Fast forward to twelve years later (gosh, has it really been that long since I've graduated from the University?!), I received a package of Godiva skincare products. And a generous one at that, as it contained full-sized bottles plus sample sachets of their entire product line.
|Godiva Natural Skincare.|
As for the formulation, the all-new Godiva Natural Skincare line contains licorice, a plant commonly used as a sweetening agent. Its roots, on the other hand, are known to have several medicinal properties.
Licorice root extract contains an active ingredient called 'glabridin', a potent, naturally-derived ingredient, known around the world for its whitening properties. It works by inhibiting the production of melanin as it nourishes and protects the skin with its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. However, despite of its known skin benefits, glabridin is uncommon to commercial beauty products because of its steep price.
This is where Godiva Natural Skincare stands out. It uses licorice extract that not only has passed various clinical trials, but is also guaranteed safe and effective for use in skin whitening - at an affordable price, at that. Best of all, their products are all paraben-free!
Now let me walk you through each of the products that I've received. I'll give you my first impressions and initial thoughts about the products (not the usual, full-blown product review), as I've only started using them this month. I need more than four weeks (and perhaps bigger bottles, haha!) to properly gauge its whitening effect on my skin.
Read more about my experience with Godiva Natural Skincare products after the jump!
Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion with SPF15.
|Whitening Lotion (100mL), Php 132.|
Aside from keeping the skin soft, smooth, and moisturized, this lotion also provides sun protection. It's in the lower range though (SPF15), so I still use sunscreen on top of this product.
Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant.
|Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (40mL) Php 89.|
The Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant is also fragrance-free - a plus factor for those who dislike deodorants with overpowering scents. And although this product takes a few minutes or so to dry, I love that it's mild and gentle on my rather sensitive underarms. No itchiness, no redness, no rashes.
|Whitening Soap (135g) Php 69.|
Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Wash.
|Whitening Facial Wash, Php 85.|
Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Toner.
|Whitening Facial Toner, Php 89.|
A toner's purpose is to close the pores to prevent any infection or absorption of bacteria. Facial cleansers can affect the pH level of the skin, and toners are meant to restore those pH levels. By skipping on a facial toner, you are losing an essential piece of the puzzle to complexion perfection, and doing your skin more harm than good.
Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Facial Cream.
|Whitening Facial Cream, Php 120.|
I have to say, though, that this product did give me breakouts on my second day of use. Nothing too alarming though, just three or four tiny red dots on my forehead - which eventually disappeared after my fourth day of use. Now I really don't believe in the myth called 'purging', so I guess that was just my skin being overly sensitive once again to the summer heat.
All in all, my experience so far with Godiva's Natural Skincare products has been pleasant and rewarding. I am particularly in love with the Whitening Lotion, and I'm hoping to see more significant changes in my skin tone within the next few weeks. I'll keep you all posted, of course! :)
Have you tried any of Godiva's skincare products before? Which ones are your favorite?