[REVIEW] AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Toner: the Next Generation Toner

WOW MY FIRST AMOREPACIFIC REVIEW WOW!

I’ve sold their products for years, I’ve used their products for even longer. But I am just now writing about ‘mother’. Amore isn’t just a brand, they are a cosmetics conglomerate of over 30 brands. They make some of the world’s favorite brands and most people are unsuspecting of such. Brands like Laneige, Mamonde, IOPE, Hera, Sulwhasoo, and Happy Bath, the list goes on (in all price ranges).

AMOREPACIFIC is the cream of the crop. With products that have price points that compete with ultra luxe wastes of money like La Prairie and 111Skin. (Of course there are exceptions. However, no skincare product will compete with procedures, put your $600 towards microneedling or something other than a bottle of 50% water) They are to be considered the pinnacle of Amore’s R&D. Most products don’t wander into the $200< mark unless they are apart of the ‘Time Renewal’ collection. The super super super #1. Sh*ts like $450 for green tea and bamboo, man.

The Treatment Toner is part of the basics so while it does take a blow to your wallet, nothing like above. While in many Korean skincare brands we’d expect to see essences somewhere in the product lineup. However, unlike the rest of the AMORE group brands, there’s not a single essence to be found. (until like a month ago, no joke it’s the Vintage Single Extract Essence, and yes I need it, and no I can’t ever afford it and the part that kills me is it’s technically a First Treatment Essence based with 100-day fermented green tea…. NO YOU’RE CRYING.) But in a normal Amore routine, Treatment Toner is your essence. But it’s still also your toner. It’s both. Instead of being just pH restoring and balancing like toner, or just a hydration step like essence this product does the job of both. Pretty well too!

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In typical Amore fashion, water is not the first ingredient. Instead they use Ginseng extract as the base. Before you close this tab and run to your nearest Amore reseller.. Calling the first ingredient ginseng doesn’t mean this product is filled to the brim with it. It’s still a water. & the word ‘extract’ can be stretched. Like in cooking, we call it, lets say “whatever” extract, but with propylene glycol and water added. But it’s still 100% “whatever” extract. So in a product we could list that as “whatever extract”. But nonetheless, something you can count on in this ingredient is the quality.

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Other ingredients to should note: Hyaluronic Acid(hydrator), Korean Red Pine extract (antioxidant powerhouse), Green Tea (also antioxidants), Theanine (green tea component), Ginger, Bamboo sap(hydrator), Water Lily (astringent), and last but not least Licorice Root(anti-inflammatory).

It’s great at calming my irritated skin down after exfoliating, replenishing moisture and pH. I also know it’s giving me a solid foundation to a great routine.

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Where does this toner go wrong though? Fragrance and unnecessary pigment. Why does it have to be pink? ((Attract the ‘US market’ client)) Red 33 and CI 15985 are what give this product it’s pale pink tint, not ginseng unfortunately.. The fragrance is definitely artificial. It’s not the best scent, but definitely not bad! It is not a herbal/natural smelling wonderland like Sulwhasoo products, it’s just a ‘good scent’.((Attract the ‘US market’ client)) I can smell it for step or two afterwards even with those products on top, but then it seems to go away.

Where this toner goes right all the way, is it’s texture. It’s as light as water but feels as hydrating as an essence with absolutely no residue. I can’t imagine someone not caring for it.

Find this toner at your local AMOREPACIFIC store or retailer for $50USD

[REVIEW] KIKU-MASAMUNE Sake Skin High Moist Lotion

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!)

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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.

[REVIEW] Manyo Factory Galactomyces Clearskin AHA/BHA Toner

I have been so excited to share this toner but I wanted to give it a decent amount of time under testing. But from my first impression I’ve liked this product and my love for it just keeps growing every day I use it.

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Galactomy Clearnskin Toner is a pH balancing toner that is hydrating, mildly exfoliating, and infused with the muti-functional powerhouse Galactomyces ferment filtrate. (what? find out here

Manyo Factory is a lesser known but still relatively popular Korean brand that delivers high quality, simple, effective, concentrated, natural products. They don’t formulate with a lot of common irritants and always load up on key ingredients. 

I love this stuff because well… It’s so gentle! So gentle I can remove heavy duty chemical exfoliators with it and it’s still incredibly soothing. My favorite part has to be the consistency. Many hydrating toners I’ve tried leave my skin sticky don’t leave it feeling entirely clean. This is based with Mineral water and Galacta so it’s perfect. It feels just like water. I also like that it’s in a spray, I can either spritz onto cotton pads or all over then wipe. Whichever way, the spray bottle works the best.

Here’s a breakdown of the great ingredient list:  

Mineral Water, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract(Smoothing, softening), Chamaecyparis Obtusa(Hinoki cypress)(moisturizing) Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract(hydrating), Centella Asiatica Extract(soothing), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract(BHA/exfoliating), Lactic Acid(AHA/exfoliating), Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit(Japanese Pepper) Extract(antioxidant/protection), Pulsatilla Koreana Extract , Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water(Soothing), Sea Water, Potassium Hydroxide(conditioning), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (BHA,exfoliating) Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(antioxidant/protection), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil(moisturizing,scent) , Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract(enzyme/exfoliating)

*bolded are ingredients I like to see, as you can tell, Manyo put a lot of love into this.

What I don’t like about it: it has rose oil in it. It’s a small complaint but some people complain more about it. *shrug* NBD

10/10 Holy Grail status.