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Swanicoco Fermentation Care Collection Review

In 2016, one of my favorite product discoveries was the Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Care Emulsion. I was blown away with not only its killer ingredient list but also its luxurious, silky texture. That’s why when Swanicoco reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in testing and reviewing some other products, I immediately said yes! After some discussion on their different lines and my skin type, they recommended the Fermentation Care line, which I will be reviewing today!

This is a kind of super long review, so I set up a table of contents to make for easier navigation.

Table of Contents

General Observations

I know there are some people who like using entire skincare lines together. Im not one of those people but since I had the whole fermentation care collection, I gave it a go. Result? I prefer using the items individually. There are two main reasons for this. First of all, there is quite a bit of overlap in the extracts, ferments, peptides, and other ingredients in the items. It seems redundant to be using them all in one routine. Secondly I don’t think the items actually layer very well with each other. The toner and emulsion work beautifully together but once I add the serum, my skin definitely starts to border on sticky, and I do not like sticky.

I’ll get into way more detail in the individual product review sections, but in a nutshell I found the products in this line to be hydrating, skin-fortifying, but above all brightening. SO brightening! Everyone’s skin is different, but for me, the brightening effects were more noticeable on my skin than any Vitamin C or niacinamide product I’ve tried.


Common Ingredients Overview

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Click for side-by-side ingredients. Yellow indicates ingredient is in all 5 items. Green means 4 out of the 5.

Between the 5 products, there are 54 unique ingredients, some of which are ferment filtrates which in themselves can comprise 6 or 7 components (for example, one ingredient that shows up in 4 of the products is Bacillus/Cordyceps Sinensis/Ganoderma Lucidum/Inonotus Obliquus/Lentinus Edodes/Phellinus Linteus/Schizophyllum Commune/Tricholoma Matsutake Extract Ferment Filtrate) sooooo there’s a lot. To keep things manageable, I be going over the top and most commonly occurring ingredients (contained in at least 4 of the 5 products) in this section.

  • ASPERGILLUS / RICE FERMENT FILTRATE 
    Aspergillus is a type of yeast used to produce things such as soy sauce and sake so this first ingredient (in 4 of these 5 items) is essentially sake! Sake is a really great brightening ingredient. It contains bioactive components ethyl alpha-D-glucoside (alpha-EG) and alpha-D-glucosylglycerol (GG) which inhibits melanin production, suppresses epidermal barrier disruption by UVB irradiation, improves the functions of the stratum corneum, decreases transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and increases facial skin elasticity. It also contains kojic acid, which has been shown to significantly reverse enhanced pigmentation of skin explants exposed to UV light (tanning), reduce hyperpigmentation from melasma, and even prevent wrinkling when applied to skin prior to UV irradiation.
  • SODIUM HYALURONATE & GLYCERIN
    Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate are humectants both hold many times their own weight in water, meaning they attract water and are great hydrators. Sodium hyaluronate as the added benefit that it can penetrate skin (most skincare ingredients, like collagen for instance, can’t do so because they are too large) into the epidermis, the dermis and the lymphatic endothelium and is effective in boosting skin’s moisture content, improving skin elasticity and reducing roughness.
  • CULTURED WILD GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT 
    Ginseng is an ingredient utilized heavily in both traditional Chinese medicine and Korean (Hanbang) medicine. Saponins extracted from ginseng has been shown to significantly inhibit wrinkle formation, increase skin thickness, and prevent reduction in skin elasticity from long-term UVB radiation. In mice, ginseng has been shown to delay the unset of tumors from UVB irradiation and improve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. In an in vitro experiment, collagen has been shown to potentially promote collagen production.
  • Peptides: EGF, CAFFEOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1
    So the thing with peptides is that a few have been shown to be anti-inflammatory and/or to stimulate collagen production, but at the end of the day it’s a HUGE category of ingredients and research on most is pretty sparse. They’re one of the ingredients I’m always happy to see but don’t rely on solely for my anti-aging efforts. At its core, peptides are short chains of amino acids, so similar to proteins, which are in comparison long chains of amino acids. EGFs (epidermal growth factors) in particular are known for their skin repairing / wound healing properties.
  • NIACINAMIDE
    Niacinamide is one of those ingredients that does a little bit of everything. It strengthens your skin’s barrier by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL)increasing resistance to irritants such as SLS and the rate at which your skin syntheses barrier components, and with repeated daily application increases the thickness of the stratum corneum. It also has the potential to reduce the depth of wrinkles, especially when combined with other anti-aging agents such as kinetin, N-acetyl glucosamine, or palmitoyl pentapeptide, and has been shown as effective in treating hyperpigmentation.
  • Ferment Filtrates and Extracts: BACILLUS/CORDYCEPS SINENSIS/GANODERMA LUCIDUM/INONOTUS OBLIQQUS/LENTINUS EDODES/PHELLINUS LINTEUS/SCHIZOPHYLLUM COMMUNE/TRICHOLOMA MATSUTAKE, SACCHAROMYCES/MISTLETOE, SACCHAROMYCES/IMPERATA CYLINDRICA ROOT, LACTOBACILLUS/SOYBEAN
    Um so there are a lot of ferments here. The way I look at this list is first by looking at the fermentation agent (aka what is doing the fermenting) and then at the fermentation substrate (aka what is being fermented). The fermentation agents are saccharomyces, bacillus, lactobacillus. Saccharomyces is the same type of yeast used in SK-II’s famed Facial Treatment Essence. One study done with saccharomyces cerevisiae extract on volunteers showed it to be effective in increasing short term skin moisture, have long term effects skin microrelief (skin structure), and brightness. Bacillus and lactobacillus on the other hand are bacteria. Lactobacillus can produce lactic acid as part of the fermentation process, so it’s possible there are trace amounts of lactic acid in the ferment filtrate, although it wouldn’t be significant enough to exfoliate. The general ideal behind fermentation is that it breaks the ingredients down to make them more easily accessible, so it helps to have nutrient and antioxidant dense substrates such as the ones here (various mushrooms, mistletoe, grass, and soybean).
  • Other Extracts: CENTELLA ASIATICA, MAGNOLIA KOBUS BARK, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT, POLYGONUM CUSPIDATUM ROOT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS, ROSEMARY, CHAMOMILE LEAF
    These all occur pretty low in the ingredients list and so probably exist in really small quantites. That said, botanical extracts such as these are a good source of some additional general antioxidants.

