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The Skin Food: Fresh Aloe Pack

4 Nov

It has been some time since I last blogged about a non-natural skincare product.  But when I received The Skin Food Fresh Aloe Pack, I am still tempted to try it. 

The label states that this mask is to provide hydration to the skin & since I have not been sleeping well the past few nights, my cheeks are already looking drier than it should be.  There were even a few flaky patches around my mouth area.  So this is like THE perfect time to try this mask out.

However, as I am now more aware of what goes in my skincare product, I have this compulsive need to look at the ingredients.

Propylene Glycol (PG) is listed as the Top 2 in the ingredient list & I have read about the harmful effects it can cause, so I am not too hot over it.  There are so many articles on the internet relating to PG.  Some state that it is harmless, others state that it is toxic.  And of course, those that state that it is safe for use are all written by companies who ARE using PG in their skincare.  Then those promoting natural ingredients are claiming that it can cause severe skin allergies & cancer.  BUT!  But, I still managed to find a rather objective & unbias article HERE where it states that there is no risk of cancer if PG is used in concentrations less than 50%.  And though cancer is ruled out, it was found that PG caused allergic reactions that triggered eczema & other skin allergies, even when its formulation is less than 50%.

The aloe leaf juice is stated somewhere in the middle.  I wonder why can’t they just put the aloe juice as the top ingredient instead of water (which is listed #1).  I also noted that the last 3 ingredients on that list are actually synthetic dyes & also may be a skin irritant.

The mask is this gooey texture that feels like a light gel.  Scent-wise, it smells of light fresh perfume.

I left the pack in the fridge before applying it on my face, so it was cooling & refreshing.  I left it on for about 10 mins & washed off with lukewarm water.

I quite like the immediate effect of the mask.  My face felt refreshed & it looked like it did calm the flaky patches around my mouth.

However, by the 4th time I used this mask, my chin itched a little & there were bumps that looked like mosquito bites.  I am guessing that I should not be using this so often.  I tried it out 3 times a week, but maybe now I should cut it down to just once a week.

My skin is hyper sensitive since early this year & it is not entirely liking this aloe mask as a frequent use.  I do not have anything against non-natural products & I am actually still using some products from other brands which are all fine.

At this moment, no Berry Mii stamp of approval for this one.

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The Skin Food: Grapeseed Oil Body Shower Gel

2 Oct

(did I post the above photo a little too bit?  Oh well)

HI I AM BACK FROM MALACCA!!!

There are a whole bunch of photos, but I will post them up sooner or later.  I’ve taken all photos with my new Sony Nex-5!!!  And I am definitely loving the photo quality.  No regrets in getting it.

Regardless whether I am embarking towards the natural / organic range, I guess I’m still open to try out the other commercial products in the market.

I have been to The Skin Food outlet at Suntec City quite a number of times & the Grapeseed Oil range (namely the Body Shower Gel & Body Emulsion) is always sold out!!!  WHY IS THIS SO????  Is it really that good???  And because it is unavailable, I pre-ordered my products from an online blogshop.  Actually, I order my Korean brands from a few online blogshops after months of thorough research on who is offering a better deal or lower price.

I bought this Grapeseed Oil shower gel (from an online blogshop) at about SGD$17 & I received the product in early Sept.  If I am not wrong, retail stores are selling this at about SGD$25 (can’t really remember).

At the back of the product, it states that the shower gel contains jojoba beads & nutrient-rich grape seed oil that can smoothen the skin.  But does it really?  See below photo:

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Now that I am more aware about the ingredients in our products, I am definitely curious to see what it contains, but I do not read Korean.

Luckily for us non-Koreans, The Skin Food is considerate enough to include an English version on a peel-back label as shown below!!!

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They are so considerate. Now we can look at the ingredients!  See below photo:

(this is as large as it can get… if you still cannot read the words on the above photo, then please get your eyes checked by a professional optician)

Looking at the top few ingredients  & I am feeling a little skeptical already.  This is because those ingredients listed on the top will contain the bulk of the contents in a product.  And those listed at the bottom means that there are only traces of the ingredients, kind of like… … sprinkling pepper on your big bowl of porridge.

And now I’m seeing a whole bunch of chemicals being listed on the top.  The jojoba seads & grapeseed extract are somewhere in the middle.

Sigh.

ANYWAY, I still tested it out & I am going to finish the bottle.

When I squeezed the shower gel out, it oozes out slowly which tells me that its consistency is very very thick.  And those little dark purple dots you see are the jojoba beads.

