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I was flattered when a woman in supermarket complimented my smooth & fair skin recently, which probed basic skin care would be enough to maintain good skin. Protect against UVs, exfoliation, balanced diets, exercise and using moisturizer when skin is dry.

I hardly use body moisturizer nowadays since weather here is humid and I don’t sleep in air-conditioned room now. This body butter worked fine while I was in Bangkok but found it rather rich in all-year humid climate of Malaysia that it just sat on skin and never sank in properly.

Nevertheless, this was the product I had been using frequently when I was in Thailand. Strictly speaking it was not excited me but surely something that I felt worth of penny, ideally for slightly dry skin in mild weather.

It smells mild, vanilla-like, sweet and powdery. It is non-greasy, non-irritating and inexpensive.  It retails THB150/200g normally, always on promotion for sure.

I am on the third jar of this. Many months ago, I had a small patch of skin rash on my leg, which triggered by certain foods that I allergy to (assumed). The skin rash healed slowly and no longer felt itchy after I reduced/stopped eating those foods but the skin texture looked a little bit plate-like and the skin tone appeared darker too. During the period, I had tried natural AA body butter, aromatherapy body massage oils and this Boots body butter on the area, obviously the AA body butter improved the skin texture best in my case. That would not be difficult to judge, ingredient make a difference.

Would I buy again? Frankly, may be. I continued searching for better one …

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

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, Ehtylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Potassium Hydorxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Geraniol, CI15985 (Yellow 6), CI19140 (Yellow 5).

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Hello a spanking new year… May there be joy and peace to all of you in 2012 (^ᴗ  ^) ~*. Today I want to share an absolutely amazing discovery although it is actually not something new. I have used an Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) in 2010 but reluctant to re-purchase because I prefer to indulge myself with aromatherapy rather than coconut smell.

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In recent years, my sensitive skin becomes easily react to what I eat that I have more flare-up than ever. The L’Occitane shea butter balm is good to relieve the itchiness but not doing much in rash healing, moreover the heavy balm is not practical to be used for large area of body skin, it is also expensive to be used as body balm every day. Thanks to Lydia comment, I read back my old post and inspired myself  to try coconut oil again, despite I really really not fond of coconut smell.

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Thoughtful packaging. I use pump at home but replace with cap if I take it travelling. Allow some buffer space inside the bottle before thrust the pump so the oil will not overflow.

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My prayer is answered, I saw this cold pressed, organic, 100% pure EVCO in a supermarket the week after I replied Lydia comment in my old EVCO review, best of all it costs THB270/250ml only. The brand has four package sizes (60ml, 120ml, 250ml and 500ml) of their EVCO and 250ml is the largest size sold at the supermarket. Since I knew EVCO is helpful for sensitive skin so I bought the 250ml without hesitant.

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Although the freezing point of Coconut oil is 25.1 °C due to its high level of saturated fat, but I never found my EVCO becomes solid under room temperature even the temperature of certain days were as low as 21°C  in dry season. Anyhow, using pure EVCO in cold season is probably inconvenient. If I shop at the supermarket in early morning, I can see all these coconut oils are in solid form on shelves but return to liquid form gradually when the temperature is up.

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Cold pressed, is an extraction method without heat processing method, which normally a more tedious extraction method and ideal to preserve the greatest nutrient. It has very mild aroma and the detectable smell is only lingering for few minutes. I think it smells much pleasant than my previous EVCO purchase, probably it is quite newly manufactured (2 weeks!) at time of purchase.

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The oil is feeling very rich and runny on skin. It leaves greasy film and takes long time to be absorbed by skin, hence I mixed the oil with body butter in the beginning to reduce the greasy feel and also to increase the moisture level of the body moisturizer in very humid season. Nevertheless, when my skin is quite drying in air-conditioned room, this is easier to be absorbed. Additionally, using the EVCO alone is still insufficient to very dry skin in low humidity which would require extra body moisturizer on top of this for adequate moisture.

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After using this EVCO for nearly two months, I was no longer bothering about the greasiness and smell, instead I was using it every night religiously and will continue to re-purchase until coconut trees go extinct. What have changed my mind so dramatically? …. (T T) All because it resolved my ingrown hair ~ !!

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I have small area of ingrown hair on both legs caused by body exfoliation at a local spa and Veet waxing cream (eventhough the one I used was sensitive skin formula) made them worse. I felt inferior to reveal the skin especially I never had issue with ingrown hair in my first 30+ years! Unfortunately the ingrown hair did not disappear by itself and some remedy like exfoliation, plant oils, shea butter also unable to improve the condition. When I prepared to live with ingrown hair in next 30 years, a “miracle” happened. Approximate 90% of my ingrown hair is gone after solely applying EVCO oil to the affected area for 2-3 weeks… totally surprise! I should try this way earlier.

