International Beauty: Handmade Heroes Founder Shares Her Favourite Countries For Beauty Inspiration People of Interest

Can’t get enough of local skincare brand Handmade Heroes? Founder Lynsey Lim shows us where she gets ideas for her bestselling products.

In an industry that is constantly touting the latest “miracle” ingredient or product, it’s refreshing to discover a beauty brand that focuses on using all-natural ingredients. At Handmade Heroes, “natural” is not just a marketing term – founder Lynsey Lim personally sources for the best ingredients to go into her products and prepares her products by hand! In fact, her enthusiasm for natural beauty ingredients and traditional beauty methods has led her to travel to far-flung corners of the globe for research. She shares with us where she goes to get inspired:


“I spent two years in Malaysia where I was based in Petaling Jaya in Selangor. During my time in Malaysia, I also visited the towns of Taiping in Perak and Miri in Sarawak. While there, I learnt of Bedak Sejuk and how it is favoured by the older generation as their choice of beauty product. Bedak Seduk, which translates to ‘cool powder’, is made with rice and involves a lengthy process of fermentation. High in antioxidants, vitamin E, and vitamin B, I met more than a few elderlies who believe that Bedak Seduk is the cure-all for any beauty-related problems. Unfortunately,  the once-popular product has fallen out of limelight with the introduction of more commercialised products. Our Black Charcoal Rice Mask was very much inspired by Bedak Sejuk. The rice powder aids in cooling and softening, while the bamboo charcoal helps clarify the skin.”


“When I visited India, most of my research was done in Kashmir, which is in northern India. Amongst all the herbs used in Ayurveda, my favourite to use in skincare is turmeric. Curcumin – the primary ingredient that gives turmeric its yellow hue –contains plenty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. I find turmeric to be one of the most effective herbs in brightening the skin and reducing any discolouration or redness. Turmeric is one of the primary ingredients in our Beauty Warrior Face Mask in French Green Clay.”

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Lynsey in a mustard field in Kashmir. In India, mustard oil is used in hair and scalp care to stimulate hair growth.


“I spent six months in China and had the opportunity to backpack around the various provinces, including Lijiang, which is in the northwest part of China’s Yunnan province, and home to the Naxi and several other ethnic minority groups. The traditional Chinese are practitioners of creating beauty and balance from within – through nourishing and feeding the body with herbal tonics and the right food. Herbs such as goji berries and red dates are rich in antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, all of which help maintain youthful skin. I love making a pot of organic herbal tea and adding it to our Beauty Warrior Face Masks in place of water. It gives the masks that added boost of vitamins and antioxidants!”


“When I was in Bali, I discovered that the use of rice alleviates the symptoms associated with summer heat, making it a common ingredient in many traditional Asian skincare products. Rice water is rich in minerals and nutrients, which helps nourish and brighten skin. You can use the leftover water from washing organic rice as an all-natural (and highly effective!) facial toner.”

Go Away is giving away 3 Handmade Heroes Gift Sets worth $100 each!

(This contest is now closed.)

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Each set comprises Beauty Warrior Face Mask Trio (French Green Clay, Hibiscus Vitamin C Boost, Black Charcoal Rice), Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo, Coco-licious Luscious Lip Scrub, and Coco-friggin’ Fantastic Lip Balms and Tints. To win a set, follow the steps below:

1. Answer this question in the Comments section below: “Which Handmade Heroes product would you most like to try, and why?”

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Deadline: 15 February, 6pm

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For as long as she can remember, Vanessa has always wanted to escape to a place where no one knows her. But because that’s not always possible, she often retreats into the world of books and pop culture. When she does get to travel, she prefers going off the beaten track and back to nature. Some of her best memories include napping in a treehouse in Laos and cycling across padi fields in Bali.


  1. I would love to try the Black Charcoal Rice Face Mask. We have all seen a certain brand’s advertisement on how rice water does miracles to our skin and black charcoal sounds like an interesting pairing too!

  2. yong yong xin Says: February 10, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I would like to try Coco-licious Luscious Lip Scrub. There are less lip scrub in the market and I am particular of the product ingredients used on my skin. I liked to DIY myself, I loved to save the hassle of DIY and try out handmade heroes products.

  3. I would love to try the drop dead gorgeous dry shampoo as there aren’t any natural, wholesome and affordable dry shampoos in the market! I frequently buy dry shampoo from off-the-shelves so having this amazing handmade hero product is a bonus (what’s more is that the packaging and name of the product sound cool too)!

  4. I would like to try the bedak sejuk inspired Black Charcoal rice face mask. Being somebody who is inspired by culture and tradition I would very much like to experience the benefits of Bedak Sejuk just as the older generations did. After trying on myself I can also share with others the beauty of this tradition as well.

  5. Daphne Lee Says: February 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I would love to try the Coco-licious Luscious Lip Scrub because not many of such products are available. It can gently polish away dry skin from my lips to reveal smoother skin so my lipstick glides on easily and look gorgeous.

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