“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Bath Crystals „
WHAT IS IT?
A tub of vanilla scented crystals for you to put into your bath water for fragrance.
HOW DO YOU USE THEM?
Pour some into hot water and let the crystals dissolve before you get into the bath. They do not take very long to dissolve but you need to move the bath water around with your hands because sometimes they do not dissolve properly and then there are bits in the bottom of the bath.
WHAT I THINK
I was gifted these bath crystals for Christmas and I liked the strong vanilla fragrance very much but I do not know what else I should think about them. They make my bathroom smell beautiful when I use them but they do not cleanse me or make the water feel different like when I use Lush bath produce. I do know know what the point is in buying these and they are expensive for something that only smells nice.
The fragrance is strong and I am surprised about that because I think The Body Shop vanilla products are usually weak even though they are very nice. I like the way that it is very sweet and that I can smell it around my home after I have got out of the bath, even when I drain away the bath water the fragrance remains for a long time before it fades off.
It does not make my skin feel moisturised and I do not know if it is supposed to because the tub that came with my gift set was very plain and it does not say anything except for the instructions for using them. It does not give my skin any different feeling and I do not think I will buy them myself because it is just a smell you are buying and it makes my bath less pleasant because I like to use bubbles, the vanilla is spoiled by other fragrances so I have to have a very plain bath.
A tub of Vanilla Bath Crystals costs about £11 and I would not care about that cost if it improved my skin but I think it is not worth that price just because it smells nice.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
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The vanilla Bliss range was limited edition which came out for Christmas last year. I immediately fell in love with this range after using the Vanilla Bliss Body Butter which was lovely; being a huge fan of the scent of vanilla anyway I had a feeling that I would like this range. I have tried nearly all of the products in the Vanilla Bliss range but hadn't yet tried the Bath Crystals. I was actually purchasing some other items on The Body Shop website and I wanted to see if they had any of the Vanilla Bliss Body Butter left. Unfortunately they didn't have any of the Body Butter left but the Bath Crystals caught my eye so I thought I would treat myself. I also noticed that some of the reviews on the website are quite positive about this product. This product is limited edition, so once it has sold out will no longer be available to purchase, along with the other product in the Vanilla Bliss range. The bath crystals dissolve in the water, creating a rich vanilla scent that lingers on the skin. This product is an indulgent bath soak that gives the skin a subtle shimmer. The bath crystals come in a round plastic tub which is an off white/cream colour. On the top of the screw lid is a large sticker which has a picture of a vanilla pod and flower on it. On the side of the tub there is some gold writing and it states what the product is. On the bottom of the tub is a round label which can be peeled open to reveal a list of ingredients. This information is in different languages. I regularly go to the gym and I always like to relax in the bath when I get back to help soothe my muscles a little. Although I don't normally purchase products that go in the bath I was looking forwards to trying this product, and I was hoping it was going to be as good as most of the reviews stated.
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I purchased this from The Body Shop website for £6.00. I actually received 30% off this due to an online offer so it was actually cheaper than £6.00. I don't think you can purchase this product from stores anymore.
Using the Product
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To use the product put some of the crystals into a warm bath. I unscrewed the lid to look at the crystals. The actual crystals are quite small and some are yellow in colour and the others are white. As soon as I opened the tub I could smell the delicious, sweet vanilla scent. The scent was quite strong, but was lovely and I couldn't wait to try the crystals in the bath later. I wasn't really sure how much of the crystals I should put in the warm bath and it didn't say so I put a small handful in. The crystals went straight to the bottom of the bath and started dissolving. Although the scent of the crystals were strong when in the tub as soon as I put some in the bath I couldn't actually smell them. I waited a few minutes and then decided to throw another handful in the bath. These again sunk to the bottom of the bath and started dissolving. You can't see the crystals dissolve and they don't produce any foam or lather in the bath. After I had finished running the bath I got ready to get into it and was surprised that I couldn't smell any scent of the product, not even the slightest smell of vanilla. By the time I got into the bath the crystals had dissolved. I got into the bath and relaxed in the water and washed myself. It states on the website that this product leaves your skin with a light vanilla scent; how-ever I wasn't sure this was going to be the case if I couldn't smell any trace of the vanilla yet. I patted my skin dry and smelt my arm to see if I could smell any trace of the vanilla. There was absolutely no hint of a vanilla smell, not even a slight sweet smell. In fact my skin didn't feel of anything. I was really disappointed by this. There was no subtle shimmer on my skin either as stated.
