A while back, I was asked a question about whether I was shifting towards using more natural or organic skincare products. Truthfully, no. I’m not about to make that shift although I know it’s the “in thing” right now to do. I just use whatever I like, as long as I’m comfortable using it.
Occasionally however, I’m reminded that organic products exist, and when they are a local brand that is easily available at pharmacies or online, I look a little more kindly on them. I like supporting the local beauty industry, when they make something I can get behind; not just pick up an OEM product from some beautyexpo or Alibaba, slap on some terrible, pretentious sounding name on a label and try to push it as a local product at a high mark up. I can smell bullshit like this from a mile away because it’s what I see in 80% of the pitches I receive.
Esmeria however, is a brand I’ve featured a few times before this. I thought they were pretty decent, for their facial skincare, and they are a local company, and impressively, have EcoCert – which makes them a certified organic brand. They were kind of aggressive for a while quite a few years ago, but then they disappeared off my radar, and from what I could tell, off the beauty scene. But what I’ve learned is that in that interim, they revamped their packaging and released a range of hair and body products under the name of Esmeria Soothing Organics.
If I have one thing I’d note about the brand, is that it’s too inconsistent to have some products called Esmeria Organics and some called Esmeria Soothing Organics. Something tells me they have to get their house in order on that front. But when they asked if I wanted to give these a go, I said, Oh alright. Let’s take a look because I don’t have sensitive skin, but I wanted to see if I had any luck with their shampoo. I don’t have a lot of luck with organic brand hair care for some reason. They tend to feel too “mild”.
Esmeria Soothing Organics Soothing Shampoo & Soothing Conditioner – RM59.90 (250ml) & RM49.90 (150ml)
There are 2 types of shampoo available – Soothing Shampoo for Sensitive & Irritated Scalp and Soothing Shampoo for Dandruff Scalp. For the Conditioner, there is only 1, the Soothing Conditioner for Sensitive & Dandruff scalp, which means it serves double duty.
The Soothing Shampoo is a clear gel, and you don’t actually need very much. It doesn’t lather up very much, but it does lather a little. So, if you are used to shampoo that lathers up but want something a little more gentle, then this might be something you’d look towards. The other option that does not lather might be too big a mindset switch.
While my scalp isn’t what I’d term sensitive, nor do I have dandruff, I have to say that I like how the shampoo and conditioner leaves my short hair feeling soft, and my scalp comfortable. It doesn’t feel dry nor does my hair feel unclean. I wash my hair daily, and this doesn’t dry it out at all, so my hair feels like hair and not like a head full of hay. This, unlike a previous Esmeria Organics shampoo I tried, that left my hands feeling dry and peeling, this did not. So I think the formula has been improved.
If you wash your hair often like I do, then maybe this could be something you could look to try. I’ve attached the ingredient list below.
Esmeria Soothing Organics Soothing Shower Gel for Sensitive & Eczema Skin – RM59.90 (250ml)
Not having sensitive skin nor eczema, the only thing I can really say about this Soothing Shower Gel is that it does feel gentle, and importantly, not drying after use.
I have to mention the scent that I find quite delightful and refreshing. There is a hint of citrus and lavender so it’s at once comforting and refreshing. Not too strong, so it doesn’t linger, but a delight in the hot shower.
Like the Soothing Shampoo, it doesn’t lather up a lot, but just enough to be comfortable and it spreads easily, so again, a little is sufficient for a clean and refreshing shower. As I don’t have dry or sensitive skin on my body, I cannot say how well this will work for those who do have skin problems, but I can attest to it being non-irritating and not drying, so it is a nice one to use.
For those interested, here is the ingredient list.
Overall thoughts about Esmeria Soothing Organics
In many ways, the hair and body products from Esmeria Soothing Organics reminded me a lot of their skincare that I’d used before. The scents and texture was very similar. I was also sent a hand cream, which I hated as it did nothing for my hands and smelled funky. I loved a hand cream from Esmeria that they discontinued, and I’ve been pissed about that ever since because that was GOOD. This Esmeria Soothing Organics Soothing Hand Repair Cream (RM79.90!) was MEH! Boo! 🙁
However, I was not informed if the Esmeria Soothing Organics is a new name or an offshoot of Esmeria Organics, and that puzzles me because I’m familiar with the old brand. I’m not a new user who only just discovered this because it was sent to me. I am quite familiar with it from years ago, so the inconsistent branding troubles me.
And finally, although the products I’ve shown you here are decent, and I would even say, good products, I have to say that I find their prices a little steep. While certified organic brands do have slightly more premium pricing, at this time, economically speaking, I feel that paying RM59.90 for a body wash or RM79.90 for a hand cream is more of a luxury than an everyday affair. More so, when this product is sold at most pharmacies. The consolation of course, is that there are likely to be discounts offered from time to time. But if you have sensitive skin, then you may appreciate this, price notwithstanding.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Esmeria Soothing Organics range is an EcoCert certified organic range that appears to encompass hair and body products and are made by a local Malaysian company which also has other product ranges under the Esmeria Organics range. A little confusing, but there you go. I found the products non drying and comfortable on skin so their claims of being suitable for sensitive skin and scalp and even eczema skin might hold true. The scents are pleasant and not too strong, and the products clean hair and body well without drying out the skin. The downside is that I’d say that the prices are a little steep for pharmacy based products, especially when there are many options out there for those who aren’t fussy about natural, organic or even certified organic products.
PROS: Not drying on skin, Pleasant scent that isn’t too strong, Shampoo does not leave my hair feeling dry or stripped, Conditioner leaves hair feeling soft but not limp, Body wash is comfortable and refreshing
CONS: A little pricey, May not be easily found at easily accessible locations
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who has very dry or sensitive skin on their scalp or body, Anyone who has skin issues with eczema, Anyone who prefers using organic shampoo and body washes
PRICE: From RM49.90 to RM79.90
AVAILABILITY: Most local pharmacies or some organic food shops
Have you tried this brand before? Are you using an organic hair and body product and if so, which?
I’m not very fussy as I’m not particular about products being natural or organic. I suppose I’m not very “green”, but at least I don’t pretend to be! LOL! 😀 But when I do come across organic/natural products that are nice, and unpretentious, then I don’t mind using them. But they do tend to be a little pricey don’t they? That’s a major stumbling block right there!