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A few months ago, I recieved a large Boots No7 gift set, which included a full size bottle of their Sumptuous Bath Soak. This wasn't a product that I had tried before, and being someone who enjoys their baths as much as the next person, I was looking forward to putting that right. Sadly I found it a more than a little disappointing.
The soak is simply but elegantly packaged in a peach coloured bottle with gold writing on it. It does look a little more premium than other shop's own brand products but it should do considering it is also more expensive than most. The 200ml bottle costs £9.50 when bought seperately which is a lot for the quantity you recieve. At the top of the bottle is a pop up dispenser which feels rather flimsy. It ceased working altogether by the time I had reached the end of the bottle which was irritating. Not the most relaxing start to a supposedly special bath! Elsewhere on the bottle, Boots list their product claims. The bath is said to make your troubles melt away, soothe your senses, and soften your skin. It is hypoallergenic, a fact I find more believable than the other claims!
USING THE SOAK
I have not been keen on the scent of several No7 bath and skin products that I have tried recently. It s unfortunate for me that several of the items use the same perfume, as I find it a bit too heavy for me. The bath soak is relatively mild and floral, with a clear rose note. The aroma is not my favourite, but even if you do rate it more highly than I do, you may be disappointed by how it lasts once diluted in the bath water. I think it develops a very soapy smell after a short time, and this is the aroma that I could most detect on my skin once it had dried. I was greatful that it did not linger very long in my bathroom!
The soak is used like any other - you pour it under the tap and swirl it around. It is described as a "milk" on the packaging but looks more like a liquid soap to me. It produces some bubbles but not a great number, nor are they large. It isn't actually labelled as a bubble bath, so I think this is forgivable but as I was not able to enjoy much of a scent, I was at least hoping that the bubbles that were there would not vanish too quickly. That is precisely what they did - they last long enough for a quick soak but if you want to lie back and relax, they will largely vanish after about 30 minutes. I always think of bath soaks as products suitable for this more relaxing bathe, so this is a disappointment. All in all, I can't say that using this product helped me have a more relaxing bath - if anything I kept thinking how much soak I had had to use for such little effect!
As you can tell from the above, I don't think this bath soak "soothes my senses". When I had finished each bath, my skin did feel clean but no more so than when I use any other product. There was no soapy residue on either my skin, or on the bath tub, bar the usual. My skin did feel a little softer, compared to the times I had simply used a more basic product, but I don't think the improvement was noticeable beyond a few hours. In the longer term, I persisted with using up the bottle in order not to waste it, but it was not something I reached for when I really wanted to treat myself. I don't have sensitive skin, so it is rare for me to suffer any irritation when using a product such as this, and the No7 soak was no exception. It didn't harm or dry out my skin, but it didn't improve it either, except for the slight increase in skin softness.
The bath soak is a disappointment for me, because apart from the slightly fancier packaging, there is nothing to distinguish this from far cheaper products in my opinion. The "sumptuous" label led me to expect a product that would be a really relaxing treat to use. For me, it needs to offer a better and longer lasting scent and bubbles for this to be the case. I also do not rate it highly for it's skin softening qualities as I find them to be marginal and short lived. If this was a cheap own label product I would not be surprised, but I feel that at £9.50, it is vastly overpriced. For these reasons, I can't recommend it.
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
I really love a good bubble bath, they are so comforting and relaxing and more enjoyable than just having a quick wash in the shower. I get through loads of bath products because of this, and I can't stand having a bath without bubbles, it is one of the saddest experiences ever. I have been trying out different No 7 products when the fabulous £5.00 off voucher deals are on. No 7 products are available exclusively at Boots, and this Sumptuous Bath Soak costs £9.00 for a 200ml bottle. Thanks to the special offer I managed to buy my bottle for £4.00 which is over a 50% saving.
Product description: "Soak it up. Feel your worries and cares melt away. Like a cuddly jumper or the smell of fresh bread, a long, warm bath always makes life feel better. This silky bath mix cleanses and cares to leave your skin feeling touchably soft and smooth."
The Sumptuous Bath Soak is part of the Boots No 7 bath and body range, and has been created to have a luxury feel to it. The bath soak comes packaged in a pretty looking box with a peach and silver design. This looks sophisticated and feminine, although it is a little unnecessary and the excess packaging is a bit wasteful even though the cardboard box can be recycled. Inside, the bath soak comes in a smart plastic bottle with a pull of lid. Under the lid there is a pump dispenser with a locking mechanism so that it doesn't accidentally spill out.
