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Review | The Apothecary Malaysia: Solid Colognes in Cornerstone, Hot Shot & Maverick

(unpaid lmao i literally bought this even tho they for men)
(update 14/8/2017 : the concept is actually very similar to Solid State for Men from Melbourne, Australia)

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The Apothecary Malaysia: Specially catered for Modern Man.

These. Are colognes. Mainly for men.
I'm a lady. Not much of a masculine kind.
Why did I even bothered to buy them?

Reason: my guy friends' birthdays are here. HAHHAHA
I have nothing to gift and I somewhat came across the Facebook page of this brand.

Honestly, I was very intrigued by their concept of photography and design. I knew about solid perfume long ago when my mother brought me some from Paris, France. So the idea of solid cologne is just 'meh' for me. However, the packaging and the founder's success to sell these in Korea and America had really made me excited to know how these smell like. So I bought them.

Introduction:

‘The Apothecary’ came about from the word ‘pharmacist’ – way before the development of drugs and medicines; when empirical observation was the key to cure. The Apothecary Malaysia began as an effort to pick up this same spirit of the old, and reintroduce what our traditional pharmacists left off. Adrian Cheong (founder), coupled with his domestic skills in the kitchen – from his interest in making cheese and chee cheong fan from scratch, had started an interest to make perfume right from home, all handmade in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Colognes were named according to unique characteristics of a modern man, personifying empowerment – from meeting the needs of a corporate high-flyer, to an alpha male, or even a witty creative highbrow – covering all grounds. (Source)

How to's and What's

Tab a bit of the cologne with your fingers and rub on your wrist and neck. You can try putting behind your ears as well. They last about 3-4 hours and they do not contain alcohol. They can go back to solid state if they were melted (since they were made with beeswax, it's definitely going to melt in high temperature environment.) Sweating is normal for their product, as do other handmade products like soaps.
  

What's really in it?

As a craftsperson, I can tell that the ingredients and methods of making this are fairly simple. They used beeswax, shea butter, virgin almond oil for their solid base. These products are easy to find and you can easily replicate them with a couple of tries. What is difficult to replicate is the scent. They took about 6 months before operating, probably because of formulating fragrance oils and packing, etc.

They don't have a physical store

but they are available in many places countries.
USA (1), Taiwan (1), Thailand (1), Korea (2), Singapore (3), Hong Kong (6)
Malaysia (15)

KUALA LUMPUR
Pestle & Mortar Clothing, The Yard, Riders Garage, Major Drop, OTHRS, Bro & Joe, Ramlee's Sport Barberclub, Slick Barbershop, The Oven, Claire Organics,
PENANG
Pestle & Mortar Clothing
PAHANG
Clash Magaza
KUANTAN
Seven Sinatra Barbershop
KOTA KINABALU
Fiska, Nine Helena Road

Delivery & Others

The waiting time for delivery was very short. After purchasing, they immediately ship out the product and then the products reached me by the very next day. They used Pos Laju for my order. 

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Enough said.
Let's begin with my review.

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I bought three from them, each are weight at 0.5oz / 14g. Very light, yes. Very,very light.


Each one of them are in the tin containers of the same colour: Gold. (I was a bit disappointed that they weren't different but isokei, just my false expectations.)


The box looks very, very sleek in my opinion. I feel very excited when I see the box. It's just the kind of aesthetic that I'd like to reach but always fail .... ugh. ANYWAY, my point is, the packaging is just drop dead aesthetic.


The back of the packaging. More aesthetics. OOH.


Each tin container was designed as if to resemble gold bars. Something, that I'd admit is, very creative. It would fool someone if I'm holding this up from afar.

 
I think the tin containers are approximately 3cm x 6cm x 1cm. They are very small in person and I would suggest you to have a bit of 'mental preparation,' especially if you are prone to have high expectations.

They were designed this small to fit into a pocket, that's why.


To open the tin container, you need to slid the cover downwards. It's a cool concept tho. Normally, a person would attempt to open it by the flipping the right side of the container (which my colleagues and sister almost tried to do it.. aggressively.)


Slide down the lid and this is how it looks like, naked.

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The surface of the cologne has some water vapour on it, they are called as 'sweats.' It's a common process for handmade products because they don't contain chemicals to "avoid sweating."


(btw, i made a bad choice to open it when my dogs were around. Literally scraped a bit of the cologne with the lid. Very. Regret.)


Here's a closer look of the sweat. I'm in a room-temperature environment btw.


Maverick (I think) sweats the most. Look at it (omg).



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Scents:

The back of the tin containers are labelled with their names and the fragrances used. The three scents that I've purchased are Cornerstone, Hot Shot and Maverick.

My colleagues were all talking about how these smells like soap??? Baby product????? Baby powder after barber cut???? AHAHHA. I was simply entertained by their thoughts while they gave me the very exciting faces about how these smells like.
  

