It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Amidst the hustle that is work and some pretty major life changes, I’ve got a massive backlog of products I’m dying to talk about – some I love, others I don’t, and even more riffraff that just weren’t my thing ~ such as the Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Essence Serum. Sadly.
Truth be told, I probably had unrealistic expectations (which sets any beauty product up to fail, without fail) because it was a) made from camellia flower (or tsubaki) extract which is a favourite in Japan b) a Korean brand and c) hideously expensive. When you think about how aggressive the competition is in South Korea’s beauty industry and how high their standards are, anything that is successful even at such a dear price has GOT to be amazing, no?
Anyhoo, onwards we go!
REVIEW OF BLOSSOM JEJU PINK CAMELLIA ESSENCE SERUM
The Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Essence Serum contains over 55% of camellia flower extract, which is rich in oleic acid – a fatty acid also known as Omega-9, an anti-inflammatory, intensively moisturising component – as well as Vitamin A, B, D, and E. Oleic acid is also not recommended for acne-prone skin, as it belongs to the heavier, richer family of emollients.
Whelps. Maybe that’s why my skin didn’t like it that much :/
Other yummy ingredients
Niacinamide: My skin loves this. Quoting from my Beauty of Joseon cream review:
A superstar ingredient featured in most of the top asian beauty favourites like the Missha First Treatment Essence and almost all CosRX stuff products. Also known as vitamin B3, this cell-communicator helps with your skin’s moisture barrier, increase ceramide and fatty acid levels in skin. Helps reduce PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) marks and scars too. SUPERSTAR, I SAY.
Akebia Quinata extract: A shrub native to Japan, this extract has been proven to show antioxidant and anti-glycation activity. Glycation is a process in which sugar molecules hook up with proteins in your body and distorts them. The proteins most prone to glycation is – you guessed it – collagen and elastin, and when that happens skin becomes discoloured and less supple.
Licorice extract: Antioxidant that inhibits melanin production and bacteria that causes acne. A goodie in many asian skincare products, including the Dr Jart Ceramidin line.
Actually, the Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Essence Serum seems to have a never-ending list of good stuff. Other beneficial ingredients of note are Shea Butter, Centella Asiatica, Soybean, Olive Oil, Rosemary, Hyaluronic Acid, and Aloe.
Most amazingly, its full ingredient list has ZERO red flags on CosDNA!!! Other than fragrance, that is.
You know how people rave about how a product smells and you imagine a bed of fresh, hand-plucked roses or a tub of yogurt sherbet but it’s NEVER really that? Well, shut up jaded nose, this was as mind-blowing as described. For some reason the fragrance is jasmine – but it isn’t that overwhelming opulent plume of floral sweetness that induces headaches. This is sheer delight. Though it fades quickly after application, I catch a whiff of it every now and then. And I end up sniffing myself furiously, trying to grasp a trace of it again. (Yes I know how weird it sounds.)
This is coming from someone who scorns beauty plebs when they ask if a product is good then promptly opens jars/bottles for a sniff. HELLO?? YOU THINK EFFICACY HAS A SMELL??? I have sensitive skin and eczema, which is why I try to stay away from products with fragrance. How ironic is that the scent is my favourite part of this product?
It’s… underwhelming. I don’t know what it is, but with such a pedigree of an ingredient list, I expected super-ultra-fragilistic hydration and nourishment which I didn’t get. I know results take time. Skincare especially.The texture itself is good enough, runny with a lot of slip yet still being substantial. But every time I use this at night I wake up to an exceptionally greasy face that doesn’t feel plump and moisturised. It feels like the product spent the entire night hanging out on my face, eating truffle fries all night without doing its job.
Did I also mention that it’s crazy expensive? The Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Essence Serum comes in the same packaging as the LJH Tea Tree Essence, a simple, 30ml no-frills serum bottle. And it costs upwards of SGD70 from most retailers! I guess for most Western skincare brands that’s nothing, really. I’ve just been spoilt for too long by the countless Korean brands putting out phenomenal products at super affordable prices *coughs* CosRX *coughs* Tosowoong *coughs*
I’m down to the last quarter of this product and obviously wouldn’t be repurchasing again. I’m currently using it to spot-treat dry patches on the corners of my nose or cheek to use it up.
Dat smell though… I wish someone would make a perfume out of it.