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Friday, January 28, 2011

Yves Rocher Sebo Specific 2 in 1 Cleanser + Anti-Imperfection Lotion Review

I am a lazy bum when it comes to applying moisturizer so my skin sometimes becomes dry on certain areas but the cursed t-zone is still oily all the time. So, in my attempt to rectify my laziness and give my skin a little bit of hydration where it is needed, I purchased a bottle of Yves Rocher's Sebo Specific 2 in Cleanser + Anti-Imperfection Lotion which was highly recommended by a friend and the Sales Assistant there. She told me that this cleanser + lotion combo is actually a combination of cleanser/toner and a pore refining lotion/moisturizer. Seeing that it's a simple one step product that covers three steps, I am sold! Plus, it's made for oily/combination skin. ( ^_^ )

Product description: This cleansing lotion is more than perfect for oily and combination skin. It reduces skin blemishes and removes impurities in one go. It's unique creamy milky texture leaves skin matte and fresh. It has double advantage, leaves no greasy film on the skin and does not dry out. Dermatology tested. Scutellaria Baicalensis Root contains molecules called flavonoids which have antioxidants properties. Flavonoids from this plant also has an extraordinary power to brighten the skin from within.

The 2 in 1 Cleanser + Anti-Imperfection Lotion can be used morning and night as a single treatment program tailored for a 1-2-3 clear skin everyday:
1 - Cleanse skin and removes impurities by applying over face with cotton pad, with or without rinsing with water.
2 - Mositurizes the skin in the morning
3 - Optimized night treatment effect.

Packaging: The 2-in-1 Cleanser and Lotion comes in a green translucent triangular plastic pet bottle with a green coloured screw on cap. The product weighs 150 ml. It has a wide opening which allows the lotion to flow out easily from the bottle.
 
 2 In 1 Cleanser + Anti-Imperfection Lotion
 
The unscrewed bottle from bird's eye view.

Usage instruction: Use morning and evening with water, avoiding the eye contour. Rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Hexyl Laurate, Oleth-20, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Salicylic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, PEG-30 Glyceryl Laurate, Parfum, Allantoin, Limonen, Tetrasodium EDTA,  Linalool, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, CI 42090, CI 19140.
Ingredients listed at the back of the bottle.

Texture: The light green coloured cleanser+lotion combo has a very runny liquid-ish texture. It absorbs really well into the skin without leaving any sticky feeling behind (except if you put too much on). There is a slight cool feeling when the lotion is applied on the skin. As a day moisturizer, the lotion do keep my skin matte for a couple of hours before my skin starts to feel oily and sticky again. As an overnight treatment, this lotion performs superbly. I prefer to apply a thick layer on my face before I go to bed. It does feel a little bit sticky because the layer is thick but the effect the next morning when I wake up is just to die for. My skin does not feel greasy at all. The only oily feeling I got was from the residue of the lotion. My skin felt really soft and hydrated after cleansing the residue off. Love!
 The milky light green lotion sliding off the back of my hand.
The liquid texture of the lotion makes it easy to spread evenly.

Scent: The cleanser+lotion combo has a very pleasant subtle sweet leafy smell mixed with a subtle hint of floral scent that is surprisingly not bad at all. It does smell fresh and clean. There is a bit of astringent scent but not too strong.

My verdict: I really like this cleanser+lotion combo as an overnight treatment lotion because it made my skin felt soft and supple the next morning. It is also great to use as a day moisturizer too. The scent is really pleasant and makes me think of things clean and fresh. So far this product didn't give me any blemishes but I don't really notice any difference with my pores. Would I repurchase this? I might, to use as an overnight treatment lotion but I get bored with skincare too fast so I'm on the fence about this one.

Price: RM39 at Yves Rocher shop in Alamanda.
You can get more information on the product at Yves Rocher's website.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Yves Rocher Sebo Specific Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Just like any other girl, I sometimes like to try out new skin care regime just because I got bored with using the same ones over and over again. But most of the times those new products turns out to be unsuitable for my very finicky skin. I have oily combination skin, so naturally I'd scout for products that can curb my over active oil glands and keep my skin clean and clear. A friend of mine swore by Yves Rocher's Sebo Specific cleanser and recommended me to try it out. Being a product junkie, I went to Alamanda to pick up a bottle.

