02 February, 2012

I Should Have Just Bought the Bath Pouf

When I was browsing through a recent sale on EdenFantasys, I came across the Bellezza Box by Principessa Beauty. At $46.99 it seemed a bit overpriced, but the cuteness of the set was enough for me to buy it anyway.

The set consists of several bath products packaged into a small cardboard box. It includes:
  • Terme Tresses Shampoo & Conditioner (2 ounces each)
  • Fresh Fiore Creamy Body Wash (2 ounces)
  • Dolce Dreams Whipped Body Lotion (2 ounces)
  • Cattiva Diva Silky Hand Cream (.85 ounces)
  • Candelina Soy Travel Candle (2 ounces)
  • A pink shower pouf
The box is actually decent looking. It's all baby pink. One end has hinges and the other end has a latch and a black plastic and metal carrying handle with a pink ribbon on it. My box arrived with some red pen marks all over it, which were easy to wipe off with a damp cloth. It also arrived with a broken hinge. The little metal rod that sits in between both pieces of the hinge is missing. Fortunately, I was able to somewhat repair it with a piece of a paper clip and a tool used to cut and bend metal for jewelry making.

Broken and repaired hinge.


The front and back of the box both have small designs on them with Principessa Beauty, Bellezza Box, and Principessa Beauty's logo. Attached to the handle by a black ribbon is a small card noting the contents of the box. The box measures 7 1/2 x 5 x 2 1/2. It's a pretty decent size to store small belongings once all of the products inside are used up. I can see little girls loving it, just because it's got a handle and it latches for them to carry their belongings around in.

Each bottle contained in the box is a plain, all baby pink bottle with a tiny logo on the front. I feel the text is far too tiny on all of the bottles. I can't see without glasses, and when I am in the shower with the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, I have to look through all of them to find which one I want because they are all so uniform in appearance and I have to really squint to see the text on the front telling me if I have the conditioner or the body wash in my hand.

Size comparison with a tube of lip gloss and a tube of toothpaste.


Because of the size of the ingredient list text, I am unable to provide that information directly from the product. Principessa Beauty does not include this information on their web site. Between the heavy scents of these products and the itty bitty ingredient list, every time I attempt to read the ingredient list, I get a massive eye and head ache. I will provide what EdenFantasys lists for each product. Larger letters on the bottom of the bottle do state that these are paraben and sulfate free. Being sulfate free makes the shampoo and conditioner safe to use with color treated hair. Sulfates can cause color treated hair to lose its color much faster.

The bottles are all an easy to squeeze plastic with a hard plastic flip open cap. They aren't any different than other lotion bottles. I noted the weight of each bottle's contents above. Each bottle is actually pretty tiny, holding only about as much product as a travel-sized bottle. The .85 ounce hand cream bottle is 4 inches tall and the 2 ounce bottles are all 5 1/2 inches tall.

As a set, all of the pieces (excluding the pouf) have an extremely heavy floral perfume scent. Those who are sensitive to heavy scents should look elsewhere. Some products actually gave me a headache pretty easily. The scent really makes this a good choice for only those who like perfumed bath products. A lighter scent would probably work better for everyone. If it makes any difference, my one cat absolutely hates the scent of these products and will not come near me if I have the lotions on me or the candle open.

I looked on their web site for a bit more information on the scents, since the bottles do not actually tell you the fragrances. The shampoo, conditioner, and  body wash are scented with their Isolina scent. The top notes are violet leaves and mimosa. The middle notes are rose petals and neroli. The bottom notes are heliotrope and precious woods. When I smell this, it only really smells like rose petals with a hint of a woodsy scent. It also has a slightly powdery scent, like baby powder, to it. Out of the scents in the box, I like this one the most. The scent hangs around skin and hair pretty well, but it's not overpowering once you're done washing up. I've noticed that the scent will still hang around my hair if I use a different conditioner with the shampoo. Wrapping a towel around wet hair will also cause the towel to have a strong scent on it.

The hand cream, body lotion, and candle are scented with Bellocia. The top notes are peach and vanilla flower. The middle notes are jasmine and ylang ylang. The bottom notes are sandalwood and amber. Principessa Beauty states that this is an award winning scent. I don't care for it very much, which is actually kind of strange. I typically love all things vanilla and I like the scent of amber, too. All I can smell in this is the amber and the jasmine, which makes it a very earthy floral scent. Unlike the Isolina scent, this one fades very quickly on skin. I can't smell it after having the lotion or hand cream on my skin for more than five minutes. I think the candle absolutely reeks. It gives me headaches every time I open it because the fragrance is so strong. It smells completely different from the lotions. It mainly has a scent of amber and sandalwood.

I'm now going to divide my review up to specifically cover each product contained in the box.

Shampoo:
I did not care for the shampoo. The first time I used it, along with the conditioner, my scalp and the back of my neck got itchy and were easily irritated for a few days. I singled out both products for a couple of showers each and determined that it is the shampoo that causes this. It cleaned my hair just fine, but I don't like having an itchy scalp. The amount of itching is similar to that when I dye my hair. I am never able to rinse every tiny bit of dye out of my hair the first time I rinse it out, so my scalp will have a slight itch to it for a couple of days until all of the dye rinses out. It's tolerable, but I'd prefer to only experience it once every 6 weeks when I dye my hair, not every day because of my shampoo.

