Ever heard of the beauty product brand called Sea of Spa? How about Origani or Organi? I didn't know about these either until I purchased them. I've searched online and discovered that the former is a Jewish based beauty company that's recently offering their products in the Philippines in a shop called Black Pearl. The same store is also offering products from Organi or Origani of Australia.
Sea of Spa and Origani or Organi in the Philippines through the Black Pearl shop
Both beauty lines offer products made from natural ingredients. But they are VERY expensive. I initially thought that it may be because the items were shipped from overseas but the actual price from the country where they came from are still pricey. There was even a line (dubbed Gold or Cleopatra or something between those lines) which costs 500,000 pesos! What's even more shocking is that I was at that store when a customer went to pick her set from this half a million worth line!
While the ones I purchased were definitely cheaper than hers, it's still too much in total for someone like me (I'm not rich at all) and I wish I should have used the money to buy an iPhone 6S version with more storage space than the one I currently have. :(
Anyway, I did promise the lovely lady who assisted me that I will write a review about their products which I actually purchased late last year (around late October I think) yet I only got to write about it now. Sadly, it won't be very promotional as she may have expected. I apologize in advance.
Sea of Spa Bio Spa Purifying Mineral Mud Mask Review
I'll start with the first one I ever got to try from the set. This is supposedly the only one I intended to buy, being the cheapest in the bunch (around 5k - still very costly but payment was at least distributed in 3 monthly installments).
I forgot my card at their shop after I purchased this. One of the sales clerk who assisted me contacted me about it. Their team leader offered more items with a lot of discounts when I came back the next day to retrieve the card. I'd like to commend them for their honesty by the way.
So about the mask, it contains olive oil, dunaliella alga extract, and more. It is used for cleansing and purifying. I did enjoy using it.
See original product page info:
It looks like tariff and customs fees are passed on to buyers (since it's from abroad) because this is way too expensive (amplified by about 4 times the original price).
Sea of Spa Bio Spa Nourishing Night Cream Review
Next is the night cream. Based on the packaging, it contains the following:
- dead sea minerals
- dunaliella alga extract
- omega 3, 6, and 9
- carrot oil
- obliphica (sea buckthorn)
- vitamins, antioxidants
Its aim is to lessen wrinkles (not that I have any yet) and to tone skin. I enjoyed the velvety texture of this cream.
Original product page:
Organi Papaya Clay Mask for Skin Renewal Review
Unlike the first two above which originated from Israel, this one's from Australia but the same local shop sells it. It purpose is supposedly to remove outer dead skin cells. It also a nature based mask like the first item on this list. I enjoyed this more than the mud mask though. It's soothing, particularly after a tiring day with all the dust, dirt, and sun. The Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment is literally more super though and is more affordable.
Origani Complexion Perfection Skin Brightening Vitamin C Bright Night Cream Review
This is the last one I got to use from the set but was actually advised to be used alongside the papaya mask. It contains vitamin C, bear berry, and licorice. It works against sun spots and age spots. It's also sealed with an Australian Organic Certified Processor with no animal testing done and is 100% naturally derived.
Origani Replenishing Manuka Honey Soap Review
This was given for free as an add on. The same applies to the eye cream sachets (see feature image above) and the free facial vouchers (which I did not use anymore because they may offer me additional products if I go back). Thank you for the discounts and freebies nonetheless along with free skincare regimen advice such as refrigerating beauty products upon opening the package to make them last longer and preserve the effectiveness.
And yes, the soap is indeed replenishing as the product name suggests.
All in all, the set costs almost 25k (with the first one in 3 installments and the rest payable within 6 months). While these are luxurious and you'd really feel like royalty while using them, it's definitely not worth it. You can easily buy an alternative brand with the same type of product for a cheaper cost.
Prices doesn't guarantee effectiveness either. While these are really pampering in general, they don't actually provide noticeable results. I went against advice of using them sparingly in order to last them for months. I used them generously instead just so I can consume everything faster. The result? Similar to my statement above - that cheaper products are far better in terms of effect.
So in conclusion, your money is better off used elsewhere unless you are like the lady I mentioned at the intro who can afford a 500k beauty regimen set. As for me, I regretted this a lot and swear to never be talked into buying anything similar ever again.
Update, December 2016
A fellow buyer contacted me through Twitter about his concerns over this local distributor company. He graciously allowed me to use the photos he shared and his story as well, albeit anonymously.
Like all others, including those who posted comments below, he was wary of the possibility that he had been scammed. But like I always say, I've seen that the items were indeed legit and the prices were within justifiable re-seller range compared with the original brands sold online.
We just agreed that the marketing technique used is what's shady. It's notable that they push products, particularly expensive ones you don't really need since it's not related to your skincare concern. Considering the price of such items too, the supposed free products are but loose change.
This guy I had a chat with originally intended to buy just one item which was perfect for his needs (the Pomegranate Facial Peel above for breakouts). But whoever assisted him encouraged the purchase of more costly options which he won't be needing much anytime soon (like anti-ageing regimen).
While there are numerous freebies including a VIP card for free facials with RF slimming sessions, the total cost of what he paid for may not be worth it since he doesn't plan to use some of the items and services. He'll be paying around 5k per month next year for the total 60k bill (Philippine peso).
February 2017 (Update)
Another previous buyer approached me on Twitter recently and allowed me to use the photos for this post.
Based on her statement and on more recent comments below, it looks like the original price of the items are actually cheaper. The Black Pearl brand is what's expensive, not Sea of Spa; although I'm wondering why they have the bag with that logo.
Some of the previous buyers have also started a Facebook group (link is somewhere in the comments) and initiated DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) mediation. Join the group or contact everyone active if you're interested in joining a class suit action they were planning to organize.