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When I Cannot Sleep + Mysterious Soap

1 Dec

… I do not count sheeps.  It is so overrated.

… I also do not take any sleeping pills.

… but sometimes, I do take the occasional cough syrup to make myself drowsy.  What?!  I am not a drug addict.  It just so happen that there is a bottle lying around from my previous visit to the doctor!

*shifty eyes shifty eyes*

Anyway. 

What is the BEST cure for a sleepless night?  When your mind is racing crazily or you’re feeling excited for god knows what reason, how do you ensure that you get enough sleep instead of rolling around in bed?

There are certain nights where I daydream a little while I am lying in bed.  No points for guessing what I am daydreaming about!  *ahem*…  And when my daydream gets a little too exciting (again, no points), my brain just continues ON & ON & ON with no intentions of falling asleep.

HOW??

YOU TELL ME HOW????????

I can’t believe that I’m saying this.

But I have officially found the perfect solution.

… which is to daydream even more, BUT the trick is to daydream the appropriate events that will lead you to fall asleep.  My Top 5 favourites are:

1)  I daydream about myself getting into a car accident & ending up in a coma.  When I imagine that I am in a coma, I can fall asleep.

2)  I imagine that I take a nice relaxing bath & go to bed in my daydream & I fall asleep.  But sometimes this backfires on me & make me crave for a real bath instead.

3)  I picture propellers spinning really hard & fast, then I power them down one by one.  As the propellers spin slower & slower until they reach a standstill, I will feel more & more sleepy then I fall asleep.

4)  This is only for really cool weather.  I wrap myself up into a cocoon with my blanket & imagine that I am a caterpillar & have to hibernate until I become a butterfly & I fall asleep. 

5)  I feel frustrated from not being able to fall asleep, so I get up & thrash around in bed crazily until my body is really really realllllllllllllllllllllly tired.  Then I imagine that I have just gotten into a terrible fight with someone & I’m feeling really exhausted, then I eventually fall asleep.

 

 

I read about how you should drink warm milk or chamomile tea or use relaxing essential oils to help you to drift off to sleep & none of them works for me.

Speaking of trouble sleeping, it reminds me of this manga that I read a few years back called After School Nightmare.  Click HERE if you’re interested in reading it.  Scroll right to the bottom & click on Vol 1 Chapter 1 to begin reading.  This manga has quite a lot of chapters.  Sorry, no smut or ecchi.  Just lots of mystery, but when you get to the end of the story, you’ll be like…

WOOOOOOOOOOOO… I is amazed!!!

 

 

Oh oh… and you know I mentioned about the MangaDL application on my spanking new iPhone 4, right?  I recently downloaded the manga called Bitter Virgin (click on link) & I read a few chapters on my iPhone before I go to bed.  This is the ultimate bittersweet romance with a touch of comedy.  About this girl who got raped & impregnated TWICE by her stepfather.

p.s – some mangas you read left to right, but others you have to read right to left.

 

By the way, I just discovered this mysterious soap in my bf’s bathroom that works damn well on my face.  It has the letters BSY engraved into the soap.  It was just sitting there in the bathroom & I needed to wash my oily T-zone, so I washed my face with it for a few days & OMG it’s the best thing that ever cleansed my face!!!  Much Much better than that 100% Pure Cranberry cleanser (which I had reviewed HERE)!!!!!

WTH!!!!!!  No wonder my bf has not been getting any skin problems on his face for the past few months!!!  No pimples, no blackheads, no acne!!!!!!  That… that IDIOT… … …


WHY GOOD THINGS NEVER SHARE,
YOU STUPID ASSHOLE?!?!?!?!?!

 

 

I am irritated with him!!!  Because I kept complaining about my skin issues & I had even commented on his improved complexion a few times already, but he still did not mention that he changed his facial soap!!!!  He used to get at least 1 huge acne a week + a few pus-filled zits a week + super oily face, but suddenly his complexion cleared & now he only has slightly oily T-zone.  Much less oily than mine.

Then last few days, when he saw me washing my face with his BSY mysterious soap, he actually said to me, “why you see me *mei mei (translated: pretty pretty) then you also want to try ah?

And I was like, “what?!?!  You mean THIS is the soap that improved your complexion????

I asked him where he bought it, but he said that he cannot remember as it was a few months ago & guys do not remember such things.

Such things??????????  SUCH things??????  The damn soap is a miracle & he doesn’t remember where he got it.

… … …   =(


BO KOR NENG!!!!!!
(translated:  CANNOT BE!!!!!!)

 

 

 I will and must hunt down this soap.

If you know of any soap that has the letters BSY engraved on it, it is transparent & slightly yellowish, does not foam a lot & scentless… OMG PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  I am also quite curious what that soap is made of.  As it is scentless, I know they did not put any synthetic fragrances that will harm my skin.  In fact, I did not have any allergy after using the soap twice a day for a consecutive of 4 days.  My eczema around the lips stopped flaking & looked like they are healing.  No cold sores.  No pimples.  No dryness around my U-zone.  Even the oily T-zone has become less oily.

