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My daughter is most certainly a water baby and she adores bath time. I always like to make her bath times as pleasant as possible and like to include bubbles in her bath. I am not particularly fussy on what brand of bubbles I buy really. I do tend to get one designed for children / babies, mostly because I worry that her skin may be quite sensitive (as mine is) and I don't want to use any products that might irritate her skin.
While shopping round my local Tescos, I saw that Matey bubble bath was on offer at the bargain price of £1 a bottle. I decided to pop a couple of bottles in with my weekly shop.
The Matey brand has been around for many years and is most probably more well known for the bottle designed to look like a sailor. In more recent years, they have released a bottle that looks like a pirate and then a girl's version where the bottle is designed to look like a mermaid. I didn't realise at the time of buying this product but the girl version is actually called Molly matey which obviously I loved what with my daughter being called Molly.
The matey bubble bath comes in a 500ml bottle. The bottle has a screw top lid which is very easy to open. The bottle states that the product is hypoallergenic which is great for those with sensitive skin.
The bubble bath itself is pink in colour and has quite a gloopy consistency. When I attempt to pour the bubble bath into the bath, it actually tends to come out in dollops as appose to a fluid pouring motion. Having said that, the bubble bath always bubbles up really well and you don't need to use too much of the product, Another positive is that the bubble bath smells lovely too, all light and fruity.
I would highly recommend this product. My daughter is only 15 months so she doesn't really pay attention to the décor of the bottle but I imagine that little girls around the 2-3 years mark will really love the fact that the bottle looks like a mermaid. I think the product is gentle on Molly's skin which is something I always look for in a bath product and I love the fact that it smells lovely and is quite often on special offer.
I am a HUGE fan of bubble baths.. and getting the bubbles just right is obviously the most important part.
As a child I would not go in the bath without my Matey Bubble Bath.. as an adult I seem to have the same view.. other bubble baths just don't seem good enough for me.
This bubble bath is hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin - which is perfect for me as I have a lot of allergies. The actual bubble bath is very thick and smells great. It is dark blue in colour and turns the water a light shade of blue.. a bit like the sea!
A small amount of this bubble bath creates loads of bubbles or one £1.39 bottle will last for ages as you do not need to use a lot. I usually buy mine from Morrisons but they do sell it at most supermarkets and other store. It has been around for years.
I usually just got for the sailor bottle, however they do have other designs such as mermaids - Great and fun to collect for kids. - Plus they can play with the bottle in the bath afterwards!
Overall this is my favourite bubble bath and I would tell anyone to give it a go, especially if you have children!
My son loves bath time. He loves playing with toys in the bath and having lot's of bubbles too. Matey bubble bath reminds me of my childhood and is great fun for any child's bath time. There are 3 different characters available, Molly Matey, Pegleg Matey and the one I am reviewing today which is Max Matey.
The product comes in a plastic bottle with a white plastic twist lid on the top. (500ml size) The colour of the bottle depends on the character design. The picture on the bottle is of the character Max Matey which is a sailor and the white plastic lid is made to look like the sailors hat. This is great as it really appeals to my little boy and is very eye catching. It has the product name 'matey' in orange lettering across the front and it tells you that it is a hypoallergenic formulation. On the back it tell you a bit about the character, again this is great for children as they feel like they are getting to know the character a little bit. It also gives directions for use, brand contact information, shelf life (12 months) and lists the ingredients.
The product and use.
The product itself is light blue in colour and is has a thick liquid consistency. It has a mild pleasant clean smell. To use add the bubble bath to a stream of running water and swish with your hand to create bubbles. (If it does get splashed into the eyes rinse thoroughly with clean water.)
Price and availability.
It is widely available from supermarkets, chemists and on line. Prices can vary, usually around the £1.98 mark. I purchased this a while ago from Asda priced at £1.98.
My experience and verdict.
I love matey bubble bath. It brings back memories as a child, my little boy loves it and it lathers up really easy giving lot's of bubbles. A little goes a long way and I would definitely recommend this product for some bath time fun.
Oscar has just turned two, and I felt I no longer needed to use the baby bubble bath for him. Tesco had this Matey bubble bath on offer for £1 so I got it. I used to use it as a child, so I mainly got it for the nostalgic value.
As with all bubble bath, pour it under running warm water and it lathers up into thick bubbles. I found with this bubble bath, you only need to add a tiny bit to make loads of bubbles.
