‘Whistling winter winds causing havoc in its wake, windswept strangers brought into unity in their heartache, seeking warmth there appears to be no solace in the storms wake, craving a warm bath they travel far and wide, across thick snow plains, winters first snowflake on their lips,Lips a’parted their limbs are numb, weary with cold they sink into dark nothingness, Morning has fallen they awake to find a rescue team with cups of malt barley, rich dreamy scents of warmth, But still it’s not enough, reptilian to the touch a bath must be found, until one woman steps forward plaits a’dangling, there is hope mirrored in her deep blue eyes, carrying the pair one by one morning turns into dusk until at long last there is a safe house, two baths a’waiting, Sinking into scalding heat the pair at last unwind, scents of patchouli, lavender and benzon wrapping them in a blanket of sleep’
We all crave that one moment of solace, uninterrupted me time as we escape from the problems of our past, present and future. We sit on our trains, buses and drive our cars counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until our commute is over, our worries are forgotten and all that is left to claim is a scent infused bath, caressed by the scalding heat of the bath water. Whether your scent of choice is lavender or you crave a sweeter, tropical scent, there is a variety of bath products that claim to ‘moisturize’ , exfoliate or replenish your tired, dull skin. But alas that £50 bath oil that claimed to replenish dry skin only aggravates your skin and your bath time is ruined by financial woes as you contemplate your misguided attempt to look after your skin. As someone who has been collecting bath and skincare products since the age of 14, I have had my fair share of bath bombs that have irritated my sensitive skin or brought impulsive bath care purchases because my ‘favourite’ role model had recommended them only to find out it was a ‘whole crock of s**t. With the skincare industry being worth a total of 1 billion in the UK alone, a huge increase of companies have created ‘money making’ ploys to target a vulnerable consumer market, specifically between the ages of 18-34 who has greater links to ‘social media’ in order to generate profit. In many of these cases, influencers in particular bloggers are paid to front, review or be the face of products that they know are not worth the price they are sold for which is why I aim to be honest and descriptive in my review of skincare products.
With that being said, despite my knowledge of how corrupt the beauty and skincare industry can be, it has not made me any less passionate about exploring new skincare and bath time treats that could change my life or at least my bath time routine. Because I work four different jobs ( Blogger, Freelance Journalist, Advertiser/Promotional Ambassador, Social Media and Content Writer) it can make relaxation a difficult task to achieve, particularly since I often work 12-14 hour shifts and that is not even including the amount of time I spend blogging and doing social media promotion. Which is why it is so important to schedule ‘me time’ for my own sanity and Prezzybox believe they have the ultimate Luxury Bath Melts Collection to melt away my worries and strife. Containing three tranquil bath souffles and three bath creamy bath sundaes each bath melt claimed to have its own unique and innovative special power. The first was an aromatic infusion of lavender and patchouli whose scent bordered on subtle rather than overpowering, with a hint of benzon to invoke inner peace. As someone who is not to keen on lavender’s strong, floral scent, fusing it with the earthy, dark-cold, slightly sweet base note of patchouli was a stroke of genius. Renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, patchouli also has a balancing effect on emotions and allowed me to feel more calm than I had felt prior to using the bath souffle. It seems strange to note that a bath bomb could have such a dramatic impact on my state of mind but it allowed me drift away, if only momentarily from my problems. The inclusion of lavender would normally make me avoid a product altogether but as stated its scent was subtle creating a delicious fusion of ‘sweet’ and ‘musky’ notes. The overall top notes is floral and sweet with balsamic undertones and can be compared to a sweeter version of Givenchy Gentleman fused with subtle hints of L’Artisan Patchouli Patch. Textured with a finishing overlay of lavender seeds and blue mallow, the overall aesthetic bears comparison to an English countryside garden.
