“ Brand: Soap & Glory / Contouring Gel / Type: Body Lotion / Subcategory: Soap / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes „
I love soap and glory, and I've had great experiences with their products before so I had full confidence in their cellulite busting range. I bought Return to Slender Contouring Gel with great expectations, Soap and Glory have literally glorified this product to be the ULTIMATE skinny product that usage for 52 days will magically make me 'slender'. I'm not overweight and I have a BMI of 25, but just like every woman I have little imperfections on my body that I would happily spend a fortune to correct!
"Tight Genes! Want to look like you were born with them? Twice a day massage Return to Slender onto any area of your body that needs a little help to look a whole lot leaner. After 56 days, you may not believe your thighs or your arms or your abs.
Whats inside that Counts?
Multi-fruit smoothers, detoxing seaweed extracts and elasticity boosters to diminish the appearance of cellulite."
Impression and use:
So I put this product on my 'problem areas' which are the top of my arms, my thighs and my stomach and I applied it generously straight after the shower. The product does have a nice menthol scent that smells clean and fresh but the colour is what put me off straight away, its a bright green/blue colour that would definitely stain any light clothing you may want to put on after application! The product felt sticky and tacky on my skin, taking an age to sink in. The menthol really affected my skin right away and even though my skin was warm to touch I felt absolutely freezing to the point it was very uncomfortable. After about 45 minutes the menthol wore off and I was able to dress but my skin felt stiff and still quite sticky.
I used the product until it ran out which lasted for about 3 and a half/4 weeks, and I didn't notice a difference. After every use I still continued to feel that uncomfortable coldness on my skin from the first time but I was so adamant to achieve the results that were promised. After the 4 weeks my skin felt a little bit tighter but my cellulite and 'wobbly bits' under my arms weren't affected. Alongside using the product I started exercising more and eating better which I think had a better effect on my appearance than the product itself.
I thought that this product was a waste of my money. At £7.99 I expected good results but felt like it was nearly £8 down the toilet! I wouldn't recommend this product as I saw no definite effects apart from feeling cold and sticky after use.
I am fairly new to the world of Soap & Glory a friend bought me a gift set a few years ago and thus started my love for all things Soap & Glory.
I recently bought this product to tackle some stubborn cellulite that had formed on my inner thighs. I love the blue bottle it stands out amongst my other Soap & Glory products in their pink containers, it smells minty and the consistency is quiet runny and gel like. When applied to the skin it is cold and can be sticky, it takes a while to absorb in it can also leave you hands sticky so it's best to apply in he bathroom so you can wash your hands.
I have been using this product for a couple of weeks and I cannot say that I have seen a difference in the appearance in my thighs. I doubt I will be purchasing this product again once it has runs out.
I'm a massive fan of the brand Soap & Glory. Started in 2006 with the aim of helping women pamper themselves without 'spending an arm and a leg just to moisturise one', the retro pink and black & white bottles and packages are a familiar fixture on the shelves of Boots and Harvey Nichols. They're also available online from retailers like ASOS. The stated aim may not be completely accurate, as the products are often more expensive than brands like Dove or Radox, but most of them are high quality. Just after Christmas, a limited edition set of 10 discontinued or renamed Soap & Glory products was advertised on Boots for under £30. Being a huge fan, I of course picked one of these up!
Included in the set were two slightly similar products, both designed as 'body contouring' gels. One was Slimwear, in the traditional Soap and Glory pink packaging, which I have already tried and reviewed. The other was Return to Slender, the product I'll be reviewing today.
Return to Slender comes in a 200ml tube that is blue like other products from the Spa range. Described as a "body contouring gel", the product contains multi-fruit smoothers, detoxing seaweed extracts and elasticity-boosters to diminish the appearance of cellulite. The packaging claims that the product has a thick cooling texture that sinks quickly into your skin, containing a molecule called "Flab2Fit complex" (!).
To use, you are meant to massage the product onto any area of the body that could do with a little firming up: this could include your thighs, upper arms and stomach. You are supposed to use the product for 56 days to get results.
When you open the flip-top lid and squeeze the tube, what comes out is a bright blue gel-like substance which rubs into the skin easily and doesn't feel greasy. I tend to use one small blob on each thigh and another on my stomach. I rub it in well, making sure to massage my skin thoroughly in circular motions.
The gel leaves a cooling sensation which tingles quite pleasantly. I imagine this would be lovely in the summer. It's also nice after a hot bath to help cool you down. The sensation lasts anything from five to fifteen minutes. The product does feel slightly sticky on the skin, so I need to wait a while before getting dressed.