The shampoo has the same medium consistency as every other shampoo I've used. It runs, but it's still somewhat gel-like. It's easy to squirt out of the bottle. In appearance it is a pearly white. It massages into hair well, but does not lather up. I ended up using twice as much of this to shampoo my hair as I would with my other typical shampoos just because of the lack of lather. I have very short hair in the back and slightly longer hair on the sides. It's very fine but I do have a lot of hair. I typically use about a quarter-sized amount of shampoo to completely clean my hair. It did rinse out very well without leaving any soapy residue in my hair. I noticed no difference in the quality or appearance of my hair.

I give the shampoo 1 out of 5 stars, because I can't read the ingredients to figure out if something I know I am allergic to is in this and because I have to use so much more shampoo to clean my hair. I also do not see the bottle lasting more than 10 washes because of the amount I have to use each time I wash.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Parfum, Glycol, Distearate, Polyquaternium-70, Dipropylene Glycol, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, PEG-7, Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, White Pine Bark (Pinus Strobus) Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Camomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol Methylchlroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid.

Conditioner:

I like the conditioner considerably more than the shampoo. It makes my hair feel very soft. It's supposed to not weigh down hair, but I do think it still weighs my hair down quite a bit. I also think it over moisturizes my hair. My hair will feel oily, heavy, and just generally icky within 5-6 hours of drying. I noticed no difference in appearance, or the quality of my hair otherwise. It didn't appear any more shiny or healthy. With my typical shampoos and conditioners, my hair will feel nice and clean for up to a day and a half.

I found I used as much conditioner as I typically would with others, which is about a quarter-sized amount. I think the bottle should last about 15 uses at the rate I am using it. The conditioner also has the same consistency as other conditioners. In appearance, it is a creamy opaque white. It's easy to work through hair all the way to the roots and it rinses out well. I'd recommend using this every other time hair is washed, just because of how moisturizing it is. For example, I wash my hair every day, so every other day I would use the conditioner.

I give the conditioner 3 out of 5 stars. It's pretty average compared to other conditioners. I didn't notice any special quality to my hair. I don't think it's worth the extra money you have to shell out for it. I'd honestly say if you want true weightless, soft, shiny hair, try the John Frieda line of Root Awakening shampoos and conditioners. They are sold at most drug and retail stores for $6 or $7 a bottle and you get much more product in each bottle. I've read a few consumer reviews on the line on a few web sites and most people absolutely love it. The scent is light and minty, too.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Polyquaternium-55 Streayl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, parfum, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuss) Oil, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Polyquaternium-70, Dipropylene glycol, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-10 Cetrimonium Chloride, Gydrolyzed Oat Protein, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, White Pine Bark (Pinus Strobus) Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Camomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol Methylchlroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid.

Body Wash:

The body wash was okay for me on some aspects, and not so okay on others. Lately I have been going through far too much stress at work, which has caused my back and face to break out slightly. My normal body wash, which is a creamy moisturizing Olay wash, just causes my back acne to get worse because of the amount of moisturizers in it. This body wash is not moisturizing in any way. It dries out most of my skin, making it terrible for washing my arms, legs, and feet. However, it is slightly helping to make my acne on my back go away. After showering, my skin feels very tight, like there is still soap residue on it, regardless of how long I rinse off.

This is pale, pearly pink in color. It's not fully clear, but it's about halfway there. I read somewhere that a true moisturizing body wash will be a solid opaque color because of the moisturizers in it. The consistency is like that of the shampoo. It's somewhat runny, yet easy to squeeze out of the bottle. I don't notice the scent hanging around on my skin at all once I'm done washinig.

I give the body wash 2 out of 5 stars. It's far too drying to be considered a "creamy body wash." It makes my skin feel tight and uncomfortable, which I typically notice if I use a shower gel like Suave. Sure, it helps clear up my back acne, but my Clean and Clear facial wash can do this too for a fraction of the price.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Glycol Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Betinyl Falmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-150 Dostearate. CO 17200.

Body Lotion:

I actually like the body lotion. It absorbs very quickly into my skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. It does, however, sting a bit if it gets into any little cuts or breaks in my skin, which are very common for me during the winter. I don't like the hand cream that is included in this set, so I just apply the body lotion to my hands. It doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy at all, though it does leave a weird taste on them.

The consistency is medium and comparable with other lotions. It's opaque white and does not have any glitter or anything in it. Within a few minutes of applying, the scent completely disappears. I use about a pea-sized amount to cover my hands and my arms up to my elbows.

How well it compares to other lotions really depends on the type of lotion. For a fragranced lotion, this works well on unbroken skin. The fragrance will sting if you have any cuts, scrapes, or breaks in skin. I do not recommend using this on a sunburn, as the fragrance will definitely cause some burning sensations.

Compared to unscented, vitamin and natural oil rich lotions, this doesn't do so well. I can use my Aveeno Daily lotion, which has oatmeal and natural ingredients, without any stinging. This does not provide a long-lasting solution to dried out skin, whereas I can depend on my Aveeno Daily lotion to turn my dry, scaly hands into soft, healthy looking ones within a matter of a day or two.

