Camaru Naturals

My Skin Care Regimen

Monday, August 13, 2012

     Hi loves! I'm worrying that another typhoon (Helen) will give sleepless nights and panic attacks to those living near rivers, creeks and low lands. After a day of sunshine here's another day of gloomy sky. If only we can talk to mother nature and ask her to give us normal amount of rainfall then we'll all be appease. Let's just pray that God will guide and give us strength and patience to endure all these natural disasters that we have to face.
     Today is errands day and we're off to Sm Fairview for some grocery and window shopping :D I'm also excited because the kiddo in me wants to play arcade games, weeee!~ So before going outside, I want to share my skin care regimen. Almost all of these skin care products became my HG (holy grail). Believe me when I say that I've tried and tested these soaps since 2009. Some brands specially with the soap only became my favorites this year. 

     My facial soaps- I use this soap once or twice a day. I also use a special soap e.g my skin is acting up or I want to lighten dried up zits.

Step 1: I leave the soaps lather for 2 minutes then rinse.

Step 2: After the Calamansi soap (ALL ORGANICS/SNOE WHITE) I leave the soaps lather on my
face for 2 minutes then rinse.
     I only use one toner before until I tried something that is almost close to organic because of its ingredients (will make a review soon)- All Organics Lemongrass Facial toner and Dr. Skin Oil Control Toner

My new love! I included this on my skin care regimen because it helped me lessen my pimples during my monthly period.
     For my moisturizer- I only use GNC Vitamin C Moisturizer and Camaru Naturals Camellia Oil
     And for my face mask- I use Purederm's Dual Well-Being twice a week.

     Basically that's it! I will update this post later. I want to add something but I can't find the pictures of them. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Stay safe everyone!

Good Times!~

Product Review: Camaru Naturals Camellia Oil

Saturday, July 28, 2012

     I love this bed weather we have now. But I hate that I cannot enjoy it because we're on a graveyard shift! My son is still wide-awake enjoying his new coloring book. He just ate his dinner an hour ago. Sounds weird? Yes, it is weird for a toddler sleeping six or seven o'clock in the morning and I've mentioned his erratic sleeping pattern here in my blog the nth time. As much as I wanted to sleep, I need to stay alive and kickin' because I still have 3 hours to spend on mommy duties before going to dreamland. So to keep my mind active, I need to read something or write a blog post :D 

     First of all I want to congratulate myself for updating this blog everyday. I want to make this a habit, publishing one review or haul post a day. Next, I'm excited to share on my next post another batch of winnings from giveaways that I've joined. And finally, after three weeks of using this so called miracle oil I'm about to rave my skin's latest best friend :D

     Using natural oils as moisturizer is not new to me. I've tried tea tree oil, emu oil, olive oil and sunflower oil before and I like the effects on my skin. If I'm writing my blog three years ago, prolly there's a written review here but the only review that I made was Human Heart Nature's Sunflower Beauty Oil. I love my GNC moisturizer. The Mosbeau All-in-one face cream somehow gave moisture and lightened some pimple marks on my face but I'm still on the hunt for something organic. I'm glad that Camaru Naturals Camellia Oil was included on the Everyday Essential Loot that I won from The Beauty Junkee. Does this mean the hunt is over? Well, read more to find out.
Camaru Naturals Camellia Oil
Camellia Oil Properties:
Penetrates Quickly~
Highly Moisturizing~Light Herbal Aroma~Virtually Colorless (Slight Yellow Hue)~Rich in Fatty and Essential Fatty Acids including up to 85% Oleic Acid~Rich in Tocopherols (Vitamin E)~Rich in Polyphenols~Natural Anti-Oxidant~Restores Moisture Balance to Dry Skin~Improves Complexion~Enhances Radiance~Softens Wrinkles and Tiny Age Lines~Non-Comedogenic~(Does Not Contribute to Acne and is Suitable for Oily/Acne Prone Skin)~Conditions the Skin After Shaving~Protects Skin from Elements~Blocks Harmful UV Rays~Reduces and Heals Scars~Cools the Skin~Maintains a Healthy pH~Suitable for All Skin Types Including Allergy Prone Skin~Promotes Hair Growth~Conditions Scalp
Camaru Naturals Camellia Oil
Praised as the "Beauty Secret of the Geishas".
Moisturize - it penetrates quickly and deeply, giving your skin optimum hydration without a greasy feel. Your skin will feel remarkably refreshed, smooth and firm.
Replenish - it dramatically revives skin clarity and improves skin resilience, giving your skin a supple and radiant glow you can see and feel. It endows your skin with a luminous silkiness that no other product can match today.
Restore - it eliminates or visibly diminishes fine lines and small wrinkles and reduces the appearance of pores.
Protect - it contains Vitamin A and E, a natural antioxidant, safeguarding your skin from the damaging effects of UV/environmental exposure and free radicals.
It offers similar benefits for hair. It stimulates hair growth and slows the graying of hair. It adds shine, softness and smoothness to your hair.
It prevents stretch marks such as those acquired during pregnancy. It helps diminish or completely eliminate stretch marks.
Camaru Naturals Camellia Oil
size: 30ml

