Before I begin this blog post, I want to apologize for not being on my grind with this blog. I unintentionally ignored my blog because I was focusing more of my time on creating YouTube videos. If you do not follow me on Instagram, which is @honestlycarolynmarie, then let me explain my absence further. The external hard drive that I save all of my video files onto crashed last month as I was exporting a video to YouTube. I’m about 99.9% sure that I lost everything on that external hard drive, which also includes photos, documents, and music. I know, this is such a “first-world problem,” but I was genuinely devasted. Now, I’m at peace with everything and I feel ready to get back into the swing of things.
Today, I am reviewing Glow Recipe’s Organic Purity Korean Skin Care Trial Kit. Phew, now was that a mouthful or what?! I decided to give this skin care trial kit a chance because I recently received Charlotte Cho’s The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin for Christmas (thanks Allison!). I quickly became obsessed with the notorious 10-step skin care regime that many Koreans follow to achieve a dewy, not greasy, glow.
Did she say 10 steps? Yes, I said 10 steps.
In defense of this seemingly excessive skin-care regime, 10 products are not used every single day nor are they used both day and night. Some products, like face masks and scrubs, are rotated into a routine maybe once or twice a week.
After reading Charlotte Cho’s book, I wanted to try a few Korean skin care products. Charlotte Cho is actually the co-founder of SoKo Glam, an online retailer that offers Korean beauty products to a global audience, but some of the ingredients found in popular Korean products did not meet my green beauty standards. Instead, I found Glow Recipe, another online Korean skin care retailer that offered products with much cleaner ingredients.
I didn’t know where to start exactly, so I picked up their Organic Purity Korean Skin Care Trial Kit for $23.00. Along with Organic Purity, Glow Recipe offers three different trial kits: Ageless Glow, Dry Rescue, and Trouble Escape.
The Organic Purity Trial Kit comes with a generous amount of samples that will easily last you a week. I honestly thought I was going to receive a total of four little packets, so I was pleasantly surprised to receive more than that. Here’s what was included in my trial kit:
- One 0.67 fl. oz. (20 mL) sample of the Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil
- Five packets of the Whamisa Organic Original Toner
- Five packets of the Whamisa Organic Water Cream with Natto
- One Whamisa Organic Hydrogel Sheet Mask
- An info card with how to use each product and a coupon code for $5 off of your purchase at Glow Recipe
If I’m not mistaken, the brand Whamisa ferments the majority of their products as a way to naturally preserve its potent ingredients and this cleansing oil is no exception. Traditionally, oil cleansing involves massaging oil onto a dry, unwashed face (yes, with your makeup on and everything) and after a couple of minutes or so you steam/gently wipe away the oil with a damp wash cloth. However, Whamisa’s cleansing oil is actually water soluble, meaning that you can add water to your face after you have massaged the oil in and it everything washes off clean! I haven’t come across a cleansing oil that is water soluble AND has great ingredients, so like the dork that I am I completely freaked out!
This cleansing oil does have a light, fresh, and floral scent to it and is a thinner consistency compared to the Kensington Apothecary Cleansing Oil and the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. To me, the thinner consistency means that I can use less product than I normally would to take off my makeup. I’m not a fan of how the sample size comes with a screw-top lid because the oil can easily leak everywhere if it is not secured tightly, but this is me just being nit-picky because I love this cleansing oil so much! $38.00 does sound pricey for a cleansing oil, but hey if I can save money on both washcloths and by not doing laundry often then I will happily invest in this product.
*Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, ☆Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Dandelion Leaf/Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, ***Fragrance
*Certified Organically Grown ** Natural Origin**Natural Preservative ***Natural Fragrance
So, I haven’t used a toner in about a year. I was using apple cider vinegar that was diluted with water for a a few months last year, but I stopped doing that out of sheer laziness honestly. And even before that, the last time I used a toner was during my Proactiv days. I actually shudder at the thought of those Proactiv days because my skin felt like it was actually burning whenever I used their toner. Naturally, I was pretty hesitant to try Whamisa’s Organic Original Toner, but thankfully my skin actually reacted normally to it. Is this my favorite product out of the trial kit? No. But if you do like toners I think this particular one is something to keep on your radar.
