Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: BATH & CO. Body Care and Clay Mask

When it comes to natural products that can benefit my dry skin, I am definitely up for it. Recently I am introduced to a new online store, Bath & Co. which makes handcrafted bath and body products in small batches and delivers them to your doorstep.

I know, I know, the handmade soaps, body bars and scrubs are pretty common in Malaysia. But what interests me here is the simplicity of the products. The ingredients are pretty straightforward - Just 3 basic natural ingredients used in used in Bath & Co.’s handcrafted castile liquid soap, body balm, sugar scrub and clay mask:
             ❤ Base
             ❤ Essential oils
             ❤ Natural oils

Of course, they are naturally sourced from the mother nature.
Hence, don’t worry about any artificial fragrance, SLS or harmful chemicals here.

CASTILE LIQUID SOAP in 4 variants:
 Lavender + Geranium
 Grapefruit + Lemongrass
 Peppermint + Spearmint
 Neroli + Ylang Ylang

The No.1 product you gotta first try is Bath & Co.’s Castile Liquid Soap. Traditionally, castile soap mainly uses only olive oil but as days go by, soap manufacturers substitute the expensive olive oil with some economical blend of oils. Do you know that olive oil is our skin’s best friend, our natural moisturizer?

I am glad to have found a brand that does not compromise on the usage of ingredients! The Castile Liquid Soap I have here is made of 100% Pure Olive Oil. That’s how it helps moisturize the skin, keeping it soft and smooth like a baby.

As you can see, the rich content of pure olive oil gives the liquid soap a natural hue ranging from yellowish to greenish translucency. Plus, it uses only natural ingredients and is handcrafted in small batches, so do expect slight variance in the scent and color.

Lathering: ★★★
As it does not contain any harmful SLS foaming agent, the soap does not lather much. So what I do is use the shower puff / foaming net to lather the soap first before applying it onto the body.

Texture: ★★★
The smooth lather works great on the body without feeling greasy at all. It leaves the skin cleansed and soft after using. Because of the mildness, it can also be used as hand wash and hair shampoo!

Scent: ★★★
Each liquid soap is packed with aromatherapy essential oil, exuding different scents
which soothe the mind and relax the body. But the scents are quite mild for me.

Grapefruit + Lemongrass: I like this fresh, citrusy aroma!
Peppermint + Spearmint: It gives a fresh and "clean" aroma, but unfortunately I am not a fan of mint.
Neroli + Ylang Ylang: Very rich and deep in therapeutic aroma of sweet blossoms.
It feels like having a luxurious spa session at home, and hence it is my personal favourite!
Lavender + Geranium: Quite floral and grassy.


EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUB  Arabica Coffee

My body beauty regime does not just end there :P I love doing scrub during shower for a "cleaner", smoother skin; and my favourite is Bath & Co.'s handcrafted Arabica Coffee Sugar Scrub. It is a delicious blend of skin-loving oils and natural ingredients with amazing coffee scent.

I mean, if you are a coffee lover, you'd definitely fall in love with this too! Unlike many oil-based scrubs, the one I'm using here contains 2 special ingredients to make it better than others:
             ❤ Emulsifying Wax: Helps moisturize deep into the skin
             ❤ Activated Charcoal: Exfoliates and removes harmful substances from the surface of skin

How To Use:
1. Scoop 1-2 teaspoon of the Arabica Coffee Sugar Scrub and apply to the cleansed, wet body during shower.
2. Massage in small circular motion.
3. Rinse off with water and pat dry.

Texture: ★★★
Quite coarse on the skin, but melt away effectively upon massaging
as it scrubs away dead skin cells, cellulite and stretch marks.

Benefit: ★★★
It gives a natural, healthy glow to the skin over an extended period of use.

Scent: ★★★
Rich, aromatic coffee scent that surprises me with a fresh, deep relaxation.

EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUB  Relaxation Blend

If you are a true fan of aromatherapy, this is for you: Essential Oils-infused Sugar Scrub, as it not only benefits the skin but also the mind and soul. It helps to relieve anxiety, fight depression and uplift the spirits too. However, the scent is too mild for me. 

Texture: ★★
Slightly more "melty" than the coffee scrub, and it works equally effectively on skin.
Most importantly, it does not leave the skin oily.