Directions for use: A little luxury every day... Lock the door and empty your mind. Pour under running water and swirl to mix. Step in, lie back and enjoy. I began by putting in what I though would be a standard amount of liquid, but quickly realised that this was not enough! I like my baths to have a nice bubbly effect, as this is all part of the fun and helps to create a nice relaxing atmosphere. The bath soak created a nice lot of bubbles to begin with, but they faded away very quickly and within a couple of minutes they had all disappeared and it was almost like I hadn't used anything at all. Since then I have been using a more generous amount of liquid per bath, and this gives me a longer lasting amount of bubbles which I prefer, and also seems to create a better effect on my skin. However this has the obvious downside of meaning that the bottle runs out very quickly, and my 200ml bottle lasted me for less than 4 weeks of use (bearing in mind that I hardly ever shower, and prefer to take baths all the time).
The scent of the Sumptuous Bath Soak is rather non-descript. The packaging states that contains hints of white florals and sandalwood, but I could hardly pick up on any fragrance and would describe it as having a general soapy clean smell. The soft scent allows me to use my other more strongly scented body wash and exfoliating products without having too many different fragrances all competing against each other, so it is good in that respect, although it feels a little boring.
The best thing about this bath soak is the effect that it has on my skin. When I'm soaking in the water I don't really notice any difference and it doesn't feel to be actively conditioning my skin. But when I'm out of the bath and drying off my skin always feels smooth and soft. The bath soak contains emollients which are great for hydrating and moisturising. It also contains rosehip oils which is suitable for use on sensitive skin and has anti-ageing properties. This seems to keep my skin in good condition and I don't need to use body lotion products quite so frequently, so I usually save the lotions for problem dry areas, or for after care when I've shaved my legs.
I wasn't overly thrilled with this product. I was pleased with how my skin feels after using it, but I prefer something with a more bubbly effect that will last longer. This is intended to be a luxury product but I don't think that it is of a high enough quality to justify the price and amjount I had to use to get a good result. If you have delicate skin and prefer very light fragrances then you may enjoy this Sumptuous Bath Soak, but I think that the price is too high and I would not choose to buy it again.
I have used this product quite a few times now, I've never bought it (and don't think I ever would) although have had quite a few mini bottles to try.
No 7 Sumptuous Bath Soak comes in a 200ml bottle and costs £8.50.
Very expensive... but is it worth it?
Opening the bottle you will notice a sweet, fresh smell. It doesn't smell of anything in particular although the overall aroma is quite luxurious and relaxing - smelling it now, I actually have an overwhelming urge to jump in the bath!
The bath soak is a thick, pearlescent liquid that looks quite oily. Pouring it into the water intensifies the smell and makes it fill the room. You can feel it in the water; it seems to make it softer and is similar to the effect of putting scented oils in the bath.
There are a few bubbles, although not as many as you might expect. This suits me fine as I don't really like too many bubbles but some people may be a little disappointed.
Getting out of the bath, you can feel a slight silky coating of the skin. Your skin feels very soft and pampered; it feels like it has been moisturised, so much so that I don't always bother with creams after coming out of a bath full of this.
I won't say that the results are amazing, as they are not; they are pretty good for a bath soak though. After the initial moisture boost, my skin stays soft and silky; I would say that it feels the same as if I'd used my usual bath products, plus a moisturiser afterwards... a real time saving beauty product!
This really is a luxurious product; it smells divine, is a joy to use, and really benefits the skin. However, I do think that £8.50 is a ridiculous price to pay for what is basically a glorified bubble bath and it would cost a fortune to use this on a regular basis.
I have tried quite a few bath products over the years and have to say that this is my favourite. A couple of others have come close though, and they are less than half the price, so I cannot justify paying so much for this when it is only marginally better than some much cheaper brands.
I view No 7 Sumptuous Bath Soak as a 'special occasion product'; it is a lovely treat for when you really want to pamper yourself, although is just too expensive to use on a regular basis. I will therefore enjoy it when I get a sample, although probably wouldn't buy it myself.
It is a five star product but the price lets it down, so I have to award it... 4 stars!
I got given this for a Christmas present as part of a box set and fell in love with it.
The box and the bottle it comes in are both peachy shades and look sophisticated and grown up. The scent of the product is fragrant and sweet - not instantly identifiable as anything to me, just an enjoyable smell.
Like any other bath product, you add it to the running water of your bath. I found you don't need very much of it to get bubbles but I tend to pour a fair bit in anyway as I like lots of bubbles. The bubbles are long lasting too and don't disappear five minutes into the bath. The overall senstion is genuinely that of a sumptuous bath soak as I felt like I was bathing in cream rather than water.
