Review: Human Nature Safe Protect (100% Natural)

A year ago I posted a review of Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block, the first ever sunblock I’ve encountered that didn’t leave me with sun burnt skin, skin discoloration, and acne breakouts. This time, Human Nature Safe Protect, also 100% natural, is a new innovation by Human Nature, which I feel most sun lovers and beach goers would love to and should keep whenever they’re out and about.

Fast Facts

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Price/Size:
Php 299.75 / 50g
Php 649.75 / 200g

Ingredients:
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, hydrogenated castor oil, zinc oxide, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dicaprylyl ether, Cera alba (beeswax), Glycine soja (soybean) oil, fragrance (all-natural), glyceryl caprylate, tocopherol (vitamin E), p-anisic acid

Product Description: ABCs
ARMORS against skin-aging UVA rays.
BLOCKS skin-burning UVB rays with SPF 30 deflecting 97% of UVB rays.
CARES for coral reefs. SafeProtect is free from parabens, oxybenzone, benzophenone and ethylhexylmethoxycinnemate that cause the bleaching of corals when washed off.

♥ No White Cast ♥
White Away! You’ve asked for it, so we’ve formulated a sunscreen with all the protection you need – and none of the white film. Don your daily sun protection today!

Source: Human Nature

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Impressions

SPF 15 vs. SPF 30

Honestly, I was confused at first why Human Nature (HN) would introduce a new sun block with an SPF that is double than its previous. HN Safe Block has SPF 15 while HN Safe Protect has SPF 30. I distinctly remember during one of the magalogue turnovers introducing HN Safe Block that you don’t need a high SPF.

SPF 15 already blocks 93% of the harmful UVB rays while SPF 30 will block 97%, which does not really make much of a difference.

But now, Human Nature introduced one that has exactly that—SPF 30 to block an extra 4%. So initially, I was a bit disappoint thinking that Human Nature will stick with the SPF 15.

Quality

I love the texture of Human Nature Safe Protect and scent is as heavenly as HN Safe Block. It feels like I’m just applying regular lotion but with extra protection from the sun.

In my review of Human Nature Safe Block, I said:

The application is smooth, leaving a white film of protection just like any sunblock.

With Human Nature Safe Protect, there’s no white film but the protection is there. If you love taking pictures of yourself with beautiful beach views or while in the sea, it can be quite frustrating to have that white film all over your skin. I find that Human Nature Safe Protect, with its “No White Cast” formula, gets rid of this problem. Who would want to look like a clown?

Strength

The lack of white cast does not lessen the strength of Human Nature Safe Protect. After applying the product, you’d see a dewy shine left on your skin. That’s the protection. It’s also water resistant so if you take a dip in the pool or the sea, you’ll see the water form beads on your skin. This is very helpful against swimming pools that have a more chlorine than the others. Human Nature Safe Protect keeps the chemical at bay.

I used Human Nature Safe Protect on three different occasions—my trip to Boracay, to Pagudpud, and to a day in Amana Water Park—and I enjoyed every minute of my time under the sun.

Value

Human Nature Safe Protect is more expensive that Human Nature Safe Block, but I guess that comes with the “No White Cast” formulation and the higher SPF level. I think it’s a reasonable price, especially if you think about protecting not just your skin but the environment as well. My time in the sea has always been more enjoyable knowing that I am not doing any harm to the environment and I feel much closer to nature this way.

My comment, however, as with the previous one, I wish the sizes were more diverse. Human Nature Safe Protect has only 50g and 200g sizes that are too small and too big, respectively, for any one person to use.

Verdict: 10/10

I love Human Nature Safe Protect. Yes, I was initially disappointed and confused because Human Nature seemed to detract from what it said before about SPF levels but that’s business. What I care more about is the fact that Human Nature Safe Protect has better formulation—“No White Cast”—and I think it improved from its predecessor, which is expected. And if you noticed, the packaging is much better and I like the stencil pakiwan.

So yes, it’s a 10/10 and I recommend, because I’m sure you’re still squeezing one more beach outing before summer ends officially, that you buy one and see and feel the difference for yourself. I will definitely buy this again.

Disclaimer: I am a Human Nature Dealer but I strive to give a fair and objective opinion on Human Nature products. After all, I am a consumer of the products myself.

Fab Five Beach Must-Haves

Do you love summer—the sun, sand, and sea? If you do and you always have at least one beach outing a year, then you’re already a veteran when it comes to surviving the summer heat and enjoy your time under the sun. If not, then you should at least have these Fab Five things with you. Forget about everything else. These are your basic necessities.

