Review – Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub and Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Dynamic Duo!

Today I’m going to review 2 different types of hair masks that I’ve been using since March this year – Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub and Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

Before we begin, I would like to inform you guys about my hair type and concerns which you need to keep in mind while you read about my experience in using these 2 products. I’ve got very fine shoulder-length hair with oily scalp and dry ends. This always results in a bit of a dilemma for me when I choose hair care products because products which treat oily scalps always tend to dry out my hair horribly while those products which treat my dry hair tend to weigh it down and make it look incredibly flat at the end of the day. Living in a perpetually hot and humid country like Singapore only exacerbates my hair situation further. The heat in Singapore means that I am unable to go a day without washing my hair as my scalp gets so oily that my hair would look dirty and stringy.

In March this year, I remembered that the heat in Singapore was even worse than usual. The oil situation of my scalp had gotten so bad that even though I wash my hair daily, I could never get it to be truly clean. I just kept feeling that I’ve got a lot of built-up in my hair even though I rarely use hair styling products. I searched online for solutions and came across rave reviews of the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub. People were raving about how it really helped to deep clean their scalp without drying out their hair. Some even claimed that it helped their dandruff or irritated scalp situation. So I caved and went looking for retailers that stock this product and found out that LookFantastic Singapore stocks this product. Back then they were having a promotion whereby the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub and the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil were sold together as a set at a great discount. Since I couldn’t resist getting products with great discounts, I bought the duo set to try.

How does the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub fare?

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub is a soothing scrub that claims to re-balance your scalp and also helps to remove irritating dye residue after colouring, relieving stinging and itchiness. A natural exfoliant, the sea salt stimulates micro-circulation, whilst a 100% plant-derived agent provides intense and long-lasting hydration, even once the scrub has been rinsed off. Your scalp is immediately soothed, leaving it feeling comfortable, whilst your hair will feel clean and lightweight for longer.

Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Cocamide Mea, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrated Silica, Bisabolol, Menthyl Lactate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Evernia Furfuracea (Tree Moss) Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate.

Left: Regenerating Mask  Right: Sea Salt Scrub

If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that the sea salt scrub really has the salt particles that feels coarse to the touch. When you use this scrub, you’ll need to scoop out about one tablespoon sized of product, spread it across your palms, open up your fingers and reach into your scalp to really get the product there. This is a scalp treatment and not a hair treatment so make sure that the product gets onto your scalp. I usually massage my scalp for around 1 minute and wait for another 2 minutes to let the product get to work. It will lather quite a lot and you need to rinse it thoroughly with cool water for another minute. After rinsing off all the product, my scalp feels so much cleaner and lighter and most importantly, this feeling will last for 2 whole days which is a feat considering how oily my scalp is. However, my hair did feel slightly drier and that’s why I would usually follow on to apply the Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil as an intense treatment.

The following video shows the founder Christophe Robin demonstrating the correct method of using the product:

How does the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil fare?

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a hair mask that’s perfect for very dry and damaged hair. It claims to restore and revitalise your locks from root to tip. Enriched with pure prickly pear seed oil, it has antioxidant and regenerative properties, penetrating deep into the hair to repair it from within. Not only does it repair and protect the lengths of your hair, it also stimulates your scalp and prevents split ends and further breakages. Suitable for coloured hair, the mask contains inula flower extract which restores the pigments of both natural and dyed hair, leaving your tresses looking vibrant, healthy and full of vitality.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Inula Crithmoide Leaf/Flower Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Seed Oil, Behenyl/Stearyl Aminopropanediol Esters, Opuntia Ficus Indica Fruit Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxycitronellal, Coumarin, Limonene, Caramel, Tocopherol, Linalool, Geraniol

So, after using the sea salt scrub, I’ll complete my scalp detox regime by applying the regenerating mask. The directions for this mask calls for you to apply it from the scalp to the ends of your hair. Although I usually avoid apply hydrating masks to my scalp, with this mask, I can actually do so since it doesn’t cause my scalp to oil up even though it’s so nourishing for the hair. I usually leave it on for around 3 minutes or so while I scrub my body and shave. As usual, rinse the product thoroughly with cool water and you are done!

The following video shows the founder Christophe Robin demostrating how to use the regenerating mask:

Incorporating these 2 masks into my hair care routine once a week has really helped my scalp and hair condition a lot. They have helped to re-balance the oils in my scalp while nourishing my hair at the same time. I also discovered that my hair fall has lessened after using these products at around the 3-month mark. I would highly recommend these products for you to try if you have the same hair concerns as me!

