* Prices may differ from that shown
I got bought 'Face Soap and Clarity' for Christmas 2011, from the Soap and Glory range. I love Soap and Glory so my cousin bought me a couple of items. Apparently it retails at £8, which feels pretty pricey but then I think Soap and Glory stuff is generally worth paying a bit extra for.
The bottle is clear and quite large I think, at 17cm in length and contains 50mle of product. Inside the bottle you can see the product which is green with pink balls spotted through it! The front of the bottle describes the product as having 'superfruit plum skin brightening complex' with a picture of a pink plum. It also says that the product is a 3-in-1 daily detox vitamin C facial wash.
The back of the bottle has ingredients information, and tells you to apply a grape sized amount of product to the face. As usual, the bottle comes with the standard S&G puns 'FACE SOAP (and clarity) was safely/efficacy tested in the UK on a group of women who were looking to ditch some dirt'. The product is dispensed with a clip lid which is great as it's easy to use with wet hands and you can get most of the product out with a good squeeze!
I tend to use this product in the shower as I find it easier to wash it off that way without getting water all over - when I use face products over the sink I tend to get water everywhere! I use a grape sized amount as directed and find that the products foams up really well. It adequately covers my whole face and I can feel the exfoliating balls gently scrub my face, without being too harsh. The smell is fruity but a little bit chemically - certainly not as nice as other S&G products.
The scrub does feel really nice on your face and my face feels hydrated and cleansed after usage. Whilst the product is designed to be used daily I prefer to use a scrub only once or twice a week, so generally I use it when the mood strikes me!
I like this product, but I don't know if I'd buy it for myself due to the price and the smell. It feels like it does a good job and it was nice for a present, but I feel a cheaper product would do as good a job. I think with this product you're buying into the S&G brand rather than a particularly good product.
I have just written a review on the shampoo in this range and bought this conditioner at the same time so thought id write a review on this too.
I got it on offer in my local supermarket so it was half the normal price. The bottle was 250ml and I got it for £1.
I love conditioners and always use them on my hair, they leave it smooth and soft and much easier to manage. I also use it on my daughters hair as hers seems to get quite knotted over night if I don't condition it.
The bottle is white plastic and has a shiny effect on it. I think it looks a lot more expensive than it is. The fact that it is a different color to the shampoo is good so you don't get them mixed up in the shower.
The conditioner was easy to use. The bottle comes with a flip lid so its easy to handle in the shower without risking spilling any.
The consistency of the conditioner is thick and it spreads easily over your hair, I found the first time I used it I put on loads more than I needed. The instructions just direct you to apply it directly to damp hair after you have finished washing it. I leave the conditioner on my hair for a couple of minutes just to give it chance to soak in. I don't know if this is really necessary its just what I have always done.
The smell is lovely and fruity it stays on your hair after you come out of the shower I could smell it strongly when I dried my hair afterwards. Does It Gloss Though?:
The conditioner has definitely helped my daughter's hair from getting knotted and it seems to make it easier to manage and more glossy looking. I will definitely be buying another bottle of this as I feel it really works.
This item was amongst the Soap & Glory stash I got for Christmas, i'm almost ashamed to say that I am still working my way through it all! This is a facial cleanser.
-- Packaging --
This is packaged in a clear 150ml plastic tube with a pearly white flip top lid. You can see the liquid through the tube, which is turquoise with pink dots in. I personally I find useful then I can see through it is easy to know when I need to buy more. It has the usual Soap & Glory Pink and White logo in a circle near the top of the tube, in a turquoise rectangular shaped box 'For super clean, fresh and bright skin you can rely on...' and then 'Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily-Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash with Superfruit Plum Skin brightening Complex'.
On the back it has the directions for use and the ingredients. Also a warning of what to do if the product gets into your eyes. In which case you should rinse with cool water.
It also tells you that it is made in the UK for Soap & Glory Cosmetics Co, 3 Logan Place, London, W8 6QN
-- Ingredients --
Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Lauric Acid, Sodium Methyl Isethionate, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zinc Laurate, Podocarpus Elatus Fruit Extract, Pleiogynium Timorense Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Limonene, Alcohol Denat., Polyquaternium-7, Benzophenone-4, Amyl Cinnamal, Citric Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citral, Methylisothiazolinone, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Methylparaben, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Propylparaben, CI 73360 (Red 30), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 42090 (Blue 1)
-- Using --
It is suitable for all skin types, on the Boots website in the description is says it suits especially young problem skin and tired dull skin in need of rejuvenation. I wouldn't say that my skin is young problem skin, it does sometimes look tired though! (That may have something to do with my two daughters making me run around after them all day!)
The directions for use are simple: 'Squeeze a grape sized measure of this fabulous face soap onto slightly damp skin and rub until a soft lather forms all over. Rinse well (and follow with eye cream and moisturiser'.
I use this in the morning and find that the liquid sqeezes out of the tube easily. It looks a light turquoise colour in the tube and when it is being squeezed out but looks clear on my skin. It feels cool on my skin and the little pink granules exfoliate my skin as I am rubbing it in. I found it quite hard to rinse off and later I found a little pink granule by my ear (not really the look I was going for!). Once my face was well rinsed and dry, it did look a bit brighter (or maybe that itt is wishful thinking). It DID make my skin tone look more even though and the skin looked softer. As my skin had been throughly cleaned and exfoliated I found that my make up went on more easily, and my skin looked like it had primer underneath.
