“ Brand: Soap & Glory / Type: Anti Cellulite / Subcategory: Firming Product / What it does: Rejuvenates, „
I'm a massive fan of the brand Soap & Glory. Started in 2006 with the aim of helping women pamper themselves without 'spending an arm and a leg just to moisturise one', the retro pink and black & white bottles and packages are a familiar fixture on the shelves of Boots and Harvey Nichols. They're also available online from retailers like ASOS. The stated aim may not be completely accurate, as the products are often more expensive than brands like Dove or Radox, but most of them are high quality.
I obtained the Feel the Knead Massage Soap on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots, though it normally retails for just over £5. It is part of the Soap & Glory Spa range, which is a subsection of the brand producing particularly refreshing products. Like other products in the range, it comes in a bright blue box. Feel the Knead is described as a super invigorating spa massage soap. It has exfoliating bamboo beads, seaweed suds and essential oils of cacao and carouba (I admit I have no idea what these are). The product also contains two different kinds of seaweed as well as caffeine extract. The scent is described as a "mesmerising" blend of mint, thyme, chocolate, vanilla and musk. I must admit I originally thought this product was a plastic massage product when looking at it from afar - it was only when I started to investigate more closely that I realised it was soap!
This product is designed to get rid of cellulite. Using it to massage your thighs is supposed to stimulate fluid movement and drainage to reduce the appearance of lumpy thighs (the packet also states you can use it to massage the knots out of your neck, but I didn't try this!).
Inside the box is a largish round soap with several 'knobbly bits' on. The minty-chocolate-herby smell was present and I wasn't sure what to make of this, as it was rather unusual and I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not. To use the soap, I waited until I was in the shower and used the soap to rub my thighs vigorously. The soap felt slightly scratchy, which I put down to the exfoliating bamboo beads, although this wasn't painful. The whole sensation wasn't unpleasant - it just felt like I was giving my thighs a massage.
Unfortunately, the suspicions I had when I found out that this product was soap and not a piece of massage equipment were proved right. The soap lathered up very well - not a good thing in this instance - and after a week and a half the knobbly bits had all worn down. Even if using it does make a difference to cellulite, it's hardly going to be a marked difference after such a short time (I couldn't see one, but this is hardly to be expected).
I was able to continue to use the product as a normal soap for several weeks afterwards, and actually quite enjoyed this as the rather odd scent grew on me and I found it very refreshing - it certainly helped to wake me up in the morning. As previously mentioned, it lathered up very well and neither did it irritate or dry out my skin.
I'm going to give Feel the Knead a rather generous two stars because it did do a good job as an ordinary soap. However, I can't recommend it for the purpose for which it is intended - it is pretty useless against cellulite in all honesty, and I won't be repurchasing!
Yes! Its another S&G review hehe! Now this is another one of their extensive range of products that I got as part of a set last Christmas. I think my mom might be trying to tell me something! Now after seeing the colour of this soap like product I was a little put off, but I was very happy to find that the colour didn't transfer to my skin. PHEW! All in all this was a fantastic product one that I will 100% be using again when this one finally runs out!
The blue cardboard packaging on this product is extremely eye-catching and completely typical of the S&G range. The appearance of the soap though makes it look really off putting as it's a very dark black in colour kind of like soot! But as I previously mentioned this colour doesn't transfer onto the skin but I would recommend putting it in a soap dish when you have used it because the colour will transfer to the side of your bath!!
What Is This Product Used For?:
The soap is used to combat cellulite. You know those little dimples we get on the back of our legs! Well it promises to make all that orange peel go away and leave you with smooth cellulite free legs!!
How To Use It:
Now there are two sides to this soap and the one that is said to combat your cellulite is the side with the little nobs (no jokes please =]) you simply rub these small nobs against the parts that you have cellulite using round, circular motions. Best to use this in the shower as water just helps to get the soap all lathered up and it's said to work better that way.
Whats In This Product?:
(I DID GET THIS/PART OF THIS FROM THE BOOTS WEBSITE)
The award winning Soap & Glory Feel The Knead® has a mesmerising blend of Mint, Thyme, Chocolate, Vanilla and Musk which causes stiffs to Feel The Knead®. These ingredients while I have absolutely no idea what they do to help the skin smell fantastic, all the different scents even though they sound like they would be horrible all mixed together smell amazing without being to overpowering.