Fab Five Beach Must-haves

Fab Five Summer Survival Kit

String Backpack | Shades | Flip-flops | Beach Blanket | Skin Survival Kit


1. String BackPack

I cannot stress the importance of having this item. Not only does a backpack free up your hands, a string backpack keeps your items safe from thieving hands. String backpacks are also travel light so you can put them in your luggage and just use them when you’re going to the beach.

There are different kinds of string backpacks out there, some are waterproof. Personally, I love this one, which I got from a yoga retreat I participated in last year. It’s made of hard cloth but very durable and washable when it gets dirty. Even though it’s not waterproof, I have waterproof pouches I use to protect my gadgets.


2. Shades

The eyes need as much protection from the sun as our skin. The eyelids are not enough to shield your eyes from the sun’s rays. For those with lighter eyes, sensitivity to and the risks of sunlight damages are higher. You can get eyelid cancer or cataracts, among others, if you leave your eyes unprotected.

So when you’re going outdoors, make sure to have your trusty shades with you. Better if it has UV protection. I got mine from Eye Channel (not Chanel), which I really love as it’s perfect for the beach. I call it my Sepia shades. You can guess why.

For more information about eye protection from sunlight, I got my source here.


3. FLip-FLops (or Slippers)

Flip Flops

But don’t let a pair of destroyed flip-flops from letting you enjoy a night of partying.

The sandy beach can become a desert in no time and harsh on your feet as the sun’s rays. So make sure to have soft and durable flip-flops with you to protect your soles. Rubber is not the only option but if you plan to run along the shore, I’d advise to use rubber slippers because it resists salt water better.

Mine’s from Salvatos, a prize I won from BDJ Box (thanks again!). It’s durable and ideal for traveling as it folds in the middle and has a pouch to separate it from my other items. I’ve walked miles along the beach and on concrete with this. I’ve tested this as well, walking knee deep in the sea and on rocky sand. I couldn’t recommend a more fitting brand to use and bring along with me in my travels than this.


4. Beach Blanket

If you like lounging by the beach whether to get a tan or read a good book, then you’d want to invest on beach blankets. Lounge chairs are not enough if you want to be able to lie close to someone or if you just want to play board or card games with your friends on the beach. A beach blanket is necessary.

Mine is not a beach blanket really but a bath towel—an ultra absorbent one. But I find that Towelite can double as a beach blanket and better than using the bath towels from the resort you’re staying at. It’s also travel friendly—you can fold or roll it to the size to want.


5. Skin Survival Kit

Our skin is the largest organ of the body. According to National Geographic, an adult carries about 8 pounds of it and covers about 22 square feet. So normally, it’s the first thing you’d think of protecting when going to the beach.

It’s your choice what products you use. For a kikay like me, I turn to these items:

♥ Sunflower oil. It’s my first line of defense. Applied after taking a shower and before going out of the hotel. Contrary to what you might think, sunflower oil is not greasy and is easily absorbed by the skin so you won’t get that icky feeling.

If you’re sensitive to most sunblocks, consider using sunflower oil as your sunblock as it has qualities that help shield the skin from the sun’s rays. (You can find other ways to use sunflower oil here.)

♥ Sunblock. The most common protection you can give your skin. I have two fail-safe sunblocks, both without chemicals that harm the seas. It doesn’t matter what level of SPF your sunblock has. Just make sure to re-apply when you’ve been in the water or have been sweating for too long as the SPF may drop.

(I’ve reviewed Human Nature Safe Block here if you’re interested. I’ll be posting my review of Human Nature Safe Protect soon so be sure to come back or follow along with me on my social media accounts at the bottom of this page.)

♥ Citronella oil. This one I use on a case to case basis. If you’re the type to lounge at night or do some partying outside, then I advise you to protect your skin from insects, especially if you’re going to a tropical beach. Citronella oil is a natural insect repellent but you can use citronella lotion if the scent is too much for you.

♥ Balms. Another I use on a case to case basis. What happens if you forgot to apply sunscreen or been under the sun for too long and get sunburn? What if you get a headache from last night’s partying? I have two of the best balms I could get my hands on.

One has peppermint, eucalyptus, and bergamot extract that work magic to cool the skin and ease the senses. If you have motion sickness, this is your cure. (I’ve shared in a previous post fab five ways to use this balm.)

