Your Situation Down Below Hair-Softening Oil & Bump Minimizer
Bliss’s Your Situation Down Below Hair-Softening Oil & Bump Minimizer is a product whose concept is great, but whose execution is way off the mark!
Like many oils, this comes packaged in a clear glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. Because the bottle isn’t opaque, it’s necessary to store this out of direct light, as light can break down some of this formula’s beneficial ingredients.
Those beneficial ingredients include skin-conditioning and antioxidant-rich sunflower seed, jojoba seed, sweet almond, castor, evening primrose, rosehip, and borage seed oils. All of them can potentially soothe your bikini-area skin after waxing or shaving, and can make skin softer before hair removal, too. One note: this can’t clear pores as claimed (the tea tree oil included doesn’t work that way); that’s the realm of a well-formulated leave-on BHA exfoliant.
If Bliss stuck with just the beneficial oils, we’d be happy to recommend this, but they also include lavender, sage, geranium flower, and frankincense oils, all of which are harsh and irritating (see More Info for details).
In addition, there are fragrance ingredients including linalool and limonene in the formula. They’re an issue for skin anywhere on the body, but particularly the sensitive bikini area (and especially after shaving or waxing—ouch!)
Give this one a pass and instead go for any number of superior face oils, which will work just as well for this product’s intended purpose.
- Non-fragrant plant oils can soothe skin and provide antioxidant benefits.
- Cannot keep pores clear as claimed.
- Contains several fragrant oils + fragrance ingredients which can irritate skin.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This blend of hair-smoothing, skin-soothing oils takes care of everything down there while helping keep pores clear and minimizing post-wax/post-shave bumps, redness and irritation.
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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