Lemon & Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream
Bliss’ Lemon & Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream is a body moisturizer we somehow missed reviewing until now, and the lemon and sage in the product’s is what we’re most disappointed about, as both contribute to this cream’s strong, lingering fragrance.
We explain the problem of fragrance in the More Info section, but this tube-packaged body moisturizer’s problems don’t end there…
It’s a letdown that this doesn’t provide “maximum moisture” as claimed, as this simply isn’t rich enough for very dry skin—those who really need maximum moisture. Instead, this feels surprisingly light for a body butter, and the thinner, fluffier emollients it contains bear that out.
That’s not to say it doesn’t moisturize; indeed, this certainly leaves skin feeling smooth, soft, and somewhat protected against moisture loss. It’s fine for someone with dry skin who doesn’t want much of an after-feel on skin vs. someone whose skin is so dry they want to feel that moisture-rich “shield” on skin’s surface.
But even if you want a lightweight cream with some very good natural ingredients (which this has), we can’t stress enough how much of a problem applying a strongly fragrant product like this to a large portion of your body can be, even if you don’t see or feel the damage taking place. Sans fragrance, this would be worth a try if you’re not looking for a deeply moisturizing formula.
See our list of best body moisturizers for wiser picks.
- Lightweight, non-greasy cream.
- Contains beneficial plant oils and extracts.
- Opaque tube packaging keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Strong fragrance lingers and poses a risk of irritating skin.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter is a cult-favorite bestselling formula, this rich, quick-absorbing moisturizer leaves even the most parched skin smooth, supple and supremely soft, never greasy.
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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