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      19.02.2014 16:16
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      A delightfully girly bath time

      I have a confession to make. Despite the fact that I am now in the later stages of my twenties I still love a bottle of Mermaid Matey bubble bath from time to time. Sad though true, nothing quite says cute and girly in my opinion like a bottle of this magical stuff and I have very fond memories of receiving it in my Christmas stocking as a child. Having been around for such a long time it really must be a much loved product and therefore when I spotted a bottle selling for just £1 in my local Asda at lunchtime I knew I had to buy it.

      ~The Product and Packaging~

      The bottle for this bubble bath is incredibly girly and fun to look at although it has changed slightly from the Dooyoo illustration above. The bottle is shaped around the character on the front and this means that it curves inwards and out and is very easy to hold when wet. On the front of my bottle is the cartoon illustration of a pretty mermaid with long blonde hair and a long pink tail. Next to the mermaid is a pink seahorse and I have to admit to loving the presentation of this bottle as its pink and purple colour theme really stands out against the other bath products on the shelf. Turning my bottle over, there is a cute little story on the back of the bottle which tells us that the mermaids name is 'Molly Matey' and there is a brief introduction to her character including what she enjoys doing and who she enjoys spending time with. The story is entirely fictional of course and yet I think it is a fun way of encouraging children to read at all times of day including bath time.

      On the back of the bottle we are also given a few facts about this bubble bath including the link to the Matey website where there are a number of fun games and the ingredients inside this product. Helpfully, this bubble bath is mild and gentle to the skin and has a hypoallergenic and skin ph neutral formulation which I believe would make it suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. A typical bottle contains 500ml of bubble bath which though Matey say lasts up to thirty bath times, although I find is more than adequate for lasting a couple of weeks if I have a bath every night.

      The bottle is easy to open using the twist open lid at the top and this is bright pink to match the rest of the bottle. Inside the bubble bath has the same bubble gum pink colour to that of the lid and this has quite a runny formula which ensures that it runs out of the bottle easily when faced downwards. It is the smell of this product that I particularly love and I am happy to say that it hasn't changed much since I first owned this bubble bath as a child. The smell is soapy and clean with a slightly fruity scent which reminds me of strawberry and I find this fragrance very girly and young.

      ~Bath Time Use~

      To use this bubble bath Matey recommend that you pour it under running water and swish around with your hands to create lots of bubbles. Personally I like to ensure that the bath tap is running before pouring a blob of pink liquid into the bottom of my bath and swishing it around with my hands. In my opinion this bubble bath creates a good amount of bubbles and gives a light pink tone to the colour of the water making it a lovely way to relax. The smell of this bubble bath gives a burst of soft fragrance to my bathroom which dwells even after I have drained the bath and I love the soapy clean fragrance that it brings to my home.

      ~My Opinions~

      In terms of the longevity of the bubbles I do think it is important for a bubble bath to have resistant bubbles which don't pop as soon as they come into contact with my daily shower gel. Happily this bubble bath performs very well on this front and gives large areas of white foam in my bath which seem to last the duration and do not fizzle and turn into a soapy scum floating on the top of the water. This bubble bath gives a soft scent to my skin even after drying and leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and smelling sweet without any moisture stripping qualities that make me want to run for a bottle of body moisturiser after bath time.

      ~Price and Availability~

      I purchased a bottle of this bubble bath from my local Asda store and paid just £1 for it which I consider a bargain especially considering the lovely way in which it brightens up my bath time. At full price this product is available in Boots for £2.05 which although slightly more expensive is a price I would still consider paying for such a fun bath time treat.

      ~Overall Comments and Recommendations?~

      Happily this bubble bath is just as good now as I remember it as a child. The incredibly girly packaging means that this product does lend itself to a girls bath time however Matey do also do a couple of other products designed for boys which are just as good in my opinion. I would highly recommend this product, particularly for the younger market at which it is aimed, but also for women like me who enjoy a touch of childhood nostalgia from time to time. As a result this bubble bath scores a well deserved five stars from me, I just can't wait to get home now to have a bath.

      I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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        15.11.2013 18:23
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        Lots of bubbles for a fun bathtime!

