Review: Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Shampoo

 

Throwback to when I used to spend almost $30 (approx. RM100) on shampoo and conditioner monthly. In year 2016, my career canon-balled and I set myself a goal to achieve 'mini financial freedom in 5-years time'. Spending RM100 on hair care might not seem much to many but it made sense to save up back then and hair care was first on the chopping board. I knew where I wanted to spend on and I knew where I wanted to be. stopramblingjeez. With that said, I only use hair products that are silicon and paraben free.


 
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What Is It

a botanical concoction of coriander seed, soya and coconut oil. the formula strengthens and REVITALIZES the feel of fragile hair. Infused with a fresh, invigorating aroma. No silicon, No Paraben and No colorants (fabulous!) the packaging is 100% recyclable and Made with 100% recycled plastic.

After using the Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Shampoo for 5 months now, I am ready to give my humble opinion. First of, I love the scent. A woody undertone which reminds me of free shower gel at a posh spa in Bali. The bottle feels sturdy and is slightly transparent which makes it easy to tell how much product is left. Also, the pump discharges perfect amount for one wash. Product label still looking smart as it initially was. I find labels that look half dissolved aesthetically unpleasing. A+ for the packaging.

At the back, it says "apply on wet hair, lather well before rinsing off with water" so that's what I did (just like every other shampoo). It foams up ever so slightly. Scalp feels 'minty' and clean after every wash. Shampooing has never been more enjoyable. I double cleanse on most days but not recently since Summer in Hunan is toasty and dry. Hair became noticeably drier so I aborted mission and went back to Plan A. My hair has never looked healthier.

Currently running on the 5th month and I still have 1/5 left! I reckon this could last me 6 months. Priced at RM34 essentially breaking down to RM5.70 per month. Bloody good deal. Mummy was a proud parent as I spent RM34 on a bottle of shampoo instead of cashing on a slice of fancy-ass cheesecake. Deeply considering trying different products from this range. Coriander strength potion?! Take my money. Bought mine from Tesco in Bangkok last Christmas. Fellow Malaysians can find it at all pharmacies nationwide.

Disclaimer: This shampoo was paired with Inecto Naturals Coconut Hair Treatment (fabulous product). So it could be the coconut and I'm totally making things up. Good lord.

What To Pack : Beauty Bits

 

This post provides a few tips on how NOT to lug your entire beauty stash whilst travelling.
I've once brought 3 tubes of 150 ml clay masks with me on a week-long trip. 
Been there, done that. Since watching out on what I use and how much I need day-to-day, I've picked up a few tips on how pack more responsibly.  It's was also the moment of truth I realized that size does matter.


 

01 Bring the usual

The number one mistake I made was to try out new skincare when I'm away. Constantly dealing with skin mishap and load of regrets. we all want to look snazzy on our trip away. Keep it safe and stick to what you know works best.

02 Check

Find out if basic hygiene NECESSITIES are provided at the other end. shampoo & conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash etc (or BODY LOTION even) I've stayed at hotel that gave me just a bar of soap. helpful.

03 Mini

Travel miniatures are great! however, they do take up space and most often un-finished by the end of the trip. For shorter trips, get sachet samples of your FAVORITE product because they are designed for one or two uses. Another tip would be to use decanters that stacks up and locks together to avoid fussing around getting confused between face cleanser and shaving cream.

04 Pick the beauty bag wisely

You'd understand how it feels when your favorite face powder shattered, and you sobbed on the bathroom floor in your floral undie. Beauty bag gives your products extra protection and 'the perfect size' tugs everything ever so nicely, reducing risk of anything breaking. Most of all, holds you back from over-packing. 

05 Don't do doubles

Take only one of each with you, primer, foundation, blusher...the list goes on and on but do try to stick with just one in every category. I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to this subject, however, I do bring an extra lip product for insurance. Just in case my clumsy-ass decides to  leave it at the dinner table underneath used napkins. 

 

These are 5 simple tips that I've learned along the way. I now use everything in my beauty bag except for my tweezers. Currently feeling sluggish and bloated and sluggish, wait did I just repeat myself, damn pms. I shall go put on a mask and snack on some Maltesers whilst I'm at it. Don't forget ladies, it's about having fun and bringing what we need. x


 

How To Spice Up Your Bali Itinerary On Your First Visit

 
Good news!

 Now is the best time to travel to Bali, Indonesia. You probably would have heard of 101 things that need to be on your to-do list. When planning your trip to Bali, the toughest would be to decide on the beefy part of your trip that you don't want to miss. Travel plans aside, I suggest splashing a couple more dollars to stay in one of those stunning Bali villas. Never imagined myself saying this but I've made mistakes twice the time we were in Bali. Twice. First place was too modern and it felt like we were in Singapore; Second was way too secluded so we ended up travelling a few hours extra everyday. Bali traffic wasn't fun either. Do decide on your travel timeframe and budget before we dive in. [Recent post: Travelling on a budget]

 

Hot Spots

 

> Visiting Kuta & Legian - it is one of the most tourist-heavy areas (which I'm not so much of a fan of) but this is where you get to experience the city's famous nightlife. 

> Seminyak – NEIGHBORING Kuta but with a pinch more GLAMOROUS. find good shopping, world class dining and 'the' beach for one of the most memorable sunset I've seen in South East Asia.

> Ubud – the cultural corner of Bali where you can experience Bali moving at a slower pace. make sure to visit tegalalang Rice Field!

> Uluwatu – Just south of Jimbaran, you can discover more beaches and sacred temples.


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We all need a break from life once in a while. Not that we hate what we're doing, but being in a different side of the world puts us into new perspectives. We have travel plans planned up to end of 2018 already! I won't say that travelling is the only reason I do what I do but I can say that travelling encourages me to do better everyday. We won't be visiting Indonesia this year (just Thailand and Vietnam), however these are a few of the popular destinations that tourist should discover based on our personal experience. Happy vacation :)

 
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