I don’t take Palativm too seriously when it says its line of bath foams and oils was inspired by the bathing culture of ancient Rome. Ancient Romans were a pretty dirty (and smelly) bunch, and Roman public baths, no matter the opulence of their construction and decoration, were bacteria factories that made lots of people ill. I’m betting modern bathers wouldn’t find the ritual sweating-oiling-skin scraping sessions the ancient Romans endured very refreshing either.
Palativm Replenishing Foams are modern takes on the “Roman” bath; they contain Tuscan olive oil, chamomile, aloe vera and Vitamin C ester. (Vitamin C is good for skin, inside and on your body, but it’s not effective in bath products since it’s destined for the drain.) I’ve tried and enjoyed Palativm’s three bath foams: Arancia Dolce/Sweet Orange (grapefruit, lime, orange, lily of the valley, jasmine, orange blossom, cedar and musk); Fico Speziato/Spiced Fig (fig, “rain” accord, green notes, magnolia, rose, jasmine, woods and musk); and Mare Myrteus/Sea (myrtle berries, bergamot, lemon, “ocean breeze,” jasmine, lily of the valley, ginger, blond woods, amber and musk).
Arancia Dolce is sweet and semi-gourmand, with orange and vanilla notes dominant. If you love a “pert”/green fig aroma (not a milky fig), Fico Speziato is a good bet; this is my favorite fragrance in the line. For those of you who may be 'alarmed' by that “rain” accord, I didn’t detect even a molecule of ozone or its ilk in Fico Speziato. Finally, for fans of “marine” scents, there’s Mare Myrteus; with its “salty” bergamot-ginger accord; it’s a higher-quality “sport” (gladiator?) fragrance.
All the Palativm Replenishing Foams foam well (there is no calf-high lather in the tub when you are finished showering). The foams leave skin feeling good: clean and soft. The Palativm fragrances are subtle (think “spa” scents) and won’t interfere with your perfume of the day — even if you apply it soon after your bath.
Products are available at the Palativm website. Palativm Replenishing Foams are $45 for 500 ml.