I’m 100% a low upkeep lady. I put on barely any make up (it’s often solely one thing to cowl up my spots and perhaps a little bit of blusher and mascara if I’m going out), I don’t pretend tan, I do my very own eyebrows, and I perhaps paint my very own nails on very particular events. With regards to skincare, I usually follow what I do know, for worry of my face struggling much more breakouts from utilizing merchandise it could possibly’t deal with. I even have ridiculously tough hair, which implies there’s just one product I’ve ever discovered that helps it out a little bit, and even that may be hit or miss on whether or not it really works or not. And as for my physique, properly one factor I’ve seen as I’m getting older and an increasing number of of these annoying perimenopause signs are rising, is that my pores and skin is loads duller and far more dry than it was.
I used to be just lately despatched some merchandise from a beautiful firm known as Utama Spice who make pure aromatherapy merchandise in Ubud, Bali. Now like I’ve stated, I’m usually a bit reluctant to attempt new merchandise (creature of behavior and all that) however seeing as we’re all at present in lockdown and subsequently even when I do have a breakout there’s not a lot likelihood of individuals seeing me, I’m placing all my religion within the truth these merchandise are pure and giving them a go.
I’ve bought a beautiful little choice to check out, so I can let you understand what they’re like and you may then resolve whether or not you’d prefer to attempt them out too. Oh and for the report, although they’re based mostly in Bali and the costs are in $, they do ship to the UK and my supply got here tremendous fast so don’t let that put you off.
Senja Hair Oil
As I’ve talked about, I’ve the world’s most tough hair to handle. It’s naturally wavy, however not good beachy waves wavy, extra frizzy mad professor hair wavy. Even my hairdresser has informed me I’ve downside hair so in all honesty there’s not a lot hope for me. I swear there’s actually sooner or later of the yr the place the climate situations are good for my hair and I handle to drag off a great hair day. By way of merchandise, I want one thing that’s tremendous hydrating, however that locks the hydration in and on the similar time smooths and de-frizzes… it’s fairly a giant ask!
I like to make use of oil on my hair both earlier than I blow dry it or as a remaining clean down as soon as I’ve styled it. My hair is at all times tremendous thirsty so I do know that it could possibly take an honest quantity of oil with out wanting greasy. This Utama Spice Senja Hair Oil is what my hair has at all times dreamed of. Now, I’m not saying it’s a miracle treatment, as a result of it’s not, however my hair likes it and that’s ok for me. The product makes use of a base of coconut oil, which mainly has tremendous powers in relation to nourishment, and that is mixed with patchouli, cananga and lavender important oils to advertise hair regrowth, to ease pressure and naturally to make it odor divine.
There are many other ways you should utilize this product; as an in a single day hair masks, as a styling product to guard in opposition to warmth from hairdryers and straighteners, and as a ending product to clean out any stray wisps. At simply $9.99 (simply over £8) for a 100ml bottle, contemplating how multipurpose it’s and the very fact it is advisable use solely a really small quantity, I feel that is an absolute discount.
Pure Face Serum
The Utama Spice pure face serum is described pretty much as good ‘for dry and growing older pores and skin’ which sounds completely excellent for me. It is available in a 30ml glass bottle with a simple to make use of dropper fashion lid and comprises natural argan oil, cocoa butter, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil and pure important oils.
It doesn’t say how typically you need to be utilizing it, so I’m uncertain whether or not it’s an on a regular basis factor like moisturiser or extra like a as soon as every week deal with factor like a face masks. Nonetheless, one factor I’ll say is that as a result of it’s an oil, and subsequently very greasy, I might recommend you utilize it after you could have cleansed your face and earlier than going to mattress to keep away from wanting greasy within the day. Plus, as a result of it comprises lavender oil, utilizing it at evening will assist assist your sleep in addition to hydrate your pores and skin.