Description from website: With its special soft texture, Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is the primary purifying gesture, so vital for oily and combination skins. Combined with the Botanical Flavonoids Complex, its exfoliating microparticles eliminate all traces of impurities and gently clear the pores. Its exfoliating micro-particles gently cleanse the epidermis. The skin breathes again, it is visibly healthy, clean and fresh.

Packaging: The cleanser comes in a translucent green triangular plastic pet bottle with a silver coloured screw on cap. The product weighs 150 ml. The mouth of the bottle is quite large giving the cleanser easy access to flow out from the bottle.
  Sebo Specific Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.
The wide mouth of the bottle makes it easy to pour out the cleanser. 

Usage instruction: Use morning and evening with water, avoiding the eye contour. Rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Urea, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoyl Isothionate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, PEG-30 Glyceryl Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 19140, CI 42090.
Usage instruction and list of ingredients can be found on the back of the bottle.

Texture: The cleanser has a slightly runny gel-like texture and is translucent green in colour. It felt slightly cool when applied on the skin. It does not foam up and the exfoliating particles are very fine that I can't actually see it but I definitely can feel it as I scrub the cleanser gently on my face. It rinses off with water and leaves my skin feeling refreshed, clean and soft. The cleanser is indeed gentle and there is no tight feeling after my skin had dried.
 Pea-sized dollop of cleanser for my whole face.
This is the only amount of foam I got from the pea-sized dollop.

Scent: The cleanser has a very pleasant subtle leafy scent that gives a calming sense as I cleanse my face. I really like the smell because it is really refreshing and reminds me of natural things.

My verdict: I really like this cleanser because it made my skin felt really clean and fresh. It didn't give me any blemishes the first 2 months I've used it but my face began to break out into the 3rd month. I wasn't sure whether it's because of the product or my hormonal change that caused it. I think hormones had a hand in it because the product worked fine for the first 2 months. So now I use this a few times a week when I want to exfoliate my skin. Would I repurchase this? I'm on the fence about this one cause I tend to get bored with skincare products fast.

Price: RM39 at Yves Rocher shop in Alamanda.
You can get more information on the product at Yves Rocher's website.

NYX Luscious Lip Gloss Palette Review

My sister and I went on a NYX spree and we got ourselves a few of their Luscious Lip Palettes. There are quite lot of great reviews on these palettes all over the Internet and the swatches looked great as well. Since there was a sale on CherryCulture, we decided to give these palettes a try.

Packaging: The palettes comes in nice and sturdy, reflective black plastic casings. Looks very sleek. There's a clear window on the lid so we can see the colours of the lip glosses inside the palette. The palette opens with a latch and there's slim mirror lined on the top of the inside lid. There is a lip brush provided. Each palette weighs .25 oz (7.5 g).
Nice and sleek packaging. Very professional looking.

Ingredients:
Basically they all have the same ingredients.

The Perfect Everyday Colors (LGP03)
Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ceresin, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-Digylceryl Polyacyladipade-2, Isostearyl Isostearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, Fragrance, May contain: Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide Red (CI77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI77492), Iron Oxide Black (CI77499), D&C Red No 6 (CI15850), D&C Red No 7 (CI15850), D&C Red No 27 (CI45410), FD&C Yellow No 5 Al Lake (CI19140), FD&C Blue No 1 Al Lake (CI42090), D&C Red No 36 (CI12085), Polyethylene Trephthalate, Carmine (CI75470).

The Naturals (LGP02)
Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ceresin, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-Digylceryl Polyacyladipade-2, Isostearyl Isostearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, Fragrance, May contain: Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide Red (CI77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI77492), Iron Oxide Black (CI77499), D&C Red No 6 (CI15850), D&C Red No 7 (CI15850), D&C Red No 27 (CI45410), FD&C Yellow No 5 Al Lake (CI19140), FD&C Blue No 1 Al Lake (CI42090), D&C Red No 36 (CI12085), Polyethylene Trephthalate, Carmine (CI75470).

