I first tried Bliss Vanilla & Bergamot Body Buff after receiving a free sample when paying a trip to my local Bliss counter. I find it hard to get good exfoliators that aren't too tough on sensitive skin or that leave a greasy residue behind. So when I tried this exfoliator for the first time I was instantly hooked!
The amazing smell of vanilla and bergamot is delicious, and the creamy texture of the exfoliator and a luxurious, pampering touch to the product. The addition of shea butter and sweet almond oil to the mix create a product that both exfoliates like a dream and moisturizes, leaving your skin smooth and soft.
Bliss recommend that you apply the exfoliator from top to toe on dry skin before getting into the shower. I was initially skeptical of this - having sensitive skin myself I thought this would be drying, but this is not the case. After using the product in this way I felt like I had an expensive, all-over body scrub of salon standards. It's incredibly easy to use and the results are amazing - I've never found an exfoliator that works as well and smells as good!
I would definitely recommend this product. The only downside is the price - £28 is a lot to pay for an exfoliator. However, the results are great and mean that you definitely don't need to use it every single day - I would use it once or twice a week. In this way, you definitely get great use out of it.
To me, vanilla is one of the most gorgeous scents on the planet and generally any vanilla scented product is going to be a hit with me! So I was confident when I bought Bliss's Vanilla and Bergamot Body Buff that I was going to be onto a winner.
The Bliss range was developed back in 1996 by scarily young looking 40 year old Marcia Kilgore (who more recently has brought us the Soap and Glory range) and are generally regarded amongst those in the know as high quality, must have products.
The Vanilla & Bergamot Body Buff is an exfoliator for the body. It is packaged in a screw top pot - I've said before I'm generally not very impressed by Bliss's packaging, and this one is no exception, it's pretty unremarkable and it wouldn't jump off the shelf at you. For scrubs though, I do prefer a pot design like this to a tube, as it's so much easier to scoop the product out rather than try to squeeze out that last bit at the end! When you open the lid though, you are hit by the most fantastic vanilla smell - really rich and luxurious. To me, it smells like a richer variation on the smell of Lush - the smell that hits you when you are downwind from a Lush store! I find vanilla really relaxing and the bergamot is a nice pairing for it, giving a slight hint of femininity, not fighting with the vanilla and toning down what could easily be an overpowering sweetness.
Unusually, you apply this to dry skin before heading into the shower, rub it over the skin, and then continue to rub it all over yourself in the shower, before rinsing off. At first I was concerned at this direction, as I thought using a dry scrub would be very harsh, but it is easily spreadable and feels almost gentle on the skin - you can tell it's doing its job, but it doesn't feel at all irritating and is gentle enough to be used every day (once you hear the price though, you would probably avoid daily use!)
The buff itself is a thick creamy lotion, peachy coloured and you can see the little pods of vanilla in it. It also contains Polyethylene beads which help remove dead surface skin cells when massaged on the skin. As well as vanilla, it also contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, so lots of lovely stuff to moisturise as well as exfoliate. You can really feel the silkiness of the shea and the oil as you scoop it up in your fingers. I love the fact that the granules in this are not too small, as I find that can easily feel too harsh on my skin and the scrub becomes a chore rather than a pampering step in my beauty routine! It leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft, smooth and moisturised without feeling at all greasy - there is no need to apply a separate moisturiser after using this.
Just before Christmas, I bought this in a set of sample products from Bliss that included lots of their bestselling products. To be honest, despite being impressed by the products, this is the first Bliss product that I would actually consider buying a full size version of, as they are so expensive and the other products I've used haven't quite lived up to the price tag. This one, however, is fabulous - I love the vanilla scent, and as a scrub it really is lovely - gentle but exfoliates effectively, and manages to moisturise at the same time. It certainly isn't cheap though, priced at £28 for 340g, but I really rate this one highly and it's a great product for winter, combining exfoliation with moisturising qualities.
Bliss products can be bought online from hqhair.com, Boots online shop or strawberrynet, but I would recommend looking on Bliss's own website, www.blisslondon.co.uk, as I have often seen both hqhair and strawberrynet selling Bliss products at more expensive prices than Bliss themselves!