This, I fear, is going to be a fairly boring, short review–because I’m absolutely in love with Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream and I can’t think of how to talk about it without getting a bit slobbery. It’s part of my current skincare routine, I’ve recommended it as an alternative to both the new Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack and the $800 S:um 37 Centenica 1909 Cream, and I mentioned that Blossom Jeju is the brand HQ I’d raid in the event of a zombie apocalypse on The Snailcast. So…sorry about the complete lack of surprises here. To make it up to you, patient readers, I’m giving a jar of this precious, fairly pricey cream away at the bottom of the post, so don’t forget to enter.
Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream Review
About My Skin
These days, my skin is fairly normal. I’ve been battling hormonal cystic acne for years, but some changes in my internal chemistry and my skincare routine mean that I’m finally just sort of…normal. My skin can still be a bit oily sometimes and my use of AHA, BHA, and prescription topical medication can make my skin superficially dry in parts, but I’m really fortunate to have finally struck a balance. This cream is part of maintaining that balance when patches of my skin get too dry.
How I Use Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream
I take a fat ole’ almond of this cream and slather it all over my face at the end of my routine right before bed. I end up using too much because it’s kind of a dry cream and it doesn’t have much slip or stickiness, but that’s ok–I just go to bed soaking in emollients. I find this cream too heavy for my normal-to-oily skin during the day, so it’s a night treat only.
Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream Ingredients
Camellia Japonica Flower Extract (54.72%), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, Glycerin, Camellia Japonica seed oil (5.41%), Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Phosphatidylcholine, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Propanediol, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Xanthan Gum, Akebia Quinata Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Arginine, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Betaine, Bisabolol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Trehalose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bioflavonoids, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Adenosine, Opuntia Ficus-Indica fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Linoleic Acid, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Levulinic Acid, Rutin, Astaxanthin, Quercetin, Fragrance. (from Glow Recipe)
There are loads of delicious-sounding extracts that set my skincaretainment-loving heart aflame, but do keep in mind that translated Korean ingredient lists like this differ from those of U.S. FDA-approved lists due to a small difference in legislation that produces big results in how ingredients are ordered.
CosDNA analysis. Olea Europaea Fruit Oil rates 2 out of 5 as a potential acne trigger, Tocopherol 2 out of 5 as both a potential acne and sensitive skin trigger, and Squalane 1 out of 5 as potential acne trigger.
Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream is loaded with moisturizers and emollients, which really helps my skin when it’s dry due to acids and my prescription medication. They work to soften skin and allow me to do a water massage exfoliation before applying makeup.
My Favorite Exfoliation Technique: Water Massage
These days, with AHA, BHA, tretinoin, and azelaic acid in my routine, I have to be super careful about damaging my skin due to too much pressure and too much physical exfoliation. As a result, I’ve stopped using scrubs and even gommage peeling gels and started using a water massage technique.
I start by applying an emollient cream like Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream or balm like Hanyul Ja Cho Moisturizing Balm at night and allow it to sit on my skin as I sleep, softening any dead skin and “reconstituting” dead skin flakes, as my friend Chel at Holy Snails puts it. When I wake up, I use a gentle cleanser like Glossier’s Milky Jelly and then hop in the shower. I allow my skin to soften under lukewarm water from my shower head and then gently run my fingers over my skin with the water directly hitting my face, to provide lubrication. The emollients and water are usually enough to help any dead skin detach from my healthy skin and roll right off. My skin ends up smooth and flake-free, but also not beat up due to scrubs and too much pressure.
Results I see from Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream
When I use Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream my skin feels more flexible, tiny scars from past acne are temporarily plumped, which gives my skin a smoother appearance, and my skin generally feels soft. Most importantly, it’s just really damn pleasant to use from the pink decorative jar to the almost sickly-sweet jasmine scent.
Critiques of Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream
While this cream is obviously a favorite of mine, I can see it not working for a lot of people, too.
The jar packaging could be a turn-off (although my very basic test of kbeauty creams in jars suggested that preservatives are doing their job of keeping bacteria and fungus from flourishing). Additionally, the mouth of the jar is narrow and the bottom of the container is relatively wide, so scooping product from the edges is a bit tricky. Which brings up another issue: the jar doesn’t come with a scoop, which is a bit sad given the price ($64 for 50ml in the U.S.).
I think that the scent is cranked up to 11 and could be turned down a notch or five to allow more people to enjoy this. The cream formula feels a bit dry on skin, so it could be quite disappointing and unsatisfactory to those with drier skin, especially if they don’t mix in a rich oil or serum.
The price is steep for a kbeauty product, but then again, the ingredient list is pretty sexy and I wouldn’t want to pay less and get a product of lesser quality.
Do heed these critiques and mull them over before dropping $64 on this cream; while it’s amazing for my skin and taste, it may not be a good fit for you.
Where to Find It
I picked up a jar of this amazing, but pricey cream to give one of you the chance to experience it. This giveaway isn’t sponsored by Glow Recipe or any of the other shops that carry this; it’s a fanserviced-b fanservice special open to skincare fans worldwide. For full terms please see the Rafflecopter widget.
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