Whereas I almost always use shampoo and conditioner products from the same product line, I almost never do so with skincare products. Sure, I’ve used the Benton snail essence with the steam cream, and the Sooryehan ginseng juice essence with the cream (review coming soonish but don’t hold your breath), but most of the time I don’t see the point. There are certain benefits to using products exclusively from one product line – the products are designed to go together so you won’t have issues with product compatibility and, because each product line usually targets some specific skincare condition, its an easy way to find products suitable for your skin – but because my skin suffers from multiple issues and because I like to make things as complicated as possible, I have, to date, never used or purchased an entire product line.
I did, however receive a neat little travel-sized pack of TheFaceShop’s white seed and blanclouding products with a recent purchase from TheFaceShop and thought it would be worth giving the whole single product line thing a try!
The White Seed and Blanclouding Line Products
Here are all the products I received, from left to right. This is also the order in which I would use these products, following the thick-to-thin principle:
White Seed Exfoliating Foam Cleanser – 50 ml
White Seed Real Whitening Toner – 32 ml
White Seed Real Whitening Lotion – 32 ml
Blanclouding White Moisture Serum – 8 ml
Blanclouding White Moisture Cream – 10 ml
So it actually seems we have two similar product lines, White Seed and Blanclouding. I’m not sure why TheFaceShop decided to package them together, but since they have opted to do so I’m going to assume they will work well together.
The White Seed products feature ingredients such as white lupine seed extract and daisy flower extract and is particularly focused on whitening, aka brightening. A bit of googling revealed that the star product of this line is the essence, which includes an interesting ingredient called hexylresorcinol which is supposed to be 1000X more potent than Vit C. This is a very lofty claim and one I would have liked to explore, so I’m a little disappointed this product was left out.
The BlanClouding line features the star ingredient “Swiss Cloud Flower,” more commonly know as edelweiss, and is focused on brightening and moisture. The cream seems like a new product for TheFaceShop, and comes with promotional material that reads: Just another Moisture Cream? No, it’s a WHITE Moisture Cream.
I was actually pretty excited about this cream the more I looked into it, because it makes claims of providing 12 hours of hydration. My skin is constantly dry and dehydrated, so any serious promise of hydration tends to catch my interest.
Ok, onwards to the individual products!
White Seed Exfoliating Foam Cleanser
So this cleanser and I were never going to work out. I don’t use foam cleansers, high pH cleansers, or products with sodium lauryl sulfate because of my skin’s issues. This only way this cleanser could have been more inappropriate for me is if it also contained papain and microbeads.
If you also have dry and/or acneic skin though, allow me to direct your attention to the pH test results:
I tested this cleanser on my hand and for a non-oil cleanser, it actually takes off makeup really well. Only my lip gloss (TonyMoly Lip Tone Get it Tint) and eyeliner (Lioele Glittering Jewel Liner), which my oil cleanser has trouble removing completely as well, remained. It also foams up nicely, washes off cleanly, and, despite its pH and ingredients, did not leave my hand feeling stripped. I wouldn’t use this on my face, but if you have combination, normal, or oily skin and do not have acne issues, don’t write this one off. I did a quick search and the reviews for this cleanser are in general very positive.
WATER/EAU. GLYCERIN.MYRISTIC ACID. STEARIC ACID. POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE. POLYETHYLENE. LAURIC ACID. COCAMIDE MEA. DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE. POLYSORBATE 20. GLYCERYL STEARATE. PROPANEDIOL. SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE. HEXYLENE GLYCOL. PEG-100 STEARATE. HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE. LUPINUS ALBUS SEED EXTRACT. BELLIS PERENNIS (DAISY) FLOWER EXTRACT. CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT. SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT. SODIUM CHLORIDE. DISODIUM EDTA. PARFUM/FRAGRANCE
White Seed Real Whitening Toner
This toner is actually my favorite product of this bunch. It is gentle, leaves my skin soft, not too fragrant, and at a pH compatible with healthy skin.
Here is the full list of ingredients:
WATER/EAU, PROPANEDIOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, NIACINAMIDE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, TRICETEARETH-4 PHOSPHATE, PEG-2 STEARATE, GLYCOL STEARATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, HEXYLRESORCINOL, LUPINUS ALBUS SEED EXTRACT, BELLIS PERENNIS (DAISY) FLOWER EXTRACT, SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, BETA-GLUCAN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ARRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE
There’s definitely some interesting stuff here! I don’t know much about white lupine (lupines albus) seed extract, but using daisy as a brightening ingredient has some science behind it and niacinamide is a known powerhouse brightening agent. Willow bark (i.e. the source of salicylic acid and aspirin) extract is an interesting ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties.
Also, it’s comforting to me that they’ve included this toner with the exfoliating cleanser. The pH of this toner is not as low as some others, but at 4.75, it’s squarely in the lower range of healthy skin and as such will help adjust your skin pH back to normal after cleansing.
