Soap & Glory Anniversary Box Review

Sweet Ten-tation

This one is for the girls.

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What do you think of Soap & Glory? I am an old fan of the cosmetic brand’s faux-retro, cheeky-sloganed packaging and over the top girly scents. It was love at first sight when I discovered them way back in London.

I was chuffed to come across their 10 year anniversary gift set at all-time-favourite Boots Bond Street branch. Offered for £20, the super-cool pink tin box sports 9 products, including S&G classics like the Righteous Butter and Sexy Mother Pucker.
Buying it was clearly inevitable.

What’s in the Box?

The Righteous Butter™, CLEAN ON ME™, THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™, HAND FOOD™, HEEL GENIUS™, ORIGINAL PINK™ Body Spray, Face Soap and Clarity™, SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Plumping Gloss, Thick & Fast™ HD Mascara.

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Products’ Review

The Righteous Butter™ (£10.00) is an award-winning  classic. I have been using it for years as an everyday body cream and also like to give it as a gift (it tends to elicit enthusiasm). It smells of bubble-gum clean and has a rich, pampering texture.

CLEAN ON ME™ shower gel (£6.50) is another S&G favourite. Creamy and rich (featuring built-in body lotion), scented with the Original Pink fragrance, it is a delightful addition to the daily routine.

THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ (£7.00), HAND FOOD™ (£5.50) and HEEL GENIUS™ (£5.50) are all enticingly smelling, pleasant to use, decent products. Nothing to write home about (have bought in the past and probably wouldn’t re-buy in the future) but they get the job done and look good in the bathroom self.

ORIGINAL PINK™ Body Spray (£4.00) is a fun, fruity-floral scent, probably more suitable for school-girls than grown women. I use it when at home and to great effect as a house / clothes spray.

Face Soap and Clarity™ (£8.00) 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash has the kind of name and product description that convinces you it is a must-buy (and I have bought it in the past but didn’t plan on buying again). It is an ok product, provided you don’t expect it to deliver on its actual promises.

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SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Plumping Gloss (£9.00) is a product I used to serially buy. It delivered 100% on its name, plumping lips to the SEXIEST effect. We grew apart for no specific reason so I was too happy with the prospect of rejoining with it. Bummer however: the anniversary box variation had nothing to do with the product I remember. An average lip gloss -neither good, nor bad- it fails to deliver any plumping effect or the prerequisite lip-tingling. Maybe the manufacturing process has changed or a lesser variety has been used in the box; either way it is not the product I expected. Still, a free lip-gloss.

Thick & Fast™ HD Mascara (£10.50) has been the product to truly disappoint. Neither thick nor fast – on the contrary thin as a veil and impossibly slow to implement – it needs layers upon layers in order to achieve a semi-decent effect. I was hung out to dry with this one, since I ommitted replacing my normal mascara before leaving for Quito.

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The Verdict

Complaints aside, I am not unhappy with Sweet Ten-tation™ – au contraire, I am delighted to have bagged one. They had me at the fabulous retro pink box alone, so ending up with a supply of mostly sweet products at a fraction of the price is a ten-tation indeed.

Happy birthday Soap & Glory and to many more.

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