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Swanicoco Fermentation Care Toner and Emulsion

Product Name
The name on the bottle is Swanicoco Fermentation Care SkinToner and Swanicoco Fermentation Care Emulsion. I have also seen this item listed as Swanicoco Fermentation Wild Ginseng Repair Skin Toner and Skin Emulsion.

img_4234Where does it fit in your routine?
On days when I do a more extended routine, I will apply this toner after thinner essences and watery toners. On days when I am more rushed, I will apply this right after cleansing to function as both a first treatment essence and a toner. The emulsion is more straight forward. I apply before moisturizer.

Size and Price
Each bottle contains 120ML of product. They are available on Yesstyle (toner, emulsion) for $36.90 or KoreaDepart (toner, emulsion) for $38.

Packaging
Super shiny, plastic airless pump bottle. I love airless pump bottles because they are both super hygienic and easy to use, buy on a few occassions have pushed a bit too hard and popped the top off (see picture below). This doesn’t seem to damage the bottle at all as I can easily pop it back into place but did make me a bit nervous.

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Fragrance
Both products have a medium-to-heavy floral scent. It does fade but if you’re sensitive to fragrance it might be an issue. Personally, I’m neutral-positive about the scent. Edit: I went back and re-sniffed the scents after Melanie’s comment and they’re less strong than I remember them being. 

Color and texture
The toner is a fluid, clear substance. It’s more viscous than water, almost a little gel-like. The emulsion is white and creamier, but still light and fairly fluid.

Ingredients

In addition to the common ingredients reviewed above, the toner and emulsion also contain Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, hydrolyzed collagen, and a lot of additional fermented ingredients and extracts.

Toner: Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) and chamomile leaf extract (2) as acne triggers and carbomer (1) as a potential irritant

Full IngredientsAspergillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Cultured Wild Ginseng Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, rh-Oligopeptide-1 (EGF), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Bacillus/Cordyceps Sinensis/Ganoderma Lucidum/Inonotus Obliquus/Lentinus Edodes/Phellinus Linteus/Schizophyllum Commune/Tricholoma Matsutake Extract Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Rhus Semialata Gall Extract Ferment, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Arginine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lactobacillus/Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot Extract/Glycryyhiza Glabra Root Extract/Luffa Cylindrica Fruit Extract/Morus Alba Root Extract/Pueraria Lobata Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract

Emulsion: Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1), stearic acid (2), and chamomile leaf extract (2) as acne triggers and carbomer (1) as a potential irritant

Full IngredientsAspergillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Cultured Wild Ginseng Root Extract, rh-Oligopeptide-1 (EGF), Stearic Acid, Niacinamide, Bacillus/Cordyceps Sinensis/Ganoderma Lucidum/Inonotus Obliquus/Lentinus Edodes/Phellinus Linteus/Schizophyllum Commune/Tricholoma Matsutake Extract Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Rhus Semialata Gall Extract Ferment, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Arginine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lactobacillus/Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot Extract/Glycryyhiza Glabra Root Extract/Luffa Cylindrica Fruit Extract/Morus Alba Root Extract/Pueraria Lobata Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract

Performance

The reason it made sense to me to review the toner and emulsion together is because I tend to use them together and also because their ingredient lists are almost identical. The order of ingredients is different, but the only thing one has that the other doesn’t is stearic acid, which is included in the emulsion but not the toner.

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Of the two, I am especially impressed with the toner. At first glance, it seems to be a nice but basic hydrating toner but after using for awhile, I noticed that my skin would look more luminous throughout the day in the same way that that a first essence should work. This makes sense, as most first essences comprise an array of fermented ingredients and this toner, in the same way, also contains a generous amount of ferments. My skin in particular has responds really well to fermented rice ingredients (and sake derivatives) and so I am very happy to see aspergillus/rice ferment filtrate top and center of the ingredients list and think that is likely contributing to the general brightening effect I am seeing not only in this toner but in all of these products.

The emulsion is less hydrating but more moisturizing than the toner. The texture is similar but not exactly identical to the Swanicoco fermentation snail care emulsion. This emulsion has more noticeable brightening properties but in terms of both scent and texture I actually prefer the fermentation snail! Go figure.

Toner Overall Rating: 4.3/5
Emulsion Overall Rating 3.9/5

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Swanicoco Fermentation Care Serum

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Product Name
Swanicoco Fermentation Care Serum

Where does it fit in your routine?
When using by itself, I like to apply this after any toners in my routine. More frequently, I will add 1-2 pumps of this to my first treatment essence and apply in the very beginning of my routine.

Size and Price
The bottle contains 30ML of product. It is available on Koreadepart for $52.22 (one sale at the time of this writing for $43.40 – I just purchased a bottle) or Yesstyle for 60.90.

Packaging
Similar shiny, plastic, airless pump bottle to the emulsion and toner but smaller.

Fragrance
Floral fragrance of medium intensity. It fades pretty quickly and I don’t really feel strongly about the fragrance either way although by now, I’ve gotten pretty nose-blind to it.

Color and texture
This is a cloudy covered serum. It isn’t very runny out of the tube but has great slip and fluidity and glides across the skin really easily.

img_3965Ingredients
This serum doesn’t f*ck around – its ingredient list is basically one big fermentation, antioxidant, hanbang orgy. In addition to the common ingredients reviewed above, the serum also includes:

  • Astaxanthin
  • More peptides: sh-Octapeptide-4, Nicotinoyl Tripeptide-1
  • Ceramide 2
  • A TON of other ferments including a host of hanbang ones which means yes, even more ginseng – Saccharomyces/Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root/Lycium Chinense Root/Ophiopogon Japonicus Root/Panax Ginseng Root/Poria Cocos/Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Ferment Filtrate and Saccharomyces/Lycium Chinense Fruit/Rehmannia Glutinosa Root/Cuscuta Chinensis Fruit/Cistanche Deserticola/Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit/Chrysanthemum Morifolium Fruit/Poria Cocos/Cinnamomum Cassia Ferment
  • More extracts including aloe and licorice for soothing and brightening

Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) and chamomile leaf extract (2) as acne triggers and carbomer (1) as a potential irritant.

Full IngredientsAspergillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, rh-Oligopeptide-1 (EGF), Cultured Wild Ginseng Root Extract, Astaxanthin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, sh-Octapeptide-4, Nicotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide 2, Saccharomyces/Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root/Lycium Chinense Root/Ophiopogon Japonicus Root/Panax Ginseng Root/Poria Cocos/Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Saccharomyces/Lycium Chinense Fruit/Rehmannia Glutinosa Root/Cuscuta Chinensis Fruit/Cistanche Deserticola/Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit/Chrysanthemum Morifolium Fruit/Poria Cocos/Cinnamomum Cassia Ferment, Polysorbate 60, Allantoin, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Arginine, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Angelica Dahurica Root Ferment Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Adenosine, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil

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Performance 

The serum is absolutely the standout product in this line for me.

