The Ordinary ” 100 % Plant-Derived Squalane ” Review

Hello my lovely peeps ! 🙂

As with my previous post, I’m continuing with the round #2 of The Ordinary reviews. I’ll try to continue posting 2 posts per week, since I have a lot of unpublished posts. Products I’ve used and reviewed in the past, I’d say, 8 months. I long ass blog break – I know. 😀 As you probably know from Gram Stories, while I use a product, I usually write my remarks in a notebook and make photos, so I’m now pretty much just putting the text together for each post with the pictures. 🙂 So without further a due, here we go again with –  The Ordinary ” 100 % Plant-Derived Squalane “ Review ! 🙂

Of course, skippity skip segments you find boring 🙂 :

 

Packaging

Like with the whole The Ordinary collection, you’ve got the standard, clean, white packaging. The oil comes in a dark-brown, UV protective glass bottle with a dropper. Same MO as with the serums. Again, the quality of packaging is on par with the price tag – basic and sturdy. As usual, bilingual instructions on the packaging ( English & French) with 30 ml of product made in Canada, and a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

About the product & the ingredients

So, you’re getting an oil (duh), that can be used on your skin over water-based products, but that can also be used on your hair as for light heat protection & split-ends prone hair. A pretty universal product when you look at it, since you can use it on your skin & hair.

So, you probably saw mentions of Squalane oil, but also of Squlene oil, as well – right ? Yeah, well, they are technically two different things. So, Squalane oil is derived from Squalene. If you were wondering what’s Squalene oil, I’ll explain it to you now. Part of the story is a bit yucky, but, hey, let’s get crackin’ – shall we? 😀

Squalene is a lipid very present in nature. It can be found in plants, vegetable oils coming from rice, bran, olives, amarath seeds, sugar cane, beet, etc. Now, besides plants, it is also produced by animals. When it comes to us humans, you can find it in our skin’s sebum, thanks to our sebaceous glands. But, one of the biggest natural manufacturers that used to get very exploited, were sharks.

Humans have been hunting sharks for their liver oil, do to its alleged healing property. (Hence the name, since “squalus” is the genus of sharks). Now, unlike fish, sharks lack an “air bladder”( similar to our lungs). To maintain themselves at a certain depth without excessive swimming, sharks use their liver filled with an oil ( squalene is its major component).

 

So, Squalane is … ?

Squalane is a saturated form of squalene. It’s in our skin, though as we hit 30, its production levels slowly decrease, making the skin more dry. It also protects the skin from lipid peroxidation ( free radicals suck up electrons from the lipids in our cell membranes, resulting in cells damage) do to its exposure to UV rays and other ionizing radiation (other shitty ass rays).

These oils are no longer so often of animal origin, which makes Squalane oil mainly plant-derived as well. There is also a synthetic version of Squalane, that you can get from yeast cells.

Unlike Squalene, Squalane is more stable and isn’t as prone to auto-oxidation like squlene ( plain english, air/oxygen and sometimes UV = poof ! or BOOM ! depending of the product that oxidizes xD). It has been used since the 1950s as an emollient and moisturizer.

Other benefits?  – Squalane oil is also considered antibacterial, great for sensitive skin and non-comedogenic. Its been videly used to treat skin issues such as seborrheic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis,age spots, pigmentation , scars, etc.

APPLICATION & IMPRESSIONS

This is a very runny, transparent oil, with no smell. What I love the most is just how light it is. You won’t feel that heaviness an oil can have sometimes. Sinks into the skin nicely, had no issues with it whatsoever, since I do have combo skin and I’m prone to clogged pores. I used it in two ways – as a massage oil & also when I felt like my skin needs that extra “umpf”, when it felt a bit dry and tight this winter. The way I used it at times was beneath The Ordinary NMF cream and my skin LOVED IT . When it comes to doing a massage, I practice the “Gankin” method, patented by Japanese brend  Suqqu  ( together with RMK owned by  E’Quipe Ltd ).

