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Hello, everyone! Today the review is about Innisfree!
Innisfree (이니스프리) is a South Korean cosmetics brand owned by Amore Pacific.
Innisfree is a naturalism-oriented cosmetics brand created by Amore Pacific in 2000. The brand name originated from W. B. Yeats’ poem, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree‘.
It is one of the few Korean brands that use organic ingredients certified by France’s ECOCERT organization.
Innisfree has stores in South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam. It launched its first Indian store in New Delhi on October 10, 2013, in Singapore on November 22, 2013, the first store in Malaysia on December 5, 2014, and the first store in Vietnam on November 2016.
Innisfree is known for being South Korea’s first all-natural brand. Their products range from makeup to skin care products for men and women. Their products include the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Olive Real Cleansing Foam, and the Wine Peeling Jelly Softener. (Source: Wikipedia)
The product I will be reviewing is the Green Tea Fresh Skin.
“Our green tea products’ vitality and deep hydration are supplied by green tea extracts from the fields of Jeju island, renowned for its cleanliness and abundant plant life. Using these products will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple, and deeply hydrated.”
Here is a suggestion from Innisfree for different skin types
Oily skin: Green tea fresh line;
Combination skin: Green tea balancing line;
Dry skin: Green tea moisture line;
Special moisturizing and nourishing care line: Green tea seed line.
What is it?
It’s nothing but a toner. A very concentrated and fresh toner for deep hydration and nourishment made from green tea.
Ingredient list: Green Tea Extract (89.0%), Propanediol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Tangerine Extract, Orange Extract, Glycerin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Polysorbate20, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Menthoxypropanediol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Green Tea Extract: This is the main ingredient here. This toner contains 89% of green tea extract. Green tea extract is an antioxidant, antimicrobial, photoprotective (The green tea polyphenol, Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate, protects against the oxidative cellular and genotoxic damage of UVA radiation), astringent, hydrating, tonic, skin protecting, humectant… Green tea contains Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the main and active polyphenolic catechin present in green tea. EGCG is a monomer separated from tea catechins, a well-known antioxidant, which helps fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin cells;
Propanediol: It can enhance the absorption of ingredients. It can be derived naturally from corn or also synthetically. It has hydrating properties. It is well-tolerated and not likely to cause sensitivity;
Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract: It has astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing and conditioning properties. Willow bark extract contains salicylic acid, a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that is a natural exfoliant very used against acne. It helps clear pores, dead skin and can also stimulate new cell formation;
Camellia Leaf Extract: The extract of green tea leaves with similar proprieties;
Prickly Pear Extract: It’s the extract of a species of cactus. It is antioxidant;
Orchid Extract: Possibly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant proprieties. This is a study made by South African medicinal orchids. The orchid extract used in this toner is probably (I am almost 100% sure) from Jeju Island, but Innisfree doesn’t tell which species so I couldn’t find much about it.
Tangerine Peel Extract: Antiinflammatory and maybe fragrance?;
Citrus aurantium bergamia Extract: Antimicrobial and maybe fragrance;
Grapefruit Extract: Antibacterial and maybe fragrance;
Glycerin: Also called glycerine or glycerol, glycerin is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient. It is naturally found in the skin. Glycerin, when used in its pure form, can make your skin lose water by attracting the water from the lower layers of skin into the surface layers of skin, making your skin lose water to the environment. Be careful when using pure glycerin.
What else you need to know
Free from: parabens, synthetic colorants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, imidazolidinyl urea.
How to use
Apply toner to a cotton pad and gently wipe it over your face, avoiding your eyes (but I do apply it over my under eyes areas, why not?!) and mouth. You can also pour the liquid in a spray bottle and use it as a face mist.
The order should be Green Tea Skin >> Green Tea Serum >> Green Tea Cream
Safety of the ingredients according to Cosdna
Fragrance strikes 1 to 4. Tangerine Peel Extract strikes 2 along with Glycerin. Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Polysorbate 20 and PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil strike 3.
All the ingredients used in this toner are safe. But if you have any sensitivity to any of them, I discourage you from using it.
The 200 mL bottle is made of plastic and it’s very resistant. On the back of the bottle, you will find “Please return to Innisfree after use”.
After removing the screw top, there is a hole where the liquid comes through. I would prefer it to be a spray bottle instead of a hole, it would be easier just to spray it on your face.
This has a texture extremely similar to water. I was expecting something different from a water texture due to Propanediol, which can change the texture of an aqueous product, making it slightly thicker. But since this toner is suitable for oily skin, the texture is perfect! Non-greasy and fast absorbing.
As you can see below, it’s fast absorbing and leaves no residue at all. The moisturizing effect is good for oily skins, only. If you have dry, normal or combination skin I suggest you try one of the lines I listed in the beginning of the article because if you choose this toner you might experience a lack of moisture.
Now let me tell you the what can be a problem for so many people: fragrance.
This toner was my second product from Innisfree (the first one was the No Sebum Powder, which is AMAZING!) and I didn’t expect it would have a medium-to-strong scent (something like an Eau de Cologne). The first week using this product was a deception, not because the fragrance was quite strong, but because it didn’t feel like something natural. Why not natural, Innisfree? You are a brand which is supposed to make everything seems and feels natural, why did you forget about the scent?
When I first saw that the fragrance was the last ingredient on the list, I thought it would be really something pleasant and light. I also thought it would smell something flowery and citrusy because there are some citrus fruits and a flower on the list at, what it seems to be, a higher concentration than the fragrance. But yet, I was a bit disappointed about that.
Just FYI, the scent isn’t something bad, though. But indeed it’s strong to the point that someone probably will ask you “What perfume is that?” Yes, it happened to me! I was at my mom’s doing my routine, and since this toner is very watery, I poured it in a mist bottle to spray it over my face instead of pouring it on my hand or to a cotton ball. Anyway, I was doing my routine and I sprayed the toner on my face. My sister was laying down on the other couch and she immediately asked: “What perfume is that?! It’s good!” And I immediately thought: “F*ck off.” I explained to her that it wasn’t a perfume (I wouldn’t spray perfume on my face, would I?) and she replied with something like: “It smells like.”
After one week (or maybe more, I don’t quite remember) using it, I got used to it. Anyhow, the scent is a bit citrusy and slightly earthy but far from being natural (at least that’s what I feel).
As you might know, my skin is a combination (if you ever forget about it, just go to About and you’ll find my actual skin status). My nose is very oily, my forehead is a bit dehydrated and the remaining areas are normal. It’s a type of skin that if you apply too much, it becomes oily and if you apply too little, it gets dry throughout the day. So I have to be very careful with the amount of product I apply in the morning.
This toner is supposed to control the excess of oil the skin produces. I can say it does help with that, but if you have a super oily skin, it won’t be your savior. It controls a moderate amount of oil for 2 hours, maybe? I don’t know how the entire line works, though.
If you have noticed that your foundation gets darker during the day, that’s because it’s becoming oxidized. I believe that this toner can help your foundation last longer, you just have to spray it over your make-up so the green tea antioxidant proprieties will guarantee you a less oxidized face.
So if you have oily skin and you’re looking for a potent antioxidant with possibly oil-control effect, this toner might be a good option. It is very light, the moisture is good for oily skin, it is deeply absorbed leaving no residue.
If you are allergic to perfumed products or you prefer a lighter scent, RUN AWAY FROM THIS!