It has a really nice fruity smell, which is strong but not overpowering. It left Oscar's skin smelling really fresh for quite a few hours.
It says not to get it in the eyes, but this is difficult to do when your toddler enjoys splashing as much as mine does! He did end up with a little bit in his eyes, but it rinsed out easily and didn't leave them sore.
The bottle itself is very bright and colourful. It has a picture of 'Pegleg' the pirate, and the lid is the pirate's hat. The design in the picture is the exact design it used to have when I was a child, and I don't believe they do it in this design anymore. You can also get it in a 'girly' variety, which I think is either a mermaid or princess. The bottle makes it very appealing to children, and Oscar often reaches for it when he sees me running the bath water.
The bottle also states that it is 'kind to sensitive skin' and is hypoallergenic, which is good to know if your child suffers with skin problems.
I have fond memories of Matey as a child... the bubbles always seemed to last longer than other brands, and the bottle worked as a toy even once emptied. So it was with some nostalgia but also a degree of scepticism that I purchased a couple of bottles for use by my own children.
I have two bottles - the original sailor and special edition pirate. My children are both allergic to limonene, so I was very glad to see that neither type contains that. In addition, the sailor version says it is suitable from 1 year, making it an ideal first step up from baby bath.
The sailor version contains:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-5 Cocamide, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Hypnea Musciformis, Gellidiela Acerosa, Sargassum Filipendula, Chondrus Crispus, Parfum, Citric Acid, Metylisothiazolinone, Denatonium Bemzoate, CI 42090, CI 17200.
The pirate version contains:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 47005, CI 61570.
Both feature bubbles that last to the end of the bath, and both are soft and gentle on the skin, making them as remember them. If anything,I think you now get more bubble to the lotion, a small splash is enough to fill a whole bath of bubbles. The sailor matey smells soapy and seaweedy, the way I remember it, but the pirate matey has a bubble gum aroma. I find that either smell lingers on the skin afterwards.
My two year old still likes to play with the bottles, as well.
There is even a website, featuring games as well as product history and descriptions. It seems that the pirate bottle I bought was a special edition, but I think it's the same as the parrot version.
H.M.S. Matey to the bathtime rescue!!!!
Ahoy there! I'm Max Matey. I live on Scrub-a-Dub Island where the good ship Matey is docked.
How adorable is this little fella??!
This is an absolute must in my house and my youngest son won't go in the bath without it! My bathroom turns into Scrub-a-Dub Island every night at bathtime.
This bubble bath is hypoallergenic and kind to sensitive skin.
The liquid is quite thick and a deep blue colour and there's plenty of bubbles. I can't quite describe the scent, it's quite sweet and very clean smelling.
It is a well trusted brand that was first introduced in 1958 and there have been various designs over the years but they now have only 4 designs available, Sailor Matey, Mer-Matey, Lucky Matey and Doctopus Matey. All four are equally as cute as each other.
I usually buy this in Asda and it costs around £1.50.
It's worth every penny for an easy bathtime.
When the bottles are empty you can also use them as skittles for a game of bowls!
I've been lucky with Harry, he's never been a problem child and hasn't had any problems with his skin at all, but I've always been careful to stick with child's products as much as possible, especially when he was younger because you never know when a child can become allergic to something, especially with their delicate skin. Once he's moved on from Johnson's baby products, I immediately knew which bubble bath I would turn to, and that's one that was used on me and my brother when we were small... Matey!
Matey has been around since 1958, so that's around 52 years so far, that's pretty good going I think! It comes in fun shaped bottles with various characters on them which makes it appealable to children and parents alike, because they can often make bathtime a much less painful experience! Harry likes to save the bottles once they're empty too to create little play scenes with them in his bath, so they have 2 uses without you realising it lol. The most commonly recognised ones are the Matey sailor (primarily aimed at boys) and the Mermaid Matey (mainly aimed at girls), with other varieties often available such as Doctopus (colour changing), and we currently have a pirate one too!
The bubble bath itself is made specifically to suit children's sensitive skin so you can be assured that it's perfect for young children when you use it. Do be aware that it's aimed at children over 1 though, so not for very young babies. It is gently fragranced with a quite sweet smell that I really like, and the smell does linger around in the bathroom too which is nice if your child likes a long bath like Harry sometimes does. The sailor variety which is the one I've used the most is a bright blue colour, and turns the water a quite deep blue colour which is pretty cool. It always produces loads of bubbles too and you don't need to use too much to get a lot which is great in terms of value for money. The mixture contains seaweed moisturisers to keep your child's skin supple and soft, and they are also pH tested.
