In the desperate need to find something that can soothe my break out skin condition and to lighten some of the acne marks, I stumbled upon Gamila Secret Cleansing Bar which is also known as “magic bar”. I think most of you had read before that I’m not confident without my powder on. Whenever I was invited to a makeover session I cringe a bit thinking how ugly my face would be to the makeup artist. You see… I have acne marks from teenager time. No one in my family know or taught me anything about not picking your pimples, don’t touch your face, don’t do this and don’t do that. Those days there were no internet to google. Wow. I sounded old lol. What I meant by “those day” is the 90s.
What do I know about Gamila Secret from Mr. Google is that many international celebrities all over the world like Madonna, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Lynn Harless, Japanese Top Model; Lena and Taiwan Skin Care Expert; Niu Er love it and adores it.
Gamila Secret is made with a unique mixture of herb extracts natural oils and extra-virgin Syrian olive oil, which has excellent anti-oxidant potency and contains a combination of fifteen different plants. A combination that I have developed through hard work. One day, an Israeli reporter heard about the excellent feedback and wrote an article about my first skin care product; soap. The article was titled “Grandma’s Magical Soap”. It sparked an awareness of my soap around the world. I am very blessed to continue my work with my children and grandchildren, sharing my heritage of knowledge of and passion for nature with Gamila Secret. – Gamila Hiar; Founder of Gamila Secret
What it claimed
Gamila Secret Cleansing Bar is a handmade soap which takes 40 hours cooking process, period of 4 to 6 months for drying, stamping and curving the edges. It is not only to clean and nourish our skin but also for softening and healing purpose.
Sensitive skin users would be glad to know that this cleansing bar is also suitable for them and it contains no artificial fragrance, preservatives or colouring. Man can also use this as shaving cream as the soap lathers up quite well and creamy.
When I was given this cleansing bar, I was told to stop using other cleanser and undergo a 28-days journey with Gamila Secret Cleansing Bar and to keep everything else minimal such as just toner and moisturizer only. Well you know me. I can only stop other cleanser but not the rest of my skin care 🙂
The cleansing bar that was given to me is a mini bar of 30g worth RM66. Gamila Secret Cleansing Bar comes in 10 different flavor. Mine is Original which is good for a start. As mentioned earlier…the bar is handmade even the edges are carved by hand and the logo are stamped by hand as well. Don’t overlook on this mini bar. It could last you for months depending how you use it. I’m only using it for my face so I guess it’ll last longer.
Let’s talk about the scent. We always think natural product smells yucky but I kinda like how this cleansing bar’s smell. It’s just like any other soap minus the fragrance.
Once the bar hits the water it lathers up very well. The foam forms up rich and creamy which is why it’s also suitable as shaving cream! I like to rub on my damp face with small circular motion until it dries up a bit and rinse. So far I’ve experience NO dryness, NO tightening on the face but I do experience squeaky clean face. Some user will experience peeling of the old skin but I had none of that. It feels like nothing on my face but the result is there.
Here’s some info from Gamila Malaysia Facebook page:
The cream bar is a process to regenerate your skin system; the first couple of days and weeks, you may experience reaction like peeling, dryness, roughness and break out. It is a deep clean-up for your skin system. (The stage of detoxification – also it is a reaction of the product you have used before. The breakout will become more apparent if all the while you were using product that is non-natural)However if you persistently continue to use it for 28days, you will notice the change. Your skin will even better than before you start using this cream bar.Just a reminder: please do not mix with other cleanser product while using Gamila. And follow by the simple step of toner and moisturizer, ideally is better to use it with Gamila Face oil.
Gross picture ahead! WARNING!
I started off with this face. It’s an aftermath of another breakout and the redness is still there. On my forehead there’s eczema still. Funny thing is I don’t have eczema up until 2 years ago when I was under Hyperthyroidism medication. I had all the side effect from the 3 years medication and eczema is one of it.
On the second day of using, my mum kept staring at my face. Then she asked me if I put on some powder. I asked her why she said that and she replied saying my face looked more even and bright as if I put on some powder. Boy was I happy hearing that. I was more motivated and became more diligent with using cleansing bar as my cleanser day and night.
28-days had passed and here’s the result. My skin is obviously brighter and the redness toned down quite a bit. Eczema had also ease up. I had a small wave of breakout on my 3rd week due to hormone changes before menstrual cycle which is quite normal as most user had a small breakout at the beginning. These breakout is necessary as it eliminates the bad toxin out of the skin. To be frank I actually panicked on my 1st week because I had no breakout. But that also means my skin care is not harmless and not feeding toxin into my skin. If you are using unsuitable skin care previously you’d get the breakout almost immediately on the 1st week.
Gamila Secret Cleansing Bar comes in 10 different flavor and type that suits your skin and needs.
I definitely would want to get the full size bar from Gamila as I’ve already benefited from the cleansing bar even for just 28-days. The good news for new user is that the mini bar is for sale so you can get the mini bar to try out first before getting the full size bar.
Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.