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I'm sure that it's not just me but most women looking for a quick fix product that firms and melts away fat and makes you look stunning, yet so far I have only been disappointed. Firming and slimming can only be achieved with a healthy diet and exercise. But nevertheless do I regularly spend money on thigh firming creams in hope that maybe this one provides a miracle.
I have purchased many in the past, mainly for smell and the promise. This time round I went with the soap and glory as I like the brand and have some other products of theirs and with their girly retro packaging I always have to have a little browse when I come across it in the shops.
The Firminator cost around £12 for a 200ml tube. Quite pricey I find but it's the promise of slimmer thighs we pay for, right? It has a nice and fresh smell to it, minty, a bit like toothpaste. I spread it over my thighs before bedtime and it feels nice and cool on my skin. I have used this for 2 weeks and have also started a daily bodybrushing routine. I didn't see a major change, I mean, my skin feels smooth but no more than as if I'd moisturised every day with a standard moisturiser. Nevertheless I am going to stick with it until it's finished. I won't buy more after that but maybe try a different brand.
When it comes to smell I much preferred the Garnier Body Tonic and it's cheaper too, but also did not offer any better results. But I think it's all in the head, if you (like me) have tried different diets in the past and have to deprive yourself of yummy treats you might look for other ways of treating yourself and if it's a nice smelling lotion or potion then I would say go for it. If it makes you stay away from sweet treats (and therefore less fat to end up on your thighs) then it kind of did the job in the end, didn't it?!
I am not one for going to the gym or eating healthier but I still want to look good. Unfortunately these things don't go hand in hand so I have been looking for ways to cheat my way into looking better before my next holiday. I realise I was clutching at straws when I purchased the Firminator by Soap & Glory.
What does the product do?
The product is described as being the bikini body firming formula which promises to banish the dreaded cellulite and to leave you visibly toned all over the body. A drainage stimulating peptide has been included in order to re-contour the skin to leave it looking smoother. It claims that it will leave the skin firmer and as it includes antioxidants, it will help to remove toxins from the skin. It also contains Peppermint and Citrus oils to give the skin a natural uplift.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to clean skin straight after showing or bathing. You need to dispense some of the product from the bottle and you need to massage the product into the skin using a sweeping movement. You need to begin to massage the product in at the knees and then moving up towards the thighs and bottom. A separate product is available for use on the arms too but I suspect this one would work just as well as that area too. It can be used twice daily and should be used with consistency in order to achieve the desired results.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a silver metallic tube which is eye catching and shiny. On the front of the bottle is a picture of a retro lady in a bikini and some extra information is given on the front and the back of the packaging which is presented in the usual quirky way. It has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close even with slippery hands. The product will cost you around £12 for 200ml. It can be bought from Boots and the Soap & Glory online website. It can sometimes be found on a three for two offer.
Application and Performance
The product has the consistency of a gel and this is a common theme with products of this type so they must be onto something. It is blue in colour and it doesn't look far off being toothpaste or a watery hair gel. It doesn't have a massively strong aroma but it does have a minty fragrance to it. It isn't overpowering or sickly but it's there and it's actually quite refreshing.
You don't need to use too much of this product to get the desired results. The gel goes quite watery on the skin as you apply it but when a good deal of massaging, it does get fully absorbed by the skin. It is the massaging action which helps to break up the fatty cells and this will in turn make the legs look smoother and more toned so it's a good job that it makes you do this. It tingles ever so slightly on my legs but it is so faint that it is barely noticeable. It does give my legs a cooling sensation which has been lovely in this hot weather.
It does make my legs a tiny bit softer but it isn't really a moisturising product. With continued use, over a period of time, I have to say that my legs are in a better condition. They look smoother and I think my cellulite is much less noticeable although it is by no means gone. I can't say that are more toned because my thighs certainly still wobble but the skin does seem a bit tighter and more conditioned. As with all products of this type, it doesn't permanently fix the problem and if you stop using this then it doesn't take long for the dreaded cellulite to return.
All in all, this definitely improved the appearance of my legs. It reduced the appearance of my cellulite although it didn't get rid of it completely and it made my legs look smoother and my skin look tighter. Obviously massaging my thighs daily will have helped to improve the appearance of them but I still think this is a good product and I will definitely be repurchasing this one.
