Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Review: Dirty Works Think Of England Bath Soak

I happened to spot this bath soak whilst in Sainsbury's the other day.  With it's retro packaging, playful naming, and pinup girl on the bottle, I immediately thought that it looked like a cheaper version of Soap and Glory - and as S&G make my favourite bath foam ever - the legendary Calm One, Calm All - I thought I'd give this a go to see how it stacks up.

At £2.99 for 350ml, it's a little bit cheaper than the Soap and Glory variety, which costs £5 for 500ml.  The scent, like the Soap and Glory product, is inoffensive and almost imperceptible.  Once added to a running bath, you get mountains of light, fluffy bubbles - many many more than with S&G.  The bubbles, however, don't feel quite as moisturising.

For me, the biggest sticking point for bubble bath is how long the bubbles last.  Calm One Calm All lasts a good couple of hours with regular hot water topups, which is my benchmark for long lasting bath goodness.  So, in the nature of scientific testing, I lay back and thought of England (do you like what I did there?) to see how long the bubbles stuck around.  As it turned out, it was about an hour, which is better than most bubble baths, but not quite as good as Soap and Glory's Calm One Calm All.

Unfortunately, I can't shake the feeling that this is a slightly cheaper rip off of Soap and Glory's very distinctive style.  As a bubble bath, it's actually pretty decent - definitely better than others in the same price bracket - but the parallels between its branding and S&G's mean that it has a lot to live up to.  I won't be repurchasing - but will be investigating some of the other products in the range, to see if there's anything unique to the range worth trying on its own merit.

If you'd like to try it for yourself, you'll find Think Of England Bath Soak alongside the rest of the Dirty Works range at Sainsbury's, where 350ml will cost you £2.99.


  1. When I first saw the image I thought it actually was Soap and Glory! It seems to be a total rip off from the cult brand which is something that always annoys me - is there really any need?! It always puts me off buying.

  2. Personally, I'll be sticking with the real thing! I know they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but not sure that's the case here! The original, still the best!


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