I used this product once a day, in the morning (I couldn't be bothered using it at night as well). My tube didn't actually last 56 days: more like a month. At the end of the month, I took a long hard look at my thighs. There seemed to be a very slight reduction in cellulite, but it was hard to tell.
I've tried a few of these cellulite-reducing products over the past year and have come to the conclusion that none of them really work (I'm not particularly surprised!). At best, the circular massaging action seems to make some difference to cellulite, but I could achieve this with any kind of body lotion I'm sure.
However, I've discovered a couple of alternative uses for this product. One is to soothe muscles. After getting back from Reading Festival where I'd been rocking out to Muse, my shoulder was pretty sore and I rubbed some of this gel on, which really helped to soothe it. Easier than a bag of peas I guess! I've also been dabbing a little of the gel onto my forehead when I've got a headache. It is soothing and cooling and makes my head feel a bit better. It's no substitute for medication of course, but if I only have a mild headache I'd rather avoid taking tablets if I can.
Overall, I wouldn't buy this product again for the purposes of reducing cellulite. However, I would like to keep a tube handy in order to cool my skin down should I need to. I don't know of any other creams that provide this kind of cooling sensation, and it's good to have around in case of hot weather, muscle pains and headaches.
Soap and glory return to slender
Always one to try out any "miracle" product, I read a couple of reviews on this one and decided to give it a go.
WHAT IT PROMISES...
It promises to literally give you tight genes and to tone up any area of your body which you want to make leaner.
AND THE MIRACLE INGREDIENT?
There are apparently multi fruit smoothers detoxifying seaweed extracts as well as elasticity booster to diminish the appearance of cellulite. The product contains a special molecule called Flab2fit complex, but as with all good miracle products, there is no mention of what this actually is.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The product comes in a box with all of the information and directions splattered on all sides; it takes some making sense of, as bits of similar information are on different sides of the box. However, that said, as with all of the soap and glory products, I do like the packaging, this time pale blue box with what looks like a magazine or newspaper type layout.
Inside the box is the 200ml tube of the product with a flip up/down lid. I squeeze out some of the product, and to match the tube, it is a pale blue gel, with more a marine smell than a floral small (the seaweed?). The gel is easily massaged into the skin and leaves me with a very faint and not unpleasant tingle sensation.
It is advised that the product is used twice a day for 56 days on thighs abs and upper arms. It seems a long time for anything to happen so I assume when I first bought the product that the result would be gradual rather than sudden.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
I believe the RRP is £7.99 for 200ml of the stuff, and I have seen it for sale on several sites online so it's not hard to get hold of.
OTHER BITS OF INFORMATION...
Shelf life: 24 months
I have now used the product twice daily for a month and upped the game when I started to use a body brush alongside the product to stimulate circulation and absorption of the gel. The results haven't been especially promising and I don't think it delivers on the toning side.
That said, the product is easy to apply non greasy and absorbs nicely into my skin leaving it feeling cool and moisturised. However, for real moisturising especially if in the sun, this wouldn't be very good as it's just not creamy enough.
I really like the smell and would recommend to anyone wanting a non greasy gel for their body. For the price though, there are just as good products on the market and I don't think I would buy it again.
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Every time I visit Boots, I can't resist going to the Soap & Glory section to check out the goodies. On a recent trip I spotted 'Return to Slender'. It is silly to spend so much on products, but when it comes to Soap & Glory - I know I'm paying for good quality.
Return to Slender is a body contouring gel, supposed to make you appear more toned and tighten skin.
As you can see from the image above, the packaging is different to the usual Soap & Glory style (pink). It is blue and yellow, which does strike me as appealing. The slogans are there in the usual funky writing and on the back it even says 'tested by a pool of slightly plump people' which I laughed at, obviously stick thin people would not feel the need to try this product at all. The product is in a 200ml tube with a flip top lid which makes it easy to not spill it everywhere. The liquid itself is light blue and quite thick with the usual gorgeous Soap & Glory fragrance which was a bit minty.
I have used products similar before, such as Avon's 'invisible bra' which was supposed to firm your bust, toning it up. I did like the product and used it on my stomach and thighs also, but I wanted to see if there was anything better.
To use the product, you need to get a blob in your hand and smooth it over your desired area. The gel is lovely and cool, drying quickly without any greasiness. I waited about 5-10 minutes before getting dressed but I think the time frame depends on how much you apply to your skin.
Now for the real nitty gritty.. does it actually work?!
