About to Try: ONE Naturales Citrus Spice and Everything Nice Lotion

Photo by Me

I saw the ONE Naturales product range at ANC’s Shop Talk some time last year but I haven’t gotten around to buying one. It’s supposedly made from all-natural ingredients. It’s also not tested on animals. The packaging uses no plastic so none of the usual cosmetics bottles will end up in landfills for something like 1,000 years–plastics will take that long to decompose.

It’s weird, though, how the ONE packaging uses a lot of carton. That is, recyclable carton. But still, I wish the packaging were a lot simpler…

Anyway, I bought the Citrus Spice and Everything Nice lotion at Landmark last Saturday since I’m running low on lotion. My other alternative was the Human Nature lotion but I decided to skip that one in favor of ONE. I figured I should give this lotion a try since the texture of the Human Nature lotion really disappointed me–it’s a bit on  the gummy side so when you apply it, it takes a while for the lotion to get absorbed by the skin.

So once my lotion runs out, I’ll start using this ONE. I hope it does its job without the gummy texture. The package says it’s made of sweet almond oil, linseed seed oil, and coconut oil, so I hope all those oils will keep my skin moisturized!

Advertisements

Human Nature products now sold at Landmark in Trinoma!

Photo by Me.

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!

Current soap stars in my bathroom: All Organics Charcoal, All Organics Calamansi

While everyone else equates summer with beaches, bikinis and banana boat rides, summer for me means sweaty armpits, stinky shirts and unbearable thirst. And even if summer has officially ended weeks ago, according to PAGASA, it’s still too insufferably hot.  So this soap obsession really makes sense, don’t you think?

There are two soaps in my bathroom right now. Both are from All Organics, which, as the brand name implies, is all about organic and chemical-free skincare.

First Impressions: All Organics Charcoal Soap

At first, I was wary and weirded out with the idea of using charcoal on my face. But the soap’s promise of clarifying the skin over time appealed to me. I’ve been only using this soap for just around two weeks, and so far, nothing dramatic has happened. What I do like about this soap, though, is the way it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry. The VCO is really working in this soap.

About to try: All Organics Calamansi Soap

Calamansi, also known as Philippine lemon, is known to whiten and brighten the skin. But what really appealed to me about this soap is its deodorizing effect. Think about it: It’s hot, you sweat a lot and therefore stink a lot. I figured using this soap will help minimize sweat and odor the natural way. We’ll see.

Spicy Ginger Ice Cream at Bohol Bee Farm! Yum!

Total number of times I’ve been to Bohol in my lifetime: 4

Total number of places I look forward to visiting whenever I’m there: 5

  • Loboc River Cruise
  • Chocolate Hills
  • That tarsier place
  • Alona Beach
  • Bohol Bee Farm

Most favorite place in Bohol: Bohol Bee Farm

Why?

  • Organic products such as honey, corn coffee, and herbal tea
  • Organic food such as salads and yummy muffins
  • Beautiful seaside house that has been my benchmark for beach living since the first time I saw it
  • Spicy ginger ice cream!

As soon as we set foot at Bohol Bee Farm a few days ago, I made a beeline for the ice cream store that sells the yummiest spicy ginger ice cream in the planet. I haven’t tasted the other flavors yet (malunggay, ube, etc) but I’ve already decided that the spicy ginger ice cream is my favorite. The cone, too, made from cassava, is the yummiest ice cream cone around. It’s way better than the usual wafer cone for its semi-softness and just-right sweetness. For Php50, you’ll get the ultimate summer bliss.

Also try their halo-halo. For just Php90, you’ll get a big cup of this summer favorite. Bohol Bee Farm’s version is generously packed with fresh fruits and a scoop of their yummy ice cream on top! No wonder this place tops my list of Bohol tourist spots to troop to!

First Impressions: Human Nature Love Minerals Mineral Powder Blush

Photo by Me.

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: EarthSpa Lemongrass Soap

Photo by Me.

Soaps are soaps. And the EarthSpa Lemongrass soap is a good one. It’s actually not much different from the other organic and natural soaps I’ve tried, but I like it, still. Any soap that’s not Safeguard (which doesn’t seem to clean, lather up nicely and leave a clean scent on my skin anymore)  is a good one for me.

Tried and Tested: Human Nature Balancing Facial Toner

Photo by Me.

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.

Coconut House

My usual Sunday lunch with the family was unusually good today. We went to this restaurant called “Coconut House” inside Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC). I wasn’t expecting much, since my childhood memories of QMC is jejemon at best (my family used to go biking there back when my parents were still young parents with not much money). But the restaurant turned out to be one of the best.

Here are the things I liked about the place:

1) It proudly serves Filipino food, from breakfast to dinner. They had “binalot” meals on the menu. We had kalderetang dagat, gising-gising with squid, and pork liempo—all served with brown rice and beautifully wrapped in banana leaves. For appetizer, we had ukoy and fresh lumpia–all made from coconut meat! AND (and I mean AND!), I finally got to taste “pansit buko”, a kind of noodle dish that makes use of coconut meat strips instead of flour or egg noodles. I thought I’d only get to taste this when I go to the province (I forgot which one). We had fresh coconut juice, which was still on its shell, to wash it all down. But that’s not the end of it! For dessert, we had coconut ice cream topped with chocolate and coconut munchies. Very delightfully dee-lish coconut overload!

2) Everything’s organic, and most importantly, affordable. Perhaps because of its QMC location, which consequently tells a lot about the kinds of customers in the vicinity, the prices of foods served here are super affordable. The pansit buko, for example, was just PHP75–and the serving was generous, too! The “binalot” meals were just PHP125–and each was served with organic rice! The ice cream was just PHP25. And the buko juice  was just PHP35. You can actually afford to splurge here even if you’re broke! And best of all, you also ate healthy. =)

3) There’s a space for coconut products like oils, soaps and accessories. I saw organic VCO soaps there sold for just PHP70. Gugo shampoos in 250ml bottles were priced at just PHP130. There were also bottles of coconut oil, coconut sugar, and coconut munchies. Accessories and home decor were also sold. Too bad I didn’t have much money with me. But I vow to give the bath products a try when I get back!

4) The wait staff were smiley. You’d think, that just because  the restaurant is located in QMC, that customer service would be sacrificed. But no. The wait staff were surprisingly nice, especially to kids. They can give Jollibee and McDonald’s a run for their “service with a smile” philosophy, simply because I felt that the kind of service and smile the Coconut House staff gave customers was a lot more sincere. It reminded me of those good guy underdogs in the Japanese dramas I watch, such as Vito, the Jap-Fil character that Matsu Jun played in “Smile”.

I hope we go back there next Sunday.