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Whilst on holiday in the states I took advantage of the fact that Sephora sell smaller trial size bottles of products for reduced prices, allowing me to test out some products to check that they work with my skin and do their job before laying out a big sum of money for the full size product. One of the products I was excited to try was this Bliss face wash, which is a two in one cleanser and exfoliator.
This facial wash claims to leave skin soft and fresh and contains rose hips, chamomile and passion flower, which all combine to give it a really light fresh scent as well as working to calm the skin. The chamomile has antiseptic properties and the passion flower works to soften the skin, with the rose hip promoting tissue regeneration and can work to help with hyper-pigmentation and scarring. The cleanser also has exfoliating polyethylene beads which lift away dead skin cells.
So, with all those good ingredients does the face wash live up to its claims? I would say it does, but the results aren't outstanding in comparison to cheaper brands. The beads in the wash do help maintain soft skin but I worried about the negative affects of exfoliating daily with this wash, as the beads are a little gritty. The wash did leave my face feeling very clean without feeling dry or tight, it also helped to maintain clear skin and I feel it minimised breakouts, however it didn't seem to help with any hyper-pigmentation and as someone who suffers with redness I didn't find that the chamomile did much to calm this.
Overall I was happy with this face wash, but as the full size retails for £18.50 I am not sure I would repurchase it, as I think there are suitable cheaper alternatives, such as the Liz Earle Cleanser which I could use instead. I would also prefer to exfoliate with a separate product as I think it can be counter productive sometimes to over exfoliate.
I would give this product a 3/5.
I have been using the Bliss Fabulous Foaming Facial Wash for several years now and i think it is pretty fabulous! I first tried it when staying at the W Hotel in Chicago (The W hotels have a tie up with Bliss and as well as having spas in many of their hotels they also have Bliss products as their bathroom products). I had run out of my cleanser as i had been away for a while and needed something to get me by for the last few days of my trip, so i thought i would give the small trial size bottle in the bathroom a go.
It is not just a cleanser but also a exfoliating gel and is oil free as well and is suitable for all skin types. The gel is blue in colour with tiny micro particles of exfoliater in it which are supposed to burst on the skin when you massage it over your skin. It smells fab and not too overpowering and contains rose hips, chamomile, milk thistle and passion flowers.
It is easy to use just splash some water on your face then apply the fabulous foaming facial wash onto slightly wet skin and massage over your face and neck. Then rinse it off, i tend to use a face cloth with warm water. My skin always feels so soft and fresh after using the facial wash and it has a clean glowing look about it, which is exactly what i am looking for.
The bottle has a pump action and the gel comes in a clear bottle with Bliss's new branding on it, a change from the original clean white bottle. You can purchase it in a 197ml bottle for £18 and the new super size which is about 400ml at approximately £25. You can purchase it from Bliss directly or Boots and most major department stores with a Bliss counter.
I really like this facial wash and always feel that it leaves my skin fresh and clean. It is a great kick start for my daily skin care regime and really makes a difference. It is not the cheapest but you only need to use a small drop at a time and the bottle lasts for ages.
I usually use inexpensive facial wipes to wash my face, because I find them a convenient way of cleansing; I don't like getting water in my eyes whilst trying to wash off eye make-up in the shower, or getting wet sleeves whilst trying to rinse my face in the sink, or having to use flannels.
I treated myself to a Bliss selection gift pack after Christmas when it was reduced in Boots to about £10; I'd heard good things about Bliss and I thought the discounted price was a bargain: the samples included were good sizes. It contained the facial wash, a bottle of face mask, a tube of body butter, a bottle of shower gel and a small sachet of facial moisturiser. The usual price for the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is £17.62 for a 244ml bottle.
I have been using the Face Wash for about 3 weeks every morning in the shower (to avoid the wet sleeves problem). The instructions tell you to apply the product to a wet/damp face, so I did so using my fingers (as I don't like face-cloths). I found only a small amount was needed - a 10 pence piece sized blob. The wash should then be massaged in a circular manner over the neck and face. Despite being called a foaming wash, and containing sodium laureth sulphate as one of the main ingredients, I found that it didn't foam especially well, although the more water I added to my face whilst rinsing it off, the better the foaming action was. It didn't irritate my face, and I did try to use it on my eye area. It didn't irritate that area either, but also didn't remove my (non-waterproof) eye make-up very effectively.
The product is a light blue colour. It's a liquid of medium viscosity, and it smells lovely, although it's only lightly fragranced; it has a bubblegum, fruity sort of scent, much like Aussie Volumising Conditioner.
The packaging of my sample-sized bottle is a transparent bottle with a large white label and a white lid that has a top that is pushed in on one side to create an opening on the other (there must be a name for that sort of lid, but I don't know it!). The label is rather plainly adorned with the name of the product in a simple typeface, and usage instructions and the ingredients. I suppose Bliss aim to make it look somewhat 'professional' and tastefully minimalist.
As I said, I've been using this Face Wash for about three weeks now. My skin is in fairly good condition and has not become dry or irritated, but I don't feel the product has made an amazing difference, either; it hasn't removed any congestion or made my skin amazingly smooth. It claims to have exfoliating properties but I can't feel that, or notice the difference. Considering at its full price it is rather expensive, I thought it would be a more outstanding product, but I feel that Simple or Garnier make better facial washes for a lower price.
In addition, the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash contains sodium laureth sulphate and methlyparaben, both ingredients that some people believe may be rather unhelpful to the skin or possibly even toxic, in the case of parabens. I also feel a colourant is unnecessarily in a skincare product. There are a lot of other ingredients though, such as rosehips, which may be nourishing to the skin.
