Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

One of the top-selling products of INNISFREE

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Check out my review to find out why is the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask selling like hot cakes in Korea!

Introduction

Like Etude House, INNISFREE is one of the brands under AMOREPACIFIC:

AMOREPACFIC

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

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:

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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)
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
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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):

정제수,부틸렌글라이콜,티타늄디옥사이드,실리카,글리세린,카프릴릭/카프릭트리글리세라이드,트레할로스,화산재(제주화산송이),세테아릴알코올,
스테아릭애씨드,글리세릴스테아레이트,벤토나이트,징크옥사이드,폴리소르베이트 60, 녹차추출물,귤껍질추출물,백년초열매추출물,서양유채꽃추출물,미네랄워터(제주화산암반수),대나무추출물,삼나무잎추출물,카카오씨추출물,폴리비닐알코올,카올린,
하이드로제네이티드식물성오일,덱스트린,피브이피,피이지-100스테아레이트,소르비탄스테아레이트,셀룰로오스검,잔탄검,
락틱애씨드,테트라소듐파이로포스페이트,디소듐이디티에이,에칠헥실글리세린,페녹시에탄올,적색산화철

& 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.

Raquel’s Review

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…
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

and the back of the sample (everything in Korean =/)

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

This is how the mask looks like:

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

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!

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  1. #1 by jent24 on June 23, 2011 - 01:25

    they have this available on ebay for $15-$17 for 100 ml..

    • #2 by Raquel Rin on July 2, 2011 - 23:38

      Hi jent24,

      Thanks for the useful info 🙂 I usually don’t shop over at ebay though… Either local trusted online blogshops (reduced shipping time) or gmarket. ^^ kekeke

  2. #3 by Ninja705 on August 16, 2011 - 02:10

    I went to Korea and bought like almost all it’s skin care for troubled skins such as the green tea set including the serum and the cleanser; anti trouble spot set including the red spot cream and its cleanser; and finally the jeju volcanic set (mask, nose packs, toner, cleanser, steam towel, and lotion) . My game plan is to use the new trouble care system (just came out) to remove the acne, then the volcanic stuffs to prevent acne later in the future, and finally use the green tea products to keep my skin healthy and radiant I tried all of the products and they all worked perfectly  those who r having a hard time with acne should get the anti trouble spot cream and the jeju volcanic nose pack ( leaves skin so soft! And it can also be used on the forehead chin ! I highly recommend these products.

    Ps : I didnt proof read this and Im in a hurry so there should be some grammatical errors ~ sorry!

    • #4 by Raquel Rin on August 18, 2011 - 00:15

      Hi Ninja705! Awwww…. Your haul sounds really goooooood 🙂 I figured when I go Korea, my luggage will be probably filled to the brim with the all Korean skincare & cosmetics =p

      Ah yes, I read about their newly launched anti-trouble series! Does the anti-trouble spot cream work for oily skins? And I’m also itching to try the nose pack too! But I can’t find it on Gmarket (able to ship to Singapore)!

      Thanks for dropping by to give your recommendations 😀 Makes me lemming for the products you’ve mentioned 🙂 Good luck with your “game” plan ^^

  3. #5 by iheartkoreanbeauty on October 25, 2011 - 21:34

    Hi Raquel.. er hope you don’t mind me leaving a message here, but since you mentioned that you can’t find it on Gmarket, just thought I’d let you know I have it on my online shop (Sg based) 🙂
    http://iheartkoreanbeauty.mybigcommerce.com/innisfree-jeju-volcanic-pore-clay-mask/

    • #6 by Raquel Rin on December 9, 2011 - 20:56

      Hi there 🙂 Yep, no problem! Your items seem reasonably priced and even cheaper than the retail shops in Sg! 🙂

  4. #7 by 123 on November 21, 2011 - 10:33

    isnt Lactacyd feminine wash to wash private part?

    • #8 by Raquel Rin on December 9, 2011 - 20:55

      Yup, that’s the function of the Lactacyd feminine wash ;P

      But the one with red and blue lines (without the butterfly logo) contains lactic acid without much other chemicals, unlike some commerial lactic acid wash… I’ve no problems with using the Lactacyd feminine wash as a cleanser.. And at the same time, it doubles as a feminie wash =P

  5. #9 by intannhartandy on December 27, 2011 - 23:07

    hi raquel! i like your blog. Thanks for your review 🙂 so i want to know emmm which one is the best brand skin care in korean (of course you already use). I mean the ingredients are “health” for skin. thanks 😀

  6. #10 by intannhartandy on December 28, 2011 - 18:16

    hi raquel! i like your blog. Thanks for your review so i want to know emmm which one is the best brand skin care in korean (of course you already use). I mean the ingredients are “health” for skin. thanks :D.. now i use doctor’s skin care for help my face problem (acne.oily etc.) i wwant to use general skin care but i’m afraid with their ingredients (paraben,SLS etc.)..TT

    • #11 by Raquel Rin on January 8, 2012 - 17:12

      Hi intannhartandy,

      First of all, Happy New Year 🙂 and thank you for your compliments!

      My apologies for the late reply.

      I don’t think there’s a BEST skincare brand. To me, each product reacts differently on different skin. So something that works for me, something I think it’s the “best”, it’s not necessarily the best for you. Having said that, I can recommend you a couple of products to try out and decide what is the best for your problem skin 🙂 BUT please do enough research before you use them cos I don’t have a good idea of how serious your acne is and your skin condition!

