Facial essence sprays, featuring Kat Burki, Tata Harper, Tatcha, Odylique, Shiseido and Bliss

Kat Burki, Tata Harper, Tatcha, Odylique, Shiseido and Bliss facial essence spray review

I have a massive roundup for you today on one of my favourite new skincare products that has become super popular in the last little while – facial essence sprays! These products are one of my morning skincare staples. I spritz my face 3-4 times after cleansing, and before serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Kat Burki, Tata Harper, Tatcha facial essence spray review

Kat Burki Balancing Elixir

I first tried this Kat Burki Balancing Elixir (C$72 for 80mL) when I interviewed Kat last year at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show. It contains Lavender Hydrosols, Purifying Bio-Processed carrier oils, such as Tamanu, Carrot and Raspberry Seed, Vitamin C (in Grapefruit Seed Extract and Camu Camu Berry, which contains 30 times the Vitamin C of an Orange). Together, these ingredients support collagen production, and brightens, lightens and tightens the skin. The version I have is the rose peony variation, and it smells faintly of roses and peonies.

In terms of hydration, I would rank it below the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist and the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, but above everything else. It is truly skin balancing, as in my skin is getting the necessary hydration but it is also maintaining the level of oil production on my skin. This is perfect for my skin in the summer because it is so lightweight but still works, whereas the other two may be slightly too hydrating, particularly if I continue to use a serum and moisturizer.

You can purchase the Kat Burki Balancing Elixir at Murale stores.

Ingredients: Structured Electrolyzed Water (Water), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM – Oxygen Sulfur Compound), Colloidal Silver, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Water), Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Cucumber Hydrosols, Enzymes, Camu Camu Berry, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, R Lipoic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Glycolic Acid, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni)

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

Tata Harper (C$81 for 50mL) is one of those brands that I’ve always been fascinated by. I’m always picking up the products as I walk by the displays, but I’ve never taken the jump and purchased a product. There are a lot of natural skincare brands out there, but Tata Harper is special in the way that they manufacture all of their 100% natural products on their farm and manufacturing facility in Vermont. They have ownership of the entire process, including research and development, to actual production. In each product, there are anywhere from 9 to 29 active ingredients to create the most multi-active skincare products. That means you can purchase one product to get a multitude of benefits. The products are from from synthetic fragrance, GMO, synthetic ingredients, fillers, and gluten to allow your skin to be closest to the ingredients in its most natural form.

The Hydrating Floral Essence is one of my favourite new products from Tata Harper. It is a lightweight, yet ultra hydrating essence spray that leaves my skin feeling super plumped up, supple, and smooth. I used 3-4 spritzes of this over my face every morning after cleansing and my skin feels nicely prepped for the rest of my skincare routine, as well as for makeup.

The downside is that this is quite pricey, you get only 50mL for C$81, which lasts you for about 10 weeks of daily use. The other issue I had with this is that I found the spray wasn’t very well made, as in I wouldn’t get a very fine or even mist on my face, rather the essence would be concentrated on the small area where I sprayed it. If this came in the bottle of the Odylique Rose Facial Tonic, it would be phenomenal.

You can purchase the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence at Murale and Sephora.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Rosa damascena flower water*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower water*, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Sodium hyaluronate, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root,  Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) extract*, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Sodium phytate, Superoxide dismutase*, Soybean peroxidase*, Aroma**, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Farnesol

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist

One of Tatcha’s star products is the Dewy Skin Mist (C$58 for 40mL). Unlike other facial essence sprays, this one is a milky emulsion that’s slightly thicker. The Dewy Skin Mist is ultra popular with Youtubers who like to set their makeup with this, but I must prefer to use it as a skincare product. It contains squalane, Red Algae and Tatcha’s proprietary HADASEI-3™ Complex.