Asian skincare products are obsessed with “brightening” but there are different degrees of “brightening.” For example, on my skin, fighting dullness is pretty easy. Licorice, galactomyces, mandelic acid, sake derivatives all work pretty well in giving my complexion a glow-boost when I need it. Trying to get hyperpigmentation to go away, on the other hand, is a whole different story. Vitamin C and niacinamide, two power players in the hyperpigmentation fighting world, don’t stand a chance to the brown spots left over from sun damage and previous breakouts. I’ve had a few successes with prescription tretinoin and azelaic acid (specifically my 2nd Curology prescription) and glycolic acid, but those aren’t formulations and/or ingredients my skin handles well. As much as I want my hyperpigmentation to fade, I’m not going to torch my moisture barrier or put up with constant skin flakiness to pursue it.

The first time I realized this serum was doing something interesting was about a week into usage. One day while applying makeup, I noticed that my sunspots seemed to be disappearing. The area above my cheekbones is SUPER prone to developing sun spots and each sun spot follows a similar life cycle. First, it starts out as a red dot, then fades to purple, then brown-black, and then (if I’m lucky), ever so slow fade into lighter (and less noticeable) shades of brown. With this serum, I noticed that two new sun spots that had just transitioned from the red to purple phase never made it to black. In fact, they were no where to be found. I’ve never had another product stop an emerging sun spot in its tracks! Since then, I’ve been monitoring my cheekbones carefully for sun spots and I’m pretty sure none have emerged. Some of my more aged spots also seem to be fading, which I am very excited about! As mentioned previously, my skin responds really well to fermented rice products for general brightening, but this is first time a rice product has noticeably combatted my hyperpigmentation.

In addition this serum also helps with general brightening/ glow-boosting and skin-preserving. I spent the week between Christmas and New Years in Shanghai. I packed a good amount of product but due to being busy/tired defaulted to a pretty minimalist (for me) routine most nights consisting of two cleansers, one moisturizer, one face oil, and this serum. Halfway into my trip, probably due to water quality (although the cold weather and pollution probably didn’t help) the skin from my shoulders and upper back down my arms (ie the area that gets the most exposure during showers hence I think it was water quality) had turned into a rough, dry, reptilian patchy mess. It felt like I had this freaky, massive rash running down my upper body. On the other hand, my facial and neck skin looked and felt in great shape throughout the entire trip. I even received two, unsolicited compliments on my skin! One person even said it was milky, which is an adjective no one has EVER used to describe my skin.

In summation, I love this serum. I feel like this is my Goldilocks “just right” super-brightening product now that I found it, I never want to be without it.

Final Rating: 5/5

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Swanicoco Fermentation Care Moisturizing Cream

Product Name
Swanicoco Fermentation Moisturizing Cream

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a cream moisturizer. Use it after all other treatments and before sunscreen (in the AM) and sleeping pack (if you use one) in the PM.

Size and Price
This jar contains 50ML of product. It is available on Koreadepart for $51 or Yesstyle for $49.90.

Packaging
Shiny, plastic jar. It came with a spatula which I immediately lost. I’d prefer an airless pump (I always prefer an airless pump) but the jar is sturdy, blocks light, seems fairly airtight, and the screws off easily, so no complaints.

Fragrance
Floral fragrance of medium intensity. I don’t mind the scent and it fades. If you’re super sensitive to fragrances you might have an issue. 

Color and texture
This is a white colored cream. The texture is more yogurt than cream, but normal yogurt, not the gross chalky, high protein Greek stuff. In my opinion, it’s a medium weight cream, like something well-suited for springtime weather, but I have very dry skin that loves thick, heavy creams, so keep that in mind if you have a different skin type / cream preference.

Ingredients
In addition to the common ingredients reviewed above, this cream also contains stearic acid, an additional peptide (Nicotinoyl Tripeptide-1), and additional extracts.

