I have a soft spot for anything made in Melbourne. This city is like my second home, I like how peaceful it is, yet there are always some tiny surprises to spice things up. And for this, I wholeheartedly believe, that perhaps one day, I will spend my retired life there. So to speak, this brings you to my current beauty obsession -- Grown Alchemist, straight from Melbourne.
由於個人經歷，對於來自墨爾本的產品向來都有私心。十七歲剛到墨爾本時，覺得這城市看起來有些沈悶，不比台北來的熱鬧繁華；時間一久，發現她其實簡單但不無聊，雲淡風輕，值得細細品味。我近期在試用的 Grown Alchemist 給人的正是這種感覺，不疾不徐，淡甜不膩。
Before collaborating with 10/10 Hope, I've already heard of this brand quite a few times. Based on a natural formula that took the Muijs brothers 10 years to create, their range boosts not only how you look, but also how healthy your skin it is. In between reading articles about the brand, I found out Grown Alchemist was Dion Lee's preferred skincare brand for his models during NYFW a few seasons back. How cool is that?
在與10/10 Hope 合作前，已經在不少平台上見過 Grown Alchemist 的蹤影，身邊也有許多朋友對於他們的護手霜讚譽有加。而澳洲設計師 Dion Lee，早就在兩年前就與他們合作，當年時裝週的後台，模特兒們在上妝前用的就是他們的護膚產品。過去一個月，閱讀了許多相關資料；老實說，一開始還真以為自己不小心點進了化學藥品的頁面（笑）但密密麻麻的用料解說，或許需要花多一倍的時間研讀，卻也證明了品牌的誠實與用心。
Beauty is Health -- is Grown Alchemist brand spirit. They worked with biologists and health experts in order to create the most effect and harmless range of products. Different from most beauty websites, they had loads of chemical and professional cosmetic information on theirs. While it may not be the easiest to read, it is definitely one of the most honest ones I've come across.
Beauty is Health 美就是健康 -- 是 Grown Alchemist 的宗旨，Muijs 兄弟花費十年與化妝品化學專家、生物學家以及專業的成分採購，將專業知識與天然配方相互融合，打造出一系列的植萃保養。著重的不只是外表，而是如何有效改善肌膚健康。我挑了幾樣這次試用的幾個產品，與你們分享。
Detox Serum | Antioxidant + 3 Complex
I only started using serum two years ago, and it took me a while to finally figure it out. With the right serum, with just one or two drops, and you will get the radiance you've been hoping for. On the flip side, some will just make your skin drier than it already is (we've all ben there). The Detox Serum from Grown Alchemist is mindblowing; the texture is super light, but it still gives you enough hydration for barriers and correcting irregularities. I've been bringing this on the plane with me for a few trips, and it really does my skin wonders.
兩年前接觸了人生中的第一瓶精華液，再慢慢摸索中發現了療效，從此欲罷不能。不過，市面上的此類品項的商品太多，也不一定都是適合自己。有些時候，在使用不適用於自己膚質的產品，往往無法吸收，總覺得肌膚更加乾燥，在保養手續中達到反效果。這瓶 三效超抗氧淨化精華 Detox Serum 的味道自然，沒有刻意添加的香味，也直接反應了成分的自然，塗抹時帶到眼周也很放心。質地跟一般的精華液很不同，是無油感的，但保濕力很強，我自己最近一次的旅遊也是帶著一起上飛機。建議大家有空的話，真的可以到店裡親自試用看看。
Hydra-Repair Cream | Camellia seed oil & Geranium Blossom
Those who've been reading my beauty post know I have really dry skin, which is why moisturising has always been my priority. What I love about this Hydra-Repair Cream is that you only need a little amount for the entire face. And it is not oily at all! The product contains camellia seed oil and geranium, these natural ingredients are not only great for hydration, but also anti-aging. I use it every morning as a pre-make up lotion and it really gives me the natural matte glow I've always wanted.
肌膚乾燥是我一直以來的問題，加上習慣晚睡，有時候氣色看起來真的很不好，所以我非常在意保濕這一點。好品質的乳霜，使用起來不油不悶，量不用多就能滋潤全臉，像這款水潤修護日霜 Hydra Repair Cream 一樣。山茶花籽油和天竺葵有著減少老化現象與平衡條理的療效，當作每天保養的最後一道手續，皮膚會呈現自然的霧面光澤，我非常喜愛。值得一提的是，有時候皮膚太乾，白天鼻翼不好上妝，但用了他們家的乳霜後，目前為止就再也沒出現這個問題。
Hydra-Mist | Desert Lime & Amino-peptide
Do any of you use facial mist? I always carry a small bottle around, especially during winter. I personally also love using mist as my last makeup step, just to make sure everything sets properly. What makes this Hydra-Mist extra special is that different from anything I've ever tried, this mist contains loads of Vitamin C -- perfect for us girls to boost that collagen.
大家有使用保濕噴霧的習慣嗎？我自己習慣在冬天使用，有化妝的時候定妝用，再來就是旅遊時在飛機上隨時讓肌膚補水。Grown Alchemist 的水潤噴霧是個在抗炎保水之餘，還能延緩老化的的強效保濕。產品中的澳洲沙漠酸橙萃取物富含維他命C，以最天然的方式替我們增加膠原蛋白，相信身為20歲後的我們都覺得這很重要吧（笑）
You know me -- the perpetual minimalism enthusiast. Sometimes, I do choose products in terms of how they look. If it helps, Grown Alchemist's packaging is not only gorgeous but also extremely meaningful. The bottles and plastics are carefully chosen, they are UV protective, non-leaching, and of course, one of the very easy to recycle; protecting both the product and the environment. I'm totally up for this, you?
最後，來聊聊包裝材質吧。在試用前看資料的時候，發現他們在包裝上做了許多強調。 再好的配方，遇到等級不好的瓶罐，在化學效應下，有毒物質很有可能也會跟著釋放的保養品中。Grown Alchemist 使用的是他們原創的科學琥珀瓶，能在不傷害產品的前提下，阻擋光線，維持效能。當然，這些瓶罐都是容易回收的才料；所以，不只對肌膚，對環境也是健康無害的。今天的分享就先到這裡，希望你們覺得實用有趣，我們下次見!