Ethique Bliss Bar is a solid, square, 110g facial cleansing bar that is packaged in a compostable brown cardboard box with the following written on the side: “Bliss Bar is a gentle, creamy face cleanser created for normal to dry skin types. Made with creamed coconut, coconut milk powder and clay, it removes makeup and gently cleanses without stripping even the most sensitive skin. Fragrance free.”
This was my final (Day 25) gift in the 2016 Beautiful Christmas Advent Calendar. When I opened up the cardboard packaging, I battled to get the bar of soap out, it was quite soft and had stuck (almost like it had melted) onto the cardboard box. I had to tear the box around the bar to eventually get it out.
To use the Bliss Bar, I wet my face and then lather the bar up in my hands, before applying the thick, rich lather to my face. I gently massage it into my skin before rinsing it off with warm water. Usually I use either eye make-up remover or an oil cleanser before using a foaming cleanser to remove all my make-up up, but Ethique Bliss Bar removed all traces of make-up (stubborn professional eyeliner included), without me having to use make-up remover or an oil cleanser.
It left my skin feeling clean, make-up and impurity free, without leaving it feeling dry, tight or over-cleansed. The coconut particles also gave a very light exfoliation, which was pleasant. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from the bar cleanser as it’s formulated for dry to normal skin, but it has really outdone itself, as it cleansed my oily skin perfectly. I really enjoyed using this product and would recommend it.
I did store my cleansing bar in the shower, on a spiky soap holder where it didn’t get wet, yet the bar stayed soft and squishy the entire time and didn’t really dry out between uses. I don’t know if it’s because we have a shower dome, but I didn’t really like that bar stayed soggy, as it felt like I ended up with far too much product on my hands each time I used it, and the bar didn’t last as long as it should. Our usual body bar of soap dries out each day, so I’m not sure if this has something to do with the formula of the cleansing bar.
Ethique’s products are made in Christchurch, New Zealand, are cruelty free, and are available online.