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The Organic Pharmacy: Starter Kit

15 Oct

After 1 month of using my 1st organic skincare range, I am finally ready to post up my review on The Organic Pharmacy!!!

=D

Does organic skincare work???

How does it compare to the other commercial brands out there???

Most importantly, is the customer service better at retail outlets selling organic skincare???  Ok, just kidding on this one.  Or HALF-kidding because organic skincare is so much more expensive than commercial brands, so I figure that the customer service provided should also be of higher quality, right?

If you read my previous posts, you will know that I have bought the organic skincare products from a local retail outlet called Bud Cosmetics.

From Bud Cosmetics, I bought the following organic items:

1.  100% Pure – Organic Cranberry Facial Cleansing Foam (which I had already given a review HERE)

2.  The Organic Pharmacy – Starter Kit (see below photo) which comprises of:

  1. 7ml Carrot Butter Cleanser
  2. 1 x Organic Cotton Muslin Cloth
  3. 5ml Antioxidant Serum
  4. 5ml Antioxidant Gel
  5. 7ml Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream
  6. 7ml Double Rose Ultra Cream
  7. 30ml Jasmine High Gloss Shampoo
  8. 30ml Jasmine High Gloss Conditioner
  9. 30ml Lemon & Eucalyptus Shower Gel
  10. Travel Pouch

The Starter Kit costs around SGD$150 from Bud Cosmetics.

I visited The Organic Pharmacy official Europe website HERE and saw that the Starter Kit costs like £45.00 & converts to about SGD$99 (without the shipping costs).  I will probably ask my friend to help me buy their products when he goes over to Europe next March.

The Organic Pharmacy seems to be on the higher end of the organic skincare market.  I found this article online HERE that states that a few Hollywood stars swear by one of its product called the Rose Plus Anti-Aging Cream.  Ah crap, it’s not in my starter kit.

I think organic products are not a sure guarantee that you will get perfect complexion.  Just like how you use other brands as well, there is no 100% guarantee that it will work for you.  So I guess you just have to trial & error to find out what suits your skin.  Well, if it does not turn out too well, at least you will still be feeding good natural safe stuff to your skin, right?

I have been using The Organic Pharmacy products (including the 100% Pure Cranberry cleansereveryday since 02 September 2010 for about a month.

The shampoo, conditioner & shower gel were the 1st to finish up.  Followed by the Carrot Butter cleanser.

But I still have about ½ amount left for the rest of the products.  I am surprised that a trial size can actually last for more than 1 month!  I am estimating that it will be good for a total of 2 months?  It lasts because I only need a small amount for the entire face.

If The Organic Pharmacy is not that pricey, I seriously will consider repurchasing their products in real-size because I truly feel that they work fabulously on my skin.  But at this moment, I am hesitant about the pricing..  =\

My initial thoughts:
I originally thought that organic skincare is not working for me because for the first 2 weeks, I felt like I was in living hell because my face broke out in small bumps + blackheads + whiteheads + fine lines all over my forehead.  It would seem like I have developed congested skin.

Mummyyyyyy!!!  Help me!!!!

 

 

 

I even gave some serious thought to stop using the skincare.

Luckily!  I browsed The Organic Pharmacy website & read that I have to give my skin at least 1 month to adjust.  See the link HERE and read the last paragraph which states, “Some may experience skin detox when switching to The Organic Pharmacy brand. This is literally the skin cleansing itself of petrochemical residues. Please allow one month for the skin to adjust.

Boy am I glad that I stuck with my organic skincare routine because now, I am VERY VERY EXTREMELY OMFG satisfied.

I am guessing that during the 2 weeks of living hell, my skin was experiencing purging of blackheads / whiteheads / toxins.  I initially also broke out with a few zits.

However, during the 3rd week, my face started clearing up more & more until I can visibly see the reduction of blackheads on my nose.

My weird rash disappeared COMPLETELY.

