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CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.
Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts


Are you (just like me) tired of all the commercial soaps that contain a large amount of chemicals that we can hardly remember all their names? Do you concern about you and your family health, skin problems might cause by those soaps especially when you have sensitive skin? If the answers are YES, then I suggest you should spend time reading this blog entry because I’m about to share with you about something GREAT!

Introducing to you, Nature's Spa skincare products brought to you by Origo Creation and yours truly on this blog.

Nature's Spa is the skincare brand manufactured in the Philippines, using the finest ingredients from nature aiming to bring you the best natural products that are safe for both baby and adult's sensitive skin.

I visited Origo Creation store last month in Chinatown point and brought a bunch of products back home to try out.

Aromatherapy soaps, aromatherapy diffuser and the therapy soap. 

There were so many different types of soaps displayed in the store, and I really had a hard time picking the one that I liked most. Citrus, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Peppermint, Acne, Sports Bar for Men, Sports Bar for Women, Shampoo Bar, Shea Butter, Seaweed Slimming, Skin Lightening, AHA, Green Tea, Lemongrass, Papaya, Coconut Oil, Baby. Knowing myself that I'm not very adventurous when it comes to new fragrances, I always end up going back to the scent that I'm familiar with. At last, I chose four different aromatherapy soaps: Green tea, papaya, lavender and lemongrass soaps and one aroma diffuser.
Now, are you ready for some honest reviews from me? 

First, let's talk about some aromatherapy soaps! 

While Green tea and Lavender soap have a calm and soothing effect,  Lemongrass is meant to soften and moisturize your skin, and Papaya soap helps to control premature aging skin. Chamomile and peppermint work perfectly well for those who have red and itchy skin as they instantly soothe and calm the skin.

I love the fact that these fine handcrafted soaps made from the old-fashioned way from all the natural ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, sodium hydroxide, water essential oils, oat meals, TEDTA and BHT. It reminds me of my childhood seeing my grandmother making all these soaps for us to use. The natural soaps have become part of my life and can't be replaced easily by any expensive shower gels in the market. Unlike the commercial soap bars, these soap bars stay as one piece even after a few washes. They don’t turn yucky or “melt”.

I've been using all the soaps for the past month, and I couldn't find anything to complain about.  I love how the soaps make my skin so moisturized, so soft, clean and so refreshing. It does not leave any sticky feeling on my skin and the smells last for hours.

To me, bath time is an important time in a day. That's when I can have peaceful time for myself to relax and relief tension. It's my own private space to take some time to unwind and recharge. That explains why I purposely chose Lavender soap to reduce anxiety, stress, tension and Lemongrass with healing agents for my everyday need.

Taking a bath can never be so much fun like that. 

Besides the aromatherapy soaps, I was also given a special Therapy Soap "No Pain" to try out as I was telling to Origo Creation how painful my neck and shoulders are recently. It was caused by many heavy stuff that I have to carry when I'm out and about. The staff at Origo Creation then helped to apply a small amount onto my neck and shoulder area. I might sound a bit exaggerating, but I couldn't find any other word more appropriate than MAGICAL. 
This No Pain product did really stop my pain immediately 10 minutes after it's applied. No joke! The product with ginger and peppermint essential oils are excellent for shoulder ache, joint paints, (my real experience) as well as muscle cramps, stomach ache, nasal congestion, and headache. This is definitely my recommended product at Origo Creation. A MUST HAVE product for an emergency.

It will be a big mistake if we do not mention about aroma diffuser when talking about aromatherapy products. Like aromatherapy soaps, there are many different fragrances offered in the store that make it so difficult for buyers to control their budget. I just wanted to bring all of them home. In fact, the aroma diffuser is giving my room such a refreshing smell right now when I'm writing this blog entry. :D

Nothing beats coming home to a wonderful, refreshing, organic smell from every corner in the house; that's the reason why I always love buying many reed diffusers to use at home. Nature’s Spa has five variants all together: Believe, Wisdom, Faith, Eden, and Chosen. Nature’s Spa reed diffusers last for quite a long while, even more than a month, comparing to the expensive ones in the market. If your room is big, place five sticks at one time. For a smaller room, three reeds would be good enough. Don’t forget to change the reeds so that the diffuser can last even longer.

For more information about Nature's Spa skincare products, please visit: Origo Creation website and follow them on Facebook to get more updates.

Visit their stores at:
  • International Plaza
10 Anson Road, International Plaza, #02-87, Singapore 079903.
  • Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #01-17, Singapore 238896.
  • Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point, #01-37, Singapore 059413
  • The Adelphi,
1 Coleman Street #04-50 Singapore 179803

If you truly love Nature, You'll love Origo Creation. To add more love and excitement in this blog entry, I’m so happy to share with you that Origo Creation is happy to give you (my awesome blog readers 15% OFF on ALL regular items in store (except for tea, accessories, supplements and CD). So hurry up! Don’t forget to quote “CRYSTALPHUONG” when making payment.

Stay happy, healthy and use natural organic skincare products!

***P/s: This blog entry is proudly sponsored by Origo Creation. Products' names, description, and information are provided by Origo Creation. Opinions and feedback are purely on my own.

