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I received some gorgeous toiletry sets as presents from friends and family for my birthday a while back, and have thoroughly enjoyed using up the assorted cosmetics and pampering treats contained within. One gift set that I received was from the lovely "Champneys Spa Indulgence - Oriental Opulence" range, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Bubble Heaven" product.
The products I received in my gift set are all miniature versions of the real thing, being a neat 50ml in size. The full-sized version of the Bubble Heaven product is available from Boots, or online at their website, where the current price for the generously-sized 400ml bottle is £12. Postage costs will normally apply when shopping at the Boots website (www.boots.com).
The packaging is quite classy-looking, I think, although the miniature versions of the products that I own do differ slightly from the full-sized versions, as you would expect, although these too look rather sophisticated in their appearance, in my view. All of the 'mini items' are presented in the same colours; rich, deep red, with contrasting gold used in the bottles' lids and fonts, to provide a sleek, and rather chic image. The little bottle of Bubble Heaven has a gold-coloured lid in robust plastic, and this can be rotated quite easily to remove it, without any help being required, even though I suffer with limited strength in my hands.
The Champneys Bubble Heaven is basically a bubble bath product, so I tend to pour the liquid under a running tap. This, however, has proven to be rather difficult, which is down to a combination of the plastic bottle being rather 'hard' in its material, in addition to the Bubble Heaven liquid itself being quite thick; both of these little issues combined has resulted in the product being rather difficult to dispense into the filling bathtub - it's not impossible, but its rather more hard work than it should be, particularly when one is filling one's bathtub at the end of a tiring day, feeling the need to soak one's bones in some soapy indulgence or other. Tut.
The liquid, upon making its (eventual) escape from its plastic prison, seems to be rather more dense in its texture than I am used to from other products. Thus, it seems to come from the bottle in 'clumps' or 'blobs' rather than pouring from the bottle as you would expect with a liquid. This is an observation on my part, rather than being a criticism, but it is worth noting, I think, that the product sinks to the bottom of the bath easily, and needs to be 'swirled' into the bathwater in order to disperse properly. This only takes a moment, and on doing so, creates a soft, gentle, foam-type lather that settles on the bathwater's top surface. This looks pretty and quite gentle, although given the product's name I had been expecting an abundance of bubbly, foamy lather from the product. This is not to be, apparently, and I can't help but feel a pang of disappointment at the rather measly lather produced instead.
The Champneys Bubble Heaven contains ylang ylang, sandalwood and patchouli, so it's fair to say the product's scent is hard to miss, with its strong, rather 'earthy' core being at the forefront of the Bubble Heaven scent, firstly as the product is dispensed, and then used. The smell lingers in the bathroom during bath time, but it does so quite delicately - surprisingly so, given the product's inclusion of patchouli, which can often feel 'heady' or over-whelming if too much is included within a product's make up. Instead, the Bubble Heaven scent feels quite luxurious and indulgent, allowing it to feel like the perfect accompaniment to my evening bath when looking to unwind and relax.
There is something quite understated within the Bubble Scent aroma, which I find quite difficult to place; it might be the ylang ylang, or something else, but I find this inclusion offers a little 'balance' to the other scents that are quite strong and much more 'robust.' Whilst the product's lovely aroma lingers on the skin after bathing, it does so delicately, with this 'understated' note coming through quite nicely and settling on the skin. This feels very pleasant, and even when the product is used at bedtime, its lovely scent never feels intrusive or over-bearing, whispering its subtle notes from the skin's surface instead.
As with all Champneys products that I have tried in the past, the Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven seems to carry a rather mild and gentle formulation, as I have noticed nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity to my hyper-sensitive skin during or after using the product. In actual fact, my dry skin has responded rather well to the Bubble Heaven product, with it refusing to become any drier than usual, in addition to resisting the urge to require anything more than 'the norm' in terms of requiring moisturisation after use; in effect, the Bubble Heaven product has left my troublesome skin rather 'untouched' after use, with my skin feeling rather soft and quietly refreshed, without any harshness causing any unwelcome side-effects.
Taking everything into account, I feel a four star rating in the Dooyoo product rating score is appropriate when considering the Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven, with one star being deducted by me to reflect my disappointment at the product's somewhat measly lather, and the fact it is so difficult to dispense from its plastic bottle. Other than these points, however, I feel the product is rather luxurious and lovely, and I do recommend it, particularly as a lovely indulgent treat for a loved one, feeling that the product does make a really lovely gift item for somebody special.
Boots recently had an offer on the Champney's Spa range where if you spent a certain amount on the range, you received a free gift set with mini products in. I've never used this range before, but I had heard good things, and I decided this offer was the perfect time for me to try this range and use my advantage card points as a treat to myself! After much consideration I settled on the 'Oriental Opulence' range as I often like oriental themed products. I couldn't choice one particular product so I actually got the gift set containing mini products from the Oriental Opulence range and in this set was the Bubble Heaven bubble bath.
Bubble Heaven promises an indulgent bath full of Eastern luxury. It contains silk proteins, warming ginseng, ylang ylang, sandalwood and patchouli to help soften the skin and give you the lovely tranquil feeling you need in a relaxing bath. Champney's know how to make their products look luxurious, packaged in a dark red and gold themed bottle with 'Spa Indulgence' in bold it certainly gives off that excellent quality feeling and making you feel as if you really are buying into a premium product.
The instructions are as you expect, pour under warm water and swirl gently, however this is where I first had troubles. The mini version of bubble heaven comes in a small hard plastic bottle and I could not empty it out of the bottle as the liquid itself is rather thick, and so does not simply pour out of the bottle with ease. I can't fault this too much as I do assume the full sized product does not have this problem, but I do find it irritating that they didn't think about this when doing the gift set with the mini products. So after much shaking and banging and attempting to squeeze the hard plastic, I did manage to get sold of the gold coloured liquid out of the bottle and into the bath water. You do have to swirl this quite a bit as I found otherwise the gold liquid sinks straight to to the bottom and just stays there.
This product does smell great, and I was pleased to see the smell was still noticeable once the bubble's were forming and the scent lingered in the bathroom and on my sink for a while after my bath. Unfortunately I was disappointed with the bubble's themselves, especially more so as the product is named 'Bubble Heaven' so I was expecting an abundance of bubbles in my bath! Sadly I was given some mediocre bubbles which started to disappear quickly within in a few minutes. This was a big downside to the product for me, it does smell nice and it makes the skin feel lovely and soft, but I use bubble bath to fill my bath with nice soft bubbles to relax in, otherwise I would simply use a bath oil!
Ultimately it's not as good as I had hoped, especially from a brand I hear so many good things about. It did give me lovely soft skin after my bath, and this often meant I would not use a moisturiser, and it does leave a nice scent on the skin. I did try to use more of the product in the hope of giving more bubbles to last longer, but I was just disappointed as the bubbles don't linger around for long. I probably wouldn't go out and buy this again, especially considering the full size product of this costs £12 in Boots and this is more then I would like to spend on a bubble bath which doesn't get 5 stars from me!