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In short, this is a simple budget oil that worked miracle for my sensitive skin. It can be used for cooking too but I do not feel ease as it looks a little bit too fancy in kitchen, after all we have better oil for cooking. All in all, love EVCO.

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Rating: …)))     Excellent. Willing to buy again.

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I love multi-purpose oil. For body skin, I tend to be bias and ignorant that I don’t use premium product as though I use for facial skincare. Budget or medium priced body massage oil had satisfied my need. Today I am going to briefly share two body massage oils from Thailand, both of them are spa product and sold at Bangkok Suvarnambhumi Airport duty free too.

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 Pranali Cellulite Body Massage Oil (THB445/100ml at BKK duty free)

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This has very sweet citrus scent, in fact it’s too sweet for me. The oil is as oily as my kitchen oil, easily smooth on skin but very greasy, perhaps best for very dry skin type. My tips is, use mineral mist (or watery lotion) spraying on the skin prior to applying the body oil helped to reduce the greasy touch. I sleep in mild air-conditioning room (26~28°C) and wearing pyjama so basically I’ve no much worries of the greasy touch. Occasionally, I also mix this with body moisturizer for less heavy taste.

 

Direction:

Pour a small amount of oil in your palm, rub both palms together to generate heat before applying the massage oil on your skin. Massage with upward circular strokes until the oil is absorbed on the part of your body where cellulite tissues form.

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Because I wasn’t discipline to use this diligently thus I can’t comment whether it really helped improving cellulite. I was kind of realistic and never believe cosmetic product can eliminate cellulite but however, in my experience I must say thick oil works much better than light oil to smooth the body skin texture. Moreover, it serves as a good medium to facilitate body massage.

Ingredients:

Vitus Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Golden) Oil, Prunus Armericana (Apricot) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil) Essential Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange Sweet) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.

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Divana Sweet Rose Melody Body Massage Oil (THB775/100ml at BKK duty free)

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I love this oil has very pleasantly refreshing, like a mixture notes of rose and fresh lime/lemongrass. The aroma evaporates after a while but mild scent remained when you closely sniff the skin. According to Divana, Bulgarian rose is selected to ensure the most purified properties. Rose fragrance also delights your senses, boosts up confidence and soothes anxiety.

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I prefer this one than Pranali Cellulite Body Massage Oil for body moisturizing but this Divana Body Massage Oil on the other hand is way too lightweight to facilitate body massage in my opinion. I normally take it for my hair and body (the areas that don’t have cellulite, haha).

Ingredients:

Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, EPO (Evening Primrose) Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Essential Oil (Rose tea, Sandalwood)

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As summary, I am satisfied with these two body oils, both smells good, natural, non-expensive and very lasting usage. Rant their orifice reducers though. The orifice reducer of Pranali oil didn’t work properly and the one with Divina oil isn’t user-friendly that I got to shake the glass bottle many times (no kidding, 20~30 times) just to get a small amount for each application, trainning my arm muscles every night.

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Long, slim and sexy legs? Two of my best friends have beautiful legs as shown in the picture, well, they are both 5 feet 7 inches tall. I have given up the day dream because I had tried my very best to achieve slimmer leg since I was 13 to no avail.

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According to Dr.Scroll, this sleeping leg therapy is ideal for the relief of tired, swollen legs while achieving toned and slimmer looking legs. Support your leg with low compression level (measured by hPa, an universal measurement unit for pressure). The ankle area is designed flat, making it suitable for sleeping position. Lavender color facilitates sound sleep. Toe-less sock design releases heat during sleep and cotton fabric delivers superior comfort.

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It is clearly not made of 100% cotton but I do not know the exact fabric composition either. The Dr.Scholl MediOtto Compression Stocking comes in 2 sizes, M size or L size. I am rather short and have normal small feet, hence M size is right for me. It retails RM98 or S$46.90 in pharmacy, definitely  is a splurge especially you do not know if it really works. Anyway, due to few positive online reviews of this product, I bought it at RM78 during promotion many months ago and praying it helps to shape my calves.

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The compression stocking gives slightly tight and very warm feelings  to the legs especially if you are sleeping with air-conditioning or  in cool climate.  Do adjust the stocking  position to fit the design of toes, ankle and knee so different level of pressure can be imposed correctly.