Photoshoot by me & Carmen Chow. 
Photo edited by me. 
Crystal Phuong

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Hi everyone! 

Happy Labor Day!!!! 

How fast time flies! The first quarter of the year was gone just like that! I hope you've already achieved some of your goals and targets in your work and life so far. Even if you have not, it's time for holiday, celebration and it's TIME TO PAMPER ourselves to recharge and to get ready for new months, new targets.

And guess what?

Shea Singapore and I are going to give you a special GIVEAWAY to celebrate this special occasion with you. Just in case you don't know, Shea Singapore is currently my favorite beauty, skin care sponsor. I love every single handmade skincare product they have in store. Not because they are sponsoring me products so I must say good things about them. I'm just giving the honest feedback and if some of you have already used any of their product before, you know I'm right. 

I first blogged about their facial products sometimes ago, read HERE if you haven't done so. 

As they are my current exclusive sponsor, they are also very generous to my loyal blog readers (Yes! I'm talking about YOU). Some of you even requested me for a bodycare giveaway, so here you have it. 

Now, Listen up!

You will have a chance to WIN THIS AMAZING BODYCARE SET includes: Body butter, shower gel, body soap and body lotion as shown below:

Let me give you some information about the brand. Nyassa is originally from  India and has been existing for 7 years. Their bodycare products are vegetarian, handmade, contain natural ingredients, pure essential oils and have high glycerin content for ultra skin care and not tested on animals.

These amazing products are wonderfully rich and moisturizing and suitable for most skin types. They have few different fragrances available and this is the one I selected just for you. I'm not going to tell you what is the fragrance but I know for sure that you are going to love it.

Now the only thing you need to do to take this set home is: join the giveaway


1. Like Shea Singapore on Facebook

2. Like my Facebook Page.

3. Share this blog entry on your Facebook wall and leave me a comment to let me know: What is your current bodycare product that you are using?

Closing date: 15th May 2013. The giveaway opens to Singapore residents only and prize will be given to you in person at Shea Singapore store. 

I'll pick one winner randomly and announce on my blog on 16th May 2013. 

Alternatively, if you are still not sure whether you will like the smell or the products, feel free to drop by to SHEA Singapore store to touch, smell and feel it yourself :D. Their shop address is at:

 #B2-47/48, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
web : www.shea.com.sg ; 
Phone : +65 62381690 
Email : sales@theoldfactory.org

Thank you SHEA Singapore for the sponsor and thank  you so much everyone for being my wonderful, supportive blog readers. 

Good luck to all of you!
Crystal Phuong

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Hi everyone,
Look what I have for you today! There will be an awesome giveaway at the end of this blog entry, so be sure to read til the end to find out how to enter. ;)

Now, care for some dessert? :D 

Don't be fooled by me. These are more than just cakes: they are SOAP CAKES with many different "flavors" like lemon, berry, raspberry and chocolate for you to choose from. You may be asking yourself: "Where can I find these unique soap cakes from?". It's from no other place than SHEA, a small boutique shop located in Orchard Central, Orchard. It's like a hidden gem in the heart of shopping paradise. 

First things first, posing at the shopfront. The colorful soaps, candles and gifts from the entrance attracted me and many passers-by. 

Once stepping inside, I got lost from so many beauty items, skincare, bodycare, hair care products which I did not know where to look at. They all were calling my name. 

Shortly after that, the shop-owner took me to a tour and introduced to me each and every single product they are selling. 

SHEA offers fine vegetarian handmade body care & aromatic fragrances from France, India, England, Australia and Wales. They carry some of the purest and most moisturizing additive free soaps available. Their products are generally paraben, pthalate and SLS and EDTA free and thus, they are suitable for almost every skin types, from normal to sensitive skin.

There are 5 different brands that SHEA (probably the only company in Singapore) carries:

1. Bomb Cosmetics.
If you are living in or ever travel to UK, you've probably seen or heard about this brand. Besides the great quality, the fun, sweet and unique looking of each products makes it so hard for the customers to resist not to buy.

Bomb Cosmetics manufacture huge ranges of products which are vegetarian, handmade, contain natural ingredients, pure essential oils, have a high glycerin content for ultra skin care and not tested on animals.

From bodycare: shower gel, shower butter, shower scrub, body cream.

to handmade soap slices with many different fragrances: chocolate, fruity, herbal, sensual, floral, perfumes, etc...God! I'm having hard time to type them all here. 

Very unique and cute Bath Blasters look almost like cupcakes. 

Different colors for different smells. I tried the Fruit Fountain Bath Blaster at home once and I got addicted. The smell is AMAZING!

Besides skincare and body care products, I was also attracted to this romantic corner where all Bomb Cosmetics candles are displayed. Their candles contain pure essential oils that will last for hours and hours. This is something that we can't find in normal candle in the super market. 

Want to have candle light dinner or romantic moment with your boyfriend at home, throw away your normal candle and use these instead :D

2. Le Serail (The French Soap Store)
Le Serail is proud to produce some of the purest handmade olive oils soaps on the planet. Their products are vegetarian, handmade, contain natural ingredients, generally fragrance free (some contain pure essential oils), have a very high glycerin & olive oil content (72%) for ultra skin care and not tested on animals.

