I’m just going to say this first, I love everything about Japan — the food, cosmetics, culture, architecture, EVERYTHING. So if there’s a new brand from Japan coming to Malaysia and Singapore, you bet I’ll be the first to try it.
Introducing the new game-changer, Botanist: a top-ranking shampoo and treatment range from Japan. With its popularity in Japan and Korea, it’s no wonder that Botanist is well-loved by celebrities such as actress Yamada Yu, Takahashi Minami from AKB48 and Jae Joong from JYJ!
Embracing nature and the goodness of natural ingredients, Botanist hopes to introduce the power of plants into people’s lives. On top of caring for its consumers by using natural plant-derived ingredients, Botanist also cares for the environment (a trait that is hard to come by these days). To reduce its impact on Mother Earth, Botanist prioritizes the biodegradable quality of its soap ingredients–only selecting elements of the highest biodegradability.
Before we get to my thoughts on these products, let’s get down to the details so you get a better understanding.
Botanist prides itself on being one with nature. The products are free from artificial ingredients (they’re silicone-free!) and more than 90% of the product is derived from natural plant ingredients. This means that they’re gentle on the skin and are suitable for daily use.
There are two different ranges depending on your needs. Each range has its own shampoo and treatment.
The Moist range — as the name suggests — is made to hydrate. It is recommended for those who are concerned about damaged hair, dryness and brittleness.
The Smooth range is recommended for those who have very fine or soft hair (ME!!), who are concerned about limp hair, and who yearn for that sleek sensation of running their fingers through their hair (who doesn’t want to do that?).
Botanist is suitable for anyone at all — whether you’re a girl or boy, man or woman, adult or kid.. you get the gist. It’s also suitable for people with scalp problems like dryness, itchiness, irritation and dandruff. Or if you have no scalp issues but just want bigger hair to you keep all your secrets (cue Mean Girls reference), Botanist is good for volumizing the hair as well.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten the technical stuff out of the way, let’s get down to the review!
Because I have VERY fine hair, I’ve decided to go with the Smooth range (pictured above). Right off the bat, I’d just like to comment on the smell. Mine was in Green Apple & Rose for the shampoo and Apple & Berry for the treatment. It’s heavenly — I want to sniff my hair all day, seriously.
I’m very particular when it comes to shampoos and treatments mainly because I’ve over-bleached my hair over the past year (4 times to be exact) and my hair is damaged to the point of no return. Breakage happens so often and so easily — it’s like every girl’s nightmare. There’s a whole chunk of hair that’s broken in half and it pains me to see it every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror. Lesson learned: I’m never bleaching my hair again.
The Smooth range feels really light on my hair–which is a good thing because my hair is flat enough as it is. It leaves my hair feeling airy. Staying true to its promise of volumizing the hair, Botanist delivered.
But the most amazing part of all, it has tamed my broken hair. On normal days with my regular shampoo, this part of my hair would be frizzy and gets tangled really easily. And I’m more than pleased to find out that Botanist has managed to calm it down and make it look presentable. Based on this factor alone, I give Botanist my stamp of approval. I’m definitely a convert.
Update: After using both the shampoo and treatment for 2 weeks consecutively, I’m still thoroughly impressed. No hair product has been able to keep my overly damaged hair tame but Botanist managed to do it. My hair now looks healthier than ever. I’m so in love with the brand that I headed to Sephora to see if I could get my hands on more of their products. I picked up the hair oil and at the checkout counter, the cashier exclaimed very enthusiastically, “Great choice! Did you know that this brand is a best seller in Japan and Korea? I looove the smell!”
You know the brand is good if the Sephora staffs themselves rave about it too.
Honestly, it’s really no surprise (though still impressive) because it’s from Japan. And we know that we can trust Japanese brands to deliver quality products that do what they claim.
Launched this month (June 2017), Botanist is available at all Sephora outlets in Malaysia and Singapore. You can also purchase them online on Sephora.com.my and Sephora.com.sg. The shampoo and treatment each retail at RM78 in Malaysia and SGD26 in Singapore.
There is also a gift-with-purchase promotion going on for a cute original design pouch and 2 sample sachets. Grab them while stocks last!