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In medical treatment, compression stocking is inexpensive treatment of varicose vein and spider vein, aims to increase blood circulation and helps to alleviate symptoms caused by the veins, such as aching, heaviness, and swelling as well as help prevent worsening of the veins (source). However, over-the-counter compression stockings offer less compression than Prescription-strength stockings hence those may not be adequate for varicose vein treatment.

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Since this Dr.Scholl MediOtto Compression Stocking does not fit for treatment purpose, does it help to relieve tired, swollen legs while achieving toned and slimmer looking legs as the product claimed? In my experience, wearing it every night for few weeks seemed to temporary reduce Edema issue a little bit but I did not think my legs looked any different. For fatigued legs?  Excuse me, a warm water soaking or a simple leg massage could be more efficient.

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Besides, as I have sensitive skin and apply body cream at night, sometimes the legs sweat a little bit when the weather was getting very warm,  therefore the stocking must be washed every two days else my skin will feel itchy. Additionally, the stocking became slightly loose after stretching frequently, that is very normal resulting from wear-and-tear but in other words, it is not long-wearing since the pressure level imparted by the compression stocking becomes inadequate over a period use.  So you know why I did not enthusiastic about wearing it diligently after few weeks.

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In conclusion, the result is nothing fantastic. While I cannot tell its long-term effect, I can say one thing for sure, I will not buy it again.


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I never spent a lot on body care product but this Aromatherapy Associates (AA) Enrich Body Butter seriously tempted me. I had raved this body butter in my spa review, admittedly INR3024/150ml (~USD68 at that time) excluding tax for a body cream was immensely expensive, did it worth the price then?

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First of all, it smelt heavenly for me! The therapeutic scent did calm my mind, reduce the mental fatigues and improve depression before sleeping. This was pure bliss whenever I wanted to pamper myself into sweet dream. (︠   ︡  ﺭ) z Z z…

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However, I was not wearing this body butter every night, it was nothing related to its hefty price tag but the powerful scent was quite overwhelming if using every night. It was only essential when the night I needed some therapeutic properties, alternatively I would go for another drugstore body butter or aromatherapy body massage oil.

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Though it called butter, the cream consistency felt rather light and quickly melted into skin, like wearing a soft silky veil. Non-greasy, non-sticky, yet it just blended into the skin very well. It was a nice touch for not-so-dry skin, you certainly need richer cream or additional product for harsh/very dry climate. For optimal result, the use direction was clearly printed on the product packaging, not necessary must be AA product line but you getting the idea what type of product work best together with the body butter.

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Click to enlarge picture for the use direction

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If you love aromatherapy as much as I did, having healthy skin  and do not mind to splurge on occasion, I love to recommend this lightweight body butter to you.  Else, a budget body butter probably giving the same moisturizing result. Please note this is not soothing and suitable for irritated and sensitive skin. Nonetheless, this is the “best” (subjective term) body cream that I used so far and the fineness of the cream is definitely not a budget body butter can compare to. My honest opinion.

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Rating: …)))       Excellent. Willing to buy again.

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Octanoate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglycryl-3 Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Orbignya Speciosa (Babassu) Kernel Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Microcrystalline Cellulose Gum, Pelargonium Capitatum (Geranium) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Dipteryx Odorata (Tonka) Bean Extract, Parfum (Pure Essential Oils), Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Sodium Citrate, Benzyl Salicylate*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Citral, Coumarin*, Eugenol*, ISO Eugenol*, Benzyl Cinnimate*, Limonene*, Benzyl Alcohol*

*Natural Essential Oil Contents

 

 

 

I was into natural skin care lately. I bought some Pranali home spa products while strolling at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Besides international beauty brand, several local spa product counters are stationed at departure hall. Although their prices are rather steep but most of them are natural based and I adore the aromatherapy of Thai natural skin care. In fact, I was quite impressed with Pranali natural skin care value of –

  •   No SLS or SLES
  •   No Dimethicone
  •   No Petroleum base
  •   No artificial preservative
  •   No artificial Color
  •   No artificial fragrance
  •   No Propylene Glycol
  •   No tested on animal

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I love Asian herb and tropical botanical ingredient  in Thai natural skin care, which make their products uniquely scented and remind you the laid back lazy day you spent in tropical island resort. May be. you will only find Sinin rice skin care in Thailand.

Sinin rice, also called Rice Berry due to its natural black-purple colour. It is a combination of Hom Nin Rice (Black Rice) with antioxidant properties and Thai Hom Mali Rice (Jasmine/Fragrant Rice). Containing special traits of higher minerals and antioxidants, Sinin rice can reduce the risk of diabetes. As Sinin rice inherited the characteristics of Hom Mali rice, hence it is delicately scented when cooked but I found it a little hard to chew. (source)

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I bought the travel pack for THB795, including a travel size product of shampoo, hair conditioner, shower gel, body milk, body scrub and bath salt.

The Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo gel didn’t foam very well and I always ended up using more for my long hair. However I need less amount of it now as I had trimmed my hair recently. The very soft and smooth effects were lovely on initial usage but after using it for a short period, the great effect went off like other shampoo. Comparing to using normal drugstore chemical loaded shampoo, I must say natural formulated shampoo making my hair softer especially the hair tail, the effect was obvious but my hair might still look frizzy.

Ingredients (Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo):

Coconut Fatty-Acid and Glycine (Amilite GCK-12), Aqua, Sodium Chloride (NaCI), Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Asiatic Pennywort (Centella Asiatica) Extract, Abelmoschus Esculentus (Okra) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Mill (Aloe Vera) Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerine, Butylene Glycol, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

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Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning is very light weight as HABA squalane conditioner, it “melts” upon applying on hair and I got to use more because of the light consistency. It might not be moisturizing enough for very dry hair but still very helpful to keep my dry hair manageable.

Ingredients (Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning):

Aqua, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Clitorea Tematea (Butterfly Pea) Extract, Citrus Hystrix (Thai Bergamot) Extract, Polysorbate 60 (Montanox60), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acrylate/Acrylamide Copolymer and Polyisobutene and Polysorbate 20 (Sepiplus), Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

Sinin Reviving Shower Gel has gel consistency as per the name called, not very foaming but it left skin feeling refreshing and no greasy residue. It has the identical scent with Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo, which have mild oriental herbal scent, if you are familiar with Asian natural medication balm, then you might guess the scent right.

Ingredients (Sinin Reviving Shower Gel):

Anionic Coconut Fatty-Acid and Glycine (Amilite GCK-12), Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Sodium Chloride (NaCI), Ananas Comosus (Pineapple) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Mill (Aloe Vera) Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblic) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

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In both humid and dry climates, Sinin Body Moisturizing Milk was moisturizing and just absorbed by skin in few minutes. Non-greasy but considering a little bit too emollient for non-drying skin in humid environment. It served me well in air-conditioned room in tropical country but not sufficient when I used in central heating room in Spring. It has similar natural pleasant scent like Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning.

Ingredients (Sinin Body Moisturizing Milk):

Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin and Isostearyl Isostearate and Sodium Polyacrylate and Polyacrylamide Polysorbate 60 (Sepigel), Polysorbate 60 (Montanov 60), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Silk Protein, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycine Max (Soya Bean Protein Hydrolysed), Squalane, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

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I liked Sinin Rice Purifying Body Scrub is an effective, gentle and moisturizing scrub but the strong alcoholic smell is annoying me. Although I did not get drunk after shower but I probably smelled like a drunk.

Ingredients (Sinin Rice Purifying Body Scrub):

Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Scrub, Zea Mays Linn (Corn) Scrub, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin and Isostearyl Isostearate and Sodium Polyacrylate and Polyacrylamide Polysorbate 60 (Sepigel), Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside (Montanov 68), Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine Oil Soluble) Extract, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblic) Extract, Glycine Max (Soya Bean Protein Hydrolyzed), Silk Protein, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil.

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I loved bath soak in cold weather to keep the body warm, the Himalayan Bath Salt smelled relaxing and refreshing but the rocky salt did not dissolve easily in warm water (~34 °C) even after stirring. Hoping the bath salt can be slightly smaller so I can jump in the bath tub quicker.

Ingredients (Himalayan Bath Salt):

Himalayan Salt (Sodium Chloride), Dried Lemongrass, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Flexuosus) Essential Oil, Kaffir Lime (Citrus Hystrix) Essential Oil, Plai (Zingiber Cassmuna L.) Essential Oil.

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Pranali Natural Soap Bars

THB140 (~USD4.60) for a 100g natural soap is pricey, I am talking the local standard because most natural handmade soap I saw in Thailand is below THB100. Anyway, I thought to get them as gift for my oversea friend but I did not manage to meet her, so I got the soaps for myself in the end. (“b) The packaging is simple and classy, soaps are totally sealed by a plastic film inside so I could not smell the fragrance during purchase.

Harmony

Sandalwood


I have Harmony and Sandalwood, both performed similarly.  Harmony has small grains and distinct refreshing scent, where Sandalwood felt slightly more moisturizing and  has plain oil smell. Foaming easily and non-drying for body skin, but is drying for facial skin and  the Harmony caused irritation to eyes. The soap melt quicker when used for body showering since soap dissolved faster in running water comparing to adding a little bit of water to foam in hands for facial wash. A soap did not last more than a month for body wash purpose, but there is no problem to last for 2~3 months for facial wash only.