Here are the ingredients:
Water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, rose canina (rose hips) leaf extract, silybum marianum (milk thistle) seed extract, passiflora incarnata (passion flower) extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) leaf extract, acetyl hexapeptide-3, PEG-12 glyceryl distearate, cocamide DEA, glucosamine, pentylene, blue 1, fragrance, triethanolamine, methylparaben, methylisothiazolinone.
In conclusion, I won't buy this again, although it's not a bad product. I think for this price I'd want something with more 'natural' ingredients (although what is natural and what is not, and whether certain natural things are good, is a confusing issue!) and better effects.
Price: £18 for 197ml
£25 for 470ml
From: Bliss salons or blisslondon.co.uk
For: Gentle cleansing and exfoliation of all skin types
The packaging is really clean and simple, but expensive looking. It's transparent so you can always easily see how much you have left. The smaller bottle has a flip top lid and the larger one has a press top dispenser. I have the flip top version which works well and it's easy to get just the right amount out of the bottle.
It's a transparent blue gel like cleanser with a fairly thick consistency. It has a delightful fresh fruity scent. It feels fresh and smooth and it lathers up easily when water is added.
It feels lovely on the skin and although it's exfoliating you can't feel any grains in it, it's smooth and leaves the skin feeling super soft and smooth too.
With regular use it keeps my skin really clean and clear and looking healthy and radiant. I thought my old cheap cleanser was good, but this really overshadows it in every way. My pores are less clogged and my skin is much more even in tone and texture. It doesn't dry the skin out at all and leaves it feeling soft to touch.
You only need the tiniest amount to wash your face with so although it seems expensive it works out at really good value. I first got a small travel sized bottle (60ml I think), and this lasted me over 2 months, so you can imagine the large bottle would last at least a year.
All in all this is a great face wash.
Thumbs up from me.
Although I have come to learn that just because a product is expensive it doesn't necessarily mean it will perform any better than cheaper brands, every time I begin to use a product in a slightly higher price bracket, I have high expectations. I suppose there's a part of me which can't help thinking that there must be something special about a product if it costs so much.
I received a set of Bliss products for my birthday and the first one I tried - the Lemon and Sage soap - was a real disappointment to me. Still, I had heard good things about the Bliss range and hoped that their 'Fabulous Foaming Face Wash' would fare a little better.
This face wash is suitable for all skin types. It contains exfoliating beads which they say will leave skin super soft, and also effectively means this is a two-in-one product as a separate face scrub should not be needed.
The product contains rosehip which is said to smooth lines and wrinkles as well as soothing the skin, chamomile which again is soothing and passion flower which is skin softening. It is also oil-free so should not worsen oily skin.
My bottle is a travel sized one and came in a set, the full sized bottle however is the one pictured above. I think the white bottle looks quite clinical and boring, but I've noticed a lot of companies have started packaging products in this way, so perhaps that's what's stylish at the moment.
The face wash is bright blue in colour and has a very gentle floral smell which is also a little bit soapy. It says on the bottle to use a 'generous amount' but I've found there's no need- a tiny 5p sized blob is enough to cover the whole face.
The product should be massaged into wet skin. As you do so, you will feel the exfoliating beads but they are very gentle on the skin, so just provide a very gentle exfoliation. It does foam up slightly, but it's not the thick foam I was expecting.
I've found that this stuff is quite good at removing make-up, but if you're wearing waterproof mascara/eye make-up you will need to use a separate cleanser with it.
On rinsing this leaves my skin feeling clean and very soft. The main gripe I have is that I have very dry skin and sometimes my skin feels a little dry after using this. It's not hugely dried out though, and applying moisturiser seems to combat this
A 245ml bottle of this costs £18 from www.blisslondon.co.uk
I do think this is a good product, however I'm not sure that it's good enough to make me want to spend £18 on it in the future. Although it leaves my skin clean and soft, and I like the fact it exfoliates too there's nothing hugely special about it and I didn't like that it left my skin slightly dry.
I first tried this face wash a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. It costs £18 for a 245ml bottle from Bliss salons or the Bliss website, and you can also now get it in some Boots stores and from their website.
They say that it's a two-in-one oil-free exfoliating face wash for all skin types. It contains rose hip extract, milk thistle, passion flower and chamomile in a non-stripping formula that rebalances even the most schizophrenic of skins. It has supersoft exfoliating beads to leave skin clean, hydrated and fresh.
It comes in a white bottle with a flip lid. The face wash is a clear blue gel with quite a runny consistency. It looks completely smooth and you can't see any exfoliating beads in it. The scent is absolutely divine, it's really fresh and fruity, it actually smells just like a particular kind of sweet I used to buy as a kid, but I can't for the life of me think which one it is.
The instructions are to splash your face with water, apply generously over face and neck and massage, rinse well and follow with a moisturiser. When I first used it I was surprised at how little it foamed up when I massaged it on my face, and I've since found the best way to do it is to massage it in your hands first to get a good lather, and then apply it to your face. It still doesn't really foam up but it gives a nice thin creamy lather.
When applied to the face it feels quite cool and refreshing. It feels really smooth and I can't feel the exfoliating beads at all. It rinses off easily with no amount of scrubbing needed. My skin is left feeling really smooth, the exfoliating beads definitely do their job, even if you can't see or feel them! It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, and looking fresh and radiant. It doesn't give my skin that tight feeling that so many cleansers do, so I know it hasn't over-stripped my skin. It also easily gets rid of all traces of makeup.
Over time this face wash helped to clear up my temperamental skin, reducing the appearance of blackheads and large pores, and stopping me from breaking out so much. It doesn't dry the skin out either, so the dry skin I had also improved while I was using this.
Overall I was really happy with this cleanser, it did everything it claimed it would, and everything I would want it to do. The only reason I don't still use it now is the price. You don't use a lot of it so the bottle does last a long time, but I just can't justify paying out £18 every time for a cleanser.
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