      1.Sulwhasoo: A chinese herbal brand from Korea. This brand is not free from alcohol, parabens, fragrances and other chemical additives. This brand is also targeted at aged skin (30+ years old). However, I find that their Sulwhasoo First Care Serum works good for my skin to combat the effects (dryness, tightness etc) from those harsh, over-drying products for acne-skin. This product contains ALCOHOL and fragrances and thus, avoid this product if you’re sensitive to alcohol & fragrances!

      2. Innisfree: This skincare brand is more natural in my opinion, with most of their products free from many harmful ingredients (eg parabens, mineral oil etc). I’ve tried their Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask and I think this works well for acne-prone oily skin. They have an anti-trouble skincare line which you can check it out.

      Honestly, most of Koreans have drier skin care types and their weather is generally more dry. So most of their products don’t really suit my oily, acne-prone skin. So this is all I can recommend.

      You mentioned that you’ve doctor-prescribed skin care. In that case, why not follow through the course and see if it helps? Instantenous improvement is probably impossible but do give it a good 3 months or so before you consider other form of treatments and alternatives.

      You might want to consider controlling your diet as part of an hollistic approach to combat your acne. Avoid oily, deep-fried and other unhealthy food and incoporating more vegetables into your diet will help. Regular exercise will help too! Even if you don’t see an instant improvement to your skin, all these will benefit your body in the long run! You might also consider taking zinc supplements to combat acne but please seek professional medical advice before you taking any form of supplements.

      I hope I am of a help to you 🙂 Let’s hang on there to achieve a healthier skin!

      Cheers~

  7. #12 by intannhartandy on January 10, 2012 - 21:35

    happy new year too 🙂 it’s ok as long as you reply my comment. Of course you help me because your blog is so useful ^^ hahaha ehm i already ordered innisfree jejubija facial foam. I need to wait until next month for that (so longgg) TT. I will give you my review if I already use it :D. Oh yes I want you to know that my age is 18th years old, not have so many acne but super oily X( so do you think it’s safe for me if I use skincare like that? Am I to young?hahaha 😀 Oh did you ever use skin food tea tree essence??

    • #13 by Raquel Rin on January 28, 2012 - 01:55

      Hi intannhartandy,

      Apologies for the late reply again ^^”

      Innisfree’s products seem to be targeted at people in their late teens & early twenties so I think you should be able to use their products.

      My only concern is that you need to ensure that the facial foam is suitable for your skin type. Do check that out first before using.

      For your oily skin, I advise that you don’t over wash your face. Maximum 2 or 3 times a day. If you need to wash your face during the day due to perspiration/dirt, try to use clean water only. Over-washing your face will strip your skin of the natural oil and cause the oil glands to produce even more oil to protect your skin.

      Oily skins also require moisturisation. Moisturise your face with a suitable moisturiser meant for oily skins. Opt for oil-free gel-based moisturisers instead cream moisturisers 🙂

      I believe having a healthy diet, drinking lots of water and adequte exercise will help too! If not, at least it benefits your body and will give you a healthy glow ^^

      I’ve never used Skin Food Tea Tree Essence before. Do research on whether it’s suitable for your skin type first before buying!

      Cheers,
      Raq

  8. #14 by intannhartandy on February 5, 2012 - 19:35

    thanks for your reply again hahaha. Emm by the way do you have tips to fight whiteheads? I have so many whiteheads in my nose and chin 😥 thanks b4

  9. #15 by horye on August 12, 2012 - 21:53

    Hi, thank you for your review about innisfree and direction to apply the clay.
    I’m very stressfull about my black head & white head whole on my face (forehead, nose, cheek and chin) -__-;;
    I just bought sample of innisfree jeju volcanic clay mask. But, when I want to read the direction, all is written on Korean..
    Your review is helpful
    I had a little question, I hope you can help me.
    Do you know about the product that can help me to make the pore become smaller?
    Anyway, thank you again for your review 🙂

    • #16 by Raquel Rin on August 24, 2013 - 22:15

      Hi Horye, glad to hear that my review has helped you 🙂

      As far as I know, the only way to reduce pore size is through comestics surgery eg botox/filler injection.

      But if you are facing enlarged pores problem (pores clogged with impurities, oil and dirt etc), what you can do is to try to keep your pores clean by washing your face with suitable cleanser, using suitable skincare.. Not forgetting using clay masks regularly or going for regular facials.

      And the last method is the use of cosmetics 🙂 Pore primers, makeup that boasts to reduce the look of pores 🙂

      Hope that helps!

      Cheers,
      Raq

  10. #17 by Peck on November 22, 2012 - 20:29

    Hi Raq,
    Thanks for the insightful review! i’ll be going korea this Dec 2012, definitely something i’ll be looking out for 🙂
    Btw, i’ll also be helping people bring back korean facial products – will be setting up a Facebook store to coordinate this. Do check out http://www.facebook.com/TravelShopper and drop me your wishlist if you have any, and i’ll help to bring back! 😀

    Cheers!

    • #18 by Raquel Rin on August 24, 2013 - 22:01

      Hi Peck, that is very nice of you to help others like this 🙂 Hope your trip was awesome ^^

  11. #19 by Iqbal on April 19, 2013 - 22:31

    ah I already ordered it online from Korea, but it still shipped ^^ hope it will suit with my skin,
    thanks for sharing ^^

    me971113.blogspot.com

    • #20 by Raquel Rin on August 24, 2013 - 22:00

      Hope the mask did wonders for you, Iqbal. ^^

      There’s a upgraded version on this mask! Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask! 🙂

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