(promotional samples ahead)
This time of year, we tend to be on our feet a lot. Making holiday foods, shopping, waiting in endless lines...you are going to wear yourself out. Because she is always thinking of us, Baroness X has some indulgent Imperial Fizzies to help soothe our aching bodies. Now, if only she could wrap all the gifts for me I would be set for life.
These products have been out for quite a while. Normally, I like to be a wee bit more timely with my reviews so you can grab things before they sell out...but I have exceedingly sensitive skin. Especially since I started on that awful HRT. It has gotten worse as I've gotten older too. Which is just peachy. So rather than using this once and saying YAYITSAWESOMEPANTS, I decided to actually use it, watch my skin, and wait. I figure that if my skin doesn't spaz out, then it is probably going to be safe for the vast majority of humans out there. I actually used both of these containers completely up. I soaked my hands, my feet, my kids, random family members feets...over the course of about four months. I just wanted to put that out there, so you know where I am coming from with this particular review.
This is a refreshingly minty soak. I used this a lot in the later months of Summer. The peppermint oil left my toes and fingers feeling delightfully cool and tingly, but not at all irritated. The epsom salts are so great after you've been at a wedding in cute-but-impractical shoes and your feet are hot and stiff. It also has oils to moisturize skin, which is important because I find that my feet feel very dry after several days of sandal-wearing.
I made my kids soak their feet every few days in this stuff, and they loved it. Wearing plastic sandals and running around leads to smelly feets, and my kids are already sweaty little monkeys. I feel like this really kept the outbreaks of athletes foot and stinky feet to a minimum this summer, which I am all about. I added a few drops of tea tree oil to a bucket (like this. $2USD from Walmart) of water plus a few generous scoops for the husband to soak his feet as well. I employed the whole family, ya'll.
Now, on the website it says not to use these with cooler water because they won't fizz as well...but I am not good with rules. Because we had a crazy-hot summer this year (and fall. WTF California) I often used these with sub 100°F water. I admit that the soak wasn't ultra fizzy...but there was still some good fizzies and my feet still felt amazing and soft afterwards. But I will admit, begrudgingly, that there are more fizzies when you use warmer water.
I didn't get to use this one as often as I personally used the peppermint. My kids fell in love with the smell, and were constantly asking for this in their baths. Just like the peppermint, this has relaxing epsom salts, luxuriant oils, and effervescent fizzies. Practically speaking, the only real difference I found between these two is that there is no cool/tingly feel from this one...which honestly makes it more bath friendly to me.
The scent is tropical and delightful, and there was much PINEAPPLEUNDERTHESEA singing and many Spongebob references made. It lingers for a very short time on the skin, but its so subtle that its almost a subconscious suggestion of tropical fruit.
I am going to go out on a limb and say that this one, like the peppermint, works well enough in sub 100°F water. I actually only used this in warm-to-hot (probably 110° or so) water, and it fizzed admirably. The only complaint any of the Bedlam minions had about this one was that it was a hilariously pale yellow shade in the bathtub. Being kids, there were more than a few jokes made. But the smell and "oh Mommy. My skin is soft. PET ME" was enough to overcome even the most obnoxious eight year olds misgivings about water color (that no one she knows will ever know about. C'mon...eight going on eighteen).
These little tubs of awesomeness come in 3oz and 5.5oz sizes (or you can grab a sample bag with your polish order for $1) and you get to choose whether you want the sealed jar/wee spoon combo or simply a refill bag if you have your own jars. I think these might make great gifts for the holidays. Buy a bag of bath fizzies, a candy dish from Marshalls...and there you go. A pretty gift that looks like a million bucks! Plus with Fall and Winter looming, I can't wait to see what new scents The Baroness comes up with!