The serum may be very straightforward to use, merely squeeze 7 drops onto your hand after which gently therapeutic massage into your face – upward actions are usually greatest as this helps to raise the pores and skin fairly than drag it down. Though it does initially really feel greasy, if you happen to be sure to rub it in correctly after which depart it, it absorbs very well and my pores and skin actually drank it up. Which is nice, because the oils it comprises (jojabe, argan and coconut) are sensible for soothing, hydrating, defending and rejuvenating pores and skin which in flip helps combat in opposition to the growing older course of… and I’m ALL for that, particularly when it may be achieved naturally!
Priced at $14.99 (simply over 12 quid), it’s one of many dearer merchandise they promote, however since you solely want to make use of a small quantity per utility it’ll final you a very long time and I personally suppose is properly definitely worth the cash.
Lemongrass Ginger Physique Butter
That is a type of merchandise that you’re both going to like or you’ll hate and it mainly boils down as to whether you just like the odor of lemongrass or not, as a result of it’s sturdy, very sturdy. Personally, it was a bit an excessive amount of for me even earlier than I’d even put it on my pores and skin and so I’m undecided I’d wish to be smelling of all of it day, however as I stated that’s private desire. Scent apart, the product is, as described on the pot, a butter. Tremendous creamy, wealthy and clean to use, the Utama Spice lemongrass ginger physique butter is a mix of coconut oil, seaweed and Aloe vera created to moisturise all areas of the physique and to be honest to it, it does do precisely that and also you want solely a small quantity of it to just do that.
You would possibly wish to maintain the pot within the fridge on a scorching day, as I discovered that the oil separates fairly simply and you find yourself with small swimming pools of oil accumulating within the pot, which makes it loads more durable to use. And the additional advantage of retaining it within the fridge is that it will likely be beautiful and cooling whenever you use it, making it particularly good if you happen to’ve been out within the solar an excessive amount of otherwise you’ve bought shaving burn/rash in your legs.
Priced at $12.99 (about £10.50) for a 100ml pot, there’s not likely rather more I can say about this product, as a result of it merely wasn’t for me. Not a fan of the odor and never eager on the messy consistency.
Pore Cleaning Facial Wash With Clay
I’ve at all times had downside pores and skin, I feel it should simply be in my genetic make up as I’ve tried numerous merchandise and they’re both too drying or they create me out in spots, which on the age of 41 shouldn’t be a very good look. With every passing yr I’ve seen that my pores particularly have grown fairly enlarged. I learn someplace that after they’re stretched there’s not a lot you are able to do about it, which signifies that they’re mainly little nets for grime and dirt. What you are able to do nonetheless is cut back the looks of them and that is the place a product just like the Utama Spice pore cleaning face wash can assist.
The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of the important oils (tea tree, patchouli, lavender) used on this masks helps maintain pores and skin clear and grime free, however regardless of working exhausting and in reality smelling considerably medicinal, it’s mild sufficient for on a regular basis use. When grime and make-up will get trapped inside pores, it could possibly typically result in breakouts, and the extra breakouts you could have the bigger the pores change into. It turns into this vicious cycle of pores and skin issues, because the bigger the pores the extra grime and dirt they will include and the upper the possibility of breakouts and so on. and so on. The one factor you are able to do to counteract that is by deep cleaning pores on a regular basis and thus decreasing the possibilities of a breakout in future.
You should use this product in certainly one of two methods; both as a day by day face wash or as a extra intense deep cleaning masks as soon as every week. I is usually a bit garbage at remembering to do masks each week, that’s the lazy lady in me, so I gave the face wash choice a whirl as a substitute and I’ve bought to say I’m impressed. It dries tight like a face masks in a short time and it did make my pores and skin go a bit tingly so when you have delicate pores and skin be sure to comply with the recommendation on the tube and solely depart on for about 30 seconds. I washed the product off with a humid flannel and my face felt instantly refreshed, tighter and simply sort of new feeling. I don’t actually suppose I’ve ever had that from another facial product I’ve used earlier than, I used to be genuinely amazed.
