Whamisa Organic Flowers & Fruits Feminine Cleanser 150 ml

Whamisa Organic Flowers & Fruits Feminine Cleanser is a very unique product from Whamisa that is tough to get. I’ve got the last one from the Beautyboxkorea and am super happy with the purchase. So what does this cleanser do?

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Used only organic rosa damascena flower water instead of purified water.
❇ Naturally fermented organic flower and fruits ingredients.
❇ Uses natural & hypoallergenic surfactant “Decyl Glucoside”
❇ Adjusts acidity same as lactic acid providing mild, fresh and safe cleansing.
❇ Pure natural aroma removes unpleasant odors such as form body secretions and sweat.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Take a dime size amount in wet palms and rub into a luxurious foam. Gently massage into skin in a circular motion and wash off with lukewarm water.

* Finish with a splash of cold water to tone pores if used on the face

Ingredients:

*Rosa Damascena Flower Water, **Decyl Glucoside, **Palm Kernel/Coco Glucoside, *Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Citrus Junos Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, *Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Sophora Japonica Bud Extract, Prunella Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Magnolia Kobus Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Rosa Rugosa Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, **Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Rose Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil

*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Origin ***Natural Preservative

My experience:
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This cleanser contains a luxurious mixture of exotic flower extracts together with precious plant and fruit extracts such as tiger lily, Kobushi magnolia, Japanese pagoda tree bud extract and iris flower. The scent is somewhat rosy but it is very close to the classic Whamisa organic flowers scent. I’ve snatched the last bottle from the webshop and I feel so sad that I couldn’t find more of it.

Whamisa brands it as a feminine cleanser due to the low pH (4.5) but to me it means it is making a hell of a perfect cleanser for my acne prone skin. I’ve tried the COSRX good morning cleanser not so long ago and despite the fact that it is a holy grail product for many I could not tolerate it’s strong overpowering scent. The Organic Flowers & Fruits Feminine Cleanser is a dupe for COSRX! A luxurious and beautiful more balanced dupe. It does it all in terms of cleansing and so much more when it comes to the beautiful scent and breathtaking ingredients that it has.

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You may as why the hell does she want to put that on her face? well the answer is fairly simple. Cleanser with low pH is created to balance out sensitive and delicate skin. The same rule applied to any skin on your body. If you would want to you would be able to even wash your hair with it. You can read a bit more about the low pH cleanser products used in an alternative way in this post –> “The Case for Using a Feminine Cleanser on Your Face“. I found it very useful and eye opening.

So the scent is great, pH is low, what else did I like about it? The consistency is very runny and you can see that there are no thickening agents added to this cleanser. In order to prevent spilling the product, Whamisa used a very tiny opening that controls the flow of what comes out from the tube.  Very economic and well thought, guys! These is very little to no lather, similar to the above mentioned COSRX horrid smell cleanser. It will not take away all your waterproof make-up, but it does a very good job at mildly cleansing your skin without drying anything out. Meaning that people even with the most delicate, sensitive Sahara-dry skin are going to love this cleanser.

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I would recommend this cleanser in a heartbeat to anyone. Don’t forget that this cleanser can be used all over the body so invest in it if you don’t want to carry around a whole bag with self-care products when you are traveling. This one tube can multitask saving space in your luggage. As for the downsides, the price is sharp, as with all of the Whamisa products. I would still pay a bunch for it over and over again and enjoy using such a well made product rather than opt for a cleanser that is 2x but smells like feet and tea tree.

Pros:
+ Stunning and well thought out packaging
+ Amazing organic ingredients
+ Luxurious scent
+ Better dupe for COSRX good morning gel cleanser
+ Economic in use
+ Great multitasker for face and body

Cons:
– Not for sale in EU
– Tough to buy internationally (seems to be sold out everywhere)
– Steep price

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not available
❇ Internationally: Available at whamisa.com, authenticplaza and Beautyboxkorea
❇ Price ranges between 25 and 30€ per 150 ml tube