-- Price and Availability --
It is available in Boots and it is priced at £8. It is often on offer as 3 for 2 in there so it is worth keeping a look out for these deals.
-- Overall Summary --
I like this cleanser and I would recommend it. It leaves my skin feel soft, clean and refreshed. It does cost more than I would normally pay but it does last a long time as you only need to use a tiny bit. I think it is worth spending a little bit more for your skin to look good.
Thanks for reading.
I'm quite lucky with my skin, sometimes it's a little bit dry and dull but apart from that I have no real trouble. Maybe it's because of this that I have no real brand loyalty when it comes to skincare products as I find that most of them do a good enough job. So, with this in mind, last time I ran out I thought I would try this as I love Soap and Glory products. This product claims to be good for all skin types and offers to rejuvenate tired looking skin.
Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity Foaming Face Wash (long winded name I know!) comes in a clear tube which opens at the bottom. The product is a clearish light blue colour with pink beads within it. The pink beads work well to gently exfoliate the skin without being harsh. Soap and Glory claims that it contains a superfruit Plum skin brightening complex. It has a light, fresh fragrance that doesn't linger once it is washed off. When you squeeze the product onto your hand it feels quite thick but in a nice why, not cloying but luxurious. It doesn't feel at all sticky.
Soap and Glory suggest that you squeeze a grape sized amount onto you hands and rub into damp skin. To be honest I find this too much and use less, I find a little goes a long way! Massage onto the damp skin, I tend to be quite vigorous to make my face feel super clean but even scrubbing hard doesn't hurt my skin at all. I tend to cover my entire face and neck in this product to ensure the whole area feels clean. Once you have scrubbed to your hearts content all that is left is to rinse off. The product washes off easily to leave a fresh, bright face.
I tend to use this product two or three times a week rather than every day, partly to try to make it last longer and partly because my skin doesn't need a strong cleanser every day. When I use it my skin feels amazing, it looks brighter, feels a little firmer and isn't dried out. These results last for a couple of days which is why I feel I don't need to use it every day. I tend to use it in the morning to wake me up as the sensation is so rejuvenating, but I do also use it in the evening if I have worn a lot of makeup as it's really good at cutting through all the layers.
I would highly recommend this product. It is quite expensive at £7 but is really good. I tend to use it 2-3 times a week and in doing that a tube (150ml) lasts a few months. It is available at boots and online at soap and glory.
SOAP & GLORY - Face Soap & Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Facial Wash
I was a very lucky lady and in the last couple of years I have been given the S&G big box of goodies and as a result I seem to have simply tons of the stuff. I have only recently got around to using this face wash despite having had it some time. As it was never opened I believe it keeps for quite some time although now it is open I will use it within 6 months with no problem.
I usually use Lush face cleansers hence this sitting in my box for so long but I decided I needed to use some of my stored treasures and brought this out in about February this year.
I do have face skin that's a combination of oily and quite dry especially as I have got older. The dry parts have become more dry while the oil a bit less oily so I suffer less from spots but still have enlarged pores which I hate. Lush 'Angels on Bare Skin' has gone a long way to balancing my skin and I was hoping that this would not unbalance it again.
This is a face cleanser, soap that is also mildly ex foliating and indeed if you look through the plastic tube that it comes in you can see little bits of blue coloured stuff floating in the goo.
I think this is one of the selling points of this brand, its rather retro packing with quirky names. The wonderful 50s style photos and subtle pink or blue backgrounds are easy to spot on the shelves of Boots where I buy most of my S&G products. They are often on special for 3 for 2 so keep an eye out as this makes they much more affordable.
The style is attractive and makes them good gifts to give and indeed that is how I first found S&G as my son's ex gave me the shower gel for Christmas one year many moons ago. It is clever marketing as it appeals to a wide audience from the young to those old enough to find the photos familiar!
This comes in a blue coloured tube which is slightly transparent with the usual style expected from S&G with the usual puns and play on words so Faith, Hope and Charity are mentioned to rhyme with clarity!
The tube holds 150ml of the product in one of those upside down tubes that sit on the lid which are great as the product is always at the right end to squeeze it out.
WHERE TO BUY AND COSTS
As I said I buy mine from Boots and they are in store and on line as well as in John Lewis but I have not seen it in other stores. This sells for about £7 at full price and I have to say there is no way I would pay that for this product. At a push I might buy it in a 3 for 2 special nut possible the only reason I have it is because it came in the big boxed set as I am a keen Lush cleanser fan and I think this is overpriced for what it is.
On the Boots website this claims to be:
" A high-tech, gentle non-drying foaming facial wash, formulated with complexion-friendly, easy-rinse surfactants and special SUPERFRUIT PLUM skin brightening complex. A great all-round facial cleanser. For super clean, fresh & bright skin, you can rely on; a 3 in 1 daily detox Vitamin C facial wash. "
Now I do not have teen skin but it is a bit oily on the T zone so I don't use this twice a day or even every day as I alternate it with my Lush stuff.
I LOVE the smell of this as it is really fresh smelling minty scented gloop which is a slightly pale green translucent colour with pinkish bits in it. S&G stuff does always smell good and this is not exception it smells like it is made from fresh peppermint leaves.
I squeeze a little of the product onto my hand then gently wipe it onto my damp face. I use a face cloth the wipe it off or just splash water onto my face after the gently little scrubby bits have done their job with the gloopy soap. You could use a face cloth with extra exfoliating action but I find this method does the job for me.