I’m quite sure that it can be used for problematic body skin as well.

I MUST FIND IT.

 

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DIY Facial Mask – Moroccan Rhassoul Clay

16 Nov

I read that Moroccan Rhassoul Clay can be used as a soap, shampoo, facial  mask & skin conditioner.  But so far, I have only used this to DIY my own facial mask.

This red clay contains a higher percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium & calcium than other clays so even the finest spas currently utilize it for its therapeutic benefits.  This means that I am giving myself a great nourishing facial each time I use this clay.  =D !!!!!!!

I bought mine from Milagro Trading, previously known as Whoopee Kiddies.  You can read more about it on their website.

There were even studies done on this clay that shows it is effective in reducing dryness, improving skin clarity / elasticity & even removing oils.

AMAZING!

Plus it’s not expensive either.  I got the 1 oz jar (as shown in photo below) for only SGD$5.50 and it can surprisingly last quite a long time.

The first few times I made my rhassoul clay mask, I used Chamomile Roman Hydrosol to mix with the clay as I was having dry flaky eczema skin at that time.

The very 1st time I mix my own clay mask, I did not know how much clay to use & how much hydrosol to mix it with.  I got a little over-enthusiastic & used 1 tablespoon of clay then added hydrosol until it formed an almost watery texture.  There was so much facial mask that it was more than enough for my face, neck & chest!!!  Oh well, this clay can be used as a body mask anyway.

After a few more tries, I managed to get the right amount which is 1 to 2 teaspoons (depending how thick I want the mask to be).  Then I add hydrosol to a smooth thick consistency (as shown below photo).

And this is how Berry Mii does it:

1)  Wash my face with cleanser, but I add a little baking soda in that cleanser so it turns into a mild scrub.

2)  Mix my clay mask & let it sit.

3)  Steam my face for 5 mins with a towel over my head.

4)  Pat dry & apply the clay mask.

5)  Leave it on for about 10 to 30mins, depending on what kind of mask I make.  If it is clay + honey, then I will leave it on for longer as it is more moisturizing.   

Point to note: when the clay mask dries up on your face, it can get very tight.  People with dry skin should avoid leaving it on for too long.  You can turn it into a moisturizing mask instead by adding honey like what I do.

6)  Time’s up.  I pat my face with warm water.  As the mask softens, I do a little face massage & it is quite exfoliating as well because the clay bits will scrub my skin.

7)  Rinse off with cold water to close pores & tighten skin.

The result is clear bright skin.  No joke.  The result is instantaneous.  The bumpy whiteheads on my temples are immediately smoothen out.  Blackheads & enlarged pores are visibly lesser.


I. IS. AMAZED!

 

 

Now that I am more confident about mixing my own clay mask, I add other stuffs into it as well like honey / essential oils / serums / green tea / apple cider vinegar / raw fruits or vegetables.  It really depends what my skin needs at that time & I love experimenting!

But so far my HG (Holy Grail) at this moment is Rhassoul Clay + Manuka Honey + a dash of cinnamon.  Remember I had the 2 cyborg eyes (huge red acne) on my face?  I did a little research on Google & decided to make this mask combination for myself.

Holy Moly, it is fabulous.  I love it.  It is deep cleansing, but so moisturizing at the same time.  It left my face feeling so so smooth & clear.

Of course it did not get rid of the 2 cyborg eyes immediately, but I dare say the mask calmed them down a lot.  On top of that I dab on some manuka honey & leave it on for like an hour (or even the whole night if you like) before washing it off.  It has amazing HEALING powers!!!  The honey managed to smooth out the acne spots & reduce the red hot inflammation.

Hmmm… my bf has this gigantic acne on his right armpit that he has been complaining about for a few days.  People get acne in all the weird places!  LOLOLOL!!!

He is so unwilling to try DIY stuff, but I think I should go Operation Armpit Attack on him & force slap some of my DIY acne formula (manuka honey + cinnamon) tonight.  For a week.  Yes, a week because that damn thing is SO HUGE like the size of my thumb.  SERIOUS!

My 2 cyborg eyes took about 3 days of manuka love to cure them.  So his should need treatment for a week or so.

Maybe give that armpit a little spa love as well & apply some of the rhassoul clay.

Everything feels so wrong, but right at the same time.

Ok, now I am excited for some strange reason.

Berry Mii stamp of approval for the Moroccan Rhassoul Clay!

Simmons PawPaw Salve

7 Nov

Previously, I had mentioned about getting the Simmons Pawpaw Salve HERE.  And as I mentioned, shipping cost from Australia is ridiculous!  But after many days of persistent research (i hate research), I found a local seller & ordered it online.

They have other brands of Pawpaw ointments, but I decided to go ahead with the Simmons Paw Paw Salve because I saw that it contains 51 mg/g of fresh fermented pawpaw.

wait a minute, how can fermented be fresh? hmmm...

It has the highest amount of fermented pawpaw & contains no petrochemicals.

I paid SGD$8.50 (includes shipping cost) for a 25g tube of Simmons Paw Paw Salve.

