One of the top-selling products of INNISFREE
Check out my review to find out why is the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask selling like hot cakes in Korea!
Like Etude House, INNISFREE is one of the brands under AMOREPACIFIC:
AMOREPACIFIC’s commitment to beauty and health began over 60 years ago when the company’s founder, Sung-Hwan Suh, discovered that indigenous Asian botanicals—like bamboo, green tea, and Korean red ginseng—hold the key to longevity, good health, and youthful skin. Still upholding his vision today, AMOREPACIFIC places the utmost care in cultivating botanical ingredients by harvesting each plant at peak times to ensure the highest nutrient potency possible—and therefore delivers the best skin-perfecting (and skin-pampering) results possible.
– taken from AMOREPACIFIC facebook
If you’re interested in the history, you can check out here.
INNISFREE, a naturalism-oriented cosmetics brand, standing for “An Island of Freedom”means a place for us to go and take a rest comfortably in nature whenever we are exhausted. A place to go back to and a place to make plenty of beauty – “an island of freedom” is about and INNISFREE wants to pursue. The core concept of INNISFREE brand is to give your skin a rest with our products made of clean raw materials which are grown in the clear island. (Information taken from here.)
If you’re into K-Pop, I’m pretty sure you know who is INNISFREE’s endorser:
Yup, the pretty Yoona from SNSD!
The Product: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
As mentioned, this is one of Innisfree’s top-selling products in 2010!
(Following images are taken from the Innisfree official site)
Well, I struggled to understand what’s written on the product image but I still couldn’t understand a single thing. LOL
With some help from other websites selling the product and the pictures, I gathered the following information:
– Enriched with scoria and green complex (seems to be same rare ingredient!)
– Contains Volcanic ash from Jeju Island
– 7-Free formulation: NO artificial perfumes, NO artificial pigments, NO paraben, NO benzophenone, NO ethanol, NO animal base materials, NO mineral oils.
– Targets clogged / oily / troubled skins as the volcanic clusters work effectively to deep cleanse and unclog pore over regular use and improve and refines skin texture
– Clay type mask
– Ingredients list in Korean (taken from Gmarket):
스테아릭애씨드,글리세릴스테아레이트,벤토나이트,징크옥사이드,폴리소르베이트 60, 녹차추출물,귤껍질추출물,백년초열매추출물,서양유채꽃추출물,미네랄워터(제주화산암반수),대나무추출물,삼나무잎추출물,카카오씨추출물,폴리비닐알코올,카올린,
& translated by Google Translate (not the best so can anyone help please?):
Water, butilrengeulrayikol (butyl-something-glycol I reckon), titanium dioxide, silica, glycerin, Caprylic / CAP Rick triglycerides, trehalose, ash (Jeju volcanic clusters), seteahrilalkool, Rick cliff stability, seed, glycerol stearate, Lille, bentonite, zinc oxide, polysorbate 60, green tea extract, citrus peel extracts, fruit extracts saboten Western blossom extract, mineral water (Jeju volcanic groundwater), bamboo extract, samnamuipchuchulmul, cacao seed extract, polyvinyl alcohol, kaolin, The four two nucleotide hydro vegetable oil, dextrin, pibeuyipi, PEG -100 stearate, sorbitan stearate, selrulroohseugeom, xanthan gum, carbon tetra sodium pyro phosphate, disodyumyiditieyi, echilheksilgeulriserin, Phenoxyethanol, red iron oxide.
– How to use: After washing your face, gently spread the clay mask over entire face (avoiding eyes & mouth) especially paying attention to blemished areas. Wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes. Use 1-2 times a week. You can use it on specific areas like your nose or as a spot treatment.
As the retail size product (100 ml) is not available for international shipping on G-market, I bought the 4 ml samples to try!
A picture of the sample…
and the back of the sample (everything in Korean =/)
This is how the mask looks like:
It looks kinda greyish..
It’s pretty easy to apply! And for each sample pack, it’s enough for two uses (full-face application) for me 🙂 I simply store the leftovers in the cooling place, away from sunlight in a ziplock bag (be sure to push all air out otherwise the mask will harden!).
It has hardly any smell. 🙂 I was still hoping to find out how would volcanic ash smell like LOL
Unlike other clay masks I’ve tried, this mask doesn’t dry completely and crack! This is good because I felt that it won’t dry my skin out!
Indeed, after washing the clay mask off, I felt that my skin feels supple. No tightness in the face!
Recently, as mentioned in my other posts, I’ve been using the Lactacyd feminine wash as facial cleaners in the mornings. As a result, my skin is starting to become more dry and sometimes I felt tightness in the face after cleansing.
Even though this clay mask is formulated for troubled skin (oily, acne), it didn’t leave me with an even drier skin after washing the mask off! I honestly think that this might also suit people with dry skins 🙂
With frequent usage, I felt that it helped me with my problem of clogged pores! Lesser clogged pores though you might get a few pimples the next day which will go away pretty quickly!
It works as a spot treatment sometimes as well~ I’ve tried dotting a tiny amount of the clay mask on my red, angry pimples as an overnight treatment and the pimples subsided noticeably the next morning SOMETIMES. keke it didn’t work all the time but at least it didn’t worsen the problem. =p
Unlike other reviewers, I didn’t feel any difference to my huge pores =/ I guess my huge pores problem is really too serious for the clay mask to help =/
Oh, do remember to use warm water instead of cold water for easier removal! 🙂
Worth repurchasing? YES!! G-Market Innisfree please open up for international shipping!! 😉
I might try their nose pack from the same series next!