Blog / December 3, 2017

NEW BENTON Dear My Best Friend Bar Soap Review

Hello there!

 

How have you been doing?

After moving to Korea I certainly entered my cometic freak heaven. Yet, I haven’t done as many reviews as I would have liked so I need to make up for it.

Starting now.

“This products has been kindly offered to me for review purposes by Benton Cosmetics. All of the opinions presented here are 100% my own (like I could ever lie) and I would never recommend something I believe is not worth it. Thank you.”

Benton Story Continues

If you have ever browsed through my older posts and videos (like you definitely should) you may have seen my reviews of the multiple product one of my favorite skincare companies, Benton Cosmetics, launched this year. I have kept most of them in my routine and I am still loving them. So I was naturally excited that there is another new product launching.

And it’s a soap bar. (do you read my mind and launch exactly what I need Benton?) 

But first, I need to remind you a bit about a Benton as a company. (more is also here) They derived their name from the story of Benjamin Button. (aka my favorite) If you have seen the epic movie you could have witnessed Brad Pitt aging backwards while his lover needs to age as normal human. So Benton is here to save us all, people who don’t want to age like normal humans. According to them we should age “gracefully” and with grace, using natural and healthy ingredients.

And yey, they are PETA certified cruelty-free.

Soap As Your Best Friend

Soap bars are somehow reminiscing of old times, right? But they are amazing. I have been afraid of using bar soaps for my body and – oh god no – for my face. I have so dry and sensitive skin bar soaps were my nightmare. And I was converted.

The bar soap I am about to present to you is also the most special one I have seen so far. It literally is supposed to be for anything and anyone. It is designed for all skin types and both your face and body.

Here is the ingredient highlight:

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed
Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Hydroxide, Ocimum Basilicum
(Basil) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Powder, Calamine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado)
Oil, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Papain, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Honey, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Propolis
Extract, Kaolin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Oil

This bar is created all natural, cold pressed mixing and settling all of it’s ingredients to keep them in their best state and deliver even more moisture. In addition to the main 8 vegetable oils like olive or coconut oil, what are the most prominent of them?

Cacao Seed Powder (Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Powder) is my personal favorite. I love chocolate ingredients in my cosmetics and this thing is packed with antioxidants and minerals, helping with those dead skin cells and oil production. Similar effect has it’s Oat Kernel Flour, which also benefits the dry skin with promoting moisture. One ingredient that stood out the most to me was Calamine, which is an ingredient to treat chicken pox! It is supposed to calm the skin and thus great for my sensitive skin friends.

So far a nice list, isn’t it?

How It Changed Me

It kind of did. I am lucky enough not to be suffering from very visible acne but I do have my skin concerns. (despite all people around me vehemently denying them) I have always been super super pale with extremely dry and sensitive skin. That kind of combo that gives you easy wrinkles and constant tightness and dry patches. I have learned how to combat to my best extent these issues but one, and the most visible, prevails. Redness. I often refer to myself as being the red tomato. You will never see me wearing a blush because I have natural red lights instead of cheeks. However, I also hate wearing foundation.

What makes my redness worse then anything is cleansing. Getting all that stubborn concealer from around my eyes requires triple-cleansing, and even the most gentle products leave my puffy and super red. In the past years I have also developed huge red circles around my lash line and being a college freshman means I have constant dark circles. All of this was always brought to light my any cleansers. Until this one.

I have had high hopes for this bar and it did not disappoint. The only disappointment might be the lack of BREAKING before and after in these pictures but can you see how much red has disappeared from my face. The first picture is taken after cleansing with my regular cleansers (water, oil, foam), the second is after first use of the soap bar instead of my foam cleanser. The last picture shows the difference after two weeks. Can you notice the clearer skin? Those old red spots have vanished, even in the second picture there is almost no pimple next to my hairline and overall my skin doesn’t look angry anymore.

After previous cleansing routine – redness, spots and red eye circles…

After 2 days of using – much less redness and pimple is almost gone!

After 2 weeks of using the soap – no more redness and much less visible red eye circles!
The verdict?

The soap is so gentle it

doesn’t irritate my face or my body (more before/after pictures of my arms – that difference) and after using it for two weeks I have definitely fallen in love. The only downside is that despite having a handy foaming net, it does not create as many bubbles as I would like.

+ gentle

+ relieves redness

+ doesn’t dry out skin

+ cleans well

+ great for even sensitive, dry skin

– soaps are generally harder to store, can get easily contaminated

– does not foam up much

 

What do you think?

Would you give it a try?

 

I will see you next week, this time with a video. (sorry about the lack of one this week!)

 

Love,

 

Sara

 

 

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