The Nudes - Matte (LGP04)
Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ceresin, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-Digylceryl Polyacyladipade-2, Isostearyl Isostearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, Mica, Pigment (C.I).
The ingredients of the lip product is listed on the back of the palette.

Texture: The lip glosses have a very creamy and soft texture. Picking up the glosses from the palette with a brush is not a task. There is a slight oily feeling to the glosses and it's quite hard to get an even application. I guess a good lip brush might help in applying it better. The glosses goes on very pigmented except for The Naturals palette which goes on quite sheer. The Perfect Everyday Colors has very fine shimmers in them, The Nudes-Matte doesn't seem to have any shimmers and The Naturals is very glittery. It does settle in between lip cracks which can look really bad. On my lips, the lip gloss felt just like any other lipstick, a bit sticky but it's not something unbearable. I really think the lip gloss palettes lean more towards being lipstick palettes because of their pigmentation and texture (maybe they are a hybrid of lipstick/lip gloss, perhaps?).

Swatches: I have read somewhere on the Internet that swatches on the fingertips resembles how the colour is going to look on the lips. So, I am going to do swatches on the arm and also on my fingertips. Here are the swatches for each palette:

The Perfect Everyday Colors: 
This palette belongs to my sister and she had already used it before I could took a picture of an unswatched palette. The colour of the palette in the picture taken is almost exact in real life. The lippies do have fine shimmers in them and the colours are very pigmented and creamy.
The Perfect Everyday Colors palette.
 
Arm swatch.
Fingertips swatch.

1 - cool shade of red.
2 - coral/brick red.
3 - i think this one is more like a mauve colour.
4 - a pinkish mauve nude shade. the colour reminds me of NYX's round lipstick in Tea Rose.
5 - a subtle pinkish brown nude shade. this colour reminds me of NYX's round lipstick in Thalia.

The Naturals:
This palette actually has a warmer colour in real life but the picture I took turned up a little bit on the cooler side. It has the most sheer pigmentation amongst the three palettes. It also have the most shimmer which does not show in the palette picture below but is very obvious in person.
The Naturals palette.
Arm swatch.
Fingertips swatch.

1 - sheer brick red with gold shimmer (a lighter shade than no 4).
2 - golden peach with gold shimmer.
3 - sheer pink with silvery shimmer. goes on almost clear.
4 - sheer red with silvery shimmer.
5 - sheer brown with gold and silvery shimmer.

Here's a close-up picture of the palette. You can see the glitter in the lippies which is more obvious in person.

The Nudes - Matte:
This lip palette also has a warmer colour in real life. You can imagine the colour to be multiplied by 2 or 3 times in intensity to get the general idea how the colour actually looks like in person. The palette is truly matte because out of the three, this is the only lip palette that does not have any shimmer in them. The lippies in this palette is very pigmented and creamy.
 
The Nudes - Matte palette.
Arm swatch.
Fingertip swatch.

1 - milky brown.
2 - a mixture of berry and mauve.
3 - peach.
4 - barbie pink. very striking.
5 - nude lip colour.

Scent/Flavour: All the palettes have this plasticky scent that I really don't like. I just couldn't ignore it no matter how hard I tried! I think in the description of the product, it was supposed to smell fruity but all three lip palettes have the same plasticky scent that really bothers me. It tastes that way too! Ewww! My sister said the scent is more of a rosy scent and she can live with it but I can't. Maybe that's why I am very put off by it since I cannot stand pungent rosy scented products. I found a trick to make the scent more bearable by putting on a scented lip balm on first, then put the lip gloss from the lip palette, then top up with the scented lip balm again. I really hope NYX will revamp the scent of these lip palettes in the future.

My verdict:
I really like the packaging of the lip palettes. To tell you the truth, that's what attracted me to purchase them in the first place. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of the lip gloss/lipstick inside the palettes because of the plasticky scent. The glosses are very pigmented and creamy but I didn't like the fact that it's quite hard to get an even application. I actually liked the fact that The Naturals palette goes on sheer but I don't like shimmers, so that's also a no go. If only the scent is much more bearable and there is less shimmer (The Nudes-Matte palette exceptional), I wouldn't mind using these lippies. Sadly, that is not the case so I guess I won't be repurchasing any of them again or any other colours.

