Saturday, 4 May 2013

Inventory #6.1 | Water and Oil

This is an update of the previous inventory post published early last year.  While I dug out all these bottles of water and oil, I wonder if skin care has life(?).  First of all, they are good at hiding.  Perhaps they are like Woody and Buzz in the Toy Stories; or fossils in Night at the Museum?  Secondly, they reproduce.  I am not bad at mathematics, but why do they seem to multiply without me noticing, just within a year's time?

Cleansing Water - Micelle Solution - Micellar Lotion - whatever

Upon doing inventory, I realise I have, in possession, 2.7 Litre of Bioderma, 1 Litre of Purevivi, and four travel size bottles of cleansing water.  Crazy.  (Are they beverage instead of skin care?)

I love using cleansing waters on days when I don't have much face make up on - which are most days - but I always use the bi-phase eye make up remover for my eye make up (because I'm an addict of stubborn waterproof Japanese mascaras).  I did a demo/review on the Bioderma Sensibio H2O - link - and that's basically what I can offer in terms of micellar water.  ;)

I also have the Bioderma Sebium H2O for combination or oily skin, which I use with a large cotton pad (right now is the Superdrug one) on my back, after shower, as a double cleanse.  Because I do suffer from back acne and I learn this trick from Dorothy.  My back is still acne prone but condition is improving.  (...agreed by Mr. A.)

Purevivi is a discovery at Tokyo last Summer, but the back-up bottle was picked up on sale at local Colourmix. I find it as effective (if not more) than Bioderma when it comes to make up removal, and it is very refreshing and soothing, probably even better for sensitive skin when compared to Bioderma Sensibio.

The rest of the Cleansing Water are gifts and freebies.  Ari sent me the Caudalie, which I have only briefly tried. And Sasa granted me the two Collistars; I suppose I spend way too much in that pink make up heaven (Sasa) that I deserve some freebies from time to time, don't I?

Cleansing Oil

Note 1:  I have spoken before about 'mineral oil' in skin care, but I will repeat briefly again: mineral oil doesn't cause breakout on my skin, nor allergic reactions; however, that is a really low cost ingredient/filler to put in skin care.  Even though my skin probably can't absorb molecule as large as mineral oil, I feel like my skin deserve something better, healthier, more expensive.  So, when picking cleansing oils or recommending skin care products, I tend to go for non-mineral-oil-based options.  I do continue buying mineral oil based from time to time because I love trying new things.  Well, although, nowadays, a lot of the oils in the market are synthetic, I don't know if that's better or worse, you can make your own decisions!

Note 2:  I'd also want to draw attention to emulsification.  Most, or some, cleansing oils require dry hands and face to work with, and with gentle massage motions, add in water to emulsify.  These products have emulsifying agents in to help the oil turn milky (emulsified).  This is the key to getting this type of cleansing oil all off.  There are also oils that do not emulsify - without the emulsifying agent.  If that's the case, you may want to use a steaming machine, or a warm/hot damp towel to wipe of the oil, after the massage.  Not getting all the oil off is worse than leaving make up on the skin!!!

Note 3:  Refined, unrefined?  Natural oils are usually coloured.  Think about oils in your kitchen, they tend to have a yellow/orange/green tint to them.  Refining the oils can take away the colour, odour, flavour, along with other nutrients or beneficial properties.  Either way, you can call it more pure - i) closer to the original or ii) less 'impurities'.  Just as how you are the boss of the oil you purchase for cooking, you are also the boss of the oil in your skincare.  Problem is, larger commercial brands don't always mention the refinery in their oils.  Unless one day, I'm going to DIY my own skin care, I can't really control how refined the oils in my skin care is.  Therefore, I tend to omit this mental debate when I shop for oil.  Feel free to do your own research (googling)!

Note 4:  My practice: Cleansing oils are good make up removers, but my usual mascaras are too stubbornly waterproof that I always use separate point make up removers even if I use cleansing oils.  Just my personal preferential habit.

