Unboxing: June 2015 BDJ Box

Another exclusive box got its way to my front door. The first thing I thought: if the June 2015 BDJ Box reverted to its previous size, then what’s inside is probably expensive. Meaning, most of the items will be in sample size. Correct!

June 2015 BDJ Box

Bioderma exlusive BDJ Box for June 2015

June 2015 BDJ Box: Bioderma

10ml Sensibio Tonique worth Php 1,658 per 250ml
2ml Sensibio Eye Contour Gel worth Php 1,248 per 15ml
5ml Sensibio AR worth Php 1,668 per 40ml
8ml Atoderm Intensive worth Php 1,418 per 200ml
8ml Atoderm Preventive worth Php 1,998 per 200ml
8ml Atoderm Cream worth Php 1,598 per 200ml
5ml Sebium Global worth Php 1,318 per 30ml
2ml Cicabio Creme worth Php 998 per 40ml

Of course, as is the way of BDJ Box, exclusive boxes do not mean you won’t get any bonus items. So there are two items inside worth mentioning:

8ml The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain worth Php 795
1pc The Body Shop voucher worth Php 200

inside June 2015 BDJ Box


Have I ever mentioned that I’m a hoarder of cute and small things? Well I am and my dilemma is this: how do I begin trying out these samples when they are so cute and small? I still have a lot of small samples from my previous BDJ Boxes (think Benefit) although I’ve finally started using them (after 10 years…) Hurray! But this one may take another 10 years. >.<

That aside, I’m looking forward to trying them out, one way or another. These remind me of the products recommended by my dermatologist when I was regularly visiting her for my acne treatment—both in purpose and price.

What I’m excited about is the Sensibio Eye Contour Gel because goodness knows I need it with all the computer staring I’ve been doing lately.

The moisturizers are also welcome. I’ve been trying out one product lately and almost finished with it because it’s so good to my skin. I’d like to try other moisturizers as well and see how they affect my skin’s constitution as well as the makeup I apply.

Product Catalogue

A comment on the Php 200 The Body Shop voucher. This only works if you buy at least Php 1,000 worth of its regular priced items. That’s the catch. But it’s all good. I’ve been eyeing some of The Body Shop’s tea tree items and this voucher came just in time. ^_^

REVIEW: Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel

It’s been months since Human Nature introduced its first acne fighting skin care product, the Acne Defense Solution Gel or which I normally call the Acne Defense Gel. The product is infused with natural tea tree oil and aloe vera extracts that dry out pimples but keep the rest of your skin moisturized.

What is tea tree oil?

According to Medical News Today, tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the plant Melaleuca alternifolia, which is entirely different from the plant used for making the tea that we normally drink.


Tea-tree oil and tea oil are completely different products. Tea oil is the sweet seasoning and cooking oil from pressed Camellia sinensis (beverage tea plant), or the tea oil plant Camellia oleifera.”1

Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil is toxic taken orally. It is more popular in dermatological use such as the treatment of acne, dandruff, lice, and other skin infections.2

HUman Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel Review

Fast Facts

Price: Php 199.75 (about 4.50 USD)
Volume: 20g (0.71 oz)

aqua (water), Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, levulinic acid (rice/corn-derived), glyceryl caprylate (coconut oil, palm oil and glycerin-derived), glycerin, dehydroxanthan gum, zinc lactate, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), phytic acid (rice-derived)

Dab—do not rub—a thin layer of the gel on the affected area.

Product Description:
100% natural
Safe and non-irritating
Helps crack down on breakouts, dry out blemishes, and give you clearer-looking skin without the harmful side effects of chemical treatments
Clinically tested to (1) effectively dry out pimples and help prevent pimple breakouts and (2) help reduce oiliness and the appearance of redness


Strength: 8/10

In terms of product description, Human Nature’s Acne Defense Solution Gel does reduce the appearance of redness and dry out pimples. Compared to straight tea tree oil products, this one is in gel formulation and infused with aloe vera. Meaning, the concentration is much diffused and being in gel form and with the qualities of aloe vera, the drying out will only affect the pimple (because that’s where the bacteria are) and keep the rest of your skin moisturized.

However, since it’s diffused, it doesn’t have as much strength as straight tea tree oil products although this doesn’t mean that it is ineffective.

I’ve been using this product for more than a month and have been switching between this and The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil (15% concentration) depending on how I feel the former is performing. I think it really depends on the strength that you want. If you wish for quicker results and don’t care for your skin drying too much, then go for the tea tree oil. If you have the patience, however, and would rather have the rest of your skin unaffected, then go for Human Nature’s gel formulation.

