Would you use an “Unlabeled” beauty product that performs miracles?

Imagine this: After not seeing your best friend for a month, she suddenly shows up with a skin so perfect you could paste her face on a magazine cover. Naturally, you beg her to share with you her new skincare secret. What miracle product could have possibly erased most of her fine lines, eradicated all her pimples and pores and given her such glowing complexion in one month? She finally shows you her new Holy Grail skincare products. You’d never have guessed: They’re simply called “Day Cream” and “Night Cream”. No brand name or any logo on the packaging; there is not even an ingredients’ list!

Guilty here!
The most glorious moments of my skin happened about 4-5 years ago. My pores were invisible, my complexion was spotless and probably what some would call “porcelain” smooth. Looking back, I terribly miss that skin but I also find myself very, very horrified. The miracle products that gave me that skin did not have any proper labels. The skincare set came with an Orange Soap, a Day Cream, a Night Cream and a Firming Toner–and that’s just exactly how they were labeled. No instructions, no list of ingredients, no number to call or brand to blame if you turned into a walking jackfruit after using the products.
The mystery skincare set for 3-month’s use cost about S$100. I used the products for over a year until I lost contact with my ex-colleague who supplied me the products.

Oh, Temptations!
When my skin suffered from acne and lots of pigmentations last year, I was almost tempted to go on a Facebook hunt for that ex-colleague to ask her how I can get my hands on the products again. But the Eco Beauty in me won over and I decided against it. Now, my skin definitely doesn’t look like that of a deity’s but I have something which–well, at least I hope–not even perfect skin can buy: peace of mind.

Would you take the risk?

So now, let me throw a quick question to you, my dear readers. What if someone gave you an unlabeled beauty product that promised you perfect skin. You don’t know who created it, where it was made and what is in it. You just know it’s a MIRACLE product. Would you use it? Why or why not?

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  • http://emyshin.com/blog/ Emy Shin

    I have been going through such a rough patch with my skin for the last half a year (1-2 cystic pimples popping up every few days and leaving deep scars when they’re gone), that honestly, I am incredibly tempted. I might use them for a few months to get my skin into shape, then slowly transition to “known” skincare brands.

    But now I am incredibly curious. You would think that such a “miracle” product would slowly gain popularity and develop into a brand. :)

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Argh! I hate cystic pimples. I used to get them a lot on the tip and sides of my nose and they left me not with deep scars but bumpy scars! I still have some of them now. :(

      I think I know why they don’t become real brands– they might be using ingredients/formulations that can’t be certified safe by drug and cosmetics boards from different countries. I highly suspect that the products I used had high levels of mercury or hydroquinone because they totally erased all my pigmentations!

  • http://munchtalk.blogspot.com/ Jasanna

    I wouldn’t, but I would be tempted too!! Your skin was lovely! Mine just tends to get too red for some reason. :(

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    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Hi Jasanna, you got the keyword spot on there: my skin “WAS” lovely! Haha! Thing of the past. >_< You've got rosacea, I think, so your skin reacts easily to changes (moods, products, temperature, etc..).

  • http://internalsofexternal.blogspot.com.au/ Phemie

    Sigh… I would so be tempted, even just to ‘get my skin in shape’ as Erin says. Im so very very tiered of this ‘skin issue’ as I get older…pimples, redness, scaring AND lines…, honestly…what did I DO to deserve this?

    The hardest thing for me with everything ‘eco’ is about finding balance.
    I mean, here I sit in front of my computer, which I use every day, my mobile phone next to me, electricity, a car, and so on…our modern conveniences haven’t even been around for 100 years, some only 50, and some only 10 in regular everyday use be… andwe still have NO IDEA the long term health effects of these sorts of everyday things on our lives (and dont even get me started on eating chemical free…affordably!)

    …and yet here I am…agonising over something I put on my face…my FACE…an area of my body that is less than 10% of my total skin mass??!!

    Im mean, I question my rationality sometimes… especially when I see that Joan Rivers is still going strong and I dont even want to THINK about the chemical influences in her everyday living.
    Somedays… I wonder if its a placebo..that because I ‘feel better’ using things that dont scare the bejesus out of me, that I will be ‘ok’, health wise, in the end…other days I wonder if Im creating health issues WORRYING about it all the time…

    Balance, balance, where for art thou?!
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    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Hi Phemie, your remark about Joan Rivers made me flip from my seat! LOL! True, when I see her frozen face on TV verbally hacking fashion criminals at 79, I sometimes wonder where all my 27-year old energy could have gone!

      Balance is something you’ll only find once you’ve tried stepping on the beam, spreading your arms and wobbling your way to the other end– this is something I’ve learned only 3-4 years ago.

