[REVIEW] Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence was purchased by Cosmeperks.

Knowing that green tea plays quite well with my skin, I was keen in incorporating the Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence into my routine. While not necessarily a hyped up ingredient, green tea is pretty reliable for its rich source of antioxidants. However, this essence does not only pride itself on just green tea – it also claims to be chock full of enticing ferments! Which, in theory, should be a good thing, right?

Claims:

♥ Containing 75% of yeast/fermented green tea extract, the Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence supplies moisture and nourishment to the skin.

♥ It is also a dual-functional product which aids in whitening and anti-wrinkle care.

Ingredients:

Saccharomyces/Camillia Sinensis Extract Ferment Filtrate (75%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Water, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Filtrate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Betaine, Allantoin, Arylates/C10-3- Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Adenosine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA.

Star Ingredients:

Saccharomyces: Encourages cell turnover, which leads to brighter, more even and hydrated skin.

Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3. Helps to boost collagen production and in turn strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Over time, may also assist in brightening, anti-aging and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Extract from Green Tea. Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.

Bifida Ferment Lysate: A type of yeast obtained by the fermentation of Bifida. Has hydrating and possibly soothing properties. Also claims to aid in repairing cells damaged from UV rays and free radicals.

rh-Oligopeptide-1 (EGF): A protein found in the fibroblast cells of the dermal layer. It aids in increasing cell renewal after any exfoliation and assists the skin in wound healing. It also aids in stimulating cells to produce collagen, a key substance in maintaining a youthful appearance.

Volume: 60mL

How to use:

Apply 2-3 drops of essence to cleansed skin after toner and pat in to absorb.

My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence Review:

Aesthetics-wise, the packaging of the product is nothing much to shout about, really. Encased in an opaque, all-white plastic pump bottle with a transparent cap, it’s relatively lightweight but holds sturdy in the palm of my hand.

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence Review

The label is also pretty basic, with most of the additional information (such as the ingredients) being in Hangul. As with most opaque packaging, I definitely do find this quite annoying as I can’t see the product level left in the bottle, but hey – I’m annoyingly nit-picky like that, and it’s really not a huge issue at all. Ha.

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence Review

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence Review

In the swatch pictures, I demonstrated how a full one pump of product would look like on the back of my hand. As shown, the essence is colourless and has a non-drippy texture, so there’s no rush to immediately apply to the face in fear of it dripping everywhere.

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence Review

 

The consistency is on the light-medium side and it spreads easily onto the skin. However, it does tend to “sit” on the skin a bit, so patting/tapping in the product is necessary.

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence Review

Scent-wise, after a few weeks of using it religiously, I still can’t quite describe it. It’s not the most pleasant scent – nothing like floral or herbal notes, and leans more towards a plastic-ish smell instead – but I do find it negligible and am not particularly fussed about it. It does dissipate once absorbed completely though, so no worries!

Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence Review

In terms of how it fared for my skin… I do have some pros and cons, and a lot of meandering thoughts on whether it caused or contributed to the state of my currently congested skin. Now, I did run patch tests before incorporating it fully into my routine and found that it did not irritate nor cause an allergic reaction, but as I have been quite busy with personal issues, I was less cautious about my facial skin reaction.

Hence, I can’t quite say that it did not break me out as I’m still unsure on this front, but I can do a run-down on how I felt/thought about the product otherwise.

Continuing on with how it felt on the skin and how it kind of “sits” there before patting it in, I found that 1-2 pumps of the essence is actually enough to cover my whole face instead of the suggested 2-3 pumps.

As each pump actually provides an ample amount and the essence is on the thicker side (maybe think of a more ampoule consistency), you really do not need that much product.

Also, once spread onto the skin, I was pleased to find that the essence felt very hydrating and cooling. It honestly did take me by surprise the first time I used it as my skin was feeling particularly “heaty” that day.

Now, in terms of its claims of brightening, I do think that it did help somewhat in evening my skin tone and lessening dullness as the days passed by.

However, I do find that I needed to stay consistent with the rest of my base hydrating routine to maximise the effects of this serum and that it was less effective otherwise. Hence, I’m quite on the fence with the claim.

Overall, I’d probably rate the Tosowoong Green Tea Natural Pure Essence a 3.5/5. It’s a good hydrating product, but I don’t find it particularly mind-blowing or worthy of HG status – for my skin, anyway. I’ll continue to test out this product after a bit of a time-out to see whether or not it did break me out, but as it is now, I find this essence just okay. Always YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary – what works for me may not work for you and vice versa), though!

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay


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