Top 5 Most Useful Things I bought from The Body Shop*

*of course, this is MY list, which means it is relative. Definitely, someone else has bought these product(s) and thought they were terrible and worthy of a long rant like I did here, so please don’t come after me with a rusty axe.

This is a post in response to my very cheeky post from 2 weeks ago: Top 5 Most Useless Things I bought from The Body Shop in a vain attempt to ensure I’m not sued. These purchases are things I genuinely enjoy and purchase repeatedly. I stockpile them whenever there are sales on, which means always (there is a sale every week and I don’t understand why, but I’m not complaining. The Christmas sales are the best)- so I end up with a lot of these.

Whoops.

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1. Body Soaps

I prefer bar soaps to liquid soap. There’s something simply satisfying about scrubbing it all over yourself, and I find you feel cleaner and firmer for some reason?? With liquid soaps it feels like you’re rubbing conditioner all over yourself and it doesn’t feel CLEAN. I give up trying to explain this concept because there’s obviously some science-y mumbo-jumbo and mind trickery that I am no good at so you need to try it out for yourself.

My favourite is the Chocomania bar soap. All the UK and Singapore stores have phased it out, unfortunately- but I stockpiled 5 of them last year during the sale because it was going at only £1 (50% off!). What is it with The Body Shop and getting rid of nice things?? Why can’t we ever have nice things? The US stores still sell it but it comes in the shape of a heart. Wish they’d ship it to the UK ffs- I’m running low and need my soap fix asap.
Edit: went to Canada and they don’t stock it either. Looks like the US is hoarding them all.

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The Chocomania soap comes with little gritty bits in them that serve as an exfoliator. Just like how you expect a cookie to be chocolate chip and bite into a raisin cookie instead, the little gritty bits are actually pieces of coconut shell.
Such heresy.
I wanted to bathe in the ruined dreams of broken chocolate bits.

However, if this isn’t a priority on your list and you’re perfectly happy in scrubbing yourself off with coconut shell, these exfoliator thingamajigs are perfect: you can get clean and smooth at the same time. Especially if you’re really lazy. It’s now winter and you don’t need to get your legs out so you can skimp on full-body exfoliation I guess. Though I still have dry scale-y snakeskin on my legs that show no sign of wanting to budge and probably needs some sort of industrial-strength cleaner, it does slough off some of the dead skin and makes it feel soft.

With the Chocomania soap sadly out of stock in stores everywhere here, I would recommend going for the Shea soap if you liked the scent of the Chocomania one, or the Coconut. I would recommend popping into one of the stores to sniff surreptitiously at them like a drug addict and run home to nab one of the “exclusive” and “limited-time” (read: forever ongoing) sales. It is much cheaper than buying the soaps in stores because you can usually get them for 30-60% off with free delivery even. Sales are best from November-January but you need to decide if you want to hold out for the massive Christmas sale around 20-25 December and risk having the items go out of stock, or get them earlier, but at a lower discount.

I sound like such a cheapskate seasoned shopper gosh.

At full price, most of these soaps are £2. Other ranges can go up to £4-6 if I am not wrong (e.g. the hemp one), but I prefer the basic ones.

2. Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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I admit I mostly bought this because I’m a huge fan of ginger and ginger tea. I had occasions of dandruff 2-3 years ago whenever I got stressed, nothing major so I didn’t think it was anything I should worry about. To tell the truth I didn’t think this would help much. You know how products promise loads of things and never actually do any? (wow what a cynical b*tch I am)

Surprisingly, it did help, and it smells amazing. The smell doesn’t last as long as the cheap ones you get from the pound store and costs four times as much but a little goes a long way and I promise you, it makes your hair and scalp feel great. It feels really cooling and a little tingly and I don’t know if I should attribute it to this shampoo- but my hair grows out a lot quicker and looks fuller. Most importantly, I don’t have issues with dandruff even though the second year of uni is stressing me out beyond belief. It would be perfect if it could help with oily scalps (the product claims to help dry scalps) but I guess you can’t have it all!