Reason for Usage:
I had seen this product a few times on the shelf of Boot's from browsing the Soap & Glory section but had dismissed it instantly because I'm generally sceptical about any product with firming or anti-ageing claims. I came into contact with this product when a friend decided that she was going to throw out half a container of this, what does that say about her opinion already. Anyway so I decided to take it off her hands and attempted to give it an unbiased shot, well it was free, waste not want not and all that ;)
Pale blue squeezy tube containing 200mls of product as shown in the photo with lots and lots of writing in different fonts and sizes in the classic Soap & Glory style - I'm not a fan of their packaging style, it's all too cluttered and busy, but that's a personal preference. Product is easily squeezed out with little pressure and in small pea sized amounts if desired.
On the front of the packaging x2 statements:
"Multi-fruit smoothers, detoxing seaweed extracts and elasticity-boosters to diminish the appearance of cellulite."
"Special: Stubborn zone fat-fighting formulation with firm2fit complex"
On the back of the packaging x2 statements:
"Tight genes? Want to look like you were born with them? Twice a day massage The Firminator onto any area of your body that - left to it's own devices- lacks an acceptable level of lift or lean. After 56 days, you may not believe your thighs (or your arms, or your abs)."
"Featuring: Firm2fit complex: clinically proven to help drain cellular fat and convert it to firm"
Price and Availability:
Available in Boot's for around £10.
The product comes out smoothly as a pale green thick liquid the first aspect of it that hits you is the smell, I wouldn't say it was unpleasant more surprising. It smells like seaweed and mint and it does contain seaweed according to the ingredients so that's a good start :P
On application to skin it's fairly viscous if rubbed lightly into the skin it's sits on top of your skin so your are forced to rub it in well to get rid of any excess effectively massaging the area well. I so far have been applying this to my arms, abs, bum and thighs to monitor the effect. After about 5 mins it's safe to put your clothes on as the product has soaked into my skin but it leaves a strange residue on my hands and skin, it's not sticky or greasy it's almost like I have a really thin layer of dirt on my hands and I have to wash them every time.
My skin tingles after application at first I thought I might be instantly allergic but I had no rash or irritation ever develop. This product has not dried out my skin or promoted any breakouts.
So my skin before I began - I don't have any loose areas or any cellulite, which I attribute to going to the gym 3-4 times a week for that last few years so I guess I was test running this product for the firmness claims.
After around 56 days of usage and the bottle is nearly finished - The annoyance of actually using the product has gotten to me I'm a fan of my moisturiser making my skin feel soft and smooth so I'm kind of glad I can stop evaluating this product soon because I can't stand the strange residue it leaves on my skin any more. I can't evaluate the claims of cellulite reduction but I can comment on the complete lack of change in my skin tone or any magic increase in firmness that this product would have claimed to have had. It works ok as a moisturiser but I would much prefer to use other products.
Not to slate their packaging or claims too much but part of my training as a doctor was to critically evaluate research papers and weigh up evidence for clinical efficacy. With that comes a rather sceptical outlook if someone makes a claim about the clinical efficacy of something without a number of studies to prove that but that's just me. So with the weak evidence to support the products claims I probably shouldn't be disappointed but it's inability to deliver.
I think I understand why my friend wanted to throw it out now.
I think it's a pretty annoying product which I'm glad I didn't have to spend any money on and wouldn't recommend it, a shame since I like many of Soap & Glory's products.
I do accept the criticism that my gym going and diet may mean that there is no effect to be had from this product but then I would have to encourage that exercise and diet is the all round way to get rid of cellulite and firm your skin not a gel or cream product.
Yes! Another Soap & Glory product hehe! I think I first brought this because one of my friends wouldnt stop going on about it & I wanted to see what on earth all the fuss was about. And yet again this is another product I didn't really expect to work, mean a cream that can tone your wobbly bits? It just sounded to good to be true, but I was very shocked to find that after continued use I could begin to see a difference!!
As with the entire S&G range the packaging of this product will immediately catch you eye because of it's bright blue colour. On the front of the 200ml tube it says that the product is meant for use on the upper arms, legs and tummy areas and goes into a little detail about what this product claims it can achieve. The top of this tube is a pop off top which makes it very easy when it comes to application, easy to open and then to close.