No cold sores.  No itchiness.

Maybe I will post up my Before & After photos within this October month.  I have taken photos before I used any organic skincare, so now I will take the after shots.

*GLEE*

My Reviews on The Organic Pharmacy Starter Kit:

(a)  The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser &

(b) The Organic Pharmacy  Organic Cotton Muslin Cloth

If any of you have used Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, this Carrot Butter Cleanser basically works the same way.  It gets rid of all the impurities on your face & leaves it feeling clean.  From the instructions that I read on The Organic Pharmacy website, this is to be used for night cleansing.

Its texture is kind of like a soft wax & needs to be melted before you apply it onto dry face.

What I do is I scoop out about ½ a teaspoon of the cleanser onto my palm & just kind of tap on it repeatedly with my finger until it melts into an oil texture.  Then I massage it all over my dry face.


 

 

After massaging the oil around my face until I feel satisfied, I dampen the muslin cloth with warm water & wipe off the cleanser.

Why do we need to use the muslin cloth?

It is for a better cleanse because the texture of this cloth is slightly rough, but it does not hurt.  It just feels like it is exfoliating your face at the same time.

Also, if you do not use the muslin cloth, the oil from the cleanser doesn’t slide off your face when you rinse with water.  So you will probably feel uncomfortable leaving oil on your skin.

For me, I still double-cleanse with the Cranberry Cleanser from 100% Pure just to make sure all the dirt & grime is gone.

After that, my face feels grime-free & nicely moisturized!  Love it to the max.

Here is the ingredient list below.  I feel safe knowing that my skin is drinking up all the natural stuff now.  No SLS, no petro-chemicals, no silicone, no preservatives, no harshness in whatsoever way.

Jojoba, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Carrot, Marigold, St Johns Wort, Rosemary, Sesame Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Lavender, Chamomile, Sunflower Oil, Beeswax.

I would definitely get a real-size Carrot Butter Cleanser after I’m done with the starter size.

(c)  The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Firming Serum &

(d) The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Gel

I can’t really comment much about the results of these 2 Antioxidant products because they just protect your skin & 1 month is too short a time for it to reverse sun damage like my freckles (as they have been around for like… centuries).

Still, I love the smell but I cannot describe it.  It has a little herbal scent + a little citrus scent.

For me, I spritz my face with Avene Thermal Water.  Then mix 1 drop of serum & 1 drop of gel on my palm to lightly pat on my damp face (the instruction told me to mix them like this & it is fun doing it!).  Or sometimes, I mix 2 drops of serum & 2 drops of gel for both my damp face & neck.  Must protect neck also, right?

Why do I apply it on damp skin?

Tips: Because I read that water can assist the products to get absorbed into your skin much better!  And I use the Avene Thermal Water because it is pure with no chemicals.

(e)  The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream

I did a little research over the internet on the reviews for this cream & it seems like a best-selling moisturizer at The Organic Pharmacy.

This cream is lightweight & smells like roses with a hint of herbs.  For us local Singaporeans, I am sure you will understand it better if I say that this moisturizer smells like Bandung.

I just need a little bit of the cream for the whole face!  I like the way it is moisturizing yet does not feel heavy or sticky.

I apply this after the Antioxidant serum & gel while my face is still slightly damp.  It absorbs wonderfully!

I am considering to get a full-size of this as well.

(f)  The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Ultra Cream

This is another moisturizer in my starter kit.

It is thicker & heavier than the Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream.

Here, I’ll include a photo as comparison for the (e) Rejuvenating Cream & (f) Ultra Cream below:


You can see that the Rejuvenating Cream is smoother & more watery than the Ultra Cream.

This Ultra Cream is more suitable for dry skin.  And since I do not have dry / dehydrated skin, I pat a little on my neck while it is still damp from shower.  Whereas my mother who is older ahem… more matured, she absolutely loves this thicker cream as it absorbs wonderfully on her face!  =D  She is already asking me to get my friend to purchase this for her as well.  Tee Hee!

