A Banker’s Secret – Homemade Beauty in Vietnam

abankerssecret A Banker’s Secret – How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

It’s sort of funny how I ended up finding out about A Banker’s Secret, a small, independent homemade beauty business located in Ho Chi Minh City. I had read Kerry’s post on how she eliminated her acne and decreased her skin sensitivity, and got on twitter to rant a little about how getting pure oils shipped to Vietnam is a hassle and a half. She suggested that I try to find rosehip seed oil, and I decided to Google “rosehip seed oil Vietnam”, and what do you know…A Banker’s Secret popped up.

One look at their website and I knew it would be a match made in heaven. Featuring whimsical prints, gorgeous photos, and local cash on delivery in Ho Chi Minh City, I was obsessed from the start. For my first order, I purchased the Sweet Ginger Shine Scrub, rosehip seed oil, Anti-Blemish Oil, the Top-to Toe Oil, the Oatmeal soap and a vanilla ylang ylang lip balm. I loved everything SO much I recently made another purchase, this time buying the Sea Salt and Tumeric scrub (which smells like HEAVEN), a green tea lip balm, the xuan soap, the super lovely hand cream, and some more rosehip seed oil.

What I love about A Banker’s Secret is that everything is not only homemade, but you can tell that it was made with the upmost care and love. The packaging is gorgeous and the scents are heavenly. It’s like the boutique version of Lush.

I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve purchased so far, but the standouts have been the hand cream, the rosehip seed oil, the ginger shine scrub, the lip balms, and the soaps. I am also beyond obsessed with the Top-to-Toe oil. It’s a blend of almond oil, rice bran oil, and argan oil with sandalwood, white champaka, rose, lavender, and kaffir lime. It smells like an incredibly sexy hug. I didn’t photograph it because the label is all wonky from me spilling a little of the oil all over the bottle. The Ginger Shine scrub is perfect for shaving days, as it leaves your legs super silky smooth and incredibly hydrated. I have extremely dry skin and whenever I shave my legs, they are itchy and uncomfortable for a few hours afterwards. Not so much with the scrub. I don’t even have to put on lotion afterwards! I feel like some people might find it a bit too oily, but for me, it’s just perfect.

The hand cream is made from sweet almond oil, avocado butter, wheat germ, dried chamomile and lavender petals, beeswax, and aloe vera gel. It’s lovely. It sinks into the hands quickly and the scent is heavenly as well. The lip balm is also fantastic, made with beeswax, jojoba and rosehip seed oil, avocado, shea, and mango butter. It glides onto the lips and leaves them soft and supple for hours. I hate lip balms that you have to reapply over and over again, but this isn’t one of them.

If you live in HCMC, or are here traveling, I definitely recommend that you support A Banker’s Secret for some homemade beauty goods.  The packaging is pretty, and the products are really, really lovely.

Do you like natural beauty products? What are your favorites?

**I wasn’t paid to write this, I just really like their products!!

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