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I received a tube of this Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Butter as a special offer "treat" when I placed an order through the online catalogue site Very. It is available to buy from a range of different online retailers, and more details can be found at www.blissworld.co.uk. It costs £20.50 for a 200ml tube, or £62.00 for a super-sized 950ml bottle. This may seem very expensive for a body moisturising product, but the larger size actually offers quite a generous saving compared to buying the regular sized versions, so would be a worthwhile investment if you are already a fan of the product.
Product description: "Bliss lemon & sage body butter is a parabens-free body moisturiser in our signature citrus scent.
+ Deeply moisturising, skin softening and naturally rejuvenating to dry skin
+ Normalises skin moisture content
+ Improves suppleness, firmness and smoothness"
The packaging does not look particularly appealing to me. It comes in a bright blue coloured plastic tube, with a little picture of a lemon and sage leaf on it so you can see which variety of body butter it is at a quick glance. I prefer bottles and tubes to be made of clear plastic so that it is straight forward to see how much is left inside. That said, I do quite like that the body butter comes in a tube rather than the usual tub packaging that this sort of product normally comes in, as it makes is much easier to apply and there's no mess to be scooped up as you can dispense directly from the tube onto the desired area.
The fragrance of this body butter is very strong as it's being applied, and remains noticeable for a short time afterwards. The lemon scent is most noticeable, providing a zingy citrus twist. The sage is more subtle and softens the sharpness a little, making the scent feel very refreshing and energising. Lemon oil is supposed to help brighten dull skin, and this uplifting fragrance will definitely boost your mood.
The body butter itself is plain white and has a thick consistency. However, it does not seem to be too heavy, and it flows out of the tube quite easily. Despite its thickness it does spread well over my skin to give a good coverage. My absolute favourite thing about this butter is its rich and creamy texture. As soon as I spread it onto my body it literally melts into my skin and is absorbed instantly, which makes me feel like it's getting to work straight away. I do feel a very slight "layer" over my skin afterwards and this helps the moisturising effect to continue, but it does not hinder me in any way and I can get dressed after using this body butter without having to wait around for it to be fully absorbed.
This body butter is labelled as being parabens free, something which I have since looked into for a bit more information. Parabens are widely used in many cosmetic products for their preservative effect. It has been claimed that these chemicals can be linked to breast cancer, however to the best of my knowledge there is no hard scientific evidence for this. The fact that my search led me to articles in the likes of the Daily Mail rather than any scientific / medical journals was immediately reassuring, but if you are worried about avoiding parabens then this body butter is obviously a safe choice.
Because the body butter sinks into my skin so quickly I am able to put it on in the morning and the effects last all day long. I tend to use this mostly on my elbows and legs where my skin gets the driest, but I've also been using it on my upper arms, shoulders and hips to give an all-round moisturising treatment and try to minimise the effects of the cold winter weather on my poor skin. I have had excellent results from using this body butter and really like the effect that it gives. To begin with I thought that it was pretty ordinary and did not offer any special benefits, but after continuing to use it frequently I did notice a difference and the overall feel of my skin has definitely improved. I have been applying it once a day to make sure that my moisture levels are maintained and the condition of my skin is much better. The magic moisturising ingredients in this body butter are coconut oil to soften the skin, and Vitamin E to smooth the skin.
I can recommend Bliss's Lemon and Sage Body Butter for anyone with a dry complexion that needs an effective moisturising treatment to restore skin back to a good condition. Even though I have been pleased with the results of using this body butter, I personally think it is on the expensive side so I would be unlikely to purchase this for myself unless I could get it at a better price, or maybe if I'm feeling the urge to really treat myself to something special then I'll save up for the giant bottle.
I was given a set of Bliss products last year, something I was very excited about at the time. Bliss is a company which was set up by the same woman who created Soap & Glory products. I am a big fan of Soap & Glory, and given that items from the Bliss range tend to be two or three times the price of the S&G products I was expecting that the quality of these would be outstanding.
Unfortunately, aside from the Fabulous Foaming Face wash, the reality is that I have been left very disappointed by the Bliss products I have tried so far. The gift set I received contained predominantly products from the Lemon + Sage range and I found that I didn't like the smell and the products themselves seemed to be very average for the price tag.
