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Rosehip Oil | Review

I am a self-confessed oil hipster. I used oil before it was mainstream. Someone put it on a t-shirt!

 

I started using oils and the oil cleansing method in 2005 (early enough, right?). The first brand I used was Kosmea. At the time, no other brands offering RHO was widely available. I oil cleansed with no-brand castor and sweet almond oil from the health shop. Compared to the plethora of choices that Australian consumers now have, back then the choices were minimal.

 

Somehow, I stopped using RHO and did not oil cleanse as regularly as I explored other products and brands. Looking back, using products from the Kosmea range and not chemically exfoliating was not beneficial for my oilier, younger skin; which is perhaps why I did not see any benefits. My bank account breathed a sigh of relief as Kosmea products weren’t exactly the cheapest on the market, even now!

 

Fast forward a couple of years and my skin is now more dehydrated. I started using RHO again due to the increased exposure and availability of newer brands. Literally almost every single naturalist brand out there has a RHO. Swisse, Sukin, A’Kin, Trilogy… There are even brands which are built on RHO – Essano and Rosehip Plus. So in this post, I will go through three brands that I have tried so far: Trilogy, Swisse and Kosmea.

 

Trilogy

 

 trilogy

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Arguably the most well known and widely available RHO brand in the Australian market right now. I have used more than 5 bottles in the last 2-3 years with no profound effects on my skin. It moisturises decently, absorbs decently and is non-offensive. Scent is OK – then again I’m not fussy with product scents. The oil is gold-coloured and texture is light.

 

I guess it just became a staple of my skincare routine that I didn’t really question its effectiveness anymore. I still have frequent dry patches on my face. It’s also frequently discounted, which is a great incentive to buy.

 

I didn’t see or feel any major differences between the antioxidant and normal versions. The antioxidant version contains Rosapene™. I did use the Rosapene night cream and found the cream to have a good plumping and moisturising effect on my skin.

 

I would probably use this for mixing with body creams in the future, but then again I can buy from cheaper brands for that purpose. Honestly, going back to Kosmea has made Trilogy’s RHO redundant. I have 1.5 bottles of this left and I’ve been using it on my neck, chest and back of hands. I actually WANT to like Trilogy more than Kosmea, due to the more affordable price and wider availability.

 

Buying tip
Wait for Priceline or Chemist Warehouse sale

 

Ingredients
Normal version
Rosa Canina (rosehip) seed oil

 

Antioxidant version
Rosa Canina (rosehip) seed oil, Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) seed oil (and) caprylic/capric triglyceride (and) vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil (and) helianthus annuus seed oil (and) tocopherol, Lycopene, Euterpe Oleracea fruit oil (and) Tocopherol, Avena sativa kernel extract (all of these ingredients are trademarked as Rosapene by Trilogy).

 

Swisse

 

Rosehip

 

Rating: 2/5

 

Bought this as it was on sale (those sales always get me). I tried using it on my face and it was just too heavy and oily. It just sat on top of my skin. The texture and smell are different from other RHOs that I’ve tested. It’s light golden in colour and thicker than other RHOs in the market. The scent is nice and citrusy, not the typical RHO smell.

 

After a few uses, I relegated this to neck/chest/back of hands duty and have not repurchased. I wonder if the addition of other oils contributes to the different texture and feel of this oil? Maybe OK for body oil but as I said above, there are other cheaper RHOs or body oils for that purpose.

 

Buying tip
Wait for Coles/Woolies half price sale or Priceline or Chemist Warehouse sale.

 

Ingredients
Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (94.25%)
Certified Organic Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (5%)
Tocopherol (Vitamin E derived from Soy and Sunflower)
Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
Litsea Cubeba Fruit (May Chang) Oil
Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil
Pelargonium Graveolens Flower (Rose Geranium) Oil.

 

Kosmea

 

Kosmea-Certified-Organic-Rose-Hip-Oil

 

Rating: 5/5

 

I bought this a few months ago on a whim and have not looked back since. I remembered the bright orange colour and heavier texture of the oil and the unique aroma which made this product different from the rest of the RHOs in the market.

 

What a great decision! One week later, after using it religiously after my toner every night, I realised how smooth and moisturised my skin was. No more flaky patches! I didn’t change anything except starting the Kosmea RHO. I have also recommended this to three other people who have given me positive responses.