Of the options here, this one is the most hydrating. I only require 1-2 spritzes, instead of the 4-5 that I use for the other essences. I love love love the Dewy Skin Mist, and I can see why everyone else raves about this. I can actually use this in place of my daytime serum in the summer when my skin is less dehydrated, which is great because normally I require an additional hydrating serum step. I’ve also heard you can use this to set makeup to create a dewy look, but I haven’t tried that because I want to savour every last drop of it. I plan on buying another bottle and taking it on vacation with me in the future; the small 40mL bottle is very travel-friendly, and I can tell that it will be an essential product in soothing travel-fatigued skin.

You can purchase the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist at Sephora.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane (Olive Origin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Algae Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Red Algae) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Thymus Serpillum (Thyme) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, PPG-5-ceteth-10 Phosphate, Trideceth-12, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Fragrance (Natural), Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

Odylique, Shiseido and Bliss facial essence spray review

Odylique Rose Facial Tonic

The Odylique Rose Facial Tonic (£15.00 for 50mL) is the most cost effective of the bunch, it is also one of the most lightweight. The base is rose flower water, and it also contains rose essential oil, and calendula extract. The pump on this one is pretty amazing – the mist comes up super fine and just feels extremely cooling on the skin. Because of the fine mist, it works great as a makeup setting spray as well. I’m kind of on the fence about this one because it is super lightweight to the point where I feel like I’m just spraying water on my face. It absorbs almost immediately, and my skin still feels relatively tight afterward unless I follow it immediately with some hydrating serum. I noticed this most especially because I started using the Odylique Rose Facial Tonic right after I had finished my bottle of Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, and even with everything else staying the same, I felt like my skin was a bit more dried out and not as hydrated compared to when I used the Tata Harper.

This product contains no artificial fragrance and is certified organic, so you know you’re getting the real thing. That being said, if you were expecting this happy floral rose scent, you will be surprised because this smells like real rosewater, i.e., a bit pungent. 

You can purchase the Odylique Rose Facial Tonic online at Odylique.

Ingredients: Rosa centifolia flower water*, Calendula officinalis flower extract*, Alcohol*, Rosa damascena flower oil* *Organically grown & produced (100% of product)

Plain English ingredients: Rose flower water*, Calendula flower extract*, Sugar-cane alcohol* (please note that we do not add any alcohol to the product – there is a very small amount of organic alcohol residue contained in one of the ingredients; a biodynamic herbal tincture. By law this must be listed on the product label.) Rose essential oil*

(*Organically grown/produced)

Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist

While not exactly a facial essence spray, this Ibuki Quick Fix Mist (C$32 for 48mL) can double as both a hydrating facial spray with skincare benefits, as well as a makeup setting spray. It has a thicker gel-based formula that really clings to the skin without evaporating. The key active ingredients are Majormam Extract, to target dehydration for supple-looking skin; an anti-shine complex: Reveals fresher-looking, smoother skin; and PhytoTarget Complex, to support the skin’s natural moisture factors.

I’m a bit on the fence about this product, the thicker texture feels like it doesn’t go on as finely as other sprays. While it is quite hydrating while I have it on, I don’t notice any long term skincare benefits or improvements in my skins hydration level. Also you’ll notice that fragrance is very high up on the ingredients list, and for some reason it also contains dimethicone. The smaller size allows it to be carried around with you or for a quick touchup during travels, but I wouldn’t use this in the long run as a main component of my skincare routine.

You can purchase the Shiseio Ibuki Quick Fix Mist at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Murale, and select Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trehalose, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Gellan Gum, Peg/Ppg-30/10 Dimethicone, Peg-6, Peg-32, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Menthol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Serine, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Menthyl Lactate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Peg-30 Soy Sterol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopherol, Trisodium Edta, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist

The Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist (C$49 for 100mL) is a gentle soothing mist. It contains ingredients such chamomile extract, licorice root extract, cranberry extract, acai fruit extract, grape seed extract, panax ginseng root extract (also in my La Prairie products!), and a slew of other beneficial ingredients. The spray is extremely fine, and creates a very nice mist of essence on your skin. This is great both over and under makeup as the essence is very lighweight. I didn’t find this to be super hydrating unless I sprayed my face 5-10 times – normally I do 3-5 spritzes. I really like the fine mist though, and it’s great for touching up your skin with hydration during the day.

