Product Type: Radox Bath & Shower
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Fluffy white bubbles, but where's the aroma?
Radox Stress Relief Herbal Bath
Member Name: alyson29
Radox Stress Relief Herbal Bath
Advantages: Creates a mountain of fluffy white bubbles with good staying power
Disadvantages: Scent vanishes as soon as bath soak is added to the bath
When I was growing up, Radox bubble bath was considered to be a luxurious brand due to its rich and creamy lather in addition to its beautiful scent and as a result, it was my favoured bathing product at that time. However, nowadays there are a huge variety of brands from which to choose and up until the Spring of last year I was mainly purchasing supermarkets' own products. It was whilst shopping on the Boots website a few months ago that I noticed that the entire Radox bubble bath range was discounted at just £1, so I made the decision to make a number of different purchases with this review discussing Stress Relief.
The name seemed well suited to my needs, particularly as these days I am frequently feeling stressed. The appearance of the product differs slightly from the image displayed above due to a slight moderation in the 500 ml bottle shape. The sturdy plastic bottle is fairly appealing to the eye with its calming and colourful image of rosemary and eucalyptus, which are two of the main ingredients. The bath soak is marketed as a "feel good fragrance", which is what I desire from my bathing products, as in addition to fluffy white bubbles, I require a fairly strong scent to envelop my senses whilst I lie back and chill out in the hot water.
I would previously have considered the turquoise coloured contents to be very appealing, but I cannot admit to being keen these days, particularly as the majority of supermarket value bathing products tend to be blue and as a consequence, I no longer associate the colour with quality. The lid is easily unscrewed and as I place the bottle underneath my nose I am able to witness the considerably intense and very favourable aroma, which is mainly rosemary with a delicate hint of eucalyptus. To ensure I obtain maximum results, I always add my bathing products to running water, but due to the large bottle opening, I always find it a little difficult to dispense the correct amount, particularly as the bath soak is fairly thick. As a result, I frequently end up using far more than necessary as opposed to the small amount that is needed.
The product doesn't sink to the base of the bath, which is often the case with some of the cheaper brands and instead it quickly swirls into large mounds of fluffy white bubbles that nestle on the water's surface. Unfortunately, the delightful scent that I witnessed when sniffing the bottle is totally non existent, which I found extremely disappointing, particularly as my childhood memories of the brand were favourable. I cannot deny that the bubble soak is of a good quality, as plenty of soak bubbles are created from the smallest amount and these remain evident during my long hot soak despite the introduction of soap. However, even the bubbles do not offer the calming aroma of rosemary and eucalyptus, as the scent seems to totally vanish into thin air. Whilst I didn't for one minute expect the bath soak to relieve my stress, I had hoped for a relaxing aroma, which would have most definitely assisted.
On a positive note, the bath soak does not cause my skin to become dry or offer any adverse effects such as itchiness and the staying power of the bubbles is pretty good, as after pulling out the plug they refuse to budge. As we have noticed odours emitting from our bath plug hole, which has been due to a combination of my long hair and soap residue, it is essential that I swish all of the bubbles away to prevent a build up and this takes a few minutes with the aid of the shower head.
I cannot understand why Radox have lost the ability to provide scents in their bubble baths, as I've tried a few different fragrances; all of which are disappointing and what I would have previously described as a high quality brand has gone down considerably in my estimations. I will not waste the bubble soaks that I have remaining, but their sole purpose for me is to provide bubbles and reduce the soap scum that builds up around the edges of the bath. Whilst a 500 ml bottle should be used within 12 months of opening, it tends to last me almost two months with daily use. I would compare this product with a supermarket's own brand product and as a result, Radox Stress Relief receives only three stars from me. Radox Bath Soaks are frequently on offer for £1, which I would say is a fair price although it is doubtful I will opt for this brand again in the future.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: A disappointing bath soak from Radox
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