Friday, July 1, 2011
Do you like to travel?
If you ask me, I kind of don't.... Kind of in a way that I love to because I like to see new places and interacting with different people. I specially like to visit different parts of the Philippines, like this last time when I went to Cebu and stayed at Blu Radisson Hotel.
Unfortunately, the packing is always a tough one for me! Dios mio! Do I take hours upon hours of packing for clothes, deciding what to bring and what I don't need. The problem with me is, I don't like carrying tons of stuff. I hate it when my luggage is overflowing. Oh the pain, I tell you. I. Hate. Packing.
But I definitely need this vacation... I am finally going to Bohol! My cousin, A (who should really have her own travel agency0, prepared activities and tours for us to in Bohol. It's going to be a fun-filled, boozefest three days/two nights in Bohol for us. I can't wait!
Then when I was fixing my two plastic box oraganizer, I saw this wooden box in one of them and I was felt a sigh of relief.
Friday, March 11, 2011
As promised, here's my Ilog Maria Bee Farm haul. Although I wanted to haul more of the beauty products, as you can see, I didn't. I've known for a long time the wonderful benefits that honey have to our body and I really want to focus on that first. After all, if we're beautiful on the inside, it will radiant in our skin. And I can't justify buying too much soaps and skin care when I have trunk full at home. See, I'm controlling my spending habits!
|Propolis Liquid Soap|
First on my haul is the Ilog Maria Honey Propolis Liquid soap. hoeny is such a natural resin and it assures me that what touches my skin when bathing is all Mother Nature. I love this a lot because it rivals all my other bath liquid soaps when it comes to the lathering and the scent. I love the spa-feel of this and how well it bubbles! I use this to wash my makeup brushes, too! Amazing, right?
I actually couldn't wait to use this that's why it looks like it's been used already, I use it as hand soap and keep it on my bag all the time. I like using soap instead of hand sanitizer when I'm outside.
|Honey Glycerin Soap|
Honey Glycerin Soap is filled with natural ingredients that keeps my face hydrated and smelling good as it contains Ylang-ylang (there's unscented available if you're iffy with scents). My skin's been a bit dry during the evening due to A/C exposure and using this soap helps to keep it hydrated.
|Fresh Bee Pollen - Php110|
You know why I took this off the rack... It's because of the two words: Fat Burner! Hehehe! There's a claim that Bee Pollen was known to aid losing weight. With exercise and proper diet and with the aid of this, it's possible that I actually get to losing weight in the next few weeks. But what I like most of of the Bee Pollen is that it actually increases my energy. It's true that I don't feel sleepy in the afternoon and just keep on moving and working whenever I take a teaspoon of this every morning before breakout. But it taste awful! It smells like bird seeds so I know have an idea what bird seed tastes like. LOL! But it's worth it!
When I saw the "Strengthens Immune System... for colds...allergies", I knew this will go with me when I leave Ilog Maria. I've been having bouts of colds and allergies since the beginning of the year and since taking the Bee Propolis Probiotic (nature's most powerful probiotic), I've been breathing a lot easier and I feel like my energy has been improving and my eyesight's been a bit better. It tastes like brandy with honey but that's because of the Coconut brandy mixed in this miracle concoction. With both combined, this is one effective way to heal high fever and other illnesses.
|Propolis Ointment -|
I feel like mosquitoes flock to me whenever we'll have coffee or dine outdoors and I'd end up with about 20 insect bites, more or less. And I always get scrapes and bruises, I feel like Nina from Black Swan. I may end up with Wings and bird legs and I won't be surprise. But who wants to get scars from it, right? I love this ointment because it has eucalpytus in it but it's not too hot for the skin that I think it's a good oitment for baby rashes and insect bites.
|Propolis Throat Spray Php82.50|
With the weather changing like ehem.. a woman's mind, my throat's been scratchy and this is the only thing that seem to settle it down. I was glad I bought this. It tastes a bit weird but it works so I don't mind it at all. It freshens the breathe too. Must hoard on this the next time.
Enjoying my visit to Ilog Maria is one thing but to know how amazing these products are and how well-made they are by Filipino hands and had working European honeybee's... it truly is a work of nature. I love everything I bought and I wish I could visit again and hoard on more Ilog Maria products. I just hope that we cooperate with Nature so that our bees will be able to make more honey!!
And this haul cost me only about Php600. Not exactly sure about the prices but most of the products are less than Php100 ($2).How great, right? :)
Have you tried Ilog Maria products? Can you reco products I ought to try after the I use all these?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
During our overnight trip in Tagaytay, the girls in the group was deadset on visiting Ilog Maria. Blame it on Dear Almskie who got us hooked on her Christmas gifts and made us all excited with her purchases. I've actually heard of Ilog Maria, but even if I'm a hoarder of anything naturally-made Ilog Maria has somehow skipped my radar. I really don't know why I took this long to vist or buy anything of them. When buying them is so easy via their online shop. Maybe I was just waiting to share it with people who were as excited as I am to visit Ilog Maria.
That't why the boys didn't have a choice! After breakfast at Bag of Beans, we headed to Ilog Maria which was a short drive from the "rotonda" of Tagaytay. Ilog Maria was pretty much easy to spot even if it's your first time, just try not to drive too fast for you might miss the billboard (as shown above).