I always pour the bubble mixture under the running water so as to create as many bubbles as possible and swirl around the bath while it's running. Harry often splashes around a lot in the bath making a lovely mess, and so some of the bath water inevitably ends up in his eyes but he never complains of irritation. The bottle states your eyes should washed out with cool water if this happens but I've never had a need too, a quick wipe with a flannel usually suffices. The bubbles produced also last the length of a bath as well which is really good, and the water stays a deep colour for a while too. I do have to mention the fun of the colour-changing one, Doctopus. It's a purpley-red colour liquid in the bottle but the second it hits the water it changes to a vivid blue, something that Harry finds fun and is sure to be a hit with other kids!
The fun characters on the bottles make what is usually a completely uninteresting product to a child something fun, and anything that makes bathtime easier is definitely recommended by me! You can use the bottles afterwards to play with (as long as they are well rinsed out of course), they are recyclable too. Matey is something I would trust 100% with my child, and I'd definitely recommend it to other parents too. It has a lovely scent, is perfect for delicate young skin and isn't too pricey either compared to some other children's products on the market. It's readily available, been around a long time, and is well trusted. What more could you ask for?!
A bottle of Matey usually retails around the £1.75 mark although you can find it on offer sometimes for around the £1 mark, so I stock up when it is!
Thank you for reading.
Bath time is brilliant in our house it is like an outing to my children the excitement, the laughter and the soaking mom and the bathroom is so much fun.
When I was a child my grandmother used to buy matey bubble bath for me and the majority of the time I can remember my nans dog insitsting on joining me in the bath with my bubbles. So to my suprise this christmas my grandmother yet again found this bubble bath as a stocking filler for my son. The one that we were bought was a pirate parrot with a black eye patch. This is what I love about matey they have all different designs so the children think it is fun. Our bird is called Lucky Matey so we use this to get the children excited all the more about the bath asking them if they would like to put lucky matey in the bath.
They are an unusual shaped bottle that no matter how you hold it you have always got a good grip on the bottle. The other interesting thing about these bottles is the top it is always designed as a hat that the charactor is wearing, I remember as a child I would pour some of the bubble bath into the top of the lid and then pour it under the tap when the water was running. Of course this was supervised and usually done under the cold tap. My children also do the same as what I did but will smaller amouts of liquid so that they can all have a go at putting some in the water. The designs are always colourful and attract childrens attention. I have found that this has to go on the highest shelf in our bathroom due to my daughter trying to get it and put it in any water she can find.
This is specially developed for children because it is mild and gentle on the skin because we all know how sensitive childrens skin can be, it is dermatologically tested and approved so I am assured that it is not tested on animal which I am a big beliver on the non testing on animals. It contains moisturisers from seaweed extracts, I have heard that seaweed is good for the skin but I have never used products with seaweed in myself since I have grown up but I will say that this bubble bath does make my childrens skin feel soft. It is Ph balanced so this means that it should be kind on the skin and this product is also suitable for children aged 1 and over so at least 3 of the children in my house are able to use it in another 6 months all the children will benifit from this.
This bubble bath makes lots of bubbles when added to the running water and not alot is needed to create this effect. The bubbles last longer than the bath does even when washing with soap and washing hair it says bubbly in the bath. Each bottle has a different fragrance ours smells like exotic fruit and I have noticed that the bubbles smell like this in the bath and my children when they get out of it. You can also collect the bottles which is fun because my children love to play with this in the bath pouring water over each other or me in my daughters case.
The bubbles create alot of fun they try to make different shapes out of them and put bubbles on their heads we have got some funny photos of bubble hats and weird creations my children have made. This has made bath time much more fun in our house and has got everyone involved. If you have children who do not like the bath give this a try and let them join in with adding it they will love the bath in the end.
The directions of use are very easy to understand you pour 2-4 ineer capfuls of luck matey into a stream of water. I only use 2 this gives plenty of bubbles in our bath. This is very easy to do and the cap screws on and off easy. If you do get this in your eyes wash thourghly with clean water. We have not had this happen to us but children do seem to get into stupid situations. This is also to be kept out of reach of children until the bottle is empty.