This toner does have naturally derived alcohol in it, which makes your face feel tight once it dries down. I’m not a fan of this feeling because in my mind I perceive this sensation as if the toner is drying out my skin. If you look on the ingredients list, however, you’ll see a list of soothing ingredients like aloe leaf extract, cucumber extract and numerous floral ingredients that give is similar scent to the cleansing oil. Using a toner can be seen as a vital step in a skin care routine, or it can be seen as an unnecessary, extra step. I side with the latter opinion, so once I use up my samples I won’t be repurchasing this toner.
*Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, *Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, *Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract *Cucumin Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, *** Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Sulfruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, *Alcohol, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, *Brassica Oleracea Italic (Broccoli) Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, **Fragrance
(*Certified Organically Grown, **Natural Fragrance, ***Natural Preservative)
This moisturizer is definitely something I would find myself reaching as it gets warmer here in Southern California. It is an incredibly lightweight moisturizer that sinks into the skin almost immediately. Despite this moisturizer’s name, it does not contain water by looking at the ingredients list. It does contain natto, which are fermented soybeans. It also contains olive oil as one of its ingredients, so possibly stay away from this product if you are allergic to either ingredient mentioned.
Again, this moisturizer also has a light, floral scent to it. I say that this would be perfect for the warmer months because my skin is a bit more oiler in late spring and summer, but now that it is currently cooler I need a richer, more hydrating face cream. I would definitely not recommend this water cream to those who have dry skin because I have a feeling that it wouldn’t be hydrating enough. If you have normal to oily skin then I would give this product a try!
*Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract, *Aloe Maculata leaf extract, *Lactobacillus/ Rice Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Maculata Aloe Leaf/Molasses Ferment Filtrate, *Camelia Japonica Seed Oil, *Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, ***Cetearyl Olivate, ***Sorbitan Olivate, **Natto Gum, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, *Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, ***Scuterllaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Fragrance (natural)
* Certified Organically Grown, ** Natural Origin, ***Natural Preservative
I don’t know why I thought this, but my perception of sheet masks was that they were wasteful because you use them only one time and that they didn’t have any visible effects to the skin. Oh boy, was I wrong! This fruits and tomato fermented sheet mask made for a heavenly 20 minute chill-out session. The hydrogel consistency of the mask feels slippery and almost slimey to the touch, but on the face it immediately has a cooling sensation that feels dang near spa-like if you ask me (I actually haven’t been to a spa, but this mask comes close to feelings that may be associated with spas).
This mask is made of 95% organic ingredients that include tomato, apple, licorice and banana. It also has the same floral scent as the other three products in this trial kit. This mask comes in two pieces. One piece covers the forehead, nose, and cheeks. The other piece covers the chin, upper lip area, and the lower cheeks. You’ll notice some remaining essence from the mask and you are supposed to gently pat it into your neck and other bits of skin that the mask does not cover. After 20 minutes, the mask is simply peeled off and discarded, leaving you with a much more hydrated complexion that also feels kind of bouncy.
These sheet mask are $9 a pop, but since they’re only used every so often I wouldn’t mind splurging on a couple of masks to use in the future.
UPDATE: I tried out this mask yesterday and once you discard it you are left with a slight amount of essence on your skin. This essence didn’t fully absorb into my skin after about an hour and a half. So, when I applied sunscreen and makeup the leftover essence balled up like eraser shavings and made a terribly unflattering makeup look. In short, do not use this mask if you plan to wear makeup later in the day or at the very least wash off the remaining essence off of your face before applying makeup.
Water, *Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Lactobacillus/Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Musa, Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aniba, Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil
If you are interested in Korean beauty or just want to try new products in general, but want cleaner ingredients I would highly recommend trying out any of Glow Recipe’s Korean Skin Care Trial Kits. I believe that this trial kit is definitely worth the $23. The samples are very generous in comparison to other green beauty companies that offer samples, so you can try out these products for much longer. Although I wasn’t crazy about the Whamisa toner, I really enjoyed the three other Whamisa products and I am highly considering a couple of full-sized products to purchase in the future.
Now, it’s your turn. Have you tried any Korean beauty products? What are your thoughts on the 10-step regime? Let me know in the comments down below! I’ll see you in the next post.