Again this is a product which I found my skin liked and didn't react to (always good) and didn't dry my skin out too much either. The bottle lasts a long time as well - I've had it for over a year and although I use it a lot, I still have plenty left. Definitely good value for money.
I acquired this as part of a recent Boots offer, and got this bath soak as part of their GWP (gift with purchase). Like most little samples I like to give them a go and try them out, just in case I find something I like. This was just about like any other bubble bath I have used. Nice smell, nice amount a bubbles for a while. Bubble bath bubbles rarely seem to last the duration of a bath for me, and certainly not long enough for a good, long soak in the tub.
I believe that if you were to buy the full price version of this it is quite expensive. I think you may fair better to spend your money on a cheaper one, as anyway it will end up going down the drain in the end any way. the scent alone could not sell this bath soak to me.
****No 7-Sumptuous bath soak ****
I seem to accumulate quite a lot of products when there is an offer on and this one was no different.Boots currently have an offer on when you spend £20 or more on No 7 you get a free toiletry bag filled with products worth £33.I am a big fan of bath soaks so i was happy when i found this inside!!
**About No 7 and Boots**
No7 is a brand that is made exclusively for Boots.Products tend to be more expensive than some other brands out there but they are of a much higher quality.
When i think of Boots i see it as a chemist but you can also buy loads of other products here,from a children's clothing range,your lunch and pretty much all your toiletry needs.
The bottle is a goldish/pearly colour and the lid twists open.
When i used the product i probably used about half of the sample bottle ,so around 15ml.Normal bottles contain 200ml so i would get at least 10 baths out of it.
Described as a silky bath milk that cleanses and cares to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
The product is nice but it isn't as good as other products such as Lush.I have been using a lot of bath products so i can't see a difference in my skin after using it-saying that it didn't make my skin feel any worse .It is hypo-allergenic as well so is good if you are like me and have sensitive skin.
This costs £8 for the 200ml bottle.
I wont be getting this again,not because it is bad or anything-its just not the best!!
During my last visit to Boots I bought the No 7 Sumptuous Bath Soak. I bought it at the same time as I got my Hand Saviour and Cleansing Body Polish, both of which are also No 7 products.
They were on a three for the price of two offer. I love it when I can get something for nothing. The added bonus is, that until 12th August 2008, No 7 are giving away a free gift when you spend £15 on selected products in their range.
My purchases qualified for this. The free gift is a lovely, little silver palette with a mirror inside. It contains 4 eyeshadows, 2 lipgloss, 1 highlighter, and 1 blusher, all in beautiful pastel colours. Also inside the palette there is a small blusher brush and a lip and eye applicator. I am really pleased with my free gift and I am certain that I will gets lots of use from it.
The Sumptuous Bath Soak comes in a light peach coloured plastic bottle with a white pull off lid. When you take off the white lid, there is another plastic lid underneath. The top of the inner lid is split in two. You push down on one side of the lid and the other side of the lid is pushed up. There is a small hole here where the bath soak can be poured from.
As soon as I opened the bottle I got the scent of the very subtle, floral, fragrance of this bath soak.
The directions on the bottle told me to pour the bath soak, under running water, and swirl the water around to mix. I added about one quarter of a capful to the water, and felt that this was more than adequate.
The contents of the bottle are clear in colour and of quite a thick consistancy. When I added it to my bath water, it gave me lots of creamy bubbles. My bath soak did not give my bath as many bubbles as my usual one normally does. Although I have to say that the creamy bubbles did last a lot longer than I expected. I was in my bath for 35 minutes and the bubbles were still there.
This bath soak left my skin feeling very clean, smooth and soft.
The lovely subtle fragrance stayed on my skin for several hours and it also lingered in my bathroom for a good few hours as well.
I think I have to admit that this is a very luxurious bath soak as far as I am concerned, and I would not use it on a daily basis. I would only use it mainly as a treat, probably about once a week.
I also have to say that I did feel very relaxed and comfortable after my bath. So this product does work very well for me.
I would recommend this bath soak, to anyone looking to treat themselves, or someone else for that matter.
It would make a lovely gift and I am certain it would be appreciated. I know I would be very happy if someone bought this for me.
This Bath Soak comes in a 250ml bottle and costs £8 if you are buying it on it's own.
It tells you on the bottle that this bath soak is hypo-allergenic.
All this and Advantage card points too. I am really pleased with my bargain purchases.
Pure pampering for long winter nights, this silky bath milk cleanses and cares for your skin as you lie back and relax /