White Seed Real Whitening Lotion
I’ve actually never used a Korean lotion before and had erroneously assumed they were the same as Japanese lotions (which are more like toners). This lotion is actually more like a Western lotion, in that it’s creamy, but is thin and light like an emulsion.
Here is the full list of ingredients:
WATER/EAU, PROPANEDIOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, NIACINAMIDE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDES, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PANTHENOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, CETEARYL OLIVATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, SORBITAN OLIVATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, LUPINUS ALBUS SEED EXTRACT, BELLIS PERENNIS (DAISY) FLOWER EXTRACT, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, HEXYLRESORCINOL, GLYCERIN, SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CARBOMER, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, SORBIC ACID, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE
This list is not identical to the toner, but I feel like a lot of the ingredients that are different are ones that dictate texture / consistency. A lot of the “active” ingredients (i.e. niacinamide, caprylic/capric triglycerides, white lupine extract, daisy flower extract, willow bark extract, glycerin) are repeats. For me, I would consider using the toner and lotion to be redundant because the lotion doesn’t offer enough hydration for my dry skin to take the role of an emulsion. If you have oily skin or are looking for a lightweight lotion though, this may work for you.
Blanclouding White Moisture Serum
Moving on to the BlanClouding collection. This is the one I was more curious about! Both the marketing material for the serum and cream make mention of the “clouding effect,” but I can’t quite figure out what that means! I assume it’s a reference to clouds being both white and wet?
When I think of serums, I usually think of highly concentrated solutions with minimal filler ingredients. This serum, however, looks a little like a cream. It sinks in quickly and without issue.
Here is the full list of ingredients:
WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, DIMETHICONE, NIACINAMIDE, PEG-240/HDI COPOLYMER BIS-DECYLTETRADECETH-20 ETHER, PANTHENOL, MYRISTICA FRAGRANS (NUTMEG) EXTRACT, TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES EXTRACT, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA EXTRACT SEED EXTRACT, PEUCEDANUM OSTRUTHIUM LEAF EXTRACT, PROPANEDIOL, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, DIMETHICONOL, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCISIDE, XANTHAN GUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEANS) SEED EXTRACT, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, LITHIUM MAGNESIUM SODIUM SILICATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE
To me, this isn’t a serum but another emulsion or lotion product. The first couple of ingredients are water, a humectant, an emollient, and a slip agent. It isn’t until the 8th ingredient that we get to niacinamide, which by the by, occurs 4th on the list for both the toner and lotion. Obviously, there is more to how well skincare products perform that ingredients, but based off the ingredients, I can’t help but question the effectiveness of this serum.
Blanclouding White Moisture Cream
This item seems to have a good amount of buzz to it and I was excited to try it out. The consistency is actually very nice and it did leave my skin feeling very soft.
Here are the full ingredients for the cream:
WATER/EAU, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PANTHENOL, BETAINE, NIACINAMIDE, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, TILLANDSIA USNEQIDES EXTRACT, MYRISTICA FRAGRANS(NUTMEG) EXTRACT, PEUCEDANUM OSTRUTHIUM LEAF EXTRACT, BETA-GLUCAN, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, LITHIUM MAGNESIUM SODIUM SILICATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE
To test the claim that this provides 12-hours moisture claim I mentioned earlier, I busted out my new little handy dandy skin analyzer that I was inspired by Fifty Shades of Snail to get and did the following:
- Tested the moisture of both wrists
- Applied BlanClouding White Moisture Cream to my left wrist
- After two hours, Tested the moisture of both wrists
Initially, my plan was to test the moisture of both wrists every two hours, up to the 12 hours mark, but that ended up being totally unnecessary. After a mere two hours, both of my wrists clocked in the same oil / moisture reading (13% and 30% respectively. The analyzer also output a sad face, in case I didn’t already know my skin is dry and dehydrated), which meant that on my wrists, the effects of this cream all but vanished in a mere two hours. I may try this cream on my face to see if the results are different, but I’m not very hopeful. For what it’s worth, after two hours though, the skin on my left wrist still felt nice and soft!
A little bit about my skin though: I have very dry skin. Trying to hydrate my face is like trying to sustain a garden in the Gobi desert. Won’t happen without a lot of dedicated time, effort, and multiple points of attack. I’m currently using the skin analyzer to test a bunch of different face oils (review to come, but probably not for another month at least) and even these oils don’t perform as well as I expect them to (horse oil performs really well, btw. ❤ horse oil), so just because this cream doesn’t work on my face does not mean it won’t work for yours.
My favorite item from this travel kit is definitely the toner. If my current, much loved toner ever gets discontinued or impossible to get ahold of, I may even opt for the full size. The cleanser, lotion, serum, and cream, though, sadly just aren’t for my skin.