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Naruko Narcissus Foaming Wash 1

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I hope you didn’t get bored with my Naruko reviews because I have more Naruko reviews to come, or may be, I will get uninspired and bored to write Naruko review first (“ b). In fact, my room was stuffed with Naruko products when I decided to cut down my budget on skin care this year due to my other financial plans. As a skin care veteran, neither I will comprise the skin care quality.

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Naruko Narcissus Foaming Wash 6

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This is the Narcissus New formula ( Normal – Dry Skin types ) in 2012. Besides this Totol Defense AA foaming Wash marketed as gentle cleanser, Narcissus DNA Repair Foaming Wash is another cream cleanser from the Narcissus series, which claimed strengthening skin self-defense against environment stress and revitalize skin energy. Just my left brain had reacted better against fancy marketing words, all I want for cleanser is gentleness, hence I get this basic formula.

Naruko Narcissus Foaming Wash 3

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The white mousy content is very alike with other Naruko cream cleansers despite the different fragrances, all suitable for normal – dry skin.

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Naruko Narcissus Foaming Wash 4

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Naruko claimed this new formula will foam up better than previous formula, so I was expecting bubbly wash actually. The fact is, non-well-foaming is the nature of amino acid surfactants (eg Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate & Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids). Every time I have to use more amount (1.5-3cm) in order to generate “sufficient” foam for acquiring sensation pleasure. Even though with such generous amount, the foaming process was still under my initial expectation. To be frank, this deters me from re-purchasing though I like the gentleness. Unless I will be diligent using foaming sponge/net, then it will be easier to lather.

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Cleansing Test

(Shimmering lipstick and pencil eyeliner)

Naruko Narcissus Foaming Wash 5

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It irritates if the foam contacted with eyes accidentally but overall it has very mild citrus scent, mild foaming and mild cleansing power. Probably too gentle to certain people. I liked this cleanser didn’t make my skin feeling dry after using cleansing oil. If you are looking for a foam wash that can cleanse stronger, I hope my simple test here will save your money. If you are expecting very mild cleanse for all skin types, I think this is fine.

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Although it seemed to be “useless” in cleansing, I would still consider to re-purchase Naruko Rose cleanser for dry skin if can’t find better option, especially for morning facial wash. From my rating, clearly my first preference will be Rose scent, follow by Narcissus then Magnolia last. Did they improve my skin? My answer is prevention is better than cure. This Naruko Narcissus Total Defense AA Foaming Wash is selling at RM29/120ml online – Naruko Malaysia.

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Rating : … )))    Good   Good. May buy again.

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Ingredients:

Purified Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root extract*, Alpine Skullcap (Scutellaria Alpina) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Masterwort (Pucedanum Ostruthium) Leaf Extract*, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract*, Alps Wormwood (Artemisia Umbelliformis) Extract*, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract*, Alpine Willowherb (Epilobium Fleischeri)Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Narcissus Tazetta L.Var. Chinensis Roem (Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract), Allantoin, Ceramide, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Essential Oils of Mandarin, Tangerine, Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis) and Ylang-Ylang (Cananga Odorate)

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*Phytoferulin – consists of 11 plant extracts.

NRK Perfecting Elixir 1

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NRK (NARUKO) is another sub-brand of Naruko, meaning essential, basic, multi-functional and simplificative skin care. NRK Rosehip Perfecting Elixir contains 99.95% of natural extracted Rosehip oil, rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin C to treat skin dryness, photo-aging, scarring and cracked cuticle.

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NRK Perfecting Elixir 2

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Though I adore the benefits of Rose hip oil, the “fishy” scent is the fatal flaw to me. The ambivalence solved if the oil can blend with nice scented essential oil, diluting the unpleasant odour while embracing the full goodies of rosehip oil.  Does it sound perfect and ideal?

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NRK Perfecting Elixir 3

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That was what I assumed when I purchased this NRK Rosehip Perfecting Elixir. Not only my early-mature skin was yelling for nourishing remedy, I had a pimple and it left an unsightly scar on my face. Instantaneously I recalled a wonderful experience of how rosehip oil healed a scar and soothed skin dryness. (read Renew Rosehip oil review here)

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NRK Perfecting Elixir 5

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The fact is the signature golden oil still has slight “fishy” odour after opened for few days but less intense compared to Renew 100% Rosehip oil. Anyhow this is good enough for me that I can use the oil more willingly. It worked wonderful to relieve dryness but it did not get fair chance to lighten the acne scar completely due to an incident, resulting the acne scar still slightly visible after using the oil for nearly 2 weeks. Nevertheless, I would say the scar pigmentation improved better than Whoo whitening cream but not effective as Renew Rose hip oil.