The second bath melt was a beige coloured bath souffle that looked remarkably like ‘Mr Whippy’s 99’s’ and had a delicious blend of summer flowers that melted effortlessly to create silky soft skin. More moisturizing than the Lavender and Patchouli blend, the Summer Evening was a delightful merger between Britney’s Fantasy’s pure juiced top notes and Hollister’s Havana Beach spritz, creating a delicate, mid tone perfume that hit all the right notes. With its simple design it allowed the bath souffle to reach new dizzying heights and conquer my senses one step at a time. No further description is needed because once you have sampled the sweet summer evening there is no turning back. Thirdly hyacinth is the unofficial aroma of early spring, as the bulbs begin to bloom in the wake of new beginnings. Sickly sweet, the scent is slightly overpowering and for those who prefer more sombre aromas during their bath time the sweet, almost saccharine scent is likely to be a turn off. I was surprised that I was not keen on the hyacinth scent considering how much I love fresh, sweet floral scents but this was a base note too far. Contrary to its description it did not have a delicate aroma and I found the scent to be not to my preference. When querying why I was so intolerable to the scent of hyacinths, I realized that it was because it had no subtle spice undertones that I usually enjoy in a perfumed bath product but the hyacinth would be ideal for those who enjoy sweet products with no base notes or undertones. While there was no chemistry between me and the ‘hyacinth’ souffle it proved to be adept at moisturizing my skin and was able to alleviate the knots of tension in my upper back. Because the souffle’s strong scent was off putting however, the smell did outweigh its benefiting properties.
The fourth delicate Peony Bath Souffle proved to be a welcome distraction from the overbearing sweetness of the hyacinth’s and its fresh fragrant scent of a summer country garden was strong but not too overpowering. Despite peonies short harvesting season, its strong perfumed aroma can be enjoyed all year round and bears similarities to the sadly discontinued Yves Rocher Pivoine, whose strong peony scent was invigorating and the perfect antidote to having no energy. The strong, clean scent meant that its properties were designed to invigorate rather than soothe and allowed me to keep working after my scheduled me-time with greater ease. My skin felt silky and moisturized after using the bath sundae and it fizzed gently letting off the clean fresh peony scent I had grown to adore. Despite not being my obvious preference when it came to scents, the earthy base notes provided clarity and strengthened concentration after my bath was over. Although the Peony Bath Souffle captured my attention it was the Lemon and May Chang bath souffle that won my heart. With a vibrant blend of lemon grove carpeted with flowers and bergamot, the essential oils of lemons was fresh, aromatic and diffusive. Connected to the ‘Solar Plexus Chakra’, the medium of self-image through which the construction of power originates, the use of lemon is proven to enhance well being and like peonies allowed me to have a sharper and clearer state of mind. In one word the bath souffle was ‘rejuvenating’ and not only purified my mind but it also stimulated me to initiate new projects. The scent of lemon has always been synonymous with a childhood image of hot lemon and honey to give me strength when I was sick and today lemon has been reinvented as a re-energizing version of my childhood comfort. The inclusion of an additional citrus scent Bergamot created a vibrant yet slightly spicy-husky scent and melded effortlessly with the top lemon notes.
Unlike the vibrancy of scents four ( Peony) and five ( Lemon) the Rose Geranium Bath Souffle Melt was a more calm, balanced scent that delivered a gentle yet sensual floral fragrance with balsamic, sweet, floral, spicy and warm pyramid notes. Traditionally associated with the image of ‘love’ ‘desire’ and sensuality, the infusion of pure geranium oil helps balance chakra energies and re-label ‘rose’ as a ‘flower’ of balance rather than a flower of ‘love’. The geranium and rose blend was a delightful mix of ‘floral’ and ‘spice’ with a spicy rose-like flowery aroma that helped re-centre my mind . Although the melt was not as moisturizing as the previous bath melts, it’s aromatic, magnetic scent was more than enough credentials to put it in my top two scents, the first being Lemon and May Chang. Pros– Each scent, with the exception of hyacinth was true to product description and scents were pleasing – The ‘egg-like’ boxed packaging was a novel touch and tied into the image of luxury bath melts – Overall melts were moisturizing and on the most part either gave me clarity of mind or relaxed me to the point of drowsiness Cons – The hyacinth is not palatable for those who prefer sharper, spicier scents and can be seen as ‘sickly’Overall Rating: 4/5 *Stock images all items are copyrighted by Prezzybox and I do not take credit for producing these photos.
Would you buy bath melts from Prezzybox?
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