The gel is quite thick and gloopy and has a gel like consistency so it is easy to apply and massage around without it running down your face. It gives a bit of a lather and smells lovely and fresh. For this reason I tend to use this in the morning and my Lush one at night as this is a bit of a blast of freshness for night time use.
I don't find I need to use much at all as it seems to spread well on my face and do the job with only a small squeeze. If I get too much I just extend my wash down my neck as well. The little beady bits really don't feel like they are gritty at all and are very gentle. I have used much harsher face exfoliators before so if that is what you are hoping for then this is not the product fir you.
I do own a gentle face buffer thing and use that a couple of times a week on my nose area especially and this works well with that. I love the feeling of cool freshness on my face. I think that if you want to get full exfoliating benefits then this is better with a face buffer although a face cloth does quite well. I think it depends on how exfoliated you want your skin to be. You do need to be careful not to be too harsh on face skin as it does need its natural oils and it is really the dead skin cells you are wanting to remove.
I always wash my face with warm water then splash cold on it afterwards then tone. Toning is essential as this closes the pores. If you don't tone then you will suffer from open pores and as I already have some ( was not a toner in my youth!) I religiously tone before moisturising my face now so that they don't get any worse.
I have not found this to be too drying on my skin which is good as stripping te natural oils from you skin can cause the skin to produce more oils making the product designed to reduce oils a bit defunct. Products should balance the oil production and not strip all the natural oils. This minty stuff washes my face and that is about it.
I can't say that I have had any adverse reaction from using this along with my usual Lush ones but I can't say that I have noticed a marked decrease in oiliness on my nose area. I don't get spots so that is not a problem and this has not caused any either.
I like the fresh feeling when using this and it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh however I am not sure it is any better than many other cheaper face washes on the market and I think it is quite expensive so unless it comes in a big box bargain again I won't be buying this again.
Well yes and no. It does a good job but I think there are just as good cheaper face washes around . I think £7 is a lot for this and would rather use my Lush stuff as it is far more natural and fewer chemicals so more earth friendly as well as animal and person friendly.
I would be happy to use this again but won't be going out of my way to purchase it individually again.
Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username.
Having face skin that's a combination of oily and dry can sometimes be as troublesome as trying to find a decent facial cleanser to use on it. Especially as my skin can be overly sensitive the choices become more limited. I also like to to change facial cleansers often, just in case the efficacy lessens over time. Marketed as an exfoliater as well as a cleanser, Face Soap and Clarity by Soap and Glory is my latest cleanser, and aside from a body spray this is the only Soap and Glory item I've bought to date.
~ The style ~
The Soap and Glory range is easily identifiable by its packaging. The 50s style photos and pink backgrounds may differ slightly on each product but they all look bright and sharp on the store shelves. Refreshingly, S&G haven't fallen into the trap of other beauty brands by inventing new lingo (I cant be the only person who thinks mattifying isn't a proper word). Instead they use puns to name their products. Thus, with a little assistance from Faith, Hope and Charity comes their new cleanser. The packaging and name make me think S&G are targeting a more youthful market than myself, teens and twenty something's probably. The price also reflect this; at £7 Face Soap and Clarity is neither bargain basement nor as expensive as brands such as Elemis (who currently sell a cleanser aimed at teenagers for £12. £12!).
~ The substance ~
Using this is no different to any other cleanser. I probably use a tad less than the recommended amount (grape size) but it lathers up nicely once its applied. Incidentally it is a greenish coloured gel which looks unusual in the see through tube although it doesn't smell or behave any differently to other cleansers. There are some small pink beads scattered throughout the cleanser too which I assume are there to assist in the 'exfoliation'. They don't feel overly abrasive although I often find i have to inspect my face carefully for any stubborn pink beads before I moisturise.
And moisturising afterwards is essential. Anyone with combination skin knows there's a fine balance between cleaning and stripping all the natural oils from your face. too much of the latter seems to send my Sebaceous glands into overdrive. While the Face Soap and Clarity hasn't caused me any adverse effects it does tend to dry out my face more than other cleansers I've used. So although this is marketed as one that can be used daily, I tend to alternate this cleanser with an even cheaper (and milder) one by Simple.
Having using this two or three times a week for about three months I can say it does a good job of cleaning my face without being unduly harsh. However, although it isn't a 'Eureka!' product neither does it deserve to be damned by faint praise. Those with either sensitive or combination skin may well find this works well and at 150 ml in a tube, it is reasonably priced too. For anyone who has drier skin (or those with skin which needs more attention) I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
We all want perfect skin, most of us would be really happy to wake up one day and have skin that needed no make-up, no concealer and nothing was wrong with it in our eyes. The day I wake up with flawless skin will be one of the best days of my life, but for now I try all things I can to make my skin that little bit better. The fact that I've always been a massive fan of Soap and Glory meant eventually I was going to try one of their facial wash products. This one in particular hadn't been top of my list, but when I got my big box of good stuff at Christmas it was in there, so I decided to give it a go anyway.
~*~ Soap and Glory ~*~
Soap and Glory is a brand of baby pink colour schemed items that are available in Boots, John Lewis and online. They cover all aspects of washing and keeping your body looking fabulous, from shower gels, to moisturisers and anti-cellulite creams, they have everything you could ever want to keep your skin looking good. My favourites are their amazing hand cream, and I have to say since they introduced cosmetics and facial skin care to their ranges they have really gone up in my estimation and I'm really happy to buy from them even despite the price compared to the price of the normal make-up I buy.