Again this part could not be easier to do!
Just squeeze some of the rather thick moisturiser onto your hands and then begin to rub into whatever part of your skin your working on and rub in using upwards, circular motions as this will help increase the blood flow to the area.
This product claims that within 56 days (although I saw results a lot quicker than that) of continued use this cream will dramatically reduce the appearance of that horrible cellulite. It also claims that using it twice everyday will lift and tone those area's of the skin that could do with a little help.
Does It Work + Overall Opinion:
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review when I first heard the claims of this product I was sceptical to say the least and was quite hesitant of trying it. But after eventually giving in and starting to use it just once a day for about a week the back of my legs did start to feel firmer! Now the application was a TINY bit harder than I had expected because this cream is quite thick so it takes a lot of rubbing into the skin, but do persevere as this is the part that breaks up all the fat under the skin, leaving you with soft and firm legs, or wherever you are happening to use it. This product didn't smell as great as the rest of the S&G range I didnt think, I couldn't quite put my finger on what it actually smelt like but it wasn't exactly great! If you want a cream that really does live up to it's claims then this is the product for you! However just to let you know it wont make you lose weight! I think a lot of people will be under that impression, it will only tone up the skin, its not a miracle cream!!
You can get this product from any Boots stores or online at boots.com for £10 for 200ml and should you have an advantage card you can collect 40 points with this purchase.
I bought some of this after reading a write up in a weekly glossy enthused about it. It's manufactured by Soap and Glory, and the packaging is in a 50's kitsch style, which makes their products stand out in a display. The Firminator is a body contouring gel that can be used anywhere on the body to reduce cellulite and smooth the skin over the course of 56 days, on a twice a day basis. It contains multi-fruit smoothers, seaweed to detoxify, elasticity boosters and the all important Firm2Fit Complex. The Firm2Fit Complex is clinically proven to help drain cellular fat, therefore reducing the size of your fat cells and improving the look of your cellulite.
I have been using this for a few months now and it does seem to have made a difference - my thighs are much less dimpled and the skin is smoother and firmer. I have been exercising and drinking more water though, so it's difficult to say which element has made the difference, or if it's a combination of all three. The Firminator is a green gel, you squeeze a dollop into your hand and massage it into the affected areas (bum and thighs for me!). It takes a bit of time to rub in properly, which I gues all adds to how it works, and leaves the skin feeling pleasantly tingly for a few min utes. It smells quite strongly of menthol, so it isn't an unpleasant aroma, and t makes your skin feels softer almost immediately.
A 200ml tube costs around £10, you can buy it from places like Boots (who quite often have Soap and Glory products on 3 for 2 offers!), and it will last a few weeks, depending on how much you need to use.
I like this product as it's the only anti cellulite product I've used that seems to make a difference, and I like the way it makes my skin feel. I think you need to bear in mind that there's no miracle cure for cellulite though, and that it needs to be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes. It works best for the really stubborn bits that don't respond well to diet and exercise.
This was the first Soap & Glory product that I ever used. I decided to buy this last year as I had read some glowing reviews about their products in the past. Unfortunately, my first experience of this product was not great, which was disappointing and I had to get rid of it. My mum recently some of this from a friend who uses this all the time, which is what prompted me to get around to reviewing it.
This product works by breaking down the cellulite underneath the skin so that your less than perfect areas become more toned and firmer. In around 56 days you should see a noticeable difference after using it twice a day.
When you squeeze some product out of the tube, this is like a thick green gel. It smells a lot like seaweed, which is not really surprising given that it is one of the ingredients. There is also a hint of fruitiness in the smell.
I found it quite sticky and it took a while to rub in. This is probably the idea as it means that you have to do a fair bit of massaging, which is supposed to aid the breakdown of fats under the skin so this is not a criticism as such.
I first used this one evening on my thighs, stomach and bottom. By the following afternoon, those areas were driving me crazy as they itched like mad and the skin was red. Although the skin on my face tends to be quite sensitive, I have never had any problems with the skin on my body before so this was quite a surprise. It is quite heavily scented so this may have been the reason. After having a bath and washing it all off, my skin soon settled down.
