Product Type: Soap & Glory body care
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Member Name: Amyrose
Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Facial Wash
Advantages: Cleanses well, feels refreshing.
Disadvantages: Not overly keen on fragrance, leaves skin feeling tight and dry
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.
Summary: overall a decent face wash but one that meets basic needs
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