 

I definitely recommend this for RHO fans out there. If you’re skeptical, buy the 10ml and trial it for a few weeks. IMO it absorbs better and it’s more moisturising than the Trilogy one. I have read reviews and comparisons of both the Kosmea and Trilogy RHO.

 

Kosmea uses a different rosehip variant, rosa eglanteria (or rubiginosa) instead of rosa canina, which seems to be the common ingredient in all the other RHO brands. Kosmea also uses the fruit, skin and seed (instead of just the seed like other brands), which is perhaps why the oil is richer and darker in colour. I will follow up this post with an explanation on the difference between rosa canina and rosa rubiginosa.

 

Buying tip
Search online for a cheaper price or check individual retailers for specials (health shops, DJs, smaller chemists). The Kosmea website has a 20% sale probably twice to three times a year. Follow their social media for sale updates.

 

Ingredients
Organic rosa eglanteria (rosehip) oil.

 

kitteh

Brand Review: Sukin and Trilogy

So, after promising to come back with new reviews, of course I disappeared! Typical.

I have been trying many new products these past few months, mainly due to Priceline’s dangerous 40% off sales.

In this post, I will give an overall review of two brands I have been using in the past two years: Sukin and Trilogy. I will then (hopefully) move on to reviewing individual products from these two ranges. I will mention winner and losers from both lines. If a product is not mentioned in either category then it was an average performer.

Both of these lines are widely available in pharmacies and Priceline. If you would like to try them, I suggest waiting for the Priceline 40% off sale or watching out for specials at Chemist Warehouse/MyChemist. The Priceline sale has just finished around three weeks ago, so I predict they won’t have one for several months. They used to have it yearly (correct me if I’m wrong) in June/July, but it seems like they’re doing it more regularly now.

Disclaimer: All products were bought with my own hard-earned cash because I’m an obscure and unknown “beauty blogger” and no company would ever send me PR material.

 

Sukin

Products used
Sensitive cleansing gel
Foaming cleanser
Purely ageless replenishing night cream
Sensitive facial moisturiser
Facial moisturiser
Body oil
Revitalising facial scrub
Hand cream
Micellar cleansing water

Standouts
Sensitive cleansing gel

Losers
Micellar cleansing water

Sukin is at a lower price point than Trilogy, and they have a wider range of products. I feel that many of their products smell and feel the same. There is a distinct Sukin smell that is present in almost all of their products.

For me, I feel like at this stage of my skincare journey, I’m better off investing in skincare with active ingredients which have the backing of scientific research (whatever that means). There are many natural brands like Sukin that simply mix essential oils and plant extracts into basic moisturisers, cleansers, toners, etc… and that’s just not cutting it anymore when there are so many new and exciting (and expensive) scientific breakthroughs in the skincare world.

If you are on a limited budget and you want to try natural products, try Sukin. The products didn’t really change or benefit my skin, but they didn’t harm my skin either. The line is environmentally friendly and they don’t test on animals. They are also Australian owned and made. I just hope that you’re not bothered by the everpresent signature scent!

Standouts

SENSITIVE CLEANSING GEL 125ml $9.95

sukin cleansing gel

Photo credit: Sukin website

I really liked this cleansing gel. It’s refreshing and cleanses excess oil and grime from my face without being stripping. It also works well with my Clarisonic. If you’re a makeup wearer, I suggest cleansing with wipes or oil cleansing before using this, as it wouldn’t clean makeup that well. Affordable and good for mornings when you don’t want to overcleanse. Probably suitable for dry-skinned people out there.

Losers
MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER 250ml $9.95
The only gripe I have is with the micellar water. It stings my non-sensitive skin! I don’t usually have reactive skin and I’m usually ok with alcohol, but somehow this micellar water stings my skin. It doesn’t turn red or anything but it is still unpleasant. Unfortunately I bought two bottles of this at once…

 

Trilogy

Products used
Anti aging night cream
Anti aging serum
RHO antioxidant
RHO normal
Rose mist
Rosapene night cream

Products to be trialled
Extra gentle cleansing cream

Standouts
Rose mist

Losers

Trilogy’s products are of a high quality overall. The creams feel luxurious and are quite heavy, and are therefore more suitable for drier and mature skins. However, I didn’t have any breakouts or problems using the creams.

