Saturday, 12 March 2016

Bliss fabulous drench 'N' quench

What is it?
'A tranformative cream-to-water moisturizer.'

Who is it for?
Anyone wanting/needing moisture without that heavy, greasy feeling.

What’s in it?
water (aqua/eau), cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, butylene glycol, dimethicone, hydrogenated polyisobutene, passiflora incarnata seed oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, silybum marianum seed oil, tocopherol, porphyra umbilicalis extract, algae extract, commiphora mukul resin extract, rosa multiflora fruit extract, dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer, sodium chloride, nylon-12, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, potassium sorbate, fragrance (parfum), guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, sodium citrate, chlorphenesin, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional, alpha-isomethyl ionone, limonene, citronellol, blue 1 (CI 42090)

Possibly acne/troubling for some ingredients?
silicones (although they are crucial to this type of formula)

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?

Sold in territories that advocate/require animal testing like China?

What's not in it?
mineral oil

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
After serums/before SPF or foundation

What’s good about it?
This is a really lovely moisturiser. Clearly drawing its inspiration from the Far East 'water droplet' technology, this applies as a light cream/almost lotion and then upon patting/gently rubbing the droplets start to appear on the skin, which are then absorbed. The formula does contain marine extracts, which is probably why my skin in particular, enjoys it.
Unlike some of its counterparts, the silicones in this formula work with the ingredients, as opposed to what feels almost 'independently' in some formulas. And by that I mean that there is no 'rolling' a couple of minutes after applying. The formula feels more sophisticated, and Bliss seem to be taking their technology a little more seriously these days. Lovely. Works well when making product 'sandwiches' with more expensive products.
Check it out. If you can find it. More of which below.

What’s not so good about it?
With the product? Nothing much. Good, solid cream that does exactly what it says on the box and is not extortionately expensive.
Here's a repeating winge of mine, so much so that I've added a new category to the reviews that you'll see from now on:

How's the website?
At first glance the website was great - namely because they have a full ingredients list. Here's the problem that is costing them money:

Bliss Spa launched 20 years ago this year, although it has changed hands a few times since then.
Why in the name of INSANITY is the UK website not transactional? is essentially a marketing landing page.  

If you want to actually 'buy' a product, you have to: 
  1. click 'Where to buy' which takes you to their separate stockists page. You presumably would click on a stockist, then be taken to the product yes? 
  2. No. Click a stockist of your choice and you are taken to a generic page where every Bliss product is listed in no particular order which means you start searching again. 
  3. Dutifully search again in the left hand column. It's out of stock on the first three I tried, including M&S.
  4. If you end up on 'Time to Spa', the parent company's website, it's not there either. And even better, in the middle of your search, an Elemis offer pops up. Elemis is owned by the same company. But that's not why I landed on your page. Talk to me in Bliss terms please.

Still with me? No? Me neither. Because I would've already thought 'sod it' and gone off to make a cup of tea.

Similar products?
Bio-Essence Aqua Droplet Sleeping Beauty Mask
Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask
Pixi H2O Skin Drink

It's easier to find in the US.
Fabulous Drench N'Quench is $38.00 and available from  in the USA.
The only place I found it in the UK is M&S and they're sold out: M&S/Bliss - it's £29.50. 

Sorry. I tried to give you a useful link. Bliss aren't co-operating. GREAT CREAM THOUGH.


  1. Lookfantastic also stock this x ☺

    1. I know. They're the first stockist listed. No joy.

    2. Argh annoying and they had this in stock a few weeks ago when you put this pic on instagram, also have seen it on ASOS before but don't know whether it is in stock or not. X

    3. What's wrong with Lookfantastic? ... :O

    4. Absolutely nothing! They were just out of stock :)

  2. Hi Caroline, can you please review the Fresh Black Tea range? Currently using the eye cream and love it.

  3. Replies
    1. Turns out India Knight reviewed it last week hence nationwide sellout ;) xx

  4. I have no idea why but I've always been under the assumption that you did not like this brand, Caroline! This is why I never thought to ask you your opinion on their acid exfoliating pads "incredi-peel". I've been using these for a while but have been thinking of switching to the First Aid Beauty ones that you recommend. The bliss ones give the impression of being stronger for some reason, although I haven't actually tried the FAB ones. Anyway, I would love to hear about what you think if you have tried it!

    Have a great weekend and lots of love from Canada!

    1. I like a bit of Bliss. Not all of it, but some definitely:) xx

    2. I bought the Bliss Incredi-Peel Pads recently, but upon getting home realised that although they describe it on the packaging as being 'spa-strength' or 'spa-grade' it doesn't give a percentage of the amount of glycolic in it. So until I can figure out what the score is, I won't be using them. I liked the fact that they come in individual sachets inside the pack, which makes them great for travel, but I'm not using an acid unless I know what I'm getting. Why is it such a big thing to expect from a product??

  5. Also how do you think this compares to the Clinique moisture surge cream? Sorry for all the questions!

    1. I think this might be slightly more moisturising :) x

  6. Thanks so much for your review. I'm looking forward to trying something like this or the pixi h20. I really like how you list similar products at the end of the reviews. It's so helpful! Thank you for all that you do!

  7. Ocado! I know...! I was as surprised as you ;)

    1. They stock a massive range of skincare now, and I can sneak it in with the big shop spend ;)


  9. I found mine at gorgeous shop. They are still instock online -

  10. I found mine at gorgeous shop. They are still instock online -

  11. It is INFURIATING trying to buy a product off a brand's website and getting a list of stockists instead. Infuriating I say.

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  12. Dear sweet Caroline can you please address men back and face acne with sensitive skin (psoriasis here and there) who are reluctant to use anything but cleansing products? Thank you very much X

  13. I'm sad that it contains alpha-isomethyl ionone which rules it out for me. I had thought that Bliss products were free of such troublesome ingredients but I'll need to look more closely at the list before I buy.

    1. I wouldn't say they are trouble-free - any product can be problematic. Sorry it won't work for you! :(

  14. Fyi you can get the whole bliss line at Kohls in the states. Lorac and cargo too.

  15. Not a specific product review, but I would still love to watch a full youtube or read a full blog post on non-acid toners.

  16. Ms Hirons, love your blog, I literally couldn't stop reading it! But I really don't understand silicones at all. I don't understand the difference between mineral oil and silicones, definitely not in haircare, is it different in skincare?

  17. I bought it from :-)

  18. Hi, you're probably not reading this in May, but worth a try! I recently bought this from M&S who now stock it.
    Do you know how it compares to Indeed Labs Hydraluron? I assumed it contained hyaluronic acid to help stimulate this ay-long moisture, but I can't find it in the ingredients list.

    So far, it's got a fun water lecture on application, but still gives me a plasticky finish probably because of all the silicones. Not sure if there are any actual helpful ingredients in this so looking for an alternative!