Product Type: Avon in Health Therapies / Treatments
Newest Review: ... but currently selling for £1.50. ===My Opinion=== This balm is part of Avon's Sleeptherapy range which includes a room/pillow spra... more
Balm me up, make me sleep...please....
Avon Sleeptherapy Sleep Balm
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Avon Sleeptherapy Sleep Balm
Date: 04/12/08, updated on 04/12/08 (335 review reads)
Advantages: Nice smell, portable pot, not an invasive treatment to other people you may be in bed with
Disadvantages: Erm let me see? Doesn't work at all
I truly love and rate this highly in the spray formula and for me although it's Avon (I'm not keen on the stuff usually), I hold it in very dear high regard and it's something I will repurchase after repurchase for as long as I can. I wouldn't say the spray is like knock out drop effect but it certainly calms my nerves at bedtime and gives me that snuggled up feel so I sort of hoped for the same kind of effects but in a more gentle manner with this product. With the spray of course it has to be sprayed into the room or onto bedding which is ok but we're not all into stinking up our rooms and this sleep balm is meant to be the opposite of that. A balm you put on your skin so less highly fragrant and less offensive to others which means we don't annoy our sleeping partners so much!
Simple. Its just a 10ml clear glass recyclable pot with a white plastic screw on/off lid at the top which has a purple and blue scenic cloud picture on it and on that all in white writing I'm told it is Avon, Sleeptherapy, 'Restful Sleep', sleep balm and a few words in a foreign language I don't understand to be honest with you. On the bottom of the pot there is a white sticky label that again telling me something in a foreign language, size is stated and contact details for Avon (in short) are given. That's it in the information stakes from Avon. No outer box, no instructions for using it, no ingredients, nothing at all and this is why I'm not keen on Avon products! However on the upside this is really a self explanatory product really for the majority of us lol.
Well excited I was the first time I used it and full of high hopes I was too! I've used it now over two weeks to give it a really good trial run as well and sadly this is crap. There's no way of saying it politely I just think it's one of the most pointless things I've ever used and a real let down particularly after such great results being achieved with the spray. I guess I expected alot more that this really failed to deliver.
Firstly lets talk about the balm itself. It's opaque white in colour. It reminds me of a solid old fashioned perfume in texture. It's quite greasy to the touch and to spread some on the skin you don't need very much due to it's slightly oily consistency you can feel. So think solid perfume/lip balm type of thing and your there.
As soon as you put your finger into the pot the balm sort of softens and melts slightly at the touch. You can either take like a small lump and then rub it where you want to apply it and it melts quick or just use the residue you get on fingers from touching it in the pot really which is my preferred method.
So according to the information on the Avon website this is to be rubbed on temples and pressure points. Well a little goes a very long way and although Avon also say this is a none greasy formula I beg to differ with that statement from the offset. Not only can I see a snail like trail of clear sticky goo on my skin (even though I use a very small amount) where I've applied it to it feels rather sticky and really does take it's time to sink into skin (though it does eventually). Although it feels greasy it feels thick greasy but having said that when your meant to be using it is when your going to sleep anyway so it's not too much of a problem and that grease doesn't really get on to bedclothes and that anyway to be fair cos it's thick and stays put.
So I apply it to wrists, temples on my head and a little on my chest and neck. I rub it in the best I can and it's job done really. Then I wait for sleep.. that isn't induced.
Now I would guess at the aroma being the thing to relax and invoke sleep. It's the only way this product could profess to work after all when you think about it. Well the aroma of this in that case is simply far too light. It's lovely to be fair and I'd have no problem wearing this as perfume it it wasn't for the stickiness it gives to my skin. It has a light lavender fragrance with a huge dollop of something sweet and candy-like but the smell really is barely there even if you smell it straight from the pot. So you apply it and sniff for it thinking the lavenders going to come put you to sleep, no chance, it simply doesn't even try! I've tried to up the amount I've used on my skin. I've tried burying myself under ten ton of bed clothes so the smell would infuse or something and I've tried massaging it harder into me and still....nothing at all.
The only positive I can give this product is that it doesn't upset my sensitive skin or eyes (even when massaging it near eyes). I've had no extra spots or rashes where it's applied to and it's easy to wash off. If any bits of grease get on bedding that washes out too so it's simple enough to use but for me...no results at all and I mean that! lol
Rubbish in a pot this really is and although at the time of writing this review it's on offer at £1.25 (full price normally £2.50), I'd seriously swerve this one. Sleep and/or relaxation not felt in the slightest! Just rubbish!
Summary: Really rubbish!