If you read my blog religiously (and I hope you do), you’d know that I’m not that big of fan of organic and mineral products. Mainly because I have this perception that they won’t work for my skin and often don’t deliver results as much as skincare with advanced scientific research backing. While I won’t be going all namaste on you, run up the hills and sing praises of organic skincare anytime soon; I am however open to trialling new things because my end goal is to find products that works regardless of how and where it is from.
For years I have heard about Sodashi – a holistic skincare brand from Australia focuses on enhancing overall wellbeing; some even claim them as your La Mer for organic skincare. Naturally, I had to give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. This skincare brand prides themselves with no animal products testing, no parabens, silicones, GMO, sulfates, synthetics and petrochemicals.
A while back, I was suffering from irregular breakout and overtly oily skin; I blame the hormones and probably my diet. I then got introduced to Sodashi got onto some skincare products – a cleanser, a moisturiser & an exfoliant.
Sodashi Clay Cleanser with Lime (AUD$80.70)
This creamy non foaming cleanser is designed to bring balance for combination skin. It feels really gentle on the skin and the scent stood out for me. It smells of lemony lime fresh clean feel, since this is non foaming, it feels somewhat like your cream cleanser with a clay instead feel. While I won’t recommend to use this solely as your make up removal, I myself start my cleansing routine with a designated make up removal (to thoroughly remove stubborn eye/lip makeup and more important to properly dissolve all the make up that normal cleanser can’t remove) and finish my double cleansing routine with this cleanser.
I love how this one doesn’t make my skin feel tight and doesn’t make me feel like I’m stripping the natural oil of my skin. The finish is always baby smooth and clean skin. You know it is a good cleanser when you can visibly see and feel that your skin agrees to it. It is just one of those feeling that ‘you just know’ when something just put simply works.
Sodashi Balancing Concentrate (AUD$65.30)
After cleansing during night time (I don’t do this during the day since I am always running late and never seem to find time in the morning), I use this to exfoliate my skin. It is recommended to drop 10 drops to a basin filled with very warm water. I use this in a bowl instead and I use around 3 drops. I then immerse a face cloth, squeeze out excess water and compress onto my face and neck for a couple of times. This process helps to exfoliate and to refreshen skin.
Since I was breaking out, I needed something concentrated like this Balancing Concentrate, it contains therapeutic plant essences like lemon, lime, petitgrain and lavender to exfoliate, decongest and stimulate skin cell renewal, exactly what I needed! I think this has to be my favourite product out of the lot because the sensory and aromatic experience is unlike no other. Also, who doesn’t love a warm towel to the face after a long day at work? Tell me who!
Left: Sodashi Clay Cleanser with Lime, Right: Sodashi Balancing Face and Neck Moisturiser
Sodashi Balancing Face and Neck Moisturiser (AUD$109.30)
After cleanser and the balancing concentrate step, I’d usually use a serum or two depending on my skin of the day and finish with Sodashi Balancing Face and Neck Moisturiser. This moisturiser is quite lightweight, once applied my skin instantly feels moisturised and smooth. It contains anti-bacterial ingredients in it like lime, rosehip and rosemary that helps to keep skin healthy and balance oil production.
All I need is a pump for my face and another for neck/décolletage and thoroughly massage all through into my skin. Once absorbed, this moisturiser doesn’t feel heavy and certainly doesn’t leave any greasy residue despite a lot of the ingredients contain oil (eg: hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, apricot kernel oil, almond oil, rosehip oil). This also contain damask rose which is a scent I LOVE!