Due to how energised and awake this face wash made me really feel, I’ve actually loved utilizing this primary factor within the morning, or after a run when my poor pores are very a lot in want of an empty out! I might beneficial following up with among the Utama face serum, as as soon as the pores have been deep cleaned it’s now time to fill them up with some nourishing goodness.
The face wash is that can be purchased from the Utama Spice web site at $9.99 (simply over £8) for a 75ml tube.
Contemporary Soul Physique Balm
Apart from the very fact this tin is the cutest factor ever, the Utama Spice recent soul physique balm inside it’s a correct miracle product if ever there was one. I like any product that has a couple of use and this can be utilized for plenty of various things on completely different areas of the physique – dry elbows and knees, as a relaxing balm after shaving, as an in a single day intensive foot or hand masks (slather on after which wrap in clingfilm and put on socks/gloves for full on hydration heaven – don’t fear about what it seems like), as a therapeutic massage oil (merely rub some within the palms of your hand and it’ll soften to an oil nearly instantly) or as a day by day moisturising product to maintain your physique tremendous mushy. On high of all this it’s non-greasy, rubs in actually simply and the peppermint leaf oil, vetiver root oil, fennel oil, and nutmeg seed oil give a heat and soothing scent that stays with you all day. Once more you don’t want a lot of this product for it to work it’s magic and so at $7.99 (about £6.50) for a 30g make up bag sized tin you might be deffo getting good worth for cash. That is palms down my favorite of all of the Utama merchandise I’ve been despatched for all the explanations above but in addition as a result of the odor jogs my memory of holidays to faraway locations, which might be the closest I’m going to get to a vacation this yr, because of coronavirus!
Peppermint Lip Balm
Do you know that your lips don’t have any sweat glands and so they’re more likely to dry out quicker than different elements of the physique? It’s one thing new I’ve discovered right this moment as properly. It definitely explains why lip balm is a necessary purse merchandise that all of us use, irrespective of how primary our skincare regime.
This peppermint lip balm from Utama Spice comprises simply 4 components: coconut oil, beeswax, mint leaf oil, and peppermint leaf. Coconut oil moisturises and hydrates in addition to performing as a pure sunscreen and the beeswax helps to lock within the moisture and offers a barrier to assist defend lips in opposition to exterior parts. Generally easy is greatest and that proper there’s a successful combo for an efficient and respectable lip balm. The addition of the 2 sorts of mint provides curiosity, as a result of let’s face it all of us love a lip balm with a pleasant odor proper? However some scented lip balms use synthetic scents and these chemical compounds can find yourself having an adversarial impact. Not so with pure merchandise like these utilized by Utama Spice and that’s what I like about these merchandise – no dangerous components.
I bought a little bit of a shock after I first utilized the lip balm because the cooling mint sensation shortly turns to an almighty tingle and it actually appears like your lips are increasing (who wants lip fillers when you could have this! ;)) Nonetheless, this does put on off after some time and since the mint is so sturdy you’ll be able to truly style it in your mouth. If peppermint shouldn’t be your factor nonetheless, then the lip balm can be accessible in cocoa, tangerine and wellkiss varieties all for the value of $1.99 (roughly £1.60). The small stick is ideal for popping in your pocket to have with you each time your lips begin to really feel dry and I personally love the coolness of the mint, particularly on these scorching sunny days we’ve been having just lately. High tip – maintain your lip balm within the fridge for optimum coolness!
All in all I assumed this number of Utama spice merchandise had been actually beautiful. I used to be impressed by the standard of them, I assumed they had been very properly priced, and I used to be amazed at how shortly they had been despatched out and delivered to me – particularly given the present state of the world! All the Utama Spice merchandise give attention to making use of conventional natural information and are handmade from ethically sourced and sustainably produced supplies in Bail. That is only a small number of the merchandise accessible so go try the Utama Spice web site to see what else they do.
*merchandise gifted for overview