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I adore Soap and Glory. If you're not familiar with the company, they produce retro looking products, usually with fun pun based names and aim to be luxurious without breaking the bank. You can buy these products in Boots and Harvey Nicholls, or online. I bought this particular product in a recent 3 for 2 Boots offer and it's worth keeping an eye out for these as they occur regularly and are a good way to save a little on Soap and Glory. Wish Upon a Jar usually costs around £14 for 50 ml which should last for 2-3 three week applications.
This particular product is an intensive anti aging moisturiser. It describes itself as a "collagen overhaul cream" and should be used for 21 days in a row (it's too strong to use all the time) either instead of or under your usual moisturiser for smoother, brighter, younger looking skin.
The packaging for this is the standard retro looking pink box that most Soap and Glory products come in. It's fun and eye catching- you can always spot Soap and Glory products on the shelf at a glance. Inside the box, the jar is a shiny silver sphere with a flattened bottom so it can sit in your bathroom cupboard, dresser or wherever you like to keep your beauty products. The jar has a cool retro sci fi feel to it.
Once you unscrew the jar, the product can be found in the bottom half of the sphere. It is a pink cream with a light floral scent that I found pleasant. The cream feels thick to the touch and was easily absorbed by my skin. I have oily skin but didn't feel too greasy or look shiny afterwards. I opted to use this instead of my moisturiser rather than under it as I felt too many products might overload my skin.
So does it work?
I used this twice a day for three weeks as instructed. After a few days my skin started looking a little brighter, and after three weeks it was brighter and the tone was evened out, with the redness I'm prone to on my cheeks reduced. It also felt comfortable and well moisturised. This brighter even skin tone has so far lasted for a couple of weeks since I switched back to my usual moisturiser.
I'd definitely recommend this product. It improved the look and feel of my skin and at £14, or about £5 per three week course, it won't break the bank.
One of the side effects of reading and rating reviews I find is the way I do on occasion come across a product I had never noticed before and am sucked in by the enthusiasm of the author or by the sheer ingenuity of the product - leading to me purchasing the item almost as soon as I can hit the shops.
One such product is Soap & Glory's Wish Upon a Jar, an anti-ageing "collagen overhaul cream" which unlike so many, promises results within 21 days. I have been happy using my Aldi Lacura anti-ageing serum for a considerable period of time but the promise of visible results within 21 days sucked me in, so I made a beeline for Boots four weeks ago and spent £14.25 on the product.
~~The Packaging and Promise~~
Wish Upon a Jar is packaged in a box with the usual quirky Soap & Glory artwork, including a retro photograph of a woman who looks remarkably like Hedy Lamarr and would no doubt have been delighted to be told of this resemblance in her youth. If you don't know who Hedy Lamarr is you might be too young to need this product!
The jar itself is a work of art - it's a polished silver globe which you open by unscrewing the lid which is located in the middle of the jar. For something in this price bracket I haven't seen such aesthetically pleasing packaging before.
Soap & Glory claim that Wish Upon a Jar contains "triple action Youthfake wrinkle disguising diamond spheres". That sounded a bit technical and according to the box "Youthfake Diamond Spheres invisibly illuminate your skin with a special spectrum blue glow to instantly minimise the visual aspects of lines and wrinkles, shadows, large pores, pigmentation and discolouration".
Hmm, I thought - this sounded akin to the stuff of fairy tales, with images of the Blue Fairy from "Pinocchio" entering my head and her own blue glow - never mind the song her friend Jiminy Cricket sings in the film which inspired the product title. Could this product really make such a difference to my skin?
Most anti ageing products really have to be used for a period of 3 months before you will see a visible difference in my experience. Most usually state this on their packaging so Wish Upon a Jar is unusual because the idea is you use it for a 21 day period and then revert to your usual product. As my skin is rapidly heading towards the dreaded "mature" phase I was worried I wouldn't notice results but vanity then kicked in and I parted with my cash.