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NRK Perfecting Elixir 4

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The incident… well, I made the same mistake twice and I think I had learned enough from the lesson.  I packed this oil in my cosmetics bag, boarded the flight with half bottle full, then landed with an “empty” bottle. This similarly happened to my Renew Rosehip oil as well in the past. Such a painful to see the amazing oil disappeared in the bottle almost completely. Yes, the air pressure caused the oil leaking… cannot help myself to rant the poor packaging. I would never brought this type of packaging for trip again…totally wasteful….

I normally packed only the cannot-leave-without cosmetics for light travel so you know how much a face oil meant to me. Rosehip oil is a fantastic oil and it should be deserving an “Excellent” rating. However, I did not because… for Renew Rosehip Oil, I downgraded the rating due to its odour; for this NRK Rosehip Oil, the rating degraded due to its effectiveness. It costs RM26.10/10ml via online purchase, good small amount to be used up within 3 months after opened, smell slightly better than pure one, can be used on day and night… but I will go for other oil because of packaging issue.

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Rating: …  )))  Good    Good. Unlikely to buy again.

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Ingredients:

Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Mosqueta Oil), Essential Oils of Rose (Rosa Damascena), Rosewood (Aniba Rosaeodora), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon Martinii), Petitgrain (Citrus Aurantium Var. Amara)

Naruko Magnolia BF Cream Wash 1

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I have dehydrated skin. Finally I have liberty not to sleep in air-conditioned room, because I have dehydrated skin. Probably I was now living in more humid Malaysia, perhaps sleeping in non-air conditioned room helped to minimize dehydration, I found my skin became less problematic nowadays. Less skin sensitivity, and less drying thus skin hardly has uncomfortably tightness and stingy sensation anymore.

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Naruko Magnolia BF Cream Wash 2

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Apart from environment factors, cleansing is one of my very important steps in skin care. I like concept of amino acid surfactant so I intended to try more cleanser from Naruko. Since I purchased Naruko product online, I didn’t get chance to examine the ingredient list before purchase, I simply trusted the marketing words and assumed the same for all their cleansers.

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Naruko Magnolia BF Cream Wash 3

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This seemed like a good foaming cleanser because it has additional soap-based surfactants also. Somehow I was disappointed of it foaming power later. Of course it foamed slightly better than amino acid surfactant, caused squeaky clean feeling when using more amount (roughly 1.5 – 2cm) that led to drier skin, but rather mild feeling when I used less amount (< 1cm) that I felt the skin wasn’t cleanse thoroughly.

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Naruko Magnolia BF Cream Wash 7

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Naruko Magnolia BF Cream Wash 4

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May be this is a little more creamy, apparently the mousy fluffy texture has no much difference with other Naruko facial cream cleansers. It has mild floral fragrance of Naruko Magnolia collection. However, I apologize for no Cleansing Test for this review. The cleanser deteriorated and had been tossed before I can take a cleansing test and show you some pictures here.

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Naruko Magnolia BF Cream Wash 5

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I wanted to perform the Cleansing Test when it still has 10% left in tube. Guess the cleanser didn’t close tightly? The fragrance changed weirdly when I left the cleanser unattended in bath room for 2 weeks. Nevertheless, you can still refer to other Naruko cream cleanser (Rose or Narcissus) reviews for some general idea. I believe this has similar mild cleansing power too.

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Naruko Magnolia BF Cream Wash 6

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Overall this is not my favorite so I’m unlikely to buy another tube. It has same pricing with Hydrating Rose and Age-Defense Narcissus cleansers hence I thought RM29/120ml has more value for Firming & Brightening Magnolia… just the outcome wasn’t as expected. Firming & Brightening? Sorry, I didn’t notice the result either.

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Rating: … )))  so-so  So-so. Will not buy again.

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Ingredients:
Purified Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate, Glycol Distearate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sucrose Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Magnolia Grandiflora Leaf Oil, Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root extract*, Alpine Skullcap (Scutellaria Alpina) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Masterwort (Pucedanum Ostruthium) Leaf Extract*, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract*, Alps Wormwood (Artemisia Umbelliformis) Extract*, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract*, Alpine Willowherb (Epilobium Fleischeri)Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Tranexamic Acid, Magnolia Officials Bark Extract, Plantago Lanceolate Leaf Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Taiwan Magnolia Grandflora (Michelia Alba) Flower Water, Essential Oil Lemon (Citrus Limonum), Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract.

*Phytoferulin – consists of 11 plant extracts.


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