Resuming Reviewing: Nacomi Black Soap and Smooth Body Butter
I like to take my time to evaluate how my paints and potions perform, and then write about the experience, and this time it can’t be said I didn’t give it a fair amount of time for judgement; if it hadn’t been because I hadn’t felt like posting for a while already, I’d have said I left my blogging muse stranded somewhere in an Asian airport…
Yet, soon as I made myself put fingers to the keyboard, she popped back in, and with her this post of first impressions about Nacomi, a brand that caught my eye from the start: the packaging is cute (dumb, I know, but hey, I like packaging), EU-made, and thus cruelty-free, and Polish, which to me is a good letter of presentation, for a reason as ridiculous as the fact that I have lovely travel memories of Poland, and hence I tend to be attracted to anything that reminds me of it.
From a more practical standpoint, their products are very affordable, and their INCIs quite good if you’re not too happy about those of traditional cosmetics. Personally I have no quibbles with many regular cosmetics and synthetic ingredients, which make fans of natural cosmetics whip out the cross and garlic, but I like that choices like this are steadily taking up more shelf space.
Nacomi Black Soap
This product is intended for oily skin, which made me a touch wary at first: my combination skin gets shine easily, but being d’un certain age, it gets dry easily as well, especially in autumn/winter, and I prefer to steer clear of products that are a bit aggresive in this respect.
Fortunately, that’s not the case with this soap: it feels nice to use, and leaves skin fresh and elastic, not tight and overly dry, even though the label says it works like an enzyme peel.
No idea if this is actually so, though, because it says on the jar that for the product to work this way, one has to apply on skin and let sit for 10 minutes, rinse and massage skin with a glove, which I’m too lazy and impatient to do… I’d rather just use a traditional exfoliant.
Besides, being solid means it’s pretty handy for travel, which is why it was one of the things I made sure was in my hand luggage on my last trip, without fear of spills or being made to leave it at the airport control point. This soap also makes little to no foam, which is perfectly fine by me, but I’d like to note it for the foam folk who actively seek this sensory element in cleansing products.
The tiniest bit of soap (defined as: what you can scrape off with the tip of your nail) is enough to clean your face… more if you use it to shower, of course. So this soap looks like it’s going to last me forever, which I wouldn’t be too keen about if this product was a liquid or cream, but being solid means that it will probably last in good condition for ages; no need to stock up on this stuff, much as I like it. Perfect for my pocketbook, not so much for Nacomi’s bottom line, I guess, so wiele points for offering something that isn’t made for programmed obsolescence.
Would I repurchase the Nacomi black soap? Yes, if I ever run out of it, and it doesn’t seem as though that is going to happen in the foreseeable future, even though I use it every morning on my face. In any case, this isn’t a product that I’d deem indispensable in my routine (very few are) but I think this one’s earned its 4.5 points fair and square.
Edited to add: been meaning to add this for days… weeks ago, I had an awful breakout I couldn’t explain, since nothing in my routine had changed, and thankfully breakouts have become a much rarer occurrence for about a year. On closer inspection (which is to say, I examined my morning products with my contacts on), I realized the soap was moldy.
Nacomi Smooth Body Butter
I could wax at length about this body butter, but I think a gif’s enough to convey how I feel about it, so…
This isn’t a product I’d typically go for at first, since I tend to be a bit picky with gourmand-scented products; that is, many tend to attract me at first sight, until I remember that I’m often annoyed/repelled by many sweet scents in cosmetics… oh well…
But anyway, saw this on the shelf labeled “honeyed waffles” (sort of), and lo, into the basket… I have something of an unresolved thing with waffles, in that whenever I’m near a waffle place I almost float by, because I just love how they smell, yet I never buy them, because I know I won’t be able to eat the whole thing; they are all too, too sweet. So anything that promises me the experience, without the added guilt of leaving perfectly good food on my plate, is a win.
Yet, this body butter doesn’t exactly smell of waffles, nor much less of honey; it’s mainly a vanilla scent with a “something”, like a savory element that keeps it from being cloying and one-dimensional… not exactly what I was expecting, but I’m not disappointed, because it’s just yummy. Don’t use this if you have nibbly types neaby, and you actually intend to get Serious People things accomplished.
Would I buy again this Nacomi body butter? Oh yes, and unlike with the product above, I think that this must be one of the body moisturizers I’ve used up the fastest, so I’m noting this down as something I want to use again (something I don’t often say about this type of product, because there’s always a different one I want to try); meanwhile, this one gets all 5 points from me.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.