Happy Friday, as we greet the weekend, I want to talk about a skincare product that I’ve been trying out for a little while. Specifically, this is the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion, which I’m using as part of my night time skincare routine.
Soap & Glory a little bit confusing when it comes to their cruelty-free status, but they do have a section on their FAQ page which states:
“DO YOU TEST ON ANIMALS?
We understand that animal testing is a key concern for a growing number of consumers and at Soap & Glory, we can confidently state that all of our formulations are safety and efficacy tested on people. (Although you might argue about that if you’d seen the condition of some of their feet. YEEEESH. )
At Soap & Glory, we uphold very strict guidelines through our regularly audited manufacturing partners that uphold the ‘no animal testing’ policy. As well, we are fortunate that our biggest retail partner – Boots The Chemists- upholds the very same standards by funding through an organisation called FRAME, which is the FUND for the REPLACEMENT of ANIMALS in MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS) in an effort to eliminate reliance in the industry on animal testing That said – and because we feel it necessary to be transparent and to educate EVERYBODY- it’s important for you to know that no retailer or manufacturer can categorically state that ‘none’ of their raw materials or ingredients have –at some time in the past- been tested on animals. The majority of individual raw materials used in cosmetics today have been through some kind of animal testing process.
At Soap & Glory, we absolutely do not test our formulations on animals, however we can’t say that each and every ingredient that goes into them has not, at some point historically, been cleared for human use, by animal testing. We hope this answers your question. If you need any more information about animal testing, we’d suggest you contact Colipa, the European Cosmetics Directive association, via www.colipa.eu.”
This for me leaves them in a weird grey area when it comes to their status, as they seem to be going really out of their way to acknowledge the historical nature of animal testing on individual ingredients, and it feels like a diversion. By this I mean, they don’t mention to what extent are they regulating the companies helping to formulate and test their products and ingredients. So interpret at your own personal discretion. I’m personally undecided, but as I bought this before actively going cruelty-free, I’m allowing myself time to research more into the brand’s status.
So what is this product? As the very long name suggests, it is a moisture lotion, and is aimed at oily or combination skin. Part of the name includes “micro smoothing”, which implies to me that it’s meant to help with gentle micro-exfoliation, to help maintain a smooth skin complexion, so that was intriguing to me. It’s likely what drew me in in the first place. It’s this skin treatment aspect that encouraged me to include it in my night time routine, so it can get to work on my skin while I sleep, with no interference from stress, my makeup or other factors.
As far as the packaging goes, it’s a simple soft plastic tube with a hard plastic twist cap. The cap twists off with relative ease, where there’s a small hole to squeeze the product out of. The soft plastic tube is really satisfying for me, as I’m the kind of person who works from the top end of the tube and work my way down. I love how this shows the progress I’ve made, and looks much more appealing to me than squeezing from lower down the tube. Do you do this as well? Or do you squeeze lower down?
The box the tube comes in doesn’t specify in detail what you can and can’t recycle, so check your local recycling for what they accept and take it from there. I will definitely be able to recycle the box, but I’ll be checking my council’s recycling policy for plastic recycling, as I’m concerned I won’t be able to recycle much of it.
The packaging doesn’t feature many claims, although I will feature the instructions in case you’re curious:
“Every morning and evening, massage The Fab Pore Moisture Lotion onto clean and scrubbed skin. Follow with your sunscreen (every morning) and eye cream.”
I want to say off the bat, that I really appreciate that Soap & Glory encourage positive skincare habits with the mention of using sunscreen and eye creams, particularly the former. It’s really important to look after your skin, and sunscreen is a vital skincare step.
As I use this only at night time, I don’t use sunscreen immediately after this product, but of course, I do apply an eye cream as part of my night time routine. I use this on the oiliest areas of my face, which are my nose, forehead and chin. I use a separate moisturising product on my cheeks and jaw as they’re not as oily and respond better to products not tailored for oily skin types.
The formula itself is a creamy-gel green texture, although the light green colour doesn’t leave a tint of any kind on the skin itself. It’s really easy to smooth over the skin, but the only issue I find is that it doesn’t take a bit longer to sink in areas like the rounded areas of my nose. It’s because of this that I don’t use it in my day time routine as well, as I have other moisturising products that don’t require as much time to full absorb into the skin. On flatter areas of the face like the forehead, this isn’t an issue, but it’s not universally quick-absorbing on my skin.
My skin does like the moisture it provides though, so while it’s not the right fit for a fast routine like my day time routine, it is fine for my night time routine where I do set aside time to really make sure I wind down and prepare for bed.
The only thing I really raise my eyebrow at is the “micro smoothing” part of the name that I pointed out towards the beginning of the post. While I think it’s a fine moisturiser and does its job, the name feels misleading for me. I typically see my skin get congested after 2-3 days since my last shower/mask/exfoliating session, and I don’t find this moisturiser has helped relieve my skin or extend that period.
So if you’re looking at this product thinking it’s going to help with clogged pores, skin congestion, and other symptoms like it, I can’t say this will do the job. I don’t typically expect a moisturiser to do that anyway, but as it is part of the name, I do think it’s important to be transparent about it. If you’re looking at this product as a generic moisturiser, this is worth considering. From my experience it’s one I’d use at night time exclusively, but this does also depend on how your skin reacts to the formula.
Overall, it’s a decent product, although it has a slightly misleading name from my experience. I don’t plan to repurchase it as it’s not exceptional enough for my skin, but if you find yourself in a pinch or just eager to try a product from the brand and can look past the misleading name, it is worth considering. I suggest waiting for a sale or offer, as I do see Soap & Glory included in Boots’ sales marketing.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, I hope it was helpful. If you have any questions that I didn’t quite answer for you, please don’t be afraid to ask. Otherwise, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.