Pawpaw is actually papaya & my family loves eating it.  It is a delicious fruit that has antioxidants which can help boost our immune system with Vitamin C.  However, if you are allergic to latex then you should be aware that the unripe papaya contains latex fluid.

The pawpaw ointment can be used for boils, bruises, minor burns, pimples, eczema (yes!), dry skin, heat rash, insect bites & itchy mosquito bites.  Some websites even state that it can treat ringworm, whitlow & open injuries.  Nursing mothers can use it for dry cracked nipples (oh god that must be painful) while breast-feeding their newborns.  You can even use the ointment on babies to prevent diaper rash or treat it.

The Simmons Pawpaw Salve is a very thick hard balm.  I find that I need to exert some force to squeeze it out of the tube, or maybe it’s just my weak twiggy fingers.

If you play with it between your fingertips, it appears quite sticky.  But why would anyone want to play with it, right?  I dunno.  Just thought it would be fun.

I bought it because I wanted something to soothe my eczema that appears as a flaky patch at the corner of my lips, but I hardly find it useful.  It did provide some comfort with the dryness, but the eczema is still there & sometimes, it gave me a small zit.  And other times, it appears to have developed some bumps over that area.  =\   When I stopped applying the ointment, the bumps went away.  I think the bumps were rashes, but I thought this product is supposed to treat rashes & not create them?

I also tried it on my bf’s heat rash on his back, but no improvement after a week.

I applied it on my zits as well & while they did not go away, I think the paw paw made it easier for me to pop it.  hahaha… ok, I shouldn’t have done that.

However, I find that it works extremely well as a lip balm!  I was suffering from the worst kind of dry cracked lips from the cold air-conditioning in the office.  It was so dry that it was peeling off my lips & it was so unsightly that I tore out the flabby skin & it results in some bleeding.  (-_-)  Anyway, I cannot put on any other lip balms because that would probably activate my cold sores & no amount of water binging could take the dryness away.  Out of desperation, I took out the Simmons Pawpaw Salve & applied sparingly over my lips (trying to avoid touching my skin in case the bumps & zits came back).  By the end of the day, it was no longer chapping, cracking or flaking and my lips are happy, soft & smooth once again.  Just 1 application is all it takes & it lasts with not much need to reapply the pawpaw unless I wash my mouth.

I also tried to rub the pawpaw on my hands, feet & other dry areas like neck.  It works great as a protective moisturizer if you can ignore the slight stickiness, but it will sink into your  skin after a while. And because it does not smell girlish, I stuck to my Jurlique hand cream which I have reviewed HERE.

I have no idea why the ointment did not work as well as it should for my skin as zits & bumps appeared each time I used it.

Ingredients:
fermented pawpaw (carica papaya), water, Rhus Succedanea wax (Japan Wax Tree), glycerine, canola oil, hydrogenated castor oil, beeswax, corn starch

Everything looks ok.

So at first, I thought it would be that my skin reacts to the wax.  But upon further research on the internet, I realized that it could be the corn starch that caused those bumps on my skin.

Paula Begoun says “Starch obtained from corn and sometimes used as an absorbent in cosmetics instead of talc. However, when cornstarch becomes moist, it can promote fungal and bacterial growth.

That is what I managed to find out.  It could still be the wax as people can be allergic to it.  Maybe it is the cornstarch reacting in our humid weather after I applied it on my skin.  I wouldn’t know for sure at this point.

But for it’s amazing performance as a lip balm, it deserves a Berry Mii stamp.

Garden of Wisdom (Part I)

1 Nov

Since my journey towards natural / organic skincare in early September, I got increasingly interested in the GoW products because I read so many positive reviews on the skincare forums.

Is it really that good????

I found a review on GoW HERE.

It is really too bad they are not available in Singapore (as usual), but at least they provide international shipping.  =D

I actually stumbled upon their website a few times during my early stages of organic skincare research, but I never bothered to surf in details.  Maybe because…………… the website looks a little outdated?  Or perhaps it is the layout that did not appeal to me before?

It was only after I happen to read some great reviews on its products & their good customer service, THEN I started to pay attention.  I’m serious.  The raving reviews all over the internet are like 90% positive (just a humanly perceived estimate).

=\

Feeling a little guilty now.

I know I should not have judged a book by its cover.  Or in this case, should not have judged the website by its design.

You can view the GoW official website HERE.

Before I ordered the GoW products, I sent some email enquiries to them on my skin problems & asked for some recommendations.

I waited for like 4 days before I got a reply from a lady called Jen.  Although it was quite a long wait in terms of response time, but Jen was friendly in her email & she gave a detailed recommendation on which products to get.  She also threw in a couple of advices & some useful links for me to read.

I was pleased that she did not give some ½-hearted answer or an answer that consists of only a few sentences.  You can tell that Jen has put some thought into her product recommendations.  I like that.

After that initial email enquiry, I clarified some other issues & the next few replies from Jen were given within 24 hours.

I had placed my order with GoW in late September & received it within 10 days in early October.