        I picked this up with my online shop last week. It cost me a £1 from Tesco.com.

        Matey bubble baths have been around for years and I am sure most readers remember them from childhood.

        The packaging is a little more modern than the bottle pictured above. The bubble bath is called Molly and she is a mermaid. Molly has long blonde hair and is pink and purple in colour. Her background is surrounded by bubbles. Molly also has shells in her hair and finally her lid is shaped like a hat which is bright pink. The bottle is in the shape of a person.

        The bubble bath is aimed at kids so as expected it is described as mild and gentle and hypo-allergenic.

        To use this bubble bath you simply pour under running water and watch the bubbles form.

        The bubble bath is a pale pink in colour and it has a lovely fruity smell to it.

        You don't need to add much of this to the bath to get a really good foam.

        The smell of the bubble bath doesn't last long but the bubbles are long lasting and even after my daughter has been in the bath 20 mins or so there are still a lot of bubbles left. My daughter likes to make tea in the bath with her tea set and is very reluctant to get out I find that if there is a good layer of bubbles the bath water stays warmer for longer.

        I would buy this bubble bath again, it is good value a bottle contains 500ml which lasts us a good few weeks. It leaves my daughters skin soft and smooth and there isn't any irritation to her eczema which certain products can affect.

        Full marks from us.

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        07.06.2013 23:47
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        A good bubble bath if you can overlook the sickly smell

        Bathtime is a frequent occurrence in our household as my little toddler finds new and inventive ways daily to make herself as grubby as possible. When she was a baby I only washed her new and again to keep her skin from getting sore but now it's a daily occurrence and sometimes more than that.

        Now if there's one thing my 2 year old loves it's water, and another thing is bubbles. I asked my husband to pick up some bubble bath for her when he was in town after work and since he couldn't find the usual Peppa Pig brand we buy he picked up this Matey bubble bath instead.

        Each bottle comes with a different cartoon figure on the front of it which my daughter finds very appealing as the colours are bright and the face quite pronounced. The one we have is the 'Mer-Matey' version, it is a strange wavy shape as the sides are designed so fingers can grip them even if the bottle becomes sticky, and the screwtop lid is easy to open but not for little fingers.

        The bottle also carries a blurb about the history of the Mer-Matey but since my little girl is too young to care about this I will spare you the details here except to say that it is clever copywriting which has no doubt helped to sell the brand's popular image over the years.

        The bubble bath is meant to be hypoallergenic ie kind to skin, and we haven't had any problems with it so far. It has a sweet sickly smell which is meant to imitate flowers I think though it's hard to say. Maybe I'm just used to Lush products though which always smell like they're meant to due to the purity of essential oils.

        Now onto the bubble front. The Matey brand certainly does this well, much better than the Peppa Pig bubble bath we had been using previously. With PP they disappear very quickly and there aren't many of them even if you add quite a bit of bubble bath. With this Matey bubble bath the whole bath quickly becomes afroth with bubbles, much to my toddler's delight. Okay, and mine as well. Bubbles are fun!!

        A 500ml bottle of Matey bubble bath will set you back around a fiver. There are sometimes deals on in places like Boots or Asda though so it's worth keeping an eye out and stocking up when you come across it, which I am now planning to do. The bottle lasts quite a long time and you don't have to use much to get a good amount of bubbles, enough to keep toddler happy for the duration of a long bath while you get a bit of bathroom scrubbing done. A mother's work is never done eh??

        I would give this bubble bath 5 stars BUT the only thing I'm not sold on is the smell, which is a bit too sickly for me, though I am still nauseous as I'm pregnant.. But even so, I adore the smell of most lush products, and the Peppa Pig bubble bath doesn't have such a strong smell. This one does. Sokeep that in mind if you plan to try it. Otherwise, I do recommend it, and I give it 4 stars.

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          07.06.2013 21:01
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          Lovely bubbles for little bathtimes

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          My little girl loves bathtime, and bathtime isn't complete without lots of bubbles! The Matey brand is probably familiar to most people and has been around for years but this is a version clearly aimed at the female market, and differs from the original version that I remember from when I was little.

          This formula is hypo-allergenic and is mild and gentle, so perfect for young skin. It costs around £2 a bottle from supermarkets and chemists, but I think it was on offer when I picked it up.