You need to use Wish Upon a Jar twice a day and the idea is you cleanse, apply the product and then apply a moisturiser over it. Soap & Glory do say it works best to wear a product with SPF over it to reduce hypersensitivity - not an issue here as I don't wear a moisturiser unless it has SPF.
The cream itself is a lovely pink colour and is rather thick in consistency. It has a very light, sweet fragrance that isn't overpowering in the least. You do have to be very careful when applying this to avoid getting any product in your eyes but other than that you can apply to the face and neck as you would any other face cream. Because it's quite heavy it is slower to absorb than the serum I normally use so expect to wait a minute or two for it to sink in to your skin before applying your moisturiser.
I have to say I do find that Wish Upon a Jar makes my skin tingle a bit after I apply it - and I don't have particularly sensitive skin. I mention this because it's a potent cream and I suspect that this might cause problems for those with more sensitive skin than me. I have also noticed little red blotches occasionally show on my face when using this - invariably between my eyebrows on my forehead (and it can itch there slightly too) and on my chin.
And even though I have carefully avoided the eye area when applying the cream I have found my eyes watering on occasion after I have applied to my crow's feet so you really do have to handle this with care.
These issues haven't been bad enough to cause to me to stop using the product as I really wanted to "finish the course" so to speak to see if the bold claims on the jar were true. And I can say that while some promises haven't come to fruition, I have noticed a visible difference in my skin which crept up on me slowly but by the time I only had a couple of days to go I could see quite clearly.
Firstly my lines are definitely smoother than they were before. My crow's feet are still there obviously - but they aren't as obviously deep as they were before I started to use the cream. My skin feels softer too. I have a lot of freckles on my face and haven't really noticed a visible difference where they are concerned - perhaps due to my constant use of SPF anyway and the red blotches I mentioned have gone too. The biggest difference for me has been the cream's ability to visibily minimise the dark circles under my eyes. I am so delighted with the results here that I am wishing I had encountered this cream years ago!
I feel that moisture levels have increased on my face too - certainly the patches of dry and flaky skin I have had in the past have disappeared.
The packaging claims that Wish Upon a Jar will make your skin look "super fresh" within 21 days and while I am probably a bit too long in the tooth to have "super fresh" skin these days, I really have been delighted with how the product has worked.
My sister and I both started to use this product at the same time and I have noticed a visible improvement in her skin too - in fact I noticed it in her before I did in me - perhaps due to the fact I don't see her face every day. The product just seems to freshen your face up all over and give you a more youthful glow.
So in conclusion I can highly recommend Wish Upon a Jar. For the price, and the results it gives, it's a bargain as you only use it for 21 days in a three month period. I have already noted in my calendar when I plan on using this again so impressed was I with it.
Over the course of 3 weeks I used just over three quarters of the jar so I will finish this off when it's time to do my next course and buy another jar in the interim. It's also worth stocking up on this when Boots do one of their regular 3 for 2 offers on Soap & Glory to cut the cost.
Having said all that, "Wish Upon a Jar" is so effective, and has such a fast acting formula, it's a bargain even at £14.25 a jar.
This has to be one of my favourite products by Soap & Glory. I have used them for a very long time now and I am yet to fault a single product of theirs. Soap & Glory is sold at Boots and due to its pink and noticeable packaging, it is very easy to spot. You can see the quality of these products from a mile away.
As you can see from the image, this 'wish upon a jar' comes in a bright pink box (Soap & Glory style) and has the very 70's style writing. The actual product itself is a sphere shiny silver ball. I have to admit that it is very unique! To open you simply need to turn it and it screws off to reveal the cream.
The cream is stated to be a '21 day collagen overhaul cream' which contains a superactive formula that is aimed for ageing or dull, tired skin. As it has the superactive formula, it is recommended not to use the cream on a very regular basis. For example I use it for 2 weeks every 2 months. I have never tried it for longer so would not be able to tell you the side effects. The product has jojoba seed oil, orange peel oil and shea butter which are the main anti-ageing ingredients.