Given my negative experiences I wasn't in any hurry to try out the Lemon + Sage body butter, and I only really began using it because I wanted it used up and out of the way!
The body butter comes in a tube, which I found a little unusual as body butters tend to come in pots, but it's not unheard of, and I actually prefer the tube because there's less chance of getting the body butter under your nails this way!
The design of the tube is fairly basic with a turquoise background and yellow and white lettering. It's not particularly inspiring, and perhaps it's just me being snobbish but if I had spent in excess of £20 I would at least expect packaging that would indicate the price slightly. If you weren't brand aware you would probably be forgiven for thinking this came from a supermarket.
The body butter itself is white in colour, has a slight glossy sheen to it and my first impression in fact, was that this looked more like a thick lotion than a body butter. It's certainly nowhere near as thick as the body butters offered by the Body Shop, however when you begin to massage this into the skin it does become apparent that looks can be deceiving...
I found that the texture when rubbing this in was actually like a body butter should be - it felt thick, but was not difficult to distribute over the skin, and it seemed to melt slightly under the heat of the fingers. There was a slight greasiness immediately after application but to its credit that seemed to disappear quite quickly, as the product sunk in.
On a more negative note, again I found that I didn't like the smell. In a previous review of the matching soap I described the scent as being a bit like mouldy grass and again that springs to mind for me. The lemon fragrance is definitely detectable here, but the overwhelming scent is a grassy, almost leafy smell that is fairly strong and to me not particularly pleasant. In fact I dislike the scent so much that I will not apply this if I'm going out in public, instead choosing to use it only on days when I know I won't be going far. I don't want people to smell this on me because it's so awful, and I can't think of any perfume that would be compatible with it - in fact wearing perfume with it would no doubt make it worse! It says on the Bliss website that this is a unisex fragrance which I suppose I'd have to agree with, however I wouldn't be particularly attracted to any man who smelled of this!!
It says on the tube that this will 'soothe dry skin in a single smear' and having disgustingly dry skin I can confirm that this is an effective moisturiser. It keeps the skin feeling hydrated and soft, but there is no greasiness or sticky residue with this once it's sunk in, so you can apply it and get dressed without fear of your clothes sticking to you.
Another thing I feel I should comment on is how light this felt on my skin. Normally when I think of Body Butter I think of quite a heavy product that sits on the skin, and that you can feel you have applied. With this it doesn't sit heavily on the skin and aside from the scent you wont notice that you have applied it.
I mentioned earlier that this is fairly expensive, and it currently retails at £23 for a 250ml tube on the Bliss website and you can also purchase it at Boots where it is only a few pence cheaper at £22.51. I think that is way overpriced and personally I don't think it's worth anything near that price.
I was really surprised to learn that this has been Bliss' best selling body product for the last 10 years. Whilst I agree that it's a good moisturiser and like that it sinks in quickly without leaving any greasy residue, I REALLY dislike the smell and I think there are other lotions and body butters that moisturise just as well and only cost half the price. In short, I would not recommend it and would not use it again when my current tube has run out.
I got this in a sample size from the Bliss counter at Selfridges. I had never tried Bliss products before but had heard of them and to be honest I had never been too keen as they are so expensive yet don't look particularly expensive on the counter. For a 240ml bottle of this you pay £23 which for body lotion is really expensive!
Bliss describe it as their best selling body lotion for 10 years and it claims to nourish skin without leaving it greasy and lock in moisture leaving skin supple all day. It also says it will get rid of rough or dry skin after one application.
The packaging is eye catching and definitely different particularly because you normally find a Bliss counter amongst more classic packaging like that of Dior or Chanel. To me the packaging has always looked quite cheap and its only when you realise it is an expensive brand that it starts to seem better. This body butter comes in a normal shape squeezy bottle with the lid at the bottom. It is a bright mid blue bottle with "lemon and sage" in yellow writing and "body butter" in bigger writing beneath it. The Bliss logo is also at the top of the bottle. Beneath the writing there is a cartoon style picture of a lemon. The bottle is fun but it just doesn't look great quality. I'm not saying that designer packaging has to be classic and boring, but this just looks cheap. Anyway...