Price: Retails at $8 but got mine at $5.99 during a sale (approximately) RM25 from CherryCulture  via MalaysianBeautyStore spree.
You can checkout the lip palettes at NYX's official website.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Redup Rimba Cendol Corner Review

I have a soft spot for all things sweet. My one weakness is definitely dessert thanks to my sweet tooth. Cendol (which is basically a concoction of green rice flour jelly served with coconut milk, palm sugar and shaved ice) is a great sweet and cold dessert that hits the spot when the day is smelting hot. Yummy!! There is even an entry on cendol on wikipedia. So when my husband told me that there is a stall serving cendol somewhere in Bangi, I jumped for joy because it's quite hard to get a bowl of decent tasting cendol around Putrajaya.

The place my husband took me to get out bowls of cendol is called Redup Rimba Cendol Corner. It is a stall on the side of the road near Teras Jernang heading towards Bangi Lama. It is called Redup Rimba because the stall is located beside UKM's reserved jungle.

There are several plastic tables and stools placed under large garden umbrellas and the main stall is under a blue canopy. There are wooden planks placed over the big drain for customers and waiters to cross over to the tables and stall. There were customers sitting at almost every table and we were lucky enough to get a table just in front of where we parked out car. The waiter came to get out orders a few minutes later since there were quite a lot of customers to tend to but we didn't mind the wait.

The main menu served at Redup Rimba is Laksa and Cendol. You can get the original recipe cendol or with additional ingredient like pulut (sticky rice) or tapai (fermented sticky rice). We usually get the original recipe because I like my cendol tasting authentic. Hehe.. The cendol served here is the usual basic ingredient added with red sago, red beans and a spoonful of sweet corn. The vendor is really not stingy on the palm syrup because you can see it dripping on the base of the bowl. When the shaved ice is mixed up properly, you can see a milky dark chocolate colour of the palm mixed with the coconut milk indicating that the bowl of icy dessert is gonna taste delicious.
A bowl of cendol freshly served.
A spoonful of cendol. The rice-flour green jelly is seen submerged inside the pale, unmixed melting ice.

This is how the cendol would look like after it has been properly mixed. The shaved ice has melted a bit but the taste is still superb!

We also ordered a bowl of Laksa to be shared among the both of us (since I am a light eater who likes to eat repeatedly!). I was a bit skeptical since great tasting laksa is hard to come by these days and boy was I surprised! The laksa actually tasted really good. The fish-based gravy has a well balanced taste of fish and sourness and there is also a slight spiciness to it. The handmade rice noodle is also soft and a bit chewy but it is not tough. The texture is just-right. Overall, the bowl of laksa is really delicious and this is coming from a person who does not really like laksa. There is also additional condiments such as petis (a thick and sweet shrimp paste) on the table for those who likes their laksa to have a little bit more kick.
 

For those wanting to just sit and enjoy a great tasting bowl of Laksa and a heavenly sweet and icy bowl of delicious Cendol, you can definitely give Redup Rimba Cendol Corner a visit and I guarantee you would not regret it. The only downside of this stall is that in terms of take-away orders, they are a little bit unorganized and sometimes forget who ordered first and what, which might make you end up feeling a little bit flustered. But, all in all, the icy dessert and bowl of noodle goodness is excellent. The Cendol cost RM1.60 per bowl and the Laksa is RM3.00 per bowl. Pretty cheap and worth every penny! Yummy!!

Redup Rimba Cendol Corner opens from Tuesdays to Sundays and closes on Mondays from 10.30 am to 6.00 pm.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

W.S Badger Night-Night Balm Review

I have really hyper-active and loud nephews and nieces. They are practically bouncing off the walls especially when they get together. They go nuts! And to make it worse, they tend to sleep late just to extend their playtime. So, I thought the Night-Night Balm would be a great gift for my sister to help calm down her kids to get them to sleep earlier and better. I got one for myself to try it out too (the name Night-Night is just to darn cute!). Hey, if it's good for the kids, it's bound to be great for adults too. hehe..

