Saturday, 26 November 2016

New in: Korean natural skincare from Whamisa

Despite the fact that Korean skincare is a huge trend and has been for some time, it is one I haven't really delved in to because I assumed that Korean inspired natural and organic products didn't really exist. That all changed when I was introduced to Whamisa, the brand is BDIH and Ecocert certified and uses a high percentage of organic ingredients in their products.

As I was researching Korean skincare for this review I will admit that I was pretty impressed, Koreans take their skincare very seriously but Korean brands also use some basic principles that natural and organic also share, like the use of traditional herbal ingredients and using mineral rich alternatives to water in their formulations.

Whamisa incorporates some of these trends, for example they don't use water as a base for any of their products but instead use ingredients such as sea kelp. They also use fermented technology, something I hadn't really come across before in skincare although it is a big trend in food and drink, think kombucha, which has been everywhere this year. From what I can tell fermentation promotes good bacteria, I have written before about the skins microbiome and how science is just beginning to scratch the surface of how probiotic and prebiotic technology can help and I think this is a trend that will continue to grow. As a beauty enthusiast who get's to test more than her fair share of products, Whamisa is exciting and fresh but doesn't mean a compromise on ingredients, which is just fabulous. A quick mention has to go the beautiful packaging that Whamisa has, not only do these products look fantastic, but I have been very impressed with the information available on the product and website. The attention to detail is something I really appreciate.

I was sent some lovely products to test out and I have been dipping in and out of these for several months now. I think all of these products are really well formulated and I expect this brand to go from strength to strength in 2017. In terms of price point they are mid range and I think you get very good value for money, given the quality of the brand.

Whamisa Organic flowers Toner (£28.25 for 120 mls) I think this is probably the closest you get naturally to an essence or softening water. It comes in a glass bottle and can be applied directly on to cleansed skin with cotton wool or pressed in to the skin with the palms of the hands. I prefer to skip the cotton wool to reduce waste, but you do have to be careful when dispensing as it doesn't have a dropper in the lid. The ingredients are really interesting, think cucumber, broccoli, rice and chrysanthemum extracts. I don't use this daily but instead as an extra step when I have time for a linger routine, it adds moisture and softness to the skin and works well with oil and water based serums.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Damask Rose petal mist (£25 for 80 mls) Let's just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this mist has real rose petals in the bottle, such a lovely touch! As for the product it is a light and refreshing hydrating mist. It goes beyond your usual rose water toner because it has a wealth of other botanicals including dandelion, lotus flower and daisy. I like to spritz this one during the day too as it's such a pleasure to use. Easy to use and perfect if you like oil based serums as it helps them to absorb and seals in moisture.

Whamisa Organic Flowers cream (£26.50 for 50 mls) Is a lovely all round moisturiser, not too heavy, not too light and would suit a variety of skin types. Probably one of my favourites from the brand, it has olive fruit oil, hazel seed oil and Shea butter as well as avocado oil but still manages not to feel clogging in any way. It leaves the skin feeling, calm, hydrated and refreshed as well as mixing well with other products such as serums.

Whamisa organic flowers BB cream (£24 for 40 grams) There are two BB Creams in the range and both are slightly different. This Organic flowers BB has a more pink base compared to the Whamisa Organic Sunflowers BB cream (£25 for 40 grams) which is more yellow/neutral. Both have a light coverage and won't cover any major imperfections and both let the skin breathe. Both contain minerals for a small amount of sun protection, the Organic flowers has titanium dioxide and the Sunflowers BB also has zinc. I wouldn't rely on wither of these my only SPF on a hot day, but any protection is an added bonus. Something that I think is very unique about both of these BB creams is that the finish is not dewy or shiny like many of the other natural BB creams and foundations, so I think an oily or combination skin would like these, but equally my dry sensitive skin also got on well with them. I personally need a bit more coverage than these provide, but they work well with a mineral foundation or cream and so that is how I have been using them, layered.

Whamisa has been one of my favourite new discoveries this year, a brand that is doing something different and doing it really well. I can't wait to see how it develops and evolves. Do you love Korean skincare? Have you tried Whamisa?

Ana x

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  1. I'm completely obsessed with Korean skincare, I have such a collection! I love what you say about the microbiome of the skin - I actually use a 99% natural, 100% preservative free moisturiser (Avene Tolerance Extreme Emulsion) and I have seen a drastic improvement in my skin. I really think that the absence of preservatives has a big part to play - and so I'm now really interested in probiotic skincare like this! The essence and the mist sound divine, and the prices are really good!

    Cia |

    1. Wow I never new that Avene had a natural product like that, really interesting! Preservatives can be really harsh on some skins so I like to limit their use too :) Xx


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