Jelly Glow Peel Gentle Non-Abrasive Exfoliant with Fruit Enzymes
It’s one step forward, two steps back for Bliss’s Jelly Glow Gentle Non-Abrasive Exfoliant with Fruit Enzymes, a scrub that has both gentle and problematic aspects but is ultimately an iffy choice for all skin types.
Packaged in a soft, clear plastic squeeze tube, this jelly-like gel scrub contains very small cellulose beads to polish skin. In use, these beads tend to “bunch up” and form larger scrub particles, but the neat trick is that this occurs without the scrub ever feeling too greasy or abrasive.
No question, this scrub ably refines and softens skin texture in a way we wish more scrubs would. But sadly, all this gentleness doesn’t mean it’s irritant-free: the formula suffers a setback thanks to the inclusion of fragrant plant oils from sage, lavender, and geranium plus fragrance chemical linalool. All of these pose a strong risk of irritating skin (and eyes, if you’re not careful when rinsing).
Speaking of rinsing, this scrub rinses cleanly and the glycerin helps hydrate; however, the fragrant oils tend to linger on skin, which increases their likelihood of causing lasting irritation.
Bliss attributes part of the exfoliating action of this scrub to the enzymes it contains, namely bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya. Although those enzymes might have some functionality in a leave-on product, their contact with skin is too brief here to really loosen dead skin cells as claimed.
As much as we loved the gentleness of this scrub’s beads, this is too much of a mixed bag to earn our recommendation. See our list of best face scrubs for better bets.
- Gel formula contains gentle cellulose beads.
- Refines and softens skin texture.
- Rinses cleanly.
- Contains fragrant oils that pose a risk of irritating skin and eyes.
- The enzymes are unlikely to “loosen dead skin cells” given their brief contact with skin.
This gentle jelly peel uniquely exfoliates with soft plant-based fibers that act like micro-lint rollers to capture and roll away dry, flaky skin and dirt. The bouncy jelly base nourishes and hydrates, leaving skin soft, fresh and perfectly primed for smooth makeup application. No harsh scrubbing that especially dry or sensitive skin can’t handle.
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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