I first learned of HABA from a reader some years back and recall seeing them at the basement of Takashimaya. I even wanted to try their washing powder at one stage. But because I couldn’t erase the image of my mom using washing powder to wash clothes back when I was a kid, I gave up the idea quite quickly. So the brand soon slipped under my radar. It only resurfaced recently when I was invited to their Suntec outlet and that was when I found out about their full range of additive-free or Mutenka cosmetics that are free of parabens, fragrances, mineral oils, chemically synthesized tar colors and petrochemical surfactants.
With the temperature turning up and the air quality becoming worse, I’ve restorted to lunching in on most days. But I got tired of buying my food so this week, I decided to pack my own lunchbox every single day! Besides eating healthier food, I can better protect my skin by staying away from the scorching sun. And it helps that I have good company because a few of my colleagues have the habit of lunching in too.
While I don’t have dry skin, I do know how it feels to have one. At one stage, my cheeks were so dry and tight, I felt like they’d cracked when I smiled. It was awful. So when a reader by the name of Ann wrote in a comment recently that she is faced with increasingly dry skin and no face cream or moisturizer seems to help, I could empathize with her pain. But the question I found myself asking: is her issue a case of dry skin or dehyrated skin?
Even though I have a few commercial body scrubs in my stash, I like to use a DIY scrub on some days, mainly out of boredom and wanting some novelty. That or to get rid of some ingredients in the kitchen. Anyway, many ingredients can double up as homemade scrubs but without a binder like yogurt or honey, they disintegrate quickly. So the other day I was making my tea with the disposable tea bags and looking at them, I thought hey, these make perfect scrub bags! I must have been inspired by the Jo Lauren Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Bags!