Archive | August 2012

Aroma Kifi hand creams

This morning was harsh for me. After I woke up it felt like someone was hitting my head during all night  >_< What i needed at that time was something refreshing and energizing to start my day with. My eyes got caught by Aroma Kifi Rosemary and Grapefruit hand cream and text on the package in japanese which said “シャキッとONタイム”. シャキッ means “fresh” and ONタイム is “ON time”, you should use this cream when you feel you want to “switch” yourself ON. So I gave it a try. What I got a bit disappointed about is the smell since I couldn’t tell it has grapefruit scent in it much. However the smell is not bad, very natural and light. Personally I prefer Lavender and Lime (for taking a break) from the same series (you know that I go crazy about citrus smell). It smells fantastic!

If you haven’t find you favorite smell yet, you can also choose from “Rose and Jasmine” . These two scents blends together very well and helps you to relax. As well there is “Chamomile and Magnolia” (not sure how Magnolia smells, but I can easily scent Chamomile) for healing.
What I like the most about this handcream, is that it leaves my skin moisture without leaving any oily texture on it as my skin absorbs it quite quickly. Soon after applying I can touch things around me while not being afraid to make it greasy with my hands. On the package it is recommended for someone who is working in an office and have no time to wait and want to use computer immediately (don’t have to worry leaving keyboard sticky).

That’s how good it is and I’m thinking I’m falling in love with this brand!

Ingredients include: shea butter, almond oil, apricot kernel oil. No  silicone, parabens, artificial colors.

You can purchase it on Amazon Japan


Aroma Kifi “Tea tree and melissa”: Japanese shampoo and conditioner

Oh brings back memories for me of staying in my grandma’s countryside and sipping hot melissa tea. This is exactly how this shampoo smells (conditioner smells even more!). So I guess it is a matter of  taste whether you gonna like this scent or not, but for sure you gonna enjoy it, if you love herbal tea smell.

The shampoo worked great for me, as it didn’t dry out my hair much. It happens for me with most of the shampoos (I can’t survive without conditioner). The consistency is quite watery so as I was afraid it wouldn’t foam up much I pushed out a lot of it. However it wasn’t necessary because it was lathering so much. For better result, I tried conditioner (the consistency is thick, which I like) of the same series. Even when my hair was still wet I could tell I would be satisfied with it. It gave my hair silky texture which I desire the most from a good conditioner (what about you?). As well I used it for my 3 years old son and  his hair became softer. I think I would never go back to silicone containing shampoos:)

Additional information about ingredients: it doesn’t contain silicone, parabens, synthetic perfume, synthetic coloring agents, mineral oil,  it is animal ingredients free. Surfactant is coconut oil-based (Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate), which is milder and safer than SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate).

This is where you can purchase: Amazon. And the price is quite reasonable as it comes in 500ml bottles.

P.S. Tea tree oil is said to be good for scalp, dandruff, itchiness. I don’t have this problem, but if you do and you tried this shampoo, please share your experience in the comments:)

Have a good day!

How to shop from Japanese websites

I want to provide this information since most of the cosmetics I am writing reviews on, can be purchased only in Japan.

Here is some useful guide how to shop on Amazon Japan.

This is how to shop on Global Rakuten.

You can also buy using shopping services such as: Rinkya, Celga, Shoppingmalljapan, Tenso, Japangoodsfinder.

If you have any experience buying goods from Japan, please share it below in the comments. I would highly appreciate that and add it to this post.

Chant a Charm: Japanese herbal skin care

Clear off Milk

* Make up and dirt remover ;
* Keeps your skin soft, moisture, removes dead skin cells and oily part of your skin;
* Can be used for day and night.

How it works: milky texture turns to oil when it reacts with dirt on your skin. Because of that it can wash away all make up (even if you use a lot), which other organic products couldn’t do before.

How to use: put 3 pushes of it on your palm and rub it into your face. If you want to remove all your make up, please massage it in until milky consistency turns to oil.

First of all, I really want to say a huge thanks to my hubby for helping me to translate all this information since it can be found only in Japanese.