          The bottle is mainly pink, and has a picture of the Matey mermaid on the front. There is a chunky pink screwtop lid, and it is very child-friendly.

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          The back of this bottle has a story on the back to introduce us to the Matey mermaid, whose name is Molly. My little girl liked listening to the story on the back, and she often asks for these bubbles to be added to her bath. The bubble bath has a nice fruity fragrance that isn't too strong but is perfect for kids' bathtime. And best of all it produces loads of bubbles, which is the most important thing of course!

          My daughter can spend ages in the bath if she's allowed and I do like the way the smell of this product lingers in the bathroom - and on her skin - after her bath. The bubbles are also very resilient and seem to last ages.

          And since we finished our bottle of Matey bubbles, the bottle has stayed in the bathroom and has become firmly installed as an important part of my little girl's playtime in the bath - the current game involves making cups of tea for her baby brother using the bottle and lid - I tend not to ask and let her get on with it, but it's certainly added an extra bonus that we're still getting use of the bottle even after the bottle is empty!

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          For a pound or two I have no complaints about this product. The bubble bath smells lovely and creates lots of lovely bubbles, and my daughter has had hours of fun from it - and is still enjoying the bottle even though there aren't any more bubbles left inside! Five stars.

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          09.03.2013 16:38
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          Lovely bubble bath

          My daughter loves loads of bubbles in her baths and I've found with the cheaper brands you have to use more product to get lots of bubbles so I've been splashing out a bit to find a child friendly bubble bath that makes lots of bubbles. One of these is this Matey mermaid bubble bath.

          The bubble bath is available to purchase from most supermarkets like Asda and Tesco or places such as Boots. The 500ml bottle usually costs around £2.

          The Matey brand has been around for years and is more known for the sailor style bottle but they introduced a girl version in the form of a mermaid. The bottle is exactly the same shape as the sailor bottle being curvy but this one features the picture of a cartoon like mermaid and is mainly pink in colour whereas the other is more blue. A cute thing about the bottle is that on the back there is a little story told by Molly Matey mentioning that Max Matey is her best friend. The top of the bottle has a screw top lid so you only have to unscrew this to get to the bubble bath.

          The bubble bath has quite a gloopy consistency and I find that when I pour it in the bath it comes out of the bottle in dollops. One dollop is more than adequate to get a good amount of bubbles. I normally pour the bubble bath in as the bath is running and give it a swish around to create more bubbles. The bubble bath is pink in colour and once the bath has been run and the bubbles formed, it has quite a fruity, fun smell to it. The quality of the bubbles is fantastic and my daughter loves splashing around with them. A couple of bubbles are left right at the end of her bath but as she plays with them so much most of them pop which is to be expected.

          The bubble bath is hypoallergenic and is gentle and kind on young ones skin so you don't need to worry about any adverse effects. My daughter doesn't have any skin conditions so I can't tell you whether it would be suitable for kids with skin problems but it does seem to be gentle and could be worth having a go.

          I'd definitely recommend this mermaid version of the Matey bubble bath. It is quite expensive for bubble bath but the quality is great and a little goes a very long way. It provides loads of bubbles and is gentle on my daughter skin. I would prefer if it didn't come out of the bottle in dollops but it does the job so I can't really complain.

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            07.03.2013 21:32
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            nice girly smelling bubbles

            I took a bath in Matey tonight! Well, actually I took my daughter's bath water and added a little hot to the water to make it more my preferred temperature.

            Packaging

            Mer Matey has undergone a bit of a makeover since the above picture and looks a little more modern. She's still the same shape and size though so there are plenty of original features there. The bottle is pink and girly and easy to grip hold of as it's curvy and the top is like a hat but again easy to grasp. Whilst it is recyclable, the bottle is so cute I don't think I want to part with it when it's empty. Any ideas for a second life?

            In use
            I tipped a bit in the bath whilst the taps were running and maybe I was a bit stingey as I needed to add a bit more to create lots of bubbles. The liquid was pink and smelt really fruity, like strawberries.

