In the past, bees hadn’t exactly left the best of impressions on me. The elementary school I went to had small gardens that would often attract bees, so a buzzer usually ended up inside the classroom. Someone would yell, “Bee!” and the class would be disrupted for a good 10 minutes. I didn’t care so much about honey at the time, so the only positive thoughts I had of bees stemmed from the popular fast food chain, Jollibee.
The 2010’s, however, is a very different time. I am a fan of “virgin” honey on my smoothies, and I’m more open to trying out bee-centered beauty products because of the natural-living trend. One of my finds from Watson’s is Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream (PHP 195).
The box may look big, but it’s on extreme close-up in this shot. Your PHP 195 gets you all of 5 ml of the actual cream/oil.Egyptian Magic Cream is primarily composed of olive oil, so don’t be surprised if it smells exactly like that with its mild fruitiness. I use this all-purpose cream mostly on my face as a moisturizer and occasionally on my dry patches such as elbows and ankles. The first thing you’ll notice about the actual cream is the consistency that I can only describe as mushy. There are waxy bits that make it grittier-looking than a balm, but everything fully dissolves into oil once you rub it between the fingers or directly on the face.
- Because the cream doesn’t turn liquid unless you rub it, you could say this neat little jar was made for travel. There’s even a stopper at the mouth of the plastic jar to prevent messes.
- The scent is not bad. It doesn’t emit a nutty or raw odor, unlike other varieties of face oil.
- It moisturizes well. There is not a hint of dryness to my skin.
- I wake up in the morning with a greasy face. It’s not the type of oil that the skin just laps up.
- I’ve read that you should rub this between the fingers to warm it up until it turns fully liquid, then massage on to the face. I feel like this is a wasteful method. It’s as though all that oil might end up getting absorbed by the fingers instead. That’s why…
- …I tried rubbing the mush directly on my face in an attempt to save time and product. Guess what, I still end up having to rub small circles around the skin just to melt it, and there was a lot of pulling involved to get it to spread evenly. Not the easiest to slather on when you’re lazy.
Verdict: Find the best application method for you. That was a real turn-off for me. I couldn’t just slather this on quickly without pulling at my face.