Truth be told, online shopping never appealed to me as someone who prefers buying things in person. I like the experience of tangibly scrutinizing and choosing a product instead of simply looking at its pictures behind a screen. Returning defective items is also a simple process for physically purchased items. Simply show the receipt and the defective article, and wait for a more suitable item.
But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater, as online shopping has its perks. For one, there’s convenience. You can shop and pay for things without standing up to visit a physical store. There’s also reach – as items formerly unavailable to a certain market become easier to buy. And of course, online shopping doesn’t expose you to COVID-19.
Last December, our company gave us online shopping credits worth P650 ($13) as a Christmas token. The amount would be credited directly to the ShopeePay digital wallet developed by Singaporean e-commerce firm Shopee. Not wanting the money to go to waste, I registered and confirmed my account on the platform.
For my initial foray into online shopping, I opted to order toiletries that I seldom find whenever I go out. I managed to purchase two bottles of tar shampoo and tea tree oil soap, and I’ll be writing about my experience using these products. The first part of this series will talk about the shampoo.
I’ve had dandruff breakouts for several years now, and common shampoos on the market failed to address them. I alternated between Selsun Blue and SebaMed after dropping Clear and Head & Shoulders. Unfortunately, I learned that Watson’s – under the SM Group – would no longer re-stock the German SebaMed once existing stocks are cleared.
Selsun Blue was a familiar brand to me, being a 90s kid myself. I remember seeing a commercial for it when I was younger – and back when Abbott Laboratories still manufactured it. Today, Japanese company Rohto Pharmaceuticals owns the brand under the Mentholatum label.
I consulted with a dermatologist years ago who told me that my dandruff breakouts were actually a form of seborrheic dermatitis. She prescribed either the medicated Ionil shampoo with salicylic acid or its coal tar counterpart Ionil T. Dad used a proprietary tar shampoo before, so I never had doubts about it. But the problem was that the prescribed shampoo and its proprietary alternatives from other dermatologists were equally expensive, especially for a student like me that time.
I didn’t pass up the chance to purchase the Redwin Coal Tar Fragrance Shampoo the moment I saw it on Shopee. I bought two bottles at P285 ($5.58) each, amounting to a total of P570 ($11.17). I immediately tried it out days after I received it and, much to my delight, I saw an immediate benefit.
I no longer experienced an itchy scalp in the course of my use of this tar shampoo. The dandruff flakes that my scalp would typically produce dropped to almost none, with intense combing removing what remains. It even went to the point that my dandruff broke out after I used Selsun Blue again. (Thankfully, I finished the last bottle of Selsun Blue during that instance.)
The seller who is based in Binondo, Manila – where the world’s oldest Chinatown is located – managed to ship this fast. While the shampoo spilled slightly, the spillage did not reduce a substantial amount of the bottle. If this runs out, I’m surely buying from them again.
(Surprise, surprise! Both Selsun Blue and SebaMed are available on Shopee, but I guess I’ll stick with this one for now.)
I’m wrapping up this post here; Part 2 will focus on on the soap I purchased. How about you? What shampoos do you use to address dandruff breakouts?
Until the next post, keep it here on The Monching’s Guide!