Gamila Secret Original Cleansing Bar, Dish and Travel Pouch Review

Before being able to write this review in regards to such an intriguing cleansing bar, I had to use it for a few months. I started at the end of January. It may look like a regular cleanser, but it holds a lot of power to it. Its ingredients are made from 100% natural with 15 herbs.

People from around the world have fallen in love with the cleansing bar. It is highly regarded even in Japan. Japan being known as one of the heaviest market for beauty products even ranked Gamila Secret cleansing bar as #1 cleansing product for 2010 Cosme Award along with several magazines and editorials. In America Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and Rihanna are all known for using the brand.

So what’s behind all the fame? Let’s first look at the background and process of this mysterious cleansing bar. The booklet that is enclosed gives us all the info we need.

Gamila Secret comes from an unspoiled full of grassy green area in Galilee. The land there is full of herbs, olives, and orchard. Through time and generations Gamila Secret is born.

Gamila was taught how to recognize and use the various herbs in her family’s garden. She learned how to press even the purest olive oil.

Thus, here is the cleansing bar. It is 100% built from natural ingredients which include 15 active healing herbs such as pressing olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, laurel oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, and shea butter. The effects of these would cleanse and nourish the skin.

When all ingredients are blended, stirring and boiling the mixture takes up to 40 hours. Gamila does this is because it ensures that the components are fully released. Leaving it to harden takes another 30 to 60 hours before it can be cut into bars and stamped by hand. Finally, the cleansing bar is needed to be aged for another 3 to 6 months before it is ready to be shipped.

Olive oil aside from it being such fragrant in dishes, is a stimulant that promotes self-protective function towards the skin. It also helps the skin breathe without loss of moisture. Each Gamila cleansing bar is made from pressing 220 olives.

On this page of the booklet, it gives a description of how the cleansing bar should be used. What you want to do is moisten the cleansing bar with warm water in your hands so that 100% of the natural living ingredients can be active and ready to go. Then massage the bar until a creamy texture appears which takes a minute or two. Apply it directly to the skin for approximately 15 seconds. Finally rinse it off.

In addition to using this cleansing bar on the face & body, it can be used as a shaving cream or for use on intimate parts for shower or bath.

The last page gives us a glimpse at the explanation of our skin which takes generally 28 days to reach the deepest layer. To see full results it takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

All Cleansing Bars are suitable for the most sensitive skin.

The cleansing bar comes in a light olive colored cardboard box with a lid on top. Its descriptions are all around the box with a hole right under the name, “Gamila Secret.” You could smell the scent of the bar coming through the hole. It’s also designed so the bar can breathe in the box.

The name of the scent is always placed right underneath the lid. Here are all the sides of the box shot.

When you open the box, you will notice that the bar is sitting right in the middle of a stone like drawing holder. Upon first opening the box, you might notice a burst of scent from the cleansing bar. It smells absolutely marvelous, very light and refreshing.

I have seen a total of 10 different scented bars with 2 premium ones. Except the original bar, all other types are added with essential oils targeting specific skin problem, such as lively lemongrass, miracle mentha for oily skin, creamy vanilla and wild rose for dry skin, etc.

With the cleansing bar, there is a Dish that is used to keep the bar in optimal condition. The Dish comes in 2 different colors, black and grey. Gamila Secret Dish is there to help you dry the cleansing bar. The Dish is made from stone and once the bar is placed on top, it keeps the bar from becoming slimy. It looks classy in the bathroom too!

Here is how the bar looks like on the Dish.

Finally, here is the Gamila Secret Travel Pouch. This Travel Pouch is made from water-resistant material where if you want to take your cleansing bar (even if it is wet) on a trip or to the gym, you could do so without the fear of ruining it.

Here are a few photos on how the pouch looks like and how it can be utilized. The outside is made of pure cotton while the inside is waterproof.

To store the cleansing bar, just pull both drawstrings and tie it up. It’s small enough to carry anywhere you go.

Lastly, here is shopping bag / gift bag to hold all the Gamila Secret goodies. The bag is very spacious that holds 2 cleansing bars, 1 dish and 1 travel pouch. The design also matches everything inside.

The first time I used it, I immediately fell in love. The cleansing bar not only smelled nice and fresh (no artificial scent at all), it also left my skin squeaky clean. All the white heads and black heads were gone. I also found my complexion being brighter and more radiant. My skin did feel a little tight for the first week then it started to get better. At the third week, I started to feel my skin being more hydrated than before. Being an oily and sensitive skin, I sometimes hate cleansers because they strip away too much making my skin unbalanced and even more oily. But Gamila doesn’t do that. Besides it cleanses extremely well, my skin feels refreshed without the feeling of dryness. So I continued using it and before I even noticed, my skin wasn’t so oily anymore. I didn’t have to blot in the middle of the day and my pores were getting smaller. Since I wasn’t switching other skincare products at the time so it must be Gamila that fixed my oily skin. It’s truly amazing that my skin healed itself! So I had to let my husband try this. It’s interesting that how he experienced the opposite result from mine. His skin was very dry but with the use of the cleansing bar, it’s all hydrated and smooth. Now we’re both lovers of the bar. I do want to mention that when you use the bar, you need to close eyes or else it’ll sting really bad because of the herb ingredients.

The Dish and Travel Pouch all work as intended without ruining the bar. They make great companions for the cleansing bar.

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This post contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR. All reviews are expressed with complete honesty. For more information, please read my full disclosure here.

4 Responses to Gamila Secret Original Cleansing Bar, Dish and Travel Pouch Review

  1. Trina March 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Wow that pouch must work like magic. I have never seen one that wet objects can go into without ruining it.

  2. Donny March 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I’ve never even heard of this brand until now. Don’t even know how Justin and Rihanna would pick these.

  3. eMickey March 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    The soap is made out of all edible food!

  4. Vera March 27, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    What kind of material is being used for the inside of the Gamila Soap pouch? What is the material inside that makes it waterproof/resistant?


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