Here is another cheap gift I bought. The set comes with six popular Bliss items. I like it but I think the L’Occitane Verbena to Go gift set from Sephora which is the same price is a much better buy. This kit has six super small items. Each item is one ounce and comes in a pretty cheap-o but one step up from a Ziploc baggie that is just there in case these things leak. The bottles are super small, one ounce is pretty tiny, but they are great for sampling or for airline travel. It comes with 5 Lemon + Sage items: Soapy Sap, Supershine Shampoo, Conditioning Rinse, Soap Slab, and Body Butter. This scent is a bit lemon zest with a hint of herb. I like the scent of L’Occitane Verbena better, it smells more “authentic”. The scent of the bliss stuff isn’t bad, I just prefer the other. This kit also contains a one ounce bottle of the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. This stuff is nice and it is nice to have a travel bottle around. It smells like fake passion fruit. It won’t make you gag or anything I just thought it was an odd choice. I like these kinds of kits because the price is right and you do get to play with a lot of new stuff. I just wouldn’t buy one of these for myself. Now if there was a Blood Orange + White Pepper one, I would definitely pick a few of those up.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Bliss products. Many people are totally obsessed with this brand. I never understood their fascination but then I realized I’ve only sampled a few of these products. Why? Because they are kind of expensive and look like Bath and Body Works packaging, stupid reason I know. Given that True Blue Spa is a rip off of Bliss… I gave the Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter a try. First, things first. The scent is wonderful. I’ve been eating blood oranges daily recently and this butter smells like the real deal. Blood oranges are the bomb. Bliss’s Body Butter is sweet, citrusy orange with just a little of a grapefruit edge. It has the faintest hint of pepper which provides just a bit of spiciness. It is a simple and sophisticated fragrance. However, it isn’t that strong and really doesn’t linger on the skin too long. This could be seen as a good or bad thing. It won’t compete with your everyday eau and it just might add something to it. It would wear wonderfully with citrus fragrances like Moschino I Love Love and Tocca Stella. It would wear wonderfully with spicy fragrances like YSL Opium or Estee Lauder Cinnabar. I wish the fragrance was a little stronger in this body butter. I would love to smell like this just a little longer. I wish I just smell like this. The texture is very nice. It is smooth and super nourishing without being greasy. It absorbed very quickly into my skin making it instantly soft. My skin was left nourished until next washing. It is a very nice product. I don’t know if I will buy it. It is $35 for 8.5 ounces. Good body butters can be found at any price but I do love the scent. I just don’t think the scent lingers long enough for that large price tag. It is available at DERMAdoctor.