You can purchase the Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, and Sephora.

Ingredients: water (aqua/eau), alcohol denat., ascorbyl glucoside, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, sodium hyaluronate, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, hydrolyzed wheat protein, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, punica granatum extract, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, lepidium sativum sprout extract, allium sativum (garlic) bulb extract, panax ginseng root extract, glycerin, tropolone, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopherol, lecithin, tripeptide-1, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-8 dimethicone, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, fragrance (parfum), phenoxyethanol, perfluorohexane, hydrogenated lecithin, perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, perfluorodecalin, decarboxy carnosine HCL, butylene glycol, xanthan gum, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, sodium benzoate, perfluorodimethylcyclohexane, ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride, tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, cyclodextrin, limonene, linalool, citral.

My picks

My top picks are the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, Kat Burki Balancing Elixir and the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist.
Best for dry/normal skin: Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, Kat Burki Balancing Elixir, Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist
Best for combination/oily skin: Kat Burki Balancing Elixir, Odylique Rose Facial Tonic, Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist

Review: Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

Following the success of Shiseido Ultimune, Shiseido Ultimune Eye is the next-generation eye pre-serum, also touted to heighten the benefits of any serums and products used after it. I was very lucky to attend the Shiseido VIP dinner with Dave Lackie a few weeks ago, and received a sneak peek of this new eye product. Ultimune Eye is a lighter version of the original Ultimune, to be used exclusively around the delicate eye area. As with the original Ultimune, it is also aimed at improving the skin’s immunity by targeting the Langerhans cells in your skin. Also as with my original Ultimine review, I won’t focus too much on the claims of the product, and will test it for efficacy in improving my skin quality.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Shiseido.com): Like your body, your skin has an immune system that functions less efficiently with time, environmental exposure, and stress. Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate uniquely strengthens the delicate skin around the eye area and helps protect against environmental stressors that can lead to wrinkles, dark circles and other signs of aging. This highly concentrated serum creates a deeply hydrating, dewy veil that helps protect against impurities and oxidation. It can also be used with other eye care products to enhance benefits and address concerns more effectively.

  • Shiseido’s exclusive Ultimune Complex™* is formulated with Bulgarian Rose Water, Aqua In Pool and Yeast to help protect, strengthen, and maintain healthy looking skin.
  • New ImuMoisture Extract™ helps enhance the effects of Ultimune Complex™ to uniquely strengthen the delicate skin around the eye area.
  • Formulated with a unique botanical power blend of Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Shiso and Thyme.

Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

Price: $65 for 15mL

Texture/Scent: Light gel-like fluid, scented with rose and lotus

How to use: The Shiseido Ultimune Eye is a “pre-serum,” as in you use it after your cleanser, toner and before your serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. I find that half a pump is good enough for both eye areas.

Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review
Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

The good: Ultimune Eye absorbs quicky and I felt that it made my skin feel more hydrated. It is very light in texture, and was a pleasure to apply on the eye area. It absorbs quickly after patting it around the eye area, and creates a good canvas for eye cream to glide over. I find that you can use less eye cream after using this, which can help you save money in the long run (I’m currently using a La Prairie Eye Cream). It also smells amazing – so soothing when used before bed. The packaging is very sleek looking, but not as nice as the bottle for Ultimune; Ultimune was packaged in a beautiful glass bottle, whereas Ultimune Eye is in a lightweight plastic bottle. It feels super light, in that I don’t know if it’s empty or full.