*** Face Soap & Clarity ***
~*~ What it claims to do... ~*~
According to Boots' website this is the blurb that is meant to attract us to this face wash - A high-tech, gentle non-drying foaming facial wash, formulated with complexion-friendly, easy-rinse surfactants and special SUPERFRUITTM PLUM skin brightening complex. A great all-round facial cleanser. For super clean, fresh & bright skin, you can rely on; a 3 in 1 daily detox Vitamin C facial wash.
~*~ Look and Scent ~*~
The tube is a fairly attractive one as are 99% of Soap and Glory products because they just have that design about them that just makes you want to look at them to find out what they are. It's a clever scheme they've got now even if it's not all that different to another product in their range you'd not know because it always looks new, fresh and shiny. This 150ml tube of face wash though comes in a transparent container so you can see the face wash inside, which is a lovely pale green colour almost turquoise which is fairly transparent apart from the pink blobs inside which are used to scrub your skin. The bit that annoys me is that no matter where you buy tubes of body wash, or face wash from they always look like they've been used somewhere even though they haven't so don't expect to have a full tube because somehow they don't exist. Flip open the pearlescent white bottom and you are immediately hit with a very fruity smell, it's a really nice smelling face wash actually - although there is a slight hint of chemical to it but if you looked at the ingredient list you'd know why it's full of chemicals but I can't say I'm surprised, Soap and Glory isn't branded as a natural product! The entire product is a bit attractive to the eye, even when it's poured out on your hands or on a cloth - however you want to clean your face with it the turquoise colour is maintained and the pink bits in the gel are a contrasting colour so you can see them quite happily. The gel itself is quite thick, without feeling like you're troweling it on your face - but easily moves around so you can rub it in your hands or all over a cloth before wiping it on your face, so it's a big thumbs up from me for consistency!
~*~ Application and Coverage ~*~
It all depends what you normally use to wash your face really, I tend to alternate depending on how rough my skin is feeling as to whether I use my hands to rub it into my face or my facial buffer from The Body Shop, on my hands it's easy to put a bit of water on my hands and onto my face squeeze a bit into my hands about the size of a ten pence piece and rub together and apply to my face in circular motions as that's meant to help exfoliate the skin. By using my fingers I can get a good application to my face and it doesn't take a lot to build up a good foam on my skin - the more I rub the more it foams up, and the pink exfoliating beads seem to spread out a lot and flatten out to my skin. However I much prefer using it on my facial buffer because even though I can't quite get into all the little areas I can if I do it with my fingers, it foams up a lot more and my skin feels a lot cleaner as a result. The exfoliant works really well on its own I can apply this to my face and once I've removed it I've got really quite soft skin - but not so much as if I use my facial buffer I can have really soft skin. However I don't like to use the buffer every day I use this wash, because I don't want to rub off all the old skin cells too quickly. It foams up really easily and really quickly and covers your whole face without dripping all over the place.
~*~ Day 1 of Use ~*~
The first day I used this I was really impressed with how it felt on my skin, there was initially no irritation and no stinging even when I got a little bit in my eye from careless application. The gel transferred onto my skin really quickly and with a bit of rubbing, it turned from gel into foam and the pink exfoliant bits almost melted onto my face and gave it a nice fresh feeling. After a quick scrub around the important areas, I decided to wash it off my face, which didn't take too long either even though it was fairly widely distributed. Warm water washed it off and patted dry my skin, I was intrigued to find out if it did leave skin feeling quite hydrated, so left it about half an hour before I applied any moisturiser. I felt that I wanted to put moisturiser on because it was part of my routine, but I didn't need any to make my skin feel more hydrated because after one use I didn't feel like my skin was drying out. I didn't see any initial difference to my skin, in terms of breakouts and blemishes but I didn't expect much from a first use. Overall it gave me beautifully soft skin, which felt suitably fresh and hydrated.
~*~ After the first week ~*~
My skin isn't my any means perfect, so I was quite interested to see in the first week if anything would change in terms of my breakouts and black heads. As unfortunately since I was 12 or 13, I've been prone to getting a lot of black heads on my chin and nose - I did notice after the first week or so that those black heads looked a lot smaller than they have done for a long time. I was also suffering with a spot underneath my chin that was becoming problematic and wouldn't clear up, after a week of using this face wash it had reduced in size a little. So I feel that the exfoliants were making a big difference to how my face was looking. My dry skin around my nose, had pretty much all gone there wasn't anything picked up when I applied my make-up like there had been previously. So after a week I had smaller black heads and my actual spots were looking a lot less red and puffy, my skin was soft and still felt hydrated although I was still using moisturiser as it's in my routine.
~*~ Over the past month ~*~
After the first month of daily usage with alternate days of using my facial buffer and days using my hands to wash my face - my skin feels a lot softer, even to a point that when I saw my boyfriend for the first time in a month last week he noticed that my skin was much better. The blackheads that used to plague me even into my twenties are very small and barely noticeable; there is nothing there that you can see on my skin after a dusting of powder. My big spots have either disappeared or at least reduced in size, my problem spot under my chin isn't going away and it's through no fault of this face wash apparently. I have no dry skin on my face at all, nothing around my nose, between my eyebrows or around my chin - which means my make-up sits so much better on my face than it ever did. The tone seems to have cleared up as well, as I used to get red patches around the bottom of my cheeks and since I've been using this face wash it seems to have disappeared. I can now go out for the day with just using a quick primer and brushing on face powder, and I'm confident enough that my skin looks happy and as flawless as I'm probably ever going to get without loading up my face with lots of make-up. I've not had any skin irritation from this face wash, no reactions to any chemicals either - after over a month's use I have only used about a third of my tube so I'm going to say one tube will last you about 3 months if you use it daily. I don't have dry skin, I feel really well hydrated and I don't mind if I forget to moisturise on odd times either. I've found this to be a beneficial face wash!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
The retail of this face wash is £7 in Boots and is advertised on Soap & Glory's website at £7 to be picked up at either Boots or John Lewis. If not I'm sure you'll find it on eBay - happily I'll pay £7 for this it's not overly expensive since it's going to last me a good three months even though it's only 150ml in a tube. Just over £2 a month for some face wash, can't really argue with that!
