The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful: July 2017 ft Soap & Glory

 

July is my birth month, so I wanted to celebrate by doing a GBB that featured a birthday themed beauty find. Well, I didn’t have to look very far at all! One of my favorite drugstores ran an online sale a few weeks ago and had a ton of Soap & Glory products for 50% off and BOGO free. I’d been wanting to check out Soap & Glory for a good while, so what better time to do that than while everything is temporarily marked down? I grabbed a few different items during the sale, but the cutest, most convenient thing I snatched up was the item I am going to be reviewing for July’s Good, Bad & Beautiful: The Birthday Box.

In case you aren’t familiar with Soap & Glory, they are a UK-based beauty brand that is well known for their heavenly scented products. From shampoos and tanners to skincare and makeup, they have a full range of products to choose from. Soap & Glory is carried by retailers such as Target, Walgreens and Ulta, so you should be able to find at least some of their things in a store near you. I find all of their offerings to be super affordable as well, which is always great. More money in my wallet=more products on my shelf!

 

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I figured that the most cost effective way to try a bunch of their products would be to grab some sets. Whenever you are interested in checking out a new brand, I highly recommend selecting gift or travel sets whenever you can. You never know if you’re going to like the product or have some weird allergic reaction to it, so it’s always best to test it out with a smaller size first. Also, it’s a great way to try a variety of different products with less risk.

Eventually, I will do reviews on everything you see here (one of these products actually blew me away), but I’m only going to focus on The Birthday Box today. What is actually in The Birthday Box, you ask? Why, that’s an excellent question. Let’s open it up and find out!

 

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First things first, how cute is this packaging? If there’s anything I love, it’s vintage-inspired beauty or fashion items. And if there’s anything Soap & Glory’s branding screams, it’s vintage-inspired glamour. Adorned with a candle-filled birthday cake, black and white photos and various shades of pink, this thing is the stuff that girly dreams are made of.

 

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The cake is repeated along the side of the box along with a girl doing…I’m not too sure what. Let’s just say she’s rejoicing (or having a mental breakdown and thinks she’s a tree). Yeah, that…has to be…it.

ANYhoo, the box is topped off with a cute, elasticized satin bow. This is absolutely perfect for the gift giver who is “gift wrapping-ly challenged”. If the thought of wrestling with wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and scissors turns your heart black and makes you break out into hives, this little baby has done all of the hard work for you. It even comes with a gift tag, so all you have to do is fill it out and hand it off. Hopefully, you can write…and have a pen or marker handy. The Birthday Box is great, but not so great that it’s self-writing too. 😛

 

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Once you remove the ribbon, you can just unfold the flaps to reveal more birthday candles, along with the wonderful presents inside.

 

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And voila! The Soap & Glory Birthday Box ($16-20 depending on the retailer) comes with a full-sized bottle (16.2 fl oz) of Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, a full-sized jar (10.1 fl oz) of The Righteous Butter Body Butter, and a full-sized shower puff. Now that we’ve unboxed this pretty pink trio, let’s see what I actually think of them.

 

 

Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel: A Review

 

Packaging

Like I mentioned earlier, Soap & Glory has their branding game on point. Their trademark look is that 1950s pinup girl vibe, so their packaging always does an excellent job of reflecting that. The vast majority of their products feature colors such as pink, silver and white, which is feminine and rather easy on the eyes. The pictures that they use are delightfully old fashioned, which I absolutely love. The labels include humorous puns and quotes, which definitely makes the product more fun.

As for Clean On Me itself, they used a hand pump bottle similar to that of a hand soap. I don’t often see shower gels packaged in bottles like these, but I actually really liked it. I’m used to having bottles you squeeze, so it was nice being able to sort of measure out how much I was using opposed to having a free for all and squeezing out tons of product (like I usually do). Even though I’ve been using this off and on for a few weeks now, I still have over 3/4 of the bottle left. This bottle holds more product than the majority of my other shower gels, so this is going to last me quite awhile.

Interesting Ingredients

For the most part, there aren’t any especially nourishing ingredients in this formula that I could identify. They do have a built-in body lotion, which is always nice. I am not the best about remembering to apply lotion after bathing, so I appreciate this step being done for me.

They also added mandarin peel extract to the formula, which gives its scent a fresh citrusy essence.

Scent

The smell of this is very unique. I can totally see why people rant and rave over it. I’m someone who really takes the practice of smelling good quite seriously. No matter what I use, I always like to make sure that it is going to up my scent game. That being said, I have used and smelled a mind blowing amount of different shower gels in my day. I can safely say that I’ve never encountered one with a scent quite like this one. In fact, it is so unique that I can’t quite figure out how to accurately describe it.

Slightly sugary and faintly floral, I get definite hints of citrus, but it isn’t super strong to where you feel like you’re bathing in orange juice. I usually don’t care for bathing in citrus scented products, but for some reason, this shower gel is the exception—I really love it. Its feminine, flirtatious, youthful and happy. My bathroom smells amazing for hours after I shower with this stuff. The scent lingers on the skin as well. I like how this product is fragrant, but not overwhelming. You can definitely layer other scents on top of this without it being too much.

Texture & Appearance

Light pink in color, this shower gel has a very slimy, sticky consistency. It is very thin and slippery as well. However, when you add enough water to it (and use a shower puff), it lathers up fairly well.