  • Hydrating
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Smells great
  • Sleek bottle design

The bad: In terms of efficacy, similarly to the original Ultimune, I didn’t notice any improvement in my eye area that wasn’t already provided by my existing eye cream. Again I didn’t test this out with a Shiseido eye cream so it might be more effective if you use them together, but my impression was that Ultimune and Ultimune Eye would just slot right into an existing skincare regime to boost the efficacy of the existing regime. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Also you only needed a tiny bit for both eyes, but the pump packaging would dispense way too much than required. I only needed 1/4 to 1/3 of a pump for both my eyes, and had to be extra careful not to press the pump too hard to minimize waste.

  • Didn’t notice any benefits to the eye area
  • Packaging not good for dispensing the right amount.

Overall: As with my conclusion to my Ultimune review, the Ultimune Eye is a nice to have, but not must have. I can’t speak for its efficacy when used with other Shiseido products, but when built into my existing regime, it didn’t provide any additional boosting benefits.

Product: 12/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 19/30 | C
Repurchase? No


Shiseido Ultimune Eye ingredients
Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

Red lips for all occasions! An overview of eight red lipsticks in different textures and finishes


I love a good red lip. I used to be intimidated by strong lips but now they’re my favourite “statement piece” to wear. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a ton of red lip products today I’m sharing some old favourites as well as some new discoveries.


From left to right: Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered, Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade


  • Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red is a new recent discovery (full review to be posted soon). It’s a blue-based red in an almost gel texture. It’s more opaque once layered compared to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine in Empowered, but you can also sheer it out by wearing less layers.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon is one of my all-time favourite reds. It is a cult classic product that has sadly been discontinued, but it is a very blue-based red with gold shimmers. This is probably one of the more high maintenance reds, since it stains the lips significantly so you need a lip brush to get the most precise line around the lips, and then to fill it in. The end result is a gorgeous, rich red that’s most fitting for any black tie event.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered (reviewed here) is another recent discovery that has quickly become a favourite. This is one of the few reds I’ve found that doesn’t stain the lips (woo hoo!). It’s an orange-based red that starts out sheer, almost jelly-like, and can be built up to fuller coverage.
  • Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade (reviewed here) is another all-time favourite red. Even though it was just introduced late last year, the Rouge G formula has been one of my favourites for years due to its rich colour payoff and creamy formula. Rouge Parade is a neutral red that just brightens up my whole face when I wear it. I’m also loving the limited edition red lacquer case, which is a nice bonus.


From left to right: Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss, Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud, Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene, Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413


  • Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss (reviewed here) is a recent discovery and the only matte red lip on this list. It’s hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t completely dry out the lips, and this one fits the bill. It is a more neutral, leaning blue-based red that has a matte, velvet finish. I like wearing this when I want a long-wearing red lip without the maintenance (you can just top up with lip balm to refresh the colour).
  • Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud (reviewed here) is a good option for those who want to try the red lip but is intimidated by its intensity. This one is the sheerest of the bunch, and is also the easiest to wear, even appropriate for work lunch meetings.
  • Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene (reviewed here) is one of my favourite low-maintenance lip formula, in a beautiful raspberry red tone. The ColorStay Moisture Stain really does stain your lips for hours, meaning you can wear this when you’re out and about without needing to worry about touchups.
  • Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413 is an orange-based red with an interesting wet laquer formula. It’s like a gloss and lacquer in one, giving up extreme shine with intense colour. The wet formula, while glossy, is also very light and not sticky at all, so this would be great for those who like that glossy finish without all the downsides of one.

What are some of your favourite red lip products, and have you discovered any new ones you want to try recently?

