“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Bath Milk / Subcategory: Bath Cream / Oil „
It's the perfect time of year for a bath and book before bed, to warm up and wind down, but as I work shifts I sometimes find myself running a hot bath at lunchtime. To stop myself getting get too drowsy I like to use refeshing products with minty or fruity fragrances rather than relaxing ingredients like lavender extract. This lemon verbena and thyme bath milk seemed like just the thing for me as it promises to refresh and soothe at the same time.
** Packaging **
A nice, sturdy, transparent bottle - easy to use, and to get the last drops out you can swill it with water. The photo of the herbs on the bottle is clean and fresh and looks attractive on the bathroom shelf.
** Fragrance **
For me this is the best feature of the product. I only know verbena as a tea and had never heard of lemon verbena before, but if this product is anything to go by then the herb itself must smell divine. The fragrance is deep and citrusy, with a slightly more savoury undertone (the thyme, perhaps?). It somehow smells a bit like lemon meringue pie too.
** Performance **
The instructions tell me to pour in under running water then "swirl, sink in and relax". I duly oblige. I find I need to pour in quite a lot (30 ml or so) to get the bubbles going. After getting into the bathtub some of them go flat, so I pour in a bit more bath milk and thrash about with my hands until the surface of the water is more or less covered in a light foam.
** Results **
After half an hour the bubbles are still going strong. The water underneath seems unaffected by the bath milk (which is pale lemon) - it hasn't changed colour or gone cloudy. I can still just about detect the fragrance but am slightly disappointed that it has dispersed so much, as I prefer stronger-scented products.
When I get out of the bath my skin feels soft and cleansed, but not moisturised as claimed on the bottle. Bathing dries out my skin and this product hasn't changed that. I think the term "indulging bathing milk", as the blurb describes it, is probably a little bit of an exaggeration - it makes me think of a Cleopatra-style beauty routine rather than an average bubble bath, but this is nevertheless a perfectly nice product for the price.
** The damage **
£2.43 for 400ml from Sainsbury's.