I only got sample sizes because I want to try them out first before getting the real-sized ones.

Below are a few photos taken when the products just arrived at my home!

The products inside are protected by wiggly pink styrofoams.  When I saw them, I have this compulsion to break each one in half.  The sound of the styrofoam snapping is so therapeutic. Ahhhhhh~~~

When I saw the samples, I was surprised to see that they are decent sizes!  By the looks of it, they are all going to last quite a long time.

1)      Oats, Milk & Honey Cleanser
2)      Almond Milk & Papaya Enzyme Cleanser
3)      Jen’s Green Tea & Shea Butter Cleanser
4)      Clarifying Toner
5)      Strawberry Hydrating Mist
6)      Honey Hydrating Mist
7)      Promegranate Hydrating Mist
8)      Mandelic Acid 5% without alcohol & without seaweed
9)      Concord Grape Serum
10)    Camelia Oil
11)    Argan Oil
12)    Emu Butter
13)    Minty Fruity Meow Meow Facial Lotion
14)    Put Da Lime in Da Coconut Cream After Bath Conditioner
15)    Dropper

The packaging of the products is nothing special.  In fact, the ink on the labels does smudge a little when in contact with water.  But still, everything functions well, so I am not complaining.  I guess this is how GoW tries to maintain affordable prices for us consumers.

To prevent the ink from staining my fingers, I tore the labels off & used a marker pen to indicate the name of the product underneath the bottle.  Why do I go to such great lengths?  Why don’t I just leave the labels as it is?  It is because ink stains fingers, fingers touch contents of products & contents are applied to face!

I stored all of these products in my refrigerator, so that they can last longer & also to prevent the Emu Butter from melting at room temperature.  Besides, I read that the carrier oils also need to be stored in the fridge.  However, I kept the Mandelic Acid at room temperature in a cool, dark place as it might crystalize in the fridge & will not return back to liquid state.

GoW does use natural preservatives like fermented kimchi.  I am wondering how my skin will react to it since I have developed some skin sensitivity early this year.

I have already started using some of its products last few weeks ago.  Once I am done testing all of them, then I’ll write a Part II.  In the meantime, I have rather mixed feelings about some of the GoW products that I have already tried out.  Keep you posted!  =D

Berry Mii visits 100% Pure!

27 Oct

As per my previous posts (you can find them under the 100% Pure category on my right sidebar under ‘Sort by Brands’), I had bought a Cranberry cleanser in early September from Bud Cosmetics.  And ever since, I have been pretty interested in this brand.

I managed to find another local Singapore seller for the 100% Pure brand & its website HERE.

Janet is giving out a rather good promotion where you choose 7 products & get the cheapest 2 for FREE.  Because of her current promotion, I did a little research & calculation, and found out that it is still slightly cheaper than ordering online from the US sites.

And since I have received some email enquiries on 100% Pure cosmetics from some readers, I asked Janet if I could also take some photos of the natural makeup range & she agreed.  =)

The good thing is that testers are available at her office.

I LOVE TESTING PRODUCTS, OKAY???!!!

I myself have been curious about the cosmetics from 100% Pure because I have never used natural or organic cosmetics.  As 100% Pure cosmetics claim to use natural ingredients, I wonder how will its performance compare to the commercial brands.

*one big long hmmmmmmmmmmmm*

Nevertheless, 100% Pure cosmetics are using fruit & vegetable pigments instead of synthetic dyes / minerals.  So, we will be applying all the healthy nutrients directly on our skin while looking chio (gorgeous) at the same time!  =D

Nothing but natural natural natural.

So, does this mean it is safe to eat 100% Pure products?

Read on & find out.  😉

Note:  No humans were harmed in the tasting of 100% Pure.

100% Pure cosmetics – Revealed!

I hardly put on makeup, but I do need some colors on my face when I attend functions or events.  And because of the recent sensitivity of my skin (ie: disgusting cold sores & irritating eczema, where did you come from & why don’t you just go away), I am beginning to explore the natural/organic makeup range.

Perhaps 100% pure would be ideal?

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Powder Eyeshadows

Most of them look like nudes to me & notice how there isn’t any shade of greens or yellows or blues.  I am guessing that it must hard to get the fruit pigments in those colors.

Blues can come from blueberries.

But what about greens?…. hmmm… kiwi?  no.  green apple’s skin?  no.  spinach??  nah.

And all I think of for yellows is…. …. banana?  Ok, nevermind.

This is why I don't fomulate cosmetics.

 

In the below photo, I picked out 4 colors that looked the most interesting to me.

p.s – try to keep your eyes away from my half bitten thumb nail… *ahem*…

Upon application of the powder eyeshadows to the back of my hand, the powder does not seem to ‘stick’ to the skin & there were flakes of powder around that area.  That would probably explain the uneven color shadings.  The result is similar to applying talcum powder on your skin.  It has sort of a fluffy feel to it, and some of the powder can be ‘dusted’ off if you sweep your fingers across it.

The degree of color intensity from the natural cosmetics are of course, not as vibrant than our commercial ones.  But how can we complain when these natural cosmetics do not harm our skin, right?