price: free (499php Around $11.90+)

place bought: free (Camaru Naturals Facebook Page)

instruction for use: After thoroughly cleansing the face, take a small amount (2-3 drops/pumps) on your palm and smooth it evenly onto face and neck by using your hands or by your fingertips. 
Can also be used around the eyes to diminish puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.

ingredients: Pure Camellia Oil (cosmetic grade)

What I like:
  • It's organic!
  • No breakouts, allergic reactions or whatsoever.
  • Unscented- a plus for me since some oil have this weird and funky smell.
  • Does the job in moisturizing the skin.
  • Lessened fine lines around my eyes.
  • My hair felt soft and smooth with a hint of shine considering that I have color-treated hair.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • After three weeks, I noticed that my pimple marks lightened a bit. 
  • Not sticky nor greasy and absorbs very quickly.
  • If I'll do the math, the price is affordable because it can lasts more than a month and performs as an all-in-one treatment.
What I don't like:
  • None!
Will I repurchase? Yes! Definitely after finishing the whole bottle which I think will last a long way. 

     I give this a 4.755/5 rating! I love this product. It's truly a miracle oil :D I've tried different oils before and this one is at par the best in my honest opinion. I highly recommend this specially to those with dry and flaky skin. You can also use this as hair treatment to restore dry and damage hair. Always do a patch test before using or adding a new product on your skin care regimen. This way it'll be easier for you to determine the culprit if there's a negative reaction with your skin. Natural skin care products can cause allergic reactions too. I'm an organic junkie but still I get some negative reactions from certain organic products.

     Have you tried natural oils as moisturizer? Care to share your experience? Have a great day head and stay safe!

Good Times!~

Product Review: Camaru Naturals Bamboo Charcoal Soap

Friday, July 27, 2012

     Happy Friday guys! It's weekend already and I'm up again for another review. If you're following my journey about organic soaps, I'm sure you know that most of them gave positive results on my skin. See all my review here :D I always have high hopes when it comes to organic soap since this came to rescue when my face suffered from adult acne. Almost all the brands that I've tried became my HG or at least a great substitute when I ran out of stock. I thought I'll be forever hiyang with organic soap. This time I'll believe what the hubby always tell me, Life is never fair. At least with me- out of 5 different soaps that I've tried, there will be 1 that will give negative result. And now it happened. 

     After receiving my Everyday Essentials Loot from The Beauty Junkee, I decided to give the Camaru Naturals Bamboo Charcoal soap a try. I had cystic acne on my chin and right cheek that day so when I arrived home I cut the soap and use it as my facial wash. I used it religiously for 3 weeks, day and night. I know there's something wrong from the very beginning but I just ignored it since I really need to see if there's an improvement on the cystic pimples on my face. I also read positive reviews about the wonders of charcoal in detoxifying skin impurities that's why I didn't hesitated to give it a try.

