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For Christmas this year, I received this Baylis and Harding Mandarin and Grapefruit Gift Set as a gift from a friend at work. It was right up my street as a gift, as I love little luxuries for my bath and shower time and this looked perfect, containing a large 500ml bottle of body wash, a 500ml bottle of shower gel, a 300ml hand and body lotion, the set completed with a body buffer sponge. I can't find the particular set that I have anywhere on sale today, but it seems Debenhams sell a similar range of gift sets, containing similar items from the Mandarin and Grapefruit range for around £12. The one shown in the picture is a smaller gift set available from the same range.
The set I have came in a large box which I thought made it look high quality and a nice gift. Inside the box, the body wash and shower gel came in large transparent bottles, with the hand and body lotion in a non- transparent tube. It did look like a very nice gift and I was pleased when I received it. The whole set is in a gold and cream colour scheme, with the box being a cream colour with gold writing emblazoned onto it. The shower gel and body wash are a golden colour too, with one slightly lighter in colour than the other. The hand wash, although it can't be seen through the bottle, is white in colour when squeezed from the tube.
I have just finished using both of the large bottles from the set, which lasted in total around 6 weeks in our bathroom, including use by my husband too. The Mandarin and Grapefruit is a very appealing scent. I found it to be just the right strength with it being strong enough to be noticeable while in use and after use but not overpowering in any way. I found the scent lasted around an hour or two after using which is something I always look for in my beauty products.
The consistency of the shower gel in particular is quite gloopy and I found it blobbed out of the bottle rather than ran out of it which is good in some respects as I didn't found it ever ran off my fingers quickly, but it's thickness did make it fairly difficult to rub into my skin properly. The body wash had a similar consistency, although I wouldn't say it quite as thick.
The hand and body lotion is a different story. I'm still using this part of the set but I've found that to be quite runny really, more runny than I would normally like with a lotion which I feel should be quite thick in consistency to make it easier to handle. It's runny consistency does make it quite difficult to control when rubbing into the skin, although I do find it rubs in fairly easily if I handle it quickly and it soaks in well. The scent is also very appealing and again not too strong but strong enough to linger for a few hours after using.
The bottles of the shower gel and body wash caused a bit of a problem. Both bottles came with a screw top lid which made them very awkward to use in the shower. The lids are small too and I must have dropped the lids nearly every time I used them - in the end, we decided to leave the tops off the bottles to make them easier to use. Not ideal really, as I personally feel that it makes them more likely to attract germs to them. The hand and body lotion also came with a screw lid although it's not been such a pain to use that providing I used a small bit at a time.
The body buffer sponge is a nice extra to have too and has lasted quite some time without falling apart, something I find happens with these quite soon after using so the one with the set seems to be of good quality. It comes in a beige colour, which complements the colours of the other items in the set.
I do have fairly sensitive skin which doesn't always agree with beauty products but none of the items in my set seem to have caused me any issues.
I would recommend this range on the whole, although I was slightly disappointed with it as I expected so much from it's high quality appearance. It's a nice set and I'm glad that I've had the opportunity to try it but I'm unsure whether I'd purchase the set or items from it for myself in the future because I feel I've used items from other ranges such as sanctuary that have been better on the whole. Three stars is a fair rating - ok but not fantastic.
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Baylis and Harding Hand Gift Set
Hand Wash 500ml
Hand Lotion 500ml
Clear Tray to stand them on
Baylis and Harding are a manufacturer producing lovely to use soaps and lotions that look and seem to be so much more expensive than they are. I currently have the Rose & Raspberry Leaf Hand Wash as well and have used the Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Hand Wash for a while now. However under review here is the Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Gift set comprising of the Hand Wash and Lotion that I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas:
Presented in clear plastic containers with push down dispenser, these products have an expensive luxurious appearance despite their generous proportions. The clear plastic is overlaid with gold coloured text and scrolling and the delicate hand wash and effective lotion have a luxurious feel and fragrance. The gift set version has the products standing in a clear plastic holder and packaged in a yellowish coloured box and encapsulated in clear cellophane film.
I was delighted to receive this set for Christmas as I really love the decadent impression of the hand wash, the gentle cleansing action and delicate natural fragrance. The hand wash is pumped out as a pea sized portion of transparent yellow pale lemon gel that is quite adequate to thoroughly clean hands and nails and leaves a subtle pleasing fragrance.