I know Pewter looks like a blue in this photo, but in reality, I think it is more of a dark grey that is perfect for that smokey eyes effect.

Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadows

Again, I selected a few colors that caught my eye…

I tried to pick a few darker shades, but still the colors are less obvious than their powdered siblings.

For the cream eyeshadows, it does not come off as loose powder, but you will probably need to apply several more coats to bring the colors out.

I would think that these cream eyeshadows will be good as a base color for your eyes as it is light & sits in the background.  Then you can use the stronger brighter shades from the powder eyeshadows to do the highlighting & stand out.

Personally, I quite like the Star & Posey shades.  I would think they will look great if you dab a little of it at the corner of your eyes.

Lip Butters

Of all the make-up products in the world, I like lip cosmetics the most!

Lips should look soft, moist & pinkish.  And if they don’t, then what better to correct this than a little lip gloss, right?  Sometimes, when I talk to certain people, I noticed that they have this habit of looking at my lips when I talk.  AWKWARD…. so odd & uncomfortable.  It makes me feel extra insecure because I am wondering if my lips are presentable! 

I started with the lip butters as shown below.  Gorgeous gorgeous packaging.

When I opened the tins to take the following photo,  they smell of their respective fruits!  How cute!  I like the strawberry & watermelon ones.

When I tested the products, the lip butter slides on smoothly without any ‘dragging’ feel.  I did not test them on my own lips because I am an OCD freak.  I can only imagine the amount of bacteria living happily in a tester.

The colors are pleasant & the color intensity faired much better than the eyeshadows.  Just 2 coats to reach the achieved result in the photo above.

I quite like the Watermelon lip butter because it has the right kind of pink that I adore.  Light & sweet & smells wonderful.  Plus we won’t be ingesting any potentially harmful chemicals.

Lip Glazes (also known as Lipsticks)

I have always associated lipsticks as a makeup product for the woman in you.

Maybe it is because when I was in school, students are not allowed to put on any form of makeup & must remain our naturally fugly self.  But some of the vain schoolgirls would still dab on a little bit of lip gloss for that little bit of color for that little bit of fresh look.

Upon graduation & when they step out into the working world, these girls went all out to get the bolder colors that a lipstick can provide.

So the way I see it is… … lip gloss = girls… … and lipstick = woman.

However, when I tried out the lip glazes from 100% Pure, it appears that not all of them produce a strong color.  And a handful of them are actually still perfect acting as lip glosses!

Chio colors.  They all look so so good, right??????????

I picked Vixen & Peach Bellini as I have always had a thing for pink.  And Peach Bellini looks like it can provide a wonderful subtle pinkish stain to your lips.

Then I picked out 2 darker shades.

Surprisingly, although Raspberry has this dark strong red color, the result is actually very natural.  If this lip glaze was available back in my schooling days, I bet all those vain girls would go crazy over this.

Cabernet on the other hand, looks like it can be good for that wild party night out.  And for some strange reason, it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn.  (^_-)

  

Lip Glosses

How can we miss out those traditional lip glosses, right?

This range of 100% Pure lip glosses is designed like a twist pen.

You twist it at the bottom, some gloss oozes out onto the brush & you apply it to your lips.

This is the first time I used a twister lip gloss, so it was a little hard for me to gauge just how much twist I should make in order to squeeze the right amount of gloss out.

And me being the enthusiastic person that I am, twisted a little overboard which resulted in a thick glob of gloss on the back of my hand & this is reflected in the photo below.

=(

I feel that these twister glosses are great for those who have dry chapped lips because of its rich texture.  As written under the description of the Cosmopolitian lip gloss in 100% Pure HERE, it stated:

“100% Natural lip glosses made with 83% Vitamin E from organic rice bran and beautiful colors from fruit pigments. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that drenches your lips with moisture and deeply softens.”


  

Tinted Moisturizers

Next I looked at the tinted moisturizers with SPF 20 & tested the shade closest to mine.

The texture felt light enough, but would it blend into my skin?

*pats the tinted moisturizer around the back of my hand before rubbing it in*

TAH DAH!!!

It blends well!

As I have not worn this on my face for the whole day or under the sun, I am unsure if it will clog pores or show streaks when you perspire.  But still, it absorbs quickly & my hand feels smooth.

Foundations & Primer

In the photo below, the 1st 4 are foundations with SPF 20.  The last one on the right is a Primer.

This is actually the 1st time I tested a Primer.  It is to be put on before your foundation so that it can even out your skin & prepare it for the next step of your make-up routine.

Here are the various shades available as shown below:

Then Janet showed me how to enhance the colors of the eyeshadows by putting Primer & tinted moisturizer on 1 of my hand.  See the difference below:

You can see that the colors are more even on the hand with the Primer & tinted moisturizer.  Also, the application is smoother & you need less coats to bring out the colors.

What do you think?

A little on 100% Pure skincare & body care:

Since I am already at the office, I went ahead to take some shots of the available skincare & body care ranges.

