Sunday, May 11, 2014

Brand Focus: Blissoma

I first heard about Blissoma from Brianna, iluvjesse444, ages ago and have had my interest piqued ever since. With high shipping costs and too many other products to get through, I held back. A couple of months ago, Blissoma reached out and offered to send me some products. Obviously I wasn't gonna say no! They were kind enough to send me the *Mild Rice Facial Cleanser (which I didn't know I was getting), *Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask, and *Clay Renewal Treatment.
Blissoma is the elegant marriage of herbal form and function, created by the explorative mind of a scientific artist [Julie Longyear]. When right brain meets left the result is botanical innovations that really work. I am proud to bring you the result of nearly a decade of my life's work exploring the healing and enhancing possibilities of plants. 
Read more about Julie here


Description: Organic, whole brown rice flour gently sweeps over the skin using natural grain fiber to effectively remove dirt and provide energizing B Vitamins. Willowbark extract provides a rich source of natural salicins that exfoliate by dissolving dead skin cells and also discourages bacteria buildup on skin. And using the principle of "like dissolves like" the emollient organic oils of Apricot Kernal, Hemp, and Sunflower mix with the dirty skin oils on your face and lift them, leaving vitamin-rich, soothing nourishment behind. Skin is cleansed instead of stripped. Infusions of organic Chickweed and Rose tone and freshen circulation to flush away toxins. Retails for $31.99 USD for 4 oz.

This cleanser is something special. Considering that it has acne fighting ingredients, like willowbark, and the brown rice acts as a physical/mechanical exfoliator, it's gentle and not at all drying. Even with daily use, morning and night, my skin felt soft, clean, and clear. The scent isn't my favourite, it's citrusy with a kick of grass. Luckily, it doesn't linger and isn't overpowering. The bottle is fantastic! It's so light, sturdy, and the pump dispenses product well, and locks for easy travel sans spillage. If you're looking for a cleanser to remove makeup, this isn't it. I use this as my morning and second cleanse. Fabulous product!

                           


Description: Our thickest, richest recipe yet, this formula is manna from heaven for dry, stressed, sensitive, and inflamed skin. Anti-reactive herbs blend with a generous helping of restorative oils, oatmilk, and cupuacu butter to rebuild skin from deep within. Retails for $33.99 USD for 2 oz.

Oatmilk, mushrooms, and cupuacu are all heaven for sensitive and dry skin. The balm-like texture of this mask makes it easy to melt on to your skin and feels like a super rich smoothie for your face, guess it kinda is. When I first received this, my skin was quite irritated. The second that I applied it, my skin instantly calmed down. By the time I removed it completely, my skin was incredibly soft and most of the redness gone! I was using this mask once a week, but now that it's warm out, I just use it on my cheeks whenever they feel a little irritated and/or parched. Oh, and this has virtually no scent. Truly perfect for those with sensitive skin.



Description: This item is one of our top recommended products for troubled and acneic skin types. Clogged pores are one of the prime reasons for acne flareups, and Refine keeps pores open. Willowbark gently dissolves away dead skin cells even without scrubbing, which can aggravate very sensitive skin. The clays and minerals soften pores and encourage them to detox properly. The Zinc content also manages bacteria on the surface of the skin and topically soothes. You can dot it on a blemish and leave it on overnight for intensive antibacterial and calming results. No matter what your skin type our formula is just the addition to your weekly regimen. And our already-mixed formula means no fuss for you and always the right consistency. Retails for $30.99 USD for 2 oz.

I saved the best, and my favourite, for last! I was a little worried about this mask at first, I thought for sure it would dry me out, because of the acne fighting ingredients like rhassoul clay and willowbark, or break me out, because of the high zinc content. Luckily, it does neither! I've been using this mask twice a week since receiving it and have noticed a significant change in my skin. It's brighter, has less breakouts, smoother, and more even toned. It has a very grainy texture, which I like because I can get a double POW of exfoliation where needed (aka my chin, jaw line, and forehead). If you have combination, oily, acne-prone skin, this is the product that I would most recommend from the line. 