They do not contain SLS, parabens & EDTA. They are wonderfully rich and moisturizing and
suitable for all skin types especially very sensitive skins. As such, they are suitable for infants and babies.

Some colorful olive oil content soaps. You HAVE TO go to their store to discover all the new and wonderful items they have. There are too many for me to upload all in one blog entry.

Besides handmade soap, Le Serail also develops a very gentle shampoo shower cream that is manufacturered traditionally. 

 3. You're Gorgeous
Another soap product from Wales, also sold in SHEA. You're Gorgeous of Wales have been manufacturing pure cold press handmade soaps for a long time. Their soap are natural handmade to be as pure and authentic as possible, soapmaking from scratch from fine plant oils and extracts, botanicals, organic ingredients, aromatherapy blends and essential oils. 

Here I was slicing the soap bar into small pieces. You can buy one soap bar to use for long time or a single sliced piece. 

4. Nyassa.
This Nyassa of India has been in existence for about 7 years. They manufacture purely vegetarian soaps, shower gels and other essential oils in their products. This results in fragrances that stay on products leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized without dryness.

Again, this is vegetarian, handmade, contain natural ingredients, pure essential oils, have a
high glycerin content for ultra skin care and not tested on animals. We all can be beautiful and not hurt the earth :D

 Last but not least,

5. Specialty Soap 

Specialty Soap Shoppe of Australia handmade soaps are designed for those with gentle or sensitive skin using a special blend of vegetable oils that have been tried and proven over the last 9 years! Specialty Soap Shoppe products use pure goats milk and natural Australian honey for the two top selling special ranges.
 All handmade soaps are hand cut and allowed to dry for a period before wrapping. This ensures that the final product we bring to you is gentle on your skin and forms a nice firm, long lasting bar.

I was told that this product is perfect for people who have skin, agnes problem. So if you do, why not try their vegetarian, handmade soap once and see how it can help?

Ok, enough with products talk, now it's time for TESTING! SHEA let me pick any product that I like in their store to try and here are my picks:

 I know, they are so many and I'll try to give as many reviews as possible. 

 Shampooing Douche from Le Serail. I tried the big bottle and I love the natural jasmin smell it leaves on my hair. My scarf is pretty sensitive and it does not like normal shampoo with high chemical. Apparently, it seems to LOVE Leserail shampoo and I've been using it daily without any problem.

 Soap, soap and soap in different sizes, shapes and smells. Can't complain much as my bathroom has great smell even for 5 hours after my shower 

 Bath blasters. 

Natural sea sponge is truly from the sea. 

Oh, love this Bombshells Cosmetics! I took 1 set but in different fragrances: Vanilla Shower Butter, Rose Body Cream, Shower Scrub, Raspberry Shower Gel. I'm going to show you the up-close of each individual product. 

Body Scrub

 Raspberry Shower Gel. It smells exactly like Raspberry :D

Vanilla Shower Butter. 

 Rose Body Cream. I've been using it everyday after shower and I'm super in love with it: lovely smell, fine texture and non-sticky. 

 Here comes the Facial set: Face Mask, Face Scrub, Face Wash. 

What is your facial routine? I'm going to show you mine using the Bombs Cosmetics products since some of you have been asking me: how do I take care of my skin, how my skin can be so smooth and flawless. 

Here is my secret. 

1. Face Cleansing. 

 2. Facial Scrub
My skin is combination skin type and so I recommend to do it once a week only. 

3. Facial mask (once a week)

How do you take care of your skin? Do you do facial mask and scrub often? If you don't because you don't know what products are good to use, here is great chance for you to try out SHEA products.

I'm so happy to announce that SHEA is giving away to one of my luckiest blog readers 1 FACIAL SET as below

There are many other fragrance choices, you can change it to whatever you like.


All you have to do is:

1. Like me on Facebook & Follow me on Instagram
2. Like SHEA Facebook page.

3. Leave me a comment and let me know "What facial products are you using?" with hash tag #CrystalSHEA. Also, let me know what is your instagram username so that I can check. Remember, you MUST follow me on Facebook & Instagram & SHEA Facebook in order to be qualified. 

I'll select a random winner and announce it on my blog on 15th March 2013. This contest is open to Singapore residents only.

Doesn't matter you are male or female, if you care enough for your look, health, beauty, it's time for you to do something. JOIN MY GIVEAWAY NOW!

Thank to SHEA Singapore for sponsoring this giveaway, check out their shop at:

 #B2-47/48, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
web : www.shea.com.sg
Phone : +65 62381690 
Email : sales@theoldfactory.org

Thank you for reading, my loves!

I'll talk to you again soon!

***26/2/2013: UPDATE:

EVEN GREATER NEWS! SHEA is giving away FREE 50g bar of hand made cold process high glycerine soap to my FIRST 100 blog readers only (til 31st March 2013) and 10% OFF total bill to ALL my blog readers. 
Simply go to their shop and tell them that you read their story on Crystal Phuong's blog to get your freebie and discount. 
Happy shopping my loves! :D
Crystal Phuong

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