            My thoughts
            I'm not usually a fan of fruity bath products but I take it all back for matey! It smells gorgeous and is totally right for little girls (and mums who sneak in a quick bath afterwards!). The product is nice and gentle on skin and has not caused us any problems, we have been using it intermittently since Christmas.

            Price
            I picked up two different bottle of Matey at Christmas from Boots whilst they were on offer. We actually got loads of baby bath products but I wanted to get this as I remember enjoying a matey bubble bath as a child. As memory serves, I think I got two bottles for £3 which is a good price for this popular bubble bath.

            Final word
            I did find I needed to use a generous amount in the bath but the bubbles lasted ages and my daughter was playing with them loads, putting them on her bath book and blowing on the bubbles. For some reason tonight she wanted to sit on a step whilst in the bath (like an old lady lol!) but she didn't want to get out of the bath so I'd say this product was a big hit. We still have around a third of the bottle left and will continue to enjoy using it before cracking open the next bottle of Matey. A definite repurchase in the future.

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              08.10.2012 10:31
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              Good Clean Fun

              Our Daughter Loves bath time. Unfortunately she has always suffered from dry skin and so instead of the nice exciting bubble baths we have been using very bland ones designed for sensitive skin or prescribed by the doctor.

              Recently her skin had improved a lot and while we were out shopping I decided to give this a try.

              It comes in a lovely girly pink bottle with a picture of a mermaid and the lid is the crown on her head (i think the image has been updated since the picture above but it is very similar).

              The bottle is a nice shape and easy to hold and it is a good size at 500ml especially as you only need a small amount so lasts a good amount of time.

              The cap is a screw top and easy to undo. The bubble bath inside is a lovely bright bubble gum pink and has a strawberry smell to it.

              I put a big blob under running water and it creates lots of bubbles, enough to full the bath. The bubbles also last without just dissolving into the water, even after a bath marathon there are some left behind when we get our daughter out.

              The best thing for us is that her skin has not re-acted. The bottle says it is hypoallergenic and PH balanced and suitable for sensitive skin.

              So now she has a lovely girly pink bubble bath she can enjoy without the dry skin afterwards - full marks for this one Matey!!

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              10.11.2011 14:08

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              A fab smelling bubble bath thats is great for sensitive skin and will last a good few weeks.

              My daughter absoloutly loves bubbles in her bath but unfortunatly her skin reacts too most childrens bubble bath on the market , she has very sensitive skin and often comes out in rashes after bathing with bubbles . I felt so sorry for her as she would always beg for mummy too put bubbles in her bath but i got fed up of every bubble bath i used (even though they claimed to be for sensitive skin ) reacting badly with her skin ,but one day i was on my weekly shop when my little girl spotted this on the shelf I looked at the bottle and it did say for sensitive skin and as my daughter pleaded and pleaded I decided to give it a whirl and guess what..... NO REACTION !! her skin was lovley and soft after with no red marks. It was well worth the money you only need to use a little of the bubble mixture to create a bath full of bubbles , it has a fab fresh and fruity smell and it last for quite a while.
              A great bubble bath for kids.

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              22.02.2011 18:51
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              She loves it

              My daughter tries to get me to buy these bubble baths whenever we are in the shops but I was a little hesitant as she used to have eczema and it seems to have cleared so I didn't want to tempt fate. On Christmas day though a family member gave her a bottle and of course there was no way a 3 year old was going to forget about it. I finally had to give in and let her use it, the one she had been given changed the colour of the water which she thought was great and thankfully she had no reactions with it.

              Well of the course the bottle ran out as it does so when we were shopping she kept mentioning it so I went to have a look, there were 2 choices on the shelf and cost £1.75 per bottle which holds 500ml which I thought wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. The one my daughter picked was the female with the pink lid - she is pink daft.

              The bottle states that it is hypoallergenic formulation and on the back is a little story about the character on the bottle which my daughter likes me to rear to her, thought this was a nice little touch. You also have the ingredients and directions for use as you would expect and a warning which I found a little strange "not suitable for children under 36 months old when the empty container is used as a toy" I can't see why I would want to give it as a toy but if it was washed out properly I can't actually see the problem as there are no small parts. The bottle is recyclable without the sleeve and the cap.

