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Bluebells To see beautiful field of blue bells is one of springs best treats and now you can smell like a bluebell too with this wonderful cream from Cath Kidston. I love the flowery whimsical prints and gifts that Cath Kidston sells and I'm a frequent visitor to the store in Cambridge. It was on a recent trip that I picked up some of this cream as I thought it sounded interesting and something a bit different than the usual smells you get in body creams. A quick wife of the product as well and my mind was made up and into my basket went a tube of this body cream. The packaging is in keeping with the Cath Kidston range, very flowery and girly and totally not something that would appeal to a man but very nice in my opinion and a really nice tube to have in your hand bag and one that is nice to use in public and lend to your friends too. The flowers on the front are not bluebells which I find a bit strange as I think it probably would have made sense to have bluebells on the front if there are bluebells inside but hey. The flowers are nice anyway and are a pretty mix of red, yellow and blue flowers. Inside the cream is lovely and fresh and really nice on the skin. The cream contains shea butter which I know does wonders to make my skin nice and soft, glycerine and vitamin E. You can feel the glycerine in the cream as it has that nice sheen and satin finish to it. Using it all over my body and especially on my hands makes my skin feel nice and soft and moisturised. The scent is described as a delightful fresh floral fragrance with notes of freesia, fruity geranium, muguet, violet and jasmine, resting on a base of patchouli, musk, cedarwood and amber. It is definitely a very flowery scent but not too overpowering and not at all old girly, in fact I find it quite light and a very different smell from most body lotions which is nice. I can apply this to my body in the morning after my shower and till smell it all throughout the day. A tube of this lotion costs £8 and is something I recommend.
~~~ Cath Kidston Bluebell Shower Gel ~~~ I'm not your typical girly girl, I only wear make-up on special occasions; I don't 'do' florals, frills or flounces. I do however love the vintage and floral look in my home and soft furnishings. Cath Kidston is a designer who specialises in fun, vintage inspired items with a traditional English country house feel, and I admire how, in 20 years her business has bloomed from one store in Kensington, London, to a huge empire of not only household products, but clothes, and bathing products too. Knowing this, for my birthday this year my sister bought a wicker basket, lined with a Cath Kidston floral material, and presented me with it filled to the brim with items from the designer's product range. I eagerly anticipated the time when I could use them, and as I now have, the Bluebell body cream, becomes the subject of this review. ~~~ The Tube ~~~ I received a 50 ml size of this product; with the full retail size being 250ml, and also in a tube, I feel I can review this product effectively. This is obviously more a travel sized product, but the contents are exactly the same. The tube is made from white plastic. It's quite flexible, and easy to grip. The plastic is printed with a vintage floral bouquet to the fore, along with the familiar Cath Kidston logo, and informs us that this product is from the Wild Flowers range. The tube sits upside down, quite sturdily, on a gold coloured lid. This lid has no special features and is easy to remove by screwing on and off, to access or seal in the contents. ~~~ Fragrance ~~~ The Cath Kidston website, found at www.cathkidston.co.uk ; describes this body cream as being 'Delightful, fresh, floral fragrance with notes of freesia, fruity geranium, muguet, violet and jasmine, resting on a base of patchouli, musk, cedar wood and amber. I thought it was supposed to smell of bluebells? Bluebells to me, have very little scent at all. I live in an area where each spring, we have woods filled with bluebells as far as the eye can see. I certainly don't small any fragrance wafting on the breeze. What I expected from this product, was a gentle hint of something feminine and floral, and this is the case. It does still have a hint of something medicinal about it, but its much less obvious than the shower gel of the same range. It does smell very gently flowery. It's not full on like an old fashioned rose scent, but neither is it clean, and fresh, like you would expect a daisy to be fragranced. It's subtle enough to not clash with any perfume, although the very slight tones of the musk, and cedar come to the fore. ~~~ Using the product ~~~ This body cream comes from the tube looking rather like a pale blue toothpaste. It's thick and holds it's shape well. This tells me, it will form a barrier on my skin to prevent moisture loss, but will it feel greasy or put any moisture in? After applying this product, its thickness means it takes a good while massaging this product in. It does sink in adequately after a while, and it leaves the skin velvety soft, with no greasy after feel. I can't feel any moisturising properties at all. My skin doesn't feel quenched, just softened. Happily, it doesn't give me any irritation, although I don't tend to have sensitive skin in any case. ~~~ My Thoughts ~~~ This product isn't as big a disappointment to me as the matching shower gel is, although I did expect better. I certainly don't think it's worth its £7 price tag though. When I received this I thought it was a wonderful gift, it is very feminine visually, and makes a great addition to my bathroom for that reason. Sadly, I won't be repurchasing this item, it's just not worth the money; especially as I prefer to layer products to make the scent last longer. The fragrance of this product is just doesn't have what it takes. Ms Kidston, if this is the best you can offer, I definitely won't be buying any other bathing/beauty items you sell. I feel this (along with the shower gel I've reviewed separately), have become as popular as they are due to the packaging alone, and with such a product as this, it's just not acceptable. An OK product which looks better than it performs. Thanks for reading my review - I do hope it has been of some use to you. This review will also be posted on Ciao under the same username and also with photo's.