Ever since I adopt a 100% natural nighttime regime, I find myself spending less cash overall on beauty products. I used to always look for the next thing in the market to minimize my humongous pores, to treat my zits quickly, to make my acne scars go away for good, and to just brighten my overall complexion. But now I’m using only a handful of commercial products, and the rest is just all the good stuff from mother nature.
Over the past year since I first came across Utama Spice, I’ve grown to become completely in love with the brand. Their stuff is effective and affordable. I even took a picture at the flagship’s storefront during the oil haul in Bali. It’s one of the brands I trust, simply because all of their products contain 0% of the nasty stuff that’s always lurking in beauty products.
Oh, and did I mention it’s affordable? When was the last time you come across quality products tagged at this price? (see below). Remember: Things don’t have to be expensive to be effective.
I was running some errands the other day and I headed to a Guardian store to grab some vitamins. In it, I spent a good few minutes looking over their Utama Spice rack, and ended up snagging these 2 treats:
Temu-Temu Face Mask (IDR 51,260)
INGREDIENTS: Clay, curcuma xanthorriza (temulawak) root extract
With all-natural products, you have 2 sides of the same coin: As much as I love that they come with minimal to 0 preservatives, I find it a hassle that you’ve got to DIY the stuff on every use.
You see, manufacturers cannot package something as pure as this, because you’re dealing with only a day’s worth of shelf life here. The powdery product turns moldy quickly as soon as you stir it with water (you only need 2 teaspoons, a tablespoon max), and that’s in a separate bowl that I’ll have to wash later, plus you have to consider that the longer you keep it at that semi-liquid state, the less nutrients you’ll get out of it. Packagers simply can’t pre-mix pure plant extracts to be left on the racks that way while it’s rotting away.
So yes, I find this mask a treat. It smells like the floral version of regular ginger. You just don’t see many natural anti-inflammatory ingredients out there in the beauty industry – even the extracts of temulawak’s popular cousin, turmeric (curcuma longa), is rare on the market.
When used internally, temulawak improves digestive health by increasing bile flow (the thing your liver secretes to detox your whole body), reducing cholesterol levels, speeding tissue repair, keeping the liver happy, and improving appetite. The research is still limited to internal use only, so so we’ll see what it does when I apply it topically.
Lip Balm Set (IDR 36,300)
- Wellkiss Lip Balm
INGREDIENTS: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, beeswax, citrus sinensis (citrus) leaf extract, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) fruit oil, citrus limonum (lemon peel) oil, lavandula angustifola (lavender) herb oil
- Cocoa Lip Balm
INGREDIENTS: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, vanilla planifolis (vanilla) pod, beeswax, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, cinnamomum burmani (cinnamon) bark
- Peppermint Lip Balm
INGREDIENTS: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, beeswax, mentha arvensis leaf oil, mentha piperita leaf
You’d think the Cocoa one tastes and feels the best, but the chocolate fragrance only lasts for so long. To tell you the truth, the Wellkiss is my favorite, even though it’s not kissable by my boyfriend (he prefers flowery over herbaceous). The Peppermint one is not kissable either because le boyfriend dislikes anything mint (whereas I love ’em).
The Wellkiss smells like fresh gardenia with lemony notes to boot. Like the Cocoa and the Peppermint, its moisturizing effect is like a Staedtler that erases your cracks and flakes just like that. I’m serious. It’s so instant that I can say it beats the EOS line when it comes to long-lasting moisture and plumpness (doesn’t mean I don’t want to get my hands on ALL their flavors! xD). That’s the power of coconut oil though, and I just had to restock my 400g VCO jar while I can.
All in all, I’m seeing myself using the lip balms in the long run, particularly the Wellkiss. But I guess my laziness won me over (lol) so when it comes to clay masks, I’ll still use Kiehl’s Rare Earth Masque again and again.
Have you tried the mask before, or any of the lip balms?
M – S 09:30am – 06:30pm
GAPA Town Center
Jl. Danau Poso No. 57
Denpasar, Bali 80361
+62 (0)361 282 836
(Utama Spice is also available in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Australia, Japan, and online. See link.)