Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner

by Bliss  
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$26 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
2/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This toner is anything but detoxifying. The small amount of beneficial ingredients and antioxidants it contains are outweighed by several potentially irritating fragrant ingredients that can cause collagen breakdown and free radical damage (see More Info for details). It does contain a unique plant extract called Plantago lanceolata leaf, which does have some interesting properties, including a nice array of antioxidants, but it also has strong astringent properties. These aren’t helpful for skin in the long term as the repeated irritation eventually results in diminishing returns.

Although the liquid texture does have a silky-smooth feel, there are too many problems to make this product worth considering (and it’s really overpriced for what you get).

Pros:

  • Hydrating formula for dry skin.
  • Alcohol-free.

Cons:

  • Overpriced.
  • Contains several potentially irritating ingredients.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)

This really refreshing, mega-moisturizing, pH priming toner will not only help you milk your moisturizer for all it's worth, but it's amped up with antioxidants to purify and protect you from everyday age-expediting aggressors. Think of it as one small step for you, one giant leap for your skin.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-26 Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Malachite Extract, Methylparaben, Limonene, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sorbitol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Blue 1 (CI 42090)

The way Bliss came to be one of the more successful and well-known spa locations around makes an intriguing story. Marcia Kilgore, a native of Canada, was a student at New York's Columbia University—but when her tuition plans fell through she had no choice but to fall back on her one marketable skill, personal training. Yet even though her venture was blossoming, she was routinely troubled by her complexion and ended up enrolling in a skin-care course where the seeds of a future empire were planted. Kilgore developed a knack and passion for facials, and soon she was on her way to becoming a beauty guru among Manhattan's celebrities and social elite. As Kilgore expanded from a one-room spa to a small business, word spread of her talents, and in July 1996 Bliss was established with the goal of offering "super-effective treatments in an uncontrived 'no-attitude' atmosphere."

What immediately set Bliss apart from the then relatively quiet spa business was Kilgore's sense of irreverence and openness, and her commitment to skill and jazzed-up product formulations that are seemingly right on the pulse of what consumers are looking for, namely natural botanicals, exotic scents, and anything and everything that can duplicate (as closely as possible) the spa experience at home. When products used during services started disappearing from the spa, it was a none-too-subtle clue that customers liked what they experienced—though spa techniques can go a long way toward making inadequate products seem exceptional. Kilgore noticed, and began to consider retailing them to her clients.

In 1999, Kilgore entered a partnership with luxury goods conglomerate and Sephora owner Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessey (LVMH), and sold them a 70% stake in the company. Her business skyrocketed as new spa locations opened, and dozens of new products have been created. The Bliss products are available in some department stores, Sephora, and through the Bliss catalog and Web site. Interestingly, Sephora still promotes the line even though LVMH sold it to Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2004. Several Starwood-owned properties now sport or will soon be opening Bliss spas. Kilgore is moving away from the empire she created (though she still consults for them) and in 2007 launched a new line, Soap & Glory.

Uniquely effective or revolutionary formulas are not what sets Bliss products apart. Rather, the descriptions and claims for almost every Bliss-labeled product make "too good to be true" sound utterly ordinary by comparison. No wonder these products generate so much interest. Rather than contain everything but the kitchen sink, they claim to fix or improve everything but the kitchen sink! Kilgore admitted in the March 2007 issue of Vogue, "Legally you can't claim a product does anything; otherwise it would be a drug." That's not entirely true. For example, it is perfectly legal to claim a cleanser cleans skin and a moisturizer improves dryness and leave skin feeling soft. Those are real actions, but not ones with a druglike effect. Perhaps she made that remark after having removed herself from the Bliss spotlight, but it's telling that the woman who created so many cleverly named and fancifully articulated products goes against her own statement by attaching all manner of druglike claims to almost all of the products Bliss sells. Despite the spin and recycling of inaccurate information, there are some worthy products to take home after your visit to a Bliss spa. As a Bliss client, placing your faith in the entire product line and its false promises is the mistake to avoid—your money is better spent enjoying a massage or hydrotherapy treatment.

For more information about Bliss, call (888) 243-8825 or visit www.blissworld.com

Bliss Makeup

Without a doubt, the Bliss line is primarily about skin care. Their once comprehensive-but-still-boutique-like makeup collection has dwindled to a handful of products. Apparently, their own brand of cleverly named, cutely described cosmetics wasn’t selling as well as items from other lines sold on the company's Web site. Although there isn't much available, all but one of Blisslabs' makeup products is recommended, though in most cases you can find less-expensive versions at the drugstore.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. maille b.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 10, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Wonderful
    • This is a wonderful product which works great for me. I have sensitive skin. Normal to somewhat dry skin. This makes my skin feel fresh and tight. I have been using it for a few weeks now and love it. The only problem is the pump. It is a bit tricky, it can squirt off in undesired directions.

  2. Elizabeth
    Reviewed on Monday, May 13, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Not sure why it got a poor review
    • Sorry Paula, as much as I trust your reviews, I think you should reconsider this one. Since I've used this toner, the acne around my chin has cleared up and my pores seem much smaller. The one plant you describe as being potentially astringent seems to not make my skin feel astringenty at all. In fact, my face feels nice and plumped with moisture after applying it. I've seen much worse things get better reviews than this. What gives?

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Very mild, non-irritating, moisturizing toner
    • Very good toner - especially for sensitive skin. Like most Bliss products it does have a lot of fragrance; however, these have NEVER bothered my ultra sensitive skin. Unlike products containing BHA, AHA and other "safe for sensitive skin" ingredients, Bliss products have NEVER irritated, caused acne, welts, rashes, or redness on my highly irritated face. In fact, I know many people who use Bliss products and all have the same results when they use the proper regiman for their skin type. They are a bit pricey, but they last a very long time as only a small amount is needed.

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