So what is the product supposed to achieve? It promises to smooth all fine lines and wrinkles whilst brightening the skin, hiding imperfections and boosting your moisture levels. I was pleasantly surprised at how the product worked on my skin. As I am not too far into my adulthood, I do not have many wrinkles to be able to test this but it does work very well at hiding imperfections. My skin also looks a lot more hydrated and 'glowing'. Very impressed I must say.
The cream is quite thick which I love and it absorbs very quickly into the skin so you can carry on with your usual routine without having to stand around waiting for it to dry. It is a white/pink colour, smelling very faintly of bubblegum (in my opinion). I love how feminine the product is and how appealing it looks in my beauty cabinet.
For £14.50 it is a very good product that I would expect to see on the shelf a lot more expensive, but I am glad that it is so reasonable.
After using for the first two week period, I did notice that my skin became much more hydrated and it seemed to look a lot more glowy - even when I had applied foundation on top. All of the dark circles under my eyes disappeared and I felt so much more confident. Obviously if you have skin pigmentation or any other skin disorder, you will probably find that it does not help you too much, but for more even skin it is perfect.
"Wish upon a jar" is a Soap & Glory product. These products are easy to spot at Boots, as their boxes are bright pink or red, with lots of info on the package and a retro glamorous B&W photograph. I've noticed that some of them are made in Switzerland and some in the States. This instantly says "quality" to me, as I don't like to use cosmetics of dubious manufacturing origins.
Apart from Boots, the products are also available from Asos.com and Harvey Nichols, so the brand tries to be quite exclusive. For more information you can visit: http://www.soapandglory.com
* The promises:
Soap & Glory is a company that uses a lot of talking and hype on the packaging of its products. So much so, that it is difficult to know what to believe.
"Wish upon a jar" comes in a bright pink box with a beautiful retro photo of a lady who looks like Ava Gardner. It is described as a "21 day Collagen Overhaul Cream" that contains a "superactive" formula that "must not be overused". It is aimed at ageing, dull and tired skin and the manufacturer suggest to use this intensive facial treatment using only one jar each season, i.e. once every three months, for a three week period only, and to always combine it with a suncream. I am not sure what bad thing is supposed to happen to you if you use it for longer. I used the jar intensively for 4 weeks, and then I focused its use around my eyes and mouth. The company mentions danger of hypersensitivity, but I have not experienced any. They also make it clear that you must not put it inside your eyes by accident, as it will hurt and blur your vision.
It promises to boost moisture levels, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, brighten tired skin and hide imperfections.
* My reality - They talk the talk but do they walk the walk? Lets see what the facts are.
Inside the box, it was a bit of a surprise, because instead of the usual cream pot, the cream is inside a silver sphere. I initially thought it looked a bit tacky, but I must admit that 3 months down the line and the sphere is as shiny as when I first looked at it. I am so impressed by it that I don't want to throw it away and I think I will keep it to store jewellery.
The cream itself is of thick-ish, slightly sticky, consistency, slightly pink in colour, with a discreet bubblegum fragrance. I found that very girly and pleasant, as it is not overpowering. Despite the thick-ish consistency, the cream is applied easily and gets absorbed without flaking. It gives a uniform appearance to the skin surface, but the big problem for me was the opposite: I thought that the thick-ish cream would adequately moisturise my skin, but unfortunately, I felt my skin dry a bit after the application. I was going through a rough patch with my skin, that can get oily with large pores around the nose but dry in general. Although I felt that the cream plumped my skin, and I was very happy with that, I felt the dry areas remaining dry. Even when I applied a moisturiser on top, as recommended by the company, the two creams did not blend well. "Wish upon a jar" seemed to be creating a kind of a barrier, and my skin remained kind of tight and dry.
