Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter, Body Butter

I love Bliss Spa and all of their products. Truly, I do. That section is a huge chunk of my time whenever I go into Sephora, I just wander the Bliss products and try not to purchase all of them (oooohh... I wonder if they'll have a great set for Christmas.... I should ask for it!)

Anyways, given my deep love of Bliss Body Butter, I was especially excited when I heard that Bliss creator, Marcia Kilgore, was coming out with a new line of products. The line would include a body butter. And it would be available at Target! Score!

Well, once the line finally came out (quite a while ago now actually, I've been dreading doing this review), I snapped up a little tub of The Righteous Butter, hoping for something even remotely close to Bliss's Body Butter. I was sorely disappointed. This body butter is rather bad. And smelly, and not in a good way. Sigh.

First, the scent of this lotion is very overpowering. It has a very strong floral scent, and it doesn't go away. For hours. It will mess up the smell of your perfume and people will smell the body butter you put on your hands from 10 feet away hours later. Really.

Application of this lotion is not pleasant. It doesn't sink into my skin like a good lotion should. It just scoots around on the surface of my skin, making them greasy but not relieving the feeling of dryness. Eventually this leads to itchiness.

Looking at the ingredients of this lotion, I'm not sure why this is the case:
(Refer to the Moisturizers Post for help interpreting this)
Soap & GloryBliss
Shea Butter (Emollient)
Glycerin (Humectant)
Cetyl Alcohol (thickening agent)
Glyceryl Stearate (Emollient)
Coconut Oil (Emollient)
Cacoa Seed Butter, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Parfum, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol,Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Potassium Hydroxide, BHT, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben
coconut oil (Emollient)
octyl palmitate (Emollient)
hydrogenated vegetable oil,
emulsifying wax, NF, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, sodium hyaluronate, arnica montana extract, heather extract, algae extract, tocopherol, retinyl palmitate, dimethiconol, steareth-2, carbomer, hydroxyethylcellulose, BHT, triethanolamine, disodium EDTA, propylene glycol, fragrance, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben

I'm not sure if the problem is the higher amount of shea butter (which I personally don't like), the smaller amount of Coconut oil, or what. Overall the Soap and Glory has more emollients and a humectant so it looks on paper like it should be superior to the Bliss. But it's not. Just save yourself the $2.99 and buy something else.

Update: Jeni over at Savvy Skin popped in to the comments, and she didn't like this product either! I feel better about panning it, since I could only find good reviews before. Here's her review here: Soap & Glory at Target on Savvy Skin, check out more of her site while you're there. She has quick a bit of experience in the medi-spa environment has a lot of great advice!


  1. I'm glad you don't like this either! I wrote about this last week, and I thought the smell was noxious. At first I thought maybe I was imagining it, but I washed my hands 3 times to get the smell to go away! As a moisturizer I thought it was fine, but nothing special. I wonder if the Bliss people made their cheap line bad so that people would still shell out the extra money for Bliss?

  2. Oh, thank goodness Jeni! I'm really glad you didn't like it either. I saw only a few other blogs had reviewed the line, but they all loved it. I thought I was crazy or something!

  3. I don't think shea butter is the reason why it doesn't sink in (I formulate products for my own company, and use a lot of shea butter mainly because it sinks in so well), but rather that the cetyl alcohol and glyceryl stearate are so high up on the list. And cocoa butter is rather (read VERY) greasy and just sort of sits on your skin :/ I really enjoy your blog by the way! :)

  4. That stinks because I need a new hand cream and was excited about buying and trying the S&G one. Now I'm scared that it may be a bust as well. The only thing I can think of that could have caused the irritation is that I noticed that the "Parfum" is much higher on the list for the Soap and Glory, and the "fragrance" is listed lower on the Bliss. Fragrance can be such a drying ingredient.

  5. Thanks for letting us know that it's okay not to buy into something even if it's $2.99. There ARE products that we can live without despite the inexpensive price tag :)

  6. That's a bummer because I love Bliss products, too!

  7. Thanks for mentioning my review. I guess "smell" is subjective, so not everyone will hate The Righteous Butter! I just stopped by Sephora to pick up a free gift for my birthday, and I got the Bliss Naked Body Butter! I like it, but it doesn't have a fragrance, so it's boring. I just can't win! The Lemon/Sage one is my favorite.

  8. It sounds like you all need to try Product Body's Cream. Nice, thick but not greasy. I love the YUZU and now, they came out with pecan praline. Mmmm. Go here and give it a try. I have o by tubs at a time. Not $2.99 but worth the moula.

  9. Mind if I ask how big that $2.99 tub is? They sell a 300ml tub here in the UK, and it's £10 ($14.70). Although I rather like the smell, I love S&G just because of their gorgeous packaging and brand image - I'm an advertising buff, so I appreciate all the effort they put into the whole vintage feel.

    I don't have any other body butters to compare to, but I do love their Flake Away exfoliator; it gave me a similar feeling after using expensive salt brushing, but without the mess and fuss.

  10. I'm not sure what the size is since i threw it out as soon as i finished reviewing it, but it was very small, I think about 15 ml.


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