Product Type: Baylis & Harding body care
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STIMULATE MY SENSES IN AND OUT
Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Gift Set
Member Name: hildah11
Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Gift Set
Date: 09/08/12, updated on 19/01/13 (18 review reads)
Advantages: Lathers well and cleans the body
Disadvantages: Difficult to pour out & scent is horrible
BAYLIS & HARDING SKIN SPA BOX OF DELIGHTS KIT
Baylis and Harding is a UK based company known for the manufacture of luxurious line of fragranced toiletry products which are very ideal for gift sets.
The kit looks really posh; a lot of effort was put into the design. This is what the manufacturer says, "An exquisitely presented Skin Spa gift box wrapped in scarlet ribbon. A Baylis & Harding gift box is something to be treasured - a pampering treat containing all the ingredients to make anyone feel special! This wonderful gift has been filled with three Skin Spa classics, each sweetly scented with rose, ylang ylang and patchouli."
* Steam shower body cleanser (500 ml)
* Bath Milk (500 ml)
* Body Cream (200 ml)
These are unisex products, suitable for both men and women.
This review is based on my personal experience with two of the products:Steam shower body cleanser and Bath milk.
=Packaging and Visibility=
The gift box is predominantly white with black and red floral designs all around. It is really eye catching and you can't miss it. It has an attached overlap lid which fits nicely over the top and there is a deep red wide ribbon with the Baylis and Harding print on it in contrasting cream colour text. The ribbon runs across the full length of the box. The manufacturer's name is printed on the box in gold text. The box is made of cardboard and is strong enough to hold the contents. The down side is that there is no window, so you cannot see the contents until you open the box.
The shower body cleanser and Bath milk each comes in a simple white rounded plastic bottle with a black screw on lid and the bottle opening is quite wide.
The bottle has plant design and the manufacturer's name in gold text on one side and black text with instruction for use in English and other languages on the other side. The design and overall shape of the bottle is really good and well balanced so the bottle does not tip over. The bottle is also made of good quality plastic which is soft to squeeze out the contents and also crack free. T
Environment wise, I would say there is too much packaging but the gift box can be reused as a storage box or recycled if not needed. The bottle is also made of recyclable plastic.
=Availability and Price=
The kit manufactured by Baylis & Harding is just one of the product ranges they manufacture. The kit is mostly available through online stores such as from Amazon. It is not as readily available in most high street supermarkets and pharmacies which sell toiletry as I expected but some Baylis & Harding products (not this one) are occasionally available supermarkets and in departmental stores such as Debenhams.
At the time of writing the review, the price in the UK ranges from £7.99 to £15.50 depending on where you buy it. I got mine as a gift so I cannot give the exact price.
=Composition and Application=
1. STEAM SHOWER BODY CLEANSER
The body cleanser has a rather thick consistence and comes as gel which is off-white in colour. It is rather difficult to pour out of the bottle due to the thickness and often comes out in blobs. This means you cannot control the amount which comes out, which can lead to wastage. Once mixed with a bit of water, it lathers well and is a bit easy to apply all over the body during showering. I don't use it on my face, though. Needless to say, it needs to be rinsed off the body.
According to the manufacturer, "....the Steam Shower Body Cleanser stimulates the senses inside and out." --> Not sure about this?
2. BATH MILK
The bath milk does not pour out easily like some bath milks. It has a rather thick consistence and comes as gel which is off-white in colour. Due to its thickness, the bath milk often comes out in blobs. This means you cannot control the amount which comes out, which can lead to wastage. Because of its thickness, it also takes a while to dissolve in the water and often requires a bit of mixing with your hands. Once mixed with water, it lathers well, not too overwhelming.
**In my opinion it should be called bath gel and not bath milk.
According to the manufacturer, "....the creamy Bath Milk will leave your body feeling nurtured and smooth......." Not sure about this? I assume this comes with continuous use over time.
This was the most challenging bit for me. I found the smell rather strong and a bit off putting. The scent is definitely not for me and I would not feel comfortable going out during the day with that scent still lingering on my body.
In trying to pin point the source of this scent, I did a bit of research. According to the manufacturer, the shower cleanser is sweet scented with rose, ylang ylang and patchouli and these are all plant products. My findings and by elimination:
*I know roses and I have no problem with the scent of roses so off the hook.
*The smell of Ylang Ylang oil is intense sweet, flowery, exotic and somewhat fruity so off the hook.
*Patchouli is one of the more aromatic essential oils, with a heavy and strong scent. The oil from the patchouli plant is described as having a pungent, powerful, mossy, and musty aroma and is one that is either loved or hated.
**My verdict: Judging by the information I found, I suspect it is the Patchouli which spoilt the contents and surely I am one of those who hate the pungent, powerful, mossy, and musty aroma scent. Off course this is my perception there might be other ingredients used which also add onto this undesirable scent.
The cleanser is meant for external use only. May not be suitable for all, it can cause irritation to eyes so avoid contact with the eyes, if product gets in the eyes rinse immediately with clean warm water. It can cause skin irritation for some people, if this occurs discontinue use. If irritation persists consult your doctor.
I have not experienced any eye or skin irritation with this cleanser.
Would I use this product again--> No not for me.
Would I recommend it to friends and family --> really no, but they can give it a try if they are brave enough. Even the young ladies in my house do not like it either.
I persevered and used it occasionally until finished as this was a gift from a family member.
Thank you for reading and rating.
İhildah11 August 2012
Summary: Attractive packaging but contents not so good for me.