[REVIEW] Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist

Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review:

It is said that in the past, Geisha used the leftover sake of their clients as a beauty product, to soften and brighten their skin tone.

The company that produces this lotion is the Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewing Co., Ltd., a very popular sake company in Japan founded in 1659. According to the company, sake has beneficial effects for the skin, giving the skin luster and preventing aging. This lotion, released in 2013 contains not only sake, but a pretty impressive list of ingredients.

After I found out about this product, I knew I had to have it.

Sake? On my skin? Let’s see how it went.

+ This is a moisturizing toner that prepares the skin to absorb moisture. It has fermented rice sake and moisturizing ceramide compounds, which are beneficial for dry and rough skin, without leaving it sticky.

+ Contains Kiku-Masamune’s Junmai Ginjo Sake. With as much amino acids as 1,800 ml of Japanese sake, placenta extract and with arbutin compounds, it deeply moisturizes the skin.

+ Comes in a convenient pump bottle. Low pH. Coloring-free, mineral oil-free.

+ You can chill the lotion in a refrigerator. The chilled lotion firms your skin.


Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, “Rice Ferment Filtrate (sake)”, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, Leucine, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Placental Protein, Arbutin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycine soja/Soybean Protein, Maltitol, Methyl gluceth-10, PEG-6 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium styrene/ acrylates copolymer, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance.


Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review

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Volume: 500 ml

How to use:

1. Grab the nozzle rotate it counterclockwise, while raising the head. Pump several times until the lotion comes out. Press the pump slowly. The content might spatter if you press the pump too hard.

2. Drop appropriate amount on your hand and apply onto your skin after washing your face.

3. You can use it on the whole body as well as the face.

4. It is more effective to pack it firmly in cotton or tissue paper, packing about 5 minutes on the areas of your face with concerns, like dryness, etc.

Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review

My Skin Type:

Combination: oily and dehydrated. I’m also acne prone and have sensitivities to certain ingredients.

Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review:

What originally attracted me to this product was the ingredient list, which consists of not only sake, which I had never tried before, but the presence of ceramides which are important for skin barrier function.
This product contains a lot of brightening ingredients, let’s take a look:

Sake, containing kojic acid, which occurs naturally also in soy sauce and miso. A study shows that topical application of sake extract improved skin tone, suggesting that sake extract can be used to improve skin hyperpigmentation.

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Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate is a widely used anti-inflammatory component derived from the licorice root. It is reported to minimize redness in skin and to have some brightening effects.

Arbutin may be converted to hydroquinone under conditions of high temperature and UV radiation, and has been traditionally used to treat pigmentary disorders.

Lastly, arginine, which is an essential amino acid and a precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide, which has a well documented function in wound healing.

Now, an interesting ingredient: Placenta extract. According to Kiku-Masamune, placenta extract acts as a moisturizing agent.

You may be wondering: Placenta? Whose placenta? Where do they get it from?

Reddit user u/2catsinjapan at the AsianBeauty subreddit, contacted the company by email, and this is what they told them:

“After a bit of back and forth with the company they explained:
Placental proteins of animal (pig) origin. The proteins themselves are extracted and used, not placenta as such.

Why they use animal source and not plants?
Because procuring large quantities of plant based placental proteins is ridiculously expensive and they want their products to be affordable for anyone.”

Indeed, this product comes from pigs, so by no means this is a halal product, let alone vegan. The placenta used in the production of this lotion is a byproduct of pig meat industry.

I need to relay this information so you can make an informed decision on whether this lotion is for you.
Now, my personal opinion on the lotion: I actually really like it.

Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review


The texture is watery and it absorbs fairly quick on my skin, although it leaves a slight greasy sensation it does not leave a greasy look on the face, even though I apply a few layers of the lotion.

The smell, some say, it is purely of sake. I, personally have never tried sake, but I can pick up the alcoholic smell from it; at times it smells of bubblegum, some other times it’s banana, but other times it smells like a trash bag that’s been sitting under the sun. Not at all nice, but fortunately the smell goes away very fast.

A major downpoint is the nozzle.

Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review


You have to press it down to close it again, and if you’re not careful you can spill the product. It also dispenses way too much lotion at once, and even if the bottle is huge (seriously, I knew it was huge but I was surprised when it arrived) and will last you for a long time, wasting product is not good. I opted for decanting some of the lotion onto a small spray bottle, which allows me to apply the lotion more effectively.

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Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review


Also, like many Japanese cosmetics, it has no expiration date, only the batch code. This, apparently, is due to the constant replacement of supplements in the products or the product’s packaging, which happens every 1-2 years. So generally speaking, we could say that the products are safe to use to the old versions being taken off the market.

When I first tested the product in the span of two weeks, I discovered that it made me breakout. I never suffer from whiteheads, yet after trying out the product I suddenly found small pimples on my forehead, cheeks and chin. Even after reading a few reviews that reported the same I wasn’t expecting that result. I discontinued its use for a while, but then decided to give it a second chance.

I have to say I didn’t regret it. After the second test it no longer made me breakout, and it gave me a very nice glow. My skin looks bright and the tone seems very even, I can see a subtle change in the redness around my nose and all around, it leaves my skin supple and soft.

This is a product that conflicts me. While I can see favorable results in my skin from it, I’m still not sure if I will repurchase it, due to the placenta in it. Thankfully, the bottle is huge and it will last for a while, so I have more time to think about it.

I believe this lotion will suit dry and dehydrated skins the best. If you have oily skin you can use it as well but you might want to see if one layer is enough or if you can get away with more layers.

If you’re interested in trying a lotion with sake for your skin, and you have no problem with it containing pig placenta proteins, then give it a try. I have seen a very nice result on my skin, not to mention that it’s a very affordable and cost-effective product.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | Yesstyle

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