I bought this Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flowers Toner back in October 2015 and I’ve been using it on and off ever since. That’s 13 months of periodic testing.
Why the outrageously long testing period before publishing a review? Well, I’m lazy hahaah. Like, really lazy. I also wanted some time to see if my passion for Blossom Jeju would cool.
Mainly, I was concerned about recommending a $45 moisturizing toner without really seeing how it works year-round and in lots of skin situations. That’s a lot of money in a category rich with cheaper options.
I’ve made up my mind, at long last.
Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flowers Toner Review
About the brand: Blossom Jeju is a Korean skincare brand based on the lush Jeju island that has beautiful packaging and ingredient lists packed with botanical extracts and other things that get skincare nerds feeling a bit flushed (in a good way).
What it is: it’s a moisturizing toner. The pH is right around 5.0, so you could use it as a pH-adjusting toner before acids, but you could also take a pile of cash and light it on fire and call it even.
What I mean by that is that pH-adjusting toners tend to be pretty utilitarian since they just need to prepare your skin for The Burn. This toner is more of an ~experience~, so it should be used in a very instagrammable routine ideally while listening to music you heard at your last yoga retreat, next to a “where did these come from?!” bouquet of flowers. Yes, I spend a lot of time looking at Instagram, don’t judge, you do, too.
Where to put it in your routine: in the moisturizing toner slot. Need a basic outline of when to use your products? Here you go:
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The only true toner I’ve reviewed, the Mizon Dust Clean Up Peeling Toner, was a mess. I need to review some toners, dammit! I actually like several!
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Ingredients: Camellia Japonica Flower Extract (82.82%), Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Water, Akebia Quinata Extract, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Xanthan Gum, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Sorbitol, Adenosine, Sorbitan Caprylate, Arginine, Opuntia Ficus-Indica fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Trehalose, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Levulinic Acid, Bioflavonoids, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Fragrance. CosDNA analysis.
Ingredient breakdown: According to CosDNA, this product has zero common acne or sensitivity triggers. Ding freaking dong, no wonder my skin loves it. The reason that excites me — I have fairly resilient skin when it comes to everything other than cleansers btw — is because my skin just seems to work better with no-trigger products. It can totally handle products with some common triggers, but it just sails more smoothly when I use almost trigger-free products. Keep in mind that I JUST looked up the CosDNA analysis a moment ago for this review, long after I’d formed a strong opinion about the product, so it’s probably not just confirmation bias or something like that that makes me feel like the lack of trigger ingredients contributes to my skin’s love of it. I can put this on when my skin is irritated, post-peel, kinda underexfoliated and gross, PMSy, and so on and it never stings or causes irritation.
It looks like a high maintenance princess product that’s going to be a bit irritating, but it’s really a ride or die bitch. For your skin. Uhh.
What type of skin might like this: honestly, any skin. I have oily/normal skin and I’ve successfully used this on the hottest, nastiest NYC summer days without makeup avalanches. Very dry skin might like the gold Blossom Jeju toner better since it’s meant for drier skin and has advanced anti-aging ingredients.
Packaging: a solid glass bottle with paint on the outside. The paint is nearly opaque, but I can see how much is left in the bottle if I hold it up to a light at the right angle.
The bottle has a shaker top. The opening for the top is perfect for the consistency of the liquid. I like putting super watery acids and toners in airless pumps when they come in shaker bottles like this, but the Blossom Jeju dispenser hole is relatively small and the liquid is just thick enough that exactly the right amount comes out in one shake. (To conserve product I shake the toner into the palm of my hand and paint it on with my fingers rather than using a cotton square.)
Smell: honeysuckle jasmine deliciousness. The fragrance is a massive selling point, in my opinion, and the scent is the right level of tantalizing without it being all up in your nose for the whole morning. Once it’s on my face I catch a whiff from time to time, but it’s almost like spotting a dead friend turning the corner at a distance — it might be the toner or it might be your mind wanting to smell the toner.
Price: $45/£41 for 4 oz/120ml
Value: I’ve been using this for the past year when my routine has needed a lift, and I still have 1/3 of the bottle left. I usually skip a cotton pad when using it to make it last longer and a little bit really does go a long way — it’s a watery product that’s super spreadable without actually being the consistency of water. The bottle isn’t huge (4 oz.), so it’s not bound for Costco or anything like that. Honestly, if “value” is one of your top three criteria when looking for a moisturizing toner, I think you can skip this one.
What’s good: fantastic formula, tested great, smells wonderful, beautiful packaging: it’s just a total pleasure to use.
What’s not good: there are certainly cheaper moisturizing toners out there. This one has interesting ingredients and I did feel like my skin was temporarily brighter while using it, but the same can be said for products that cost 1/4 as much. You’re paying more for an upgraded formula/ingredient list and fancier experience — only you can know if it’s worth the price to you.
Will I repurchase it: maybe. I spent the weekend organizing my Actual Skincare Wardrobe (a glass skincare cabinet) and…uhh…I’ll post photos soon. Now that I’ve confronted how much I own, I may be on a very long toner no-buy.
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