Where can you find it?

I bought the products from LookFantastic Singapore Online. It retails at S$168.50 (duo set consisting of 250 ml sized products).

Individually, the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub retails at S$76 (250ml sized) and the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil retails at S$106 (250ml sized).

You can also purchase it from Sephora SG since they have recently brought in this brand as well.

Thank you for reading!

Review – Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk

While repurchasing my Stratia Liquid Gold (full review here), I accidentally added their Velvet Cleansing Milk and the Soft Touch AHA into my cart as well. Ok, I might have added this product to my cart in a highly cognitive state. Anyway, I was intrigued by this product as it is formulated to have a pH of 5.0. It totally fits into my low pH cleanser life!

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Essential Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Ceteareth-20, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

How does the Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk fare?

Stratia’s Velvet Cleansing Milk is a moisturising, non-foaming cleanser that claims to gently removes dirt and grime without drying or damaging the skin’s natural barrier. Its rich emollient cream-lotion texture effectively removes dirt, grime, and other buildup while leaving the skin’s natural oils in place. You know, I realised that I must really trust Allie (the founder and maker of Stratia’s products) a lot. Even though this product reached me at a time when my skin was throwing a tantrum after I came back to Singapore from my holiday in Australia (it was literally dry, flaky and yet small pimples were popping up everywhere.. I blame the drastic change in weather for the state that my skin was in..), I trusted that the product will not irritate my skin further so I used it on my skin that very night.

A light milky lotion that cleanses without stripping your skin

The product is a light milky lotion that, in my opinion, is perfect as a second cleanse. I don’t recommend that you use it to remove your makeup as it’s quite a gentle cleanser. The lotion texture of this cleanser feels very soothing and reminds me greatly of my beloved Niks Pro Vitamin A cleansing lotion. It also rinses away cleanly with no residue whatsoever. I like using this cleanser in the mornings when I just need to gently clean off the remains of my night creams and oils. It leaves my skin very comfortable without the squeaky clean feeling that I usually get from foaming cleansers. I think that this cleanser would be fantastic for people with normal to dry skins who are averse to using foaming cleansers. For those of you who live in the northern hemisphere, I believe that your skin might also benefit from using this product as the weather turns colder and drier during this period.

However, I do realise that people with very oily skins might feel that they would like to use cleansers with stronger cleansing powers. In that case, a better alternative for them that I would recommend is the Corsx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (Full Review Here).

Where can you find it?

You can purchase this product from their official website. It retails at US$15 (4 fl oz. sized).

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Review – Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam

Sulwhasoo’s Gentle Cleansing Foam is a longtime favourite of mine. I had been using it quite consistently since 2012 but stopped when other newer and more exciting products caught my wandering eye. Anyway in August 2017, while browsing the Changi Airport Duty Free shops (I went on a short trip to Myanmar), I saw this product being sold in  in a duo set for a great price. I grabbed the chance and bought it, together with their Gentle Cleansing Oil (Full Review here), since its normal retail price is much higher.

As usual, the ingredients of the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam are as below for your reference:

How does the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam fare?

I think by now you would guess that I still love this product and you would be absolutely right! It is a gentle low-pH foaming cleanser that does its job very well. You definitely shouldn’t use it to remove makeup since I don’t think its cleansing abilities are that strong. However, it is perfect as a second cleanse once you have removed your makeup. Being that it is from Sulwhasoo, it is to be expected that this cleanser would have the comforting smell of oriental herbs (to me at least!). However, even if you dislike the smell of oriental herbs, you can rest assured that the smell is not strong and it also doesn’t linger.

I actually don’t have much more to say about this product. It is perfectly functional, lathers beautifully despite being pH-balanced, rinses off cleanly without leaving any residue and smells great to me. I really don’t think anybody would actively dislike this product, unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product or if you have very dry skin and hates foaming cleansers.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Changi Airport Duty Free shops. It retails at S$68.30 (a duo set consisting of 200ml sized bottles).

In Singapore, you could find Sulwhasoo at Tangs, Takashimaya, Robinsons The Heerens as well as its standalone boutiques at ION Orchard, Westgate and Capitol Building.

It retails at S$50 (200ml sized) at the usual beauty counters.

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