Reviewed by Ellie Hanks
When I first opened up the Gelli Baff I was impressed by the packaging, it looks professional, fun, typically aimed at young children and looked like it was going to be good fun to use. The box was easy to open.
I told my 4 year old daughter about the product’s arrival and tried to gauge her excitement at the prospect of a bath with the goo and whether its appeal is there for a 4 year old. She seemed impressed, if a little apprehensive at the idea of a bath in pink goo and asked me why she had to have a bath in pink goo… I had no answer for this. But I feel she made a good point in this – why? Is it fun?
Upon opening the box I was surprised at the lack of contents – just two small plastic bags and an instruction leaflet. Too much packaging maybe? The box is somewhat larger than it needs to be although is well presented. The instruction leaflet was very easy to follow though and the product is very straightforward to use and so I was able to run a pink goo bath with ease. However I couldn’t get my daughter in it. She dipped a foot, and then a hand but after a swift recoil, I could not get her in it. She was freaked out to say the least, I think by the consistency and colour of the ‘water’ and goo. She kept saying “but it’ll colour me pink!” and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t convince her otherwise.
I have to admit, I was a little perturbed by the ‘goo’. It almost feels like the congealed shower gel around the rim of a bottle or like very over-cooked rice might feel when under copious amounts of water.
I was able to dissolve the goo bath very easily. The leaflet advises to add the second sachet of product which I did and the goo bath disappeared quickly. I also appreciated the ‘Don’t Panic’ point in the leaflet advising to add more table salt if the sachet provided wasn’t sufficient.
Overall I’d say I would not buy the product again. My daughter wasn’t enamoured by the concept or the actual reality and so therefore it would be waste of money for me, however I can totally see that this idea of a bath in pink goo might be appealing to other less tentative children than my own.
Available to buy from Amazon here.