     Two weeks after using the soap, my skin was still the same. Cystic acne was still there. My skin got a bad reaction, it's like I had a burned skin on the corners of my mouth and in some part of my face. I still gave the soap another week but I guess that's it, this soap is not for me :( But fret not, I think this soap is still worth a try if your skin is very oil and not sensitive. Don't click the [x] yet, read on to see my full review.
Camaru Naturals Bamboo Charcoal Soap
Bamboo charcoal soap is one of the best soaps for acne in the world. It possesses ancient mystical powers that allow it to clean deep down beneath the pores like no soap can. One of the ways it does this is with Activated Bamboo Charcoal. Activated bamboo charcoal is added to the organic soap to allow it to draw dirt from deep inside the pores. This gives the acne skin a clean like no soap can clean and the feeling is quite noticeable. Once our pores our cleaned thoroughly our body provides natural moisturizes back to the acne skin allowing the skin to breathe plus leaving the skin incredibly soft and revitalized. Unlike bamboo charcoal soap most soaps will leave a residue on our skin after washing and this blocks the skins natural moisturizers from coating the skin. If you suffer from acne skin you need to try this wonderful soap. Results are quick and you will see a difference in a few days.
Camaru Naturals Bamboo Charcoal Soap
Bamboo Charcoal also called "Takesumi" in Japanese, is widely used in Japan to activate skin. This natural element has been used in Japan for many years because of its detoxifying power. It has naturally occurring anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. It effectively cleanses and unclogs pores, removing impurities and dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin, leaving skin supple, delicate and smooth.
The bamboo charcoal soap, acts as an antioxidant and regular use can help clear blemished skin.

size: 135g

price: free (125php Around $2.90+)

place bought: free (Camaru Naturals Facebook page/online)

instructions for use: Lather directly onto wet skin. Rinse with water. Excellent for use on face, hand and body. Use daily for a smooth, clear and radiant complexion.

ingredients: Activated (Bamboo) Charcoal, Rice Bran Oil, Virgin Camellia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Molasses, Vitamin E, Glycerin

Camaru Naturals Bamboo Charcoal Soap
I didn't finish the whole bar. I only cut a fraction of it and just got melted on the soap dish after losing hope that it will work for me :(

What I like:
  • It's organic.
  • Very affordable for a 135g soap.
  • Lathers well, forms a rich thick lather.
  • The smell is not overpowering.
What I don't like:
  • As much as I wanted this to work, nothing happened with my cystic pimples.
  • It made my sensitive skin more susceptible to redness thus caused a little burned skin on the corner of my mouth.
  • Not readily available, you have to purchase online.
  • No manufacturing and expiry date.

Will I repurchase? No. I'll just repurchase the Acerola White C which gave positive results on my skin.

     I give this soap a 3/5 rating. I envy those girls who tried this because their zits dried up after a day and their skin cleared up in just a month. Don't lose hope with this soap. Maybe it's just me who experienced negative results. I can say that bamboo charcoal is harsh for my sensitive and thin skin. So if you want to try this soap, make a patch test first. Always bear in mind that Natural products can cause allergic reactions. In my case, if the product still gives negative reaction on my skin after three weeks then it's not suited for me. 

     Have you tried charcoal soaps before?How does it fare with your skin? Have a great weekend guys!

Good Times!~

Product Review: Camaru Naturals Acerola White C Whitening Soap

Thursday, July 26, 2012

     Hi dearies! My 100th follower giveaway is ending soon. You can still log in your entries here. Before I start this review I wanna say thank you so much for reading this simple blog. I'm not expecting too much, I just want to share my journey on finding budget friendly and cost-effective skin care most specially organic ones. Honestly, organic products became my skin's best friend. I suffered worst adult acne before, I went to facial salons to somehow minimize the damage it made to my skin but none really worked. It just gave me short-term effects and made my bank broke. It's very tiring to go on the same routine when you didn't notice any significant changes. I'm not saying that organic or natural products can be safe for everyone. I always say this precaution on my review that it can also cause allergies too. So use the product on your own risk. We have different skin conditions, what works for me may not work for you or vice versa. 

     Since I really love the effect of organic soaps on my skin, I'm always giddy to try new brands. I already found my HG soaps: All Organics Calamansi, All Organics Bengkoang, Snoe Vitamin C Rich Calamansi and Snoe Organic Green Papaya that I use alternately or depending on my mood. I just wish that All Organics and Snoe will have a boutique or kiosk near my place or at Sm Fairview so that I don't have to go at Trinoma to replenish my stocks. 

