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

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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!

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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! =)

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!

Cebu Sojourn: Tambuli Beach Resort

Too bad no local can give us precise directions to Camotes Islands. And too bad that colleagues can’t seem to trust the wisdom of travel bloggers who’ve been there and done that island-hopping adventure we so craved. Good thing there was Tambuli Beach Resort, which luckily was just a cab ride away from the city.

So it’s not as spectacular as the other beaches I’ve been to, and I might as well have just taken a bus to Batangas (which is lovelier, actually), but this beach did its job of appeasing my inner sun-worshiper. Also, I was able to write, which is a rare gift, given my busy work and school schedule.

This trip made me realize that for someone like me who’s been blessed to be able to travel here and abroad, I have a tendency to be a travel snob. What others consider as scenic may be for me just an ordinary thing. And what others consider as great food may for me taste just like lutong bahay.  So perhaps my standards and expectations have been heightened by my frequent travels. And maybe what I’m trying to say is, I wish I can get my P500 back.

*P500 is the entrance fee to Tambuli Beach Resort, consumable through a buffet lunch which costs P550. So yeah, you add P50 to be able to eat.

Cebu Sojourn: Clean and Green Ayala Mall

Ayala Mall is my kind of mall. It’s clean, green and very walkable. If Greenbelt weren’t so far from where I live, I bet I’d find myself taking a leisurely stroll here everyday–in the morning before I go to work, in the afternoon before I return home, and in the weekends when I want to relax. But alas, my life is nowhere near that.

I visited the Ayala Mall in Cebu when I went there this April, and I like that it’s as clean and green as in Manila. I enjoyed walking around the mall all day, taking in the fresh air and the beautiful scenery. But of course I didn’t go all the way to Cebu just to window shop. I also enjoyed the beach, the historic sites and the markets, as you’ll see in my next blog posts.

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.

I won the Binalot Contest but…

I won the Binalot contest on Twitter but I wasn’t able to get my prize — a bottle of adobo flakes and two tickets to Orosman at Zafira — because I was busy at work and school.

I was supposed to get it last Monday, during our school holiday, but I opted to finish my research report for my Communication Research class, which was due that day.

I thought of getting it after work, but going to Makati was just too much of a chore for me.

So February 12, the day of the Orosman at Zafira play, came and went with me watching my Korean dramas at home instead. All’s well.

Tried and Tested: EarthSpa Lemongrass Soap

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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

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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.