Cornerstone:

Patchouli, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Cedarwood and a hint of Vanilla & Paprika

This scent is actually very inviting. It smelled like a very easy-going person. A very soothing smell yet comes with a hint of excitement. Makes me wanna do fun activities with guys who smell like this. My colleagues (5 males + 2 females) like this the most tho.
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Description from store: Woody, soothing and decidedly comforting, the Cornerstone is warm and enticing. A cornerstone represents the first stone set in every construction of a monument, and every other stone follows suit and builds around it. It is the chief foundation, it is essential and it is indispensable. It defines a boss man, an alpha male, a spear-header, an anchor. Every gentleman will identify with the Cornerstone.

Hot Shot:

Red apple, Jasmine & Rose, Tonka beans, Geranium and Sandalwood.

Hot Shot smells very adventurous like a risk-taking man but also comes with a classy feeling. It has a tint of bitterness, that's why I felt that way. What a unique scent. Not everyone's favorite but I won't say that this scent smells bad. It's just not as inviting as Cornerstone.
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Description from store: Spicy, fresh, and unabashedly stimulating.The Hot Shot is a heady scent that captivates. A Hot Shot is classy, intelligent and the crème de la crème. He is a whiz, set to impress with his top-notch skills and talents. Meant for the swanky highbrow with affluent taste.

Maverick:

This scent is somewhat in between Cornerstone and Hot Shot but it comes with a thick woody scent. I'd think of a person with huge body size with this scent. Someone who is almost like Brian Harding from the game, Dream Daddy. (Do. not. judge. pls. I swear I'm normal.)
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Description from store: Velvety, woody and crisply cool, the Maverick is a fresh yet exotic mash-up.A Maverick is in a class or league of his own, as he is a non-conformist with a tough and strong character. It is defined as an unbranded calf or cow. He is an intellectual, individualist, indifferent and independent. This is for the distinguished man who stands apart from the rest – the rebel.


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Apothecary under different lighting.

In the same room as the previous photos. Lighting source only from the windows in front and some faint lighting from the house door at the back. 5pm sky.

Lighting comes directly from the back window and also the winder behind the couch. Dog at right bottom of the photo that did not relate to this at all. 5pm sky.


In open area, aka garden. 5pm sky.



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Personal Opinion

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The design really gave these solid colognes a luxurious feeling even just by looking at the box packaging. It felt very satisfying to look and smell it. The scent aren't 100% masculine with all that heavy woody or raging scent and I believe that some females who are more masculine can use these as well. This is an exciting experience for me even though I won't be the potential users of these colognes. (I'm just not so masculine and I have a lot perfumes already.)

As I've mentioned before, I planned to gift these to my guy friends (which at first I felt a bit skeptical about the scents, worrying that my friends won't like em). I personally believe that these scents are safe to give em to almost 80% of the guys out there. The scents give a hint of person's personality but not strong enough to define them exclusively.

Overall, I had a very fun time with these products :D

Will I buy again?
Honestly, I wouldn't buy them for myself unless I smelled Cleopatra, which is made mainly for females. (Prolly need to visit Major Drop for that but I'm lazy....) Anyway, it depends tho because not all of my guy friends fancies scents. Besides, they may have more feminine sense than I thought.




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July Love! Foster the People's Sacred Hearts Club


My first moment listening to FTP was when I was in Melbourne, Australia for a week during 2011. I remember hearing Pumped Up Kicks everywhere I go, ranging from supermarkets to small retail stores. It made me go crazy because of the catchiness. Ever since then, I'm always obsessed onto their music. I've grew more love towards their work when I watched their live tour on videos. The process of building beats and tunes before really singing the song was truly mesmerizing. Their passion and cooperation was simply amazing and I've been wanting to be just like them: talented.

A brief intro to their albums:
i. Torches : This album has a very innocent tune but contains hints of darkness in the lyrics.
ii. Supermodel : This album gives me a sense of mental-breakdown relief with psycho-sense tunes that many would not be able to understand. 
iii. Sacred Hearts Club : This album sounded like their band's progress throughout these years had grown mature with sick beats and deeper meanings behind the lyrics. Some of the songs were noticeably darker too, as compared to previous albums.

FTP has an odd selection for song names and sometimes they don't really give exact impression of how those songs sounded like. Here are a list of their songs with lyrics quotes that had caught my attention. I had my own interpretation of these songs but decided to keep some to myself since they don't really fit the song's interpretation fully.

1. Pay the Man

"The root of the song is the idea of finding hope and love in hard times. This theme is influenced in particular by the tough times the world is facing right now, and many lines can be interpreted as commentary on the world’s political situations. Aside from the critiquing aspect of it, overall it emphasizes the idea of ‘after rain comes a rainbow.'" - Zestychild


2. Doing it for the Money

"The lyrics refer to living life to the fullest and being driven by experiences, whether positive or negative, as opposed to money." - ZestyChild


3. Sit Next to Me

"The song is about Foster trying to reach this girl, maybe an ex-lover, and doing things right by letting the relation flow between each other." - Camve 


4. SHC

"The subject matter of the song is both a person with whom Mark has a relationship, and God. Many of the lyrics can be applied to either entities. The relationship aspect of the song captures the wonder of loving someone and struggling to overcome the loss when they leave and the presence of God is explored through his “omnipotence.”" - ZestyChild



5. I Love My Friends

A happy-go-lucky song about the singer's platonic love towards his friends even though they may not feel the same or may not have the best traits as compared to other people.