And I must say that Janet was the face of patience & politeness while I anti-socially arranged the products & stoically snapped away with my Sony Nex-5 in a hunched Gollum stance.

*Berry Mii snapping away at the 100% Pure products*
omg!  The resemblance is uncanny!

 

If I were Janet, I can imagine the thoughts that were going thru her head at that moment.  But I cannot help the fact that I do transform into a robot when I am totally engrossed in doing something.   =P

Anyway… if you have been asking yourself, “since 100% Pure claims to be so… pure, then can it be eaten?

The answer is… …

YES.

One of the first items that Janet brought out during our meet-up at her office, was the 100% Pure Organic Tangerine Butter Body Scrub & asked if we wanted to try it.

And try it = eat it (not the “oh TRY IT on your hands, rub it around & see how good it feels… mmmmmm… you won’t regret it”)

My bf immediately shook his head with doubt in his eyes & a down-turned mouth.

And me?  I was born curious.

First, I brought the jar to my nose & took a deep whiff.  It smelt super super good, like sweet minty oranges.  Mmmmmmmmmmmm… nice.

Then, I poked around the body scrub with the chopstick that Janet provided.  I examined the contents & saw a whole lot of sugar (for a whole lot of exfoliating when you use it as a body scrub, of course).  There were even tangerine bits in it.

 

 

… … uh huh.  Rrrright… … … okay.  Just to be sure, let me check out the ingredients first.

I could understand every ingredient stated there & they all look natural enough.

But is it really that yummy?  I have not eaten a cosmetic product that tastes good.

So, here goes nothing…

*silently mumbles a series of Amitabha’s & Allah’s & Amen’s* (I need all the help that I can get)…

*eats body scrub while my bf gleefully snapped photos of me*

… tsk tsk tsk… so evil of him.

OMG SO YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will never see body scrubs the same way again!!!!  It tasted like sweet tangerine jam with a hint of mint.

So for those of you kinky people out there who actually asked me if 100% Pure products can be eaten ‘if the girl wants to‘, then you have gotten your answer here today on Berry Mii.

*nods sagely*

Word of caution:  I still will not recommend that you eat (or make someone eat) A LOT of the 100% Pure product.  A tiny little taste is fine, but not… you know, a big generous mouthful of its juicy contents.  You have been warned.  And I will not be held responsible or liable.

By the way, right after I ate the body scrub, I asked my bf if he wanted to try it now & he said yes.

(-_-)

Welllllllll… okayyyyyyyyy… alrighttttttttttttt… after seeing how I did not reach for my own throat in a choking manner & convulse on the floor after eating the scrub, NOW he wants to try it, huh.

p.s - he liked the taste too

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Before I end this post with a summary of my thoughts, these were the skincare / body care products which I took photos of:

All the foaming cleansers lined up in a row for the photoshoot.

You may visit the website to find out the variety of products they have under 100% Pure!

And more cleansers in a cream form!  See below photo:

The muddy looking one on the extreme right is the 100% Pure Purity Facial Cleanser for those acne skin types!

In photo below, fruity masks & scrubs!!!

And then we have the 100% Pure hand creams!

I tested the Strawberry Lemonade one & felt that it was very light on my hands.  But I wonder if it will be great for my dry hands (and they are VERY dry).  hmmmmm….

It smells of faint sweet strawberries for a very short while & then it was scentless.  So for those of you who want to walk around smelling like flowers after applying cream, you might be a little disappointed.  But then, as the body absorbs 60-70% of what you apply on it, at least you know that you will be feeding your skin with natural nutrients rather than chemicals, right?

100% Pure also sells stuff for kiddies!

They have 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body washes, bubble baths & body creams that all smells like vanilla ice-cream!!!  Hmmm… I wonder wonder wonder… … can these be eaten too?

As I was getting ready to end the visit, my bf suddenly perked up & walked over to the shelf where the products are displayed.

Then he came over & mumbled something like “…m m mm m m … very cute“.

And I was like, “what did you say?

So, he brought over this tube of kiddy body cream & I thought it was so adorable!!!!!!

They have names too!  The girl is called Strawberryina & the boy is Appleton.

Cute, righttttt??

btw, is it me or is Strawberryina super sexy?

Things I bought:

Since there was a promotion going on, I took advantage of it.

I chose 7 items & got the cheapest 2 for free.  When I divide the cost out over 7 items, I am paying about SGD$23 per item.  It is a reasonable price for natural/organic skincare.  Too bad Janet does not carry the full range of skincare products yet, but she has ordered & is waiting for the US factory to ship them over to her.

The photo below shows the skincare products that I bought from Janet:

1.  100% Pure Organic Mint Eucalyptus Foaming Shower Gel
2.  100% Pure Organic Cranberry Facial Cleansing Foam
3.  100% Pure Lavender Honey Facial Cleansing Foam
4.  100% Pure Brightening Cleanser
5.  100% Pure Jasmine Green Tea Cleanser
6.  100% Pure Lavender Seafoam Facial Cleanser
7.  100% Pure Super Fruits Scrub + Mask
8.  FREE Fila travel bag (medium)

As you can see, I loved the Cranberry cleanser so much that I repurchased it before my current one is completely used up.  I had already given a review HERE.  Based on the usage of my current Cranberry cleanser, I am estimating that a bottle of cleansing foam will last about 2 to 2.5 months for me.  I wash my face 2 times a day & use about 1-2 pumps each time.