I must add that it is surprising to see that my neck is smoother than ever!!!  omg.  The lines that I have on my neck is not as obvious as before!!!  Of course a few of the deep creases are still slightly noticeable, but trust me when I say that they look a lot better after 1 month of applying the Ultra Cream everyday!

My neck used to have these rough bumps but now when I run my hands along my neck, they are gone.  GONE.  How amazing is that???  Even the fine lines & creases have significantly improve!!!

I really really really really loveeeeeeeeeeee the way this moisturizer works for my neck, but it would be a little silly to get the full-size just for neck application.  Right?  I dunno.  I’m holding out on this one first.  But if I cannot find another product that works that well for my neck, then I’ll get this in full-size as well.

(g)  The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine High Gloss Shampoo,

(h) The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine High Gloss Conditioner &

(i)  The Organic Pharmacy Lemon & Eucalyptus Shower Gel

I’m just going to do these 3 together because there is nothing much I can comment as they only last for 3 times of usage.

The jasmine shampoo doesn’t foam very much, so I used quite a lot as I have really long hair.  After I rinse off the shampoo, my hair felt squeaky clean!  It might feel like the shampoo had stripped off all the moisture, but after my hair dried, it was smooth & soft with volume.  Strange, right?  I probably need a bigger bottle in order to really give a review on this.  =(

The jasmine conditioner did not ‘stick’ on my hair like the normal commercial conditioners.  This is probably because the organic conditioner does not contain silicone or fillers like our commercial conditioners, so it felt like it didn’t stay on my hair.  I at first thought that it was not going to work, but after I rinse the conditioner off, the ends of my hair felt smooth & slick! 

The lemon & eucalyptus shower gel also does not foam much because it does not contain cancer-causing SLS or any harmful ingredients.  The smell is invigorating and left me wanting more!  After I dried myself off, my body skin does not feel tight.

However, for these 3 products, I will not be getting them again because of their high prices.

Overall thoughts:

I am sure to start on a natural / organic products from now on.  Plus, I believe that the organic products are going to do greater good with my body.  Having said that, I still do not think that I will go 100% into natural / organic.

But I realized that being more aware of the harmful ingredients can save me money too!  Because I used to go over to any skincare counter & look at that products with its cute packaging + advertising hype and I want to buy them.  Now I pick up a product & look at its ingredient list first.  If I see an ingredient that I do not like, I put it back.  $$$ saved!

The only problem I am facing now is buying the organic products that I want.  Most of them are not available in Singapore.  And those that are sold here in Singapore, has a high mark up.  But I guess it will be worth it in the end by cutting down on the daily chemicals I put on my body.

By the way, if you’re interested to know the ingredients for The Organic Pharmacy, you can find them in their official website where they state the full ingredients for each of their products!  =D

Before I end this, a Berry Mii stamp of approval for The Organic Pharmacy!  Big one.

The Discovery of Organic Skincare (Part 2)

8 Sep

In case you feel that this post is all over the place & not in a rational sequence, that is because I am blogging this in the middle of the night & feeling very groggy now, but yet cannot go to bed until I let out all these thoughts in my head.

I love blogs.  Do you love blogs?  I think they are like online diaries where you leave a piece of you in the virtual world & it remains there for your kids or grandkids or great-grandkids or any future family member whom you will never meet after you pass away.  But they can still type in your blog address & read what their ancestors (ie: me) have experienced in the past.

And obviously, my future generations will probably realize that I have been obsessed with skincare for now.  And I still have lots of posts on FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD.  And who knows where else my obsession will take me in the future?  Oh right, I am also searching for a semi-pro camera!

Anyway, further to my previous blog post HERE, I realized something strange.

As I was doing  my research on where to purchase organic skincare in Singapore, it was actually difficult to find any information related to this.

WHY????? WHY IS THIS SO????

