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Sunlight's bubble bath range. (Twitter)

For more than sixty years, Sunlight has dominated dish washing in South Africa. It currently has a market share of almost 80%.

Key to its success is the cleaning power it packs in every drop: Sunlight is famous for being economical. A small amount of liquid delivers a satisfying amount of soapy foam.

Over the years, it has branched out to automatic and hand washing powders, fabric softeners as well as soap. But when the brand - most associated with “the combined cleaning power of 100 lemons” that “easily removes tough grease, leaving your dishes shining bright and residue free” - recently launched of Sunlight bubble bath, eyebrows were raised.

One commentator asked whether you now wash your dishes and your kids in the same water.

We decided to give it a try.

There are four options: Tropical Breeze, Berry Bliss, Relaxing Lavender and Ocean Blue.

We opted to try the Ocean Blue.

Here’s what we found:

As a start, there was nothing 'ocean or marine smelling' about it. It was very much sweet smelling, the kind of bath smell you'd associated with children's products.

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Sunlight's Ocean Blue.

Three capfulls (round 150mls) packed quite a punch.

Photos Estrelita Moses.
3 capfulls of bubble bath. Photo Estrelita Moses.

There were bubbles everywhere – with one very satisfied beta tester describing his bath as a “tower of bubbles”.

Photos Estrelita Moses.
Our beta tester was very impressed with the “tower of bubbles”. Photo Estrelita Moses.

Without any topping up, the bubbles lasted through two baths – at least half an hour apart. 

A full two hours later, the mutant bubbles were still going strong. 

Photos Estrelita Moses.
Two hours later and after 2 baths, there were still plenty of bubbles to spare. Photos Estrelita Moses.

Our verdict:

If you - or especially your children - are into bubbles, this packs a mean punch. A little went a really long way. While the smell of it was initially a bit foreign and too sweet, we grew used to it.

However, unlike the dishwasher, it won't leave you residue free. Once we got out of the bath, it was quite a struggle to get the bubbles off. Almost like when you don't rinse dishes properly and they become streaky. 

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