Blissoma was also kind enough to send me these mini toner samples, which were alright. I don't tend to stray far when it comes to toner but, they both felt nice and I enjoyed keeping them in my bag to use as a mid-day refresher. Both retail for $25.99 USD for 4 oz.

The entire Blissoma range has been very impressive and well enjoyed by my skin. If you have easy access to the brand, I'd highly recommend trying them out. I'd like to think that they're fairly priced, mid range really, for how far each product goes. I've been using all three products for two months now and they're still going strong.

Can be purchased through Blissoma.

What's your favourite Blissoma product or which would you most like to try?
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*Products provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

Mild Rice Facial Cleanser: Infusion of Althea officinalis* (marshmallow), Stellaria media* (chickweed), Plantago major* (plantain), Rosa damascena*, Arthemis nobilis* (chamomile), Glycerin*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) Oil*, Oryza sativa* (brown rice), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Salix alba* (willowbark) extract, Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone, Echinacea purpurea Extract*, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Essential Oils of Lavandula angustifolia, Litsea Cubeba, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), Canarium luzonicum (elemi), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Vetiveria zizandoides (vetiver), Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract, Grain Alcohol*+essential oils in this product contain: linalool**, geraniol**, limonene**, citral**
*from Certified Organic Agriculture
**natural components of essential oils

Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask: Avena Sativa (oat) Kernal Milk*, Infusion of Passiflora incarnata* (passionflower), Astragalus membranaceus* (astragalus), Plantago major* (plantain), Prunella vulgaris* (self heal), Hypericum perforatum* (st. john's wort), and Porphyra umbilicalis* (nori seaweed), Glycerin (vegetable origin), Theobroma grandiflorum* (cupuacu) seed butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal Oil*, Extracts of Grifola frondosa* (maitake mushroom), and Ganoderma lucidum* (reishi mushroom), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Perilla frutescens Oil*, Soy Lecithin*, Aspen Bark Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Adansonia digitata (baobab) Oil*, Punica granatum (pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum *from Certified Organic Agriculture

Clay Renewal Treatment: Infusion of Foeniculum vulgare* (fennel), Stellaria media* (chickweed), Lavandula angustifolia* (lavender), Rosa damascena* (roses), Porphyra umbilicalis* (nori seaweed), Ruscus aculeatus* (butcher’s broom), Rhassoul Clay, Apium graveolens (celery) Juice*, Cocos nucifera (coconut) Oil*, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Zinc Oxide*, Cannabis sativa* (hemp) Oil*, Vaccinium macropacrpon (cranberry) Seed Oil*, Rubus ideaus (red raspberry) Seed Oil*, Extracts of Glycyrrhiza glabra* (licorice), Symphytum officinale* (comfrey), and Salix alba* (willowbark), Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Gluconolactone, Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside, Extracts of Olea europaea* (olive leaf), Echinacea purpurea*, and Caldendula officinalis*, Essential Oils of Litsea cubeba, Commiphora myrrha, Pelargonium roseum (rose geranium), Citrus reticulata (mandarin), Lavandula angustifolia, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli), Coriandrum sativum (coriander), Cedrus atlantica (cedarwood), Grain Alcohol*, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract citral**, xanthan gumEssential oils in this product contain: limonene**, citronellol**, geraniol**, linalool***
*from Certified Organic Agriculture
**natural components of essential oils

Adaptive Energy Toner: Water, Infusion of Rhodiola rosea*, Ocimum sanctum* (holy basil), Trifolium pratense* (red clover), Lonicera japonica* (honeysuckle), Calendula officinalis*, and Avena sativa* (oatstraw), Cucumis melo (cantaloupe) Infusion*, Grain Alcohol*, Aloe barbadensis Juice*, Essential oils of Pelargonium roseum (rose geranium) and Citrus bergamia (bergamot) FCF
Essential oils in this product contain: citronellol**, geraniol**, linalool**, limonene**
*from Certified Organic Agriculture
**natural components of essential oils