Review: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Shiseido Ultimune review

The Shiseido Ultimune serum is one of the most promoted Shiseido products I’ve ever encountered. I attended the Shiseido VIP Ultimune tour when it arrived in Richmond, and was given a presentation of the product, which is touted to help improve the skin’s immunity by targeting the Langerhans cells in your skin. You use it before your serum and other skincare products, and it will help to heighten the benefits of those products. I won’t focus too much on the claims of the product, and will test it for efficacy in improving my skin quality.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from The Bay): Time. Exposure. Stress. What if your skin had immunity? Like your body, your skin has its own immune system. Now, after 20 years of research, Shiseido makes the first direct approach to skin’s Langerhans cells, the immune power source behind healthy, damage less skin. Strong skin becomes your beautiful reality at any age. Immediately your skin feels smoother and more supple. Firmness and resilience improve. Finally, the skin you were always meant to have, strong and beautiful, now and over time.

Price: C$78 for 30mL or C$115 for 50mL

Texture/Scent: Light gel-like fluid, scented with rose and lotus

How to use: The Shiseido Ultimune serum is a “pre-serum,” as in you use it after your cleanser, toner and before your serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. One pump is enough for the face, or 1.5-2 pumps for your face, neck and decollete area.

The good: The Ultimune serum absorbs quicky and I felt that it made my skin feel more hydrated. It is very light in texture, and was a pleasure to apply on the skin. It also smells amazing – so soothing when used before bed. I love the packaging of it, housed in a glass, semi-translucent red bottle with a pump, it is super luxurious yet practical.

  • Hydrating
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Smells great
  • Beautiful packaging

The bad: I didn’t notice any improvement in my skin’s texture, tone, or overall. I didn’t use this with Shiseido products, so it might just be that it only works the best with other Shiseido products (which naturally, could be true).

  • Didn’t notice any benefits to the skin

Overall: This product is very “nice to have” but not must have. If you already use Shiseido products in your skin care regime, then I would recommend that you at least check this out as I’ve heard phenomenal things about it from people who do use Shiseido products. Unfortunately, I don’t use other Shiseido products in my current regime so I wasn’t able to reap the maximum benefits of it.

Product: 12/20
Packaging: 5/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 21/30 | B-
Repurchase? No

Shiseido Ultimune review
Shiseido Ultimune review
Shiseido Ultimune review

Review: Aqualabel White AC Emulsion

Aqualabel White AC Emulsion

Aqualabel is another one of the many subsidiaries of Shiseido. I’ve had good luck with most of their products before so I was surprised when I tried this product and it really didn’t live up to my standards.

What it claims (from Aqualabel.com.cn translated from Chinese): A whitening emulsion that prevents adult acne, predicts growth of adult acne, eliminates blemishes, and changes the skin’s fatty layer.

Damage: I got this as a sample from when I bought my Aqualabel cleansing oil (which I love and will be reviewing soon). You can buy this at Aqualabel counters in Asia for around $13-20CAD for 130mL.

Instructions: Emulsions in Asia are like a light cream, thick lotion (lotions in Asia are like toners but with additional benefits). You would apply this in the place of your moisturizer, or as an added level of moisture you can apply it underneath your usual moisturizer. Because they are lighter, they might not offer the same level of moisture as your cream so this is probably more suitable for oily skin or as your summer moisturizer.

Aqualabel White AC Emulsion

The good: I feel that this is even lighter than the ZA emulsion that I am using, and absorbs quicker. It does not feel greasy at all, yet very watery. It gives a good amount of moisture that may be enough for summer if you have normal to oily skin.

  • Light
  • Non-greasy

The bad: Because it is so watery, its not enough for my dehydrated skin. While it does absorb quickly, it makes me feel like I didn’t apply anything even though I applied the entire amount you see in the picture above on my face. I brought this along on my trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, so needless to say my skin was dry and peeling the entire time even though it was humid outside. Also, one thing I cannot stand is the smell. It smells like a batch of chemicals. I can understand if they are trying to do the “fragrance-free” thing, but I think this is just plain lazy.

