Ways to enjoy Human Nature products without breaking the bank

Human Nature products which I asked a relative (who's a dealer) to buy for me. I got huge savings because of it!

Human Nature products which I asked a relative (who’s a dealer) to buy for me. I got huge savings because of it!

No doubt that Human Nature products are affordable. It’s almost the same price as regular store brands. And if you compare it to the prices of other organic and natural beauty products, you’ll realize that it tends to be significantly cheaper. But if you’re like me who always looks for value-for-money deals and ways to stretch my peso, I’m sure you also found ways to enjoy your favorite organic and natural products without spending too much. Because let’s face it, although something may be cheap or affordable enough, when there are just too many interesting things to buy from a certain brand, the cost tends to pile up. I’m sharing with you some of my ways of saving.

1. Watch for promos at supermarkets or department stores. Sometimes, a big bottle of facial wash will come with a small bottle of lotion. Instant freebie, instant savings! And this lotion, you can use at the office where the air-conditioning tends to dry your hands, or while traveling when you have to travel light.

2. Watch for promos at the Human Nature website. Again, instant freebies and instant savings. And when you spend more than PHP2000, you get free shipping, too. A good strategy would be to pool you and your friends’ purchases to avail of this free shipping.

3. If you have a friend or relative who is a Human Nature dealer, ask her or him to buy products on your behalf. I have a relative who’s like this, and asking her to buy for me gives me huge savings. She doesn’t really sell stuff per se, but she uses her account to buy products for herself and her whole family. She gets to buy more, and I get more savings. It’s a win-win situation.

How about you? What are your savings tips? Do share!

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Human Nature products now sold at Landmark in Trinoma!

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I was only supposed to buy organic soaps in the beauty section of Landmark in Trinoma but I guess  last Saturday was my lucky day. While idly walking by the various aisles, I spotted not one but many Human Nature products on the shelves! I spotted the deodorant, the conditioner, and the toner which I always use. Needless to say, I bought them all! It turns out there’s no need for me to drop by the Human Nature store in Commonwealth anymore. How convenient!

I’ve always wished for Human Nature products to be sold in supermarkets (I’ve recently seen these products in Shopwise and Rustan’s) and department stores (Landmark!) and now I’ve realized my wish has been granted. Also spotted on the aisles were the sunflower and beauty oil and strengthening shampoo. So if ever you’re in Landmark and you suddenly realize you’re running low on your favorite Human Nature products, just go to the beauty section and buy away!

About to try: 100% Natural Purifying Facial Scrub

This wasn’t on the list I made of things to buy at the Human Nature store today, but after seeing the “Introductory Price” mark (P99 for a 50ml tube), I figured there’s no harm in putting another product in my shopping basket.

Aside from the price, another reason why I decided to give Human Nature’s newest facial scrub a try was the sweet strawberry scent. This supposedly has real strawberry seeds and fine bamboo granules for gentle exfoliation, resulting in smooth, supple and oil-free skin. I hope it delivers on its promise. Well, the reviews on the HN website look promising so I’m optimistic about this.

Another reason why I’m giving this scrub a go is because I want to see if it will make a good alternative to my weekly facial mask routine, in which I use The Face Shop’s various masks (my favorite is the Pearl mask). I like Face Shop masks. However, the routine is getting to be expensive (P65 per mask vs. P99 facial scrub which can last for several applications), and since I’ve booked several trips for this year, I need to cut down on some expenses to give myself several decent vacations.

Besides, I’m the type who likes to simplify processes, so if I can improve my cash flow, keep the amount of lovely goop I put on my face low, and keep my skin smooth and supple all in one go, then I must be doing something right, yo! =)

Another great use for HN Sunflower Beauty Oil: Lip Soother

While vacationing in the US, I found out another great use for the very versatile and multifunctional Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil. This time, it’s for soothing chapped lips!

I’ve learned from previous trips that autumn doesn’t do any good for my lips, so I made sure to bring lip balm. But for some reason, it didn’t work. As a temporary relief, I swiped a few drops of the Sunflower Beauty Oil and (surprise, surprise!) it did the trick! It eliminated flaky lips, smoothed it out, and kept it hydrated. It’s a beautiful (and beautifying) accident!

First Impressions: Human Nature Love Minerals Mineral Powder Blush

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Mineral makeup has always been a curiosity for me. So when Human Nature announced that they’ll be coming out with a mineral makeup line, I was pretty excited. I wanted to try it as soon as it hit the shelves, but since my makeup supply was still sufficient for a few weeks’ use, I waited until it completely ran out.

The first to disappear from the pot was my blush, so that’s the product I bought first from the Love Minerals line of Human Nature.

Despite being organic and good for the skin, I was pretty disappointed about how too sheer the coverage of this blush is. Even two swipes won’t do. I have to do four. That is, to pile on the color because the pigment isn’t so strong. Moreover, it has this weird, metallic smell that I tend to forget that this is supposed to be organic makeup.

I’ll just go for something from The Face Shop or The Body Shop next time. Sigh.