     When I saw Camaru Naturals on GT Forums, I asked myself if I'm ready to try another brand again. I was very curious about the brand name because it sounded Japanese to me. I'm a self-confessed Japanese culture addict before, I like their culture and their skin care products. So to feed my curiosity I started looking for positive testimonials about their soap. When I joined TBJ's 3rd Anniversary Grand Giveaway I felt very excited because she's giving away Camaru Naturals products. Luckily, I won and it's a sign that I really need to try the soap. After a month of usage, here's my take on Camaru Naturals Acerola White C naturally rich in vitamin C whitening soap :D
Acerola fruit is abundantly found in Brazil. It is one of the world's richest natural sources of Vitamin C. This important antioxidant ingredient helps to reverse the effects of skin damage caused by the sun and pollution and helps brighten uneven skin tone.

This whitening soap is made from the extract of Acerola fruit combined with Camellia Oil, Rice Bran Oil and Carica Papaya Extract to give you a healthier, brighter and younger looking skin.
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size: 135g

price: free (125php Around $2.90+)

place bought: free (Online through their Facebook page)

instruction for use: Lather directly onto wet skin. Rinse with water. Excellent for use on face, hand and body. Use daily for a smooth, clear and radiant complexion.

ingredients: Organic Acerola Fruit Extract (from Brazil), Rice Bran Oil, Virgin Camellia Oil, Carica Papaya Extract, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Molasses, Vitamin E, Glycerin

What I like:
  • It's organic!
  • The price- very affordable for a 135g soap.
  • I love the citrusy smell, it's like lemon lime.
  • It produces a very rich and thick lather.
  • My skin feels squeaky clean after taking a bath.
  • I used it on my body and it really does the job on exfoliation department.
  • It tightens the skin and gives a "glow" that makes the skin supple.
What I don't like:
  • A bit drying that is natural with whitening soaps.
  • There's no manufacturing and expiration date.
  • Not easily accessible, you have to purchase online.
Will I repurchase? Yes!

     I give this soap a 4.25/5 rating! I like using the soap on my body. If you find the soap drying, use your favorite lotion after taking a bath. The soap doesn't melt easily so it's okay if you'll let the whole bar sit on the soap dish itself. With my experience with other organic soaps, some tends to melt easily. Always remember that natural skin care products can also cause allergic reactions. It's better to test the soap first on small area of your body just to be sure that it's safe on your skin. 

     Have you tried Camaru Naturals skin care products? Thanks for sharing! Take care guys :D

Good Times!~

Everyday Essentials Loot, Woot Woot!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

     Here it is, my much awaited prizes from another giveaway that I joined two months ago. It's from THE BEAUTY JUNKEE'S 3rd Grand Anniversary Giveaway! This is the grandest giveaway that I've joined and the prizes at stake are really awesome. I never expected to win because I know a lot of her readers are witty and sensible when it comes to their answers. I just expressed what I really feel and learned from reading TBJ's blog posts. So lo and behold, these goodies came home with me last Sunday. 
1. Covergirl Makeups- Lash Blast Fusion Mascara in Black, Nature Luxe Lip Balms in Hibiscus and Smoky Shadow Blast in Tempest Blue
2. Camaru Naturals Organic Soaps- Acerola, Rice Bran and Charcoal soap, Camellia Oil and an Eco Friendly Bag
3. China Glaze Nail Polishes- Let It Snow Holiday Collection 2011 ( Ponsettia, Tinsel Town and Velvet Bow), Icicle, Nail File and Nail Kit
4. Carmex Lip Balms- Lip balm in a Jar, Click sticks (Original, Strawberry and Cherry), Lip Balm in Tube 
5. Samples of L'Oreal Youth Code, Revita Lift and BB cream

     These are more than enough for me. Since I have 3 sisters and sisters-in-law, I decided to share it with them. I also told them to observe the effects of the Camaru natural soap so that I can chronicle their experiences to my blog. I already started using the charcoal soap and will share my reviews on one of post. 

Ze winners with Martha of The Beauty Junkee
L-R: Angel, Arriane,  Martha, Moi and Chan
*photo grab from The Beauty Junkee*
     Thank you Martha for this giveaway! More power to your blog. Continue to Inspire more readers :D I had a great time meeting her and the rest of the winners. 

Good Times!~



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