Efficacy

Aside from the fantastic smell, this shower gel works really well. When it comes to shower products, I tend to like ridiculous amounts of lather. Although this stuff isn’t gracing me with quite as many bubbles as I’m used to, the lather that is does provide is light and airy. I initially started out trying to shower with only 2 pumps of gel, but no matter how much water I used, I didn’t feel as though it produced enough suds. I have discovered that my ideal number of pumps ranges from 5 to 7 depending on my mood. This seems to be just the right amount of product for me to get a nice lather going.

This shower gel rinses off really easily and continues to scent your skin for up to 3 hours. It hasn’t dried my skin out (thank you, built-in lotion) and I haven’t experienced any weird allergic reactions. My skin has shown sensitivity to fragrant body washes in the past, but this was definitely not one of them.

Overall Impression

All in all, I really do like Clean On Me. It’s affordable ($7 at Target), it has a beautiful scent and it helps keep your skin free of dryness. Though it is quite creamy, I can’t say that this gel creates the best suds ever, but it isn’t the end of the world. I personally have to use a lot of pumps, but in all fairness, the pump doesn’t spit out very much product. So, it isn’t as though each pump is spitting out handfuls and still not lathering. The more you use, the better your suds.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes trying new shower gels and/or those who appreciate uniquely fragranced products.

 

 

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The Righteous Butter: A Review

 

Packaging

There is something I just love about creams and butters being in a jar. They aren’t as convenient as a pump bottle, but I still prefer having to scoop product out before applying it. Righteous Butter comes in a thick, bubblegum pink plastic jar. Its lid is actually one of the better ones I’ve encountered. You know how some jar lids are fussy and difficult to screw on and off? Well, this one was properly threaded, so it never gets stuck or misaligned. And as always, the jar’s labeling has it’s customary Leave It To Beaver-era flair.

Interesting Ingredients

The Righteous Butter includes ingredients such as shea butter and aloe vera, which are both known to be great for skin. Shea butter comes from the shea tree and is a popular ingredient used in cosmetics due to its moisturizing, smoothing and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Aloe vera is a useful little plant widely known for its healing properties. However, it is also a beneficial ingredient to add to skincare products thanks to its ability to effectively moisturize and combat the signs of aging.

Scent

There are times when I buy scented products and actually complain about not being able to smell the fragrance. However, this is not one of those products. This product is so fragrant that I actually sometimes wish it were a bit more toned down. Similar to Clean On Me, The Righteous Butter has a scent that is very hard to describe due to it being unlike anything else I’ve previously encountered. It’s a nondescript mixture of sweet meets soapy and fruity meets powder. I am unable to distinctly distinguish one note from the other. It faintly reminds me of a sugared peach scent.

Although the scent is pleasantly feminine, it is potent. I wouldn’t say that it is necessarily overpowering, but it definitely could be if you elected to layer other scents on top (or even under) it. I like to use perfumes during the day, so this is a product I save for the evenings when it won’t have to compete with any other fragrances. If you are looking for a scent that will get you noticed, this is it.

Texture & Appearance

One thing that I love about this body butter is its color. It is pure white like some of the old school beauty creams from way, way back in the day. Light and fluffy, its texture actually reminds me of whipped butter. It absorbs easily into the skin without the need for continuous rubbing and it isn’t greasy or sticky at all. Like many other fragranced creams, it does leave a little something behind on the skin, but it isn’t particularly troublesome. I only tend to notice it on my hands, but once I wash them, the feeling completely goes away.

Efficacy

If you are looking to banish dry skin, this will definitely do the job. My skin feels smooth, soft and well cared for after applying it, which is all you could ever hope for in a lotion or cream. A little goes a long way, so you don’t need very much at all. I think this butter makes your skin appear naturally hydrated, as though you don’t need lotions and creams in the first place. I tend to use this product on my hands a lot and something that I’ve noticed is that even after washing my hands, my skin doesn’t dry out. I really like this because I can wash my hands countless times a day without having to worry about reapplying my moisturizer.

If you’re expecting a dewy glow from The Righteous Butter, you probably aren’t going to get that. This is more of a cream that eliminates the appearance of dry skin than one that makes the skin glisten. Some people may like that, some people may not. I own a few different body butters and they all do something a little different. Most of them contain a lot of heavy oils, which naturally leave the skin shiny, but low key oily. I actually don’t mind that this body butter keeps the skin relatively matte because you don’t always want to look like you just got out of a vat of oil.

Overall Impression

Despite the scent being a bit strong at times, I’ve been enjoying this body butter quite a bit. I still love its unique fragrance and find it to be quite effective at keeping my skin happy. At eleven dollars and some change (at Target), this butter is of pretty decent quality. Can you pay more money for a more intensive body cream? Absolutely. My personal favorite body butter has ingredients that are very similar to this, but it retails for $44 a pop. Sure, it works like a dream and lasts a miniature lifetime, but not everyone is that serious about hydration.

That being said, this is a very effective option for anyone on a budget. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes bold fragrances or to those who prefer to scent themselves with lotions and creams opposed to perfumes.


 

When it’s all said and done, this was a great little pre-birthday present. Thanks, me! You’re most welcome, me! 😛 In all seriousness though, I think The Birthday Box is an excellent gift idea for beauty lovers and fragrance lovers alike. Perfect for both the chronologically young and the young at heart, this is a nice gift to give someone who isn’t already familiar with Soap & Glory because they will get to experience two of the brand’s most popular products. Of course, a current Soap & Glory fan would absolutely love this too.

I’m really looking forward to sharing the thoughts I have about Soap & Glory’s other products, so be sure to stay tuned for that. Follow me on Twitter or join my email list (just enter your email and punch the big yellow ‘Indulge’ button to your left) to get alerts about future posts. Thanks so much for joining me today! ’Til next time…stay golden

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