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I’ve recently moved back to my hometown, Madras (I’m partial to the old name better). I love this city to the beat. But where I stay is so madly dusty. One can actually build castles of sand in the air. My skin has reached its zenith of intolerance to climatic changes and drastic measures had to be taken. I did a grand search on products to help build an armor of protection for the skin as well as keep it smooth. My love for pharmacies brought me across Sebamed. Initially, I was put off by the packaging. Nothing shiny or charming-it is kind of hard not to judge the book by its cover, ladies. But a few weeks back I googled the company and was quite amazed at the solutions provided though the products. Or at least, the claims of it. Since I’m quite science-y, I was quite impressed with the case studies conducted with their products. Rather intensive stuff.
After some bit of going through their catalogue and judging the scarcity of available funds in ze pocket, I purchased the Olive Face and Body Wash for sensitive and delicate skin. Lovely, lush ladies – here’s the whats and the wows of it :
Price: Rs 650
Content: 200 ml
There’s so much information given both on the box and the bottle! I couldn’t be more pleased. Since it’s a lot, I’ll be giving you a brief run through the
• This F & B wash is soap and alkali free, the aim being to provide effective, extra mild cleaning for sensitive skin.
• All products of SebaMed are pH value conscious. Just to refresh, pH value is a scale from 0 to 14 where 0 indicates maximus of Acid content and 14 for Alkaline while 7 is neutral. Naturally, we’d think that products giving us a value of 7 is most mild but for some reason almost all companies have products with a pH value of 5.5. Then again the value changes according to the needs. Once I get it, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile if you get it, pliss madam lets me know.
• The skin care complex offered by the product is based on a combination of Olive Oil and Panthenol(this is supposed to leave the skin smooth and soft) along with a starch derivative to counteract the loss of lipids and existing irritation while showering. The claims also say that the ph value of 5.5 will safeguard the skin from lipid erosion (moisture saved, hurray!) and creates an equilibrium of sorts where the “ecological balance of the skin’s acid mantel” is stabilized and strengthened, promoting the barrier to better functioning.
• This product is very good for skin that requires aid in fighting against monsters galore like dryness, harmful bacteria or fungi, irritation, intolerance of various kinds and allergens.
• The product also claims to be 100% biodegradable tensides (surfactant) test so its as gentle to our environment as it’s supposed to be to our skin- this scored big brownie points with me. Anything environment supportive is awesome.
Aqua, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, PEG-3 Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Panthenol, Hydroxypropyl Oxidized Starch PG-Trimonium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, CI 47005, CI 42090
Observations, Insights and Inferences:
I was super excited to pick this product up. I was hoping that it’ll be the solution to all my problems and was thoroughly impressed by the way the information was recounted in their website. I felt that a more pharmacological approach is better for my skin’s health than a more cosmetic one. It’s white-ish in color and of a mild creamy consistency. Has this nice fragrance about itself. The company claims that it has a natural refreshing effect and deodorizes biologically. I’m not sure what it means to deodorize biologically but I do agree; you do feel quite refreshed once you use it. Also, this one can be used daily. Superawesomecool.
(This is amount I require when it comes to washing my face)
The product claims that just a little is required and that the effects of the product are quite economical. That I agree. Only a little is required. The epidermal layer does feel softer. I didn’t understand it when I tried it the first time though. I used a little and felt clean but I felt incomplete without all the grand lathering up. This wash does lather up when you rub it between your palms but not like the rich lather you’d get from the Lux body washes. Nonetheless, clean and refreshed with moister-intact feeling prevails. However, once when I used a little too much, my skin did fell a little strachy. Oh and it doesn’t do very well with a Loofa. I feel like my Body Shop loofa and I are on a bad break up ever since my skin got more sensitive. So that may be it. But I’d still advice one to follow the instructions given – Moisten skin, lather small quantity of cleanser in palms and then wash, rise thoroughly. Following the orders do give the desired results! Coming back to the economic competency of the cleanser, I’m not very sure as to how long it’ll last as my sisters and I have been using it for the past two weeks and it seems to have decreased by 1/4th or a little lesser. So I reckon it’ll last for two months and a little more for an individual. That’s good.
(From the previous to the current – this is how much it lathers up)
I’m not sure how to score the product. Because I love the ideology behind it, the science in it, the characteristics it possess, every single aspect of it. I also loved that it helped my irritated skin calm down to a good extent. But while I love it all so much, I still feel that I deserve better. You know the right one even before you meet them, right? =)
Will I repurchase it? No, I’d like to try the shower oil from the same line. I’m really into this company, just that I’m yet to find my match with them. Will I recommend it? Yes, why not. It may work better for those living in not so dusty places and those whose bodies generated a gorgeous amount of oil. Lovelies with sensitive skin could try this little wonder if they don’t have very dry skin.
And now… Pros and Cons!
Pros of Sebamed Olive Face and Body Wash
• Does a good job of cleaning the skin, keeping it supple and over a period of time helps the skin establish/replenish its barrier to environmental factors.
• Soap and alkali free.
• Girls with sensitive skin: rejoice! It does work. Dermatologically tested and all.
• Is “kind” to the Environment because it’s almost 1005 biodegradeable. Big friggin’ points to this hot mama.
• Smells quite pleasant and is refreshing.
• Offers pH value of 5.5 safe guarding.
• Can be used by people of all ages.
Cons of Sebamed Olive Face and Body Wash
• Expensive. Especially if you don’t have a rich husband, yet.
• Leaves the skin a little starchy at times.
• It contains SLES. While it’s not overtly considered a problem organic compound like SLS, I still am a little wary of surfactants.
Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog rating: 3.85 on 5.
Does what it promises but I’m still looking for the one true wash of my life.
Do check the website out. I found it rather informative. Till then, be hot!