To make doubly sure that this was the culprit, I used it again a couple of weeks later, and exactly the same thing happened again. I was really disappointed as even after one application, it did make my skin feel a lot smoother so if I was able to continue using, I am hopeful that it would have had a good effect on the appearance of the skin on my problem areas. My mum's friend swears by this and has never had any problems with it so maybe I was just unlucky with my experiences!
This costs £9.79 in Boots for a 200ml tube.
Soap & Glory The Firminator.....
My birthday has just passed and seeing as how I have so recently fallen in love with the products from Soap & Glory I luckily received a lot of products from their range that I had yet to try out. A colleague at work must have heard me going on about these products and thought she would treat me to a few bits from the range, this Firminator being one of them.
The Firminator is in different packaging compared to the usual Soap & Glory products I have used previously which are pink and grey in colour, this product is in a wonderful turquoise blue colour box and the tube inside is the same in design. The colouring are different because it is from the extended range from Soap & Glory Spa I find the Soap and Glory Packaging always rather appealing and I suppose because the price is on the higher end of the cheap side it gives that away in its look.
As I say this particular product was bought for me but after looking into it, I think it usually retails for around the £10 region (gosh my work colleague splashed out). This is probably a little more than I would spend on a beauty product and I am glad someone else bought it for me.
The Firminator itself is said to firm your skin and be an all over body conditioner. It gives a scientific diagram with regard to fat deposits under the skin and shows how when using this product these fat cells begin to decrease in size. It all sounds very convincing. They even give statistics from when they tested it out on 17 women and all of them had some change in their fat deposits. I could hardly wait to try it.
The tube inside the outer box is of a flip lid design which means it is easy to dispense the product inside and easy to seal up and I have never had a leakage! The product inside the tube is the same colour as the packaging, the lovely turquoise blue and the smell coming from it is one that smells rather clean, fresh and a little minty.
The directions for the Firminator are simple, you literally apply a small amount of the product on to areas that you would like to firm up so for example you thighs, stomach or upper arms. You apply the product by rubbing in circular motions until is has soaked in. it is as easy as that.
The product really does have quite a nice soft mint aroma which I very much enjoy. The Firminator seemed to effortlessly glide on to my skin and although felt slightly sticky and similar to hair gel surprisingly sank into my skin within a short period of time. After a couple of minutes I noticed a very strange cooling effect on my skin and I wasn't sure I liked it. The minty aroma seemed to make my skin tingle and somewhat tighten before my eyes! It felt very odd and lasted for a goof ten minutes or so.
After having used the product for some time, I can say I have rather gotten to like the strange tingling affect it has on my skin and I can honestly say there does seem to be some improvement in the condition of my skin. However one can not be sure whether this change in skin condition is due to the fact that I am watching what I eat, exercising and generally loosing weight. It also might be attributed to the fact that you are indeed rubbing your skin once or twice a day in circular motions. Who knows if it is actually the product or even if the product is helping at all. I do know however that I have enjoyed using this product and I still have tons left. It seems a little bit of it goes a long way and works in a strange manner.
I like the product very much and because of this I will award a 4 star rating and give it a high recommendation. The only minus mark is really because I can't prove that it is this and only this that has made my skin feel different.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
I have started to use a lot of products in the Soap and Glory range after getting some for Christmas and I popped into boots the other day and you can save a third on all soap and glory products which makes this range an absolute bargain and worth every penny.
The firminator is a product that normally retails at around the £10 mark unless you pop to boots for the special offer and it is a product that is used to help to firm and lift those areas that you try to cover up. Like all great products this is not tested on animals.
It is a great fruity lotion that you can massage on to any area of your body that requires that little bit of extra help in giving it that great look. What's more whilst firming your skin it also moisturises and leaves you skin feeling soft so you have a few great products in one bottle.
I was a little dubious that this would work but as it was on special offer I would give it a try, I must say that it does not get rid of everything but I was not expecting miracles for under a tenner, but I definitely noticed a difference whilst having soft great smelling skin.
I applied this product after my bath and in the problem areas on my thighs and abs, as this is a little on the expensive I do not use this all over my body as a general body lotion as soap and glory have some other great lotions in their range at a fraction of the cost that work just as well on my skin.
Massage onto areas of skin where elasticity is lacking and see the results of firmer skin /