I’ve been testing this toner for two years (gulp, this is why nobody should send me press samples), and a Black Friday sale on Amazon finally got my ass in gear and reminded me to review it.
I’m always a bit uncertain when reviewing products; skincare is really subjective. But when Fiddy over at Fifty Shades of Snail tried this after I recommended it and I saw the stellar reviews for it on the Korea Hwahae ingredient app (4.13 out of 5.0, anything over 4 is a hit imo), I knew that this was the real deal for skin other than just mine.
Earth’s Recipe Energy Boosting Toner Review
About the brand: Earth’s Recipe is a Korean beauty brand that’s all about Tremella mushrooms. They’re mushrooms that hold a crazy amount of water.
What it is: it’s a moisturizing toner.
Where to put it in your routine: in the regular toner slot. Need a basic outline of when to use your products? Here you go:
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Ingredient list: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Mannan, Dipropylene Glycol, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract (0.1%), Soluable Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Raffinose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyquaternium-51, Ammonium Acryloyldimethayltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine (0.04%), Disodium EDTA, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, PVM/MA Copolymer, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Folic Acid, Ceramide 3 (0.01%), Cholesterol, Tromethamine, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Phennoxyethanol. CosDNA analysis.
Ingredient breakdown: Although this toner has a ton of fancy extracts, the main stuff that’s going to help your skin is right at the start of the list: Water, Butylene Glycol, and Glycerin. All three are humectants that can get the top layer of your skin hydrated. Not coincidentally, those are the first ingredients in many sheet mask essences. So if you love the feel of sheet masked skin and don’t want to mask every day, here’s a good substitute.
pH range: 5.5-6.0. This isn’t a pH-adjusting toner, so this range is fine.
What type of skin might like this: if your skin is naturally dry or dry due to winter, this toner can help deliver the humectants. My skin doesn’t get dry on it’s own, but it does need a boost after using acids or prescription acne medication.
Packaging: it’s a bottle with a shaker top. Shake the bottle to dispense the toner. Since the formula is thicker than water, it’s easy to control.
Smell: it has a sort of fresh, natural medicine smell. It’s not perfumey, but there’s def a scent. The scent disappears within a few minutes.
Value: it’s a 160ml bottle, which isn’t enormous, but I’d say that the quality-to-price ratio is good.
What’s good: I find that this toner gives me the plumping of a sheet mask without the wait time (keep in mind that I have normal-to-oily skin, so that plays a huge role in how much moisture my skin can accept — if you have dry skin, you might go huh??). The formula is wildly hydrating while actually feeling quite light on my skin. It manages to rescue pretty fucked up skin from bad dry patches and it makes my face appear temporarily brighter due to the top layer of skin accepting and reflecting more light. In the end, it’s a moisturizing toner that’s just really well formulated, especially for dry and winter-battered skin.
What’s not good: This toner sometimes takes a bit to sink all the way in (again, it’s related to my skin usually being pretty hydrated anyway). When my skin is totally fucked after a peel or whatever, the toner stings like any other product — it’s not some sort of super skincare that soothes in every case. I think of this as a moisturizing toner only: if you want a toner that does it all from acne care to lifting hyperpigmentation, I don’t think this is it (even though it does have some brightening ingredients).
Similar products (and how I think they compare):
- Son & Park Beauty Water (review): Beauty Water is more like a cleansing water/extremely light toner. Earth’s Recipe is vastly thicker and more moisturizing.
- Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Flowers Toner (review): a bit less moisturizing, has a gorgeous honeysuckle jasmine scent. In moments of skin desperation, I go for Earth’s Recipe. When my skin is more or less fine and I want to feel fancy, I grab Blossom Jeju.
- Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner (review): this is a pH-adjusting toner than doesn’t really add moisture to skin.
- A’pieu Hyaluthione Soonsoo Toner (review) and Mizon Dust Clean Up Peeling Toner (review): very thin formulas that aren’t very moisturizing. Not recommended due to formula issues.
Pairs well with:
- an airless pump (to avoid splashing the product all over when dispensing it — although I don’t find it necessary due to the thickness of the formula and shaker top design)
- Shiseido Facial Cotton (fuzz-free cotton squares that aren’t rough or scratchy)
Will I repurchase: I’ve had this toner for about two years and I have about half a bottle left (you’re supposed to use the bottle within 12 months of opening, but I haven’t noticed any changes to the formula). My skin rarely needs something so intense and the slightly longer wait time for it to dry in the morning is a problem because I’m always running behind. But if I ever run out of this, I may very well buy a bottle. It’s nice to get post-sheet-mask skin without masking. I like the formula enough that I bought the Moisture Bound Cream during the Amazon sale yesterday.
Glow Recipe Coupon codes:
These codes only work for one person before they’re gone, since they’re from my own stash.
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