If we had to track back to when beauty began, we would reach the beginning of human civilization. From the start to now, beauty holds a tender and sacred spot within us. We have been taught about it from our elders and even from a simple beauty article like the one you are reading right now. However, no one knows more about infusing heritage and the art of beauty quite like OLUMES.

Women of today, we are mothers, we are bosses, we are leaders and we are warriors of the new age. We are so busy focusing on our tomorrow that we tend to forget how we are today. The complexity of a 10-step routine might not be for everyone as we often find ourselves chasing time let alone reserve it all for an in-depth routine.

However, slapping miracle water with questionable ingredients on our skin seems worrisome. It makes you question the balance of benefits you gain and the underlying risks you comply to. Additionally, with the factors that put you in harm’s way such as environmental pollution, sun damage and more.

That is why Beauty Insider is introducing you to OLUMES- your one-stop haven to clean, multi-tasking beauty.

What Makes OLUMES An Icon

Heavy Influence Of Their Roots

It’s been known that the greatest things in life are kept a secret and its no different when it comes to beauty. The thing about beauty is that it doesn’t come out as ready-made knowledge from thin air. However, it comes from our roots, our elders and our culture. It’s passed down through ages and the ideology of it is fascinating.

That’s why we absolutely piginavaan OLUMES. They have made it their mission to charge through the beauty industry with their products imprinted with Kadazan-Dusun influence. It’s most known that the indigenous Kadazan-Dusun people are well-known for their impeccable beauty.

With that, OLUMES carry their secret that must be heard around the world- Kalalit. Kalalit is better known as the water extraction from sappanwood that has been known for it’s healing powers within traditional medicine.

Keeping It C.L.E.A.N.

Beauty shouldn’t be something complicated nor difficult. Many of the best-kept beauty secrets are oh-so-simple. Especially with the fact that our society is growing into a more conscious one where every ingredient is important.

We are now a bunch of people that can confidently turn a product over and analyse an ingredient list like we’re reading a phonebook. That’s why many of us have turned to beauty brands that value an ingredient list clean of harsh chemicals, fragrances and parabens.

With that, OLUMES is no exception. Their perceptive of clean beauty is not including ingredients that cause harmful effects to the skin within their products. We applaud their transparency and their tunnel-vision set on a goal to offer the skin what it truly needs without any avant-garde.

When it comes to skincare, less is more. OLUMES has full intention of simplifying your beauty routine by have a wide spectrum of usage with their products. With just one product from OLUMES, you would be able to target multiple skin problems such as acne, pores, scars, redness, dark spots, dryness, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, and bumpiness on the skin with their special blend of multiple ingredients.

Here are what OLUMES also claim their products are:

  • Vegan
  • Fragrance free
  • Essential Oil free
  • Silicone free
  • Mineral Oil free
  • Phthalate free
  • BHT free
  • Formaldehyde free
  • SLS free
  • Parabens free

Review Of OLUMES

Now we can’t keep talking about skincare products without actually vouching for them. With that, we’re reviewing the OLUMES Refining Toner and Satin Cream!

I (Nina, Beauty Journalist) was given these two goodies and was READY to try it out. I’m always on the lookout for new brands to recommend and when I heard I would be reviewing OLUMES- I was over the moon!

I LOVE the glitz and glam of beauty products especially skincare but my old soul has a soft spot for ancient beauty secrets. This is because I believe that a hundred years ago women have had beautiful skin but I highly doubt they hand skincare products with ingredients like Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid (LOL) back then.

In the end, we turn to what nature gives us. Therefore, I had great expectations for OLUMES and hoped that I could understand better more about the power of Kelalit. With that, I used their products for two weeks, and here is the rundown.

The Refining Lotion

Preach it- we love chemical exfoliators!

This gentle yet so effective product truly blew me away. I’ve gone through many exfoliants throughout my skincare journey, and none has ever made my skin feel so smooth while being so gentle at the same time.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well it meddled with my skin. During my first time using it, I was definitely very cautious and a little worried when my skin started to feel a little warm but after years of using skincare- I’ve learned to just trust the process. In fact, OLUMES state that feeling slight tingles is completely normal.

This is because the lotion contains AHAs/ BHAs/ PHAs but also has hydrating and soothing ingredients to make sure they remove the impurities and leave only the goodness.

Let’s break down the ingredients for a better understanding of this product:

Exfoliant: Gluconolactone, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Malic Acid

Acne-fighting: Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Caesalpinia Sappan Bark extract

Hydrating: Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol, Honey Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract

Soothing: Lactobacillus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

Anti-Ageing: 6 youth boosting peptides: Tripeptide-1, Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyle Hexapeptide-8, Hexapeptide-9, Palmitoyl, Pentapeptide-4,

I used this lotion each day of the week and I was pleasantly greeted with noticeable results. They say that it can be used morning and evening but because I have sensitive skin, I choose to apply it only during the evenings. If you decide to apply in the morning, please pair it up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

At the beginning of using the lotion, I had a few hormonal spots on my cheeks but at the nearing end of my review, they had faded into my skin. Another noticeable difference was that my skin felt smooth. I hadn’t realised it until the tenth day after washing my face in the morning and noticed my skin appeared brighter and more dewy- the water looked like oil gliding down my silk-like skin, making me feel like I was in a skincare commercial. The bumpiness on my skin was significantly reduced. It helped sooth some dry spots and kept my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day!

The Satin Cream

I wasn’t sure what they meant by “satin” cream until I actually gave it a try because the finish is satin-like! Most moisturisers that I have gone through doesn’t have this specific texture and it was odd yet satisfying to just feel it sink into my skin.

This cream will work amazingly if you have oily skin. It is lightweight, fast-absorbing and doesn’t leave the skin feeling oily at all! It amazes me and I can see myself using this cream religiously (haha)!

The Inulin in this cream provides a prebiotic function which reduces the growth of bad bacteria giving room for friendly microorganisms that are naturally present on the skin. The miraculous blend of 10 youth boosting peptides in this cream makes it an anti-aging powerhouse that boosts production of collagen, reduces fine lines and enlarged pores, all while refining uneven skin textures. The magnolia stem cell extract that is present in this cream proved itself as a brightening ingredient by helping me brighten hyperpigmentation spots on my face. By the end of my trial, I had an even complexion which I was so happy to see after struggling with it for some time.

More on this cream’s amazing ingredients, this cream is enriched with ceramides and ultra-hydrators. It will work great with any skin type because there’s only things to gain when using this cream. I personally liked to apply it at night and just wake up with beautiful skin. This cream paired with the lotion- a match made in heaven to me!

Ending Thoughts About OLUMES

We love the idea of blending rich culture that has aged like fine wine and pair it with modernisation that today brings. It’s the idea giving life to long-held secret of Katalit that makes OLUMES simply iconic.

I loved this brand with it iron grip to being faithful to their roots and values. I adore the products they bring that are not only incredibly effective but also becomes a solution for the busy city women that we are today.

Get a taste of Kadazan-Dusun heritage now. You can purchase The Refining Lotion (30ml for RM80 | 130ml for RM280) and The Satin Cream (20ml for RM150 | 50ml for RM300) at OLUMES official store now!