Sep 20, 2016

Utama Spice TEMU TEMU Face Mask and BALINESE BOREH Body Scrub

Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask and Balinese Boreh Body Scrub
Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask and Balinese Boreh Body Scrub Review

You might have seen the Utama Spice products in my Bali haul post. I tried to choose products with natural ingredients which are local to Indonesia. Utama Spice is one brand which attracted me. They use Balinese traditional herbs and medicines in their products, and I was in for it. The store is located in Ubud near the famous Monkey Forest. But, I spotted the brand even at the Guardian Stores and also at the airport. 

I wanted to choose products with ingredients that are not available in India. I was impressed by Utama Spice product range. (Also, they had recently added lot of exciting products which were not there when I went to the store in August). In the end, I choose two products that I could not miss. I also wanted to pick the serum, but later I found that it is suitable only for dry skin. (I also had to restrict myself as I already had purchased a lot from other brands)

Balinese Boreh Body Scrub 

Boreh is not a single ingredient but a mix of spices which has a warming effect, which is not only detoxifying but also relieves pain. It is widely used in spa treatments as well. It is said to be used my rice farmers to relieve them from tired legs.

Utama Spice Balinese Boreh Body Scrub Ingredients
Utama Spice Balinese Boreh Body Scrub Ingredients

Balinese Boreh Body Scrub contains Sativa (Rice) Powder, Alpinia Galanga (Galangal) Root Powder, Kaempferia Galanga (Kencur) Root Powder, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Powder, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Powder, Cryptocarya Massoia (Massoy) Bark Powder, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Seed Powder.

Utama Spice Balinese Boreh Body Scrub Texture
Utama Spice Balinese Boreh Body Scrub Texture

The texture is gritty and not easy to mix with water. I make a runny paste and apply with longer strokes. The scrub starts to fall off while using so, be prepared for a dirty bathroom floor. The natural texture of the herbs gives good exfoliation without harsh abrasive effect. It is not drying, but it is moisturising as well. Traditionally, a milk bath is to be followed after the boreh body scrub to pamper your skin. But, these days, my hotel life mode is on so, I used a body butter (Yes, not carrying any body oils. I am back to body butters on a temporary basis). I was expecting a good warming effect that will easy pain, but I miss that in this mix. I do find the warming effect when I use it on my face but never on my body. Even the warming feel is too much for the face, and I do believe that it should be used only for the body. 

Price: Rp 168,300 (around  850) for 150g

Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask Review
Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask Review

Temu-Temu Face Mask 

The mask is made of Temulawak and white clay. Temulawak, also known as Javanese ginger is like turmeric’s twin and found in Indonesia. The blend is traditional known for anti-ageing property and to bring back radiance to the skin.

Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask Ingredients
Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask Ingredients

The product is finely milled, free of fragrance face mask packed into a tub with screw-in lid. I make a watery mix and apply. It dries quickly within 10 minutes. The face pack does not irritate while applying. It washes away easily. It is better not to keep it on after it dries because of fall-off. 

Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask Texture
Utama Spice Temu-Temu Face Mask Texture

When it is about to dry, at times it tingles a little on and around the nose. The feeling goes away in 10-15 minutes of washing it off. In a way, it reminds me of Vedantika Anti-Acne face pack. It gives me smoother skin and does works on slight redness that comes from pollution. My skin looks fresh the next morning. I have been enjoying good skin these days (thanks to Senstatia products) so, cannot comment with full confidence but I do think that it will be good for acne prone skin (thanks to Temulawak). As sourcing this will be tough when the face mask gets over, I will be using it only as a spot treatment.

Price: Rp. 60,500 (around ₹ 300) for 50g

Overall: It was fun to try a local brand from Bali which not only handmade and 100% natural but also contains traditional Balinese herbs and formula. Also, they are good budget products. I am impressed by both the products. For the price, they are good to try products.


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