Instructions for this massage are available online, so if you’re interested in it, just click on this link. The new instructions are a bit simplified now, so I’ve made some screenshots of the older version that I use. Btw, I turned 30 last month, so facial massage is a must for me. 🙂 This facial massage is great for muscle relaxation, improving circulation, depuffing, sculpting & wrinkle prevention. 🙂

 

Of course, let’s be real, there are days when I feel like a lazy ass and I can’t be bothered doing all of this 😀 . That’s when I usually use my facial roller from The Body Shop.

Now, Deciem didn’t specify on their website nor bottle, from which plants they make the Squalane oil. I contacted them via email, and a nice lady replied that it’s derived from Sugar Cane & Beet.

DO I RECOMMEND ?

Absolutely ! 🙂 The oil is light and effective, in my opinion good for all skin types. It’s also pretty cheap, (comes at around 7.20  ) compared to some other Squalane oils on the market. I bought my oil via BeautyBay . To be honest, I’m not sure why there is such a significant difference in oil price (probably based on the plant that they derive it from) but they all work by the same principle. So, if you’re on a budget, definitely check this one out. 🙂 For these kinds of products ( oils based on a single ingredient that isn’t so rare/expensive) you don’t need to spend a lot of money in my opinion ( save it for some nice oil blends ). 🙂

That’s it my folks !

Hope you liked this post ! 🙂

Enjoy your weekend guys !

Love 💞

BelgradePixie

Some of my references (because I believe in transparency & lack that blogger’s trip in hiding their info resources 🙂 ) :

 Sethi A, Kaur T, Malhotra SK, Gambhir ML.

Indian J Dermatol. 2016 May-Jun; 61(3):279-87. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.182427. Review. PMID: 27293248 Free PMC Article.

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Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

The Ordinary – ” Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ” Review

 

Hello my lovely people ! Long time no see ! 🙂

Sorry for not being quite active with the blog in the past few months, but I’m getting back to it at full speed ! I’ll be also changing some things regarding the posts and their format, just to spice things up. Writing solely product reviews is a bit boring and too plain for my taste, so keep an eye on some new and exciting changes ! 🙂 Reviews are still of course the core of this blog, so with that being said, here comes a product review from the long-awaited The Ordinary round #2 haul and the  ” Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ” cream . Of course, skippity skip whatever section you want ! 🙂

 

 

Packaging

 

When it comes to The Ordinary creams, most of them come in a standard, plastic, grayish-off white squeeze tube packaging. Nothing fancy schmancy. Description in 4 words – basic,simple,efficient and clean. The flip top is also pretty sturdy. The cardboard box is again the same as with all of their products. (I’m pretty much repeating myself in this section of the review each time xD ). As usual, you get 30 ml of product, made in Canada, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening. On a side note – You can also get a bigger tube, containing 100 ml of product.

 

 

About the product & the ingredients

 

 

Ok, so, when I first saw this product, like most people I thought that this long ass title was just that – a long ass title. But, boy was I mistaken. ” Natural Moisturizing factors ” a.k.a NMF is an actual thing. You’re probably thinking now, so – What the hell is that ? In short – Something that our skin already has and will receive with wide open arms when applied topically. Once again, some of you will be like : ” Huh? “. Well, no worries, I’ll break it down for you. 🙂

When we’re young, our skin is smooth and supple. Why ? Because, our skin has all these components that help her from the inside, to look and feel like that. Now, water has a huge impact on that, especially in the top horny layer (a.k.a stratum corneum) of the skin’s epidermis. In plain English – the surface of our skin. Unfortunately, water can evaporate very easily ( somethin’ called transepidermal water loss a.k.a TEWL) . To prevent that from happening, we need something that will fixate water in that horny layer. This way, our skin won’t end up looking dry, dehydrated or scaly.

