So is it a facial toner? Sure! Body toner? Yeah dude. It can be what e v e r you want it to be. This lotion is to the western world, a toner (acidic pH included) for drier skin. The white version of this contains alcohol denat. for quick drying and astringent effects for more oily skin. Kiku Masamune is much more than a beauty brand, however. They are a sake brewery first!
Let’s backup and talk about why sake is so great for the skin first. Sake contains two great things for our skin, amino acids and kojic acid. These amino acids like Lysine, Proline, Leucine are building blocks of our actual skin. These help ‘feed’ our skin and skin’s processes such as collagen and elastin synthesis. So in short, amino acids are top notch. (Both externally but as well as internally!)
Kikumasamune’s toner boasts the equivalent of 1 shou of sake (an old japanese measurement that equals ~1800mL) of amino acids in a 500mL bottle. You also find some super ingredients such as ceramide 3 and 6 for moisturizing and repairing the lipid barrier, arbutin a tried and true ingredient for brightening, and Glycyrrhizic acid a derivative of licorice root for soothing. The lotion does come with a cost though. PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is added, it’s a silky cleansing agent but still not ideal but it’s cheap and it keeps this product at $13 USD from my local Uwajimaya or for about the same here from Amazon
It does have a ever so slight tacky feeling left behind on clean skin, however this works to our advantage when we apply a occlusive on top! I’ve been applying this head to toe out of the shower, I initially wasn’t applying lotion but I was feeling that slight tack so I decided to start applying my Happy Bath Shea 24H Moisture body lotion on top to help not only seal the lotion ingredients in, but to provide that nice silky smooth feeling.
I would recommend this toner for drier skin, anyone wanting to try a ferment based essence but don’t want to commit to a more luxe alternative until you’ve tried it, or for someone looking to amp their body care up. I will continue using this on my face for awhile longer, but I will most likely switch this product over to body only as when I purchased it, that was the deciding factor on this product over another.
All in all I gotta give this product a 7/10 I like it, I really like it for my body, ESPECIALLY under body lotion. But I think I’m going to stick with my regular first treatment essences for my face, just due less ingredients and cleaner product layering.