I must say that the smell is rather pleasant.  =)   It has this light sweet grape fragrance.  I am a sucker for fragrances.

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Despite the fragrance, the texture itself is terrible.  It felt like I was soaping myself with those cheap liquid glue that I used back in school.

It is thick & slimy & a portion of the shower gel sticks to my palm even after I applied it directly on my body.  Hmmm… I think it would probably work better if I foam it up on a loofah first.

The distribution of jojoba seeds in the shower gel is acceptable, but I still can’t bring myself to like this because of the glue’y texture.

I will not be repurchasing this anymore.

The way I see it, I rather buy a bar of natural soap from Chagrin Valley as it will cost me about SGD$13 (including shipping, if I purchase 7 items together).  It is cheaper & healthier.  You can view their website HERE.  They do ship internationally.  And once I am done with my current commercial products, I will be switching over to the natural ones soon.

Sad to say, no Berry Mii stamp for this product.  And this makes me even more curious why is this product sold out in Singapore???

My friend who asked me to get her the Grapeseed Oil Emulsion for the 1st time, also told me that she is not quite satisfied with the emulsion because even though it smells sweet, but somehow felt artificial & left her feeling even more dry after some time.

Just for viewer’s sake, this is a photo of the Grapeseed Oil Emulsion which I took after I received the product.

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I guess it is just a personal preference & right now, my subconscious is telling me to cut down on the usage of chemicals on my body.

I am also using a body scrub from The Face Shop & I do not hate it.  I know it also contains chemicals, but I definitely prefer the TFS body scrub over this Grapeseed Shower Gel.

I will probably do a post on the body scrub from TFS soon.

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Do you think my obsession with natural / organic products have gone too far??

Or do you agree that we should take precautions against potentially harmful chemicals?

The Skin Food: Ginseng Wash-Off Mask

25 Aug

We have tried a lot of face masks in our lives, whether it is a mask sheet or a wash-off mask or a peel-off or even a heating mask.

But how many of us can say that the mask actually smells strongly of Ginseng???

NOW WE CAN!!!

There is this new range of Wash-Off masks at The Skin Food and the one we tested 2 times a week for a continuous period of 3 weeks is the Ginseng mask!!!

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One of our human ‘test subjects’ had bought this from a local supplier who carries authentic Korea products & we are all eager to find out what the results are like!

As you can see, everything is written in Korean.  We were quite disappointed to see that the ingredient list is also written in Korean because we want to know what is in this mask.


But wait!!!

What is this flap at the bottom of the container that says, “Open Here”??

Not possible you scoop the mask out from THERE, right???

*itchy fingers pick at the flap*


Gosh!!!  The Skin Food Korea is kind & considerate enough to include English!!!  In fact, I think among all the Korean brands, The Skin Food is the only one who included an English version on both their website & products.  They deserve an award or something, man.

When you first open the container, it is the very strong Ginseng smell that hits you first.  This should mean that there are lots & lots of good stuff in this mask, right??  As you peek at the mask, it has an off yellowish-grey color & there are tiny bits of Ginseng powder evenly distributed in the gel-like mask.

Slapping on the mask is not a hassle at all.  I would think that it is most suitable for people on-the-go (or the impatient ones) who do not have much time to spend lying around in bed for 15-20 mins & waiting for the mask to set.

For this Ginseng mask, you first have to cleanse your face & massage it on.  Then leave it for only 5 mins & rinse off!!!  It is THAT fast & simple.  You can even do this in the shower.  How convenient & fuss-free!!!  The fact that you only need 5 mins must mean that the mask is jam-packed filled with delicious potent stuff that works FAST to create results, right?

I am quite tempted to know what this tastes like.

Will it… taste like… ginseng?????

*chickens out*

Anyway, you know what it did for my skin?

The thing that I am absolutely most satisfied with is that I managed to get a slightly dewy complexion at the end of the 3-week testing!!!

I used to have these wrinkly fine lines around my cheek & mouth areas because they were so dry & my complexion has always been tired-looking.  But after 3 weeks, I feel that my complexion does not look that lifeless anymore!  Even the fine lines are not that obvious when I laugh or smile!  =D

However, my T-zone (which was originally already oily) has gotten a little oilier than before, so I would suggest not to apply this too often on the T-zone area.  Maybe just once a week is sufficient.

Overall, I truly am impressed with how this mask works out for me & give it a Berry Mii stamp of approval.  =D

I’m even thinking of trying out the other masks under this range!!!

😉