to have baths. This Matey lasts a long time as you only need a small amount to get a good load of bubbles which last until he's ready to come out of the bath - by which time the water has usually gone cold.
We just buy it from Tesco or Asda and it cost just under two pounds. After the bottle is finished he'd go mad if we chucked away the container as it is designed to look like a little sailor in uniform. The other half rinses it out and he keeps them to play with. He has a very large collection of all of them in his room not which makes me think he's taking after me as he likes to collect unusual things and cannot bear to part with them.
Matey Buble Bath - thoroughly recommended
Every time my son goes for a bath he always wants lots of bubbles so when I spotted this matey bubble bath in tesco I had to buy it to see if it was still as good as it used to be when I was a kid and to my surprise it was! Usually when I come across something which I haven't had for a while I buy it only to discover it has been altered and does not seem as good as it was previously but with these bubbles they seem exactly the same apart from the bottle as the design has changed slightly. It costs £1.75 for a 500ml bottle from tesco and this lasts for ages as you only need a small amount to make loads of bubbles.
The bottle is shaped like a sailor and therefore the design on the bottle is that of a cartoon sailor with the screw top lid being his hat. The bubble bath is very mild and features a hypo-allergenic and skin ph neutral formula which makes it more suitable and safe for use with children. The consistency is quite runny so care must be taken when pouring into the bath so that you don't pour in too much and end up with an over flow of bubbles! The first time I poured some into my sons bath I did just that and ended up with more bubbles than water in it but my son found this hilarious and was blowing then everywhere!
The directions are very straight forward and simple as all you need to do is pour some of the bubble bath out next to the water which you are running and mix it about with your hands to help create more bubbles. If any of the bubbles get into eyes you must rinse thoroughly with clean water. When the bottle is empty it is fully recyclable and can also be used as a toy but it must be cleaned thoroughly before hand.
Overall I think these are great bubbles which provide lots of fun for bath time and are sensitive to children's skin. Definitely recommend them.
I have fond memories of matey bubble bath when I was a little kid, although the packaging was slightly different back then. This bubble bath has been out for donkeys years, and has never really lost its popularity with kids of all ages.
The bubble bath comes in a 500ml bottle that is shaped to look like a sailor boy. His yellow sailor hat is the cap of the bottle. On the front of the bottle, it says that the product is kind to sensitive skin, and on the back it tells you that is is specially developed forkids 1 year and up. There is a link to a website www.matey.co.uk, where you can play games.
The bubble bath itself is labeled as "fruity fragrance", but on opening, I can't quite put my finger on what it smells like. certainly no fruit I recognise, but the smell is pleasant enough, to me it smells a bit like vermouth! It is a lovely blue colour, so I suppose it would appeal more to boys, although my daughter loved it. It doesn't dye the water a garish blue colour, just a pale blue hint.It bubbles up a treat, with loads of bubbles to play with.
A 500 ml bottle can make up to 30 baths, and you can usually buy a bottle for just over £1, so it is quite economical. It is made by Sara Lee, I'm not sure whether it is the same company that makes the gateux! It is manufactured in the UK which I always think is a good thing in the recession to support UK workers.
The bottle can be recycled or kept as a bath toy for kids to play with, so I suppose it is a bit eco, though there is a funny message on the side of the bottle which warns of small parts when used as a toy which makes it unsuitable for kids under 36 months...its a bottle for crying out loud! What small parts?!?!
On closer inspection of the ingredients, I notice my old nemesis Sodium Laureth Sulphate, which can be irritating to some skins, so I wondered why it was included in this product. saying that, my kids, who can sometimes be prone to a little bit of eczema had no problems with it at all.
It has added moisturisers from seeweed extracts, as well as being ph balanced, so it is kind to young skin.
In summary, this is a fun bubble bath, which will suit most people, with a nice colour, sweet smell and fun bottle.
My little boy has terrible eczema and we've always found it difficult finding bubble baths that don't aggravate the condition and make it worse. I'd recently more or less given up looking for something that didn't make his skin worse, even medication bath treatments don't help, when my mum mentioned that she wanted to get a bottle of Matey to go in his Christmas stocking, I couldn't see the harm in it, it was unlikely to cause any more damage then the styles we'd used before and I could always use it for baby Jacks baths if it did in fact cause a bad reaction.
Matey bubble baths have been around for many years, I remember getting a colour change version when I was a little girl and thinking it was the most exciting thing I'd seen, a blue bubble bath that turned pink in the water! There are several designs to the bottle including Sailor Matey, designed to look like a boy sailor, Mermatey who's designed to look like a mermaid and has pink bubble bath within, I've also seen a parrot, a camel, a pirate and many other styles over the years, it is however Sailor and Mermatey that are the regulars in the Matey line, with sailor being aimed at boys and Mermatey aimed at girls. It's recommended to add 2-4 capfuls into the bath water but I'm more of a pour and hope for the best girl, depending on how much you use each time you can get as much as 30 baths from the product.
When you unscrew Sailor Mateys little white hat (that's also the bottles lid) you are greeted by a runny blue liquid that smells soapy, I know that's not a very technical description of the scent but that's what it smells like, classic, soapy bubble bath! There's no fancy herbal, floral or fruity smells, it doesn't try and resemble bubble gum.........it just smells light, fresh and soapy. The liquid is quite runny and not thick or gloopy, it disperses quickly in the water and with a little swirl of the water by your hand bubbles start to slowly layer on the surface, they unfortunately only have around 30/45 minutes life before they've all gone which is fine for a quick dip but my little ones like to play in the bath for an hour or more. Being designed for children the formulation is said to be very gentle and ph balanced to suit skin perfectly.
Naturally being a soap product it leaves the skin clean, my toddlers smell nice and fresh and it even leaves skin feeling quite soft, what surprised me though was the effect it had on Christophers eczema, or rather the lack of effect. Usually when I use childrens bubble baths he gets out with his flared patches red and sore, they become itchy and he ends up scratching them so much in his sleep that he's left with open wounds and grazes, there was no redness to his skin when he go out of the bath after using Sailor Matey, not even on the usual hotspots on the back of his knees, on checking his skin the next morning there was no signs of itching and days later his legs still seemed to have suffered no ill effect from using the product, it was amazing to see after so many different products had left him with red, itchy or sore legs. I can't say how the bubble bath would effect other eczema sufferers but it works wonderfully for Christopher, obviously I doesn't heal or prevent the condition but it does allow him to have a fun bath full of bubbles with no bad effects after wards. I've not tried the other Matey versions with him although we did get a bottle of Mermatey for my daughter at the same time but I am very happy with the results we get from Sailor Matey Bubble bath.
Matey can be picked up from most supermarkets and pharmacies from as little as £1 which is a bargain for a 500ml bottle, as far as I know smaller sized bottles are not available.
Check out the Matey website here- http://www.matey.co.uk/productssailor.htm