I love Soap and Glory products and I have used so many of them over the last few years and most of them are amazing, but unfortunately, this has to be one of the worst face washes I have used! I hate giving a bad review for a Soap and Glory product but this face wash was just awful!
I paid £7 for this, but got it with other products in the usual 3 for 2 offer in Boots. I loved the look of this face wash, it is an aqua blue/green colour, with pink beads in it. It has a lid at the bottom of the tube which you just flip open, this is really easy to use and closes easily with no problems. The tube says to squeeze a grape sized amount of this product out onto your hand, but when I use this amount, I find it is way too much. I found about a 5p sized amount was enough. It comes out like a gel, not too runny, or too thick, it is a nice consistency, but when I rub it together in my hands it does not lather up at all, so it feels like you are just smoothing gel onto your face. I don't feel like my face has been cleaned properly unless I get a good lather!
The beads in this gel are not ex foliating enough for your skin at all, so this can't be used as a proper scrub, you can feel the beads when you rub this on your face but they feel so soft, they don't feel like they are rubbing dead skin away at all. It washes off really easily, although feels slightly greasy and slimy when being washed off.
My skin didn't feel smooth after using this, it didn't feel any different in the shower. Once I had dried my face, my skin was so dry, and it felt a bit tight. I had to put a good night cream on every night I used this face wash as it dried my skin out so much. After about a week of using it, it had started to really irritate my skin and really dry it out, and I have not suffered from spots since I was about 15, and it brought my skin out really bad so I was not happy at all! I persevered with this face wash, giving it a chance to start working, and after 2 weeks I threw it in the bin!
It made my skin just awful, it was so dry, I was coming out in spots, it did not look bright, the tube says it has a special superfruit skin brightening complex, but my skin did not look any brighter at all. I have never had such a problem with a face wash before, this was really didn't agree with my skin at all!
It's a shame this face wash reacted with my skin this way, as it looked lovely out in my bathroom. You can see the aqua blue and pink face wash in the tube, and it looks really pretty and really makes you want to use it, but this wasn't for me and I can't recommend it unfortunately!
I received the Soap and Glory Clarity facewash as a gift from my sister. This is supposed to be a none drying, foaming face wash, which has a skin brightening formula from the 'superfruit' plum.
This is a 150ml tube, and is retailing in Boots for £7. The face wash itself is a turquoise gel, with exfoliating beads. To use, apply to wet skin and the gel will lather, then rinse off.
I started using this as I had ran out of my usual cleanser. I am a bit hit and miss when it comes to Soap and Glory products, some of them I love, and some I find do not work for me at all. This was one of those.
When using the product I used a blob of gel about the size of a 10p, when I apllied it to my skin it felt quite greasy. I lathered, the exfoliating beads I couldn't really feel on my skin so don't think they had any benefit to me. When I washed this off I felt like it was still on my skin. I had to rinse my face about 5 times to get the product fully off, and even then it didn't feel fully clean. I'm a bit slack with toning my face, but definitely needed to after this. It didn't dry my face out, but didn't leave the fresh feeling I like from a cleanser.
I carried on using this for a few weeks, as I understand that it sometimes takes time for a cleanser to work with your skin. Every time I use it I had this sticky, greasy feeling. And never felt that it washed off properly. After a week I noticed I was starting to get breakouts on my face. After around 3 weeks of use it went in the bin. Once I started using my normal cleanser my skin cleared up and looked in better health.
Overall, i'm disappointed with this product. I love some of the Soap and Glory range but sadly this wasn't for me.
Like many people I got the massive box of soap and glory at Christmas jam packed with goodies and this was one of them.
Admittedly it took me until about April to actually use this as I have used my usual face clenser for over five years and never considered swapping part of my "three-step routine."
One day I decided to give it a go and thankfully I did!
The bottle is a fairly simple squirty kind with the soap and glory branding on the front promising to detox and brighten skin using plum extract.
This is of course very simple to use squirt a small bit into your hand and wash your face - the difference maker - tiny pink beads which gently exfoliate the skin and I'm happy to report it works.
The result - I am a convert - this gives your skin a lovely cool, clean feeling. Personally I love it when my skin feels super squeaky clean, and this product gives me that feeling without leaving my skin feeling tight. Don't mistake this for thinking that this is a harsh product - it is anything but and that is why I love it so much - it does everything I want it to do and I don't even need to exfoliate weekly anymore. I should mention that I make life even easier and bring this into the shower with me in the mornings and it makes my face feel woken up (even when the rest of me isn't, I continue to use my usual cleanser in the evening. I do actually think that my skin looks a little brighter than it did a few months ago, so I think it does live up to its bold claims.
