Thursday, November 19

Meiji Amino Collagen Powder

Oprah featured the Meiji Amino Collagen Powder as "The Japanese Women's Secret to Youth and Beauty" in one of their shows and it is an instant hit for those beauty-conscious women all over the world trying to find an effective supplement to fight against aging and restore their youthful skin.

I have a sister who lives in Japan, so I talked to her to ask if she could find me a can of collagen powder. Little did I know, she drinks regularly those instant collagen drinks from Shiseido! Those are pricey but all the women she knows swear by the drink. She also told me how collagen is a HUGE thing in Japan, and how everything advertises collagen now. HUGE market, I tell you. They have collagen lipstick and lipglosses, collagen ingredients in mascara, pure collagen+vit e soaps, fruit juices with collagen and anti-aging, and even lemon flavored collagen candy!


WHEW!

It was easy peasy for her to get me the Meiji powder as it is available in convenience stores, even. I just asked her for a can, instead of hoarding a lot. I'm not too sure if I'll like it. So there are sellers from ebay and multiply who have this, but they jack the price up sooo much! I saw one selling this for around P1,500 and another for P2,000. My sister told me that she bought it around the price range for P400-500! Better find a relative who's in Japan and let them buy for you guys!


Amino collagen promises a "beautiful, smooth and toned skin", helping it become "supple, radiant and moist" with regular use. One review from Lioness in Japan who's a collagen drinker herself found that she had a youthful look to her after taking the powder regularly.

In her website she tells of another experience with Amino collagen:

"She witnessed a Japanese gal pal’s transformation a year after she left for Taipei and returned for a visit in Japan — apparently her middle-aged friend’s skin changed dramatically from a papery, dry state to becoming more supple and smooth. All the friends in their group jumped into the habit immediately. My student took it for four months and I thought she looked much better. Let me clarify that her fine lines were still there but the texture of her skin looked more plump and youthful." Taken from Lioness in Japan

Very nice piece of information, right?

Lets open the can shall we...






The Meiji can has a plastic scoop inside, and it helps regulate your collagen intake. The first thing I noticed about the powder is that its not finely milled. It seems a little coarse compared to most milk powders. But the powder is very light! The second thing I noticed is the smell...

THE SMELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok so this isn't the nastiest thing in the world, but its not the most fragrant-smelling either. I researched a little about collagen and found out that Meiji Amino Powder comes from fish-derived collagen. No wonder it smells a little funky. Whenever I open the can, I kind of hold my breath a little.

I prepared a normal Milo drink which I take everyday (yes, everyday! It gives me a little energy boost in the morning.) and added a scoop of collagen powder which consists of 5,000mg of collagen, which is the recommended daily intake. You can take Amino Collagen in any drink you drink regularly/everyday, be it a fruit juice, tea, morning soup, chocolate or milk drink.

I heard somewhere that Amino collagen powder is best taken at night before you go to sleep. And it is most absorbed by the body in an empty stomach, or else you drink it 2-3 hours after a full/heavy meal, or 1-2 hours after a light meal.

But what can I do, this package from Japan arrived around 9:00am and I was too excited to wait until bedtime! :)

What can I say about my initial taste?
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As you might have guessed....
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It tastes NASTY.

LOL!

For what is advertised as a "FLAVORLESS" powder, it sure distorts the smell and taste of Milo! At the first big sip I nearly choked and the second sip I made a face, until the last drop I was mildly disgusted. I finished it all because I couldn't very well throw this "Canned Fountain of Youth" away now, could I?

There are people who only mix the collagen with water, and I can't fathom how they could stand the taste and smell!

"This is healthy", I kept on telling myself. "You're 23 and the amount of collagen in the body plunges downwards after 20!"

....Or maybe I should get a bigger mug of Milo, because the ratio should be 1 scoopfull in a 150ml drink. I think I barely reached 100ml in that little teacup. Maybe that's why the collagen taste is so pronounced? I'll try better next time.



If you're in a diet, you can still incorporate the Meiji Amino Collagen in your daily intake as it is Sugar-and-sweetener free, and only contains 27 calories and 0.08 grams of fat! Those are virtually nothing for the price of 5,000mg of beauty-enhancing collagen :)

Thanks for reading!

