Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub is a beauty treatment which originated from the royal palaces of Java, Indonesia and inspired by a ritual called lulur. Lulur was originally intended for the bride-to-be in order to beautify, smoothen and whiten her skin before the wedding day.
Manufactured in Indonesia, I think to preserve the authenticity, Asian Secrets Scrubs are imported into the country by Unilab for Innovitelle, one of its subsidiaries.
Part of the massive loot I’ve won from Asian Secrets, Ruthilicious and Project Vanity were several tubs of these body scrubs. I am ecstatic to have won them as I have known (Thanks to this post of Lipstick Addict) and have been using the Green Tea and Vitamin E variant (alternately with other scrubs) even back then when they had a different packaging design.
I think fans of Asian Secrets Body Scrubs would remember that period last year when the Asian Secrets Scrub went missing in some stores, inducing some fans to hoard. It turned out that the scrub tubs were just getting a makeover since the line was being expanded to include new variants and soaps.
I initially thought that the soaps were made to pair up with the scrubs based on the color of their labels, e. g.. green box of soap with green labeled tub of scrub. I thought same color would mean same scent or same special ingredient or same benefits. But then there are just three scrubs and two soaps, with green being the only common packaging color. So it isn’t so.
Neither are the soaps solid versions of the scrubs, if their ingredients are to be the basis. Check out the ingredients of the soaps in the previous post. These are the ingredients found in all three scrubs: aqua [water], polyethylene, stearic acid, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, mineral oil, glyceryl stearate SE, lanolin anhydrous, propylene glycol, squalene, olea europeae [olive] oil, fragrance, titanium dioxide, tocopheryl acetate, sodium lactate, carbomer, methylparaben, propylparaben.
Meanwhile these are the ingredients unique to each scrub variant:
Green: camellia sinensis [green tea] extract, triethanolamine, dimethicone, tetrasodium edta, allantoin, butylparaben, squalene, olea europeae [olive] oil, tocopheryl acetate, sodium lactate, potassium hydroxide
Blue: seaweed extract, squalene, olea europeae [olive] oil, tocopheryl acetate, sodium lactate, potassium hydroxide
Violet: triethanolamine, allantoin, dimethicone, tetrasodium edta, butylparaben
Wait, let me get that in English.
The tub with green label contains Green Tea and Vitamin E to protect skin and keep it healthy. The tub with blue label contains Seaweed Extract and Vitamin E, also to help protect the skin and keep it healthy. Finally, the tub with violet label contains Licorice and Mulberry Leaf extract to help whiten skin.
Again, I am hard pressed to tell the difference between the scrubs in terms of effects. They do have differing scents.
All three variants have lulur beads (to) gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to smoothen and give it (skin) a radiant glow. The label further states that frequent use reduces skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone by getting rid of dark patches especially in areas prone to darkening like the elbows, knees, armpits and the area between the thighs, and that the scrubs moisturize(s) and leave(s) skin with a light fragrant scent.
I am using Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrubs primarily for their exfoliating ability. My skin smells fragrant and feels so soft and supple after use. As I’ve mentioned in the post before this, my current skincare routine which includes the weekly use of these scrubs, keeps my skin from getting darker and allows me to retain my current skin tone.
The scrub mixture is quite light with lots of fine beads. A sugary white chocolate mousse comes to mind. The beads are not at all coarse, but then, are not water soluble. I like the packaging as I get to use every last bit of the scrub.
I find Asian Secrets Body Scrubs less messier to use than dry scrubs. I use a spatula to scoop out a generous amount and follow pretty much what the package directions say: scrub all over your skin especially the dark areas while it is dry (sometimes I leave it damp) to remove impurities, dead skin and dirt. Rinse with water. I do bathe first. Then towel off. It is then that I scrub away with just my hands, then rinse. Use a lotion last. Methinks it’s okay to use the scrubs on wet skin too.
Just like the soaps, Asian Secrets Scrubs are also dermatologist tested, hypo-allergenic and must be kept out of children’s reach. Because once they get to try these they will want a tub of their own. Kidding.:) .
Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrubs are available in Mercury Drug and Robinson’s Supermarket at around P130 for a 250 gram tub.