Did It Work? + My Overall Opinion:
Now I'm not going to say I had cellulite all over my legs and this product made them magically disappear because I haven't & it didn't! Now all women know that even the skinniest women on earth will suffer from cellulite at one time or another and I am no exception. I only have a tiny bit on the very top of my thigh's but it has been annoying me for quite a while and after using this I was amazed to see it is actually getting better! While it hasn't gone completely it certainly has helped and made it less noticeable which has made my confidence soar and my legs certainly look better in a LBD now ;) The smell of this is just an added bonus for me and best of all it didn't irritate my skin! 100000/10!
Recommended to all women who have even the smallest bit of cellulite and maybe even men to! This really works!
You can get this product from any Boots store or online at boots.com for £5 and should you have an advantage card you can collect 20 points with this purchase and it is definitely worth the money!!
The packaging of this product was the first thing that caught my eye while browsing the Soap & Glory range.It looks good,a different soap to try l thought.At the time it wasnt on offer,so cost was £5.Very pricey.
l decided to read up on the products claims.Stress release for knots in the neck it says.Just what l needed,so decided to purchase it, mainly out of excellent wording on the claims of it effectiveness.
What a disappointment and a complete waste of money.Effectiveness, none.Its just an over priced,over scented, bar of soap.Yes, it looks good on removing from the impressive designed packaging, but on first use fails terribly.
Firstly, its hard to hold in palm of hand as its a large, circular bar.Hard going if you have weak hands like my self,l have MS.
Secondly,it hardly lathers,again hard to glide over skin.
Thirdly,the fragrance is very, very, over powering.It has a very masculine scent. l found the perfume lingered on my skin after use, not what l wanted at all, so dont use if going out on a special night, in fact, dont use before going out any where,not good for a feminine impression if you have anyone sitting next to you after use.
Fourthly,even though it had nodules that claim to help knead knots in neck, celulite etc, it really wasnt effective.
Lastly, even though it does last a long time(because it doesnt lather well) the scent lingers in the bathroom.So after a week, l just couldnt stand the scent.
As no noticable difference in my skin or knots in neck as per bold product statements,l passed it on to my hubby.
He decided,as it cost a fortune for a bar of soap,to finish the product.He too was not impressed.
Its really is not worth the money, even if on offer.
Soap and Glory Feel the Knead:
I purchased this as a pre-diet way of starting to tone up and slim down my thighs. I read about the benefits of massaging your 'lumpy bits', (it improves fluid movement and drainage and thus improves the appearance of cellulite and it stimulates blood flow which will help rejuvenate your skin).
Looking around on Boots.com I saw the Soap and Glory Feel the Knead soap and thought seeing as I have to wash my thighs anyway this would be a good way of massaging them at the same time.
This soap comes in a very kitsch looking box with all the information you need and quite a lot you don't. It is, (the box), a lovely blue and turquoise affair with a see through window at the front so you can see the almost black, knobbly soap. From the box we can discern that this is a fairly big soap at 125g which goes some way towards making up for its' £5.00 price tag.
I actually think that the box with the card insert and the flap bit at the top is excessive and a bit of a waste but it can be recycled all apart from the plastic window. The ingredients aren't as bad as some of the Soap and Glory stuff but there are still parabens, (plasticizers that can dissolve skin), in this so make sure you rinse it off really well.
The soap is apparently a 'mesmerizing blend' of mint, thyme, chocolate, vanilla, musk and two kinds of seaweed! The resulting smell is not as sweet and girly as the other Soap and Glory stuff I have tried but instead has an almost medicinal smell which I love but I know a lot of people will find it off putting. It also has bamboo beads to exfoliate and there is even caffeine in there for good measure.
The soap is knobbly as I have already mentioned and that is what this soap massaging. I can imagine the knobbles will be worn down before the soap is used up but I will still be able to use the rest as a normal soap.
I can't accurately comment on its' effectiveness at reducing cellulite: yes my thighs look better and are a few inches slimmer but I am on a diet, exercising loads, taking supplements and using a mountain of products designed to make skin more elastic and reduce my wobbly bits! It is effective as a massage though and has helped my bad back and my bad neck since I have had it.
I think £5.00 for soap is a lot but in this case I think it is actually worth it as you are getting a versatile product that smells great and does its' job well. I would definitely recommend this but will mark it down a bit for the parabens and packaging.
Contains exfoliating Bamboo Beads, Seaweed suds and essential oils of Cacao and Carouba / Use it to rub on stubborn cellulite /