“ Brand: Bliss „
So here I am with the final freebie of my testing package and it is described as being "This 20-in-1 wonder balm is a one-stick quick fix for chapping, chafing, blister prevention, post-peel or wax woes, craggy cuticles, unruly eyebrows, flyaway hair and minor makeup mishaps." Which I was rather intrigued about especially because I had mentioned in an online review of products not too long ago that rather than carrying around lip balm, hand cream, face cream and cream for my elbows and anywhere else I wish to apply something, I wish there was one product that solved the lot, one big product that worked on every region of the body and solved problems. Low and behold three months later and I am sent this 'new and exclusive' product to try from Bliss.
Throughout my time as a product tester for a few websites I have been introduced to the Bliss range. The Bliss range for those people who haven't seen it or know anything about it was born in 1996 in a spa in New York and now over ten years later with 9 Spa's opened the range has grown from just a few products, after they became highly sought after, to an entire range consisting of skin care products, bath and body products, hair removal and body waxing, fitness footwear, makeup and hair care to name but a few of them. Here in the United Kingdom you can find Bliss products in places like Harrods, Harvey Nicks, Selfridges, Sephora and on the high street in places like Boots. The one reason I like them, not just because I usually get the products for free through my testing, is that they have some quirky named products which I have come across since using the Bliss range and names such as Fat Girl Slim, Love Handler, Peeling Sexy and Thinny Thin Chin to name just a few of them which have made me chuckle and should I be shopping for them myself would definitely catch my attention.
Bliss Problem Salve is shaped very similar to a tube of Pritt Stick in size and infact looks very much like a Pritt Stick (sadly I have both items on my desk next to one another to compare) and like the Pritt Stick it has a pull on and off lid and a bottom which you twist to release and retract the balm, that is why the similarities end. The Bliss Problem Salve stick is a bright Ice Blue colour with a white star across the centre of the stick within which are the words "Problem Salved 20-in-1 wonder balm" with the work Salved being in bright red. So colour wise it definitely stands out and as mine is constantly stood on my desk next to my Blackberry most people who come into the office pick it up asking what it is.
So how does it work? Described further as a compact multi-purpose rescue remedy which you apply to your beauty woes anywhere from head to toe as it states on the back of the stick in small writing. So removing the top you can immediately see the glue type balm inside and to use it, you simply twist the bottom very slightly and like glue it appears and immediately you can smell both Tea Tree Oil with a slight aroma of mango which when together is a really nice comforting smell, not too overpowering and not too potent but strong enough for you to be able to smell it. The first time I used this stick I tried it on my elbows which do get dry very quickly, regardless of what cream I put on them, the problem is solved for a few days and then I am back to square one, so with this balm I applied it directly to the bottom of my elbow and rubbed the stick in a circle and then once I could feel the balm on my elbow, using my finger I rubbed it into my skin. I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily the cream disappeared into my skin and there was no trace left behind of any cream or balm only the sweet Tea Tree and Mango smell which remains on the skin for a good few hours.
This product doesn't only work on my elbows; I have used it on my lips as a lip balm (although it does say you shouldn't), on my hands as a hand cream and upon the accompanying leaflet Bliss state that it can also be used to:
3.soothes skin after waxing upper lip
4.soothe skin after waxing eyebrows
5.Soothing stinging from insect bites
6.Soothes itching from insect bites
7.moisturise chapped heels
8.moisturise chapped elbows
9.moisturise chapped noses due to colds, flu's or allergies
10.soothe stressed skin caused micro-dermabrasion,
11.soothe stressed skin caused by AHA treatments
12.prevent runner's chafing
13.prevent shoe blisters
14.protect skin blisters
15.nourish your cuticles to enhance your manicure
16.helps repair ragged cuticles
17.tame flyaway hair
18.helps seal split ends
19.groom eyebrows (i.e. as an eyebrow wax)
20.provide a quick fix up for make-up mistakes (still need to wipe off with a cotton or tissue after using balm to dissolve makeup)
which I found really interesting and when it came to sorting out my eyebrows in an attempt to starve off the Liam Gallagher look, I usually use Bonjela to numb the area in which I am plucking because it numbs the skin, but on this occasion I decided to try the balm and I was quite surprised to find it actually worked better at soothing the skin whilst plucking and left a hardly noticeable redness area afterwards like I would usually have afterwards, so that is already a plus point as far as I am concerned. The other reason that I have used it is as a treatment for an insect bite, an ant bite to be exact and rather than itch and make that area sore I used this as a treatment and it instantly soothed the itching and helped deal with the red area surrounding the bite itself.
As I mentioned the aroma of this Bliss Problem Salved stick is a mixture of both Tea Tree Oil and Mango and the ingredients which are listed state that it the main ingredients within this product are Tea Tree Oil which is known for its anti-bacterial properties and it helps to soothe insect bites and stings. The second ingredient is Mango Butter and like Cocoa Butter it is good for both softening, moisturising and soothing the skin whilst being high in Vitamin E which is also good for the skin because it helps to protect it against pollution and other elements which can cause further problems. The final ingredient to mention is Kukui Nut Oil which again is high in Vitamins A, C and E and is often used to soothe sunburn, heat-induced burns and it also helps to deal with skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis and chapped skin by helping to absorb itself into the skin and help seal in moisture which helps the skin stay soft and smooth.
Overall I was really impressed with this Problem Salve stick and gave it a glowing review when I submitted by report. A lot of the products from the Bliss range come with a hefty price tag and this product itself retails for £14. As I mentioned before it is a similar size to a Pritt Stick but it does last for quite a long time, my report was submitted over a month ago and I have probably had it in my possession for just over 9 weeks now and I have used it 6 or 7 times and it is not even close to running out, infact I have probably used less than one third of the stick itself and because it is a handy sized tube, it is really easy to travel around in your handbag and because it is a multi-tasking beauty treatment you really don't need to carry anything else with you because this one little stick does everything it is meant to do that I have so far tried it on and for.
So this is another brilliant product from Bliss that I have tested, tried and adore and wouldn't hesitate to buy again once this one runs out.
This 20-in-1 wonder balm is a one-stick quick fix for chapping, chafing, blister prevention, post-peel or wax woes, craggy cuticles, unruly eyebrows, flyaways and minor makeup mishaps /