      Turning ‘natural’ was probably one of the biggest personal challenges I’ve faced in my life. And it is not even over yet–because like many other life-changing choices, it requires a lifetime of commitment. At 27, I would like to believe that I still have many years ahead of me, haha, and that’s many, many days and years of continuously facing temptations to revert to my old ways. Along the way, I have to make some sacrifices. I want to eat ‘organic food’? I either have to learn how to farm in my backyard or work harder to afford it. I want organic lip balms? I either have to learn to make them or find (research, research, research) a good, reliable yet affordable brand to stick to. But when I really can’t afford it, I either just forget about it or find another compromise.

      I’m not a ‘purist’ when it comes to being a natural beauty and wellness enthusiast and definitely not even half a purist as an ‘eco-conscious’ individual. It means I don’t freak out and pull my hair whenever I slip once in a while. It happens. I just take my time. Not rushing myself and not being overly critical of my actions and failures have helped me a lot in my journey. Surprisingly, what started out as a desire to simply use organic and natural products for beauty slowly changed my perspective on how my actions affect not just my health but other things around me. It started off with just an organic lip balm and now, I’m surprised when I realize that I’m starting to bring reusable bags to the grocery store! So I would say it’s become more than a lifestyle shift but a spiritual journey.

      At the end of the day, ‘balance’ is what makes you happy and contented. It’s not just about going ‘eco-friendly’ or supporting ‘natural/organic’ but the many other choices we make in life. :)

  • http://scatterbraintures.com Rae

    I used a set like that 2 or 3 years ago. It’s not labeled to but it was prescribed by and bought from my dermatologist (www.aestheticscienceclinic.com)

    If it didn’t come from a doctor, I won’t even bother.
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    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      I have more or less the same philosophy now. But the products I used previously didn’t come from a doctor. My ex-colleague didn’t even know who the main supplier was. Scary, eh? Haha.

      Btw, congratulations on the new domain! :)

      • http://www.scatterbraintures.com Rae


        Anyway, it IS scary. My philosophy now is, if something is SO UNBELIEVABLY good, almost to a point of perfection… it must have something illegal 😛
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  • nami

    tough question ..really and let me tell you i just cant take my eyes off your pic..its just awesome vivi..what a glow..dont think so i would use those unlabeled products for long term but at least once i want to try them so that atleast once i can see my skin glowing…cant help but am greedy for anything that make me glow…:)

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      My skin WAS really glowing. But it WAS. I’m not sure if it’ll attain such glow ever again, lol.

      Like you, I’m greedy when it comes to skincare so I have a constant temptation brewing inside me to use harsher skincare products that deliver results faster. Most natural products are just slow…

  • http://www.kira-ramirez.com Kira

    Hi Vivi! The toner I get from my Dermatologist are usually unlabelled. I’ve been using it for 10+ years, unfortunately, it’s the ONLY mild toner my skin can only tolerate. I’ve tried several other products (even the VMV Id Toner which I can only use once a week otherwise I get dermatitis) but I always go back to her product. So I guess in this aspect, I don’t really mind using unlabelled products as long as they work.

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Hi Kira! I guess that should be okay because you got it from a dermatologist you trust. But if the product was from who-knows-where, developed by who-knows-who and made from who-knows-what, it can get pretty scary. For example, I read that there are lots of dubious products from Taiwan and China that contain high levels of mercury. I’ve seen some of those in underground shops here. Funny thing is, they have labels!

      • http://www.kira-ramirez.com Kira

        Oooh you’re right! I see a lot of whitening products from China for sale here, and some have high doses of mercury and are later recalled. I know of someone who took Bangkok slimming pills and passed away recently as she developed colon cancer from ingesting them :( And yes,these products have labels on them, too. I think a lot of people believe the hype and neglect to do some research prior to purchasing.
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  • http://www.lecoupletoy.wordpress.com ChuiShia

    hmmm…tricky…I always buy my products based on the labels…if the information is not listed properly, then I’ll feel like there’s something fishy going on…or that the products’ made with icky ingredients that they don’t want to list. and, I tend to go for nice packaging too…:p

    my funniest buying whim has got to be perfumes. I buy them coz they are pink. lol.
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    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Now, I’m more like you. I always read through the ingredients and would even sometimes google those that I don’t understand using my phone while shopping. But previously, I was easily tempted by promises of good skin and would use anything that delivered good results regardless of what it was made of. :S

  • http://www.vivawoman.net sesame

    Maybe last time but not anymore now. I’m so selective I find it hard to shop sometimes.
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    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Haha, I got the habit from you, actually. Previously, I never used to read ingredients. I only buy and use products based on positive peer reviews. :p

  • http://www.lovelycosme.blogspot.com Lynn

    Oh,there’re hundreds like this in Indonesia,usually made by what so called aesthetician clinics.Or,dermatologists.I was an avid fan of one dermatologist when I was still in uni. Last time I attended a cosmetics exhibition,met a pharmacist who owned a company(the OEM one),and she said that some dermatologists even put tiny amount of hydroquinone though our government has banned that ingredient. A HA..now we know why some women gain super speed whitening effect..
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