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 I’ll try to continue posting 2 posts per week, since I have a lot of unpublished posts.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.

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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.

The Ordinary ” Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10 % ” Review

Hi ! 😊

As you know, with this post I’m ending my first round from the Deciem series. So without further adieu, let’s start with my review of  The Ordinary – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% .

As usual, I’ve divided this post into several sections :

Packaging

Unlike my previous products by The Ordinary, this product comes in a small grayish colored tube with a flip top, all nicely snuggled in a white cardboard box. Again, very simple sturdy packaging, with the instructions both in english and french. You get 30 ml of product, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

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About the product & the ingredients

When you start to use vitamin C in your skin care routine, I believe that the introduction of such antioxidants should be in a form of a gradual incline. By this, I mean when it comes to the form of vitamin C and its strength.

Most people start with pretty high strength vitamin C serums (e.g. 21%, 23%), I’m personally not for that, since you don’t actually know how your skin will react to it – it’s your first time using it in your routine, and it’s something new to the skin in such high concentrations ( although we all have some of it in our skin ) and also depends on the form of the vitamin you use. My approach was to start light (formulation wise) and low, and then work my way up, building my skin’s tolerance to it. This is the reason why I decided to start off with in my opinion – a entry-level vitamin C.

This is a cream moisturizer where the focus is on a single, key ingredient, in this case – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate a.k.a MAP.

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MAP is a derivative, more stable form of vitamin C. It’s great for people with very sensitive skin, since it gives all the benefits of regular L-Ascorbic Acid, but without the side effects that sometimes come with other forms of vitamin C (redness, burning sensation, skin exfoliation etc.). In general, it’s less invasive and more gentle to the skin.

Now, it’s not considered as strong as L-Ascorbic Acid, so results with this form of vitamin C may vary ( in short – some people see major results, others don’t). It’s also supposed to be effective at level as low as 5% (here you have 10% strength MAP ).

Like other forms of vitamin C, MAP helps with signs of age, stimulates collagen production, helps with an uneven skin tone (brightening the complexion, suppressing melanin formation – Now, this is a pigment we all have in our skin, hair and eyes. When we get a tan, we should thank melanin for that bronze goddess glow 🤗. Also, when you get that stupid dark brown spot after a pimple, again – thank melanin for that 😒 ), helps with inflammations, and of course hydrates the skin. You could say, he can fix anything. From wrinkles to  dryness and dark spots, this product should help with it all. This is also a vegan and cruelty-free product.

Now for the COSDNA ingredients list :

Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .

Magnesium

Application & impressions

This time we have a cream moisturizer, unlike our previous products that were both serums. This cream is of a lighter, slightly gritty texture, good for normal and my combination skin ( it would probably even suit oily), just in my opinion not rich enough for really dry skin. Little goes a long way, moisturizes nicely (altough it’s not its main purpose). Easy to work with and the skin absorbs it fast. Had no side effects like redness or burning, it’s very mild, as if you’re putting on a plain moisturizer.

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It’s meant to be used morning and/or evening after your water based serum (MAP is btw water-soluble) . I’ve used it only at night, but if you want to use it in the morning, don’t forget  your sunscreen ( “when you use Vitamin C products, skin is even more sensitive to sunlight “ – this is a very common misconception. I myself was told this numerous times and after looking into it in the last couple of months, realized it was completely false.

Vitamin C oxidizes easily, so a lot of vitamin C products come in airtight, dark glass bottles to slow down the process of deterioration as much as possible ( that’s why it changes color, when it goes “bad” ). When it comes to its benefits to the skin, it’s actually a great provider of photoprotection. Look at it as an extra shield underneath a sunscreen, since it doesn’t absorb UV light and neutralizes free radicals ( sunscreen blocks about 55% of free radicals, so using an antioxidant such as Vitamin C underneath, will boost our protection from sun damage). Also a great combo with vitamin C would be vitamin E. Together, they protect our skin cells ( their hydrophilic and lipophilic compartments). Some researches even say that this combo is not only useful as a great protection against UV damage, but also in the prevention of skin cancer in the future.

 

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Do I recommend?

 

Well, I’m in that category of people who didn’t see any difference after a whole tube, so that’s about, a month and a half. When it comes to the main issue where I wanted to see a change, my uneven skin tone ( area around my lips and chin), unfortunately, I didn’t see any difference with my skin after its use. Worked well when it comes to hydrating, but nothing more – I mean, for that, you can get a plain moisturizer. Maybe It’s just too mild for my skin, to show any real results. Now, will it work for you? – I don’t know. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Since it’s pretty inexpensive (retail price 9,60 € /1189 rsd) and if you had really bad experiences with other forms of vitamin C, so your skin is super sensitive, maybe you can give it a go. We all have different skin. That’s in general the thing about skin care – there’s never something so universally perfect, that suits everyone ( of course there’s also stuff that’s just plain crap 😒 ) . In my case, I won’t be repurchasing it, and I’ll try another form of vitamin C.

Hope my review was informative enough!

Enjoy your weekend 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.