I also bought the Jasmine Green Tea cleanser for myself to try out & will give a personal review on this in due course.

The Eucalyptus shower gel is for my bf who accompanied me to Janet’s office & sat in boredom for 1.5 hours while I ignored him & left him to play Plants vs Zombies on his iPhone.  hahaha… poor guy.  I have a story to tell about this meet-up as well but shall leave it to another post.

The rest of the cleansers are actually for Mummy & Gigi.  They got interested in 100% Pure when they saw that my cold sore condition had miraculously reduced in occurrence & severity.  Mummy also commented that my complexion is much better now.  Of course I should also credit the improvement to the skincare from The Organic Pharmacy which I had also given a review HERE.

As for the Fila bag, it came free with my purchase.

Overall thoughts on 100% Pure cosmetics:

The 100% Pure cosmetics look fascinating enough with the selling points of using fruit pigments to produce the colors & that they are all safe to use without harsh chemicals / preservatives / etc.

All of their makeup products do not smell strongly of chemicals like our commercial brands. They are either scentless or comes with a faint fruity smell.

Through my session with Janet, I also get to see that the Primer is an important step in this case as it is used to bring out the colors of the natural cosmetics. Also, to make the application smoother & more refined.

The ultimate question is, will I purchase the cosmetics from 100% Pure?  I probably would.  But before I do, I would still like to do a little more research on the other brands of natural/organic cosmetics out there.  And like I have said earlier, the 1st thing I would change in my cosmetics, would be the lipstick.

What’s up with Fluoride?

25 Oct

Long time ago when I was still having teenage acne, my school organized some Dental Day on a Saturday.  There were dentists who stationed themselves at our Science Lab to see individual students & clean those dirty teeth.  After that, they would give out a free toothpaste to the student who bravely endured the trauma of having their teeth dug & prodded by the dentist.

I was waiting in line when I heard one of the parents rejecting the toothpaste from the dentist & said, “oh no thanks… fluoride is so bad for us“.

I was mildly curious, yes.  But at that young age, I did not know that I can find my answers on Yahoo, so I never thought much about it until recently, when I was looking thru websites on natural/organic skincare & one thing that kept popping up was Fluoride-Free toothpaste.

That was what made me recall that one such parent had rejected a free toothpaste before.

Hence, now that I am older with an increased sense of curiosity, a series of questions flashed across my head.

Why must there be a fluoride-free toothpaste?

I thought fluoride is supposed to be good, but then why would anyone create a toothpaste without it?

Is it because of an allergy?  Or is it something more?

So I decided to do a little research & asked Google why is fluoride bad for our teeth.  I found this interesting web article HERE & I summarized below.

A little history on Fluoride
It stated that before fluoride was added into our toothpaste, it was used as an insecticide & rat poison.  It is actually a pollutant – a by-product of copper, iron and aluminum manufacturing.

When faced with the problem of legally disposing fluoride back in the 1930s, a large aluminum company funded a study that concluded that fluoride can prevent tooth decay.  And so, it was added into our water supplies.

Research conducted on the benefits of Fluoride
Over extensive research conducted on fluoridation & oral health in the mid 80s till present time, it shows that there is no difference in tooth decay rates between the fluoridated and non-fluoridated cities.

And the clear reason why there are lesser & lesser tooth decay cases is simply because we are educated on better oral hygiene & the decrease is not because of the use of fluoride.

Some countries have even stopped adding fluoride into their water systems.

The harmful effects of Fluoride
So, exactly how is Fluoride bad?

It actually weakens our teeth & causes discoloration.

Fluoride can also increase the absorption of aluminum in the brain & this substance can be found in most Alzheimer’s patients.  Not to mention, that it has also been associated with hip fractures, damage the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, leading to limited joint mobility, ligament calcification, muscular degeneration and neurological deficits.

Also, as extracted directly from the web article, “a number of different studies have linked fluoride to as many as 10,000 cancer deaths per year, with a high incidence of bone cancer among men exposed to fluoridated water“.

What?!

You can read the full article if you’re interested as per the link I have provided above.

But if you are not yet convinced, here are a few more websites that I found that will scare the living daylights out of you while you wonder what you have been consuming all these while!

Read more HEREHERE & HERE.

Here is what Dental Fluorosis looks like.  Click HERE.

I know some of these web articles are lengthy, but when it comes to your health & your children’s health, don’t you want to be aware of the potential hazards?

In the meantime, I also found out that these 2 brands – Weleda & Green People (hoover your cursor over the words to click on the links) – have pretty good safe toothpastes for the whole family.

Now, the question is, where to get them at an affordable price.

