Monday, 31 August 2015

Event: Soap Making Workshop

Hello everyone! I had a soapy Saturday (29 Aug 2015) afternoon at Orchard Central. What did I do? I attended a Soap Making Workshop by Shea and Orchard Central.

So what exactly did I do there? Well lets find out!

I was pretty early. So as usual take pictures time!
Registration Corner.
Goodies bag.
All ready for the workshop.
Stage is all ready.
Had my photo taken at the photo booth too. :)
The workshop started with some introduction on soap and soap making. So let me talk a little about that. :)
Host for the day.
Introduction to soap and soap making.
Summary of Soap
Most soaps and shower gel now a days are not fully soap anymore. They are blended with chemicals which can affect our skin and health in the long run.
About soap and making soap.
In this workshop, we handmade soap that do not have stuff not to be there such as harmful chemicals. The soap used by Shea are rich, nourishing and safe.

Stuff not wanted in soap and cannot be found in the soap Shea used:
  • Sulphates like SLS and SLeS and etc
  • EDTA
  • Parabens
  • Pthalates
Things not wanted in soap.
Good knowledge to know before we begin making soap. And now we shall start making soap! Yeah!!!
Items needed for the soap making.
Each of us are given a block of soap base. There are 2 types: Shea Butter Base and High Glycerine Base. The one I used is Shea Butter Base.
Shea Butter Base
First step is to cut the soap base into smaller pieces. And wow! the soap base are so hard its so difficult to cut. I need to go gym and train up big big hand muscle man! But still I manage to cut them into smaller pieces.
After cutting into smaller pieces.
Next we are told to pick our skin safe colouring and essential oil. I picked red colour and heavenly honeysuckle essential oil.
Pick skin safe coloring and essential oil.
Heavenly honeysuckle essential oil chosen.
Chosen color cube and essential oil.
Then the cut up soap base is bring over to the boiler for double boiling to melt them.
All the cut up soap base.
Shea Shop boss helping to melt the soap base on our behalf.
We are each then given a cup of melted soap base to mix with the skin safe colouring and essential oil. Well, the melted soap base really look like yogurt to me. Please don't drink it. 
Melted soap base.
After mixing well without creating much foam, its ready to be pour into the mold given. Errr...look like berries yogurt!
After mixing with color cube and essential oil. Look like berries yogurt really!
Mold used.
After pouring the mixed soap base into the mold.
Yeah! Can't wait for it to be done. :) But there are more steps before its done.

Its suppose to rest to be harden naturally before its ready. But it takes 4 days to be done! OMG!!! We only have this hour and half is already gone. So how?

The process is quicken by placing the mold into the freezer for 10mins. Before placing it into the freezer, we spray a little rubbing alcohol onto the surface of the soap in the mold so as to removes bubbles.
Spray rubbing alcohol onto the surface of the soap in the mold.
Ok! My soap is ready to be put into freezer.
Ready to put into freezer to fasten the process.
30 minutes later when I returned back, my soap is already unmold by Shea's stuff and pack nicely in a zip lock bag for me to bring home. Yippy!!!
My Soap done!!!
Oh yes.....I was told not to use it first. I was told to let it sit for 4 days before I unwrap, remove excess glycerine crystals on the soap and I am then ready to use it.

This workshop is so fun. I finally get to make my beginner's soap. Not bad right. :)

End of the day, I get to bring home not only the soap I made, I get a bag of goodies bag too.
Goodies bag to bring home.
2 vouchers inside the goodies bag.
Tada!!! The soap I made! Can't wait to use them.
Before going home, I used up 2 of the vouchers found inside. I redeemed my free ice- cream from YiLi PaoPao Ice (Yummy!!!) and I used up the Shea S$10 voucher on Shea cold process soap. Spiced Butter Soap chosen coz of the nice lime smell.
Ice cream from YiLi PaoPao Ice (Peach and Passion Fruit flavour)
Shea's cold process soap bought nicely wrapped.
The one in the middle with the star is what I bought.
I heard you! You find it fun too and want to try also? Well, Shea do have courses for making soap. You may sign up with them and have fun.
Soap making courses.
Still not enough and want to do more at home? They have soap making kit selling at their shop in Orchard Central. You may buy from them and DIY at home. :)

Visit Shea Website for more information.
Shea Shop at Orchard Central B2.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Review: Avène Cleanance Gel

Avène Cleanance Gel (25ml)
Today review is on Avène Cleanance Gel. 

Overall, this cleansing gel is not too drying to my skin. At the same time, its able to cleanse off excess oil on my skin, leaving smooth and clean. Its a cleanser worth considering if you have oily or blemish prone skin. 

Avène Cleanance Gel Summary
Avène Cleanance Gel is a soapless cleanser that is suitable for oily and blemished prone skin. 

This cleanser is paraben and allergen free. 

  • Cleanses while respecting its pH.
  • Purifying: gentle and leaves skin feeling refreshed.
  • Regulating: Glyceryl laurate regulates excess sebum.
  • Soothing: Avène Thermal Spring Water, soothing, softening, provides instant soothing to your Skin.
Go to Avene Website for more Information. 

How to use Avène Cleanance Gel?
Apply morning and/or evening to moistened face and/or body, lather, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

My Review
Earlier on, I have attended Avene Workshop and had been given some travel size Avene products to try. Avène Cleanance Gel is one if them. 
25ml travel size.
The cleanance gel has a blue gel like texture. It has a nice light fragrance smell too.
Blue gel like texture.
Foam can be easily lather although it is a soapless cleanser. 
Foam easily lather although its soapless cleanser.
I use it on my face. After wash, my skin feels smooth and clean. Its not too drying and yet able to cleanse excess oil on my skin. 

I have not try Avene products before, this is the first time. But I have heard good reviews about their products.After trying this cleanser, no too bad for me. Something worth considering. 

Overall, this cleansing gel is not too drying to my skin. At the same time, its able to cleanse off excess oil on my skin, leaving smooth and clean. Its a cleanser worth considering if you have oily or blemish prone skin.

Where to buy it?
Avène Cleanance Gel can be bought at Watsons and Guardian. It can also be bought from Watsons Online. Price is S$30.50 for 200ml. 

Where to get samples?
No sample redemption for this. :(

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Event: Crème Simon Floral Skincare Workshop

I have attended Crème Simon Floral Skincare Workshop held at the Crème Simon counter located at Robinson Raffles City on 28 Aug 2015.
Products display at Crème Simon counter.
Crème Simon counter place with nice flowers.
Flowers place at the counter.
Can you tell which one are real flowers and which one are artificial once?
The workshop started with the introduction to Crème Simon products as well as the flowers & plants’ extracts that formulated its products.
Crème Simon speaker introducing their products.
Products testers on display for us to try.
Flowers used in the products with its benefits.
Then, we learn how to make hand-tied flower bouquet. This is done by people from Pollyanna Singapore.
Speaker from Pollyanna teaching us how to make hand-tied flower bouquet.
Introducing the things needed.
Showing us how to arrange the flowers with some tips. 
Showing us how to arrange the flowers with some tips.
Ending with showing us how to tie the flower bouquet together.
End product.
From the workshop, I not only get to be more familiar with Crème Simon products, I get to know how to make a simple hand-tied flower bouquet with some tips shared. This is killing two birds with one stone. :)

At the end of the day, I was given a nice rose and a goodies bag to bring home. :)
Nice rose given.
Goodies bag to bring home.
Interested to find out more about Crème Simon products, you may go to Crème Simon Website. If you are interested to buy their products online, remember to enter my Code 97FGKS6 for 10% discount. Happy shopping!