Today's review would be on Naruko Marjoram and Lavender Brightening Peeling Gel. Essentially this is suppose to be an exfoliator of some sort that will brighten and smoothen the complexion. It contains a patented ingredient called "Phytoferulin" complex (which is a patented ingredient that is in every Naruko product) that heals and faciliates skin's cell renewal.
This is a product which i would love to love, especially since my previous experience with Naruko's Raw Job's Tear skincare range leaves me wanting to try out the other range.
It's a shame that this is a product that made me felt completely stunned and confused.
It simply doesn't work at all and i can't believe it is from Naruko as there are rave reviews for this product in the cyberworld.
The Toothpaste tube packaging.
120ml which is good for at least 3 months worth of usage (twice a week).
Instruction on how to use the product in Chinese.
Gel-like texture of the product.
Thick consistency texture.
After several attempts to make it work.
Before application of the product.
After product application.
Another shot of after product application.
In terms of packaging, its toothpaste tube-like container is typical of those exfoliators.
Fragrance-wise, there is a weak chemical scent that i cannot find an apt word to describe it, except that it reminds me of something plasticky. The scent of Marjoram or Lavender? I think i know how Lavender smells like, but Marjoram? I don't have the faintest clue how its suppose to be like, though a quick search in the cyberworld tells me that it should smell herbal or pine-like. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoram)
Weird... since all that i can detect is a weak plasticky scent.
The texture of the gel is quite thick, according to application instruction, i am suppose to use this product after i have cleanse my face. Squeeze the amount of the size of a cherry and apply it onto my face, follow by massaging with my fingers for approximately 20 seconds which i will see the dead skin cells and dirt emusify and formed, after which just rinse with water.
I followed the instructions to a T and i tried not once, not twice but for 3 weeks (twice per week) and nothing that faintly resembles dead skin cells or dirt resulted from using this gel. All that i have gotten was this slick slimy feel that my face is not thoroughly cleansed. In the end i had to wash my face with my cleansing foam again to make sure the gel is off my face.
I can't bear to subject my face to the test again, so you see what my hand went through. I was massaging it clockwise then anti-clockwise and finally rubbing it up and down my hand, yet no dirt or dead skin cells of any sort resulted from usage of the gel.
This is a total waste of my time, but then there are raving reviews of it on a few forums and websites.... so maybe, just maybe i got a dud. But why me? Urgh!
To be honest, i am really disappointed by the performance of this as i had high hopes of it working for me. I guess the higher the expectations you have, the greater the disappointment will be if it doesn't work out.
Luckily i got mine at a very good price while i was in Taiwan last year but still it is a waste. The tube is still sitting in my bathroom on the rack.
Available at Watsons Singapore and http://www.naruko.com.sg/ , the price is S$17.00 ( i am not too sure about it as i saw it in Watsons quite a while ago).