It has a 12 month date on it which is good because not every childs bath needs bubbles mine are that picky you have to ask first. It is a 500ml bottle which should last upto 30 baths which is brilliant. Ours tends to last a little longer because we do not use as much. It is a brilliant sized bottle that has a sweet smelling bubble bath inside. It is fun and the bottle is useful afterwards. I am not sure how much this is because I have not seen it or bought any to replace ours that was bought christmas but I know my grandmother got this from morrisons. These are good for stocking fillers at christmas time and this is when I used to have mine as a child.
This makes bath time fun and interesting, children get to be creative and happy while keeping clean. I have found that it cleans my children well and makes them smell nice. It has been kind and gentil on their skin and does not dry their skin out either. This is a fun product that every child should own as their own in the bathroom. Children will fall in love with this and parents should eventually get an easy bath out of their children.
Matey bubble bath, what can I say, it must me the best bubble bath in the world! I remember my mom buying me this when I was little, so I chose to buy the same for my daughter.
Matey is a very mild and gentle bubble bath which is kind to even sensitive skin. This is also one of the reasons why I chose this bubble bath as my daughter and I have sensitive skin, therefore I also use it in my bath.
It also contains added moisturisers from seaweed extracts and it is ph balanced.
It is recommended for use with children over 1 year, however, my 4 month old son has been in the bath with his sister which has contained matey and it hasn't irritated his skin at all.
It is very simple, all you need to do is pour 2-4 inner capfuls of the bubble bath under the running water and it makes lots of fluffy bubbles which my daughter always puts on her chin pretending to be Santa.
The bottle designs:
The design I buy the most is the one with the pink mermaid on the front, called Mer-Matey. I choose this one because my little girl likes it and with her being into all pink things like most little girls, this is one she chooses every time.
There are also three other designs out at the moment, a blue sailor, a cute parrot called Lucky who has the appearance of a pirate and an octopus who is dressed as a doctor.
The empty bottles are reusable as fun bath toys; my daughter loves to play with them in the bath when they are empty.
In my opinion, the scent of most of the matey varieties is very floral, when I have run a bath using matey, the smell travels through upstairs and it makes me feel very warm and cosy.
It contains 500ml of liquid and the manufacturers claim that it can last for up to 30 baths, which I believe is very true. No I've not actually kept a tick chart or anything like that but what I do know is that it is very long lasting.
I buy my Matey from Asda, it costs £1.00 which I think is very good value for the fun my daughter gets out of the product.
One of my favourite ways to relax after a long hard day is a soak in a lovely deep bath filled with bubbles - and my daughter seems to take after me in thie respect . I tend to try not to use my bubble baths with her, as she's still young and a lot of the products I used are heavily perfumed, so, when purchasing a child friendly bubble bath, I went with a brand I'd known since childhood - Matey.
Matey have been going since 1958, when they launched their first product - Sailor Matey, in a distinctive skittle shaped bottle . Since then, Sailor Matey had had many redesigns, and over time he's been accompanied by over 25 colourful friends . The current range has four characters - Sailor Matey , Mer-Matey, Lucky Matey and Doctopus Matey.
Oackaging will very depending on which character you buy . Sailor Matey is a colourful, cheerful little chap , looking smart in his sailors uniform, with his little hand raised to his brow in a salute.
Mer-matey is one for the girls - dressed all in pink, with seashells adorning her long blonde hair and her tail curled prettily under her, she's bound to appeal to little girls everywhere .
Lucky Matey is a colourful parrot , covered in vibrant grren feathers with an eye patch over one eye - the perfect mate for an pirate fans .
And finally, we have Doctopus matey, tentacles curled, wearing a lab coat and holding a bottle of some bubbling potion - this bubble bath magically changes from red to blue in the water!
All the bottles are 500ml, and each bottle has around 30 baths worth of product in it, according to the packaging. Me and my daughter both like a lot of bubbles though (how else are we going to give ourselves beards!) so we use a little more than the recommended one or two glugs . However,we still get a good 20+ baths out of each bottle .
All the bottles are curved to add features to the limbs of the characters, and very very colourful . When empty, they can be weighted with sand or rice and used as skittles, and when still full of bubble bath, they are a great aid to imaginative bathtime stories .
Clearly, this are very appealing to children - but as an adult, it's also reassuring to know that Matey is specially developed for children over the age of one . It's dermatologically tested to be kind to even sensitive skin, is ph balances, and has added moisturisers in the form of natural seaweed extracts.
