Product Type: N-Spa Bath & Shower
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Bath in Caramel anyone (literally!)
NSPA Hot Butter Fudge Bath Syrup
Member Name: hayley_dl
NSPA Hot Butter Fudge Bath Syrup
Advantages: smells lovely, scent is very long lasting, only a relatively small amount needed
Disadvantages: none for me
I had never even heard of N-Spa before I started reading reviews of their products on here. I read many positive reviews about them and whilst I'm more then happy with my current Lush/Sanctuary obsession they do get rather expensive when bought regularly. N-Spa however, appeared to be a cheaper, good quality alternative.
Who Are N-Spa
I can't be the only one who seems to have been living under a rock over at least the last few months and not noticed the N-Spa products, let alone know who they are!
N-Spa stands for Nirvana Spa, this is a spa in Berkshire with six pools containing spa water to "cleans and energise" the body. The spa is, apparently, award-winning and aimed at building an "oasis of serenity where mind, body and soul could come together to promote health and wellbeing."
Their products are designed to "make you feel pampered and special, and leave your skin looking glowing and radiant."
(Information taken from their website www.nirvanaspa.co.uk)
This is a light yellowy-orange liquid in a clear plastic bottle. This allows you to easily see how much of the product is left.
N-Spa say "take the indulgent pleasure of the forbidden fruit add the wisdom of Nirvana, make time in your day and turn your bathroom into a sumptious spa." I can't disagree! I have very expensive taste (just not the money to afford it!) and I'll admit that it's probably the packaging that put me off noticing this before, it's not exactly unpleasant or displeasing to the eye it's just not exactly eye catching either.
The bottle has a flip top lid, the kind where you press one side down and the other side flips up. As soon as you open the lid you can smell the product which smells exactly as you'd expect. Think sickly sweet real butter fudge. The consistency of this bath cream is very thick and again, very reminiscent of melted fudge. There is actually caramel listed as an ingredient which probably helps to contribute to both the scent and texture! (Mouth watering yet?)
Despite the thick consistency and small hole I had no problems getting the product out of the bottle. It just needed a small squeeze in order to remove some into my bath. If anything the small hole combined with the consistency of the product is actually a benefit. This is because I've found that a little goes a long way with this and so these features prevent you using too much which results in wastage. It also doesn't clog up like some bottles with small holes, however if for whatever reason you do want to remove the lid this unscrews without a problem.
After I'd run the bath and this had dissolved I was left with a bath full of bubbles and although I would say there was a slight hint of yellow to my bath water there wasn't too much of a noticeable change - this may be different if you add more then I do.
On stepping into the bath the water was noticeably softer and the whole bathroom was full of the smell which, by now, had lost the sickly sweet tone it had and instead just smelt of butter fudge.
The bubbles lasted for the duration of my bath (around 30-45mins) and I found them fairly hard to rinse away after so I'd guess that they'd stick around a lot longer if I'd needed them to.
After I got out the bath my skin was noticeably softer, although I did still need to use moisturiser on especially dry areas, such as my legs, I could easily have skipped it on the rest of my body.
The scent is also quite strong, it lingered in the bathroom for a fair while after I'd emptied the bath. It also lingered on my skin for several hours. Despite having used both a scrub and body wash along with this I got wafts of this every time I moved for around an hour after getting out my bath and it was noticeable on my skin for around 5 hours afterwards. This is probably making it sound like it's overpowering but I didn't feel this at all, despite being strong and long lasting it was quite subtle. The loss of the sickly sweet tone it had probably helps this but I found it to be quite a pleasant, delicate scent.
This contains SLS and two different kinds of parabens so is one to avoid if your either sensitive or concerned about these.
As far as I can see this is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The shelf life of the product is 36 months. I use around a tenth of the 550ml bottle per bath so it won't last even close to the whole 3 years if used regularly.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
The usual retail price of this is £4, however ASDA currently have it on offer for £3 which works out to around 30p a bath.
N-Spa products are only available directly from them or in ASDA's.
Based on my experience I have to give it the full 5 out of 5. I loved this and my only complaint is that I didn't find it sooner! However, the smell is very sweet and so won't appeal to everyone. Therefore I also recommend that you have a quick smell in store before you buy to make sure you will like it.
Summary: an excellent product I wish I'd found sooner but may be too sweet for some.