Saving the best until last - this is actually saving me money - my usual facial cleanser works out at £7.50 per 100ml whilst my morning soap and glory treat comes in at £4.67 + this is usually three for two in boots therefore working out even cheaper! If comparing the two products - it blows my premium branded one out of the water - but only for my morning routine, I wouldn't want to cool, clean feeling before I go to bed so I continue to use the usual brand here.
Issues: I have run out, on Thursday, and have looked in my local (very large branch) of boots for this twice in the last two weeks and could not find it, but it is on the website - so either the secret is out about how great this is, or there is in-store stocking issues.
So if you are like me and have a bottle of this from Christmas - use it! If not you have got to try it!
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!
Last christmas I was bought one of the big gift sets for christmas filled with Soap & Glory goodies, and since then I have been in love with their products.
I have tried many facewashes in the past, but i've always felt that they have done nothing other than make my face clean. This one however, I swear by! It leaves my face feeling wonderful and clean, and tingly in a nice cool and refreshed way. It stops my skin from getting greasy and keeps it looking clear and refreshed. I normally suffer from the odd HUGE spot every now and then, but since I started using this product seven months ago I havent had one spot!The product also lasts quite a long time, I use it atleast once everyday and a bottle lasts me around 4 months.
You dont need much to get a good lather going on, just a small blob will do and a bit of water. It feels very smooth on my face and the little pink balls tend to just massage my skin rather than scrubbing it. It definitely helps to smooth and sooth skin whilst getting rid of black heads and other blemishes.
The product itself comes in a clear bottle that stands on its cap with the usual retro/vintage looking Soap & Glory design on the front, and the face wash is blue with little pink balls inside it.
Aqua (Water), Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, Glycerin, Acrylates copolymer, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Lauric acid, Sodium methyl isethionate, Synthetic wax, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zinc dilaurate, Podocarpus elatus fruit extract, Pleiogynium timorense fruit extract, Terminalia ferdinandiana fruit extract, Limonene, Alcohol denat., Polyquaternium-7, Benzophenone-4, Amyl cinnamal, Citric acid, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Linalool, Citral, Methylisothiazolinone, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Methylparaben, Lecithin, Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, Propylparaben, CI 73360 (Red 30), CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 42090 (Blue 1). - lots of things i cant pronounce but they seem to help my skin so im not going to complain here!
This face wash is available at Boots for £7.00, Soap & Glory is often on a 3 for 2 offer however so I suggest you wait until this offer is available and get a few of their other products aswell! I would recommend it above all other face washes I have tried (and I have tried quite a few!). It is quite expensive but it is long lasting and very effective and in my opinion - well worth the price!
Today I am going to write about the Face Soap and Clarity Foaming Face Wash by Soap & Glory.
I bought this face wash when I was on a quest to try out the Soap & Glory products. I had already seen them a while ago but alwas found them a bit expensive and was hesitant to try them out. But one of the products that really caught my eyes was the Face Soap. Since Boots had an offer where you could get three Soap&Glory products and only had to pay two, I decided to try my luck and bought it!
The Face Soap is contained in a tube that stands on it's cap, which is pearl-coloured. The main colours on the packaging are pink and mint green. There is a lot of writing on the tube, telling you about the benefits of the product. It is supposed to be a "3-in-1 daily-detox vitamin c facial wash" with the "superfruit plum" and a "skin brightening complex". In a green square it says that the product is not technically a soap but instead as "high-tech non-drying foaming facial wash, formulated with complexion-friendly non-drying easy-rinse surfactants".
The Face Soap is supposed to smoothe, clean and scrub to help "keep your nose clean, along with the other visible parts of your face".
It's easy to use. You are supposed to squeeze a grape sized measure of the Face Soap onto slightly damp skin, massage it in until there's a soft lather and then rinse it off. Apply moisturizer afterwards!
The tube contains 150ml. You can already see the face wash through the clear tube. It's of a mint green colour and looks like a shower gel, but it contains tiny pink scrubbing bits.
Of course the ingredients are listed on the back of the tube as well.
I was really excited to try this face wash out. It defenitely looked nice and sounded promising.
The face wash is easy to squeeze out of the tube and it's also easy to spread on your face. It builds up a nice leather and feels really smooth. The pink bits in it provide a very gentle massage for your face. It's more a massage than a scrub and it feels great. It tingles slightly - in the refreshing way!
My face felt really nice and clean after using it. It defenitely helps clear pores, remove makeup and other dirt and makes your skin all smooth. It helped fight spots. My skin just felt so much better and looked more radiant. It really had a fresh glow to it!
I have been using it for a while now and it defenitely outdid the products I usually used, which were storebrand products with tea tree oil.
It also helps against greasy skin. My skin felt way more balanced - it was neither greasy nor dry.
The tube lasted me for quite a while. I think you can wash your face with it at least 25 times as you only need a little bit of it. I used less than the recommended amount and still got great results!
I had no allergic reactions to it, but of course people with allergies or very sensitive skin should check the ingredients before buying.
Aqua (Water), Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, Glycerin, Acrylates copolymer, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Lauric acid, Sodium methyl isethionate, Synthetic wax, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zinc dilaurate, Podocarpus elatus fruit extract, Pleiogynium timorense fruit extract, Terminalia ferdinandiana fruit extract, Limonene, Alcohol denat., Polyquaternium-7, Benzophenone-4, Amyl cinnamal, Citric acid, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Linalool, Citral, Methylisothiazolinone, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Methylparaben, Lecithin, Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, Propylparaben, CI 73360 (Red 30), CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 42090 (Blue 1).
The Soap&Glory Face Soap and Clarity Facial Wash is available at Boots for £7.00.