I sometimes mix it with cinnamon powder because it smells amazing together and makes your scalp less oily but make sure to rinse it out properly or you will leave cinnamon powder that looks like gritty brown dandruff everytime you move your head.

After I got a light perm 3 months ago I found that this isn’t enough to moisturise my hair, so I’ve been using argan oil (pure argan oil from my old workplace, not the one TBS is selling) and a conditioner from the Rainforest range.

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I usually get the jumbo-sized 400ml ones and I bought far too much last Christmas (three bottles). It’s Christmas again soon and I’m STILL on my first bottle. Huh. Admittedly if you’re buying it for your family it’ll go down quicker, but it is still impressive nonetheless.

Get the 250ml at £4.50 or the 400ml at £6.50.

3. Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream

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This baby is NOT cheap and I would highly recommend going in-store to make sure whatever hand cream you’re getting is something you like the smell of/ works for you. I like the smell of this as it is very fresh and wakes me up but it still needed some getting used to. One of my best friends absolutely loathes the smell though.

I like this one because it’s light enough to not leave an oily film on your hands yet moisturising enough (more than the rose one). I only switch this out for the hemp hand cream (which smells even worse) for heavy-duty moisturising during winter. I even apply it to my nose if it’s feeling really dry and I don’t have any face moisturiser on hand. It’s so light it doesn’t break me out.

In terms of how heavy the different hand creams are,  from what I’ve tried: (heaviest to lightest)

Hemp > Almond > Absinthe > Wild Rose (SPF 15)

They’ve launched a whole bunch of fruit ones but I’ve not tried those yet.

My boyfriend got this for me nearly two years ago (the 100ml one) and it’s still around, though very squashed and crinkled. I’m not sure what I feel about these tubes because they look very pretty, but they don’t bounce back to shape and I’m definitely going to cut the tube to scoop out the remaining hand cream hiding in the cracks I couldn’t smooth out.

Get the 30ml at £5 or the 100ml at £11. I find the 100ml a lot more difficult to misplace, lasts longer, is more bang for your buck and still compact enough to fit in the small pockets of your bag.

 

4. Madagascan Vanilla Perfume Oil (15ml)

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This perfume oil is from the Scents of the World range, which is pretty popular in Asia but is apparently being phased out of a lot of western stores for some reason. I have huge issues with this. The Body Shop discontinued their original, wildly popular vanilla perfume oil to huge outcry and I was glad they brought it back in the form of this perfume oil. However… it seems like this is going the way of the Dodo again. I don’t understand it, they must not want to earn money. Stop wasting money marketing new ranges and please bring back all the good things!

Maybe it’s time to start hoarding bottles when I fly back to Singapore in June.

This perfume oil lasts for ages and is not overly cloying. Standard spray-on perfumes tend to overwhelm upon initial application and fade quickly, but this stays on for hours and hours consistently, which I love.

I often layer this with my Chloé perfume because that doesn’t last long, and I like the additional musk. Often, vanilla-based perfumes have the tendency to make you smell like a bakery but this manages to keep the vanilla note without making you out to be a breathing, living cupcake.

If vanilla isn’t quite your thing, you can check out the other scents in this range. They also come in other forms, like a body mist, shower gel, and body lotion. I bought it for $22.50 SGD if I’m not wrong, which is probably around £10-11. I’m not quite sure if you can buy it still but you could try scouring eBay.

5. Vitamin E Moisture Cream

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This is one of the best moisturisers I’ve used and it cleared up my acne for the first 2 months of usage. After that the acne bacteria probably got used to it and developed some sort of immunity? I have zero clue about how this works please don’t lecture me about it thanks #badscience

I got it before they started offering the larger 100ml size but it was a bit cheaper then, £11 compared to £12 (they’ve changed the packaging now to a very patriotic British flag design). I got it during a sale, 50% off so I got it at £5.50. I probably wouldn’t buy it at full price (why is my whole blog post about me talking about discounts? I’m so Singaporean) when there are much cheaper alternatives, but if you’re extremely frustrated with your skin and would like to try a cream that is suitable for combination skin, I would recommend giving this a go.

