For ages, I resented having to deal with skincare on account of my hormonal cystic acne, much preferring to play with bright and glittery makeup instead. I’m not into stately hanbang lady stuff or entirely under the thrall of dermocosmetics (Leejiham being the big exception).
But Blossom Jeju? This brand is my style. I usually buy products from the Pink Camellia Soombi line, which is for early anti-aging. The packaging and designs are like a grown-up skincare take on Tinkerbell brand makeup packaging and the jasmine scent is my reward for spending time on my skin. To top it off, my skin loves camellia japonica seed oil, which shows up in most of the Blossom Jeju products.
All of this is to say that when it comes to this line, I find it really hard to remain rational. I’m Blossom Jeju trash (as in, a lunatic fangirl), which seems just as important to disclose as the fact that Glow Recipe sent me these so I could try and possibly review them.
PSA: Where to Put Masks in Your Routine
Uncertain about where to put sheet masks in your routine? Stick them in the essence slot. Check out my visual guide to skincare for a printable chart. Blossom Jeju Petal Masks have pretty thick essence due to the addition of camellia seed oil, so just put them at the end of your routine, just before cream or lotion.
Blossom Jeju Petal Mask Review (Flavors: Soy, Vitamin, and Marine Collagen Essence)
How to Use this Mask
The Blossom Jeju Petal Masks are unique because they have an oil pre-mask treatment and then a regular sheet mask as the second step. Apply the oil first. Seriously. Camellia oil isn’t occlusive (it’s an emollient–working to soften your skin), so it won’t actually block out the mask essence. I find that the packet contains way too much oil for my face, so I just slather the extra on my hands, elbows, and legs. Don’t feel like you need to use all of the oil on your face–I just apply a thin layer to my normal-to-oily skin.
Recommendation: use scissors to carefully open the mask packaging; it doesn’t tear easily and the scissors will help keep the oil from spilling and the mask from being ripped in the course of opening the pouch.
If you have leftover oil like me, my friend Chel from Holy Snails (she makes skincare) said it would probably be ok to handle the oil pouch with super clean hands and then clip it, storing it at room temperature for a short time (a few days) so you could get a few uses out of it. She said that decanting it into a bottle would be best if you want to keep it from getting gross.
Let’s Talk Some Sheet
I have a giant face and this has really good coverage from top to bottom and side to side. The end and sides of my nose didn’t get totally covered, but I have a “strong” nose, as my husband puts it fondly, and just about every sheet mask aside from two-piece illi masks miss my nose tip. The area around the eyes and mouth fit comfortably and didn’t force me to swallow or blink away essence. Nor did I end up with giant mask “dead zones” of no coverage around the eyes and mouth, which often happens with thin masks.
Sheet Material, Thickness, and Shape
Blossom Jeju advertises that the sheet is made of cupro, which is the ultrafine fiber that sticks to cotton seeds. The sheet resembles a one-ply paper towel crossed with a My Scheming silk sheet mask. Where it improves on the My Scheming mask is that it’s more resilient and doesn’t end up with stretched out eye, nose, and mouth holes when I apply it to my giant face. The mask feels soft, clingy, and very thin on my face, but the mask fabric, essence, and oil do a good job of staying wet for a long time.
Getting to the Essence
Step 1: 100% Camellia Seed Oil
Camellia japonica seed oil is a fantastic antioxidant that helps to generate more collagen, prevent moisture loss, and lessen inflammation. I wrote about it when I reviewed Blossom Jeju’s 100% Camellia Seed Dry Oil; visit the review if you’d like to learn more and see the studies I cited about camellia seed oil. Camellia japonica oil doesn’t have a major smell–just a vague vegetable oil smell if you jam your nose right into it. I have oily skin that’s battered by my Curology prescription and daily acids, so my skin loves this dry-feeling, emollient oil.
Step 2: Sheet Mask Essence (varies by type)
I’ll be honest: the main thing I look for when I try sheet masks, in terms of what they do to my skin, is hydration. Sure, I evaluate them based on scent, essence feel, mask fit etc, but I usually see very little difference between flavors in 95% of masks–usually if I like a brand’s mask line, I like all the masks in it. These masks were no exception: my skin looked bright, glowy, and healthy when I removed the masks in all cases, and it’s not like I felt that one, say, brightened more than the other. They all felt good and made my skin look nice, and that’s exactly what I want from a mask.
Nourishing Soy Essence Petal Mask ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1-2 Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Betaine, Trehalose, Sage Leaf Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Rosemary Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Matricaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Beta-Glucan, Pea Extract, Soybean Seed Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Rosemary Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Rose Canina Fruit Extract, Broccoli Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance. CosDNA analysis.
Brightening Vitamin Essence Petal Mask ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1-2 Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Betaine, Trehalose, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Pearl Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesame Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Matricaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Beta-Glucan, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Rosemary Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Rose Canina Fruit Extract, Broccoli Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Fragrance. CosDNA analysis.
Lifting Marine Collagen Essence Petal Mask ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1-2 Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Betaine, Trehalose, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Fig Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Matricaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Beta-Glucan, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Rosemary Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Rose Canina Fruit Extract, Broccoli Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Adenosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance. CosDNA analysis.
The camellia japonica seed oil mixes with the mask essence to, first off, keep the mask feeling wet for a very long time. My skin is normal-to-oily, and I easily hit the 45 minute mark with a soaking mask. I even pushed it to an hour before I gave up and just took it off, still wet in most places. What remains is a fine layer of camellia oil/mask essence Jeju swamp goo that makes my skin look out-of-control glowy.
Jasmine. Oh my god. From the moment I first opened the Essence Serum and my eyes fluttered back like I was at last achieving my dream of being choked out by Kim Jongin’s [2012, MAMA-era] thighs, this fragrance has had me hooked.
I’ve tried a number of the Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi products by now, and the mask scent level most resembles that of the toner–it’s present and delicious, but you’re not going to get assaulted by the scent unless you’re sensitive to scents generally. It sort of weaves in and out while I wear the mask. If you’ve been dying to find out what Blossom Jeju products smell like, this is a really good way to sample the smell without buying a full bottle.
Blossom Jeju Petal Masks Overall
My skin ended up super plumped and ultra glowy. Over the course of the rest of the day, my face certainly felt oily, so this mask is one I’d only do at night unless I needed to be awake to monitor my testing. These masks appear to be partially responsible for rescuing my skin after my tests of a new Mizon toner did. not. go. well.
One could easily rub in some camellia seed (or other) oil and then apply a silk mask and possibly get similar results if both products were of high quality, but I feel like the Blossom Jeju scent is the unique, undupeable part. This is just a really pleasant mask. It’s not the height of skincaretainment and there’s nothing crazy about it like some of the other things I review, but it’s just rock solid nice in every damn way.
Is It Good?
Yeah, I really like these, and I’m excited that there’s a more affordable way for skincare fans to get some Blossom Jeju in their life.
Where to Find It
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