With ‘natural’, ‘organic’, and ‘chemical-free’ skincare becoming more popular in Malaysia these days, we’re becoming more spoilt for choice! I’m sure you’ve seen a few brands here and there in our local pharmacies and beauty counters, but let me introduce you to another brand – Human (Heart) Nature.
This brand goes by two names – Human Heart Nature and Human Nature. Reason being is the ‘Heart’ is a logo in the name, hence I bracketed the ‘Heart’. I was contacted by the local distributor, Jeanette of Down to Earth, to try out a selected range of Human (Heart) Nature products, so let’s go ahead and see how the Balancing Facial Wash fared so far.
The Balancing Facial Wash is suitable for normal, combination, and oily skin, which is great for pretty much everyone (well, except dry skin of course). It’s a scrubbing cleanser, with flakes of bamboo and hints of naturally-derived citrus fragrance. While there are no sulfates in this product, a half pea-sized amount lathered up beautifully. You don’t need a button-sized amount :). The scrubbing effect feels a little different compared to other scrubs in the market, because there’s a mix of micro pebble-type scrubbies and rod-shaped particles (I’m assuming the rod-shaped particles are the bamboo bits). Initially, it felt a little pokey but it’s not an unpleasant sensation. You need to shake this up to mix up the scrubby bits
Now, the hero ingredient in this facial wash is elemi oil. According to Down to Earth’s website, “elemi oil is the secret ingredient in many of the expensive chemical-based facial washes but now we have it in a formula that’s chemical-free! This precious elemi oil is famous for its antibacterial and healing properties, and only grows naturally in the Philippines”. I thought this was brilliant, because oily skins especially need cleansers that don’t just clean; it’s good to have some antibacterial properties to neutralize the bacteria that accumulates from overactive sebum production.
I’m happy to report that there were absolutely no breakouts with the Balancing Facial Wash, and along with my existing ‘breakout buster’ routine, it’s helped to keep the little clogged pores and small zits away. I do think however that if you have sensitive skin, you may only want to use this once every other day, or twice a week. A word of caution: It may not feel super scrubby like a proper cream scrub, but those bits do work quite well, so don’t overdo the scrubbing! I was able to test this product while my skin was sensitive, and I realized that I could only tolerate feeling the scrubby effect twice a week. Now that my skin’s a little calmer, I can up the usage to four times a week. For a facial wash that doesn’t look like it has that many scrubby particles, it is surprisingly abrasive and gives me that satisfying “ahhhhh…scrub away!” feeling.
Is this worth it? The answer is a resounding YES. At RM12.90 for 50ml and RM26.90 for 200ml, it is very competitively priced with drugstore products but so much better for the skin You can get it online here from Down to Earth.
Just some info about Human (Heart) Nature and Down to Earth: Human (Heart) Nature is a Philippine-grown brand and carries a range of skincare and haircare products. It’s a 100% no harmful chemicals brand, and does its best to source from locally-grown products. Down to Earth is a local distributor that operates on these principles: carrying products that are all natural and chemical-free (no SLS, parabens, formaldehyde, etc), that work really well, are reasonably priced, and can be bought online and delivered anywhere in Malaysia.
Disclaimer: This product was provided by the distributor for review purposes. We are not affiliated with the distributor, and we strive to keep our reviews as objective and honest as possible.