Fab Foaming 2-in-1 Cleanser & Exfoliator With Bamboo Buffers
Bliss' Fab Foaming 2-in-1 Cleanser & Exfoliator With Bamboo Buffers sounds like a soothing way to scrub, but it turns out that the only fab thing about this face wash is the name.
First, the good: when you smooth the blue gel cleanser onto your face you'll feel small bamboo particles, which provide manual exfoliation without being harsh. The pump-dispensed gel foams slightly, and rinses cleanly, leaving skin feeling smoother afterward.
The product has a light fragrance, and though it fades quickly, fragrance-free products are gentlest on skin.
Our big issue with this cleanser/scrub hybrid is that it contains a high amount of one of the most drying cleansing agents, sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate. Unsurprisingly, our skin felt tight within a few minutes of washing our face. Over time, drying ingredients can lead to increased oil production, which can worsen skin issues such as breakouts (not what you want from any product, especially one claiming to rid your skin from grime).
Give Fab Foaming 2-in-1 Cleanser a pass, and instead check out one of the truly fabulous options you'll find on our list of best scrubs.
- Bamboo particles provide manual exfoliation without being harsh.
- Rinses cleanly.
- Skin feels smoother after use.
- Does a good job removing most types of makeup.
- Includes a very drying cleansing ingredient.
- Contains a small amount of fragrance, which can irritate skin.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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