A little honestly goes a long way and I would like to see this cream in a pump dispenser, which will be more convenient and infinitely more hygienic than repeatedly dipping my fingers that have touched every surface possible- even if I washed my hands before application, exposure to air/dust etc isn’t very good either. I used a tiny spatula that was originally used for ice-cream to apply it, but it was a hassle half the time.

The original price for the 50ml is £12. The 100ml is £18 (admittedly the better deal).

BONUSBody butters

This post cannot be complete without the product that probably made The Body Shop so well-known all over the world- body butter!

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Before they started marketing it as such, other brands called moisturisers, moisturisers. Now, every brand is coming up with their own version of body butter in various fruity scents. Sounds fancier, I guess.

In high school, we weren’t allowed to use perfume so the girls would apply these body butters after P.E. (gym) to smell nice. Everyone had their own ‘signature scent’ and when someone happened to buy the same scent there would be inevitable bitching in class with snide remarks (ahh, how immature we were). The class would always smell like a bloody fruit salad after P.E.

Still, at least it masked how bad the guys smelt.

My favourites have got to be the Papaya (limited edition, OOS), the Raspberry, and the Shea (which I have never owned but have always wanted to). These tubs never seem to run out and I have only managed to finish one. I have 6 unfinished ones, because The Body Shop keeps sending me free tubs along with their sales, or I pick up some because they are 60% off or something and I couldn’t resist.

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I hope this post didn’t end up being a shameless plug for products. These are things I have honestly tried and loved and they worked for me. Of course, I would recommend visiting a store to try them out (the staff members are usually very generous with samples) and please, please, do patch tests for stuff you put on your face especially if you have sensitive skin. I would recommend waiting for sales and purchasing the products online, unless money isn’t an issue and you can’t be bothered with deals and sales.

The Body Shop is definitely more expensive than drugstore alternatives like Nivea, but I like the extra care they put into packaging and their various campaigns to help the environment and people in need. Plus, if you wait for the sales, some of their soaps and moisturisers can be cheaper than the drugstore alternatives too.

Read my other post where I lambast useless Body Shop products here (fairly, of course)!

Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Day Cream (SPF 15) and Night Moisturiser

I’ve been using this product for about three months now, and I’d like to blog a little about it.

I ran out of my trusty The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, and I didn’t want to buy it again at full price without any sales being on. I came across this range by Olay on Amazon (I honestly spend too much time on there) that was going at a discounted price of £13.50 for both the Day and Night cream, and I jumped at the chance since I’ve heard great reviews about it.

Olay claims that the cream is unscented- though I find the day cream does have the strong smell of sunblock to it (sniff it at a sample counter and you will know what I mean)

I like the night moisturiser a lot more because it’s lighter on the skin- the day cream leaves my face feeling very sticky and oily, which I guess is due to the fact I’m not used to wearing makeup or product on my face.

The day cream is good under foundation and I find it does help to even out skintone. It stings a little when I get really bad hormonal acne during the time of the month.

I found that with regular application of the day/night cream, my acne subsided somewhat for 4~5 weeks, which was quite a pleasant surprise for me as it’s not really something that the product is advertise to help with.

The acne was back with a vengeance after that, though (and also partly due to stress and my itchy fingers), so I would say it helps with acne for the first few weeks of application.

It will not help with hormonal acne, though, but it does leave your skin feeling moisturised and refreshed. I much prefer the night cream and confess to skipping the day cream on hot days even though I know I should have something with SPF on!

ba3a7-tumblr_inline_mi7t0pdd4v1qdlkygLikes:

tumblr_inline_mpl4nskDvl1qz4rgp Moisturising effect

tumblr_inline_mpl4nskDvl1qz4rgp Helps with acne for first few weeks

Dislikes:

tumblr_inline_mpl4np1jA61qz4rgp Strong chemical smell (day cream)

tumblr_inline_mpl4np1jA61qz4rgp Oily and sticky feeling (day cream)

Overall Rating (3.5/5)

3 and half

The Body Shop (TBS) All-In-One™ INSTABLUR™ Universal vs TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm Primer Comparison

Long long ago, (five to six years ago), no one used this magical thing called a primer. Now, it has become just another oh=so-very important and crucial and definitely, hands-down, one of the most needed things in your makeup routine. (read this in a slightly sarcastic tone for full effect)


Alright, so last year, The Body Shop has launched the

ALL-IN-ONE™ INSTABLUR™ UNIVERSAL

Sounds really promising. Lighten up on the Trademarks, guys.

