Hey guys! Happy (belated / early) National Honeybee Day! Three’s some debate about whether Honeybee Day is Aug 15th or 22nd but regardless, to celebrate and express my gratitude for bees, I’m posting reviews of of the honey / propolis items I’ve been using. First up is the Scinic All in One Honey Ampoule!
WHERE I BOUGHT IT
The ampoule comes in a 250ml container that resembles a honey jar. It is made out of sturdy plastic. It’s been mentioned before but 250 ml is an insane amount of product! I honestly do not know when / how I am ever supposed to finish this thing up.
This ampoule has a faint, honey like scent that I quite like! It’s sweet but not cloyingly so.
The jar comes with a long plastic spatula. Tbh, I lost the spatula almost immediately and instead have decanted some of the ampoule into a squeezable Daiso container, which is much easier to use.
This ampoule has a light, gel-like texture that is very easy to spread and apply. I find there to be a small amount of stickiness after application that does go away, but not immediately. For this reason, I either layer this very sparingly during my PM routine or, if I have a bit more time on my hands, apply this more heavily then slap a sheet mask over it to let the ampoule sink in. Stickiness notwithstanding, the texture is one of my favorite things about this product! It’s been a godsend during this summer when my skin has been on a full-fledged rebellion against anything creamy.
The ampoule also has a very impressive ingredient list with cosdna only identifying one irritant and one acne trigger:
Honey extract, glycerin, water, niacinamide, royal jelly extract, propolis extract, centella asiatica extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, camelia sinensis leaf extract, licorice root extract, matricaria flower extract, rosemary leaf extract, hydrolyzed silk, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, salix alba bark extract, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, origanum vulgare leaf extract, charmaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, portulaca oleracea extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, hydroxyethylcellulose, carbomer, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, triethanol amine, caramel, adenosine, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, anise fruit extract, fragrance, phenoxyethanol
The star ingredient is honey, which makes up 90% of this ampoule! Honey is quite the multitasking ingredient! It’s a good humectant with anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it has been shown to relieve symptoms associated with ezcema and psoriasis when mixed with olive oil and beeswax. Also, although there is a lack of research on how honey interacts specifically with P. acnes, honey does have proven antibacterial properties on account of the low levels of hydrogen peroxide contained within it.
In addition to honey, this also contains glycerin, a great emollient, niacinamide, a powerhouse hydrator and brightening ingredient, and a huge list of extracts including ones associated with brightening and calming troubled skin, such as propolis, licorice root, willow bark, and centella asiatica.
From my personal experience, I do find this ampoule to be quite moisturizing despite its thin texture. Unfortunately, I have not noticed any anti-inflammatory of brightening effects, although that may be due to the fact my routine is already pretty heavy in anti-inflammatory and brightening ingredients that the effects of this product aren’t as noticeable as they would be on someone with a less complicated routine. IMO, this is not a criticism against this ampoule so much as validation of the effectiveness of having a multi-step routine. Actually, if you’re someone who is looking for a simpler routine, this could be a great all-in-one, as its called, product to use. Others have had really good success with it!
Pros: Ridiculously good value, good ingredient list, light texture
Cons: Stickiness, results not obvious on my skin
This is a well-formulated product that is very enjoyable to use, but even though I like this product a lot but believe the effects are being overshadowed by other products in my routine. This may be better for those looking for a simpler routine.