The most important thing with bubble bath is - how well does it bubble . It bubbles a lot - poured under a running tap with a little bit of handswishing, we soon have a bath full of creamy white bubbles, that last and don't disappear as quickly as with some other brands . The product does have a mild scent, nothing I can identify and nothing overpowering, just a mild clean smell.
It costs £1.67 for a bottle of this at Asda, which I think is reasonable considering the bottles can be recycled and used as fun skittles or even as dolls (obviously, clean the bottles out thoroughly first). I would like to see a few more characters available though , as we have all the bottles from the four there are at present. I did consider switching to another brand of child friendly bubble bath and decanting it into the matey bottles, but I have yet to find anything as good as Matey for gentleness and the amount of bubbles produced .
The ingredients, for anyone who is interested are :
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-5 Cocamide, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Hypnea Musciformis, Gellidiela Acerosa, Sargassum Filipendula, Chndrus Crispus, Parfum, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Denatonium Benzoate.
I'll definitely keep buying this - my daughter loves it, especially making up stories involving the characters, and I love knowing that it is soft and gentle . I also love the amount of bubbles it produces, and have been known to pinch a bit myself !
My only niggle is I would like to see a few more characters so I could grow my collection of Matey skittles!
Matey is designed for children, I know this! Hence buying some for my boyfriends Christmas stocking last year! However, when I started to have a not so great reaction to the bubble bath I was using he suggested I use this instead - its meant to be mild and gentle and shouldn't irritate my skin in the same way as the others I'd been using.
I was in bubble bath heaven when I stepped into my Matey bath! The smell is yummy, just clean and fresh, the bubbles just big enough and all in all it was fabulous. I didn't get any irritated skin or redness, I felt fully refreshed and loved by the warm bubbles. Matey was my new bathing best friend.
Matey has a girlfriend - Mermatey aimed at little girls, instead of being a sailor bottle the picture is of a little pink mermaid and her bubble bath is pink, it smells slightly different to the blue matey, not as fresh to me. So I am a matey girl!
Apparently there is a 3rd matey character, an octopus, but I've never met him and I wonder if because his bottle has a green theme if his bubble bath is green. I will have to find out.
Not the cheapest bubble bath in the world, matey is often on special offer, with tesco recently having him as 2 for £3 so I stocked up.
All joking aside I find this bubble bath so lovely, and really gentle which is great as I am a bather and would hate to go bubbleless!
Im 24 years and 5 months old, I am a grown up, so what exactly is it that makes me buy Matey bubble bath. I remember having it poured into my bath as a wee nipper so some may say its got something to do with that and/or I could argue that its the bubbly-tastic fun that I get from a bottle of Matey bubble bath. So climb on in and enjoy my Matey bubble-tastic experience with me ..
Please Give a Warm Welcome to . Matey
Made in the UK and being sold on the shops shelves since 1958, Matey bubble baths have been the No.1 selling bubble bath product for kiddies over 1 year of age. Matey is the name of the product, in the products range of bubble baths there are 4 different characters.
So why is the Matey bubble bath range so popular? I feel that not only is it a brand that has been trusted for decades by parents but that its been judged for nearly half a century by the harshest critics of all . children, but not just our children us as children.
Over time the Matey bubble bath range has made bath time fun for millions; its been sat at the bath side throughout generations. Its made many fun bath time memories and as I know it, most people have met my mate Matey in one of his 4 bubble bath guises:
1. Sailor He is the Captain of HMS Matey, he wears a blue uniform and a white hat.
2. Mer-Matey She is the beautiful golden haired mermaid who is wears a pink hat.
3. Lucky The only pirate parrot around that wears an eye patch and yellow hat.
4. Doc-topus The colour changing octopus with a blue hat that changes colour when poured into water.
Matey have made bath times easier for parents (in general children dont like bathing), they did this by more recently marketing the 4 bubble baths in moulded shaped bottles that suited each individual character, this was to replace the more original skittle shaped bottles. By doing this, its created a very positive reaction in children, giving off that toy appeal. What a perfect marketing tactic by Sara Lee especially when the bottle can then be used as a toy when fully used.
Creating millions of delicate and softly-fragranced long-lasting bubbles, I just pour 2 - 4 capfuls (as advised) of the goopy liquid under warm running water to create a bubbly-tastic experience that is really soothing yet uplifting and very fun.