6. Static Space Lover

The couple speaks about a toxic yet alluring relationship, referring it as a never ending struggle which had dragged for too long.

"It is about two lovers that stay on the same point in their relationship. Foster makes a comparison between their relationship and the ‘static space’ using metaphors like eclipses and constellations." - Camve


8. Lotus Eater

"Nowadays, the term refers to someone who indulges in pleasure and luxury as opposed to practical affairs. In the song, both Mark and the woman fit this description- Mark has lost himself in drug addiction, and the woman is preoccupied with finding someone to spend her nights with. These situations also reflect that of in the Odyssey: the addictions Mark and the woman have are alike the addiction Odysseus' men had with the Lotus plants, and they must break free of them in order to move on with their lives." - ZestyChild


9. Time to Get Closer

The singer describes the difficulty to open up to a particular someone and hoping for a mutual feeling.

10. Loyal like Sid and Nancy

This song has a lot of real-life references which are both agitating but happening. Some of the references are similar to idolization, corruption, greed for power and lack of humanity.

"Released on June 29, 2017, Loyal Like Sid & Nancy is a heavy Hip Hop inducing track with trap flavored beats. The title refers to Sid Viscious, former bassist of The Sex Pistols who died of heroin overdose in early ‘79 and his destructive relationship with his girlfriend Nancy, who was murdered, with Sid as the main suspect." - AwolFoster2015


11. Harden the Paint

"Despite multiple interpretations that can be taken from the song title “Harden the Paint”. Listening to the lyrics creates a powerful image that makes the message clear, Mark is referencing that much like wet paint before it drys,things are uncertain, paint can get all over. She’s a “beautiful design” He’s saying to his love to harden the paint “lay back and catch the light”. This meaningful title becomes most clearly understood during the outro as well as the harmonious background vocals, he’s hoping that she won’t wash away and just might harden the paint." - EricBuzz


12. III

"It’s about facing your own mortality, realizing that we only have so much time to live but that we have to make the most of that short time. The song also talks about wanting someone to be there through that journey too." - itsmarquitos



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I'm a person who listens to Spotify because I refuse to buy albums but this album is truly amazing. It's an extraordinary experience and I genuinely believe that it is worth every singly penny that you've spent on it. If you're interested, head on to their Official Website to purchase or just listen from Spotify.

I'm definitely purchasing when they gonna sell a t-shirt that I like. I've got their first album and a t-shirt from them around 2011 and they are still in awesome quality. Totes lovin.


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Review| Blincon Elegance Crystal Grey


I bought a pair of these for a long time ago and I've only gotten the chance to wear them now because I was lazy. I bought them from GlassesOnline.com.my but apparently the website is no longer open, so now, if I wanted to get another pair, I might have to go to MrLens.com.my.


This is the packaging. It's very simple. Not as pretty as the packaging from Bauch and Lomb's Lacelle lenses. Instructions to wear them are inside the box, you gotta tear the box to read it. 


I don't have any eyesight power so my SPH is 0.0. The diameter is slightly bigger than the normal ones that I have, which is at 0.2 increase. These lenses are for 3 months period, which I suggest you to dump all lenses few weeks before the "end date."


Under white background, the colours on these lenses are yellow, grey, slightly blue and dark grey.


Under human skin, the lens looks like this. I'm not sure bout you but I can definitely tell that this is just a lot bigger than I should wear.

Here's a comparison. My left eye literally look a lot bigger than my right eye, thanks to the lens.


Here's after wearing both of them.


Overall opinions:
These lenses gave me a heartattack because I was hoping to wear a One-Month grey contacts that looks Au Natural. Almost like the Bausch and Lomb Lacelle lenses I've tried months ago. I genuinely wasn't expecting it to be so bright and awakening-like...and to be a Three-Month set. 

These lenses weren't moisturizing but they aren't drying as well... well, for the moment. I find them easy to wear and because the inner circle was so wide, I have less issues like the blurry visions I had with FreshLook's lenses. (Those were terrible but then I still buy some of them because they are cheaper.) I genuinely do like the printing design on these lenses because they don't look too fake/faux/unnatural. 

Ratings:
Design : 9 / 10
Comfort : 6 / 10
Price: $$

I also took pictures under different lighting:
Indoor - More Light 

Outdoor - 11am 

Indoor - Inside the car 

Indoor - Medium Light 3pm 



Will I buy again?
Yes!



I'm planning to buy other colors as well. 



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