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Tamanohada Welcome soap

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This reminds me of Japanese sweets called Taiyaki (Tai is a famous japanese fish). Design is cool, isn’t it? And it is comfortable as it has rope, so you can hang it in your bath or just like decoration in your room (if you think it is too nice to be used). Smell is sooo good and refreshing. I got red one, which smells like pomegrate. My bath was full of this nice smell so it works great as a room fragrance too!

I usually prefer using shower gel instead of soap because soap usually leaves skin dry. This wasn’t an exception (but you should know that the purpose of soap is not to moisturize but to clean, so you should add moisturizer right after washing your skin, please read HERE). My hubby likes that dry skin feeling after bath because it feels like all the dirt was washed away. And if your body metabolism is fine, your natural oil layer of the skin will recover pretty soon so you don’t have to worry. Keep in mind that moisture and oil is different so as I said please apply moisturizer.

This soap might seem a bit expensive but it weighs 310g. You can also choose from lilly and brown sugar scents. It is made from natural plant ingredients.

Where to purchase: Amazon Japan


The magic of olive oil

This is my beauty discovery I found out a few days ago. For many of you it might be very well known and too simple. But I hope someone will find this useful.

What do you do when you run out of makeup remover? I checked my kitchen closets instead of running into the closest drugstore and my eyes got caught up by extra virgin olive oil. And then I thought that there is a  kind of makeup removers which are oil based, so maybe olive oil would help me to get rid at least of  a bit of my makeup. I took cotton pad and soaked it a bit with oil and gently cleaned around my eyes and all over the face. Finally I removed excess oil with a warm towel. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it worked! It may be even better than makeup removers from a shop. Plus it is cheap, 100% natural, gentle (so you can use it for your eyes). Besides olive oil is well known for moisturizing skin (it even conditions eyelashes!).

Tip: Before removing makeup hold your head over hot, steaming water. It would help to open skin pores and make it easier for cleansing. (wikihow.com)

I was just wondering if it can be used for oily skin. Oil on oil doesn’t sound really good, but I might be wrong. If you have any experience with that please share it:)


La Fleur – Japanese hair care with organic essential oils

Citrus smell is my weakness. And when it comes to silicone-free shampoo which smells like sweet orange and lemongrass, I can’t stop being excited. Especially when the scent is so strong that it feels like someone’s peeling a lemon in front of you. And it all comes from organic essential oils!
Besides it left my hair soooo glossy and smooth to touch. Shampoo doesn’t really have thick consistency but you will need just a small amount to rinse your hair as it lathers so much. Please try to use both shampoo and conditioner for a full effect.
I am putting this into my wishlist!

There is also Rose scent shampoo in this series. But when it came to the smell of this shampoo, I was disappointed, not because I don’t like rose smell much. It smelled a bit strangely, not exactly how I expected (like vinegar and rose?). And in comparison with the shampoo and conditioner above, it didn’t leave my hair that silky though I can’t say it dried out my hair either.

La Fleur Lavender shampoo. It has very strong herbal smell. Shampoo foams a lot (easy to rinse hair) and it is pretty similar to Citrus shampoo and conditioner as it leaves my hair super moisturized.

I am not sure how much organic this brand is, but it doesn’t contain silicone, parabens, artificial color and fragrance. Detergent is mild so you can use it for your children.

Where to purchase:  Global Rakuten (there are also trial sets, it says it can be shipped to the United States)

Official website (in Japanese)

P.S.To tell the truth, it is getting harder for me to describe a good shampoo or conditioner. All I can say it makes hair glossy, silky, adds volume, bounce, moisture, rinses well. What else do yu need to fall in love with a shampoo or a conditioner? Please share in the comments below:)

Have a good weekend!

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

Oh melissa..it 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!

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.

Some Japanese shampoos I had used so far

Hello again:) Hope you had a great weekend!