The other dispels any skin discomforts I have. In my last beach trip,  I was tested the product to see if it will ease the sunburn I got after staying too long under the sun. Overnight, the sting of the sunburn was gone. So if you have a balm like this, be sure to have one in your kit.


Next time you go to the beach, make sure you have these fab five items with you. What’s basic to bring to the beach for you may be different to another person. You may even have a different set altogether. If you do, I’d like to know what your fab five beach must-haves are.

Unboxing: April 2015 BDJ Box

Sad as I am to have my summer vacation over, coming home and unboxing my BDJ Box—my April 2015 BDJ Box—help put a smile on my face. This month’s BDJ Box is filled with awesome goodness that makes me wonder whether the BDJ Box Team knows when a bella needs a much needed pampering after days of frolicking under the sun. I mean, this month’s BDJ Box mostly contain items that one would normally buy once the tan lines have settled.

BDJ April Box Contents

Usual to beauty subscription boxes, the the April 2015 BDJ Box contains an assortment of brands, namely MyChoice, Tony Moly, Asian Secrets, Mustela, FS Cosmetics, and Revlon. Some are makeup while the rest are for skin and body care.

April 2015 BDJ Box

100g MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap worth Php 55
225g MyChoice Bubble Scrub Shower Salt worth Php 100
20g MyChoice Anti Acne Whitening Facial Cream worth Php 100
22ml MyChoice Perfume Spray worth Php 60

18ml Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Foot Mask worth Php 198
2ml appx Tony Moly Luminous Glow Aura CC Creamworth Php 1,098 per 30ml

100g Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub worth Php 120
6pcs of 20g Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub worth Php 15 each

5ml Mustela 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash worth Php 520 per 200ml
5ml Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion worth Php 790 per 300ml
2pcs of 10ml Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action worth Php 1,750 per 150ml

9g FS Cosmetics Lash Extravagance Mascara worth Php 350
7.5g Revlon Highlighting Paletterworth Php625

Product List and Description

Product List and Description

Impressions

Honestly, I’m quite happy with this month’s BDJ Box as several of them are brands and products that I’m curious about but didn’t find the need to buy them yet. The BDJ Box Team did that for me. I’m talking about Asian Secrets and a few of MyChoice products.

I swear, the lot of these seem to cater to us who have spent too much time in the sun and would like to exfoliate and perhaps bring back our normal skin color, not that I don’t like my now bronze skin color. There are whitening products like the MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap (I got Natural Papaya variant) and Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub and Whitening Body Scrub. Products for exfoliation moisturizing are also included like MyChoice Bubble Scrub Shower Salt and Tony Moly Intense Snail Foot Mask, the latter I can see myself using on my sand-worn feet.

BDJ April Box stickers and catalogue

Motto of the Month

A lot of thought seems to be put into the April 2015 BDJ Box, which is really touching and for that, I give it an A++ mark.

As always, on the makeup side of things, I’m excited to try another mascara and am looking forward to testing Revlon’s Highlighting Palette. At least I’ll test the latter after my tan subsides. I don’t think this shade will work well on tanned skin.

For the rest, I might use them or give them to someone who will better appreciate them. The Mustela set is definitely catered for mothers so I’ll probably give that to my cousin, although I might keep the Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action for myself. Haha!


If  you’re interested to have your own BDJ Box, you can register and buy through their website here. Or if you’re wondering if there are other beauty subscription boxes out there, you might find my post on beauty subscription boxes useful.

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Find anything you like in the April 2015 BDJ Box? Let me know and I’ll review that one first.

Fab Five Ways to Use Human Nature Balm For All Seasons

If you’re already familiar with Human Nature and have been through their website, or maybe you know someone who’s into Human Nature or who’s a Human Nature dealer, or perhaps you’re a suki of Beauty Bar or other stores carrying Human Nature items, then you’ve probably seen or heard of Human Nature’s Balm For All Seasons.

Balm for all Seasons

If you’re a “no” on any or all of those things, then you should get acquainted with this balm as it gives quite a lot for just a small jar. But then, you might be wondering what are the ways to use Human Nature Balm For All Seasons.

A quick look at the box says that it

helps soothe stress, mental fatigue, dizziness, body aches and skin boo-boos.

It’s quite general since it is a balm “for all seasons” but then there must be specific ways to use Human Nature Balm For All Seasons.

Personally, I’ve experimented on this product quite a few times and though some of my these were ridiculous, there are others that came as a pleasant surprise.