I need help!!!  I feel so paranoid from all these stares from people.  They keep looking at my mouth area!!!

In animal world, it would probably feel like:

THEY’RE ALL LAUGHING AT ME!!!!!
“HA HA never wash mouth ah!!
HA HA got pimple on your lip!!
HA HA your face got mushrooms growing!!”
Image Credit: Unknown

 

 

I figure that Singaporeans are so not into the whole organic trend yet.  Instead, it is the Americans & the Canadians & the British who are more into organic skincare.

Although my mother got into this manic craze over organic food products 10 years ago, we ourselves have never even thought about organic skincare until I got sick of my face looking like crap all the time + my new doctor urging me to use products that are free from parabens / chemicals / preservatives / fragrances.

When she said free from everything, the 1st thought in my head was, “siao ah… where to find this kind of product“.

What does this tell you?  Are Singaporeans really that ignorant towards the availability of organic skincare???  Or we just don’t care?  Or is it just me who is oblivious to healthy stuff?

Hmmm… let’s give this a little thought.

I think there are a few logical reasoning to this:

1)  Singaporeans are not as exposed to organic skincare!!!

Instead, we are crazy over the Korean brands because they are endorsed by cutesy Korean actors / actresses bouncing around adorably on our Korean dramas.

We also have high-end products like Estee Lauder & Shu Uemura & SKII calling all the big shots.  But organic skincare???  Can you even think of 1 TV advertisement on organic skincare???  I know I can’t.

Note: For some strange reason, Bee Choo comes to mind, but I do
not think they are organic. Herbs, yes. But organic? I dunno.

2)  Singaporeans are not as concerned about health because we take our healthcare benefits for granted.

Unlike the Americans, they need to purchase health insurance in order to be subsidized for medical treatment.

But us?  We get to enjoy subsidized rates at Polyclinics & Government Hospitals just by being Singaporeans!  How great is that?  But this probably leads us to think that we do not need to take care of our health.

3)  Organic skincare is not readily available here in Singapore!

Why is that????  I have been trying to source for a store here in Singapore that carries various organic brands & so far, only 1 store came up – Bud Cosmetics.

Either that or we have to ship directly from the brand’s website itself.

Maybe I am really bad at research, but I shall press on & look for more local alternatives!!!

KAMBATE~~~~~ (if that is even the right spelling)

Wait wait wait…

… must include act cute symbol…    (^_^)v

4)  Organic skincare is expensive.

You bet it is.  I recently bought a cleanser from 100% Pure & a starter kit from The Organic Pharmacy.  Don’t bother to search for their retail outlets because they are not in Singapore.  I bought their products through Bud Cosmetics & you can view the website HERE.  They do home delivery too.

The cleanser alone costs $36.

The starter kit can probably only last you about 3 – 4 weeks & it costs a whopping $150!!!  Just for a trial set!!!

Organic skincare can be between the range of Shiseido to SKII to Estee Lauder, depending on the brand you get.  It is definitely not your Biore or Neutrogena.  So far, I have not found an organic skincare below the price of SGD$20.  =(

Btw, I am currently on the search for organic skincare is partly due to my current skin problems.  Just this year alone, I have no idea why my face decided to go on a strike & burst out with cold sores + weird rashes + mosquito-like itchy bumps.

Too much chemicals accumulated over the years?  Probably.

You know I think my body has some kind of WARNING trigger.  Sometimes, when I eat too much meat, my body suddenly will crave for vegetables.  Or if I’m drinking too much soft drinks, my mouth will crave for water.  Or when I snack too much, even the cookie looks like it is giving me a disapproving look.

Grandma, is that you?????
Image Credit: Unknown

 


Do you experience this too, or is it just me?

That is also why I believe that now my face is going on strike.  It is craving for the natural goodness from mother nature.

Does this mean that Berry Mii will no longer use non-organic skincare?

OF COURSE NOT!!!