The scents of all 4 Matey bubble bath characters are mild. As I mentioned earlier the Matey bubble baths are available in 4 characters. Mer-Matey has a more floral based scent so is more marketed towards us girls unlike the Sailor which has a distinct yet mild aftershave scent aimed more at the boys. Both Lucky and Doct-topus are more fresh n fruity and are in my opinion unisex.
All 4 scents are comforting though, so much so that I could describe the experience as almost having a hug-like sensation hit my senses perfect for child to adult alike
Regardless of which character Im in the mood for I either splash n play or just lay n soak, either way the millions of bubbles stay bubbly for the whole time Im in the tub and of course this is all the whilst getting me squeaky fresh n clean. Some people may also be interested to know that I have had no residue left around my bath tub either - so there's no having to clean it afterwards.
All of the 4 characters in the mild and gentle Matey bubble bath range have been specially developed for use on childrens sensitive skin. The Matey bubble bath products are dermatologically tested and approved; pH balanced and have added moisturizers from Seaweed extracts. So as you will agree, all of this makes for an irritation free bubbly-tastic experience.
Price & Availability
Matey bubble baths come in a standard bottle size of 500ml. The bottles blurb says that you can get up to 30 baths from each bottle, Id be more inclined to say 16-20 would be more accurate, however, I still feel this is very modestly priced at approx £1.60 each.
The 4 Matey bubble bath characters are available in most supermarkets and in high-street chemists such as Boots and Superdrug, the bottles are very distinctive in comparison to other bubble baths so you shouldnt have any problems finding it on the shelf.
Even though I don't have kids I do buy bottles for my nieces and nephews who are all young - they love it just as much as I did when I was a child, so as you will agree this proves that the essence of 'Matey' bubble bath is still there...... I will without a doubt buy this for my future children and grand-children in many years to come as its a reliable trustworthy product that creates such fun times.
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© grown_up_girlie, February 2007.
I just love this bubble bath. I remember using it when I was little, bathing my boys in it, and it's now a favourite of little miss.
I can't help thinking that generations of people can't be wrong; if I remember it being around when I was young, it's been around a LONG time, and in fact, when I had a little scout around the website (as you do), I found out that it has in fact been around since 1958; that's a long time to be still going strong and as popular as ever.
So...why do we love it?
There are the obvious features for we parents and carers, and there are just as many reasons for our little treasures (!) to love it
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I look for these kind of things, not because little one is allergic to anything I know of, but rather because I don't want her to have to suddenly suffer an unnecessary allergic reaction.
Matey fits the bill in that it is specially developed for kids over the age of 1 year old and is...
* mild and gentle
* dermatologically tested and approved
* kind to even sensitive skin
* has added moisturisers from seaweed extracts
* ph balanced
All great stuff. i know she probably won't come out in a horrible itchy rash which will send mum rushing medical advise!
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Now this is the good bit.When I shop with my daughter and she needs (or even if she doesn't) bubble bath, she heads straight for the pink section. There are lots of pink bubble baths, usually in the shape of Barbie princesses and the like and we have to choose carefully. She is, however, steered easily to the Matey because it's pink. Yes, joy of joys, we have a golden haired mermaid Matey, sitting surrounded by shells, with shell hair clips and a pink screw on top; what little girl could resist. (Not, I hope an offensive comment, it's just that in my experience, girls have gone for this one).
As I mentioned before, this particular Matey bottle is a plastic bottle which is shaped so that it can be carried easily. It is 500ml and is good for up to 30 baths.
It has a picture of a "mummy it's a beautiful mermaid-can I have it?" on the front which continues all around the bottle. Whichever way it is placed, it looks pink, and because of all that gorgeous pink, the Matey logo is all but invisible to the small child's eye, as are the instructions.
The screw on cap is large and hat shaped (do mermaids wear hats?) and, most importantly, pink.
The bubble bath itself is pink and smells "nice-like flowers". The directions state that you have to pour 2-4 inner capfuls into a stream of water; we usually just guess but whatever amount we put in, we must be doing something right because bath time really is a bubble bath.
All good things have to come with a warning, but this is pretty minor, and not a great deal to get flustered about:
* if the product is splashed in the eyes rinse thoroughly with cold water
* keep the product away from children until empty. I would actually always do this, otherwise it would all be poured into the bathy in one go. However, once empty, it's great fun playing with Mer-Matey in the bath, especially if you keep all the bottles and you have a whole sea faring/sea living crew.