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

The Pyunkang Yul 3 Step Mask

The Pyunkang Yul 3 Step Mask is a new and very promising, yet inexpensive, 3-step sheet mask that delivers great hydration to my oily and blemish prone skin. I’ve got the 5-mask box from iHerb and they just arrived at my doorstep today.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ The type Peeling Gel gently exfoliates skin removing dead cells and prepping skin for the sheet mask.
❇ The Essence Toner Mask. This sheet mask is made with the same fabric used in Pyunkang Yul’s ⅓ Cotton Pad, which is designed to deliver products to skin more effectively than the traditional versions by soaking up the liquid product and then releasing it back when pressed onto skin.
❇ The Essence Toner, made up of 91.3% milk vecht root extract, full of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-boosting properties.
❇ The Balancing Gel seals in all the moisture and strengthens skin’s moisture barrier for long-lasting hydration.
❇ Great for all skin types, especially those dealing with trouble-prone, imbalanced skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:

1. Spread Peeling Gel over wet skin and massage in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells and other impurities. Rinse well.
2. Apply Essence Toner Sheet Mask, adjusting around eyes and mouth. Enjoy 10-20 minutes of sheet masking.
3. Spread Balancing Gel, and then gently tap and press until gel is fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Peeling Gel: 2 ml
Water, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Quaternium-60, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethyl Urea

Essence Toner Mask: 25 ml
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Arginine

Balancing Gel: 2 ml
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Polysorbate 80, PEG-150 Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate

My experience:

I’ve tried out some samples from the Pyunkang Yul in the past and I am definitely going to invest into a bunch of the products I’ve sampled once I’m done testing the Whamisa line. I’m using it for the first time today and having it on my face while typing this review.

First of all, the ingredient list is the cleanest from what I have ever encountered. Well, 2nd cleanest after the IUNIK Beta-glucan serum that actually has only 1 ingredient in it, but I’ll brag about that wonder in one of the next posts. All three products presented in this 3-step mask are amazing and can be purchased on their own. I love how some brands make those extra ampoules, cleansers, peels e.t.c. available to the public in case your skin only agrees with one formula out of the three. In case of this particular trio, my skin loved them all and want some more.

All three steps are unscented but I can sometimes catch a hint of some plant scent. It is barely noticeable and disappears fast. The first step, peeling gel, has a light and watery texture to it. Once it touches the skin it feels very refreshing and cooling. I kept it on for 2 minutes and started rubbing my face to ball up all the gunk. After this step washing face is mandatory!

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Step 2, the sheet mask, left me speechless. It is made of softest cotton and is quite fragile. Do not pull hard on the edges as you may tear the fabric. The amount of essence (classic brand toner) is enormous. I was afraid that the liquid will drip off my face but none of it happened. There is no scent to it, it is translucent and bouncy in it’s texture. The wearing time is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes. After removing the mask it is still damp and I can still could squeeze out plenty of product.  My skin is left super nourished and packed with moisture.

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The remaining liquid absorbed very fast and I proceeded to the next step, the balancing gel. Oh what a surprise it was. The texture on this thing is  a complete dupe of the J.One Jelly Pack. The main difference is that it is unscented and has a less priming (make-up gripping) finish to it. Yet the application and the way it lays over the skin for after first 10 minutes is identical. Do not try to drag the gel over your face, it will ball up and lay uneven on your skin. Instead, tap-tap-tap with your palms and let it absorb entirely.

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What about the end results? Well, I am in love with this mask! Totally head over heels. I am left with moisturized radiant skin with zero tackiness. There are no irritants in any of the ingredients and I’ve already set 2 of the masks aside for my upcoming vacation. From the results I’ve got today, I am certain it will rescue my skin after first days in the sun. I’ve also placed a new order even though I was promising to myself that I will go on a no-buy till Christmas. They are totally worth it and I have a feeling that my holy grail hydrating mask from Mediheal has to share it’s status with this beauty.

PY cotton pad fabric is the same as the cotton fabric used in the mask

Would I advise it? YES! to all of you with acne prone, irritated, red, dehydrated, sensitive skin. It will cool down the redness and hydrate your skin to the brim.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Amazing fit and adherence of the sheet
+ 100% cotton fabric
+ Great travel assistant/SOS maks
+ Suitable for absolutely all skin types and concerns
+ Beautiful packaging
+ Meets it’s claims100%

Cons:
– Not for sale in the EU (hopefully, yet)

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not available
❇ Internationally: Available at ohlolly and iHerb
❇ Price is +/- 2€

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

PETITFEE Azulene Ultra Soothing Pads

PETITFEE Azulene Ultra Soothing Pads are my newest buy from and my immediate holy grail product. I’ve tested these out for 2 weeks in a row and I am happy to report that these deliver immediate results on my skin! Sooo, off to the review….