So actually, not all of them are Japanese. One is Thai and other is American brand. So maybe let’s start from them. Also I would like to mention that none of them I’ve bought recently. I don’t think you can write a good review on shampoo which you tried only once since the first impression might be wrong. This is my “collection” of shampoos and conditioners I gathered in one year or so. And I never finish shampoo before buying a new one as I can’t resist buying something I find attractive. And as I mentioned before I am more into organic stuff so most of the shampoos are organic or contain natural ingredients.

Let’s begin from Nature’s gate (which I believe is kind of famous brand in US) Biotin shampoo and conditioner for weak and thinning hair. Why did I buy this shampoo? Well, it is hard to find organic shampoo in Japanese drugstore unless you go to some specific stores. So one day I found it and grabbed it immediately after checking the ingredients. The good thing is that it contains Jojoba oil which helps to moisturize your hair, also it has panthenol, soy proteins, vegetable proteins  and most important BIOTIN, as you can tell from the name. Biotin helps to prevent hair loss. But the bad thing is it can’t be absorbed through hair or skin, you have to take it with food or supplements. What else you might want to know if you are a fan of natural products is that it doesn’t contain sulphates, parabens, fragrance. And  finally how did it feel on my hair? First of all, I had to use pretty huge amount of shampoo to make it foam up but it has a pleasant, not so strong smell of mint which, I believe , is perfect for summer to refresh yourself, but too bad it doesn’t last long on your hair. Using it together with conditioner it left my hair quite soft but all in all I’m not so impressed about this shampoo.

The second one is Prann Rebalancing shampoo and conditioner from Thailand which I got as a present and it is 100% organic. “… unique formula contains Rice Bran Oil that helps protect hair from the sun and reduce signs of damage from free radicals. The natural cleansers are mild and gentle, leaving your hair feeling fresh without residue. Natural Safflower Seed Oil helps nourish and recondition hair, leaving it silky soft.”  The best thing is, this is all true! It really leaves your hair silky and smooth, it smells good (specific smell of herbs so I can not assure that you gonna like it) and strong, the smell stays on hair pretty long. And it’s all organic which means no damage.

Other natural shampoo is rinRen. This is Japanese brand you can find in a drugstore and it wasn’t so famous when I bought it but recently I saw commercial on TV.What is natural about it? It’ s non-silicon; paraben, synthetic fragrance, coloring agents free, no animal products. The smell is yuzu (Japanese lemon) and ginger, which was quite promising for me (I love citrus smell!), but I was disappointed since the smell doesn’t remind of neither lemon nor ginger and as for me it doesn’t smell so good. The consistency of  both shampoo and conditioner is watery and because of that I feel I have to use a lot of it. So after all, the only good thing is that it doesn’t damage your hair as most of the shampoos you find in a drugstore.

Nudy Aura shampoo is really famous non-silicon shampoo  in Japan and has so many reviews. You also can find this one in a drugstore. It has so many good ingredients (collagen, keratin, sericin, hyaluronan) but at the same time it contains parabens, sulfates, fragrance ( it smells good though:)) and other “bad” stuff. I like that consistency is quite thick, you just need a drop of shampoo for rinsing your hair. And the most important thing is that it leaves your hair silky, almost like silicon shampoos.

Sea breeze is a shampoo my hubby got. And I decided to try it since he likes it and it has strong smell of mint as well as it has cooling effect on your scalp. But somehow it felt rather like burning my scalp than cooling it. Maybe my skin was too sensitive for it:/

And the last is Shiseido (oh, yeah, you must know it) shampoo and conditioner with tsubaki (camellia) amino acids which is supposed to heal the hair damage. Well, it’s nothing organic or natural but, for sure, it leaves hair super silky. And consistency is very thick, it lathers a lot, but the smell, I don’t like it so much since it just smells like perfume and I prefer more natural scents.

Hope you didn’t get bored of reading my first review:) Please write in the comments below what you liked or didn’t like as well as what Japanese products you would like to see me reviewing in the future.

See you soon ♥