Juliana C Stryker
Beauty Review: Gamila Secret Facial Cleansing Bars
There are three types of skincare products to me – those that claim they can do wonders for the skin but actually do nothing, those that say they can clear up skin and indeed fulfill their promises and finally, those that are understated and make no promises but deliver beauty miracles!
The product I’m going to review today belongs to the third type.
Curious? Then click to uncover the beauty miracle!
I’ve never fancied soap bars as I always have this impression that those slippery solids are wicked drying agents that strip the skin of all the natural oils and also a scary breeding ground for bacteria.
So when blink.sg approached me two weeks ago and suggested that I try their Gamila Secret Facial Cleansing Soap Bars, I was very hesitant to say yes.
I decided to do my research before I reply. And this was what I found.
The woman in the logo is the founder of the Gamila Secret brand and there is so much more to the bars of soap than I thought.
Behind it lies an inspirational story of a woman who’s spent her entire life trying to formulate the perfect bar of soap.
Her name is Gamila Hiar and she was born on August 20, 1940, in a village called Peki’in in the Galilee (in northern Israel). Her devotion to make nourishing skin care products started at the age of 20, when she sacrificed a few hours of sleep each night to make soap after her daily chores. She was inspired by her father, an expert on plants and an authority on medical herbs. Within a few years, Gamila Hiar discovered her talent to mix the right herbs and cook them in a specific order to create a substance with a nourishing effect. After more than 40 years, Gamila Hiar developed a secret recipe formula based on her wisdom of nature known as Gamila Secret.
The Gamila Secret products are made with a unique mixture of herb extracts natural oils and extra-virgin Syrian olive oil, which have excellent anti-oxidant potency and contains a combination of 15 different plants.
To know the full story, watch this video that documented her journey to developing the famous Gamila Secret cleansing bars.
I was already leaning towards a ‘yes reply’ as I was reading and watching her story. I was very touched by her determination and dedication to success. That discipline, passion and attention to detail are certainly qualities that we should all learn from.
On top of these, good business ethics and a great brand ethos are also keys to her success. Gamila maintained that her products are entirely derived from nature which means they are totally free of any industrial by-product and prepared without using any synthetic processes.
With all these good traits, I was sold and immediately replied Blink.sg with a resounding yes to the sponsorship.
According to Blink.sg, there are nine different cleansing bars in the range namely the original, Spearmint Sparkle, Lively Lemongrass, Miracle Mentha, Lavender Heaven, Wild Rose, Creamy Vanilla, Reviving Rosemary and Jasmine Comfort.
Each cleansing bar is suited to one or two skin types. The chart below display the different variants for each skin type to guide you on your beauty regimen.
To achieve desirable results, it is imperative to use the soap for your skin type so I’ve selected Wild Rose and Jasmine Comfort for my combination skin.
I’ve chosen these soaps because I’ve been suffering from a pimple breakout recently that is caused by stress and the lack of facial treatments.
Since the launch of my beauty portal HoneyzCube.com, I’ve been very busy with the running of the website, meetings and campaigns. As such, I haven’t been able to make time for my monthly facials. To add insult to the injury, my daily makeup routine has made my acne-prone skin retaliate in the worst way. Now what I’m left with is a rough and congested complexion that is clogged from debris like sebum and dead skin cells.
Here’s a photo of my dull complexion.
It might not be obvious on the photo but when I glide my fingers across my chin and cheeks, I could feel many tiny bumps that are probably blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads. A pretty nasty feeling.
Hence, I was extremely glad when these babies arrived a week ago.
I could smell mother nature even before opening them. Each box was pierced and printed with the following message…
The boxes came with clear instructions on how and where you can use the soaps on your body.
And now we unfold the Gamila Secret!
Each box contains a mini Gamila Secret handbook that not only explains the methods and ingredients used to make Gamila Secret products, but also tells you the story of the founder Gamila using colorful images and interesting descriptions and quotes by Gamila herself.
I’ve been using the Gamila Secret Wild Rose for five days now and I thought my skin has become remarkably brighter and smoother. The bumps were significantly reduced and the redness has also disappeared.
Here’s a photo of my new complexion.
Juxtaposed both before and after photos for your comparison.
Of course, my face isn’t entirely zit-free but these quick results were sufficient to make me happy and satisfied. I can totally see myself buying more of these soaps when they run out.
Three days ago, I decided to spread the goodness to other parts of my body by cleansing my chest, back and legs with the Gamila Secret soap bars too. Not surprisingly, my skin on these areas also dramatically brightened and became smoother. Since then, I’ve been glowing with confidence. 😛
Here’s something embarrassing to share with you – I accidentally swallowed some Gamila Secret soap during my facial wash yesterday and I was surprised that the soap does not possess the metallic and bitter taste that most soaps do. So with this I can affirm you that the soap is made with 100% natural ingredients. Not the best way to prove this but oh well.
All in all, I love the gentle and eco-friendly soap which does not leave a tight and dry feeling on the skin afterwards. The alluring woodsy fragrance of the Wild Rose cleansing bar also made the entire shower experience an extremely pleasant one – I thought I was taking a herbal bath! I’m definitely looking forward to my showers these days. 😀
For its natural goodness and high effectiveness, 5 Honeyz crowns!
As mentioned earlier, cleansing bars are evil breeding grounds for bacteria. When you place your soaps on your regular soap dishes, the soap will collect the dirt and moisture in the bathroom to produce this gooey substance as shown below.
And when you rub this onto your skin, you are potentially rubbing bacteria on your skin which may lead to skin rashes or even worse, serious skin disorders!
So to prevent your Gamila Secret Facial Cleansing Bars from turning into a bacterial sludge, I highly recommend you to use a mesh cushion or a soap bag to store your soaps. They prevent bacteria from forming by draining the water out.
The soap bag I’m using right now is from Lolita New York.
This is the perfect soap bag for my Gamila Secret Facial Cleansing Bars as it’s extremely soft, stretchable and affordable.
The 10-ply mesh material is gentle enough for daily exfoliation. With this soap bag, I think my 115g cleansing bar should be able to last a longer time.
If you’re interested to purchase this soap bag, visit Lolita New York that is located at Marina Link Studio, 6 Raffles Boulevard. #B1-12 Marina Square. It retails at SGD9.90 per piece.
Famous makeup and skincare guru, Zhang Jing Kai (小凱老師) is also a fan of Gamila Secret cleansing bars. Here’s a short video that showcases his tips on effective uses of the cleansing bars.
I’ve read reviews on the Blink.sg Qoo10 store and the reception seems pretty good so far. The store has been highly commended for its product effectiveness and fast delivery. Besides treating sensitive skin, you might be glad to know that the cleansing bars also work well on eczema, according to the reviews of some eczema sufferers. So this means they are extremely gentle for our delicate skin. 🙂
The Gamila Secret Wild Rose Cleansing Bar retails at SGD36.90 and the Jasmine Comfort at SGD29.90 on Blink.sg’s Qoo10 store.
Experience beauty in its purest form with Gamlia Secret today.
Your friend, Juliana
Disclaimer: Please be rest assured that even though the products were sponsored, it does not have any bearing on the content of this post. Opinions stated are objective and genuine. Also note that all sources, information, content, links are valid to change at any time.