The lotion is slightly off white in colour and carries the same subtle fragrance. I am new to the hand lotion and will be buying it again. The 500ml size will last a good few months yet though and is so convenient to use as it also features the handy portion control of a pump dispenser. It smoothes into my skin easily and leaves them gently scented and soft and subtle. I only use the one pump as the fairly thin lotion spreads well and covers and absorbs into my skin and I use it a couple of times a day when I am at home and when I get home when I have been at work all day.
The holder is a nice touch, but as I use this product in my bathroom, I don't have room for it where the sink is. However, it is lined up as a seedling tray for the spring and will be a subtle stylish addition to my window ledge with seedlings in later in the spring.
Price and Availability:
I buy my Baylis and Harding hand wash in Sainsbury's at just £2.75 for a 500ml bottle. The sets are a little more expensive and I remember seeing them in Sainsbury's too. I have just looked on-line and direct from Baylis and Harding the Lotion and hand wash are £6.00 each or the set is a whopping £36.00. At that rate buy them individually (from Sainsbury's) and package them up nicely yourself. There are various sets available from Amazon but I could not see this one from my quick perusal.
I have been using the hand washes for a while now (over 12 months anyway) and the hand lotion since 2nd January. These make a gift I am delighted to receive. They are an expensive looking gift to give and they do work tremendously well. I particularly like that the hand wash does NOT dry out my hands whilst it DOES clean them and the fragrance is tasteful, fabulous and subtle. The lotion is quick and easy to use and I am enjoying the experience of a hand lotion from a dispenser rather than battling with a little tube.
I received this shower and lotion set for Christmas. I enquired where it was bought from, after use, to determine whether it was a cheap brand without offending the giver. It was bought from Tesco.
The box looked beautiful, the bottles were flimsy plastic, the shower gel bottle had split when I dropped it in the shower - shows how flimsy it is. I washed all over with 10p size blob, there was a faint scent of grapefruit. After a half a bottle (had to use more so the liquid wouldn't seep out of the breakage where the plastic split in the middle) there was the same faint smell of grapefruit but nothing else. I assumed that as a wearer, the nose would get used to the scent thus be ineffective at detecting any delectable fragrance. I then lathered the lotion all over my body to maximise the fragrance of lingering. Couldn't smell anything.
Came downstairs and no one mustered up any 'ooh's and 'ahh's as they tend to do whenever I buy or use scented products. I had to literally strip and have my husband sniff me all over to see if he could smell any outstanding aromas but nothing was detected.
I don't know if I received a faulty pack, nor how much it was, even if it was selling for a £1, it still would be a waste of money. Better to use that £1 and buy a pack of 4 Shields soap bars from Tesco, the scent is obvious
I am a big fan of the Baylis and Harding products as I think they have a really nice range of soaps and lotions at a really good price. I was in Sainsburys the other day looking for a birthday gift for a neighbour and came across this gift set and just had to get it. Firstly the gift set was only £5 (I think Sainsburys have started to do their Christmas gift selection and this was one of the ones on offer) so I not only got her one I got me one too.
The set was really nice looking and good enough for a present for my friend. The gift pack comes in a really nice square cardboard box with a nice ribbon handle at the top. The top of the box is a grey colour and the bottom of the box is a cream colour and has the Baylis and Harding design of round gold mosaic discs. The middle part is clear see through plastic so you can see the bottles inside. It makes a lovely looking gift and looks way more expensive than the £5 I paid for it.
The set comes with 4 different bottles of Baylis and Harding products all in the 100ml size. This is a smaller size bottle than the regular one but to have as little bottles around the house is quite nice. Plus I think this is a nice way of testing the products if you haven't used them before and decided if you like them before you buy the big size versions. Plus, they are nice for putting in an overnight bag if you go away as they don't take up too much room.
The bottles included are:
A Luxury Shower Cream. This is slightly cloudier than the body wash so its almost as if it has some thick cream in it which is nice to know. A balancing body wash, a moisturising hand and body lotion and a body smoothing polish. The body smoothing polish is a lovely product, you can see the bubbles in it, you are told to massage it into your skin and then wash off. I think the bubbles give the opinion that it will be really light and aerate your skin and give it that lovely moisturised feeling.
The scent is absolutely amazing, very fresh and fruity and one of the reasons why I bought this gift pack in the first place as I have tried this fragrance before and absolutely love it.
All in all a nice gift set to give to someone or keep for yourself!!