2 weeks back, I received a package from Aussie Health Ecogreen, a distributor of natural and organic products in Singapore.
As an advocate for wellness, Aussie Health strives to educate consumers on the benefits of using 'Back to Nature' products. Their products are diverse and range from beauty products to supplements and groceries.
Contrary to their name, they do not distribute products that are solely from Australia.
In fact, the package that they sent over was a Derma E Media Kit, a brand that originated from Southern California. Derma E started retailing from a small health food store in California before making it to the beauty aisles. I think I might have seen their products in Guardian before but I have never tried them so I guessed this was a good chance.
One thing that stood out for me about Derma E was how environmentally friendly the brand is. Their products are manufactured using clean, renewable energy such as wind power and their packaging components are largely made of recycled materials. A beauty brand that takes care of both the consumer and the larger ecosystem definitely gets plus points!
There are 13 product collections under this brand, with a series of products that cater to different skin types and skin concerns. I received 3 products from their Essentials collection which cater to all skin types and 2 products from the Purifying collection which cater to oily and stressed skin types like mine. Let me go through them one by one.
The first product that I tested was the Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil ($26.90 for a 60ml bottle), which is a new addition to the Essentials Collection. This product dissolves long-lasting makeup while nourishing the skin with healthy oils such as Argan Oil and Jojoba Oils. In case you're wondering, I was sent the travel size version.
I hardly use cleansing oils for makeup removal, largely because I do not like having an oily sensation on my face. However, other users might like cleaning oils because they are gentle on the skin and help to retain moisture after wash. Although I'm still not a fan of its sensation, I agree that this product does not strip my skin from moisture.
I still feel a need to double cleanse though, just to make sure I get all the makeup residue out but it's really my personal preference. Nonetheless, I like the scent of this product. At least it doesn't have that overly strong floral scent that puts me off.
The next 2 travel size products are the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.
Both products contain charcoal and look similar except that the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($28 for a 113g tube) has a pearly sheen to it. The scrub contains tiny grains that help to exfoliate the impurities from your face. Despite having the ability to deep cleanse your pores, it remains a gentle exfoliant. Since it's suitable for daily use, you can treat it like a cleanser that happens to have exfoliating powers.
I typically use this scrub to exfoliate my face in the shower and I'm on to my last drop of the product already. I love how it brightens up my skin after use and leaves behind a cooling sensation. Evidently, this product is FULL MARKS for me.
This is how the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($35 for a 48g tube) looks on my face.
It comes in a dark grey paste when you apply it and turns light grey when it hardens. You are only required to wear this mask for 5 minutes before washing off. By then, most of the mask would have turned light grey and your face would feel tight at this point. That's a signal for you to start rinsing.
To wash off, simply wet your hands with water and massage your face in circular motions. This will melt the mask into tiny grains which will exfoliate your skin during wash. Now I know why it's 2-in-1. It's a mask cum exfoliator!
I really like this product because it's great for busy people who don't have much time and energy to mask their skin. You'll only need to use this product 1 to 2 times in a week and 5 minutes is ALL you need. Plus, it serves two functions as well which really helps to save even more time! Thumbs up for me. :)
You would probably have gotten a sense of how I feel about oils by now so when I saw the Radiant Glow Face Oil ($36.90 for a 60ml bottle), I was worried that my skin would reject this product.
Technically, I've reached the age where facial oils are supposedly good for me but having suffered from a long history of breakouts due to oil problems, I still have my reservations. Nonetheless, since it's a highly raved product, I decided to test it and see how I feel about it.
The Radiant Glow Face Oil has got to be the prettiest facial oil I've ever seen. It appears to have gold swirls within it and looks absolutely luxurious. It was recommended to use 2 to 3 drops each time so I went for 2 drops and patted the face oil around the dry areas of my face (i.e. cheeks). Although I still do not fancy having oil on my face, 2 drops is actually suffice as it helps to smoothen my cheeks and close my pores. Fortunately, I have not experienced breakouts from this product yet so I think I should be able to continue using it on the face.
Do you know that you can use the Radiant Glow Face Oil on your hair as well? Since it's made up of a blend of healthy oils, it should be nourishing for the hair as it does for the face. Needless to say, this product doubles up as a hair oil for me and I typically use it after blow-drying my hair.
The last product in the box is the Microdermabrasion Scrub ($49.90 for a 56g tub).
Formulated with dead sea salt and citrus blend, this scrub is meant for use 2 times in a week. I recently used this to scrub my face after fitness class and it left my skin super soft. Interestingly, this product can be used to remove waterproof makeup. It is also accompanied by a very pleasant scent. .
Unlike the daily detox scrub, it is more grainy and is thus not suitable for daily use. Although the microdermabrasion scrub works very well on me, I had to avoid the more pimply areas of my face (i.e. chin and neck) because the scrubbing would be too harsh. Thus, I wouldn't recommend this scrub to people who have huge pimply bumps or sensitive skin. This scrub will be great for people with normal to oily skin types instead.
In sum, thank you Aussie Health for introducing me to a quality and eco-conscious skincare brand. I really enjoyed trying the products and will definitely continue to use them.
Derma E products can be purchased from Aussie Health, Redmart and Guardian. They are also available at Aussie Health Retail Shop (address below), Robinsons, Nature's Farm and selected Guardian stores, hospitals and pharmacies.
For more information, you can check out Derma E Facebook and Instagram.
Aussie Health Retail Shop
NUH Medical Center
1 Lower Kent Ridge Road
#01-27, Singapore 119082
Disclaimer: This post is done in collaboration with Aussie Health Ecogreen. Reviews are based on personal experiences.