Saturday, December 13, 2014

Primary Raw DoYou Soy Facial Cream and DIY Candle Kit Review

Memebox is always sending me boxes to try, but it's always an awesome treat when they surprise me with new and exciting products for review! This time they sent over two products from the brand, "Primary Raw." One is an expected item from Memebox: a facial cream, while the other is something super fun: a DIY candle kit! I've been trying the cream for almost 2 weeks now, so I'm finally able to let you guys know what I think, as well as a quick and easy way to make this awesome candle!
Let's check out the Facial Cream first!

Primary Raw Seoul, a natural cosmetics brand promoting use of ‘primary’ and ‘raw’ ingredients straight from nature, has launched its first Do You Cream (‘Do You’ means ‘Soy Milk’ in Korean). Enriched with soy bean extracts, soy milk ferments, rice water, galactomyces, and other grain extracts, this Soy Milk Facial Cream is deeply hydrating, gentle in formula, and brightens up uneven, dull complexion for a clearer and healthier glow.

Aside from how awesome this cream already sounds, how ridiculously cute is this packaging? I love that it came in this little canvas bag with a little soybean print on it.
 Inside the bag you will find the actual box that the cream comes in. Lots of layers here!
 Finally: the jar! The presentation of this product is just stellar. The jar is glass and topped with  paper and natural-colored rope.
 The spatula that this cream comes with is also really lovely. It's made of a heavy, well-made clear plastic that is SO nice, I will probably keep and reuse it one this cream is gone!
 This cream is meant to brighten and moisturize, and really is more like a milky gel-like consistency. I detect a very subtle clean scent that tends to fade quickly once applied. It is fast-absorbing for a cream, and I think it would work beautifully for people with dry, normal and combination skin. Since it does have a more gel-like consistency, this could be used by someone with oily skin, although I would suggest it be applied very sparingly. It would be best used by oily-skinned folk as a nighttime cream during the colder months.

Some of my favorite skincare ingredients are packed in here: rice bran water, snail secretion filtrate, green tea, fermented ginger, and aloe just to name a few! 
 Ingredients:  Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tritcum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasloxane, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Beta-Glucan, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Algae Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutia (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii, Arginine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Troplone,  Lactobacillus/Aspergillus/Prunus Mume Extract Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Natto Gum, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(Licorice) Extract, Mannan, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract,  Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Lysolecithin, Soy Isoflavone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Seed Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide 3, Ubiquinone, Caramel, Citrus Aurantium Bergarnia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorate Flower Oil, Juniperus Oxycedrus Fruit Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil

How to Use
Apply evenly over clean face. Gently pat it in for full absorbance.
The emptied bottle can be utilized as a candle holder, candy/jelly jar, etc for decorative and practical use. 
My Thoughts
Since I have combination skin, I was careful not to overdo it with this cream. My favorite time to apply it is at the end of my skincare routine right before my sleeping pack. I apply it sparingly as I don't want to pack it on too thickly and over-moisturize or cause any acne, which I am prone to.
I don't feel like this product leaves a sticky residue on my skin, although if I have applied a lot of products prior to using it, it does tend to take slightly longer to fully absorb.
I've been using this cream for 10 days now, so while I can't truly speak on it's long-term results, I can confidently say I haven't had any new acne or breakouts, and my skin has felt super moisturized and supple when I wake up in the morning. There were a few occasions where I applied a bit too much and I woke up a little shiny, however once I figured out the perfect amount, my skin looked absolutely radiant. 
Since I use whitening products regularly, I haven't noticed a significant change in the evenness of my skin tone since using this cream, but I think that results of that nature would be more gradual anyway.

So far, I've enjoyed this so much that it has replaced my cream in my nighttime skincare routine. Plus, it just looks so adorable on my vanity, I just can't put it away! I'm interested to see how this continues to work and if there are substantial results from continued long-term use. We shall see!

Primary Raw DIY Soy Candle
 While this candle is not yet posted up on the Memebox site, I'm hoping they start to offer this brand soon! This is such a lovely packaged and fun product. I think it would make a great gift! The kit comes packaged like this. You receive an empty DoYou Facial Cream Jar that is used as the jar for the candle. There is also a paper bag containing the rest of the items you need for the candle.
 Inside the bag is a container of soy wax, a wick, and a "Blossom" essential oil scent, which is a mixture of  ylang-ylang, neroli and rose. At first glance, I didn't think I was going to like the scent, but it's such a lovely and unique floral that I actually really like it!
 The wick actually has a glue button at the bottom so that it's easier to get it to stay in place in the jar. Can you tell I'm not a nail polish blogger? Look at that hot mess. Remind me to do my nails next time I take pictures featuring them!
 While the directions tell me differently, I actually just used a lighter to soften the glue at the bottom of the wick, and then placed it in the jar. I held it in place for about 15 seconds, then used a pen to press down on the silver metal so that it was secure to the bottom of the jar.

Since I am the laziest person on the face of the planet, I read the directions on how to make this candle and thought, "eh...that's too much work." so I took a different route. For review purposes though, here are the suggested directions:

1. Prepare the empty Do You Cream bottle: Soy Wax, wick, and essential oil.
2. Pour 100ml of water into an empty pot.
3. Place the empty Do You Cream bottle into the pot, and warm.
4. Fill the empty Do You Cream bottle with the Soy Wax, and mix with a wooden stick until mixture is smooth.
5. Turn off the heat, and wait until the mixture has slightly cooled, and mix in the essential oil.
6. Place the wick in the center of the mix and hold it in place using a wooden stick.

Rachel's Lazy Directions
1. Find a microwave safe vessel (in this case, a porcelain measuring cup) and plop that soy way right in there. Don't even bother to break it up. This is the lazy way, remember?
2. Pop that sucker in the microwave for 30-40 second increments. You don't want to put it in there for too long or it'll burn/boil etc. I'd say it took 4 rounds for 40 seconds each. Between each round in the microwave, I used a butter knife to stir and break up the wax little by little until it was eventually melted down.
3. Let the wax cool slightly, and dump the scented oil in there. Mix it up all nice until your entire kitchen smells like a flower field. I know mine did.
4. Pour the melted wax into the empty jar, and place a pen or something similar over the top to hold the wick upright and centered.
So I already burned my candle down and this blurry mess of a photo was all I had of the finished product. So sorry about that! The wax sloshed a bit when I moved the candle a bit too soon, so it looks a little messy here, but as soon as I lit it the wax evened out nicely. My lazy directions seemed to work just as well as the long way, so I'm pretty dang pleased with myself! The candle burned beautifully and filled my house with a strong throw. I was actually very impressed with how strong this candle was without being headache-inducing. Awesome!

Overall Thoughts
Primary Raw has such a distinct vision for their company. The presentation seems perfectly thought out and flawless. I love the natural, rustic look of the packaging, and love their mission as a company. I think the duo of this cream and DIY candle would make such a gorgeous gift, and I hope that Memebox start to carry them as a set! I would definitely buy more for presents!
I'm very impressed with my experience overall, and I'm excited to see more from this brand!

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  1. Looks great! I'm really liking this product!

  2. I like your lazy directions, haha. I'm testing out the cream but still haven't made the candle - that's my weekend project! I will definitely be doing a lazy version (either yours or something even lazier if I can think of it, lol).

    1. hahaha when it comes to these kinds of crafts I am always looking for a lazy version. I did the same thing when I made my own lip balms, so I figured it would also work for this, and luckily it did! I don't have time to boil water on my stove and break up the wax, put it into the jar and hold it halfway into the water and wait for it to melt down. Microwaves exist for a reason LOL

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