So, what is true about this Clear off Milk is that it really turns into oil after you massage it in your face and it doesn’t have strong smell, you can just feel a slight scent of herbs (smell comes from essential oils). At first, I was kind of worried that the oily texture on my face couldn’t be washed away completely and it actually felt pretty oily even after drying with a towel. But after some minutes, that oily feeling disappeared as it was somehow absorbed to my skin, leaving it smooth and soft. And the main thing (the mission of this product) is that it removed my make up completely, even though I tried to apply a lot before using this milk.

This was my first organic make up remover so I would definetely consider buying a full size product knowing it is gentle for your skin. This is where you can purchase Chant a Charm:  Global Rakuten

Enjoy your Sunday!

Terracuore: aromatherapy in your bath

Terracuore products are made in Italy by Japanese company and its dedicated for Japanese people .
It has organic certificates too.

Shortly about ingredients of Damask Rose Deep Care conditioner: Damask rose water for conditioning, honey for moisturizing, wild strawberry for treatment, sesame oil for soft hair.

I have to admit I am not a huge fan of rose smell, but if I had to choose some artificial scent and natural rose smell,
my vote would definetely go to the last one. And If you go crazy about roses this conditioner is a must try since you will feel surrounded by their smell not only while taking a bath but a long time after that (even my pillow was imbued with the smell of conditioner). And the good thing is that the smell of rose works great as an antidepressant, stress releaver, and if you are a woman it eases discomforts of PMS.
The other thing I’d like to mention is that it may not be good if you have dry hair. My hair is a bit of dry type, and I would have found this conditioner more appealing if it left my hair more silky. On the other hand it won’t weigh down your hair and I’m happy it added up some volume and bounce for my hair. It may work the best for oily hair,you should give it a try!

Melissa Smoothing shampoo: sabon grass (not sure what it is) is for washing out dirt; peppermint and melissa for conditioning (makes hair silky); callendula, yarrow, wild strawberry for moisturizing and good hair balance.
I am so excited about the smell. It was everywhere: on my hair, in my bath, in my nose and in my mouth. It felt like I am chewing sweet peppermint gum an I kept inhaling and Inhaling for its cooling effect. My conclusion: it is perfect for summer and refreshing (especially when its over +30°C like here, in Tokyo).
I dont expect so much for getting my hair sleek from organic shampoos but this one was ok, except my dyed hair part, which felt quite dried out right after washing. But after my hair got dry, my hubby couldn’t stop touching my hair because of its smooth texture.

To sum up, this brand is great if you want to drown yourself in a variety of natural scents. And be sure to choose the right one for your hair type:)

You can purchase it on Global Rakuten (it is japanese no.1 shopping site), Aimere shop.

What do you need to know about organic cosmetics (OC)?

So if you are a beginner in this field you might want to know a few basic things. What is OC? It is very clean product which doesn’t contain parabens, artificial fragrance, silicon, sulfates, preservatives, dyes. All ingredients are natural and they are grown in ecological way (without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers). To get the name “organic”, product has to meet standards and be certificated. But the problem is that some small companies which really produce organic products, cant get certificated since the process is very long and expensive. So the best way you can choose what cosmetics is best for you, is checking the package. 

Be aware, that sometimes OC don’t come in shiny, eye catching package (which can be recycled). And it usually doesn’t have strong smell, but doesn’t mean it’s not going to stay there as long as a smell of not organic ones. Also OC shampoos may not lather as much as you want, but it might clean even better than shampoos you used before.

If you have some further questions about OC, please ask me in the comments below. I will try to expand this article from time to time if I find some important information.



21 of the most toxic ingredients in cosmetics

I know you can google it if you are interested in organic cosmetics, but just for those who have no idea and for myself as a reminder ( of course I almost memorized them all and always check the package before I buy). I wouldn’t write down what harm do they do for hair, skin and entire health (don’t forget that we also inhale it while using), there is plenty of information on the internet.

* Butylated Hydroxythaluene (BHT)
* Butylene Glycol
* Diethanolamine (DEA)
* Dimethicone
* Dimethicone Copolyol
* Cyclomethicone
* Ethylparaben
* Isobutylparaben
* Laureth Sulfate
* Methylparaben
* Mineral Oil
* Paraffinum Liquidum
* Petrolatum
* Phenoxyethanol
* Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
* Polypropylene Glycol (PPE)
* Propylene Glycol
* Propylparaben
* Triclosan
* Triethanolamine (TEA)

Hope you will find it useful:)