I finally decided that I would try out Sodashi after Seed To Serum raves about it so much. I had heard about the brand ages ago, but was reluctant to try out 'spa' products that are so expensive but there is a lack of reviews on it. After many thoughts and reading about their ingredients and the founder's background, I am so happy that I went all the way buying 3 of the full size + the travel size of the calming concentrate. Big thanks to Peachy Clean for the superb advice and recommendations . She is such an enthusiastic person and very knowledgeable, so much that you would love talking to her. I highly recommend going to her online store to shop! She offers an express overnight service for orders above $150. I got a free full-size floral body butter too, which I will be reviewing in the future.
|Calming Face & Neck Moisturiser, Clay Cleanser with Sandalwood, Calming Concentrate, Calming Skin Boost|
Along with my order, Haley (the owner of Peachy Clean) gave me a full skin care regime booklet which contains products that suit my skin type. She recommends I choose products that fall under the same range, which is the 'calming' one unless advised. E.g: The Sodashi representation would love me to try the balancing concentrate but she feels I should start with the calming one first before moving on. I don't know about you, but I am always tempted to mix and match. Thankfully, Sodashi has another range called 'Everyface' that is for everyone.
Clay Cleanser with Sandalwood (200ml/6.8 oz, $80.70)
|Swatch: Clay Cleanser with Sandalwood|
The creamy texture of this cleanser is slightly dense but once you start massaging it onto your damp face, it is very easy to glide on. From my experience, this has been the best cleanser I have ever used that doubles as a make-up remover (including the eye area) without needing to double cleanse. Won't sting. I use 2 pumps at night and 1 pump in the morning. Even though this cleanser contains clay, it uses white clay aka kaolin that won't dry out your skin and is gentle but still provides a deep cleansing.
ingredients: aqua (purified water), cetearyl alcohol (plant derived), citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract), kaolin (white clay), macadamia integrifolia (macadamia oil), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), santalum album (sandalwood), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), tocopherol (vitamin E), xantham gum.
Calming Skin Boost (50ml/1.7oz, $109.30)
|Swatch: Calming Skin Boost|
"The difference between the boost and the serum is that the boost is a leave-on gel mask that you can wear under make up and pop on under a moisturiser for an extra 'boost' to your regular daily moisturiser. The serum is a super hydrating, nourishing treatment you only use 2-3 times a week and is more suited to night time (to allow it to really sink without making you shiny".
I was already sold when she said it was a 'leave-on gel mask'. It almost sounds like to me it can act as a toner too but in a much greater efficacy. What I can say so far is that, this does kind of smoothens and evens out my skin, I don't know how it does it but it just does. Personally, I don't find that it adds any moisture to my skin (not that it claims to), so I highly recommend pairing it with the cream moisturiser. This only acts as a booster - an incredible one though.
Ingredients: aniba rosaeodora (brazilian rosewood), anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile), aqua (purified water), calendula officinalis (calendula), chamomilla matricaria (german chamomile), citrus aurantium (neroli), citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract), lavandula angustifolia (lavender), mangesium oxide, sodium oxide, silicon oxide, pogostemon cablin (patchouli), rosa damascena (damask rose).
Calming Face & Neck Moisturiser (50ml/1.7 oz, $109.30)
|Swatch: Calming Face & Neck Moisturiser|
Ingredients: aniba rosaeodora (brazilian rosewood), anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile), aqua (purified water), butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), calendula officinalis (calendula oil), camellia sinnesis (camellia seed oil), centella asiatica (centella oil), cetearyl alcohol (plant derived), chamomilla matricaria (german chamomile), citrus aurantium (neroli), citrus grandids (grapefruit seed extract), lavandula angustifolia (lavender), macadamia integrifolia (macadamia oil), myrtus communis (myrtle hydrosol), panthenol (vitamin B5), phospholipids, prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), rosa damascena (damask rose hydrosol), tocopherol (vitamin E).
Would I recommend it?
Overall, this range has gotta be the most calming range I have ever used. I am happy that I purchased this instead of the 'Balancing' one because what my skin needed was soothing ingredients. My skin gets irritated from time to time even though it is not very reactive. I would say that it is only slightly sensitive but having dry skin would send my skin to haywire (I would have those mosquito-like bumps on my face which then lead to congestions and pimples). This range has not only soothed but also helped to balance my skin. Don't be afraid of the essential oils contained, they are very pure and high in quality. I was afraid at first but I thought.. Sodashi is stocked at Four Seasons hotels around the world so maximum quality must be truly ensured. In fact, I am seeing a very dramatic difference after I put on the skin boost + moisturiser which I truly believe comes from the skilled infusion of the essential oils. No more uncomfortable itchiness, my pimples are drying up and my congestions are getting less! Within a week. So happy because it works even without the blemish treatment. I would only add a drop of any facial oils I have on hand (preferably the calming serum next time) to add more hydration.
If you're wondering about the scent, the scent is not cloying and not strong at all.
Because I have only used this for about a week, I am definitely going to give a more in-depth review of each product later on (including the concentrate which I have not mentioned much here) and updates on how my skin has fully adjusted to this range. Long ago, I decided to wait for my other skin care products to finish up and look more into products that are soothing & balancing instead of detoxifying and also non-abrasive on my skin. This gotta be it.
|wearing: Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in 'Wisdom', UNE Breezy Cheeks Blush in B06, Lippy Girl lipstick in Very Vixen|