Right now, I’m test The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on the left side of my face and the Human Nature’s Acne Defense Solution Gel on the right for comparison. So far, they fair well on effectiveness. Personally, for big pimples, I resort to The Body Shop’s. Otherwise, I’m quite content with Human Nature’s.

Price: 9/10

The price is pretty decent and reasonable. You don’t need a lot of this product anyway. You just have to dab it on the affected area. But compared to The Body Shop’s, then the product seems more expensive. My take is, the value added here is in the formulation and introduction of aloe vera and other ingredients to give other benefits. So if you don’t want the value added, stick to the straight tea tree oil since you can do a DIY formula at home with honey, brown sugar, and other natural ingredients. But if you’d rather trust the experts, then I would recommend this.

Verdict: 9/10

Definitely worth buying (again) but it won’t dissuade me from buying The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil. From me to you, you really have to get to know your skin before you stick to just one product. Sometimes, two or more can do the trick. Other times, you just have to stick to one. Even other times, you just have to give your skin a rest.

Skin care tip: This product is best used with Human Nature’s Acne Defense Facial Wash (up for review soon).

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.

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Have you tried any other pimple fighting products you’d like to share?

Favorite Skin Care Products

Since I shared my not too glamorous pictures about my pimples, I’ve been asked by some about the skin care products that I use to prevent the pimples from coming back.

At the outset, there is no “one size fits all” type of skin care products. You must always observe your skin, what irritates it, what works well with it. Once you’ve found what’s hiyang or good for your skin, stick with it. Why fix what isn’t broken?

As for myself, these are my favorite skin care products that help curb and lessen the appearance of my pimples.

favorite skin care products

As much as possible, I choose products that are organic or have only natural products.

1. Tea Tree Oil (The Body Shop)

Tea tree oil extract is widely known as a topical antiseptic, commonly used to treat pimples. I’ve been using this since I was in college and it does great work on zit control. Compared to benzoyl peroxide, which is a chemical, tea tree oil is natural and therefore, safer on the skin.

Alternative: Acne Defense Solution Gel (Human Nature)

2. Overnight Elixir (Human Nature)

As the name suggests, I use this product before I go to sleep. It’s a combination of 9 essential oils–rosehip oil, passion fruit seed oil, soybean oil, lavender oil, avocado oil, elemi oil, rosemary oil, sunflower seed oil, and natural vitamin E. Simply put, these 9 active ingredients work together to restore the skin to its healthiest state. I especially love the scent of this product and the feel of my skin the next day.

Alternative: Pumpkin Sleeping Pack (Too Cool For School)

3. Sunflower Beauty Oil (Human Nature)

A too dry skin is as much prone to pimples as one that’s too oily so whenever I find my skin getting a drier than usual, especially the areas outside my T-zone, I balance it out with this. It’s not as concentrated as the overnight elixir (so it’s cheaper) so it’s easily absorbed by my skin. Contrary to its name, it’s not as oily and perfect to apply before or after my moisturizer.

Alternative: None. It’s that great! But you may want to know other ways you can use it here.

4. Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (The Body Shop)

Although it’s marketed as a primer and so is technically part of the “makeup/beauty” category, this product still makes my list. I use it as an added layer of protection over my T-zone area before applying makeup (which may or may not have chemicals that can harm or tire my skin). It also curbs my skin’s oil production to an extent so that I don’t look as greasy. And because there is less oil, there is less clogging of the pores.

Alternative: None. I haven’t found a primer that can compete with this.

5. Tea Tree Blotting Tissues (The Body Shop)

For times when my glands work overtime in oil production, I resort to oil blotters. One infused with tea tree oil is always a better option. Sadly, this one’s blotters are smaller in size compared to other normal oil blotters so I limit my use to those days when I know I’m extra prone to breakouts.

Alternative: Gatsby’s oil blotter. I make sure not to buy those with powder. They only contribute to the clogging of my pores.

6. Pore Strips (Glam Works)

Having open pores, I’m very familiar with black heads and since they are prequels to pimples, it’s best to get rid of them. I normally use Glam Works Green Tea Nose pore strips (see review here) because the green tea extract helps reduce skin inflammation and prevent skin irritation, among others. However, I use pore strips sparingly only since using them leaves the pores open for a time after removing the black heads. You must take extra care to avoid touching your nose. If you wish, you can rub an ice cube to close the pores but I don’t usually do this I’m not always sure about the cleanliness of the ice cube. 😉

Alternative: Other variants of Glam Works such as the Classic and Charcoal.

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Pimple problems? What products do you use to prevent and/or get rid of those pesky zits? Share them in the comments below and we can all learn from each other.