* Small parts not suitable for children under 36 months when the empty container is used as a toy. I honestly haven't found any parts small enough to be swallowed but it is a warning on the bottle
We buy them all at different times and keep the bottles for the afore mentioned crew. Apart from Mer-Matey, there are:
Sailor (Captain of HMS Matey)
Lucky (the pirate parrot
Doc-topus (the colour changing octopus)
Dolphin Shampoo (no tangle shampoo)
Squirty Starfish funwash (body wash for bath and shower)
Diver handwash (antibacterial)
As it says on the website..."GO BUBBLEISTIC"
I don't know what alot of these are, but someone suggested (rightly) that I mentioned the ingredients for people who are looking out for specific ingredients to avoid. Here they are:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-5 Cocamide, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Hypnea Musciformis, Gellidiela Acerosa, Sargassum Filipendula, Chndrus Crispus, Parfum, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Denatonium Benzoate.
Very child friendly website with interactive games to play, and for parents and carers, product information
Sarah Lee (thought they made cakes)
H and BC UK
A must, and one which most people may have tried or at least seen. Satisfies the visual needs of those discerning little people and the "am I doing the right thing" needs of the adult. Good value product and one you may enjoy using yourself; you too could be part of the Matey crew.
Happy New Year to everyone! x
I have bought all my large Christmas presents and have made a start on all the little stocking fillers. As both my kids love splashing about in the bath I decided to buy a couple of novelty bubble baths for them. Browsing around my local supermarket I spied a range of bath goodies for kiddies and I was surprised at how costly they can be. A famous children?s television programme have their own range out and they cost over £4 a bottle. Then out of the corner of my eye I spied a bubble bath I used to use as a child; Matey. Matey bath products have been gracing our shop shelves since 1958 and today still remain popular amongst children. I remember getting a matey bubble bath every Christmas as a stocking filler from my parents. Priced at just £1.68 for 500ml from Tesco, I thought this was a good buy. Since I purchased my bottles I discovered Boots the Chemist have them as part of the BOGOF and they cost £1.99 for two. Even better value. There are 4 different bubble baths to choose from; Sailor, Mer-Matey, Lucky the Pirate Parrot and Doc-topus. Each character has its own bottle design which appeals to young children. The colours are bright and eye-catching and after use the bottles make great toys to play with. Sailor, Captain of HMS Matey is a jolly looking sailor. He is dressed in his blue sailor?s uniform and the lid cleverly acts as his hat. The bubble bath itself is a pale blue colour and it has a fresh, marine scent, kind of like a light aftershave. Mer-Matey, the golden haired Mermaid is perfect for any little girl into girly pink, things. Again her bright pink hat is the lid of the bottle. The liquid is pink in colour and has a really nice, floral scent. Lucky the Pirate Parrot is suitable for both girls and boys so there is no need to fight over who?s going to use their bubble bath each bath-time. Lucky is a bright yellow and green parrot and he wears a patch over one eye. The yellow lid of the bott
le acts as the feathers on his head. The bubble bath is green and has a really delicious fruity aroma. Last, but not least there is Doc-topus. Again, this bubble bath is unisex. What sets this bubble bath from the rest is that it changes colour once it?s added to water. Great fun for the kids. It has a lovely fruity smell too. As well as this range of bubble baths, Matey do bring out limited editions at certain times of the year for example I received a Santa Claus for Christmas a while ago. Look carefully though as they are not easy to source. In addition to the bubble baths, there are other products available to keep your little mucky ones clean; Dolphin Shampoo, which is a mild shampoo with a no-tangle formula. This is great for my daughter as she has wavy hair and keeping her hair tangle-free can be a pain at times, literally. There is also the Squirty Starfish Funwash, which can be used for washing in the bath or shower. This is soap-free which means it is gentle on young skin, but tough on dirt too. And finally, there is the Diver Hand wash which is an antibacterial hand wash ideal for keeping the germs at bay. These are readily available in some supermarkets and these make great stocking fillers too. All Matey products have been dermatologically tested with children in mind so they are suitable for particularly sensitive skin. With the addition of new moisturisers from seaweed extracts these bubble baths will leave your children?s skin feeling super-soft and ultra clean at the same time. To use Matey you simply take off the character?s hat and pour some bubble bath into it. Two to four pours is plenty to give you a really bubbly bath. The good thing about Matey is that it doesn?t sting your eyes if you get any bubbles in them. If I had a pound for every time Gemma has splashed her younger brother and made him laugh I wouldn?t have to spend so long on here trying to make a few pe
nnies.;p For any more information there is a website you can visit. Here you can see the most popular products in the range as well as play games till your heart?s content. Log onto www.matey.co.uk, but remember to let your kids have a turn.