***The Body Butter***
The body butter is a cream colour and the smell is as I imagined. To be honest I wasn't to keen on the sound of 'lemon and sage' but it is actually really pleasant and smells more like just lemon. It actually does smell of real lemons as well, rather than an artificial smell. I was also worried that the smell would be overpowering which it often is with expensive brands, however it really is quite subtle, yet no so subtle you can barely smell it. The fragrance lasts on your skin for a few hours which is nice.
Even though it is described as body 'butter' I was still surprised at how thick it was. It came out of the bottle quite easily and didn't look too thick, however when I came to rub it in I struggled quite a bit to spread it over my skin as it is so thick. Because of the thickness I couldn't spend as long as I normally would massaging it in as it just didn't slide over the skin like body lotions do. It also meant I had to use more than I normally would but I would still say the thick texture of it is a good quality as it really soothes the skin and leaves it feeling intensely moisturised.
It leaves the skin feeling really supple like it said and I have definitely noticed that this lasts for a long time after it has been applied. I have been applying it after I have a bath in the evening and my skin still feels really hydrated all through the next day. It does feel slightly greasy on the skin to begin with but not sticky at all.
My skin isn't particularly dry so I don't think I need such an intense moisturising cream but I can imagine it would be ideal for anyone with very dry skin.
I think this would be really good for people who have a problem with very dry skin and it would be good during the winter months, but I don't think my skin really needs although it was a nice treat for my skin. The smell is lovely and it does do what it says it will, yet I still think £23 is way too much for a body lotion.
One of the treats I received in my recent Christmas present to myself, a Bliss sample set, was the Lemon and Sage Body Butter. I'd heard great things about the Bliss body butters and this was my 'most wanted' on the Bliss product range, being one of their best selling products.
Packaging wise, this is on the dull side (as I think all Bliss products are!) - a turquoise squeezy bottle with a white flip top lid. Even a picture of a lemon on it doesn't really do much to spice it up - the packaging is functional but lacking the fun that really makes something stand out.
These are rated by beauty magazines as the top body butter around and at £23 for a 125ml bottle, they'd have to be in my opinion! When you squeeze it into your hands though you can feel it's a quality product - it feels very rich, far more like a butter than lots of other so called body butters, which are really more of a lotion. Because of the consistency, you really do only need to use a tiny bit as it will spread easily to cover a large area - for each of my upper arms I use only about the size of a 5p. It is absorbed really quickly, almost instantly, and leaves skin feeling really smooth and really moisturised for the rest of the day. Using this on my upper arms for a couple of days a week for about a month now has made them really smooth, banishing the rather unsightly small bumps on my arms I used to have. I tend to stick to using this on my arms as I feel the price limits it to use on the areas of my body that are actually visible to the general public! If I'm feeling generous my legs might get a dab of this occasionally, but that's a treat for them, they normally stick to their regular moisturiser!
What I don't love about this product is the smell - lemon is nice and the lemon smell is really fresh smelling and not like bathroom cleaner or lemsip as I'd feared it might, but it's not a smell that I especially love - a more girly smell would be better to compliment my perfume, or more berry rather than citrus. The good thing about the smell is that unlike the Body Shop Body Butters, it lingers on your skin, but not in an overpowering way - someone would have to be quite close to you to smell it! I don't smell the sage in it, but for me that's a good thing - not sure I want to smell like a herb garden! As the smell wasn't really 'me', I think Bliss's Vanilla and Bergamot Body Butter would be a better fit for me but I've yet to try that (though I have tried other Vanilla and Bergamot products and the smell is divine!) However, if you love lemon scented products, it's bound to be an instant hit!
The results this achieves are undoubtedly great - it's one of the only body moisturisers I've used that have managed to rid me of the dreaded upper arm bumps - but the price means I can't justify using it on areas that don't really need such intensive moisturising - my legs are more than happy with a quick slick of any cream to be honest! It's very much a 'treat' product, rather than one you buy everyday - I buy lots of Bliss products as presents for people, but find it hard to justify that price on myself!
I bought this last year after reading all the hype about it in magazines and on the Bliss website and deciding I had to see for myself if it's as good as everyone says it is! It costs £23 for a 250ml tube from the website or Bliss salons, and you can also now buy it from some Boots stores and their website.