I feel the same way about Trilogy the way I feel about Sukin. It’s natural, environmentally friendly and doesn’t test on animals. However, there are so many new skincare brands and products that are more exciting out there. Trilogy is branching out to more scientific products, such as their new night cream. The version I used was the old one, so I haven’t tried the new version.

About Trilogy’s RHO – I know that it is IMMENSELY popular. Perhaps the most popular out there due to its wide availability and considerably affordable price point. This is demonstrated by the always-empty shelves whenever Priceline has the 40% sale. The sales assistant said that someone bought $1k worth of products which consisted mainly of Trilogy’s RHO.

However,just to be a skincare rebel (not really), I feel like Trilogy’s RHO doesn’t do much to my skin. I’ve gone through bottles of this stuff – both versions and my skin was still dehydrated and flaky the morning after. I have now gone back to using Kosmea’s RHO, which is more effective and is a future topic for another long, long blog post… promise!

Standouts

HYDRATING MIST TONER  100ml $26.95

trilogy toner

Photo credit: Trilogy Website

Smells like roses – not the coy, artificial rose stink but a natural, almost powdery scent. Hydrating and assists in the application of serums and oils before moisturiser. A sensory experience!
Conclusion

To be honest, I feel like both of these lines did not make a huge difference to my skin. As you can see, I have tried a considerable number of products from both lines. Trilogy’s products, perhaps due to the higher price point, feel more luxurious and heavy on my skin. Both brands are a good entry point into natural skincare.

Sukin – affordable, for normal or oily skin
Trilogy – more expensive, for mature, dry skin

 

kitteh

 

Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum | Review

Apostle skin brightening serum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 2.5/5

Pros: natural ingredients.

Cons: expensive, doesn’t brighten dramatically, drying.

Price: $58.99 at Priceline and various websites.

Buy again: no.

This serum’s consistency is unique, as it is very watery and thin. After distributing it on my palms and applying it to my face, it instantly dries within 2-3 seconds. After application, it has a slightly tightening/drying effect, so I always follow up with Rosehip Oil and a moisturizer.

Apostle skin brightening serum

I didn’t notice any brightening effects after using this for 3-4 months in a consistent manner (I used 3-4 drops after cleansing every night). However, it is made from natural ingredients and did not break me out.

In conclusion, I would not buy this product again as it was more of a placebo product. For the price, I could probably find another natural product with better results. If you would like to try this product, I recommend waiting for a sale at Priceline, as I got it during the 40% off skincare sale around July.

However, I read other reviews on this product and some people have experienced good results. To be fair, I don’t have any focused hyper-pigmentation or spots so I was expecting a more overall brightening effect to my face. I also only used it at night while the recommendation is to use it both morning and night.

just kitteh

kitteh

Mentholatum Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk SPF25 PA++ | Review

mentholatum skin aqua

Pros: relatively cheap, non-sticky, decent SPF rating, broad spectrum.

Cons: hard to get.

Price: around $15 at Sasa, cheaper in Asian pharmacies.

Buy again: yes.

mentholatum skin aqua

This is my favorite sunscreen at the moment. It’s a decent moisturizer (I don’t need to use an extra moisturizer underneath this) but it’s not sticky. The texture is quite runny as you can see above. It dries quite quickly and leaves my skin feeling smooth.

For those under the Australian (or similarly harsh) sun, I think SPF25 is a good enough rating. Just don’t forget to re-apply every 3-4 hours or so. This sunscreen is not waterproof and is not suitable to be used in the water.

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Tamanu Oil | Review

Pros: natural, works well.

Cons: oily feel, may clog pores, price.

Price: the price of Tamanu oil varies wildly, but it’s generally quite affordable especially if you live in the US and you are able to buy it online. Average price in Australia (online) is quite steep at around $25-30 per 50 mls.

Buy again: yes. Maybe for winter.

The consistency of this oil is thick and quite gooey and the colour is a dark greenish yellow. The smell, which some people find off-putting, is actually quite nice – a sort of herby/floral natural scent. 

I used this after cleansing my face in the evenings by administering a few drops onto my palms and pressing gently on my face and neck. Although I only tried a very small bottle of this oil, I didn’t experience any adverse effects. It does seem to moisturize and smoothen my facial skin quite well which I felt the morning after.