Imagine an event and a celebrity walking down the aisle. You know those crowds of ecstatic, yelling fans? And the bodyguards that form a living wall around the carpet, to prevent the fans from getting too close? Well, NMF would be that group of guards, keeping the fans (water) to stay back behind the rope ( inside the horny layer).

 

 

So, “Natural moisturizing Factors” a.k.a NMF gives a protective barrier against surface hydration loss. What does NMF contain? – a mixed complex of water-soluble low molecular weight substances, present in our skin. So what does this product do? It contains those same components we already have in our skin and tries to help reconstructing the skins’ own NMF.

The components in this product are:  Amino acids,triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. Most of these ingredients are used in products especially designed for dry skin or in products that are supposed to be used in places that are environmentally very dry.

Our skin’s NMF composition

Ingredients like Urea, Amino acids, sodium salts of PCA, are very hygroscopic – like sponge, they capture water. This way they can prevent or heal dryness, dehydration and scalling by moisturizing.

 *The product is silicone, alcohol, nut & oil free. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.*

Application and impressions

 

 

So, this is a medium-thick cream, with no scent, like all of the other Ordinary products. Since it’s a bit thicker in consistency, you do need to rub it in a bit more. When it comes to the product itself, I have no complaints. Sinks in quickly, no greasy residue. It didn’t break me out, nor did I have any issues with applying it beneath my makeup. Everything runs smoothly over it.

As you know, my skin is combo, can get dehydrated in winter and it’s more on the oily side in summer. The way I used it in winter was as a sealer, meaning, as the last layer in my routine after my serums or oils at night, and my skin loved it that way.

In my opinion, this isn’t a cream strong enough to use on its own. As a sealer, it’s great for all skin types, but on its own – Only for really oily skin. Reason why I say this, is because a lot of people still don’t layer their skin care, so I’m giving them a heads up. For really dry skin I would probably recommend it after an oil, like the Squalane one. Deciem also recommends this product mainly as a form of a sealer, so I definitely agree with them on that.

Do I recommend ?

 

Yep :). If you’re in need of a gentle, every day moisturizer to use as a sealer, you have sensitive skin and avoid fragrance, you have really oily skin and don’t need a lot, go for it. Also a good thing about this product is that you can get the smaller tube for a tryout and if you like it, you can get the bigger tube, since you’ll probably go through the smaller tube quite fast, if you use it day & night. It’s also pretty inexpensive, coming at around 5.80 € for a 30 ml tube and at 7.70 € for the 100 ml tube, and I bought it via BeautyBay. I would personally go for the bigger tube, since the price difference isn’t that big, compared to the amount of product you get at that price difference.

 

Hope my review was informative enough!

Enjoy your week guys! 😊

X

BelgradePixie

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Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

 

 

References :

  • Medical booklet by Provital Group  . The information they provided is based on the following materials (some of them are available online ) :
  • Soler C. Protección de la piel frente al frío. Acófar 2005; nº438.
  • Carbajo Espejo JM, Ruiz manso R, del Tío Moreno R. Hidratación cutánea (y II). AULAdelafarmacia,
    2004 p: 62-72.
  • Codina A. Hidratación cutánea y sustancias hidratantes. OFFARM, 2001; p: 93-96.
  • Challoner NI. et al. Cosmetic Proteins for Skin Care. Cosmetics & Toiletries 1997, 112 (12):51-63
    (ref.2453).
  • Tavera Zafra M. ¿Qué hay de nuevo en hidratación cutánea? Dermatol Pediatr Lat, 2005; 3(3):256-   260.
  • Pons Ll. Estrato córneo. OFFARM, 2004; 23(2): 166-168.
  • The Ordinary product page  .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natura Siberica “Cleansing Foaming Mousse” Review

 

I realised I have never posted this review, found it on my tablet yesterday !. 🤣 So without further a due, here are my thoughts on the Natura Siberica Cleansing foaming mousse ! As always, the review is divided into several segments. Feel free to skip the parts you don’t want to read. 😉