They say that this fabulous, fresh-citrus scented dry body drenching butter is so incredibly effective that a single squeeze can make rough and scaly skin 'history'. With antioxidant vitamins A and E, sodium hyaluronate (a powerful oil-free moisture magnet) and arnica extract.
It comes in a bright blue tube with a white flip lid that it stands on. The body butter is white and it has a sweet but subtle lemon scent. The texture is quite thin for a body butter, and it's extremely smooth. When you first apply it to skin it feels quite rich, but it sinks in really quickly. My skin always feels quite cool and fresh after I've applied this. You don't need to use much, a little really does go a long way with this.
It doesn't feel heavy on my skin, and it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy, in fact once it's on you'd never know it was there if it wasn't for the scent. My skin is left feeling really soft, hydrated and smooth. I did have some really bad bits of dry skin, but this sorted them out in no time, smoothed them over and made them all soft and perfect again. The scent stays on my skin all day which is really lovely.
When I used this every day it really did make a big difference to the overall feel and look of my skin, it was much healthier and it seemed to get better and better every time I used it, especially on areas where I had previously had dry skin. My skin, especially on my hands, has never been smoother than when I use this.
Like most Bliss products, the only problem with this product is the price. I'd love to be able to use it all over my body every day, but that would be a very expensive habit, so I usually keep to just using it on the areas that need it most so that the tube will last me longer.
Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter is part of Bliss Spa's Bodycare Range, and is available to buy either from a Bliss Spa, or from Blisslondon.co.uk, and it will set you back a whopping £22 for a 250ml tube.
It can also be bought as part of various travel sets and gift sets. Boots.com have also recently started selling the Bliss product range, but I'm not sure whether you can get it in-store at Boots.
Why I Bought It
I was actually given some travel-sized versions of this product by a friend. She buys Bliss products all the time, and ends up with loads of miniature versions that she's got free with one thing or another, so she always brings some for me to try (I think really she's just trying to convert me to their products, as she swears by them!) when she visits.
It's not something I would ever have bought myself, as whilst I do spend a fair amount on certain beauty products, body moisturisers are really not something I can justify spending £22 on, especially when the cheap ones that I use work perfectly well.
The body butter comes in a blue plastic tube with a white flip-top lid. On the front is has the name of the product in bright yellow and white writing, and a little picture of a lemon and a sage leaf. On the back is all the information you would expect; a description, directions, and ingredients. The tube stands on it's lid, meaning that it's still easy to get the product out when there's hardly any left in the tube.
Bliss claim that this is their bestselling body balm, and that it's so effective that a single squeeze can make rough and scaly skin history. It's formula contains humectant molecules to pull hydration under the skin, delivering deep down moisture, and antioxidant vitamins to help fight free radicals and prevent the skin from sagging.
The instructions on the back of my tube read, "After showering, apply generously onto any skin that an optically-challenged individual might mistake for the bark on the trunk of an ancient redwood tree." They do like to be 'quirky'. It is suggested that for best results it should be used daily, or alternatively as often as it's needed.
The product is pure white, and fairly thick, as you would expect a body butter to be. The scent is a really fresh, but sweet, lemony scent, which is quite uplifting, but I don't really notice it whilst I'm using the product, only if I specifically try to smell it. It smoothes easily over the skin, and a little goes a long way. It feels really light on the skin and sinks in very quickly, leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft but never greasy.
Immediately after use, my skin does feel very silky soft and smooth, and when I've used it on dry skin it leaves it feeling less scaly. The scent stays on the skin, but I only notice it if I sniff my skin, or if I move my hands past my face.
The effects this gives do seem to last well, and my skin feels moisturised and comfortable all day after use. Using it regularly I've found it does improve the condition of dry skin, though not to any huge extent.
I've been using this mainly as a hand cream, and find it works much better than any hand cream I've ever tried. The results are much more noticeable on my hands than on the skin on my body, where I don't think it makes so much of a difference. I've also been using it on my lips, as I'm allergic to most lip balms, and I find it does a far better job of keeping my lips moisturised than anything else I've ever used, and without that heavy, greasy feeling that most lip balms leave behind.
Overall I'm quite impressed with this product. I wasn't expecting it would be any better than the body lotions I usually use, but I could certainly see the difference when I used it on my hands. Despite it working well though, I don't think it's worth the huge price tag, so it's not one I'll be buying any time soon.
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