[REVIEW] Etude House Honey Cera Nourishing Cream

Etude House Honey Cera Nourishing Cream Review:

I’m not a fan of eating honey – but I’m a huge fan of honey in creams or moisturizers, so when Etude House came out with this honey cera line I was immediately curious about it. I was lucky enough to receive a sample pack from Etude House with four mini sizes from the line, which was where I first tried this cream. Because it only contained a 5ml sample of the cream, I wasn’t able to see how well it would work. Instead I got to see the texture, and feel what the cream was like – which made me instantly want to buy it so I could test it out.

I also had tried the emulsion, which was okay but the cream was instant love. For a long time, I’ve been looking for a heavier cream to use at night, and so the tiny sample made me realize that for once I had found a cream that seemed heavier than most of the creams. The fact that the honey cera line is designed for dry skinned people, made me certain that this cream might actually be the one I was looking for.


A nourishing and firming Cream that provides dry skin with abundant nutrition and radiance.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Diisostearyl Malate, Trehalose, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Honey Extract, Ceramide 3, Royal Jelly, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Polyisobutene, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-40 Stearate, Acrylates/Stearyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Polyacrylate-13, Dextrin, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985), Fragrance

Volume: 60ml

Etude House Honey Cera Nourishing Cream Review

How to use:

Apply a certain amount onto face and neck in the morning and evening, lightly patting to absorb

My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.

Etude House Honey Cera Nourishing Cream Review:

When I first tried this cream, I thought the texture was quite thick, creamy and buttery. However, since I bought the full sized one, I have used several other thicker creams I realized that the Honey Cera cream is not as heavy as I first thought.

It is creamy and thick, but not as buttery or creamy as say the Guerisson 9 Complex cream. That said, it still is a nice thick cream that those with dry skin will appreciate (and maybe even those with normal skin in winter?). I think it is heavier than the Benton steam cream, and the Cosrx honey ceramide cream.

Etude House Honey Cera Nourishing Cream Review

The honey cera nourishing cream comes in a honeycomb patterned box, and it also includes a spatula inside the box (you can see it on top of the jar in the photos). It’s a small spatula but it’s a perfect size for the cream. The cream comes in a golden-brown jar, the only thing that bothers me is that the packaging is a little misleading, it looks like a bigger jar of cream than it really is.

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Etude House often makes the packaging look wider, when in actual fact the width of the jar is the same as the opening of the jar. Unlike the Guerisson 9 complex cream which has cream under the lip of the jar, the Etude House does not. Anyway, the packaging itself looks fantastic to me, I can’t deny that I love the packaging of this line, the golden brown really appeals to me.

Etude House Honey Cera Nourishing Cream Review

Now the cream itself is a very light brownish shade, which sounds unpleasant but actually I think it is a lovely shade, which can be seen in the swatches. The texture of the cream is a little buttery or creamy, and spreads across the skin easily.

I’ve only used it at night (because I have a holy grail daytime cream already), and I tend to be quite heavy handed with applying it, because it feels so nice when you apply it to the skin. I think it’s because of the slight buttery creaminess. Which might feel awful if you have oily skin, but for dry skin it feels divine or at least it does to me. I also use it with a sleeping pack, because a cream is not enough for my skin overnight, an emulsion under it would probably work too.

What I find is that it lasts around 6~7 hours on my skin, before my skin starts to get dehydrated again. I think that isn’t bad, and mostly works because I usually only have it on that long before I’m getting up in the morning. If I use cotton pads to wipe my face, there is usually some residue of the cream (and my sleeping pack) still on my skin.

And if I shower, I find that the steam from the shower, moistens my face so when I touch it, I can feel the slight moisturized/oily feel of the cream 6~7 hours later. For me this is okay, because other moisturizers that I used overnight, and even Vaseline don’t prevent my skin from being dehydrated in the morning. So, I find that compared to other creams, it actually lasts quite well, and since it’s not designed for fixing dehydration, I don’t expect it to.

It also doesn’t cause my skin to be dry, and I find that despite the dehydration, my skin looks a lot better when I use this cream. I used to wake up and my skin would be red (it tends to be redder when dry) and dull, and generally look terrible.

After using this cream, I find that my face looks plumper and more even toned, and less red. If I’m extra lazy (on my days off heh) and stay in bed for ten hours, my skin tends to look red, very dehydrated and less good, but it still looks marginally better than when I use other creams.

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I think Etude House’s claims that this line is good for dry skin are true, because honestly other creams that aren’t designed for dry skin don’t do much for my skin. Some nights if I apply other creams, my face is bone dry in minutes, and it feels as if I’ve applied nothing to my face.

Whereas this cream, my face feels soft and still light moisturized a few minutes after I apply it. Even after this cream dries, I know that I’ve applied it, because my skin feels fine – it doesn’t feel tight or uncomfortable. So, one layer of this cream, in conjunction with the rest of my routine, works better for my dry skin than 3~4 layers of other lighter creams I’ve tried in the past.

So, it might not be the most exciting product, or one that whitens or does a bunch of different things, but honestly, I don’t except a cream to do anything but moisturise well. And if you have dry skin, I think sometimes you want just a simple cream, that actually helps your dry skin.

And Etude House’s honey cera cream does work for dry skin, but to be fair it doesn’t work as well as the Guerisson 9 Complex cream, at least for me. But that said, if the Guerisson 9 Complex cream is too heavy for you, then the Etude House Honey cera cream might work out better for you.

Would I repurchase this cream? Yes, I definitely would, because it fits my needs for a night time cream, and it’s better than the other creams I’ve tried at night. I think this cream most suits people with dry skin, or normal skin in winter. For people with very dry skin, this cream wouldn’t probably be heavy enough in winter, but again it really depends on how dry your skin is and what your climate is like.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | Cosmetic-love

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