Mandara Spa Island Paradise Pampering Bath Soak review
Pre-children I always used to love treating myself to a luxurious evening bubble bath once a week or so (yep, I certainly know how to live it up!). Nowadays, as a mum, I find these moments few and far between; I don’t think I’ve managed to take a long bath in peace and quiet since 20ten! So, when the offer to review some Mandara Spa bath products landed in my email inbox, I jumped at the chance – the perfect excuse to force me to make some time for myself.
So, one Sunday I actually did what I hadn’t done for around 2 years – I actually set aside some quiet ‘me’ time. The husband was at work, the children were in bed…the housework could wait. I ran a bath instead and it felt so delightfully rebellious and naughty!
- You can’t help but notice the smell. The bath soak includes extracts of grapefruit and lemon and those scents jump out at you as soon as you open the jar. The smell of the grapefruit and lemon doesn’t abate once the bath soak turns to bubbles in the bath either. It really hit my nostrils and helped give me a fresh feeling all over (as well as leaving a fruity aroma in my bathroom!).
- The consistency of the bath soak is thick, like the pink slime in Ghostbusters II (and please don’t tell me if you haven’t seen that film, it will make me feel really old if you do!). It was quite fun digging my hand into the goo and playing about with it. It reminded of my childhood and messing about with play slime that you could buy from any good toy shop (again, if you have no idea about this, please stay schtum!).
I put about 3 handfuls of
slime bath soak into my bathtub (not that you would have been able to tell by looking at the jar, it still looked full to the brim) and watched as the bubbles started to form and spread. It didn’t take too long for my bath to fill and with more than a little excitement and anticipation, I stepped in.
It felt sublime sinking down into those bubbles and awoke in me the sense of how relaxing – and how much of a hard-earned indulgence – a bubble bath can be. It was a delight I’d totally forgotten about and I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of ‘washing away’ any stress or worries that I might have had (it really is amazing how a bath can do this, isn’t it?!).