I’ve noticed an interesting trend in organic skincare. We’re starting to find affordable certified organic skincare in our local pharmacies and if you ask me, that’s super! I will be the first to say that I don’t frequent organic grocery stores nor beauty stores that sell only natural or organic products so being able to find properly certified organic products in our local pharmacies is such a boon.
A relatively new player on the scene is the Himalaya Herbals Organique range of organic skincare, certified by EcoCert. EcoCert is supposed to be one of the more stringent certifiers of organic products, and I’ve been told that getting the certification isn’t easy. They also aren’t loathe to take it away if the brand does not comply with their conditions!
The Himalaya Herbals Organique skincare range sits beside their regular range so you will find similar products in both ranges. I don’t think it means that their normal range is any worse, just that if you want an organic alternative, you have it. As an example, both the products I’ll tell you about today – Exfoliating Walnut Face Scrub and Purifying Neem Face Wash – are available in the regular product line up as well as in the organic line up. How do you tell them apart? The regular Himalaya Herbals skincare range comes in white packaging, while the organic range comes in a deep blue-green slim packaging that personally strikes me as being very masculine.
Purifying Neem Face Wash
This face wash has a rather strange jelly texture to it. I hesitate to say gel, because it isn’t a runny gel. It is very much like a jelly. Like many organic products or products without SLS or SLES, it does not lather up very much. That is not to say that it does not clean the skin, because it does in a gentle manner. The key ingredients are neem and turmeric – both widely and easily found in Asia and which have been used through the ages in skincare. There is a herbal sort of scent that is either love or hate. I like it, and it does not dry out the skin so that too is nice. I however, find that it doesn’t do much of a job in purifying my skin if I’m supposed to understand its name correctly. It doesn’t cause breakouts, but it doesn’t soothe them either, the way I’m used to my Vichy Purifying Cleansing Gel doing. Its just a decent, gentle regular face wash and if you don’t have much expectations, it’ll do.
Pros: Affordable organic skincare, Certified organic by EcoCert, Gentle and not drying
Cons: Does not “purify” my skin very well
Exfoliating Walnut Face Scrub
I personally like this one quite a lot, but not quite for what it is meant to do. This is a face scrub with walnut shells that act as a physical scrub, in a cream base. I personally think that the crushed walnut kernals (if that is what it is) are too large and too harsh on the skin. If someone was unfamiliar with the product and applied too much pressure while scrubbing their skin, I can imagine that the crushed kernals can cause damage to the skin. So be warned and use a gentle hand.
(1) Purifying Neem Face Wash – note the jelly texture (2) Exfoliating Walnut Face Scrub
However, what I do like about this product is that cream base. This slightly tinted cream base contains Kaolin as one of its ingredients, and Kaolin clay has, as one of its properties, the ability to draw out skin impurities and absorb oil and clear the skin. You will usually find Kaolin as an ingredient in most mud type face masks.
When I use this facial scrub, I usually apply a layer to my face and very lightly spread it, but I do not “scrub” due to the harsh texture of the hard bits. I do however, leave the scrub on my face a little while before washing off, and after washing, my skin feels impressively smooth and clean. It feels almost like as if I’ve just washed off a mud mask and my pores almost immediately look smaller – again just how Kaolin works. If I’m facing a bit of a mild breakout, using this scrub for a few days consecutively does help me (I cannot emphasize enough that I do not “scrub” per se but more like, leave it on) The presence of hydrating ingredients ensure your skin does not feel tight and dry after use.
As for scent, there is quite an interesting cinnamon scent which I enjoy, mainly because I like the smell of cinnamon (cinnamon with apple pie or cinnamon buns anyone? 😀 ) You may notice that the red cap on my bottle has a hole in it – I’ve dropped the bottle a few times and each time I drop it, another piece of the cap breaks off. I will soon have no cap left. Bit of a bummer that. The plastic used for the cap is more brittle than that used for the body so perhaps that might be an area of improvement as well. Interestingly, I’ve dropped the other bottle of face wash as well, but that cap didn’t break.
Pros: Scrub makes my skin feel very clean and smooth after use and pores look smaller, Not drying, Affordable organic skincare
Cons: Scrub bits are too large and abrasive, Cap of the bottle breaks easily when dropped
In a nutshell, based on just these 2 cleansers I’ve used, I am suitably swayed by the products to consider trying others. I have used Himalaya Herbals products before this and am also using the Neem face pack which I will tell you about some day. Their products are in the main, affordable and decent for the price tag – just easily overlooked, because they just aren’t very “sexy” are they? Well, the Organique range hopes to change all that.
Oh and here’s an interesting titbit – Himalaya Herbals originates from India – did you know that? 😉
Have you tried anything from the Himalaya Herbals Organique range? Or have you tried anything from Himalaya Herbals in general and have thoughts to share on their products? Perhaps you have a fave you’d like to recommend 🙂
Himalaya Herbals Organique Exfoliating Walnut Face Scrub and Purifying Neem Face Wash Price: RM39.90/150ml Availability: Selected Watson’s Personal Care stores