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I had really high hopes of this product after finding the other products in the Vanilla Bliss range really good, especially the body butter. Before using the bath crystals I was really impressed with the strong, sweet vanilla scent of the bath crystals and this gave me hope that it was going to make the bathroom and my skin smell lovely. The bath crystals dissolved by the time I had finished running the bath, how-ever there was definitely a lack of scent now they had been put in the bath. I put at least 2 handfuls of the crystals in the bath and thought this would be more than enough for the bath and to create a lovely sweet smell. In terms of value I really don't think the product is worth paying £6.00 for and it's not a product I would buy again even if it was available all year round. I wouldn't say there are any advantages to using this product as it didn't make my skin feel, look or smell any different and the smell didn't even fill the bathroom. Perhaps I should have been a bit more generous and used a little more of the crystals, how-ever I didn't expect to have to use half the tub rather than just 2 handfuls to get a nice scent from them. I will finish using the bath crystals but I wouldn't recommend these to anyone to purchase as I personally think they are a waste of money. I'm very disappointed by this Body Shop product.
(review also on ciao)
===Why I Got This===
This was another item that was among my Christmas gifts from my son.
300 grams of Vanilla Bliss Bath Crystals.
Opaque round tub with a cream screw top lid.
'Fragrant bath soak with vanilla extract and community fair trade aloe.'
Made in the UK and use within 12 months.
To use - dissolve in hot water - do not use on face and keep away from eyes.
Body Shop is Against Animal Testing.
From the list of ingredients the main one is sodium chloride (table salt).
Full price I believe was £12.
Every year The Body Shop brings out limited edition fragrance items in time for Christmas. I loved their Spiced Vanilla from previous years and last year for 2012 they brought out Vanilla Bliss. This has vanilla on the front label and faint snow crystals in the background.
I have had other items in this range and the vanilla smell is lovely and smooth and warming. When I received this as part of a pile of other Body Shop items on Christmas morning I thought it was body butter because the tub is the same size - so I nearly lost all the crystals when I opened it a bit sideways. Anyhow they were saved and the smell from them is really nice - and they are a lovely creamy colour. You can tell they are crystals by shaking the tub but Christmas morning was so hectic I never noticed!
Anyway I was looking forward to using these crystals - not that bath crystals are anything I have been buying for myself lately.
When I ran the bath I put some crystals in under the running water. The vanilla smell was lovely and by the time I had got into the bath most of the crystals had dissolved. However for me the smell too seemed to have gone, unless it was being in the same room that made them un-noticeable. And that was it. The water of course had no bubbles but didn't seem to be any different from normal plain water - so I ended up using some bath cream on a sponge which lathered up nicely and added more smell. I have been using these when I have baths as opposed to my normal showers but each time it is just a first burst of fragrance and then nothing - the smell and bubbles then come from whatever else I am using - be it Body Shop gels or even Tesco. Not that I expect bubbles from the bath crystals but I did expect something.
At £12 these are very expensive at full price and I think even on offer they would not be worth buying.
I know years ago bath crystals were all the rage but I have never had them for years and now do not really want to bother having them again. I will use them all as they were a gift and I am not ungrateful. I do like the smell but do not really see the point of bath crystals that do not seem to do anything.
Maybe it is just me but I think bath crystals are a waste of time!
Perhaps I shall put them in a dish to perfume the bathroom instead.
2 stars - expensive and I do not really see the point of bath crystals.
===Would I Recommend?===
No - unless you really like bath crystals.