This cream brags that has "TRIPLE-ACTION YOUTHFAKETM Diamond spheres" (indeed, it has Diamond Copolymer in the formulation) to invisibly illuminate the skin with a spectrum of blue glow to instantly minimise the look of lines, wrinkles, and shadows. Although I do agree that the skin does appear brighter and more uniform upon application, I think the rest is exaggeration. It cannot hide "large pores, pigmentation or discolouration" because it does not have any added colour to it.
I must say that I like the fact that Soap & Glory are clear on the box and on their websites about the ingredients of their products, but when I looked at them for this review, I was perplexed because the order of the ingredients on the box and on the website is slightly different. As the higher an ingredient is on the list, the more abundant it is supposed to be in the formulation, I don't understand why there is no consistency. This product has been manufactured in Switzerland and tested for its efficacy in Italy and the UK, according to the information on the box. As I have seen ingredient inconsistency in the past, with Olay, it makes me wonder if companies change the ingredients slightly depending on the place of manufacturing and the market their are targeting. So, with international products I don't usually rely just on the brand name, but check the small print on the individual box to avoid surprises (i.e. buy a product with the same brand name but different formulation, because it was intended for a different country).
It is true that the "Wish upon a jar" formula features all the latest anti-ageing ingredients at a very good price. It's got Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Orange Peel Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Passion fruit Seed Oil, Purple passionflower Seed Oil, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract (china's 'immortality' herb), Hyaluronic acid, Sodium Lactate (strong antimicrobial and humectant), a form of vitamin E, Rose Centifolia Flower Extract, two forms of vitamin C, and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 like the Boots creams. It's good to see that Silicone (dimethicone) is low on the list, as it can clog pores and cause irritations, and it has no parabens. Mica, a naturally occurring group of minerals, gives a sparkly white appearance, and diamond mineral powder corrects the skin tone. So, it is true that the formula has antioxidants, and a mix of clinically proven anti-wrinkle peptides, oxygen boosters, puffiness reducers, pore and fine-line disguisers.
The normal price is £14.30 for 50 ml, but Boots often does 3 for 2 Soap & Glory offers. I think it is a very good price for all the good ingredients this cream has in the formula.
* In brief:
This cream does plump up the skin, visibly smooths lines (including crow feet) and makes your face look brighter and more even in colour. I find it great around the eyes and to target specific wrinkle prone areas. In my case, unfortunately, with my skin having a bad time, it did not provide the levels of moisture I expected and needed, and it did not work well with my other creams. However, I would encourage you to try it because it is very good value for money, with excellent ingredients, much cheaper than Boots no 7 Protect and Perfect series, and everybody's skin reacts in a different way. Btw, I did not experience any irritation or other adverse reaction.
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. I found this particular product, Wish Upon a Jar, on the ASOS website for just over £7 and had heard such good reviews about it that I snapped it up, although it normally costs around £14.
***What is it?***
Wish Upon a Jar is a "21 day collagen overhaul cream". It is designed to combat ageing, like many other creams on the market, but you are only supposed to use it for 21 days in a row - after that you should revert back to your normal product for around 3 months before using it again, as it contains a 'superactive formula' that should not be overused. You can use the cream under or instead of your usual moisturiser.
The cream is designed to: boost moisture levels, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, brighten tired skin and hide flaws. It is a "peptide-infused super-boosted intensive facial regenerating treatment" and ideally should be used with sunscreen. The cream contains shea butter, superpeptides, antioxidants and oxygen boosters, as well as "new triple-action YOUTHFAKE wrinkle-disguising diamond spheres", which supposedly "illuminate your skin with a special spectrum blue glow to instantly minimise the visual aspects of lines and wrinkles, shadows, large pores, pigmentation and discolouration". This all sounds like usual beauty industry pseudo-science, but it's nice to see Soap & Glory's usual humorous touch: "Do not deploy Wish with such fervour that it flies into your eyes". The cream was safety-tested in Italy and then analysed in the UK.