Jurlique: Lavender Hand Cream

24 Oct

I never cared much about my own skin until I sat beside my sister who reached young adulthood & is a decade younger than me.  Trust me, not a good thing.  It made me realized how much we look alike, only that I am the more wrinkly version.  This sounds a little bimbotic, but I do not want to look like the inferior quality.

It sent me on a quest (a natural/organic one) in search of age-preventative products & solutions.

You can imagine my excited’ness when a friend from Australia came to visit & gave me a tube of the Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream!

Ingredients are as follows:
Aqua (Water); Cetearyl Alcohol; Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil; Glycerin; Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil; Honey; Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate; Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Rosa gallica Flower Extract; Bellis perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract; Viola odorata (Violet) Extract; Echinacea purpurea Root Extract; Viola tricolor (Heartease) Extract; Lecithin; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Root Extract; Alcohol; Fragrance (Parfum)*; Lactic Acid; Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Linalool*; Limonene*; Coumarin*; Geraniol*.
* From Natural Essential Oil (Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia)

Although I am not too pleased upon seeing water & alcohol at the top of the ingredient list, but the rest of the ingredients look promising.  I also do not see any silicone, mineral oil or any petroleum products, so this is good as it will not clog my pores.

I know it says HAND CREAM, but I don’t care & used it for my entire body.

The texture is a buttery soft cream that does not leave a waxy film on my skin.

I usually apply this twice a day after my morning & bedtime showers when my body is still damp.  It glides on smoothly & I love the way it absorbs quickly into my skin without any sticky residue.  The lavender scent leaves me feeling very relaxed & girlish!  =D

As you can see from the almost empty tube, I do like the results that I am getting.  My legs used to be so dry that you can use a fingernail to sign on my skin & it would leave a white mark reflecting the signature.  But now, my legs are quenched from thirst & they are looking a lot less scaly.

Would I get a 2nd tube of this hand cream?

Probably not because of the alcohol content as it will dry out my skin in the long run.  However, if you have oily skin, the alcohol might help you take away a little of that oil so you might enjoy this cream.

I was this  |–|  close to giving it a Berry Mii stamp of approval, but I got to be tough & say no to alcohol in my skincare.  And also, a little wee disappointed with the high content of water in this product.  But I will still rate it 3.5/10 for the satisfying results it gave me.

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.

100% Pure – Brand New Products!

8 Oct

2nd post of the day!  There was an earlier post, so scroll backwards for it.

I am doing a lot of snooping around today!

I visited the 100% Pure US website to spy on their products this early afternoon.

As per my previous blog review on their cranberry cleanser which I absolutely love, I am really interested in this organic brand.  Read the review (if you haven’t yet) HERE.

And today, I see that 100% Pure has launched brand new products!!!  See them HERE.

(O_O)

I WAN I WAN I WAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But alas, the US website does not provide shipping to Singapore yet, but they are in the process of providing shipping to Singapore.  YES!  Anywayz, I have emailed them about international shipping & that was what I was told.  Unless they are just saying it to humor me & cheat my feelings.

In the meantime, if anyone in Singapore decides to purchase 100% Pure products, then I suggest you use VPost.  If you have not heard of VPost, then WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN????  Do you live in a cave?  Are your friends wild baboons?  Do you wear a loin cloth made out of tiger’s skin?

I admit that I myself have not heard of VPost until last 2 weeks.

I KNOW, RIGHT????  Where the hell have I been????  Do I live on mother earth???

I guess I was just not the shopping-online-kind-of-girl.  Therefore, all these online shopping savvy’ness is really not me, but I am slowly discovering the world outside of Singapore while I am in Singapore in front of my laptop.  =D

… what a frog in a well…

But this twiggy frog is trying get out of the well with her tiny arms & explore the world now.

Ok.  So.  VPost, right?  It is like a postal service provided to us Singaporeans by creating a US address for us.  This allows you to shop at US online shops that do not provide shipping outside of the US.  Apparently, there are some US online shops that do not accept international credit cards, so VPost can help you to buy these items for you at a small fee.  Then once the ordered products are delivered to the US address, VPost will send it to your doorstep.  So convenient!  Read more info on VPost HERE in case you are stuck in a well like me.

I might get VPost to order for me because I am sure the 100% Pure US website does not accept international cards.

Their products all look great, especially the Hydrating Body Washes with auto-foaming pumps.  They also have new skincare range like the Jasmine Green Tea collection, Red Wine Resveratrol collection, Skin Brightening collection, Purity Collection & Super Fruits collection.

I am really looking at the Jasmine Green Tea & Super Fruits collections.

Also, thinking of getting some of their body washes with auto-foaming pumps & body lotions… hand creams…. & did I mention before that they also have a make-up range that is made out of fruit pigments?!?!?!??!  ARGH!!!!  WILL MY COMPULSION EVER END?!?!?!?!?!?!  WHEN WILL THEY PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING (cheaply is of course preferred)?!?!?!

AM I DOOMED TO SUFFER IN FRUSTRATED AGONY?!?!?!?!
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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:

(click photo for larger image)

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!!!

(click photo for larger image)

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.

(click photo for larger image)

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?