Category Archives: Skin Care

Goddess Garden Organic Aerosol Mechanism

Goddess Garden Organic – SunnyBody SPF30 Sport Spray

Lately, we have encountered a technical difficulty with Goddess Garden Organic Sport Spray aerosol mechanism. 2 bottles in a row and both brand new, the cap got “stuck”, not able to press down to initiate the aerosol mechanism to Sunny_Body_6oz_Sport_Continuous_Spray_Sunscreen_Organic_Broad_Spectrum_Natural__54575.1396029856.280.407spray out the sun screen out. At first, I thought maybe I didn’t turn the cap all the way to the “open” position, but NO that’s not the case. What a shame!!! It’s the best sun block cream with the highest zinc oxide% in spray form.

We cannot figure it out why and how the cap got stuck. The only explanation that I have is that Zinc Oxide has a very dense creamy texture, and since the % of ZnO is high for a aerosol mechanism that it might be a challenge to ensure the spray system works properly.

One good thing is that we are able to exchange with another new battle of Sport Spray from Whole Foods http://www.wholefoodsmarket. Thanks to their phenomenal customer service.

PS. I used the new one that we exchanged; however, it sprays out as a thin stream and nothing came out after 3 sprays. I actually turned the cap on/off, and luckily it worked this time. On that note, I think the production of this batch might not have the same quality checks as ones that we had before.

I shall post my experiences and questions on the company’s website.

Sisley, Paris Finale

Legendary Phytocosmetology

Part III

Now, we are entering my favorite section of skin care – Moisturizer aka daytime/nighttime products … hope my experience can enlighten your reading pleasure

Sisley – Moisturizer with Cucumber

Sisley Moisturizer with CucumberThis the first daytime cream that I used when I first learned about Sisley. I was living in severe air polluted and hot climate city during my early 20s, my skin is extremely dry and sensitive; therefore, the Sisley cosmetic consultant recommended that I give “cucumber” a try. The nature of cucumber tends to calm and cool the skin and gives the skin a moment to breath the freshness of water content from the cucumber. The lightly watery creamy texture of the daytime cream is perfect for using during summer and improves dehydrated skin. It is not rich enough (moisture level) during the winter especially if you are living in a dry, windy, cold climate.

Sisley – Hydra-Global Intense Hydra-Global

I talked about this particular product in my “Dehydration“ post. What makes this one so unique is the anti-aging and anti wrinkle feature. As you probably sensed, I’m no longer in my 20s so my skin needs have shifted to a different level. To prevent and slow down wrinkles and the aging process in particular with dehydrated skin, it’s important that each product contain some sort of anti-aging and anti-wrinkle active ingredients. The gel/fluid like texture allows skin to absorb it quickly, the combination formula of all the active plant ingredients and essential oils successfully slow down Continue reading

Sisley, Paris (Part 2)

Legendary Phytocosmetology

Part II

Sisley – Express Flower Gel Mask

Sisley Express Flower GelHonestly, I don’t love this product but nothing negative to say about it. I have tons of this product in travel size as well as full size. I don’t necessary see any big results or effects on my skin except it gives “hydration” and freshness from fatigue. The fact is that it’s so easy to use; my husband and I always carry one travel size to our hot tub spa to use it on our face while we are enjoying the jet tub and the steam room.


Sisley – Radiant Glow Express Mask Radiant Glow Express Mask

I got the pleasure to use this product for the very first time only 2 weeks ago. Without reading any directions and solely based on my experience with Sisley products, I quickly put it on right after I cleaned up my face and stepped into Sauna room Continue reading

Sisley, Paris (Part 1)

Legendary Phytocosmetology

Part 1

I was shocked to read Paula’s choice post reviewing a Sisley product while I was sharing my own experience on several different brands of skin care products including Sisley products at

First, all Sisley products do contain fragrance but the smell is light and subtle that actually brightens up your senses, and I haven’t heard anyone including myself have any irritation or any kind of allergic reaction from using of any Sisley product. Second, each Sisley product is tailored for a specific action to the skin based on each plant’s unique active chemical properties and by combining with other plants extracts to achieve the optimization of the specific action for various types of skin conditions and skin needs in each different life stage. It’s safe and natural which is perfect for those who have sensitive skin or easy to have allergic reactions. And, YES, I do agree with Paula that the price is extremely expensive, and the price has gone up enormously over the 20 years of my usage. The following are a list of products that my family members and myself have been using for at least 20+ years and continue to use.


Sisley – Floral Toning Lotion

Sisley Floral Toning Lotion

Excellent toning lotion. I normally use it after cleaning my face or after a long flight. The fragrance smells so smoothing, and it also moisturizes and refreshes your skin. I also used it to remove facial milk cleanser; my mom Continue reading

Can Natural/Organic Sunscreen be 100% effective on UV Ray Protection? (Part 2)

Part II: Regular Activities

Unlike my children, I don’t do any outdoor activities or outdoor sports at the competitive level. That’s just crazy!!! I’m an indoor/city girl!!! LOL! I care too much about sun damage that can cause discoloration or any color pigmentation in particular on my face. Since the only time I do worry about my skin getting exposed to UV rays is during driving or sitting on the pool deck watching my kids competing in their swim race, it’s not necessary to have higher % of ZnO in sunscreen. In fact, I am more concerned about  Natural ingredients, the scent, the thickness, oily greasy or not, and any allergic reactions (Note: I have very sensitive skin).  I have been using Sisley, the French cosmetic brand, for 20+ years now, but I’m also starting to explore other brands to accommodate changes in my lifestyle over the past 5-7 years. Continue reading

Can Natural/Organic Sunscreen be 100% effective for UV Ray Protection? (Part 1)

Part I: Outdoors and Sports Activities

Collection of Sunscreen: All Natural

Collection of Sunscreen: All Natural

Sunscreen — essential and your best friend during the fabulous summer season. How to choose the best sun block cream to effectively protect from UV ray damage, sunburns, and Continue reading

Preventing & Controlling Breakouts, Part 2

So, continuing from my last post…

Use a cleanser and facial scrub on a daily basis to remove excess oil produced overnight and during the day. Don’t forget that make-up residue can clog pores as well. Not sure how many of you are aware that sunblock cream can easily clog pores too. As we are entering the beautiful summer season, the cleansing step becomes the most important step to preventing breakouts.

If your skin condition is more normal to oily than you can use a gentle facial scrub on a daily basis; otherwise, use it once or twice a week to avoid dehydrated skin. BTW, one tip: Continue reading

How to Prevent & Control “Breakouts”

As much as I believe in natural skin products (less chemical elements), there are certain things that just can’t be all natural, for example preventing “breakouts” before they breakout.

I didn’t have a severe breakout problem when I was a teen, and I didn’t have any acne issues throughout my life, but I do have a few breakouts here and there. In particular, 7-10 days before my menstrual cycle begins. The breakouts that I refer are “white heads” or “black heads”, but from time to time I do have a bad breakout. And because I don’t like to feel bumps on my face, Continue reading

Dehydrated Skin

What!?!? It only takes just a drop or two of an oil based serum to correct my “dry” skin problem??? This finding came as quite a shock and surprise as I was told that I had ”dry” skin since I was a child, and my dear mother has spent enormous amounts of money on hydrating skin products to help improve dry skin. My esthetician gave me a few samples of Omega-3 from Sonya Dakar without any intention of improving my dryness problem but because the spa owner was just about to throw them away.  After applying 3 tiny samples, I begin to notice my skin started looking moist and radiant.  Continue reading