Insightful Alley: SOAPHIA (Review)

Though not too obvious, I have always been on the lookout for things that would make my skin smooth and healthy. I make it a point to try products (makeup and skincare) that would work well with my sensitive skin, and believe me when I say it would be a long journey to find that perfect product.

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Once upon a time, I did not have the best skin. I had a lot of dry patches, and you could say that I could use my skin as scratch paper for a blog post. Worse, SAHARA DESERT. Yep, that’s how bad it was. I tried tons of products that promised to make my skin smooth and flawless. I even isolated myself from using the bar soap at home, but none of them worked for me. Luckily, my friend Jean Santos and her Chemical Engineer mom came up with Soaphia, and that, my friends, was the time my vast search for a good soap came to an end.

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Soaphia is one of the most natural, eco-friendly, and skin-beneficial bars today. The name “Soaphia” was derived from Jean’s daughter (try to guess what the name is *winks*). Presentation-wise, I really adored how the soap was wrapped and molded (or cut??). It has this unconventional look that made me feel that I was using an eco-friendly soap with no artificial ingredients. Plus points because it doesn’t look like any other soaps I’ve seen and tried! Jean gave me the oatmeal soap, and right off the bat, I already loved it! I am a sucker for everything minty, so the minty smell of the soap to me was divine!

You see, I have already tried numerous oatmeal soaps, but there was something about Soaphia’s oatmeal soap that made my skin more supple and – you guessed it right – moisturized!!! I love how gentle and effective it was for my skin to the point that there’s no need to slather some lotion just to keep my skin hydrated. There was also a cooling effect every after bath!

Like all other oatmeal soaps, Soaphia‘s also had oatmeal bits (?), but it wasn’t as rough as the others when I used it. You wouldn’t feel the oat trying to cut through your skin (lol) because the oats were soft. It’s as if they were submerged in milk first before they were used for the soap, though it would still do the scrubbing for you.

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So if you’re the type of person who loves everything handcrafted and natural, YOU SHOULD GIVE THESE SOAPS A TRY! Soaphia also has activated charcoal, coffee, and lemon soap variants which I’m pretty sure would work as good as the oatmeal one. It retails at PHP120, and I tell you it’s worth the price! You can check their Facebook fan Page here and their Instagram account here. I can’t wait to purchase the other three!!!!

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below! đŸ™‚

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First picture came from the internet while the rest are pictures from myself and from Soaphia’s IG and FB page.

Second.

“So… do you want us to get back together?”

That was one of the questions I didn’t want to answer just yet, but I did. It was difficult to say no, especially when you still love the person who asked… especially when you still want the relationship to work.

Yes, I said yes. Even when I said “If it’s not a mutual feeling, I don’t want it,” it still meant a yes. Even when he said, “But I don’t think I’ll be a good boyfriend,” I still gave him the feeling that it’s his loss not to get back with me. Even after a month of getting back together, it is still the same thing: we’re still on that same boat going to an unknown place.

But even when I was faced with nothing but uncertainty, I still chose to side with my heart, and all it did was to shout that I love him enough to want him back in my life.

Enough to take the risk and try again with love. This love. Our love.

So here’s to all the second, third, fourth and a lot more chances we have ever given in this lifetime, deserving or not! *cheers*

First.

It was not long.

If you apply for a job, you usually wait nth days to know whether you got it or not. If you apply for a visa, you have to wait for seven to fourteen days to know whether you’re approved or not. If you get a hit on your NBI, you have to wait for seven days to get your clearance. Two days is nothing compared to the many times I waited for something I needed.

It was a recurring thing, you see. Sometimes, it’s not just two.

One, two, talk, three, four, five, talk.

It was a cycle. For him, that one day of talking is enough to compensate the days of not talking at all. I tried to understand so many times, I already lost count. But the more I understand, the more I think to myself that I deserve more than just this…

So yeah, two days was not long for me to wait for him to respond to my messages… but it was long enough to know how much I was valued, to know how important I was to him, to know how long I should hold on to him… to us. 

It’s been a year. Yes, it has been like that for a year, too. I love him very much, but those days proved that my love was not enough for the both of us. That no matter how much I try, if I’m the only person trying, it wouldn’t really work. That no matter how much I fight for us, it wouldn’t make sense if I fight alone.

Maybe, just maybe, those two days taught me that I needed to focus on myself first, love myself first, make myself happy first. 

Me first.



And that, my friends, was the first time I wanted to set myself free.