Month: July 2016

Travalo and Perfume Pod: the easiest way to tote your favorite scents for travel

Helloooo! How have you guys been? It’s been way too long since I last published a blog post, and I’m so happy I’m back! I’ve been dealing with a lot of personal and career milestones lately, so life has truly been overwhelming. With that, I realized that I have amassed a huge amount of clutter in my room, and in my everyday bag.

Just this weekend, I dealt with the mess, started with my room, my closet, and finally, my day bag. My bag’s unusually heavy for a bag that size, so a cleanup and organization is way overdue. One of the reasons why it’s so bulky, is that I actually have two full sized perfume bottles in it! No wonder. I always remember to spritz on perfume because it helps boost my energy and counter the smell from food and the sweaty outdoors. It’s a good thing I remembered that I have these tiny easy fill perfume sprays from Travalo and Perfume Pod to save the day. Teehee

These things need to be included as a life hack. haha. I mean, not only are they space savers, they also look really nice. They’re great alternatives to fragile perfume bottles, while having a sleek design and being available in a lot of colors!

I went ahead and picked my two bulkiest perfume bottles and transferred them to the Travalo Classic and Perfume Pod sprays. Both come with the patented Genie-S refill system that allows users to “pump to refill” into the travel friendly Travalo and Perfume Pods without any leaks and without exposing the contents into the air.

The Travalo and Perfume Pod atomizers are durable, scratch-resistant, shatterproof and has a clear panel, so you can easily monitor the content. they’re very handy and safe to cram inside a teeny tiny clutch or into the back pocket of your jeans, literally something you can take with you everywhere.


For those conscious with design, the Travalo Classic is the perfect scent buddy for you. The sleek and minimalist design has been carefully thought out to keep up with the aesthetic demands of consumers. The Travalo Classic is available in nine trendy colors, perfect for fashionistas who want options for #ootd matching.

For functionality and durability, the Travalo Classic is made in a lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum that doesn’t have an ounce of glass on it. It’s a little over 3 inches long, stores up to 5mL of perfume, and can spray for 65 to 80 times before the next refill.

Here’s a short vid to show you guys how easy it is to use the Travalo atomizer:

What makes Travalo more amazing is that the brand has won six
international awards including a Red Dot Design Award and a Beauty
Challenger Award. It’s a UK brand that’s been raved about by bloggers,
Youtube vloggers, and even editors of magazine bigwigs, with features in
Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Style magazine. Currently, Travalo has won the
hearts of as much as 10 million users globally.

For my personal experience, I did exactly as in the video. After a few pumps, the Travalo Classic bottle was filled up. Btw, that’s the Lovestruck by Vera Wang perfume I put in.

Perfume Pod

Like the Travalo classic, the Perfume Pod is also 3 inches in length and carries up to 5mL of perfume. It can also last you 65 to 80 sprays before the next refill, perfect for one whole weekend! it comes in eight colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Hot Pink, Purple, Red and Silver. Personally, i love the light pink one, and super happy with my silver Perfume Pod.

For this one, i picked the Chanel Chance perfume, and it’s as easy to fill as the Travalo atomizer.

Then tada! The filled up Travalo and Perfume Pod atomizers. personally I love how they’re so sturdy! They both survive the crazy jumble of my bag, and even my stuffed handcarry at the airport!

The Travalo Classic retails for Php 999, while the Perfume Pod retails at php 349.75. Both are available in Travalo 2F SM North Edsa, Lazada Philippines, and 4L SM Aura Premier. For more details, follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@travaloph). Use the hashtags #TravaloPH and #PerfumePodPH to join the convo.

My Kojie San Experience: Skin in a New Light

As I’ve shared before, it’s no secret that I’ve been using Kojie San for the past few months. To be honest, I didn’t expect much from a brand that’s mainstream and very affordable, but boy did they prove me wrong. Even after the summer’s over, I find myself traveling here and abroad, both under the very harsh sun. I just came back from a trip to Bataan, and Hong Kong the week before, and it was really hot, especially in HK. Most of the time, I was just walking under the bright sunny rays, relying only on sunscreen, and Kojie San’s skin lightening superpower to keep my skin healthy.

I don’t really put a premium on fair skin, but I do like to keep my current skin tone, because I’ve noticed that this one makes me look healthier, happier, and with a natural glow. But, as it is, many Filipinas prefer fair, radiant and flawless skin. That’s why whitening products are among the best-selling items in supermarkets.

