I have here another product review from Benton Cosmetic! This time around, it’s their Dear My Best Friend Bar (aka BF Bar). If you’ve read my previous review of their Papaya D-Suncream here then you know all about Benton. But if you haven’t, let me tell you a bit about this wonderful company.
Benton is a Korean skincare company that’s all about producing cruelty-free skincare products that are aimed at turning back time by restoring your skin back to its original, youthful condition with healthy recipes, rather than to give temporary effects with harmful ingredients. Their products are made in small batches because they want their clients to receive products as freshly made as possible. It doesn’t hurt that their products are reasonably priced too!
Benton sent this BF Bar to me, along with other K-Beauty enthusiasts, to review and to give our honest opinion on. So here we go!
The Dear My Best Friend Bar is a naturally derived body and face soap made with vegetable oil base and a number of botanical ingredients which enable moisture cleansing. Here are the ingredients:
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Hydroxide, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Powder, Calamine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Papain, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Honey, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Propolis Extract, Kaolin Centella Asiatica Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Oil
The BF Bar is packed with natural ingredients that are beneficial to skin. Cacao seed, oatmeal, and papain help blemished skin while basil helps remove dead skin cells and excessive sebum. The addition of a vegetable oil base, honey (hello moisture!), and glycerin also make this soap suitable for those with dry skin. While the presence of calamine, centella asiatica (my favorite!), tea tree, and witch hazel, provide gentle cleansing to those who have sensitive skin.
It also has other notable ingredients:
- Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Powder – rich in antioxidants and helps manage sebum and dead skin calls
- Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour – aka oatmeal! it helps keep skin moisturized and supple and removes sebum and dead skin cells
- Calamine – known for its soothing, skin calming properties. It’s even used to treat chickenpox!
- Chamaecyparis Obtusa Oil – relieves skin stress and is excellent at skin improvement and soothing with antioxidant effect.
– Dry and sensitive skin feeling stripped after cleansing
– Oily face or oily body parts
– Blemished skin : face, chest, or back
– Bumpy and rough skin
– Skin tired from body wastes and external stressors
– Skin that wants a healthy, naturally derived soap
The BF Bar looks like this up close and even though the photo is not zoomed, you can see black specs — that’s the crushed cacao or cocoa seed!
Each BF Bar comes with a net which serves 2 purposes — the first is to store the soap.
After each use, you can insert the soap in the net and hang it dry. I find that feature actually great because I dislike having the bottom of my bar soaps all gooey and melted. This also saves me more of the soap because it doesn’t just melt away. Second purpose of the net is as a foaming net!
When I first tried this soap, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it foams up quite fast! I thought I would have to keep rubbing the soap on the net before I could get a decent amount of foam. But all it takes is about 3-4 swipes and it foams up quickly! Then you squeeze out the foam and apply it on your face!
But how effective is it in removing makeup?
Lathered the soap using the foaming net, applied it on my hand, and massaged it. After rinsing, you can see that it effectively removed the K-Palette Eyeliner and the Maybelline Concealer. While it didn’t completely remove the HolikaHolika eyeliner and PeriPera mascara, it loosened it up a bit. I’d say it’s pretty effective in removing most makeup but not the waterproof ones. But that’s the purpose of double cleansing right?
After I tried it on my face (as a second cleanser), it felt squeaky (not as squeaky as the Perfect Whip). I don’t have pH strips to test this with but I do know that if your second cleanser leaves your face feeling squeaky then it most likely has a pH higher than 5-6. That’s the only downside for me. I prefer using soaps that have a pH between 5-6 so for the entire time I’ve been using this, I’d follow it up with a pH adjusting toner just to play it safe. This soap did not break me out as well. My skin is pretty cooperative and has not broken out so much with different products I’m testing out.
Since the soap can also be used for the body, I tried it as a body soap as well! I must say, I was pretty surprised with the results. While my oily skinned face felt squeaky, my dry skinned body felt moisturized! Now I normally have dry skin (specially on my legs) because I don’t always apply body lotion. With the hot and humid weather here, I don’t like feeling sticky. But for some reason, since I started using this soap, my skin doesn’t feel as dry! Even my mosquito bite has lightened! So yes, Benton’s claim that it helps blemished and dry skin is true — at least for me.
I haven’t shared the positive experience I had with my husband because once I do, I just know that he’ll use this and finish it up! LOL! After all, this soap can be used by your whole family!
Would I repurchase this? Maybe. Why? Because it’s priced at around $15USD. That’s the only drawback for me. If it were on sale, then I wouldn’t even think twice. But then again, you’ve got to love the skin you’re in and you should take care of it right?