Full Ingredients: Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cultured Wild Ginseng Root Extract, rh-Oligopeptide-1 (EGF), Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, Nicotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bacillus/Cordyceps Sinensis/Ganoderma Lucidum/Inonotus Obliquus/Lentinus Edodes/Phellinus Linteus/Schizophyllum Commune/Tricholoma Matsutake Extract Ferment Filtrate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Arginine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract

Performance

At first, I had trouble working this cream into my routine because it would leave my skin a sticky mess. I soon realized that it doesn’t play well with other products that contain a lot of glycerin or emulsifying ingredients and that this wasn’t something I could use in the same way I was using my other moisturizers.

Instead, this moisturizer works the best in short routines. I take a lot of early morning flights for work and on those mornings, my go-to routine has become cleanser, essence, a generous dollop of this cream, face oil (if needed), then sunscreen. This combination keeps my skin moisturized and complexion glowing through the flight (not an easy task) and into the night. In the absence of my usual toners and emulsions, my skin has no trouble absorbing the product and this cream by itself contains an adequate amount of antioxidant and nutritive ingredients to compensate for the shortened routine. All-in-one type of products don’t frequently work for my skin just because of how dry it is, and this cream has proven itself to be one of the more successful ones in my collection!

Overall Rating: 4.1/5

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Swanicoco Fermentation Care Eye Cream

Product Name
Swanicoco Fermentation Care Eye Cream

Where does it fit in your routine?
I apply eye creams after moisturizers, although I imagine the order could easily be flipped.

Size and Price
The bottle contains 30ML of product. It is available on Koreadepart for $30 or Yesstyle for 28.90.

Packaging
Shiny, plastic, jar.

Fragrance
Same floral fragrance as the other items.

Color and texture
Similar texture to the moisturizing cream, but a bit thicker and fuller bodied.

Ingredients
Whereas all the other items in this line have rice ferment as its top ingredient, this eye cream has ginseng! In addition, it contains additional peptides (sh-Octapeptide-4, Nicotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-22), and ceramide 1.

Full Ingredients: Cultured Wild Ginseng Root Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Niacinamide, rh-Oligopeptide-1 (EGF), Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Ceramide 1, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, sh-Octapeptide-4, Nicotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-22, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bacillus/Cordyceps Sinensis/Ganoderma Lucidum/Inonotus Obliquus/Lentinus Edodes/Phellinus Linteus/Schizophyllum Commune/Tricholoma Matsutake Extract Ferment Filtrate, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Arginine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Saccharomyces/Cornus Officinalis Fruit/Angelica Acutiloba Root/Deer Antler/Thyme Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Adenosine, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Leaf Extract

Performance

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Unfortunately, as an eye cream it didn’t work out. My eyes are super sensitive and easily irritated, and the skin immediately under them is extremely prone to milia. This isn’t the first eye cream that triggered milia and it certainly will not be the last.

Instead, I used this as a face cream. It’s a little heavier and more occlusive than the moisturizing cream. Of the two, I prefer the feel of the normal cream but I’ll reach for this one when my skin is a bit dryer.

Eye Cream Rating: 2/5
Moisturizer Rating: 3.4/5

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Summary / Closing Thoughts

Toner: Brightening in a glow-boosting way, skin soothing, and hydrating. Could work as a FTE + hydrating toner in one
Emulsion: Similar to toner but thicker. Less hydrating and more moisturizing
Serum: Hyperpigmentation-fighting and antioxidant powerhouse. I credit surviving Shanghai’s cold and pollution to this serum
Cream: Medium heft. Not ideal for layering but works well as an all-in-one. Great for rushed, early mornings
Eye Cream: Great ingredients but doesn’t jive with my milia-prone eye area

In summation, the standout items in this collection for me were the serum, moisturizer, and toner, especially the serum. My skin is looks and feels healthier and so much brighter from regular use of these items. I do wish the fragrance were less prominent and that the eye cream worked for me, but overall I’ve really enjoyed this collection. To me, these products are the skincare equivalent of a delicious yet healthy and nutritious meal, which in both the food and skincare world is a pretty rare thing!


Disclaimer: These product were sent to me for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. This post does not contain affiliate links at this time. 

3 thoughts on “Swanicoco Fermentation Care Collection Review

  1. Melanie

    I have, use, and LOVE both the toner and the emulsion! I am very sensitive to scents–migraine triggering–and actually find the scent of both of these rather light floral with a bit of herbal, not medium-heavy. It doesn’t bother my sensitive nose at all, and doesn’t linger.

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    1. V. Rex Post author

      That’s good to hear! I think it might be the herbal element that makes me think the scent is heavier than it is, but I agree that it fades. Glad to hear you like the toner and emulsion!

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