I personally liked the product, but I do not have many lumps and bumps - just big issues with my thighs and stomach. I used the product every day after my shower for about a month and I have to say I noticed a difference - so did my boyfriend which was a nice confidence boost. I love the fact it also acts as a sort of moisturiser too, leaving my skin really soft and gorgeous.
You can purchase Return to Slender at any Boots store, or online stockists of Soap & Glory for £7.99.
My earlier reviews of Soap and Glory spoke very highly of their products, particularly Hair Supply and Hand Food, which I've purchased over and over again. However, the majority of my further purchases have been an absolute waste of money and on two occasions I have been silly enough to part with large sums of money in return for what I believed would be a bundle of fabulous products. Unfortunately, it was money down the drain, as each and every one of the products did not live up to their name and this review discusses my experience with using their Return to Slender, which is a body contouring gel that I tried and tested in the latter part of 2010. I am of the opinion that this is not a popular product, particularly as it has been in Dooyoo's catalogue for quite some time awaiting a first review.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The packaging is a little tame for Soap and Glory, which is a positive as far as I am concerned, as I cannot bear the usual clutter and silly slogans. However, located on the lower side of the reverse of the packaging we are advised that the product had been tested "by a pool of slightly plump people". If this is intended to raise a smile, unfortunately, it did not work with me and perhaps I'm being too critical, but I find it rather offensive to those who are overweight. Unlike the majority of the range, which is contained within bright pink packaging, Return to Slender is in a pale blue box that displays the familiar Soap and Glory logo.
USING RETURN TO SLENDER
Having never purchased a similar product I really did not have a clue what to expect and can make no comparisons, so I decided to use it on my tummy, the tops of my arms and thighs, which were all in need of a little toning. I removed the 200 ml tube from the box; the appearance of which mirrors the outer packaging. The tube sits on a flip top lid that is easily opened and closed and I gently squeezed out a small amount of the product. For some reason I had imagined the contents to be of a dark blue colour, but the thick gel was light blue and perfectly matched both the tube and outer packaging. Its' aroma was absolutely gorgeous, as it delivered a strong mint smell and after scrutinising the long list of ingredients I learned this was due to the menthol contents.
I massaged a small amount of the gel into my tummy, thighs and upper arms and despite being of a rather thick consistency it easily spread and offered a wonderful cooling sensation to my skin. However, it felt slightly tacky and despite waiting fifteen minutes or so to get dressed I found my clothes sticking to me. Fortunately, the tackiness wore off fairly quickly and I no longer looked as if I had super glued my clothes to my body. I cannot state that the gel was greasy, as I did not feel the need to wash my hands immediately following application.
The aroma was very strong, which whilst refreshing, was a little unfavourable, particularly as it was necessary to apply the gel morning and night and I didn't fancy turning up at work smelling like a tube of toothpaste! Fortunately, after ten minutes or so after application the aroma became subtle and much more desirable after which it was totally non existent. I continued with this routine morning and night for a period of two months as recommendation by Soap and Glory. After 56 days I was supposed to witness leaner body parts; a claim I find impossible to believe. It is also claimed that in using the gel the appearance of cellulite will allegedly diminish due to the Flab2fix formula, whatever that may mean.
WHAT DID I THINK?
I could summarise my thoughts and experience in just three words by saying not a lot! My body was no further toned or lean than it was to begin with, the small amount of cellulite on my thighs was still visible, which to be totally honest, did not surprise me in the least. Consequently, I asked my husband for his thoughts on my appearance. Unfortunately, he isn't the most flattering of people and simply said "you could fill the bath with that stuff and lie in it for 6 months and it still wouldn't work!" I'm unsure if his comments were directed to me his darling wife or the product, but I didn't particularly want to hear the answer, so I questioned him no further! I would point out at this stage of my review that I do not have large areas of flabby skin, so I had expected to at least notice a minor difference to my tone and shape, but this was far from the case. The only positives with this product is that with continued use it left my skin silky soft and smooth due to its' almond oil and glycerin content and I loved the cooling sensation that it offered my skin. However, in relation to the purpose for which it was intended, it is a total waste of time and money. Consequently, Return to Slender receives only 1 star from me with no recommendation.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
The list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the tube is huge and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. However, I can confirm that I suffered no adverse reactions when using. The gel should be used within 24 months of opening and can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Unfortunately, for some reason Boots does not sell this product, which I find strange particularly as they carry the majority of the Soap and Glory range. However, brand new tubes of Return to Slender are available on several websites, such as Ebay, Amazon and Tiger Lilley Online Cosmetics and retails at £7.99.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.