Bathtime! It is a word which will strike fear and dread into the hearts of parents across the Country, how easily the innocent word trips from your tongue, how heavy your heart as it falls to your boots! Now, I know that not every child hates having baths, some kids love it, my youngest falls into this group (hooray), my other two do not! After research conducted by me, via chats at Mothers and Toddlers and pre-school pick-up I have come to the conclusion that my youngest child is in the minority. What's the solution? How about this, rather than filling your bath so full of toys you are unable to fit the children in, try some bathtime fun with the cleaning thrown in too. The makers of Matey bubble bath discovered this, sometime ago, way back in 1958 to be precise. Its a simple idea, children love bubbles, but hate baths so try a compromise and they may at least like bathtime. Throw in some endearing packaging and it becomes an enjoyable experience. I can remember Matey bubble Bath from my childhood, in those days he was little more than a smiley faced bottle with a sailors hat, he promised loads of big bubbles and kept his word. The Matey jingle would ring in our ears. "Your Matey's a bottle of fun, you puts me in the bath, I'm loved by everyone, I'm always good for a laugh." I grew up, and Matey did too! He now has a whole family of bath products and has a smart bottle, curved to reflect his features and character. He has gone from slightly serious smart sailor, to jolly lad in a sailor's suit. One thing remains true, the lid of the bottle is still a sailor's hat. He now urges you to "Go Bubbleistic!" and is true to his word, producing mountains of huge bubbles in the bath. After waiting for my youngest to reach a year old (not suitable for under ones) we are happily using our Matey at bathtime and fun has replaced dread.
This is a bubble bath developed especially for kids, it is designed to be gentle even to sensitive skin. Two of my children have had mild skin problems, but both have been fine with Matey. This bubble bath is pH balanced and now has added moisturisers from seaweed extract. It makes a refreshing and safe alternative to Baby bath products, producing more bubbles and a more exciting smell. As I said earlier Sailor Matey is no longer alone, he has 3 companions in addition to, a shampoo, a funwash and a handwash to keep him company. Each of the four Matey bubble bath characters has its own colour and scent, the bottles are considered collectable and make fun bath toys. They also make great skittles when used with a foam ball or beach ball. It should be noted that they are not suitable (as toys) for children under 36 months. Characters: Sailor Matey; based on the original in his white sailor hat. His pale blue bubble bath is mildly scented and very fresh, would probably be called "aqua" in an adult range. Lucky Matey; This friendly looking parrot has a yellow hat, his lime green bubble bath smells of fruit, particularly apples. Mer-Matey; Pretty in pink, a mermaid in a shocking pink hat, her pink bubble bath has a floral note. Doc-topus; A sweet looking octopus wearing a blue hat, he has magical colour changing bubble bath (this impressed me more than the kids!), it has a sweet, fruity smell. For the complete Matey experience, try the dolphin, gentle shampoo. This mild shampoo is designed to reduce tangles. Diver handwash is another new product, it is anti-bacterial and has a pump to dispense it. The most interesting addition in my mind is the "Squirty" Starfish funwash, this is a soap free bodywash, and it's beautifully designed starfish bottle is made to float in the bath! The bubble bath itself come
s in a 500ml bottle, this is designed to provide up to 30 baths if the correct instructions are followed. You add 2-4 inner capfuls into the stream of water. This is all that is required for a cascade of rich, sparkling and long lasting bubbles. I have seen Matey for sale this week at Asda for £1.68, I think it is usually priced nearer £2, however I have often seen it in buy one get one free promotions, so it is worth shopping around. Whatever price you pay, it is worth it for stress-free bathing. Finally, if you want to indulge yourself go ahead, in fact "Go Bubbleistic" too! For further information and games try the Matey web site ( you can even download the Matey theme tune!) www.matey.co.uk
The kids bubble bath since 1958! New mild and gentle formulations have been specially developed for kids /