I loved this face wash and I am defenitely going to buy it again. My skin felt way more balanced and I have less spots now. It also helped clear up pores and gave me a fresh feeling! Great!
I think it is fair to say that soap and glory are a fairly well-known brand that started out mainly making body products before moving onto skincare and most recently make up. Having once had bad experiences with their skincare I have never bought any ever since, but a lovely friend bought me this facial wash for my birthday and it would be rude to not give it a go!
=== Price, packaging and availability ===
As this is soap and glory it is pretty much exclusive to boots, although I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to find some online. This tube of face wash comes in a measure of 150ml retailing for £7 which I think is around average considering the usual price of soap and glory products, and considering how often boots have 3 for 2 offers you could get it a little cheaper. I would say that this kind of price is above the usual basic brands but much lower than premium products like dior, lancome etc.
The face wash comes in a very soft and squeezy plastic tube with a flip lid on the base. The plastic is incredibly flexible so it is very easy to get the product out, but not too easy that you end up using too much and waste some. The actual tube seems to be basically transparent with the wash being a green/blue colour with little pink scrub particles in. I really like the fact that it is transparent so that I can easily see how much product I have remaining.
The packaging is very typical of soap and glory - quirky with lots of words. The main focus of the front of the tube seems to be that this contains 'super fruit plum' with claims and instructions on the back. This face wash should be used within 24 months of opening which I think is a really good shelf life.
=== What does it do? ===
As this is a face wash I think it is fairly self-explanatory that it is supposed to cleanse your skin, but it also claims to smooth and scrub, and I think these are fairly reasonable claims. It also claims to promote fresh and bright skin which I am not so sure about. It also mentions that 'this is a high tech non-drying foaming facial wash' - not too sure on that one either.
=== The smell ===
I don't really know what I was expecting with the smell of this one, but I get quite excited at the prospect of plum. I think plum is quite an unusual fragrance that I haven't really seen used before in skin care products. So what does it smell like? Strangely enough.....it smells like plum. I don't think it is the most appealing of fragrances but it is pleasant enough. I think I would prefer it if it smelt a little sweeter but that is just personal taste. I would say this fragrance suits people who like fruity smells without it being overpowering or overly sweet.
=== My experience ===
When I tipped the bottle upside down I could see straight away that the gel wasn't particularly thick and if anything looked a little too much on the runny side. The instructions given suggest using a grape sized amount but I expected that would be too much so used more like a pea sized amount instead which I found was more than sufficient. I dampened my face and rubbed this on. The smell was pleasant during use although I still have slight reservations about the fragrance, I just think it could be nicer considering the fragrances in some other soap and glory products.
I found that although this claims to be a foaming product it didn't really foam up as well as I had been expecting, however it produced enough of a lather to really feel as though my face was getting a good clean.
The scrub particles (if that is the right word to use?) don't feel harsh when using but at the same time I'm not too sure if they made much of a difference either. I think I would prefer this without those bits as I use a separate scrub anyway which I would guess is more effective than this as an exfoliator. During use the wash felt very refreshing and it didn't take a lot to rinse off which is great as I hate spending ages washing something off that in my opinion should only take seconds.
=== The results ===
My face continued to feel refreshed for a little while after washing and definitely felt lovely and clean. After a while though it starts to feel a little dry /tight and I feel the need to then apply moisturiser, which isn't a problem, but as this claims to be a non-drying formula I don't think it really lives up to that claim. I do however agree that it does leave the skin nice and smooth to the touch.
Even after prolonged and continued use I noticed that although my skin looked in good condition (although to be honest it does most of the time anyway) that I didn't notice a difference in the brightness at all which is a little disappointing.
=== Value for money ===
As I said previously I think that £7 is fairly reasonable because this is around average for soap and glory products. The amount needed is very little so I can see this lasting me quite some time, so it is really quite good value.
=== Overall ===
Although my review may have come across slightly negative, I am actually fairly pleased with this facial wash. Although I don't think realistically that it lives up to all of its claims, it is a pleasant product which makes my skin feel smooth and squeaky clean. The fragrance isn't entirely to my taste and I think that the consistency is a little thin but overall I don't think this detracts from the fact that this is actually quite a decent face wash.
I would recommend this to those who are looking for a basic, but good, face wash who aren't expecting brightening effects and are purely expecting clean and soft skin. I would not recommend this to those with dry skin, as I do feel that it is quite a drying formula.
I don't think that it performs as well as more premium products I have used, but then it does cost around half of what I usually pay so can't complain too much on that one.
Overall a good product which I would happily recommend and use again.
Thanks for reading.
This face soap comes in a toothpast like tube - flat at one end and round and the other. It's see thrugh with a silver flip lid because it's see through it allows us to see what the product itself looks like. You can squeeze this bottle with ease so it's easy to make to get some of the product out. The bottle is 150ml which is displayed on the from along with the brand, name and a description stating that despite it's name this is not soap. The label is see through as well so we can still see the product. On the back this states where it's for how to use it with a warning where not to use this also an address for the head office and a very long list of ingredients.
Scrub, scrub, scrubbing.