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Desert Plant Complex – Trehalose, aloe leaf water and opuntia coccinellifera extract; superb moisturizer that revitalizes and maintains moisture.
❇ Soothing Energy – Ceramide NP, sodium hyaluronate, pantherol and 6 natural extracts calm and deeply moisturize dehydrated inner skin.
❇ Calming Blue Azulene – The dark purple-blue color azulene, centella asiatica, madecassoside and chamomile extract soothe the skin.
❇ Perfect Fitting Pad – A perfect fitting pad with good moisture retention that does not dry easily.
❇ The dark purple-blue of this product is not an artificial pigment but azulene’s unique color. The color is vulnerable to direct sunlight, and may fade during use, but this is not related to quality.

Directions from the manufacturer:

❇ As a toner: After cleansing, tone skin with a piece of soothing pad to replenish moisture.
❇ As a quick mask/patch treatment: For intensive hydration, place the soothing pads onto areas where it feels dry. Leave it for 10 minutes.
❇ As hydrating booster under make-up: USe in the morning prior to applying your make-up. Leave on for 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, niacinamide, methyl gluceth-20, sodium hyaluronate, betaine, trehalose, erythritol, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, centella asiatica leaf water, madecassoside, aloe barbadensis leaf water, opunita coccinellifera, hydrogenated lecithin, ceramide np, octyldodecanol, caprylyl glycol, panthenol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, origanum vulgare leaf/flower/stem extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, sodium guaiazulene sulfonate (25.6 mg), disodium edta, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, adenosine, arginine, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate / vp copolymer, propanediol, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, fragrance, ethylhexylglycerin

My experience:
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I’ve kept my eye on these pads for some time now. Finally, when bunch of stuff in iHerb went on sale I managed to score them at around 15 euros which was a very good deal, considering the fact that the jar contains 70 pads! Do I like these? I love them! Why? Well, see for yourself.

First of all. The packaging is very neat and sturdy. Considering the whole thing was shipped from a different continent and my iHerb boxes come smashed 99% of the time, the entire thing survived the travel very well. The tub is transparant and inside you see neatly stacked pads which are submerged in the purple-blue tinted liquid. The hue may vary from tub to tub due to the fact that the essence is photo-sensitive. The container comes with small plastic tweezers that you should use to pick up the pads from the container. A very handy addition that I’d personally like to see in other brands (NEOGEN, please take a note). There is a little plastic shield sealing the whole thing that you should remove in order to get to the pads.

pads are very thin

Once the jar is open you sense some light fragrance. Upon vigorous sniffing I’ve figured it is a combination of white florals and lavender. Very light and pleasant smell that is not overwhelming nor artificial. The pads are composed of thin synthetic fabric that resembles thin sheet of felt. Careful, once you pick up pads they may drip a bit at first. Each pad contains a lot of essence. If you use it just to wipe and tone your face with, there is plenty to go over your face and neck and some of the Décolletage.

I tend to use these pads as a patch treatment after I do my cycling outdoors, or after going to the gym. As I tend to get a super-red face after sports, these are a must-have for me when I need to recover my face a.s.a.p. After 10-15 minutes application my cheeks are not glowing like a hot iron anymore. It never happens naturally within the same period of time so I know it is 100% the effect of these pads. And yes, you may say, well it is cooling your face, blood vessels are shrinking, hence less redness.

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I know, I thought of it as well and put it to the test. I’ve applied a regular sheet mask on my face and the results were quite poor in comparison to those pads. That’s why I am super amazed by how effective these pads are. I’ve tried using these as a quick make-up primer as well and they do an amazing job for it. If you have a sensitive and dry/dehydrated skin, these pads may become your holy grail. I know they are mine!

Summary:

Pros:
+ Silicone, Alcohol, Paraben, Sulfate free formulation
+ Rich in skin brightening, calming and anti-ging ingredients
+ Amazing skin cooling and calming effects if applied as patches
+ Comes with little pincet for hygienic use
+ Extremely hydrating for my oily skin
+ Beautifully glowy finish when used after toner

Cons:
– Hard to get in the EU
– Photo-sensitive, need to remember to keep it in the dark container (I use the original cardboard packaging)

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not Available
❇ Internationally: Available at iherb and  yesstyle
❇ Price is around 20€ per 70 pads

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