Going inside the bee farm is quite a challenge as the road is very narrow. There's a separate entrance and exit so no worries on how to get out the place. Ilog Maria is fully solar powered so their office are only open from when there is daylight. If you have a lot of things to do while visiting Cavite and Tagaytay, keep this first on the list.
Parking is also difficult. We had three cars with us and the space could only accomodate 6 to 7 cars. So, you really should wait your turn or park somewhere near the exit, which is quite a walk back to the farm. But yeah, we need to sacrifice something to see the beauty of nature nowadays.
Oh! What a beautiful sight! I've never seen a bee farm and I really really enjoyed taking pictures of the place and their very popular honey-made products.
It's amazing how such small creatures can create something so powerful and yummy! It's not frequent that I get to interact with Mother Nature this close and really, it's humbling. Nature sometimes scare me. My friends and I got talking that nature could take over anytime and we wouldn't even notice it and we doubted if we could even stop it. Somehow, I don't think I'll mind if it think it's the best.
I love how respectful Ilog Maria is with nature, the place looks incredibly clean and well maintained. The place was in great shape... but there seem to be a struggle for the bees to create honey.. It's nature's way of telling that we humans are doing something wrong... Hai... somehow going here is both inspiring and yet depressing seeing how when I get back to MNL, it's all population and dirt..
I bought a lot of things from Ilog Maria. I wanted to haul their soaps but I still have many Embodyment Organic soaps at home so I settled on a few things I still don't have. So far, I'm liking them. Will surely post my haul here. :)
Be(e) sure to visit Ilog Maria, beauty addict ladies! This is definitely the place for anyone who enjoys naturally-made products. And I've read a lot of testimonials how good bee propolis and honey is to our health as well as skin. Sadly, they don't accept credit cards. :(
I loved it in Ilog Maria, it's a fun place to visit as there's not many Bee Farm in the country. This should be in your itenerary when you visit Tagaytay!
Have you gone to Ilog Maria? How was it?
Friday, August 27, 2010
I am currently in love, addicted and totally into ONE Naturales. It is an all-organic products made by a Filipina, Charade Galang. Her pursuit to give Filipinas and ladies in the world a beauty and body products that is all natural, affordable and easily accessible to everyone.
ONE stands for Organic, Natural and Eco-friendly only uses natural ingredients sourced from our country. True to its name, even the packaging are environmentally safe recyclable materials such as papers and tins.
Product is quite reminiscent of the 1950's ala Stepford Wives. Everything is packaged so prettily and the products smelled so wonderful! I am crazy crazy over everthing I got. You could really feel the quality of ONE Naturales. It is one of the most amazing products I've tried in a long time.
ONE Naturales is L-O-V-E!
Let me share to you what I got.
ONE Naturales Hand and Body Lotion
Movie Star Skin is a sweet smelling lotion that is easily absorbed. No need for cologne when this is used. You'll be smelling like a Hollywood Star and have a gorgeous skin to boot.
Although I don't have a bath tub, I'm looking forward to using this when I'm staying at a hotel.
ONE Naturales Body Soap in Sweet Honey
The scent is quite unique for me but I heard that is a favorite already by many of those who worked on ONE Naturales.
ONE Naturales After Shower Skin Conditioner Bar in Nighty-Nite
One of the things I love about ONE Naturales are the new and unique products like the After Shower Body Bar.
ONE Naturales Lotion Massage Bar in Calming Bar
One of my favorite among my haul. This unique product is really really calming with the scent of lavender. Oh gosh, how can i explain how in love I am with this?
ONE Naturales Body Butter
This reminds me of Pana Cotta (my favorite dessert of all time) and smells like it, too. I just love lathering myself with this since the scent is really nice and its so easy to apply. I am just amazes with how the quality of this product.
ONE Naturales Body Scrub in Sweet Honey
Want a scrub that isn't too harsh on the skin? This is exactly what's gunna make your day. This scrub reminds me of a body scrub that I experienced in a hotel spa. You could really feel the richness of the product and how cleansed you are after. This made my top favorite scrub.
ONE Naturales SolidShampoo in Hair Biscuit
With every product, I become more and more attached to ONE Naturales. By now, you know that I lvoe everything but wait... let me share this sweet-smelling solid shampoo! It's my first time to ever use a solid shampoo and I thought I wouldn't like it. I love it! It lathers easily! It's like magic for me, I tell you! Now I don't have to worry about bringing liquid shampoo when I travel. How cool is that right?
ONE Naturales Solid Conditioner
This one is meant to be used after you've showered and about to start your beauty regimen. Its like a solid frizz serum but acts as conditioner as well. The scent reminds me of cotton candies. This one is quite easy to use. Just make sure you've toweled dry your hair, then run the bar along your hair.
ONE Naturales Lip Tune up
This is something that you have to give it a try to believe it. One of the tastiest lip balms ever.
I admitted it. I'm crazy over ONE Naturales. EVERYONE should have ONE Naturales in their vanities and bathrooms. I am so proud of this Pinay-made beauty and bath line.
Cheers to Charade for creating ONE Naturales.
One moment to enjoy, One life to live, One planet to protect.
ONE Naturales is currently available at all Beauty by SM Department Stores.
Soon will be available at selected Watson's Branches.