Being a huge fan of The Body Shop, I knew I had to try this out right away. I stopped by my nearest shop and the shop assistants gave me a good-sized sample of it and showed me how to use it.

My immediate reaction?

Wow, this feels (and smells a little) exactly like the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm!

It smoothed over my pores, reduced the redness (temporarily) of my acne, and my skin felt smooth and silky to the touch.

After touching my face, I realised that the primer began flaking off and started coming off in bits, like eraser dust.

I left with my sample and brought it home for comparison, not quite sold on the idea yet.

After comparing the two products side-by-side and using them under makeup (heavy and light), I realised that the TONYMOLY actually worked as a better primer for your bare face and under light makeup, but faded the vibrance for heavy makeup (I guess so, since it wasn’t marketed as a primer in the first place)

However, out of the two, the TONYMOLY won hands down for lasting power, and it smoothed over my pores much better. It even smells refreshing, with a slight lemon scent that is not overpowering at all.

I have used the TONYMOLY on its own over moisturiser and no makeup for years now, and I love how matte it makes my face look, and I always get compliments on my skin when I use it (if you’ve seen the state of my acne, you’d know how amazing that is.

For people living in Asia, I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm as a cheaper alternative to The Body Shop’s Instablur™ because it lasts longer, doesn’t flake as easily, and smells better without being overpowering. 

For UK consumers, you might find the Instablur™ more affordable, especially during 50%-off sales, but if you do stop by Korea or see a sale on Korean cosmetics (there is an online shop for Korean skincare products, but I can’t remember which one it is), I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY instead, especially if you have oily/combination skin that would result in the Instablur™ flaking off really quickly.

The Body Shop Aloe Moist Lotion (for sensitive skin)

Hi peeps, I’m really busy with work and university applications so I will be doing posts with quick takes on certain products I’ve tried recently- I’m making sure to choose products that can be tried out at their respective stores so you can try them out for yourself too- because urgh I don’t have my DSLR available and my phone camera is. the. pits.

 

So, today I’ll be giving you my quick take on The Body Shop’s Aloe Moist Lotion (for sensitive skin)!

It looks like this.

The bottle is opaque btw, it’s a very pretty mint green that strangely looks see-through in this picture I grabbed off The Body Shop’s website (teehee)

It is intended to be a moisturiser rather than a toner, and when I apply it on my face it feels really soothing and nice.

It claims to be fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and colour-free, and it certainly lives up to its claims.. Though to be honest sometimes I feel it smells a little like paint! 

This didn’t work out as nicely as Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera gel, because I’d apply it before I sleep and feel a little uncomfortable and my skin a tad bit sticky.

It also doesn’t soothe my skin as well as the aloe vera gel did.

 

As I don’t have sensitive skin, I can’t test if this product really lives up to its claims of soothing sensitive skin, and overall, I’d give it a miss. It’s even more expensive than the aloe vera gel too (=_=)  And it doesn’t help my acne at all.

Likes: Fragrance-free, doesn’t sting skin

Dislikes: Does not perform up to expectations and is more expensive than the aloe vera gel

Rating: 

3 stars (3/5) Not too bad, but not that good either. Just meh.

Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

So, if you are living in Singapore/ Korea, you would have seen this product EVERYWHERE.

Yes, this one.

So, I gave in a few months ago and bought it on Qoo10 during a sale (they usually have it at 1+1, 12.90 SGD but I managed to get it a dollar cheaper (hey, it’s still money).

I was quite skeptical at first because everyone was RAVING about it and going on and on about how awesome it was. When I got it in a pretty sizable box (heavy, too) I was quite impressed by the value for money. Its diameter is almost as long as a smartphone.

I slathered a sizable amount on my face and waited. It absorbed pretty quickly, but I would recommend using an exfoliator first for better absorption.