The cream comes in a pink and silver box with a vintage black and white picture of a wistful-looking woman, the Soap & Glory logo and the product name. I must say that I love the name and it's one of the reasons I decided to purchase (I'm a sucker for this sort of thing!). The box contains all of the information I mentioned above, plus a long list of ingredients on the bottom and a 12m logo meaning that the product will last for 12 months once opened.
I'm not usually a fan of packaging products in boxes when they come in perfectly reasonable jars or bottles to begin with, as it is rather wasteful, but in this case it is justified as the box contains all the information about the product. This is because the actual jar inside has hardly any information at all. It is a silver sphere (albeit with a flat bottom) with the Wish Upon a Jar name round it in black lettering. The product screws open to reveal a pale pink, thick-looking cream covered by a piece of white plastic. As you don't get any cream in the top half of the sphere, the size of the box and unopened jar can be a little misleading, although to be fair the amount of product included (50ml) is clearly stated on both the jar and the box.
Before writing about what the cream did for me, I should probably tell you a little about my skin in general. I'm only 25 and so I don't have any wrinkles yet, but I have very pale skin which is sensitive and can sometimes look slightly red in parts. My skin can be slightly oily, especially my T-zone, and I am prone to the occasional spot and have large pores and blackheads on my nose. My skin can look tired and dull when I haven't been eating properly or getting enough sleep (which is often) and as I've recently moved to London, I'm worried about the effects of the pollution on my skin. I was hoping that this cream would make my skin look and feel fresher and more luminous.
I decided to use this cream over three weeks from the end of February. I used it for the first time in the morning, and scooped out some of the thick pale pink cream with my finger. I gently smoothed it in and saw that it seemed to absorb easily and didn't seem to leave my skin looking too shiny. I was pleased with this as I had heard that the product can leave skin slightly greasy, and I do have a tendency to an oily T-zone. I experienced no skin irritation at all, which is good as my skin can be sensitive.
I used the product every morning and evening for three weeks, except for one evening and morning when I was away in Leeds - I decided to use it for an extra day to make up for this. I'd heard reports from some people that it can cause spots, but this didn't seem to be the case for me - I do get the odd spot anyway, but I didn't seem to get any more during this time.
As the days wore on, my skin did seem to appear brighter and healthier. It seemed a bit more radiant, which is something of a miracle as I was very tired and not eating properly during this time! The moisturiser formed a good base for makeup, and my fear that I would have to endure bad skin for three weeks before seeing the results at the end was allayed.
After I finished the three-week course of Wish Upon a Jar, I kept a close eye on my skin to see if I could make out any difference. I did feel that my skin seemed brighter, more even-toned and more radiant. As I don't have wrinkles, being quite young still, I can't judge how well the cream deals with these, although my skin did feel slightly firmer and plumper, suggesting any wrinkles might be toned down after using this cream.
Several weeks after using the cream, my skin isn't as bright or radiant as it was - suggesting the cream did have some effect. I won't be using the cream again until the autumn - I don't want to use the cream alongside suncream in the hot weather as I feel that would be too much for my skin. The effects of the cream don't seem to be amazingly long lasting, but then again I don't know what effect it would have on wrinkles.
Do I recommend this cream? Well, to people my age (20s) possibly not - although I've seen good results with this cream, they're not so amazing as to want to purchase it again, although I will use the rest of my pot happily. It does seem to be good quality cream, and although it is around £14 a pot, this doesn't seem that much considering you only use it for three weeks at a time and each pot will last at least 2 application spells. If you are older and feel that you could do with trying this cream as a defence against wrinkles, my experience suggests it might have some effect although this is hard for me to judge. Personally, I won't be repurchasing it again in the immediate future, but when I get older, if it's still around, I may well give it another go. For the moment, I've given Wish Upon a Jar a tentative 4 stars.