Regulars of Guardian pharmacy would notice a strange looking rack near the check out counter with lots of pastel color bottles in a clear plastic wrapping and stuck on what seems to be a tray that was inspired from egg tray. That strange looking rack with funky bottles which I first reported on my Instagram is Lipidol, a brand new skincare oils by Union Swiss, who is the makers of Bio-Oil.
The whole of the brand only consists of six types of skincare oil and everything is retailing for RM24.90. What I have with me is not all six products but just the Cleansing Body Oil, something that I thought would easily hit all the right marks.
You know how I always talk about water and oil level balance in order to keep a healthy and well hydrated skin? Well, apparently the founders of Bio-Oil are on the same page with this when it comes to the overall skin of the body, not just the face but the whole body from head to toe. Beauty oil has always known to be a favourite among those who believe in its efficacy and that includes me. If you recall I do love to “oil myself up” before bed 😀 . Lipidol want to be the first company to come out with a full oil-based skin care products in order to help the skin to retain moisture thus creating a healthy skin. Remember well-moisturized skin = healthy skin = problem-free skin?
Lipidol have succeeded in gaining all the attraction due to the way it was packaged, marketed and sold. I bet you would stop at the Lipidol rack trying to get your heads around on what exactly does all the pastel looking bottles are for. I have no idea what it was when I spot Lipidol. There was no description, no proper product name on the rack to at least tell me by first impression what it was and the price tag on the rack were all in short form. It’s really not that hard to gauge what each Lipidol product on the rack is for, really. The company decided to name each six products by it’s function i.e. Cleansing Face Oil, Cleansing Body Oil, After Shower Oil, Sunscreen Oil, After Shave Oil and Overnight Face Oil. A little name tag would be good.
Still on the packaging (because I find the concept fascinating), the bottle is kept clear to showcase the oil color as that’s what differentiate each product and even the cap has been put a lot of thought in it. You will find ribbed surface on the side of the V-shaped cap so that you can grip + twist better with oily hand. Brilliant!
Because Lipidol are so persistent with everything clear for it’s bottle, even the stopper on the mouth must be crisp clear as well. I remember Justin Letschert, CEO of Bio-Oil / Union-Swiss who flew in from South Africa shared during the media launch that the supplier gave them what deemed as the clearest plastic in the industry to them but he jokingly said that obviously not everyone had the same understanding of the term ‘clear’. Finally they managed to come out with a stopper for the bottle that is as clear as the bottle’s body.
I’m a fan of shower oil but what we can find now is quite costly to use every single day so I reserved it for maybe twice a week pampering. Lipidol gave me a cheaper alternative and I was extremely thrilled by it from the price stand point so you bet I have high hopes on it. Cleansing Body Oil works the same manner as a bar of soap or shower gel i.e. to wash off dirt, minus the foaming action. Typically oil is suppose to work better on the skin as it’s able to clean without stripping the skin’s natural oily layer so skin stay moisturized. As for the consistency, I find this Lipidol one to be similar as to the higher end version.
Don’t laugh but I do get people asking me how to bath with oil. It’s the same question I got some time ago on using facial oil. Basically it’s the same application method as to a normal shower gel. All you need to do is to lather all over damp skin and rinse. Do not expect any foaming action because you will get none. Rub hard enough and you might get a teeny bit? The shower oil will emulsify into a milky texture once in contact with water. Oh wait. Now I remember. The concept it just like makeup remover oil 😀
What I don’t like is the scent. You must have known by now my nose is not tolerance to anything that smells bad. I won’t say the smell of this is bad, just that lime or anything citrusy is not my absolute favourite. Lipidol carefully curate each product and the color to be as close as it’s purpose and lime is what they said to be something that a user would want to smell fresh and clean right out of shower. To a guy maybe yes but to me, it’s not what I want to smell like. But the good news is, the scent wears off after rinsing. I don’t smell anything after that and usually my body lotion would have already covered it all up if it does.
Here comes the ingredients list.
You will find it hard to read because simplicity is the overall concept of Lipidol. There is no sticker label on the bottle. Even the Lipidol logo is embossed onto the bottle. There are description and ingredients printed on the bottle due to statutory regulation. So if you must know the ingredients, please click on this link 🙂
Lipidol carries only six oil-based skincare products at the moment. Each product is priced at RM24.90. Lipidol wanted to maintain a standard price for every single product which I think is a good thing. You will also find that each product are packaged in sealed plastic wrappers as an environmental friendly effort to stay away from paper carton box.
Disclaimer: Press sample.