Confession: I’m nuts about products and treatments from the Dead Sea. It’s something that I don’t babble about very often because quite frankly, only one brand has impressed me before this year’s Thanksgiving. A lot of brands (inexpensive even) position their products to be from the Dead Sea. What you should know is that once you’ve tried the real deal, you’ll know if what you’re slathering on’s top grade or otherwise. Amongst all of the brands I’ve tried I will tell you that Ahava’s my long time favourite. I discovered it by accident from my aunt (who just came home from a Christian pilgrimage) and I’ve been hooked on their Mineral Hand Cream and Liquid Dead Sea Salt in an instant. I don’t have problems getting my Ahava fix because I can either get it from the mall near my workplace (Glorietta) or online (Nordstrom). Its price points are reasonably high because its of great quality. My biggest gripe? The quantities are too small for daily use! My favourite hand cream’s only 3.4oz and the liquid salt’s 6.8oz. Oh yes, they’re both full sizes.
When I was invited by Aqua Mineral Philippines to take a peek at what they had to offer, I immediately did my research. Very good reviews left and right and the products are very generously packed. I was coincidentally on leave that day so I giddily saved the date.
For starters, what is Aqua Mineral anyway?
Aqua Mineral is a complete skin care system created to help slow down your skin’s aging process and maximize its well being. Aqua Mineral formulations are unique for establishing a perfect balance between ancient therapies and new technology-based remedies by employing wonder-working Dead Sea minerals and cutting edge Renovage. Furthermore, all Aqua Mineral Skincare Products are paraben-free and do not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
All this adds up to a range of skincare solutions that delivers the latest breakthroughs in cosmetic science and significantly outperform conventional skincare products.
The Dead Sea, celebrated even in the Biblical Times, is a superb source of natural health and beauty, a truly unique body of water, located in the land of Israel at the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea is one of the world’s richest store houses of concentrated salts and mineral deposits. Throughout history, the lake’s thermal springs and black mud from its depths have brought remarkable benefits that have been proven by modern medical and scientific research.
Before the product 411, checkout my ginormous, full sized body butter (11.8 oz):
Total Silk Body Scrub and Blissful Body Butter, sealed and lid-capped:
Total Silk Body Scrub in Enchantment (also available in Forest Dreams, 14.46 oz/16 oz)
The Total Silk Body Scrub is created to remove dead cells and other impurities that dull the natural glow of your skin, it effectively helps to restore your body’s natural tone, seal in moisture, and leave your skin silky smooth. The perfectly balanced formula includes exfoliating Dead Sea Minerals, skin softening sunflower seed oil and jojoba oil, also anti-aging argan oil.
Use after bathing or showering. Apply a small amount then rub in using firm circular motions. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse off well with water. For best results, follow with Aqua Mineral Blissful Body Butter to give yourself a complete beauty treatment.
Everyone asks me all the time what’s my secret to evenly tanned, glowing skin. Apart from surfing in just a bikini (to get even colour), I religiously scrub my body once every 5 days (to get rid of ashy, dead skin). The ish about most scrubs is that they’re either too fine or too coarse. What’s great about Aqua Mineral’s Total Silk Body Scrub is that it has the perfect texture for a DIY scrubbing session at home, it doesn’t sting for something filled to the brink with salt, and is surprisingly very economical. One tub houses 16 oz. of product and I only need a little over a tablespoon to slough my dead skin away! One use and it easily made me toss my existing body scrubs because it’s that good.
Blissful Body Butter in Springtime (also available in Starlight Glamour, 8 oz/11.8 oz)
The Blissful Body Butter is a treat for the senses, this creamy emulsion works overtime to soothe your skin and deliver intense, long-lasting hydration.
It is enriched with nourishing and moisturizing Shea Butter and natural Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Grape Seed Oil along with soothing Aloe Vera and Chamomile extracts, it forms a protective barrier over the skin to prevent moisture loss. Also formulated with wonder-working Dead Sea Minerals and Dunaliella Algae plus restorative vitamins E&C and pampering Green Tea, Rose Hip Oil, it works to repair dryness caused by changing environments.
After showering, smooth on lightly and massage gently until fully absorbed.
The Blissful Body Butter is a league of its own in a rather majestic way. I like how it glides like those delicate massage bars from Lush but melts into the skin in a snap. I thrive in a very dry, A/C blasted office and this has kept my skin feeling soft and supple for 10+ hours. The Springtime scent reminds me of UAE’s cool winter. It’s strong at the onset but mellows to a delicate fresh yet relaxing scent.
Velvet Touch Hand and Body Lotion in Gold Charm (also available in Delicate Dew and Midnight Magic, 8 oz)
This luxurious, delicately perfumed emulsion instantly moisturizes and revitalizes your hands and body, leaving it wonderfully soft and smooth. Based on moisturizing Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil and Avocado Oil, the perfectly balanced formula contains restorative Dunaliella Algae, Dead Sea Minerals and Vitamin E that deeply nourish the skin, as well as invigorating Ginseng and Rosemary essence. Quick absorbing, it is ideal for use after bathing or tanning.
Well well well. Guess who found her new holy grail (pardon the pun) hand cream? The Velvet Touch Hand and Body Lotion has seriously made my hands drunk in moisture after one use. I can’t stop smoothing one hand over the other because every inch of my well abused palms are so cushy soft. Sure, shoot me today for being that lady who won’t have second thoughts spending $$ on her hands but I’m telling you — once you try these luxe hand creams with Dead Sea minerals you’ll be a cult follower.
Learn more about Aqua Mineral products (try them all!) by visiting their posh kiosks in Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Galleria, SM Megamall, Glorietta 5, SM North Annex, SM The Block, SM Fairview, TriNoma, and Abreeza (Davao).