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On my last birthday, knowing that I liked Arran Aromatics's After the Rain scent, a friend bought me this "traveller set". I was excited to open it, expecting nothing but quality from Arran Aromatics. Sadly, it seems that skill in scents does not always translate into skill in other beauty products.
The set comes in a woven mesh bag, which feels ever so slightly too synthetic for such a product. Not to be dissuaded, I unzipped the bag and had a look. The set includes a little tub of hand cream, a little tub of lip balm, and a 25ml spray bottle of After the Rain EDT. As a finishing touch, there's a little bag of pot pourri in the bottom.
The first item I tried was the hand cream. It's quite runny and oily, with a consistency not dissimilar to liquid soap or handwash, and it sits on the skin for a good while. I found myself wringing my hands ferociously in order to rub it in. It left my hands smelling very nice - muskier and less citrusy than After the Rain itself, but still very nice - but feeling quite greasy and product-y and not at all soothed. Looking at the ingredients, sunflower oil seems to feature prominently, which doesn't surprise me at all. The glass of water I picked up after using the cream was left with little whorl-prints of residue.
A little disillusioned, but still under the influence of the smell of the products, I opened up the lip balm. It smelled, in contrast to the hand cream, more citrusy and less musky than the scent itself. Looking at the ingredients, I could see that it was petrolatum-based, and that showed in the application. Using this felt like applying the world's nicest-smelling Vaseline to my lips. It sat like an oil slick atop the skin, and left an unpleasant flavour. I had to wipe it away with a tissue.
The EDT itself isn't the subject of this review, so, instead, I'll review how it's presented in this set. The little 25ml glass bottle comes with a tall metal cap over a push-down spray nozzle. Due to the thickness of the tube from the nozzle to the bottle, quite a lot of EDT comes out with each squirt, so one should perhaps be less liberal with this than with other similar products if one wants it to last.
Arran Aromatics makes things that smell nice. Sadly, here they seem to be under the illusion that they make other things, too. I'm afraid that scents are where their talents exclusively lie, and that they shouldn't branch out into hand creams or lip balms. Although I was glad to have a small bottle of the EDT, the cream and balm felt cheap and unpleasant, and I wouldn't recommend them.
Each mini mesh bag contains: 10ml Lip Balm, 10ml Hand Soother and 25ml Eau de Toilette /