Ono kada u kompu pronađeš recenziju koju si zaboravila da postaviš ! . 🤣 Prema tome, bez neke dosadne uvertire, prelazimo direkt na recenziju Natura Siberica pene za čišćenje lica !. Kao i obično, recenzija je podeljena po podnaslovima, tako da slobodno možete preskočiti ono što vas ne zanima da čitate. 😉

AN INTRO ABOUT THE BRAND – MALI UVOD O SAMOM BRENDU

 

Natura Siberica is considered the first russian certified organic brand. In the 10 years since its founding in 2007, the company has become well-known for its production of aqueous and oil extracts (especially cedar & pine), derived from wild plants located in Siberia and Far East. Interesting fact – the plants used for cosmetics production are actually manually collected ( handpicked) by the natives of the region, employed by the subsidiary firm called “Siberia Organic”, located in Khakassia, Southern Siberia.

The brand has won many notable awards throughout the years and owns several certificates, including: ICEA ( stands for- Istituto certificazione etica e ambientale, an environmental and ethical certification Institute from Italy), ECOCERT ( an inspection and certification body for sustainable development from France ), COSMOS STANDARD ( stands for- Cosmetic organic and natural standard, a European non-profit association registered in Belgium), BDIH ( oldest European certification system of a non-profit association from Germany) and SOIL ASSOCIATION ( UK’s leading organic certifier).

 

 

Natura Siberica se smatra prvim ruskim, sertifikovanim brendom, organske kozmetike. U proteklih 10 godina, kompanija je uspela da zauzme jednu od vodećih pozicija na tržištu kada je u pitanju proizvodnja biljnih, kako vodenih tako i uljanih ekstrakata  ( pre svega ekstrakti bora i kedra ). Zanimljiv je recimo podatak da se biljne kulture ručno prikupljaju, od strane domaćeg stanovništva koje radi pri Naturinoj podružnici “Siberia Organic”, smeštenoj u Hakasiji ( autonomna republika na teritoriji južnog Sibira ).

Sam brend je dobitnik višestrukih nagrada za kvalitet, a ujedno poseduje i nekoliko izuzetno cenjenih sertifikata za kvalitet i čistoću samih sirovina : ICEA , ECOCERT, COSMOS STANDARD , BDIH, SOIL ASSOCIATION – u usnovi, sertifikati koji potvrđuju da se proizvodi baziraju na prirodnim sastojcima, organskog porekla. 

PACKAGING – AMBALAŽA

 

The cleanser comes in a sturdy plastic bottle with a foam pump. You get 170 ml of product that’s made in EU ( from the text on the bottle, I’d say – probably in Estonia by EUROBIO LAB ). Shelf life is 12 months after opening.

Pena za umivanje dolazi u čvrstoj plastičnoj flašici sa pumpicom koja proizvodi penu. Dobijate 170 ml, sa rokom trajanja od 12 meseci nakon otvaranja. Proizvodi se u EU ( na osnovu teksta na bočici, rekla bih da je u pitanju Estonija i kompanija EUROBIO LAB ).

APPLICATION & IMPRESSIONS – NAČIN UPOTREBE & UTISCI

 

So, this is your standard daily foam cleanser for oily and combination skin. Typical use you apply a pump of product massaging it onto damp skin, then rinsing it off with luke water. You can use it as a morning cleanser or also as a second step cleanse in the PM ( after removing your makeup remover of choice – an oil based cleanser, a balm, micellar water, etc.). The foam is very nice and light, but with a very strong lemony, citrus scent ( which I personally don’t like, smells very artificial… if you ask me – yuck 🤢 ). Good news for me, the scent doesn’t linger on the skin after you wash your face. The cleanser didn’t dry out my skin, and one pump is more than enough for your whole face ( apart from the pump being a bit more stiff to push down, but again, maybe it was just with my bottle). 

