For teenagers, they are a dream come true: cheap (the most expensive product is a perfume costing pounds 15), cheerful (sample copy: "WAKE UP! The slammer gets you going faster than the Boo Radleys ... Ever heard `Me in Honey' by REM? Well this could be YOU in honey"), ultra-vegetarian and named after a cool indie band.
Old ladies like me, however, remain unconvinced by the selection of "uplifting" products I was sent. The Ballistics - giant balls of bicarb and essential oil that fizz and dissolve in the bath - are a fun idea but, in reality, the sweet orange-scented Feel Good (pounds 2.25 for 225g) felt like being in a giant glass of effervescent Vitamin C and left an indelible stain in the tub. Blue Skys' (sic) and Fluffy White clouds (pounds 2.15 for 100g), an "ambient" bath foam made by Wesley on 10 September 1996, led to disappointingly few bubbles. Finally, the Phoenix solid bath oil (pounds 1.85 for 30g), a soft bar which you cut into chunks at home, was supposed to "revive the weak, exhausted and depressed" but led to a scrummy film and crumbly bits on the floor.
Perhaps I need to get in touch with my inner teenager. Meanwhile, pass the Yardley bath cubes, will you dear?
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