Author’s note: Premier Dead Sea has made a really fantastic exfoliator, it’s on sale at City Link Mall (Singapore) for 39.90SGD because they released a new packaging and want to clear the old ones- original price 49.90SGD)

Alternatively, you can buy the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush (I think there is one at Suntec City) but be warned, not everyone might take to it (review later). For me, it leaves my skin feeling matt, cool and fresh, and does not cause me to overproduce facial oil afterwards. However, some people have complained about their face feeling too dry or having overactive oil production, so I’d advise you to buy the mini pot (10g) first. Please see the review for more info on it, as I don’t want to go on and on about another product here. But it has worked really well for me, so I’d recommend you check it out.

Anyway, it absorbed like a charm and my face felt deliciously moisturised afterwards. If you feel that your face feels sticky, you have probably applied more than your face can take in.

Either: i) reduce the dosage or
ii) Exfoliate before using this gel or
iii) Splash some water on your face (no need to try to wash it off entirely, usually I just let the tap run and cup some water to my face and gently pat my face dry afterwards.

It works really well for people with sensitive skin, and I was amazed to see it reduced the redness of my acne. I usually squeeze my pimples, particularly those on my nose, and so I’ll usually wake up with the redness still there. But when I apply this gel, I don’t get any redness or swelling, or spreading of acne! I was totally amazed! (don’t follow my example and squeeze your pimples, I don’t get acne scars for some reason but not everyone might be as lucky)

However, this product loses its effectiveness if you use it consecutively for several days for some reason. So I usually alternate this product with the Laniege Water Bank Sleeping Mask_EX I got recently (I have so much reviews to do omg) and the Laniege Water Bank Hydro gel (moisturiser)

There are tons of uses you can get out of this aloe vera gel.

I also use it to tame my unruly hair (I have naturally wavy/ curly hair and when I wake up in the morning they go out of control), use it after tweezing/ shaving to soothe my skin, and before I go out. I don’t use makeup save for lips and mascara, so I can’t tell if it is good under foundation.

Also, I find this mask a little strong on the alcohol smell, I’m not sure why they would put in alcohol as it is drying ._.

When I apply the mask, my face feels moisturised but my hands always feel dry afterwards due to the alcohol content. If you have sensitive skin, you should do a patch test before trying it out, just to make sure 🙂

Rating:

4and half

Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream (雪花糕)

Quick post:

Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream (雪花糕)<— Is this the Chinese translation? Omg my Chinese quite cui so don’t blame me if I got the ‘gao’ part wrong. 

I think many of you (Singaporeans at least) will have heard or used this before!

It is like some super old beauty product lol. I bet your grandmothers/ mothers would have a container of this on hand for sunburns, mosquito bites, cuts, burns, etc. 

After awhile, a white cast will form of your skin, giving a powdery look. I didn’t swatch it though. Sorry!

This product is very similar to those ‘Snow White‘ creams Korean brands have been touting about recently. My friend purchased a container (50ml) at 9.90 SGD, mine is a 250ml jar of olden-day goodness, and comes at 3.50 SGD hehehe.

It helps with unsightly acne scars, dry skin, acne, sunburns, mosquito bites, cuts, burns, etc.

I usually use it as a sleeping mask and when I wake up, my skin will not be as oily because the layer of powder absorbs the excess oil. I only have to wash my face with water and I’m set to go!

Sometimes I use this as a foundation layer (make sure you apply in advance and blend well, as it will leave a white cast).

The smell is either something you like very much or hate to the core. I kinda like it, but some people tell me it smells like roses and vintagey old things. Vintage is so in now, right? I don’t get why they hate it hahaha.

Unfortunately, you can’t get this in Singapore anymore due to panic buying last year. Apparently the company wanted to recall the remaining batches because of some texture complaints (some sod probably left their container out uncovered, I bet) so you can only get the whitening one now.

 

 

I got mine from Brunei, and I believe they still sell them in Malaysia too. If all else fails, try drugstore.com/ ebay/ amazon or drive to Johor to get them or something? 🙂

I’m getting my mum to get me ten containers of this the next time she goes overseas hahaha.

