Oh My Gommage! Cleansing Stick
Bliss’ Oh My Gommage! Cleansing Stick is an interesting take on cleansing and manual exfoliation, with only one issue holding it back from getting our top rating.
This swivel-up stick cleanser is easy enough to use: simply rub it across your face (on either dry or damp skin), then rinse it off for cleansed skin. As you massage it across skin, you’ll notice some gentle, yet effective surface-level exfoliation from the bamboo powder it contains. (If you’re wondering what “gommage” means, by the way, it’s a French term meaning “to erase” that refers to the dead skin exfoliation removes.)
Physical exfoliation benefits aside, Oh My Gommage! also effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup while rinsing cleanly. Because of the emollient ingredients this contains, including olive and argan oil, skin is left feeling soft and smooth, not dry or tight.
The only drawback is that this contains fragrance. It’s not present here in great amounts (it’s the last ingredient on the list and is barely detectable to the nose), but it’s still not the best for skin, even in a rinse-off product. Still, this remains a unique way to get a thorough cleansing (or double cleanse) in one simple step.
- Bamboo powder provides gentle physical exfoliation.
- Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and makeup.
- Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother.
- Convenient packaging.
- Contains fragrance, which isn’t the best for skin.
This milky cleansing stick resurfaces and refines as soft plant-based fibers capture and roll away dead cells.
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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