  • Not enough moisture for my skin (dehydrated combo)
  • Smells like chemicals

Overall: If you have very oily skin or have no problem with moisture and don’t mind a little chemical smell, I would recommend this to you. Otherwise, I would suggest you look into the moisture line (red bottles) of Aqualabel.

  • Product: 2/10
  • Packaging: 3.5/5
  • Value: 2/5
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Overall: 10.5/25 | 42% | F | ❤
  • Repurchase? No, I would consider trying the emulsion from the moisture line though.

Tousle me softly ❤ Review of Shiseido Tsubaki Golden Repair

I’m very lazy when it comes to my hair, as long as its clean and healthy, I’m happy. I don’t regularly style my hair, just giving a good brush through before I head out the door, or putting it in a simple ponytail. I do, however, dye my hair a few times a year. This makes my hair very dry, as you can imagine, and if I don’t take proper regular care of it, split ends will usually start popping up pretty quickly.
Because of this, I try not to wash my hair very often. I know some people who wash their hair every day, or even once every other day. I used to wash it once every other day, but then I decided that even every other day was harmful to my hair, especially when it didn’t need to be washed. So now, I wash my hair whenever I feel that it should get a good wash through; usually that is once every 4-5 days. Yes it may sound not very appealing, but I feel that this is the best for my hair and to prevent stripping. Also, I have normal to dry hair. If you have an oily scalp, do NOT try this or else it will get quite messy.
I look for three things in my haircare products:
  1. Cleans well
  2. No buildup
  3. Moisturizing
I’ve been using Pantene for as long as I remember, and then when I started dying my hair from once a year to two to three times a year, I found that the Pantene formula just didn’t do it for me. Also, I found that Pantene creates a LOT of buildup on your hair, making you wash it more often than needed. So this summer, I discovered Shiseido Tsubaki.

Shiseido Tsubaki comes in two different formulas, the red one is for normal, everyday care, and the white one – Golden Repair – is for dried, damaged hair. Tsubaki is basically Japanese for camellia, which is a type of flower (its also one of the symbols for Chanel, but that’s another story). From what I understand, the oil from the camellia flower is in the shampoo and conditioner formulas, which is what makes it so awesome.
Because I wanted to treat my dye-damaged hair, I purchased the Golden Repair version. I bought it in a set that included the 550 mL shampoo, 550 mL conditioner, and a 200 g treatment cream; all of it for $32.99 CAD + tax from T&T. About a few washes into using this, I noticed a few differences from my generic Pantene hair products:
  1. It made my hair SUPER soft, like very lightweight, very easy to style
  2. There is pretty much no buildup
  3. I didn’t have to wash my hair as often because of the no buildup, so I can last up to a week with this stuff without washing
What can I say? I LOVE it. It made both my hair and my scalp super healthy, and I felt like my hair can then withstand a few more dyes. Also because I didn’t have to wash my hair as often, I didn’t go through the bottle as fast. The pump that comes with the bottles dispenses a good amount of product, I use about a pump to a pump and a half for my hair which is super thick and goes down to the middle of my back.
I use the shampoo and conditioner every time I wash, and I use the treatment cream about every other time. I found that because the shampoo and conditioner already did such a good job at keeping my hair healthy, I didn’t need to use the treatment cream as much. Also because I don’t know how to read Japanese anymore, I don’t even know if I’m using the treatment cream correctly, so I don’t want to waste it, haha.
Anyways, I definitely recommend the entire Shiseido Tsubaki line to anyone who is looking for beautiful hair. Fellow bloggers Pink and Eki have both recommended this, and I’ve never actually seen or heard a negative review about it.
Sadly, this is not available at drugstores yet, so you’ll have to make do and buy it from your local Japanese supermarket, or Sasa.com. I don’t recommend buying it off eBay because they are very heavy and so the seller will charge tons for shipping. They costs around $15-20 for the large 550 mL bottles (shampoo and conditioner), and around $20-30 for the treatment creams and masks, unless you are like me and found it in a nice set.