22 comments:

Golden said...

Wow, that sounds interesting but I don't think I can tolerate the taste and smell of that product. ;P

CamRenRai16(SHOBE) said...

man!!!grabe 500php?kelanganga talaga may relative ka dun..and bout the taste ahaha.isang lagok takip nose atpos lunok..good luck sis on this can.grabe i wish ang nido ganyan din ahaha

Aicha Amano said...

@golden - I find the smell and taste yucky. But now that I put a little research into it, you need about 150-200ml of warm/cold drink, and you put it in a SMALL BLENDER.

Heheh but I don't have a small blender at home, only the heavy duty ones :(

GirL With GLasSes... said...

ow wow! thats true! i have a friend way back grade school, shes living in japan and had a vacation here last summer. i saw her in a mall and she is so beautiful!

libre niya ako lunch!!! haha! then she mentioned about collagen something...

wow! maybe this collagen fever really works!

beauty and geekness said...

ang hirap tlaga magpaganda...hehehe :) hopefully the nasty smell and taste is worth it :D

dulce said...

sis question why meiji if your sister is drinking shiseido collagen. which is better?

Anonymous said...

hi.. im pat..can i ask u a favor :) can u ask ur sister to buy me a can.. ill pay you here .plsssss..that's so expensive here..hehehe

Richie A said...

That's quite interesting as far as Collagen goes. I am going to try it as well. I am drinking a GNC brand called Neo Cell and it seems to be doing well for me. I am 30 and want to keep myself youthful. If you ever get a chance, please check out my fashion blog. :)

Kaycee Adraneda said...

hello.. wala po ako relative sa japan.. baka pwede na pabili po kayo sa sister nyo and bibili ako senyo..sobrang mahal po nyan dto.. sa napagtanungan ko po P2900 ang benta po nila.. super expensive.. gustong gusto ko sya bilin kaso di kaya ng budget ko,,

aranel said...

Hi! Can I ask where your sister bought the powder for less? :)

aranel said...

Hi? Where exactly did your sister buy the meiji powder in Japan? :)

Aicha Amano said...

Hi Aranel!

My sister is in Hiroshima. They have it at some drugstores/conveniences

Girly mae said...

u can sell it po in a cheaper price unlike the other seller..pwd order kme sa u sis?

Girly mae said...

u can sell it po in a cheaper price unlike the other seller..pwd order kme sa u sis?

Girly mae said...

u can sell it po in a cheaper price unlike the other seller..pwd order kme sa u sis?

Girly mae said...

hi po pwd po order me sau?hehe..u can sell it in cheaper price with profit unlike the other seller na overpricing..

文学少女 (Literature Girl) said...

Hi Everyone,

To those who asked if I could sell this, I'm really sorry!

It's been very long since I was interested in the product. I can't also become a seller of Japanese products because I have a busy work schedule.

Please remember also that anything that is imported will always have "patong", so even if it seems cheap to buy abroad, if it is shipped here, there will be fees and taxes, as well as difference in currency exchange. It's not something new. This is why you see a lot of foreign products that sell expensively, so please manage your expectations when I say that Meiji Collagen sells for 500 Pesos there, but when imported here, it could be as much as 1,000-2,000 pesos depending on a lot of things.

Thank you so much for the interest!
If I can find the cheapest sellers for this, then I will definitely recommend them to you.

Les Gutierrez said...

Hi! I know this post is quite old, but I just wanna ask you if this really works? Did you notice any improvements when you were drinking this? I do hope you answer back. Thank you! :)

Les Gutierrez said...

Hi! I just wanna ask, did this really work? Was there any noticeable improvements while you were drinking this? Thank you! :)

ladyrose said...

Hello everyone! I know this product well and it really works for me! As we all know naman pag made in japan talaga mabisa at with quality talaga...actually i' m here in japan and using it already 6 mons. na and i notice talaga yung improvements...

ladyrose said...

Hello everyone! I know this product very well since nandito ako sa japan and using it 6 mons. na...there is improvement talaga sa skin ko..sabagay made in japan kasi alam naman natin na kapag japan with quality talaga lalo na sa mga about health and skin very strict sila dyan...try nyo...

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