Ways to Use Human Nature Balm For All Seasons

  1. For headaches and migraines.
  2. For aromatherapy.
  3. For Savasana/Shavasana (Corpse Pose).
  4. For fever and illnesses.
  5. For pole/hoop/silk or other skin burn.

If you wish to know the details and how to apply Human Nature Balm For All Seasons in these situations, you can read on through to the next page by navigating the page numbers below or clicking on the list above.

Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hoarding all sorts of kikay items. If you’ve been following me via Instagram, you’ve probably seen the Heroine Make products I bought—mostly products for the eyes. What I didn’t share was the set of Tony Moly mask sheets (also known as facial mask) I bought at the same time.

Tony Moly Im Real Mask Sheets

Last night I got to try the Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet, which is marketed as a skin purifier.

Skin Benefits of Seaweed

Particular to Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet, the seaweed used is the bladderwrack (a form of kelp), which has high iodine. However, it’s not safe to ingest bladderwrack in case you’re thinking of curing any thyroid conditions you may have.

According to WebMD, people apply bladderwrack to the skin for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites, but, there isn’t enough scientific research to determine whether it is actually effective. Still, articles abound as to the beneficial uses of seaweed in general.

Aside from iodine, herbwisdom notes that bladderwrack is also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, silicon and iron and high in some B-complex vitamins. It contains moderate amounts of phosphorus, selenium, manganese and zinc and small amounts of vitamins A, C, E and G. It also contains anti-sterility vitamin S as well as vitamin K. It is rich in algin and mannitol, carotene and zeaxantin with traces of bromine.

So now that we have the basics, let’s go to the Seaweeds Mask Sheet of Tony Moly.

Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

Fast Facts

Price: Php 78.00Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet back
Volume: 21ml

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glacier Water, Dipotassium Glycymhizate (?), Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Alantoin Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Product Description:1 
Micro emulsion essence type mask to provide deep moisture
Three (3) layer pulp mask sheet to give deep moisture to skin
Bladderwrack purifies for clean and soft skin
No paraben, talc, benzophenone, triethanomalin, tar coloring

How To Use:
Tear open and apply to face.
Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then remove.

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet forehead gap

Impressions

Scent: 8/10

Smells great! It definitely did not smell of the sea, salt, or seaweed. But that’s the thing. I can’t place the scent because it wasn’t what I expected. Probably the apple extract has something to do with it but then the ingredient list showed “fragrance” so it may be something else. The scent doesn’t win against Watson’s Camella Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask, but it’s still worth commending.

Price: 8/10

Reasonable. Not as pricey as Dermal’s, but not as cheap as Watson’s. Considering the recommendation to use facial masks 2-3 times a week, you’d want to have cheap ones with good quality.

Application: 7/10

There is still the forehead gap. I guess if you have a wide forehead as mine, then it’ll be a constant problem. Other than this, I found the instructions lacking, if only because Tony Moly is made in Korea and has more than half of its back information in Korean. So I had to do a bit more research (same with Dermal’s) to know how exactly to use these products and what these products are for.

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet appliedSince Dermal’s, I’ve been applying facial masks after applying toner and have also been massaging the excess extract on my forehead and neck—places the mask can’t reach.

This mask also requires more time to leave on compared to Dermal’s and Watson’s, both of which only require 15-20 minutes. So if you’re in a hurry (to fall asleep maybe), then this may not be the mask for you, unless you don’t follow such instructions anyway.

Finally, I think the cuts/grooves on the sides are to short so that it becomes hard to have the mask conform to the contours of the face. When I applied mine, it became uneven on the left side while it was smooth on the right.

Promise: 7/10

After researching on seaweeds, bladderwrack in particular, I’m not so sure anymore if the Tony Moly’s I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet will deliver in its promise at “Skin Purifying”.

What I felt after removing the mask though is tighter skin. It didn’t feel smooth and silky, because my fingers couldn’t glide without friction. But it didn’t feel like I wasted my money either.

One thing’s for sure. It didn’t irritate my skin or cause any adverse reaction. So that’s a definite plus!

I also found the mask to be very cool on the skin, which probably contributed to its feeling pleasantly tight after.

Verdict: 8/10

If you’re into Korean brands, have the time for a long beauty ritual, and believe in the power of the sea, then you’d like the Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet. You’d love the scent and the feeling of tighter, firmer skin. Whether it actually purifies is yet to be seen and may require regular use. Will I buy this again? Probably not. It’s not as cheap as the other brands but it’s good for trying at least once.

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Do you have a facial mask you’d like to share?