Ingredients (Harmony):

Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Orange) Peel, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud.

Ingredients (Sandalwood):

Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cedrus Atlanticus (Sandalwood) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Styrax Benzoin (Benzoin) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

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~~(ᶿᵜᶿ)~~ Cleansing Power Indicator  ~~(ᶿᵜᶿ)~~

Cleanse the shimmering lipstick and Diorshow mascara as if washing face, it has fairly good cleansing power.


Generally I am pleased with Pranali natural skin care products but still, I will search for inexpensive option in Thailand. Not a difficult task since homemade/small natural skin care entrepreneur is quite common here. (“v)

As I was moving concurrently in between several countries in past several months, hence I just purchased drugstore body lotions/oils at the local supermarkets. Even in tropical humid climate, my skin was strugglingly calling for moisture in air-conditioned environment, body lotion is must-have else my skin would be uncomfortably taut and dehydrated, sometimes it flaked a little bit due to dryness. Following items were some of those that I discovered, thought of sharing them briefly here. (Click the pictures to enlarge)

 

1. Eversoft Organic Olive Oil (RM8.20/100ml)

When you see an organic skin care with unbelievable low price, do double check the full ingredient list. It actually consists of mineral oil, organic olive oil, vitamins and fragrance. The multipurpose oil can be used for hair, body and lips but I tried it for hair and body only. Surprisingly it was lightweight but a little bit greasy until it fully dried out on my combination + easily dehydrated skin. It moisturized my body skin decently but not sufficient for very dry skin like hand. However, my nail looked pretty healthy and nice. In addition, it did a great job to de-frizz my hair. While I thought this was a good value product, unfortunately it seemed to exacerbate my skin rash, stopped using it for body thereafter.

 

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2. SPS Olive Oil (RM4.90/120ml)

I need a makeup remover when I was in rural area in Malaysia, looking an olive cooking oil (to remove my makeup) in rural supermarket was kind of impossible task. That was fully justified because imported cooking oil wasn’t affordable to most villagers in developing countries, even myself only use local produced sunflower oil or soy bean oil for cooking. Anyhow, I still managed to spot this. Although it named “Pure Olive Oil”, it wasn’t as pure as I understood, it consisted of artificial fragrance at least. The oil consistency was fairy lightweight, definitely differ from Extra Light Olive Oil, I wasn’t sure if any other stuff added because no ingredient listed on packaging. However, the packaging did say this was suitable for makeup removal, protecting skin against UV and for hair moisturizing. So, did it remove makeup? Yes, it did remove my light makeup (brow makeup, sunscreen and makeup premier /BB cream) easily and I just used it for removing makeup only.

 

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3. Dream Whitening Lotion with Papaya Enzyme (Rp28000/200ml)

I bought this and used in Indonesia, it smelled nicely and easily settled onto skin without greasiness. That was the problem for me, too refreshing and too lightweight that didn’t moisturize my skin sufficiently overnight. It said to be suitable for normal skin but I think it best for oily-normal skin in hot weather. Overall this is pleasant to use but the fresh citrus scent sometimes made me feeling nausea, I am the minority who is sensitive to some perfume, including many modern perfumes.

 

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 4. Johnson’s Bady Lotion with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E (Rp153000/200ml)

Johnson’s Aloe Vera lotion used to be my school time favorite, so when I saw this similar version, I thought nothing can go wrong. I immediately grabbed one without hesitant, realized later it wasn’t moisturized sufficiently overnight for my skin, imagine I used this up in just 3 weeks. It has signature scent of Johnson’s Body Lotion and suitable to those want light moisturizing.

 

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5. The Aromatherapy Company Hand Therapy (150ml/<A$10)

I liked this natural product, made with 100% pure and natural essential oils. It smoothed on and settled on easily, no greasy touch. It has subtle natural lemongrass scent and meant to repair dry and cracked skin. The creamy texture wasn’t heavy so I used it like body lotion too. It helped to soften minor cracked heel but didn’t remove it, it helped to moisturize heavy-work hand but wasn’t sufficient to prevent hard spot. Overall, I like this.

 

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6. Advanced and Leimei Lotions (150g/<A$10)

They were given by my mum whose travel to Australia every year during summer or fall. Both contain fragrance that smell like baby powder and the lotions settled on fairly quickly. No greasy touch and very nice for humid weather, enough for cozy temperature in Australia too.  

 


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