Tried and Tested: Human Nature Balancing Facial Toner

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The Tomato and Lemongrass Toner that I like is gone (as in phased out from the Human Nature range), and this is the replacement–the Balancing Facial Toner. I’m not really sure why they’d replaced a seemingly serviceable product, but trying this new one for almost two weeks made me decide that I like this replacement much better.

I’m not really sure what the ingredient elemi is supposed to do for my face, but this, combined with orange, makes for a clean-smelling toner.  According to the Human Nature website, elemi oil is “known for its skin-care benefits and healing properties.” It is quite vague for me, so I did a little googling and this was what I found out: It is “helpful in cases of heavy perspiration, cuts, wounds and skin infections. Elemi oil is said to rejuvenate the skin.”

Moreover the elemi tree is actually native to the Philippines. Locally, it is known as “pili.”

Another trivia from this website: Elemi oil was actually used by ancient Egyptians in the embalming process. Creepy, huh?

I like the Human Nature Balancing Toner, nevertheless. It does the job of cleansing and toning my skin. Plus,  I’m big on smells that stimulate and awaken, so this one’s good enough for me.

A Trip to the Human Nature Store

A map to the Human Nature store at Commonwealth Avenue. Happy shopping!

Lately, Sesou in Trinoma has been disappointing me by selling only old stock. A store gets boring when there’s nothing new to try. And then it gets frustrating when you periodically check if there’s new stock already, and there’s none! Sigh.

So…one day before I completely ran out of hair conditioner, I went to the Human Nature (HN) Store along Commonwealth Avenue for the first time. I’ve read about this store in the HN newsletter  months ago but it’s only recently when I thought of actually going there. It makes more sense, you know. Why go to Sesou or buy online when you can go straight to the source?

I don’t have a pic of the store since I didn’t bring a camera, but I must say the store is pretty good. You have to go up some cement steps before you get to the actual store. The steps are dotted with potted plants to set the mood of being organic and natural, I suppose.

When you get to the actual store, you can grab a wooden basket near the door and start taking off the shelves the items you want to buy. There’s no price tag on each item, but you can go check out the prices at the two round tables near the door. The price list–well, the brochure, actually–is there, protected by brown folders. There’s also a basket full of “testers”, which are small bottles and pots of Human Nature products that you can try before you buy.

There are two cashiers and you can pay through cash or credit card. You also don’t have to be a HN dealer to be able to enter. Most of the other buyers were dealers, though. They stuck massive amounts of bottles and pots in their basket. But me, I just walked in there and bought the stuff I needed–hair conditioner, toner, and blush.

I’m excited to try the Balancing Face Toner. I wonder what orange, elemi and bamboo scrubs can do to my skin. I’m also excited to try the Love Minerals blush since I haven’t tried organic makeup before. Will let you know!

Tried and Tested: Himalaya Herbals Shampoo

I’m very much into how a product smells like so using the Himalaya Herbals Shampoo for around two weeks now, I can say that this product is serviceable. It does the job of cleaning my hair the natural way, and it keeps my hair soft and shiny (it’s shampoo and conditioner combined, after all) but it doesn’t smell as great as the Human Nature (HN) Rosemary Shampoo that I love. But that won’t stop me from using this product. This is a great alternative for when I (again) run out of my favorite HN shampoo and I can’t go ASAP to Sesou in Trinoma or order online from the HN website.  At least it’s available at every Watson’s store, and we all know that Metro Manila is teeming with Watson’s stores.

Organic Geek in Puerto Princesa Part 1: My Baywalk Walk

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I wish I can live in a place where the sea is just a stone’s throw away from me. I was in Puerto Princesa a few days ago and my wish became partly true. Staying at Lola Itang Pension House for three days, I got the chance to walk to Puerto Princesa’s Baywalk to breathe in the fresh see breeze. It’s serene. It’s a nice place to hear yourself think.

At night, the Baywalk transforms into a lively hangout for kids, families and couples. Music blasts all around (albeit ’90s music—a decade late!–which Palawenos seem to think is cool, anyway), little shops selling fruit shakes, food and souvenirs sprout, and it begins to feel like you can fall in love with this place’s small town charm.

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But I still like it better in the late afternoon, where the place feels restful, where boats lazily sway with the sea, where you seem to forget you came from the big city.

Tried and Tested: Human Nature Calendula and Seaweed Face Wash

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The Human Nature Calendula and Seaweed Facial Wash does the job of cleansing your skin. It lathers up nicely and leaves your face smelling of just-sliced pineapples. Very summer-y in the cool ber-months!

But still, I prefer the smell of Aloe Vera and Guava Facial Wash. Nothing beats that. For me, at least.

The Calendula and Seaweed variety is supposedly for those with sensitive skin. But who’s to stop someone with oily skin (like me!)  from using it? No one. I used it and it was just fine. I was worried that my face would break out because the label didn’t say anything about clearing away pimples. But this gel is so good and gentle that my face stayed pimple-free. Cleansing gels are for cleansing anyway. As I’ve said, this face wash does its job. And that’s what matters!