At the Kojie San Tete-a-Tete, I got to learn that Filipinas usually turn to these three ingredients when going for skin whitening: papaya, glutathione, and kojic acid. All are good at skin lightening, but have effects at different rates, and work in different ways on whitening.
Originated in Japan, Kojic Acid is a chemical compound made from organic
materials that form complexes with substrates and metal ions. Kojic
Acid can also be extracted as a by-product of fermentation when making
Japanese rice wine & Sake.

Kojic acid has steadily been gaining popularity worldwide for skin lightening, and now I could see why. Locally, only one contains the two powerful natural-based ingredients
of Kojic Acid and high-grade virgin coconut oil: The Kojiesan Skin
Lightening Soap. Inspired by the luminous, flawless skin of Japanese women, Beauty Elements Ventures, Inc. (BEVI) developed the Kojiesan Lightening Soap, the company’s flagship product, the way the Japanese traditionally formulated theirs.

Since 2007, Kojiesan has been consistently producing their Kojic Acid soap blending high-grade Kojic Acid & virgin coconut oil with effective lightening ingredients that keeps dark pigmentation from forming and inhibits the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme that produces melanin. Now, we naturally have melanin in our skin, because it is the one responsible for our skin’s pigment. For example, morenas have more melanin in their skin that those born with fairer skin.

Let’s be frank here, kojic acid products are widely available anywhere, but what sets Koie san from this competition? It’s formulation. Kojic acid soaps are usually very drying, as I’ve tried different brands before, but the combination of kojic acid and virgin coconut oil changes that. Today, it is the number one Kojic Acid soap in the Philippines.

“Whitening has always been one of the goals of most Filipinas today. Perhaps from the influence that we get from Korea and Japan or our daily exposure to teleseryes starring women with flawlessly fair skin, we see that they really look beautiful and attractive. According to research, having a whiter complexion can really boost your self-esteem. However, not all whitening products are the same and not all so-called Kojic Acid formulated soaps are as effective and safe like Kojiesan,” says Trisha Gregorio, Kojiesan’s Marketing Head.

To get the full effect of the Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap, Kojie San came up with a full range of products, which I reviewed before.

The recommended regimen goes like this:

  1. Rejuvenate
    with Kojiesan Cleanser + Toner, equipped with Ginseng Extract and
    Rosehip Oil to revive tired skin, ridding the skin of excessive oils
    while repairing skin damage;
  2. brighten with Kojiesan Face
    Lightening Cream, a combination of natural extracts and high-grade Kojic
    Acid to lighten as it nourishes, restoring skin suppleness for a
    healthy, rosy look; and
  3. lighten with Kojiesan Body
    Lightening Lotion with advanced formula of Kojic Acid and Rosehip Oil –
    to whiten skin as it heals – and Collagen + Vitamin E to increase
    youthfulness and improve skin health.

At the Kojie San tete-a-tete, I had fun with these girls, Kim (Kimpossibly Gorgeous) and Celline (The Product Arena), and we talked about how the product worked for each of us. The consensus? Kojie San worked better than expected. Personally, even with all that time under the sun, I don’t have any tan lines, even when wearing halter tops, that’s how great it worked for me.

So there, you’ve heard what we have to say. Are you up to the challenge of bringing your skin to light?

No celebrities, no famous faces – just Kojiesan and you – because with Kojiesan, you are the It Girl.

So, when it comes to your skin, you are your strongest advocate. Learn more and try Kojiesan and see how it should be your best choice in bringing your skin to light!

About the Company

Beauty Elements Ventures, Inc. is a personal care company with a wide range of products for men and women established in 2007. It is the first to introduce Kojic Acid soap in the Philippine market, supplying kojic acid soaps to dermatologists who prescribed the product to patients with skin pigmentation and darkening problems. With a growing end-user base, BEVI launched the original kojic acid soap formulated the traditional Japanese way but made it even better by adding high grade virgin coconut oil in the mix. It’s brand Kojiesan soon became a household name in the skin-lightening category that has since launched a complete Kojiesan Skincare System and garnered consumer recognitions.

• Product line includes anti-aging, acne treatment, men’s skincare, cellulite control, fragrances and sunblock.
• Recognised by Watsons Health & Beauty Awards as Bath Soap Brand of the Year for five consecutive years.
• Consumer “SM Top Choice” Awardee
• The first and only brand of Kojic Acid Soap with high-grade virgin coconut oil in Indonesia for skin treatment