 

 

Ovde je u pitanju klasična pena za čišćenje kombinovane i masne kože . Upotreba kao i kod svakog sredstva za čišćenje – penu masirajući nanosite na vlažno lice, nakon čega sve ispirate mlakom vodom. Možete ga koristiti kako ujutru prilikom umivanja, tako i uveče kao drugi korak pri čišćenju lica (nakon što skinete šminku sa nekim sredstvom po izboru – bilo da je u pitanju micelarna voda, balzam, uljani odstanjivač šminke itd.). Pena je vrlo blaga, lagane teksture, jedino mi smeta što ima dosta jak miris citrusa tj.limuna ( što ja lično ne volim, ujedno mi miris deluje vrlo veštački podseća me na limuntus… iskreno – fuj 🤢). Sreća za mene, što se miris ne zadržava na koži nakon umivanja. Pena mi inače nije isušivala kožu, a jedna pumpica je više nego dovoljna za celo lice ( ako izuzmem da je moja pumpica bila malo kruća za pritiskanje, ali to je možda bilo samo do moje flašice).

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCT & INGREDIENTS – O SAMOM PROIZVODU & SASTAVU

 

The cleanser itself is enriched with several soothing and hydrating plant extracts, including: Japanese pagoda tree (vit P), chamomile, sunflower, common soapwort, yarrow, mustard, buttercup and granny’s bonnet (the plant names are in latin on the bottle/website). They also claim it’s good even for removing makeup, but I can’t confirm nor disagree with this , since I’ve used it just as a second cleanse (after removing makeup). The product is vegan firendly, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and doesn’t contain: mineral oil, silicones, parabens, PEG, BHA, BHT or EDTA. The product does contain some alcohol and as you can see fragrance ( but pretty low on the list). The surfractants (Coco Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate i Cocamidopropyl Betaine) that were used are pretty mild ( derived from coconut oil  ).

The COSDNA ingredients list :

Pena je obogaćena sa dosta biljnih ekstrakata, uključujući : japanski bagrem ( bogat vitaminom P), kamilicu, suncokret, sapunjaču, hajdučku travu, kupusnjaču i ljutiće. Tvrde da je pena dovoljno jaka da ukloni i tragove šminke, što lično ne mogu da potvrdim, s obzirom da šminku uvek temeljno skidam nekim drugim proizvodom pre korišćenja same pene. Proizvod nije testiran na životinjama, pogodan je za vegane, ekološki prihvatljiv i ne sadrži mineralna ulja, parabene, silikone, PEG, EDTA, BHT, BHA. Sa druge strane, sadrži alkohol i mirise ( oba su vrlo nisko na listi) ali i dosta blage surfaktante (Coco Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate i Cocamidopropyl Betaine -dobijaju se iz kokosovog ulja).

DO I RECOMMEND ? –  DA LI PREPORUČUJEM ?

 

All in all, it’s a nice daily cleanser. Now, if you have issues with fragrance, alcohol or you’re allergic to some plants ( sometimes with natural skincare, people are more prone to skin reactions ) I’d skip this cleanser. I personally won’t repurchase it, just because of the god damn smell. 😒 Don’t get me wrong, it works nice – but smells bad to me. Do keep in mind that that’s a matter of personal preferance really. I bought it at my local Natura Siberica store, and it was pretty inexpensive for a natural brand, retailing at around 8 bucks. 😊

Što se tiče ove pene, sasvim dobro sredstvo za čišćenje. Ako imate problema sa parfemom, alkoholom ili ste ovako alergični na neke od biljaka, najbolje bi bilo da preskočite ovu penu. Ja je lično neću ponovo kupovati jer mi se ne sviđa njen miris. Da se razumemo – pena radi dobro svoj posao, ali je miris meni prosto odbojan. 😒 Naravno, to je stvar ličnog ukusa. Penu sam kupila u Natura Siberica prodavnici u Beogradu, po pristupačnoj ceni od 798 rsd. 😊

 

That’s it for my review guys ! Have a great weekend ! 💞

x

Belgrade Pixie

Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.