This is the description of the balm from W.S Badger's official website:
The Night-Night Balm is a natural sleep tight balm for kids and toddlers. The balm to help ease younger minds into the magical realm of the sleep world. For this special child-friendly formula, we chose essential oils that are known to be good for children and are also known to promote feelings of safety, cheerfulness, reverence and calm. Chamomile helps children to calm down and unwind from nighttime activities. Lavender helps children to relax and feel soothed, while Sandalwood instills a feeling of reverence. Mandarin & Spearmint help kids feel safe and uplifted. Rub a little onto temples, neck, lips, wrists or anywhere that will help to diffuse the wonderful aroma into the air around the child. A safe and natural sleep aid for children!

The Night-Night Balm comes in a small round tin weighing 21 g (.75 oz). It has an illustration of a sleeping badger in a flower field under a starry night sky. The base of the tin is dark blue while the lid has a combination of white, light and dark purple. The bottom of the tin is printed with brief usage instruction and list of ingredients.

Usage instruction: Dab a little under nose or use nightly for calming massage.

List of ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Golden Yellow Beeswax), *Ricinus Communis (Castor Bean) Oil, *Aloe Barbademsis (Aloe) Extract, Essential Oils of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Santalum Album (Sandalwood), *Citrus Nobilus (Mandarin), *Mentha Viridis (Spearmint), and *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile). (all marked * is Certified Organic).

The Night-Night balm has the same consistency as the other W.S Badger balms which looked hard and waxy but it melts to the touch. The Night-Night balm however has a slightly off-white colour instead of yellow. It has the same slight sticky and oily feeling when applied but it goes away after it has been fully absorbed into the skin.
Pristine looking surface of the Night-Night Balm.

In terms of scent, the Night-Night balm has a soft and soothing scent of lavender and chamomile mixed with herbs and other essential oil. The sandalwood scent is detectable but the mandarin and spearmint scent is quite faint. The scent mixture does gives a calming and soothing sense when I breathed it in. I could say that the scent of the Night-Night balm is a milder version of the Headache Soother balm. It is almost similiar but slightly different.

A swatch of the Night-Night Balm:
One swipe.
Massaged in but not yet fully absorbed by my skin.

My verdict: I liked the scent of the Night-Night Balm and it did give a sense of relax and calmness when I am drifting off to slumberland. I did smelled the adult version of the sleep enhancing balm which is the Sleep Balm but didn't quite like the mixture of lavender and bergamot. I did asked my sister did her kids calm down and had a nice and rested sleep after using the balm and she said that they do tend to sleep just a little bit longer. but does not calm down during hyper active play time when their energy is pumped. I think if compared to their aunt, I slept more soundly like a baby! Haha! That's children's hyper energy for ya. I think I would recommend this for those wanting restful sleep and a tin would last quite a long time. I would definitely buy this again. My only gripe is that the prices of W.S Bagder products are waaaay overpriced in Malaysia. It would be a lot cheaper if we purchase them from any spree-er on the Internet and I would definitely do that in future.

You can check out W.S Bagders products at their official website.
I bought mine for RM35 at ISetan KLCC.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

W.S Badger Cheerful Mind Balm Review

W.S Badger has quite a line up of balms for health and well being. They produces balms and oils with super-safe, super-comforting blends of fresh, whole, organic, extra-virgin oils, waxes, exotic butters, herbal extracts and pure essential oils. Their product contain no chemicals, synthetics, parabens, and other harmful ingredients which make their product super duper safe. At least I haven't gotten any allergic reactions so far. 

W.S Badger's Cheerful Mind Balm comes in their signature round tin just like the Headache Soother Balm. The Cheerful Mind Balm has a combination of bright, cheery orange and yellow colour. There is an illustration of a badger walking across a river with a stick on the lid of the tin. The bottom of the tin is printed with instructions and also list of ingredients for the balm.


Instruction to use: Massage a little onto hands, temples, forehead or anywhere you need a little soothing. Breathe it in.

List of ingredients: *Extra virgin olive oil, *beeswax, essential oils of *sweet orange, lemon, *rosemary verbenone, *spearmint neroli, *ylang ylang, *cinnamon, and CO2 extracts of *calendula & *rosehip. *=certified organic.

