Banahaw Heals Spa Review

Last Monday, we originally wanted to watch either Mockingjay or Second Chance, but then my back betrayed me. Thanks to my back pain we ended up going to Banahaw Heals Spa near our place (just a 5-10 minute walk depending on how fast I walk).

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Before leaving, I had to prep up Alex (read here: fix the room before we leave so that when we get back I don’t have to deal with a messy room AND leave her with my aunt and mom). This whole prep thing took up 30 minutes. I was super excited for the massage so while we were walking to Banahaw Heals Spa in my mind I was repeating over and over and over again, you will get a massage, you will relax, you will unwind. I seriously wanted to brisk walk, so we can get there faster but I didn’t want to add any more body pain to my already aching back.

The Banahaw Heals Spa branch near our place just had around 3-4 single rooms and 1 couple room. We were both Banahaw Heals Spa virgins so it took us 5 or so minutes to pick which service we will avail of. They have many different types of massage available but they are most known for the 5-in-1 massage (combination of thai, swedish,traditional hilot,shiatsu, and tuina). It will be super easy to just jump in and say we will get the 5-in-1 massage but in our minds we can avail of the massage plus plus.

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They have many different packages that you can check depending on your budget and the type of need that you have. E went for Package #1. This was for back pain and he wanted to try ventusa therapy. I really wanted to try that too, but the spa assistant warned us that for ventusa, they don’t recommend showering 1-2 days after. I can’t afford to not shower for a day or two (hello I can’t show up to work looking cray cray and smelling cray cray too especially because I have to endure hot and messy commute to and from work) so I went for Package 5. Package 5 included body scrub and the 5-in-1 massage.

After registering we were whisked away to 2 hrs worth of relaxation. For my Package, I tried the body scrub and the massage. Confession time here, FIRST EVER BODY SCRUB! I heard from a friend that it was nice but that they will really scrub off your whole body, exception was the private areas only. I wasn’t prepared for it! So when I entered the tiny pop-up room ( just enough to fit a massage table and 3-4 steps from the table), I just laid down and waited for the attendant assigned to me. She came in after 5 minutes with two bowls – one with warm water and one with the body scrub. For a first time body scrub everything went well, I was just repeatedly fighting off the urge to laugh out loud while she was scrubbing my tummy and my armpits. Hello? How can you not laugh when a person scrubs your armpit???I kept on doing yoga breathing to relax myself and even bit my lip to stop myself from laughing. Na-achieve naman, I didn’t laugh or giggle or anything. Congrats me!

After showering off the scrub we began with the 5-in-1 massage. It was like being a flour with lumps which needed extra kneading. The spa assistant really went after my back lumps a.k.a lamig. I know this because I heard the tiny burps she made (which in traditional hilot was a sign of the lumps or lamig getting eliminated from your body). After the mix of traditional hilot, shiatsu, and swedish she began yoga like stretching with me. This was my favorite part, I really felt the back pain disappear when she did it.

Unfortunately, E and I weren’t in the same room, no more couples room when we got there, so I didn’t see the Ventusa cups treatment. I did hear his spa assistant brief him that the Ventusa cups when placed on his back will be a bit itchy (confirmed this with him, it really was itchy daw but he hardly noticed because he fell asleep after). When I asked him how he felt after, he said he felt great except for the fact that some of his muscles felt as though it took some beating (flour nga kasi ang peg).

Overall I would rate this spa place a 4.5 over 5.

They need to develop more their massage areas so that it will really feel private versus what they have now. The service and price however is great already! We only paid P1.3k! For other spa shops it would probably cost P1k per person!

You can know more about them through their website:

http://banahawheals.weebly.com/services.html

 

 

Sample Room Loot 3 Review: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner, Creamsilk Leave-On Cream, and Dermax Sunscreen

I have shared before my review of my 2 loots from Sample Room. Same as before, here is my personal review of the third batch of products I got from Sample Room.  Before I got my third loot I had to wait for a week before my reviews were approved. The wait is a bit long, but I think this is their way of managing the number of samples that they give away. So, a week after my review of the first three products I availed from Sample Room, I decided to try the following items:

  1. Dermax Sunscreen – 500 points (P720)
  2. Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner – 50 points (P59)
  3. Creamsilk Leave-On Cream – 40 points (P49 x 2)

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For my third loot, compared to my first and second, this was a mix of skincare and hair care products. For starters I wasn’t really a sunscreen type of person, because in my mind I already use products that have SPF so I may not need it. I just wanted to give it a try and perhaps save it for later use (like when we go to Bohol).

As for the hair care products, I wanted to take care of my crowning glory more. Been neglected since I got pregnant until today. I wanted to focus more on hair care, because of the extreme hair fall I experience plus the fact that I want to give it some TLC.

Now for the product reviews!

Dermax UV Active Sunscreen

I tried using this for a week. I like how it perfectly blends to my skin vs. other sunscreen products (especially those lotions that leave that white-ish texture after application). What I love the most about this product is the cooling burst it has when I apply it! This is because of its water-burst technology, which for me makes it a most try for everyone. Aside from the cooling burst, the texture of the product is not heavy too. Very light and easy to apply. The packaging even works well for the product because the pump makes it easier to apply.

dermax uv active sunscreen

Although it said that I can apply it to my body and face, I limited the application to my arms and legs. My face is already protected by my moisturizing cream that has SPF 15. That is more than enough since I wouldn’t be exposed for more than 4 hours to extreme sunlight. Aside from me already having that moisturizing cream I also have sensitive skin that made me hesitant to apply it to my face.

Overall this product will be a staple in my skincare must haves, but not for everyday. Mostly for summer or when I have events that will require me to be out and about all day long.

 

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner

In my second loot I tried the Palmolive Anti-Hairfall Shampoo and Conditioner. I wanted to give the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle a try because I have seen a loot of positive reviews from Sample Room (also I wasn’t really sure if Palmolive was “The One” for me – in terms of conditioner ha).

pantene 3 minute miracle

During the first 3 days of using it, I really didn’t notice much difference as compared to when I used Palmolive. I decided to still continue using the product just to give it more time to have an effect on my hair. On the succeeding days though I noticed that my hair became softer, less tangles, and became very manageable. The results of my trial was superior to when I used Palmolive. This made me realize that the high price point for the product is just right. It may be a more expensive alternative to the usual conditioner products, but it definitely gives your hair the tlc it deserves!

 

Creamsilk Leave On Cream

Before this product, I already used their first gen leave on solutions (the green one). I used it because of my curly frizzy hair and it worked well for me. Flash forward to their new product! I was like a little girl when I got the loot because of this product. Without any hesitations I applied it on my hair waiting to achieve the results I got when I used the green leave on conditioner before. Did I achieve the promise they had on their product description? Nope!

After application, and I tried it on for 3 consecutive days, my hair felt heavy, it lost its life, and it didn’t help control my frizz (at all). This really disappointed me because the effect of the conditioner was countered by this product. Yes it is not greasy but your hair will feel greasy after a few hours of applying the product. Will I use this product again? No. E will be using this product, because he has the man bun fantasy and is growing out his hair.