I give the body lotion 3 out of 5 stars, again for being an average product. While my skin drinks this stuff up like crazy, after 5 days in a row of using it multiple times a day, my skin does not feel any better off. It still feels dry and flaky.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Dimethicone, Parfum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyehanol Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylgycerin, Hexylene Glycol, CI 17200, Benzophenone-3, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Hand Cream:

As with the shampoo, the hand cream causes some pretty bad itching on my skin. My hands will get all raw and red from me scratching at them so much, which really doesn't help moisturize my skin and keep it healthy looking. If I happen to touch anywhere else on my body with cream-covered hands, that area will also become super itchy. I had to wake my fiancé up to scratch my back because I had accidentally scratched at it with this on my hand while testing it for my review.

This cream resembles the body lotion. It's an opaque white cream of medium consistency. It's easy to get out of the bottle and rub into skin. As with the body lotion, it doesn't seem to do much to moisturize skin. Unlike the body lotion, this stuff has a slightly greasy feel to it. Washing your hands will get the greasy feeling off of them and will also relieve any itchiness you get from this stuff. A pea-sized amount covered my hands and arms up to my elbows.

I give the hand cream 1 out of 5 stars, due to the itchiness and irritation it gave my skin. This is honestly the first time I have ever had any issue with a body or bath product. My skin can be sensitive, but it is always just with harsh chemicals and detergents like the industrial pot and pan detergent I've had to use at work. In cases where I've been sensitive to a chemical or detergent, I break out in hives and will sometimes get itchy. This is also too greasy to really be practical for me to use often as a hand moisturizer.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Prinus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Benzophenone-3, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, CI 17200

Candle:

I hate this candle. It's so stinky! It comes in a tiny metal tin that measures 2 inches across and 1 1/2 inches tall. The lid is extremely difficult for me to work off, especially if I have lotion on my hands. There's a pink sticker on the lid that states this is a soy travel candle. The bottom says the wick is all natural with no metal in it. It also states it is hand poured. There is no information on estimated burn time. Since it's so small, I don't see it lasting more than 3 hours. The candle wax is pure white and the wick in mine came pre-trimmed. The packaging doesn't say if this is a massage candle and there aren't any ingredients. Mine did come with a pretty thick layer of oil sweated out onto the top of the wax.

Just a couple of minutes of this thing being open gives me a killer headache. I don't even need to light it. The scent travels pretty far. Normally I'm pretty excited about soy candles, but this one is just too much. It is strong enough that it could probably overpower the scent of my cat litter box very easily.

I give the candle 1 out of 5 stars. It reeks like old lady perfume or something. I hate having headaches, especially when I am trying to relax. In fact, most of the stuff in this kit is about as relaxing as pouring toilet cleaner on my skin.

Shower Pouf:

Unfortunately, this is one of the better pieces in the kit. It's nice and thick, with plenty of mesh to hold your body wash. Instead of the typical nylon rope cord, this one has a little white ribbon with Principessa written on it in cute pink lettering to hang your pouf up. A small tag is attached to the ribbon by a pale pink ribbon. There's no information on material, but it looks and feels like a typical pale pink plastic mesh pouf. This is a great size for a pouf. It's not so small that my fingers completely enclose it. My hand covers about one side of it, leaving plenty of surface open for washing my body.



I recommend tossing this after 3-4 weeks of use in the shower, as poufs can harbor a ton of bacteria in them, especially if they never dry out completely. Right out of the box, it will have a light scent from the other products in the box. Using it a few times with another body wash will get rid of the scent. Airing it out doesn't do anything for it.

I give the pouf 5 out of 5 stars. It works and it's better than the tiny one I got in a shower set for Christmas. The cute ribbon also makes it stand out a bit from the typical pouf. The pouf sells for $4.99 separately on EdenFantasys.

Overall, I think this set is way too overpriced to be practical. The whole shebang is $46.99. The pouf sells separately for $4.99, making the other products in this kit $7 each. For that much, I can buy a pretty high quality full-sized set of beauty products that are actually good for my skin and do not cause me to be itchy or irritated. The heavy scents also do not help to make it a good gift, since not everyone likes perfume-y scented body products. The ingredients are indeed available on each bottle, but I cannot read them at all and they are not available on Principessa's site. For the ingredients, you really have to rely 100% on EdenFantasys. I've noticed occasionally they do not spell the ingredients correctly on product pages, but I can understand spelling mistakes with weird long words. My biggest peeve with this kit is really the candle. It's more like an instant headache in a can. Great to give your enemies, but don't open it yourself.

I do not recommend this set at all. I honestly wish I had just bought the shower pouf. I give this set 3 out of 5 stars, for the cuteness of it and the poor to average quality of each piece.

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1 comments:

theworldaccordingtowoman said...

Holy jumping Batman!!! Talk about details!!! I loved it!!!

I loved your review.

I am just very sad that for almost 50USD it just wasn't up to snuff.

Thanks for this review! And even though I want the carryign case, it's not worth it!

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