Benefit: ★★★
It smooths out the skin texture and you probably wouldn’t need any moisturizer / lotion after shower.

Scent: ★★★
Mild, floral scent with relaxation benefits. But I prefer the rich coffee aroma thou.

BODY BALM in 2 variants:
 Lavender + Geranium
 Grapefruit + Lemongrass

No doubt the skin is very well-moisturised after shower and sugar scrub, but what's more important to me is keeping the skin hydrated at all times. That's why I always have this convenient pack of body balm with me.

The reason I get this body balm from Bath & Co. is because my skin always feels dry and tight in the office (staying in the air-conditioned room for more than 10 hours a day is a bad idea for the skin!) and I prefer something really natural that does not harm the skin.

We all know that powerful ingredients such as Beeswax, Cocoa Seed Butter, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut Oil are great natural moisturizers as the combination deeply hydrates dry, cracked skin and restores the youth of the skin. I can easily use it as my hand cream wherever I go, plus it comes with lovely aromatherapy scent.

How To Use:
1. Apply a small amount evenly onto the skin, both day and night.
2. For dry skin with troubled spots, apply more frequently.


Texture: ★★
Easy to blend and absorb into skin, without leaving any greasy residue.

Scent: ★★★
Between the soothing lavender and geranium scent versus the citrusy grapefruit and lemongrass scent, I personally prefer the latter to freshen the tired skin. to calm your nerves and soothe your soul. to leave your mind energized and get rid of mosquitoes.

But if you love the fresh floral scent with a dash of sweetness and herby aroma, then Lavender + Geranium would suit you.

CLAY MASK in 2 variants:
 Nourishing
 Clarifying

Don’t just care for your body, and neglect the facial wellness! I also try their Clay Mask, naturally made of Kaolin Clay and several natural ingredients. It is scentless and comes in powder texture-- you need to add water into it to make it "clay". Hence, each pack is able to last for around 10 uses. 

How To Use:
1. Mix Soothing Mask with equal parts of water on a non-metal bowl and utensil. 
2. Stir the mixture into a smooth paste. Add more clay or liquid as needed.
3. Apply to clean skin and let it dry for 5-10 minutes.
4. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation.
5. Remove the clay mask by washing with warm water.

Remember not to put in too much water, otherwise it'd be too watery and does not adhere onto the skin well.

Texture: ★★★
The thickness of the clay mask depends on the ratio of powder and water you put in.
Mine is a creamy clay that spreads easily and sits well onto the face.

Feeling on skin: ★★★
For clarifying clay mask, some may experience slight tingling sensation. After use, slight redness may appear for the first 30 minutes. But so far, I have not experienced anything like this. Overall, the experience is great, other than the part where it takes some time to get the clay mix in perfect consistency.

 Result: ★★★
My skin feels soft and smooth after using it, as the clay mask helps remove oils,
toxins and dirt deep from the skin and boost skin cell renewal.


Well, here comes our concern. Natural, chemical-free products must seem expensive right? Fortunately, they are not! The affordable luxury is wallet-friendly and you can get the above products at a price ranging from RM17.90 to RM24.90. 


Verdict: 
1. Overall, Bath & Co.'s products are very simple, straightforward and target to the skin issues. ❤ 
2. My favourite products? Definitely the Neroli and Ylang Ylang Castile Liquid Soap and Arabica Coffee Sugar Scrub. 


Special Gift Set Promotions for Your Loved Ones
Set 1: Mother's Day Full Gift Set @ RM149
Set 2: Mother's Day Relaxation Gift Set @ RM65
Set 3: Mother's Day Refreshing Gift Set @ RM65
Set 4: Mother's Day Castile Liquid Soap Gift Set @ RM57

During this Mother's Day, Bath & Co. is having special promotion on the gift set items. You can purchase Bath & Co. products at all M Plus Pharmacy outlets nationwide, Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff Kota Damansara Branch, as well as online stores such as Lazada and 11Street.

11Street Store: www.11street.my/store/bathco
Lazada Store: www.lazada.com.my/bath-co

2 comments:

  1. I just read your blog post, babe! I thought it might be so expensive already but then it is not! Cool! I wanna purchase few products from them!

    Love,
    MissJasJas
    www.missjasjas.blogspot.com

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