              The liquid inside is nice and thick so you don't need to use much at all, it is bright pink in colour and smells very fruity, the smell fills the bathroom when it is used. I love that the bottle has a little brightly coloured character as myself and my daughter will make up little stories about her whilst she is in the bath. This is a different one than the one she got for Christmas and still we haven't had any reactions so I do now feel I can trust this brand although I still won't let her have it in the bath when her baby sister goes in with her.

              Child friendly and highly recommended, my daughter loves it.

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                08.02.2011 07:34
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                A nice bath foam that i will stock up on next time it's on offer.

                My kid love taking baths, and do so extensively at night, they have separate baths now too, so whatever I use in the bath for myself has to be suitable for their skin too......what a palava!

                I have to say I am not too concerned with what I have to use to get some fluffy bubbles in the bath, with the subject of this review being used for the entire family!

                The product I will now review is -"Mer-Matey bubble bath".

                This brand (to my knowledge anyway!) has been around for a very long time, I remember begging my mum for this for our bath times as kids, though at that time I can only remember there being a sailor one, nowadays there are a plethora of different bottles, characters and even scents and colours of the bath foam itself!

                This particular bottle is as it's name describes it to be, a mermaid, so of course my son started moaning straight away, "I'm a little boy Mummy not a girl!"...I did say if that was the worst he had to suffer in life he would be fine!

                The bottle has a full length picture of a very cute looking mermaid complete with pet sea-horse and a little introduction to the character itself, with this particular one being called Molly and she comes from scrub-a-dub island.

                There is all the other relevant information included too, this being brand name, product name and description, directions for use, ingredients (very important to some especially being a child's product) and the fact that this is skin PH neutral and also kind and gentle to children's sensitive skin, and though my kids have got sensitive skin, this is all I really need to know as they have no real skin allergies.

                To use you pour some under a running tap, though due to how good this stuff is only a small amount is needed.

                This particular one has a nice pink colour to it and smells quite fruity and sweet, though once it has been diluted down with the bath water the smell is incredibly subtle.

                This stuff produces masses of bubbles, thick one's too, not mush use for the kids foam beards if they are thin and feeble, these are thick and full and don't dissolve away too quickly when the kids actually start washing with soap like some other foams do.

                When myself and the kids have bathed in the foam, our skin is cleaned and refreshed feeling without that dry feeling that you can sometimes get with scented products.

                Price wise this cost me £1.00 when on offer, but is considerably dearer at full price (around the £1.60 mark), which I am afraid I don't pay and find an alternative when not on offer.

                This is a nice bath foam that is multi layered in my opinion, the bath foam is ideal to be sculpted, the bottle is actively encouraged to be played with, with my children's bath time box being full of all the different characters I have found on offer in the past, and from my point of view is it safe enough for the entire family to use, recommended!

                Thanks for reading x

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                  02.10.2010 19:48
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                  Like the novelty of it

                  Matey Bubble baths were so popular in our house as we were growning up and me and my sister still to this day buy each other them as a blast from the past gift, she is 25 and I am 27 and we still adore this sweet little bubble bath bottles. Bottles cost sround £1-£2 depending on where you buy them from.

                  Did you know that Matey has been going since 1958. Matey started out as a skittle shape bottle with no extra lumps and bumps. Moved onto Miss Matey, Santa Matey and Rudolph Matey Christmas themed bottles in the 1960s before this little Mer-Matey came along in the 2000s along with Sailor Matey again this time with lumps and bumps also, Lucky Matey who is a pirate parrot and Doctopus Matey who is an octopus all great bath time fun.

                  Mer-Mateys story according to the www.matey.co.uk website is that 'Mer-Matey used to be a female Sailor on HMS Matey and used to sail around the world with Sailor Matey. One day she dived into the sea and turned into a beautiful mermaid and now she lives in Starfish Cove with all her fishy friends!' Thats a nice story to tell the kids and if you had one of all the bottles then the children could re-enact the story. Each bottles lid is sailor hat shaped in this case a pink one which was trademarked in the 1960s and fits securly onto the bottle so dunking the bottle into water would not mean any liquid escapes however its probably best you only use empty bottles to play with save any unwanted accidents. Mer-Matey is a plastic bumpy bottle with a plastic coating on which has the picture Mer-Matey printed on it holding a little starfish.


