Hello ! I am back with another review. This time it’s about Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar. Yes, Benton has just recently released a new product and it is a soap bar! I was lucky enough to be one of the reviewers to be picked to review this product and I happen to have won as one of the best 21 reviewers out of 100 people in total too! First reviews were posted to my instagram but on separate posts for face and body reviewed, so this entry will have the complete both reviews 🙂
ABOUT THE BRAND
‘Benton’ is inspired by and named after the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in which Benjamin Button grows younger with time. In the movie, Benjamin has no choice but to leave his love, Daisy as he becomes younger. What if Daisy could also turn back time on her physical appearance, wouldn’t she be happier? It may just be a fictional movie, but wouldn’t most people have the same desire to be young again? Benton desires to restore your skin back to its original, healthy condition with healthy recipes, rather than to give temporary effects with harmful ingredients. Also, Benton presents freshly made products by sticking to small batch production.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Name: Dear My Best Friend Bar
Type : A soap bar for face and body.
Size : 100g moisture contained / 80g dry.
Country : Korea.
Price : $15 at Stylekorean.
For : All skin types including sensitive skin.
Benton’s Dear My Best Friend Bar is a natural soap for both body and face. Dear My Best Friend Bar (aka BF Bar) is Benton’s first naturally-derived soap made with vegetable oil base and various botanical ingredients, which enable moisturizing cleansing. BF Bar helps blemished skin with cacao seed, oatmeal, papain, and basil by removing dead skin cells and excessive sebum. The cleansing soap is suitable for dry skin with moisturizing vegetable oil base, honey, and glycerin. Containing calamine, centella asiatica, tea tree, and witch hazel, the soap presents a comfortable cleansing to sensitive skin. Present a restful cleansing to your best friend, your body and face.
Dry and sensitive skin feeling stripped after cleansing / Bumpy and rough skin.
Body and face with excessive sebum and dead skin cells / Blemished skin : face, chest , or back.
Skin tired from body wastes and external stressors / Skin that wants a healthy, naturally derived soap.
BF bar is made with vegetable base consisting of 8 vegetable oils (coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil etc.).
Honey in the soap enables moisturizing cleansing by preventing moisture loss.
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Powder – Cacao, rich in antioxidant polyphenols and minerals, helps to manage sebum and dead skin cells.
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour – Oatmeal is a super food with abundant dietary fiber and antioxidants. Oatmeal helps to keep skin moisturized and supple, and removes sebum and dead skin cells.
Calamine – Famous for skin soothing properties, Calamine is used in Calamine lotion to treat chickenpox. Calamine is a skin calming ingredient even suitable for sensitive skin.
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Oil – Known to contain phytoncide, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Oil relieves skin stress and is excellent at skin improvement and soothing with antioxidant effect.
Along with Lavender oil, it leaves skin comfortable and soothed.
The design is probably the coolest Benton has ever come up with. I love that it is designed like a postcard and there is an English version of ingredients. Very compact and to the point. Definitely great for travelling plus it comes with a foaming net that can be used as a place to store the soap bar or as a foaming tool. On the side of packaging, there is a place to write someone’s name so it is also a perfect design for a gift!
PERFORMANCE ON FACE
I used it from 18 – 21 November 2017, total of four days, before I had to drop it. First impression of Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar was excellent. Previously I used Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser. The soap bar is very different from Cerave’s. It left me a clean feeling and soft skin. I felt so fresh and it was awesome. I used it both AM and PM but on the third day, my face started getting oily at work so much. And it felt tight. And the longer I used the soap, the squeakier it felt every time after washing. And in those days, I started getting pimples. I don’t have a pH tester, but several results by other people only showed it to be around pH 7-8. No wonder the squeaky feeling.
PERFORMANCE ON BODY
After testing it on face, I decided to use Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar on body. But it felt squeaky and drying on my body too, so I gave it to my boyfriend to do the testing. It was his first soap bar in his life ever and when I asked if he felt any different from other liquid soaps he used, he said he didn’t notice a difference. Only comment he made after was that how fast the soap bar ran out. He used it for 12 days and it turned out nice! The pimples on his back seemed to reduce and the back looked clearer.
So I guess Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar bar fits more for men than woman. And probably only good as a body soap seeing it leaves face skin squeaky and dry. It is good for men who typically sweat more than woman and have oily skin. Those with backne can probably benefit from it too in reducing the pimples. Unfortunately tho, the soap bar runs out fast and the price is not cheap. From my experience, soap bars don’t typically last as long as the liquid soaps, so it is understandable. But with the price tag $15, it is slightly in the expensive side of a body soap for me. Would probably buy it during sales as a gift 🙂
For face: 1/5
For body (man) : 3.5/5
Thank you Benton for providing me Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar for reviewing purposes and picked me as one of the best reviewers 🙂