I guess I am more of a ‘natural’ type of girl. I grew up with a Mum that is all into natural remedies. She would cure my flu with horribly tasting garlic-onion home made mixture, and apply lemon on my hair to make them shiny. So when I started my journey of love for Asia, I simply couldn’t skip their herbs and traditional medicine. I am not in denial of progress, and yah it sure feels good to apply a top-notch newly discovered molecule-based cream from time to time. But women have cared for their bodies, skin and hair forever. And History is full of legendary beauties that could conquer even the coldest of hearts, so why not learn something from them? (I have been exploring other Ancient Asian beauty secrets such as Rice, Camellia Oil and Ginseng).
While browsing some more nature-inspired Korean products, I recently discovered the Skylake brand. Skylake is a Korean green skincare company specialised in natural-based beauty products. Skylake cosmetics are made of oriental herbs and contain their special ingredient, the Sky Lake Herb Water.
The Skylake Oriental Herb Cool Shampoo
The Skylake shampoo is a saviour for anyone suffering from irritated, dry scalp with flakes and dandruff. Formulated with a patented blend of oriental herbs, this shampoo has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains peppermint leaf oil and menthol for an extra cool, soothing effect.
- Skylake Oriental Herb Water (Water, Angelica Gigas Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Angelica Dahurica Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Inula Helenium Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Clove Flower Extract), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tea-cocyl Glutamate, Disodiumlaurethsulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Cocamidedea, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Polygonatum Multiflorum, Polyquaternium-7, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Powder, Polyquaternium-10, Peppermint Leaf Oil, Menthol, Phellodendron Amurense Bark, Allantoin, Panthenol, Caprylhydroxamicacid / Caprylylglycol / Glycerin, Salicylicacid, Citricacid, Disodiumedta, Polygonatum Multiflorum Root
The shampoo has a rather strong menthol and oriental herb scent, but as I have a weakness for herbs, I love this smell. I keep the shampoo 1-2 minutes to just sit on my scalp, and give me a nice tingly feeling. It not only managed to relieve the itching and minimise dandruff, but I also feel it makes my hair very shiny.
I wanted to like this conditioner as much as I liked the shampoo, but it wasn’t possible. First of all, as much as I love the minty herbal smell of the shampoo, this conditioner has a rather unpleasant and long lasting pharmaceutical smell. The Skylake conditioner has a soft cream-like consistency and, yes it does a decent job to hydrate and soften my abused blond hair. But this smell is just too much to handle for me, and I don’t think I will be buying this conditioner again. You can ask for a deluxe sample of this conditioner and try it before committing to the full-size bottle.
Where to get it? I don’t see it anymore on the Skylake US shop, but Mishibox also has it.
Skylake mask pack sheet mask
I got two masks from Skylake, the Brightening and the relaxing/trouble one. Well, at least I hope so cause’ they don’t make it easy by writing everything only in Korean. I started with the brightening mask which delivered on its promise. I was expecting the Sklyake sheet mask to have a dark essence and smell bad, but I was wrong. The sheet mask comes out white and moist and has a very strong smell of spices, cloves and cinnamon. There are actually two masks in the brightening sheet mask package, one classical face sheet mask and a weird additional strip. I didn’t really know what to do with this additional sheet mask strip, so I just put it on my neck but it was not particularly comfortable.
The second mask I tried, was the ‘relaxing/ trouble care’ one, recommended for teens as it contains eighteen different herbs to help soothe acne-prone skin. I don’t really have much acne, but this mask was very relaxing, nicely moist and also with the same clover-like smell as the brightening one. Overall, the masks were good, and I would use them more often if they were easily available.
I can’t finish without mentioning a word or two on my other recent discovery: the Tartary Buckwheat Tea! This tea has a strong cereal-like smell and a beautiful golden color. The taste is very peculiar, and can’t be really compared to any type of tea I know. I bought this tea in a specialised Chinese/Korean grocery store and I just love it.
The Tartary Buckwheat Tea, also called Soba-Cha has multiple health benefits. This herbal infusion is traditionally made by steeping buckwheat leaves in hot water. It has been popular in Japan, China and Korea since centuries, and although overdosing this herb can supposedly cause side effects, people believe in extraordinary health benefits of this caffeine-free drink. The tea is believed to improve circulation and prevent varicose and have metabolic benefits. It includes plenty of antioxidants, such as rutin and vitexin.
If you grew up in the East like me, you probably know Buckwheat or Kasha, more from your lunch dish than tea. Kasha has always been a dish I reluctantly eat even though my Mum claims it has great health benefits. So now, I found a way to still listen to my Mum – and I will have Kasha in my drink.
Where to get it? You can also find it on Amazon.
Have you tried any Skylake products? Any favourites?