Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub
Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub

Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub ($36.00 for 12 oz.) is touted as both a body scrub and skin polish, though the two terms mean different things to me. A body scrub is a coarser product designed to help slough off dead skin cells on the skin that covers your body (which essentially excludes your face, possibly your neck), while a skin polish is a grainier, finer product that buffs and just tends to be gentler overall. Do they mean the same thing to you? I’m more curious than anything. We all have our own expectations/ideas depending on products and how they’re marketed!

The body scrub has a fresh lemony scent that’s light and not synthetic, and it’s really not a scent that will last and last post-shower. It has rather fine, grainy particles that will get the job done, but if you’re looking for a coarser scrub like your typical salt/sugar scrub, I don’t think this will be vigorous enough for you. However, if you prefer something smoother, finer, and altogether gentler (particularly if you have sensitive skin), the consistency of this product is more up your alley. Bliss calls the exfoliating piece “circular scrubbing grains,” which is good, because their spherical nature will avoid tearing the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Myreth-3 Myristate, Octyl Stearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Distearate, Dimethicone, Propolis Extract, Dimethicone Copolyol, Beeswax, Gylcereth-7 Hydroxystearate/IPDI Copolymer, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Hops Extract, Horsetail Extract, Beeswax, Stearamidopropyl Phosphatidyl PG-Dimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.

I like that my legs feel rejuvenated and more moisturized after using this product. Not all scrubs impart moisture, and I can always appreciate one that multi-tasks (though if you suffer from drier, scalier legs like me, you don’t get to skip the body butter). Depending on your budget and what you like to splurge on, Bliss’ body scrub isn’t for everyone–it can seem pricey. Personally, it takes me ten years (exaggeration!) to get through a jar of body scrub, so if it does the job I like, smells good, etc., I’m not overly concerned whether it’s $10 or $40, since I know I’m going to get plenty of use out of it. If, on the other hand, I was going through a jar a month, I’d be more wary.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you prefer gentler exfoliating products for your body, consider Bliss’ Lemon + Sage Body Scrub, which uses very fine, grain-like particles to get rid of dry skin.

AVAILABILITY: bliss, Sephora

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Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub
Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub

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9 thoughts on “Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub Review, Photos

  1. Vijaya

    They always thought that body polish/body scrub was a distinction without a difference, so I Googled it. The first three-or-so sets of results seemed to feel there was no difference. Which puzzles me, because now that I think about it, there should be. Then I remembered my Turkish Delight from Lush. It’s marked as a body polish, but it’s more like a pre-shower lotion type of thing than anything.

    Now I’m going to be thinking about this all day! xD

  2. kate

    Thanks for the review! I have to say, though, after reviewing the ingredients there is absolutely nothing in there that justifies the $36 price tag. You could probably get the same scrub full of synthetic junk at the dollar store.

  3. Thanks for doing this review. I’m always dubious when I see something that says ‘body polish’ rather than scrub. I prefer the roughest scrubs possible and when I’ve bought body polishes I’ve usually been disappointed. Since I use body scrub several times a month a jar like this wouldn’t last me very long so you’ve saved me some money as I was considering getting this at some point!

  4. Grace

    Christine!!! It’s 12 oz. not 0.12 oz. I freaked out after reading your “not overly concerned whether it’s $10 of $40″ comment. Just wanted to let you know :)

    Btw, have you tried anything from their FatGirl series? If so, can you do a review? Thanks so much!!!

  5. I have to disagree a little with this review. This scrub is meant to be used pre-shower. When used on dry skin, this fine grain scrub feels much coarser. It may actually be too harsh for those with sensitive skin. In that case, you can use it on wet skin. That way it will not feel as harsh. I rub it all over my arms and legs before hopping in the shower then I jump in and rinse off. My skin is left lightly scented, moisturized, and super smooth.

    • I used the scrub both pre-shower as well as in the shower, but it felt the same… not sure why the actual size of the scrub would change between the two. I don’t know how you get to the scent to linger though, it always disappears rather quickly for me! Any tips?