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When I got a gift set of Bliss products for my birthday I was absolutely thrilled. Bliss are a company founded by the same lady who came up with Soap and Glory, however Bliss are a lot more expensive. I must admit it was the high price tags that had put me off, so it was great to receive a set of mini products so that I could try them out for free!
The first product I tried out was the Lemon and Sage soap slab. I love anything lemony so was looking forward to trying this out.
The soap is a dark green colour and has lots of raised bumps on one side. These raised bumps, or 'knobbly bits' as I like to refer to them, are supposed to stimulate circulation as you rub the soap over the skin.
When it came to using the soap, the knobbly bits did feel like they were massaging the skin. The problem, of course, is that being soap, they soon wear down, and in fact they had gone completely on the first use!
The smell of this soap was not what I was expecting. Although before I used it, I thought it smelled OK - fresh, but not really lemony as I had hoped - once I started using it I was really disappointed. The best way I can think to describe the smell of this soap is like mouldy grass! It reminded me of the grassy sort of smell when we went camping as kids. You can detect the lemon in there slightly, but the sage really overpowers it and I didn't think it smelled particularly nice. I wouldn't go as far as saying it was disgusting, after all I did continue to use it, but it just isn't something I really would have chosen to smell like!
On a more positive note, the soap lathers really well, especially when I compare it to the Lush soaps I use so often, that are often difficult to lather up. It produces creamy white foam, which feels lovely against the skin.
After using this soap, my skin always feels incredibly soft, which I think is one of it's main plus points for me. I have dry skin which is prone to eczema and found that this soap is neither irritating or drying to my skin. In fact, a lot of the time I feel like I don't even need to moisturise once I've used this.
The scent that this soap leaves on my skin is very subtle, thankfully, and the fragrance on my skin is actually nicer than the smell when I use the soap, possibly because it's more muted.
I had only a small bar of this soap, but the full sized bar is 315g and costs a ridiculous £12 from Strawberrynet.com. To me, this is an absolutely ridiculous price for a soap and I would expect something really special for that price, which this is certainly not.
Overall, this is another product which I am left with mixed feelings about. Whilst it leaves my skin feeling amazing, I really didn't like the smell of it. Also I think it's way overpriced for what it is, and would not use it again.