It clearly states on the back of the bottle how to use this item and it's simply rub a grape size portion of this onto damp skin until it forms a thick lather and then rinse off well with warm water. When you first get a bit of this on your palm it's very gooey and quite thick. When applying this to my skin I found this lathered up really well when my face was more wet than damp. This slid around my face with ease and lathered up to a foamy mixture after approximately 30 seconds on circular rubbing. This had a cooling affect when it touched my skin and it was very refreshing, the exfoliating particals are not sparse however they are quite small I don't know what they've used but I found it wasn't very effective because I hardly felt them against my skin. Rinsing off this was fine I start washing ym forehead firsta nd when it drips down some went in ym eye and it did sting quite a bit but after a little rinse it was fine, I found this was a little tough to get off from around my nose, many times I haven't noticed I never rinsed it all off so you sort of have to scrub this off. This states on the front that is has "superfruit plum" in it, This doesn't particularly smell of plum or any fruit it's hard to describe but it does have an undertone of citrus fruits in it.
After actually scrubbing all this off my face I found I still had some of the exfoliating beads on my face, neck and hair line but this is just because I'm careless I guess. My face felt smooth and soft around my cheeks and nose although my forehead felt very dry it didn't feel like it had been moisturised and the skin around my eyes felt very tight, this was a weird feeling because I had three different effects at once. This face wash is supposed to make your skin brighter now this wash alone didn't do that, the only way it would, would be if my face was really dirty then I cleaned it but you're supposed to use the eye cream and moisturizer with this and until you use all 3 for around a month you won't see a difference. I probably won't get another one of these face wash's because it made most of my skin dry and tight but it did soften up a little when I aplied some mositurizer on.
Ingredients, Price and availability
There is a very long list of ingredients on this but it does contain a lot of different acids so if you have sensitive skin you might want to be careful with how long you keep this on you skin. You can get this in gift sets like I did otherwise it is £7 for a 150ml bottle, you can pick this up in Boots.
Soap and Glory is a beauty range which includes skincare, bath and body treats, perfume and now make up.
This facial wash from S&G is marketed as being a foaming facial wash designed for all skin types. It is specifically aimed at those who have difficult skin which is need of a boost. The face wash has a 3 in 1 complex which claims to smooth, clean and scrub the skin. S&G claim that this wash won't dry out the skin
It is enriched with superfruit plum and vitamin C. A grape sized amount of face wash should be massaged across damp skin to create a lather. Once fully rinsed, it is recommend that you follow up with an eye cream (if you use one) and your regular moisturiser.
The face wash is presented in a tall, clear plastic tube with a flip top lid at the base. The tube features various catchphrases and product information and can be recycled. This product has a shelf life of 24months from first use.
The face wash is available in a 150ml size and current prices as follows :
*www.soapandglory.com - £7.00
*Boots - £7.00 (on 3 for 2 mix and match offer)
I first bought this face wash in November and was pleased with it. I was initially attracted to it by the appearance of the wash through the tube. I received another tube in the big Xmas set I got last month so I am well stocked up. £7.00 is expensive for a face wash but when you compare it to the likes of Clinique, it is very reasonably priced. I use a face wash every day (sometimes twice a day) to keep my skin cleansed.
The packaging allows this face wash to be dispensed very easily. It is a nice sleek, squeezy tube and I can easily see how much I have left. The face wash itself is different to any other I have used before. It is tinted aqua blue with lots of pink scrubby bits infused through it - very fresh yet feminine in appearance. The face wash has a thick, jelly like consistency.
~Washing and Scrubbing...~
I have to be careful what I use on my skin, especially my face. My skin is dry and sensitive. This face wash is easy to use. Flipping open the cap, the scent is quite strong and fresh. I find that it has a marine like scent with a sweet undertone. It won't appeal to all but I find it to be quite pleasant and the scent alone offers a wake up call for my senses in the morning. I always have my hair pinned back in the morning and splash tepid water across my face.
Only a tiny, tiny blob of this face wash is needed to fully cleanse my face. The gel offers an immediate cooling sensation which is very refreshing for my skin and really does give it a boost. The gel spreads effortlessly and with a few rubs in each area of my face, a small amount of lather is formed. It isn't a rich lather but it is soft and gentle on my skin. The scrubby particles do not scratch at my skin. I can feel them underneath my fingertips and they seem to skim the surface of my skin. Perhaps the cooling sensation calms any uncomfortable feeling that scrubby bits normally cause but I won't complain!
The scent whilst on my skin is really pleasant and doesn't irritate my eyes (as some strong scented products do when I use them on my face). I use a damp flannel to wipe off the lather and then splash my face with cool water. After pat drying my face, it does feel a little taut at first but this quickly subsides. The face wash leaves my skin super soft and doesn't irritate it in any way.
My complexion is brighter and overall my face feels very clean. I apply whichever moisturiser I have afterwards and do not feel the need for a toner or anything as my skin feels perked up and refreshed. A sweet scent lingers for a short while. With regular use, I have noticed an improvement on the dryness on my forehead and my skin looks to be in much better condition.
I only ever feel the need to use this once a day. Because it contains scrubby bits (even though they are gentle), I feel twice a day would be a bit much for my skin to cope with. Whilst I normally use this in the morning, I have used it at night. I don't feel it can cope with heavy make up and I find it best to wipe off my make up and then use the facial wash to cleanse the surface of my skin. It does a good job at removing the final traces of make up and leaves my pores and skin feeling deeply cleansed.
Having used this face wash for approx 6weeks, I am pleased with how well it performs. My first tube is still 1/3 full of I would estimate one tube to last 2-3months with daily use. I consider this to be good value for money and moreso if you buy it on the 3 for 2 offer. I can highly recommend this face wash. It suits my needs perfectly and I will continue to buy it.
Thanks for reading :)
*Cross posted from ciao - originally wrote 01/01/2012*