“ Brand: Bliss / Type: Body Care / Subcategory: Soap „
For my birthday I got a small set of travel size Bliss products. I used two of them, the face wash and the soap and wasn't particularly impressed with either of them, which was disappointing really as I'd been looking forward to trying the Bliss brand for ages. I think given the let downs with the first couple of products I must have forgotten about the rest of the set, but when I came across it recently I decided to get it used up.
Bliss Soapy Sap is a lemon and sage scented shower gel. It is described as being skin softening with a clean, citrus scent and ideal for dry/sensitive skin. This sounded ideal for me as my skin is quite dry all year round, but at the moment with all the cold weather it's absolutely terrible, with the dryness turning to patches of eczema, so something suitable for sensitive skin appealed to me!
The bottle it comes in is bright blue with a white flip top lid and a picture of some lemons. I must admit that I think it looks more like a cleaning product than a bubble bath, and I think if you didn't know of the Bliss brand, you would not look at this bottle and think it was expensive.
I had already tried the lemon and sage soap and didn't like the scent, so my expectations were not particularly high when it came to the fragrance. I have to say though, I thought this smelled better than the soap. The soap for me smelled a bit like cut grass when it's begun to get dry and horrible! I thought the Soapy Sap had more of a lemon fragrance to it, but even though I'm usually a lover of anything with a citrus scent, I wasn't overly impressed with the smell of this and thought it was quite average for the price.
The next let down with this product was that it did not produce a huge amount of lather. The gel is a lime green colour and looks nice enough, but even when using a generous amount (quite difficult when you only have a 30ml bottle!) it didn't lather very well and I had to use it with a shower puff to create a few extra bubbles.
For something so expensive I would have expected the lather to at least feel thick and luxurious, but unfortunately it didn't and to me, if there was no label on the bottle this could have been any other £1.99 body wash from the Supermarket.
After using this the scent didn't really stay on my skin, but in fairness my skin did feel quite soft. As mentioned I do have sensitive skin and luckily I didn't find any irritation after using this product. It's also not drying at all, which I'm very thankful for, as someone who suffers from dry skin!
A 250ml bottle of this will set you back £15.66 from Boots. For this price I would have expected the product to be perfect in every way, but for me, there were too many negative points, and there is absolutely no way I would spend so much on this product.
Overall, I'm really sad to say that this was yet another let down from the Bliss range. It's overpriced and although it left my skin soft and didn't irritate, the scent wasn't great and it didn't lather very well, so unfortunately, Soapy Sap gets a thumbs down from me.
In general I really like Bliss products, but to me this is just a very overpriced shower gel. I got a travel sized bottle free with my last Bliss order, but it usually costs £16 for a 250ml bottle, or £23 for a 487ml bottle.
They say that this lemon and sage scented softly soapy shower gel whips up a luxe lather that simultaneously conditions as it cleans. It also doubles as bath bubbles and they say it's ideal for dry or sensitive skin.
It comes in a blue bottle with a flip lid which is easy to open so there's no problems using it in the shower with wet hands. The shower gel is fairly thick in texture and has quite a strong sweet lemon scent which gets stronger as you use it.
It doesn't lather up particularly well which I was quite disappointed with as the bottle says it 'whips up a luxe lather', but even using my shower puff the lather was minimal. It feels nice enough when you're using it and it does feel as though it's cleansing the skin nicely, but it doesn't feel as though it's having any other effect on the skin other than to clean it.
My skin afterwards feels smooth and clean, but that's as far as it goes. There was no moisturising or soothing effect, or any other kind of added benefits. I also tried using it as a bubble bath and it did make a fair amount of bubbles, but they disappeared really quickly and again there was no extra benefit for my skin. The scent stays on the skin for ages, but apart from that there were no lasting effects whatsoever.
All in all this is a very average shower gel which for some bizarre reason sells at £16+ per bottle. I've bought products for under £1 that were a hundred times better than this, so I can't see why anyone would want to waste their money on this one.