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Loves: Refreshing feeling, whitish effect

Hates: For some people, the smell might be an issue. Occasionally irritating as the powder will flake off if you apply a thick layer

Pricing: 3.00-5.00 SGD…. any more than that and you have been scammed!

Shiseido Pureness Blemish Targeting Gel

Hey guys!

I’ll be reviewing Shiseido’s Pureness Blemish Targeting Gel today!

I’m actually reaaaaally busy but not updating much is giving me guilt trips, so… *cough* I’ve decided to do an easy post as a filler.

My aunt got this for me last Dec and I’ve been putting this off for the longest of times. Well, obviously I  didn’t buy this myself cos no money :X She originally bought it for her daughter-in-law’s sister (we have a crazily huge extended family in Brunei) but gave it to me ‘cos she bought extra and she saw I had this bad case of acne on the left side of my forehead.

She got it cheap in Miri (some place in Malaysia that you can drive to from Brunei) for RM 80. That’s like… 32 bucks? Hmmm I wouldn’t spend so much on a blemish gel 😛

So I have to rely on the good wishes of *cough* my family to sponsor me! (what, you think I earn money meh? *indignant*)

She says it is usually 40-50 SGD in Brunei but when I went to google it it ranges from 28-36 SGD in Singapore/ on Amazon plus super expensive shipping fees. But that’s still quite a bit of money. I’ll tell you, she is super sweet to everyone!

Whenever I visit Brunei she’ll take me shopping and insist on paying for everything. We fight to pay first at the cash register but I usually lose, because she is the lady boss of the main newspaper agency and almost everyone knows her ._. Everyone seems to know everyone else there ‘cos the population is only 300,000…. Which is like 20 times smaller than Singapore! Is my math right??

Okay fine this doesn’t really explain much but usually the cashiers accept the money from the elder.

There was one time she tricked me into trying another piece of clothing and promptly paid for all the items I wanted! Super jian4 !

Recently I’ve taken to shopping alone hahaha but it’s quite hard to do so cos I can’t get to the malls unless someone drives me…

I think she spent at least 400 bucks on me last Dec hols.

50 bucks on Hada Labo stuff

70 bucks at The Face Shop/ Holika Holika

100 bucks or so on clothes (clothes are super cheap there!!)

almost 200 bucks for a pair of Lee jeans my uncle got for her in Taiwan but she couldn’t fit into them, so she gave them to me. I wear them EVERYWHERE now. They are gorgeous… the gradient of shades, the fit, how the material hugs your legs… what can I say?? LOVELOVELOVE.

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Oh gosh I clean forgot about reviewing the product!

I guess I’ll have to do it tomorrow cos I’m too busy.

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Joking!

Okay, I use this rather sparingly (15ml only) and usually only for huge patches of acne. It isn’t very effective for huge pimples or stopping developing ones, but it is quite good with huge red patches of tiny little irritable bumps. It cleared up mine in a little under two days!

Do note that it is quite drying, and I’m sure that if you run a Google search you’ll find some comments about it.

This is not a fantastic product that would make me squeal my head off I guess, cos’ it is not exactly in a cute packaging or has drastic miraculous results. If you run a Google search again, you’ll notice that there are mixed reviews.

Well… a plus point is that it is quite convenient to use (a squeeze bottle thing)

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And you can see that it is a clear gel…

I circled it in case you can’t see it :3

Another thing I like is that it absorbs quickly without leaving an oily film or feeling (it’s drying, I guess) and it has a rather refreshing feeling, though I’m afraid that’s because of the high alcohol content.

People with sensitive skin should not use this product as it stings. At first I was super happy that it stung because it should mean that it is doing its job and whatnot, but then I realised it had a super high alcohol content, like a hand sanitiser, and drying too, and smells the same, so maybe I can get the same effect with the plain ol’ Dettol hand sanitiser?? 

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Loves: Cooling feeling, convenient bottle

Hates: Not a very astounding product as a whole.

Rating: 6.5/10

Conclusion: Find something better (and probably less pricey).