It’s really rare these days that I fall in love with a skincare product, but BAM, CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule showed up and the love was almost instant.
I’ve always liked LJH’s Propolis Ampoule, but when I saw that CNP’s propolis receives even better ratings in Korea and it costs less, I couldn’t throw money at Amazon fast enough lol.
Housekeeping: I’m struggling to keep up with the blog due to my job and beauty/history/fashion journalism, so I’m going to try to do shorter reviews of products I’ve tested a ton while turning off comments (I honestly can never keep up, sorry — hit me up on twitter if you want to talk).
CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule Review
Ingredients: Water, Propolis Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Fig Fruit Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Honey Extract, Madecassoside, Allantoin, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Argenine, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, PEG-8, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil. CosDNA analysis.
The big deal here is propolis extract, which I find to be a stupendously good skin softener. It has some other properties like being anti-microbial and anti-fungal, but I find that in combination with the humectants glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, butylene glycol (they deliver the watery moisture that makes skin look so good after a sheet mask), this propolis formula can take rough, even scaly skin and rescue it almost overnight.
Where to put it: I mix a good drop or two into my cream in the winter for mega glow. I have normal/oily skin, so I tend to use this at night only if I know I’m going to be photographed (the glow ends up looking like oily shine in photos). If I have injured, scaly skin somewhere, I actually put drops of the propolis on my skin straight to speed up the healing and softening process. For example, I have a weird patch of what is, I guess, eczema behind my ear. A few days of this propolis straight on the skin fixes me right up so that my skin is smooth and soft again. It’s skin magic.
Smell: mild-to-medium slightly natural medicinal smell straight out of the bottle, fades to nothingness when it’s rubbed in.
Texture: it’s like a light golden skin syrup, but it’s not sticky.
What it does: gives skin a lasting glow/shine and softens skin. It’s a perfect add-in for your existing products in winter.
How it compares to other propolis ampoules:
- LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule: I haven’t used the LJH ampoule in ages, but I remember the formula being more liquidy. Aside from texture, the two are very similar, but CNP is cheaper on Amazon at the moment and gets better reviews in Korea from what I can tell.
- Graymelin Propolis 80 Energy Ampoule and the Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule: I haven’t tried these, but Jude at Fifty Shades of Snail has in her propolis battle review
- COSRX Propolis Light Ampule: I haven’t tried this, but it has great reviews on Hwahae (4.7 out of 5.0 at the moment, stunningly good), the Korean ingredient app I love. Worth a try if you’re a Cosrx fan.
- 2SOL Elixir Propolis Serum and 2SOL Propolis Soothing Solution: you get a lot more for your money from these products, they have great reviews in Korea, aaaaaand I agree with Vanity Rex, who found the serum to be a bit joyless. Propolis isn’t a real skincaretainmenty product, but I find that the CNP formula softens my skin faster than the 2sol. That said, it’s nice to just slather a shitton of 2sol propolis soothing gel on my neck when I get burned by retinoids without having to do mental calculations of how much that sets back my retirement age.
Value: it’s 15ml. That is TINY. If you’ve never bought propolis ampoules before, prepare to be shocked. It’s more than $1 per ml! That said, this is a product you use drop by drop, for the most part. I wouldn’t pay $35 for a 15ml propolis ampoule, but $18 or $19 seems fine to me.
Will I rebuy it: I already have! I panicked about it selling out, so I already snatched up a backup bottle.
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