I’ve tried Jojoba and Rosehip Oil before (and various oils for my body) and I have to say that I like Tamanu oil the best. It also has rave reviews on Makeupalley and various blogs if you are interested in trying this oil out.

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Mustika Ratu – Peeling Mundisari | Review

Allow me introduce all the non-Indonesian readers to Mustika Ratu, an Indo brand that proudly embodies the tradition of Javanese heritage and incorporates its centuries old knowledge into their body, health and beauty products.  I sound like their PR spokesperson.. Y’all should send us heaps of Taman Sari products =)

They have several product lines out on the market (Taman Sari is more geared towards spa-like treatments –that’s their upmarket line), and the Mustika Ratu Peeling Mundisari falls in the generic category. Now this is the pre-packed version, which I reckon doesn’t sell as well as their very popular powder variants (which I will discuss in a later entry. promise!)

Bought this since I had to travel, and the prospect of mixing a powdered mask with rosewater in a bowl was unsettling in a foreign setting hence me buying this tube. There’s another variant out, the Bengkoang Mask which allegedly aids in skin brightening.

Here’s the English blurb at the back of the packaging:

Made from natural plant’s ingredients and original rice flour. Help to exfoliate dead skin cells and accelerates skin rejuvenation process. Leaving your skin clear and fresh. For best result use before masking. Apply gently onto face. Avoid eyes and to be used twice a week.

Speaking of packaging.. I’ve noticed they’ve been revamping the sachets for the powdered masks. I wonder why this stays the same.

I find the product name very ambiguous actually. Normally I associate ‘peeling’ with a mask that you have to let sit for a while. But this product really is a scrub. So they should’ve used that word instead of ‘peeling’. This isn’t one of those evil abrasive scrubs (well at least not to my skin it’s not..), the scrub particles are really fine.. but sharp-ish, yet non-offending to skin.

scrub beads? what scrub beads??!

Pro
– affordable & easily available in supermarkets, drugstores.
– doesn’t dry out or makes skin feel tight.
–  it does what a scrub is supposed to do. what more is required, really?

Cons
– no ingredients list! I actually find this important and it’s because I trust this brand that I’m willing to overlook this matter, otherwise I wouldn’t even consider buying it.
– has a bit of a funky smell to it. i expected something more herbal, similar to the powder variant. But this is more clinical smelling. to others perhaps this is a plus.
– the scrubbing particles are tiiny. make sure to wash it ALL off prior to opening them, otherwise it’s guaranteed to travel into your eyes.

Price: around the Rp 25.ooo,- mark. about US$3.

Buy again: I probably will, it’s practical enough.

Kose Suncut Essence In UV Protect Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ | Review

Kose Suncut Essence In UV Protect Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ – Score: 3/5

omi solanoveil kose suncut

(right item)

Description from Sasa:

Kose SUNCUT® Essence In UV Protect Milk SPF50 PA+++ Waterproof is ideal as a daily sunscreen. It is also a potent protection against severe UV rays while undergoing outdoor or water activites.
It resists sweat, water and sebum to deliver ongoing UV protection. Its efficacy is approved by FDA.
Thanks to its watery texture, it does not leave any white residue but leaves refreshing sensation. 10 botanical extracts hydrate skin and prevent dryness caused by sun exposure.

Ingredients: cosdna website.


Pros: high spf factor, matt finish, runny consistency.

Cons: too runny, feels oily, feels heavy on skin, powdery.

Price: US$6.30 for 30 ml (sasa).

Buy again: no.

This sunscreen used to be my all-time favorite. Used to are the keywords here! This product has always been a bestseller and is often sold out, so you’re lucky if you get to purchase a bottle or two. I went berserk and bought 3 (and another 2 for hyaluronic kitteh) – which is why it’s always probably sold out as other people might be doing the same thing!

However, after not using it for so long, it sadly disappointed me. First of all the texture is too runny and it made a mess whenever I apply it. Then it leaves an oily cast on my skin for the rest of the day… It’s hard to explain, but basically it feels like you’re wearing one of those white old school banana boat sunscreens. It also feels really powdery in the wrong way.

Do give it a try as this product is a lot of people’s favorite sunscreens. Meanwhile I’ll finish my 3 bottles and would most likely not repurchase in the future.