The Cheerful Mind balm has the same solid consistency and the yellowish colour just like the Headache Soother Balm. The surface also softens up to the touch making it easier to pick up the balm for use. The slightly oily and sticky feeling when applied is the same too. The only difference is that there is no mintyness in the Cheerful Balm.
 
A newly opened tin of balm.
The surface has a subtle shine to it.

The Cheerful Mind Balm has a sweet orange scent and a hint of herbs and flowers that really does surrounds you and make you just feel good! It really does what it claims to do. Every time I breathe in the scent of this balm, it made me feel calm and happy because the scent is something that lifts the spirit up.

Here's a swatch of the balm on the back of my hand:
Just swatched.
Spread and massaged.

My verdict: The Cheerful Minds Balm is also a winner for me. I really like the scent and don't mind the slight greasy feeling when applied (it goes away sometime anyway). I do think that the Cheerful Mind Balm smelled a tad better than the Headache Soother Balm but both are great in their own ways. I would definitely repurchase if the balm runs out which I think would be a looooong time since the tin is quite large and there is a lot of product in the tin.

You can find out more information on W.S Bagders products at their official website.
I purchased mine at ISetan KLCC for RM52.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

W.S Badger Headache Soother Balm Review

I get headaches a lot and most of the time my headache turns into full fledged migraine which left me incapable of doing anything else. So, any products that promises to relieve headaches attract me especially if there's peppermint listed in the ingredients. When I stopped by at ISetan KLCC, I saw W.S Bagder tin balms neatly arranged on a shelf at the baby section. I was kind of intrigued because there were a lot of balm types created almost for every occasion and situation packed in colourful round tins. They also have lip balms and lip tints too! I couldn't resist them so I picked up a few balms in the round tins and a tube of lip balm.
My W.S Badger haul.

For this post, I am going to do a review on the Headache Soother Balm which comes in a round tin in blue. The tin weighs 1 oz (28 g). It has a cute illustration on the lid where a badger is resting against a tree  beside a waterfall with its eyes covered. The bottom of the tin is printed with instruction on how to use the balm and list of ingredients.

Usage instruction: massage onto temples, neck, forehead, hands, or anywhere you feel a bit tense. Expect a calming, cooling sensation, silky smooth skin, nice aroma, and a sense of relaxed well-being.

List of ingredients: *extra virgin olive oil, *beeswax, castor oil, essential oil of *lavender, *menthol crystals, essential oils of *peppermint, *mandarin, eucalyptus globulus, sandalwood, and CO2 extract of *candelula & *rosehip. (all marked * is certified organic).
The bottom of the tin.

The balm looked very solid and has a yellowish tint to it. The surface looked hard and waxy but once it is touched, it softened up to body temperature and the balm transferred easily onto my finger. The warmed up balm has a slightly oily and sticky feel. It took quite some time for the balm to be fully absorbed into the skin after massaging it in, but once it does, the oily and sticky feeling is gone. There is a slight minty feeling but it is very subtle, I almost did not notice it.
A newly opened tin of balm.
The Headache Soother balm's untouched surface.

The Headache Soother balm has a very nice and calming scent of peppermint and lavender. Sometimes mixture of peppermint and lavender scents does not really go well together but in this balm it really does. When breathed in deeply, the minty lavender scent gave me a calming and relaxing feeling. I practically bring this everywhere I go especially to the office and whips out the tin to breathe in the soothing scent every time I get a headache (which happens to be A LOT!). I do notice that the tightness in my head loosened up a bit whenever I breathed in the minty and relaxing scent. Even my skeptical husband uses this once in a while when he get headaches. Hehe..
 The balm after it had softened up.
 Swatched at the back of my hand.
 
Can you see the subtle shine on my skin? The balm is fully massaged into my skin but yet fully absorbed.

My verdict: I really like the balm because the soothing scent of peppermint and lavender does help relieve a bit of my headache. I would not say that this really cures headaches but as the name says, it is a recommendable balm for soothing headaches. I definitely would repurchase this again.

You can check out W.S Bagders products at their official website.
I bought mine for RM52 at ISetan KLCC.
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