                  The bottles of Matey bubble bath all contain the same great bubble bath formula which contains moisturisers from seaweed which are senstive to skin as they are suppost to be aimed at children. All you need is about 3-4 glugs of the thick bubble bath formula I tend to pour mine into the running water and watch as the bubbles fill the bath. The bubbles are always reallt thick great for kids to play with. As kids me and my sister used to like making bubble hats withthem. The bubble bath is suppost to have a fruity fragrance but I would not really describe it as that its sort of a neutral smell not overpowering anyway. As an adult its still nice to have a nice bubble bath and this is great for doing just that plus the novelty factor of the cute bottle.

                  4 stars for me I am just a big kid really. It would be great if they did a more fragranced one for adults.

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                    19.06.2010 01:45
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                    we all love matey - its a family thing.

                    An oldie but a goody. I was so pleased to see these on the shelf in my local tescos. Funnily enough not so many days before you eldest said to me, "Mummy, what kind of bubble bath did you have in the olden days?" My daughter is 9 and i'm 33, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

                    I picked this one and the sailor matey and took them home - after paying for them i hasten to add!
                    I put them on the shelf by the bath and wondered how long it would take my children to see the new additions. 10 mintes later my 5 year old went to the toilet and screamed through to me "mummy, can i have a bath now please", "whyyyyyyy" i say, already smiling. "Cos i want to play with the mermaid and the little boy, please mummy, can i mummy, please"

                    Well as you can tell, it didn't take him long at all to see the brightly coloured, slightly odd shaped bottles. I'm really glad to see that they've kept the iconic screw top lids, or should I say hats!

                    The mermaid one smells very sweet, not so keen on the sailor one, smells too clean if that makes any sense.
                    These are a great hit with my kids and i had great pleasure in pointing these out to my daughter and saying "here you are, these are what I had in the olden days in MY bath" while rolling my eyes in mock disgust.

                    The no tears formula is advertised on front, although none of my children are willing to test the theory! But no, so far, no tears.

                    I will continue to buy matey for as long as it is made, or until my last child moves out, whichever comes first!

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                    10.11.2009 10:17
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                    Remodel of a 1960 classic favourite bubble bath

                    Formerly Miss Matey this bubble bath came out in 1960, some time after the successful start of Mr Matey in 1958, and specifically for the female market. Originally the bottle was a familiar skittle shape with pink print and was my favourite as a child. Also in 1960 saw the beginning of the Christmas special matey's - Santa Matey and Rudolph Matey.

                    Later on we were introduced to Snowy Matey (Winter) and Wizard Matey (which I cant quite remember but think it might have had glitter in it).

                    In 2000 the whole Matey line was reborn and repackaged with only 4 formulas: original character Sailor Matey, Mer-Matey the mermaid, Lucky Matey the pirate parrot and Doctopus Matey the octopus.

                    Far from the original bottle as we can get, other than the familiar turned 'hat' top the bottles now resemble bobble heads without the movements - ie big heads. As a adult I really appreciate the old bottles with their memories, however my daughter loves the look of the new bottles, using empty ones as dolls in the bath!

                    We bought ours from Asda on special offer, however normal RRP is only £1 for a 500ml bottle, which is more than enough for 30 or more baths. You can use the inner cap as a guide to how much to use (which isnt much)

                    The mixture pours out quite nicely as a semi-runny light pink clear gel with a flowery smell which has suddenly prompted my daughter to pinch it and take a bath..... eep! It foams really well and the bubbles last through the bath and not much beyond 30 minutes though. But that's great as if they hit 30 minutes it usually means they come out like wrinkly old people! It also means this product it quite easy to clean up after.

                    One note though, don't add too much... my nan still recommends Matey neat on a sponge to get wax crayon off walls. And yes I have tested it on a cream wall. It worked!

                    Small word from my 8 year old
                    "I like my mermaid bubble bath it smells nice and makes my bath all bubbly and ......" (sorry I cant make out the rest she's starting to run upstairs for a bath!)

                    Matey is made in the UK by the Sara Lee group.

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