My Current Stash

UNT and Naruko Magnolia I have only briefly used. Both are mineral oil based so I don't really consider repurchasing.  I got them because they were in sets and I never mind trying out new cleansers because I tend to go through them pretty quickly anyway.  The UNT smells fresh, and comes in the prettiest pink bottle ever.  I really appreciate their bottle design, even better than the basic Shu Uemura bottles, don't you think?  Naruko Magnolia (also came in a set I think) reminds me of my OkayNo Way experience with Naruko Rose Cleansing Oil.  At first the not so nice fragrance bugs me, but after a few more uses it seems okay.  Both of these are the 'clear' 'refined' 'mineral-oil' based types.

Pond's is my top favourite cleansing oil.  I always have one of these in my stash at all times.  This yellow bottle is plant oil based, made in Japan, cheap (about HK$70 range), effective in cleansing and leaves skin feeling good.  A Taiwan blog has a good review of this Pond's yellow bottle.

The purple Naruko bottle doesn't say oil in the English product name, but the Chinese name does.  It is now discontinued/reformulated/repackaged into a hybrid of this, and the previous mousse cleanser.  I haven't tried the newly released one, but I have a feeling that it will be decent (blind loyal fans of Naruko).  This is mineral oil based.  I adore the mousse foam dispenser - no worry of difficulty with emulsification.  This cleanses off very easily and well and leaves skin fresh.  This will, sadly, be in my next empties post~

Finally, I have recently got a little travel size of the Josie Maran from a recent swap.  A natural oil contestant in the market.  Tried it once, and it smelt like cough medicine syrup.  Will use it more to see how I like it!

Note 5:  All Bioderma cleansing waters are scented, except the Sensibio H2O (sensitive skin, pink cap).  Scented: Hydrabio H2O (hydrating, blue cap), Sebium H2O (oily skin, green cap), White Objective H2O (whitening, white cap).

Note 6: Other popular cleansing oils in Asia are Fancl (price, top 6 ingredients all synthetic), Shu Uemura (price, mineral oil), DHC (hard to get hold of).

Note 7: Next up I'd really want to try Origins Clean Energy, Dermalogica PreCleanse, Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil.

Product in order of their appearance:

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (for sensitive skin) Micelle Solution
Bioderma Sebium H2O (for combination or oily skin) Micelle Solution
Purevivi Cleansing Lotion for Snesitive Skins
Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Cleansing Water 
Caudalie Cleansing Water
Collistar Cleansing Make-Up Remover Micellar Water

UNT Floraison Cherry Blossom Cleansing Oil
Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Cleansing Oil
Pond's Cleansing Oil (yellow bottle)
Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Make-up Removing Mousse
Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil

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Hope you find this helpful!

Does your skin care reproduce/multiply themselves??  Does your skin care routine include cleansing water, or cleansing oil??  What product do you seem to keep buying and stocking up?? (Face cleanser is definitely on my list...)

Beautiful wishes,
Lazy silly Jacq :")


  1. great post! I didn't really notice the difference between mineral oil based and plant-based. Where does the product actually say they are mineral or plant based?? :O

    I love DHC deep cleansing oils!! I got them from Mannings, almost all stores carry them :) sometimes they're on BOGOF (near xmas i think...) and then i'll seize the moment and stock up XD that's how they multiply!

    1. From the ingredients list. :)

      I should look for the DHC at Mannings next time, probably the coming Christmas? (definitely NOT NOW ><)

  2. The dhc and kose softymo deep cleansing oil (and tons other Japanese brands) don't have English ingredients list *smacks forehead*
    I plan to look into more natural brands like Aesop soon! (like, when my stash is close to finishing...)

    1. I believe DHC is olive oil based (need to double check).. and google is always a good tool to search ingredient list! :D

      Softymo list here:

      Really wanna try the 'better' brands too - AESOP is so alluring!



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