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Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. One of my most exciting discoveries has been finding online companies that provide beauty boxes. The idea is that you will be sent a box every month, and this will usually contain a selection of various make-up, skin care, fragrance products etc for you to try out, so I have been trying a few from different suppliers. I received a mini bottle of this Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil in a previous delivery from Latest in Beauty. You can find further information at www.latestinbeauty.com, and www.aromatherapyassociates.com. The full size product contains 55mls and the RRP is £37.00.
Product description: "Experience the incredibly refreshing and invigorating powers of grapefruit, rosemary and juniper for a fantastic and reviving start to the day. Invigorates and wakes up mind & body."
Recommended directions for use: Add a capful to your bath or smooth it over your body before showering.
I received a small 3ml bottle of this bath oil, but the full size contains 55mls and comes in a stylish looking glass bottle. It looks impressive and certainly has a luxury appearance. The oil itself has a bright golden colour and dispersed easily into the water as the taps were running. Little specks of oil were visible floating within the bathwater, and even though 3mls might not sound like a lot when it's used in a bathtub full of water, it seemed to spread evenly and provided a good amount to make sure that I would have a nice bathing experience with it.
The first thing that hit me was the fragrance of this oil - and I mean, literally, it really did seem to hit me. I went to fetch clean towels and a face cloth while the bath was running, and by the time I returned to the bathroom it was filled with an overwhelming level of fragrance. The key ingredients to this oil are listed as pink grapefruit, rosemary, juniper berry and pine, but all I could smell to begin with was a very strong level of pine. This was a bit too much for me and I found it unpleasant. After some time of soaking in the bath it did level off a little and I thought I could detect some hints of the rosemary, but still the pine seemed to overpower the other elements.
The Revive Morning oil blend is recommended for use in the morning to wake you up and get you ready for the day, but I don't think it's practical to bathe in the morning as I just don't have the time, so I used it in the evening. It did help to reinvigorate me somewhat after a tiring day. However, I am not really keen on the scent and would not choose to use such a full-on pine scent. Maybe it could come in useful for weekend hangover mornings to perk you back up again, but otherwise I think this is too strong to really be enjoyed.
Ignoring my dislike of the scent, I thought that the oil worked really well to condition my skin. I felt nicely moisturised all over without any greasy residue, and the following day my skin was lovely and smooth and still retained a good level of moisture without requiring me to use any additional products.
Given the high price and the mind-blowing level of pine scent of this bath oil, I am not tempted to go out and purchase the product again. I am glad I had a tester size bottle as this one use was enough for me, and it did not give an all-round positive experience in my opinion. Nice for a moisturising skin treat but far too strongly scented to be enjoyable while soaking in the bath for a decent amount of time.
This was one of the beauty items I received in my beauty advent Calendar which yielded a new beauty item every day in December until Christmas Eve. I have noticed oil seems to be appearing in more and more formats in the beauty industry whether it's for hair, face, body, everyone is raving about it so I was looking forward to trying the aromatherapy associates revive oil morning formula.
I ran a bath and climbed in then tipped 3ml of the product on my body and massaged in. I thought it'd be better this way rather than using it in the shower and tipping it down the plug hole and in the bath it sort of recycles itself as an oil with none going to waste. As there was not a lot of the product, I thought I'd focus on my problem area, which is stretch marks from recent pregnancies. The oil went a long way and I can't dispute how moisturised I felt. I must add at this stage that this was not a bath I was planning to wash my hair in so this was pinned up and out of the way!
Aside from the great moisturising properties, I do have one problem with this product and that is the smell of it. I thought it smelt overwhelmingly like lemon pledge furniture polish and very strongly so. When I got out of the bath, I had a lovely zingy effect on my body, this must have been the 'morning' part of the product to wake you up, it was a bit like the minty original source shower gel feels.
I know why I got a small glass vial for my advent calendar now! A 55ml bottle costs £37 which is quite expensive if you want to smell weird.
To top off this bathing experience, my partner said when he came in to the bedroom "Can I smell disinfectant?" he was assuming either one of the cats or one of the kids had been sick and it was the cleaning product he could smell. "No, I've had a bath with some special oil." I replied sheepishly. So unprompted and unknowing that I was tipping more than a fivers' worth of product in to the bath! There is no way I will buy this again despite the nicely moisturised skin as the smell is just awful and lingers for many hours on your skin.
Experience the incredibly refreshing and invigorating powers of grapefruit, rosemary and juniper for a fantastic and reviving start to the day / a multi award-winning blend of natural oils, pure nature with nothing added / Highly effective, with therapeutic levels of energising and detoxifying essential oils / Perfect after a little over-indulging, a long flight or when generally feeling sluggish / Use it in the bath or shower and feel your body come back to life.