I am still very much interested in kawaii-looking skincare from Korea.  So far, Innisfree & Baviphat are pretty gentle on the skin & some of their products do work, you just got to find the right one for you.

Besides, now that I know I have organic skincare to fall back on, I might go even wilder on trying out all these products.

GO CRAZY!!!

FACIAL MASKS!!!!!

SERUMS!!!!!

WHITENING / BRIGHTENING!!!

ANTI-AGING!!!!!

SCRUBS!!!!

ARARARARARARARAHRAHRARAHRARHARR!!!!!

The End.

The Discovery of Organic Skincare (Part I)

4 Sep

Just a quick one today.

Remember I had these horrible cold sores for like… MONTHS???  Don’t remember?  Click HERE to see how bad it is.  This basically went on for about 5-6 months already.  Recently, my doctor put me on 2 weeks antibiotics + 1 week anti-viral medication + continuous application of an anti-viral cream.  So why do I have a massive breakout of cold sores?  It could be any of the reasons as stated in my previous blog.

Besides the horrifying cold sores, you may ask any of my ex-colleagues & they will tell you that I have been having these weird rash since 2 years ago.  This weird bumpy / scaly rash is located on my chin & occasionally the right side of the corner lip would flake like crazy & eventually get infected.  Why am I getting this?  Even my doctor doesn’t know, but she said that she suspects it is eczema.

Also, my face will itch like crazy if I use the wrong facial products.

You know what I think?

I think this is one of those FML moments big time.  Which human on earth wants to live life constantly worrying about her freakin face?  It makes me feel goddamn self-conscious, I tell you.

Ok that is actually not what I wanted to say.  What I really wanted to say was that I think it was my facial products.  Especially the facial cleanser from Beauty Credit called Acnever.  Thank god they are going to discontinue this Acnever cleanser.  Beauty Credit has replaced it with this Bamboo cleanser which I heard from my brother that it worked WONDERS for his face.  And it is true.  This Bamboo cleanser got rid of all my brother’s chin acne & his face is practically reborn.  Jealous.

Anyway, my constant outbreak of cold sores + weird rash drove me to DESPERATION MODE.  I just want to have good clear skin!  Is that so wrong?!?!?!

But I can’t help that I have got sensitive skin.  I do not have iron-clad skin like some of you.  There are people who can use harsh soaps on their faces & it doesn’t even harm them one little bit.

Since the doctor told me to go simple & use products that are free from parabens / chemicals / fragrances /etc, I started to do my own research on the internet.  I wanted to know which ingredients are the so-called chemicals, etc etc.

For a whole month, I started to research on what the hell are those ingredients in our skincare.  It’s pretty amazing what the internet can tell you & you’ll be shocked at what you can find.  I won’t go into details on this, but if you really want to find out, go grab one of your skincare now & key the ingredients into your Google search engine.

My research led me to Organic skincare.  I was skeptical, but curious & also aware that organic products are always more costly.  See HERE for my post on the Elianto Organic Infusion mask.  I still have a yet-to-be posted review on its cleanser, which will be soon.

Again, I have to remind you that just because the product has the word ORGANIC on them, it does not mean that the product contains only organic stuff.  You have to look closer at the ingredient list.

Overall, I think Elianto is pretty decent.  But are there more organic brands out there?  There ARE.

I’m particularly interested in these 2 brands at the moment:

1)  100% Pure

2)  The Organic Pharmacy

So far, these 2 brands do not include any funny stuff in their products apart from organic ingredients.  I have bought a few products from them already & am trying them out.  If you’re interested, my reviews will be coming up soon.  But not so soon.  Probably in another 3 weeks’ time, because I want to be sure of their results before reviewing them.

I’m still in the search for more organic brands!  =)

In the meantime, wish me luck!  I really need these products to work for my sensitive skin right now.  Pray that my cold sores + weird rash will disappear for good.

Have a good Saturday, people!  =)

Updated:  Read Part II over HERE.