“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Bath Cube „
On a recent trip to Paris I visited the Yves Rocher store and stocked up on lots of goodies including a few of the bath cubes. I didn't really need or particularly want these but they were cheap and my fiancé (who was paying as it was my birthday) insisted I get some. I wasn't actually going to get the vanilla, as although I don't mind the fragrance, I wouldn't say it is a favourite, but again my fiancé insisted, so I didn't argue!
The bath cubes are basically tiny little cubes of effervescent bath salts. I suppose they are like a smaller, squarer version of a bath bomb. They are indeed very small and each one weighs just 20g. They come wrapped, this one in orange, and they look a little bit like sweets.
The official description of the product is as follows: 'Sensuous pleasure from the soft and luscious fragrance of vanilla beans. Your bath smells delicious and you melt with pleasure!' Hmm...well that's certainly very OTT, but I was more than happy to give it a try.
When I unwrapped the bath cube, I remember thinking it looked like a tiny little brick. It was a sort of mottled pink and brown colour and very solid - not at all crumbly like the Lush bath bombs I'm used too tend to be.
It smelled really nice - much nicer than I was expecting to be honest, as I had in my head that it would be very sweet and sickly. Whilst it did definitely smell of vanilla, it had quite a deep, musky tone to it and also quite a sharp tang. I'd say it was a fairly unusual scent and I can't think of anything similar to compare it with, but on the whole I found it to be quite pleasant. I think the best description I can think of is a deep vanilla musk with a tangy orange twist!
I ran a bath and then threw the bath cube in. I found that it dissolved very slowly and as it did, it slowly started to turn my bath water a very unattractive shade of yellow... I'm sure you can imagine what that looked like!
One thing I had worried about in particular with this product, was that being so small, the fragrance would dilute away to nothing when in the water. In fact, this was not the case at all and the vanilla scent stayed strong for the duration of my bath. In fact, it even lingered in the bathroom for a couple of hours after I'd used it.
Other than changing the colour and scent of my bath water, this did not seem to do a lot else. I personally do not feel the product had any benefit to my skin at all and having had a look at the ingredients list I can't see any mention of essential oils or other well known skin softening ingredients in there. The product did leave a scent on my skin and it did make for quite a relaxing bath - well as long as I closed my eyes and didn't look at the yellow water!
The bath cube can be bought from Yves Rocher either by mail order, or online at www.yves-rocher.co.uk. They cost £1.50, which I personally think is too expensive for what this is. As I got mine in Paris I paid for it in Euros and at the current exchange rate I paid the equivalent of 85p which I feel is closer to what it's worth. I know that the products are made in France and there must be import costs and whatnot, but I think that's quite a difference in price and the UK price isn't really justified in my opinion.
A matching soap, eau de toilette, shower gel, body lotion, hand cream and lip balm are available should you be interested.
Overall this product was OK, but I would not go out of my way to purchase another one. It does smell nice and I liked that the scent was left behind on my skin, but on the whole I think I'd much rather treat myself to a Lush bubble bar or something similar, because at least they soften the skin, whereas this just seemed to perfume the water. Not really recommended unless you are a huge fan of the Yves Rocher vanilla scent.