Intense Hydration Toner: Infusion of Calluna vulgaris* (heather flowers), Avena sativa* (oatstraw), Arctium lappa* (burdock), Equisetum arvense* (horsetail), Plantago major* (plaintain), Taraxacum officinale* (dandelion), and Symphytum officinale* (comfrey), Water, Grain Alcohol*, Aloe barbadensis Juice*, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) Infusion*, Glycerin, Essential oils Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa), Canarium luzonicum (elemi), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Vetiveria zizandoides (vetiver)
Essential oils in this product contain: linalool**, geraniol**, limonene**
*from Certified Organic Agriculture
**natural components of essential oils

28 comments:

  1. Oh man, that clay mask looks like da bomb! I've heard so many great things about Blissoma, hopefully one day I'll get a chance to try it.

    Mayah x

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  2. I tried a sample of Fresh a couple months ago and really liked it :) I had a bad reaction to their Bright eye serum and was never able to figure out the cause, so I've been a little hesitant to try anything else. This reminds me how much I wanted to though!! Haha :)

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    1. Fresh is really gentle, it has your name all over it lol. Oh no! I wonder what caused the reaction, eye creams always make me nervous though. Reactions around the eyes are the worst. Let me know if you end up trying anything xo

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  3. I got a sample of their Lavish Face Mask in an Eco Emi box, and it had a burning feeling on my skin which has made me hesitant to try anything else. The clay mask does look interesting.

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    1. That's super disappointing! Hopefully you can get samples of some of their other products before buying full sizes xo

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  4. Seen so many great reviews of Blissoma lately! Love the sound of the clay renewal treatment x

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    1. It's really lovely, perfect for the warmer months when skin is oilier and less sensitive (in my case anyway haha) xo

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  5. That clay renewal treatment sounds like it was made for my skin, it looks amazing. Great review :) x

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  6. All of this looks super yum! I love brands that use clay... also I can imagine how nice they smell. Cool picks!

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    1. I love when brands use clay also, it works amazingly well! xo

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  7. Another lover of that cleanser...it's going up my to-try list...first time hearing about their masks though, and they sound awesome!

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    1. Yesssss, move it on up! Although, I'd probably pick the mask over the cleanser if I had to choose one. It just works so well xo

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  8. I think that Brianna's (iluvjesse444) made us all want to buy Blisomma products! I know ever since I saw that video I've been wanting to try the Mild Rice Cleanser. Jess from Ecoholic also recently mentioned that she's been wanting to try Blissoma because of Brianna!

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    1. Brianna has such influence, damn her! haha. The line truly is lovely though. Jess actually tried the line, I believe, and has been enjoying the rice cleanser. Guess everyone loves the rice cleanser huh? xo

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  9. Oh man I really wanna try Blissoma! I also heard about it from Brianna :) xx

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    1. I hope that it becomes more available over seas because shipping is insane! You European beauties would love the brand xo

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  10. Great review! That Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask looks like something that I'll have to try someday.

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    1. Thank you! Let me know what you think when you do xo

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  11. Great review Nicole! I've been wanting to try Blissoma and now I know that I should get the mild rice cleanser. If only the products were easier to find though. Xx

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    1. Thanks Liz :). I agree, I wish they were easier to find locally. Hopefully one of these days! xo

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  12. The Blissoma Mild Rice Facial Cleanser is one of my favorite cleansers. I have their Rejuvenating Herbal Gel Cleanser, too, but I don't like it quite as well. I definitely want to try those masks now after reading your review!

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    1. That's great to know that you love and prefer the mild rice cleanser over the herbal one. Their renewal treatment is a must! If you can try a sample first, do it xo

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  13. The clay mask sounds bomb, I'd love to try that! Blissoma looks like a really great company, and I like the ingredients they use in their products. I recently won the Smooth A serum from a giveaway, looking forward to try it out soon. x

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    1. It's soooo good. I'm almost running out and sooo sad about it because shipping is a b*tch. I'd love to read your thoughts on the Smooth A serum xo

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