Leaf & Botanics Face Emulsion Acai & Innisfree Black Green Tea Serum Review

Oftentimes, dupes in the beauty world happen as the result of imitation or desire to capitalize on a trend. Less often, it just so happens that two organizations create analogous products that have similar form and/or function. I love stumbling on dupes that fall into this second category! One of my favorite finds to date is the Mochitto Awadate-Irazu Face Wash and Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, but more recently I’ve found another: Leaf & Botanics Face Emulsion Acai and Innisfree Black Green Tea Serum, which we will be taking a close look at here.

Disclaimer: The Leaf & Botanics emulsion was purchased by me. The Innisfree Black Green Tea Serum is a PR Gift from Beauty Tap. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing an item through an affiliate link does not add any cost to the customer but does help support this site’s upkeep.

First, an overview of each product, starting with:


Product Name
Leaf & Botanics Face Emulsion Acai

Country of Origin

fullsizeoutput_148dWhere does it fit in your routine?
I use emulsions after serums and before my main moisturizer.

Size and Price
¥1,500 or $14 on Amazon JP for 100ml of product. Also available on Yesstyle for $28. This comes out to $0.14 – $0.28 per ML.
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Plastic, pump bottle.

Fresh, citrus scent. Light to medium intensity.

Color and texture
This emulsion is creamy but not at all heavy. The texture is very fluid, very wet, and slides on the skin with good slip. Color is mostly white with a hint of purple.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Honey, Sodium Hyaluronate, Orange Yu(JPN), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cyanocobalamin, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Tocopherol, Arginine, Carbomer, PEG-32

Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1), squalane (1), and tocopherol (2) as acne triggers and tocopherol (2) and carbomer (1) as potential irritants.


Product Name
Innisfree Black Green-Tea Serum

The Claim
The anti-oxidant effect of black green-tea, a special type of green tea made from fermented and matured Jeju green tea, nourishes your skin for a clear complexion


Country of Origin
South Korea

Where does it fit in your routine?
I typically apply serums after toning.

Size and Price
~$30 on Beauty Tap, Amazon, and RoseRoseShop for 50ml. This comes out to approximately $0.60 per ML.

Brown, plastic bottle with a dropper cap. I dropped my bottle shortly after opening and shattered the plastic, so decanted it into a travel squeeze bottle, and find myself preferring the new format. Dropper caps aren’t my favorite dispensing method, particularly for creamier products.

I’ve never been confident in my ability to identify or describe scents, so make of this what you will. I definitely detect a floral, black tea scent to this. More prominently however, this smells like salty dried plums, known as HuaMei in Chinese or LiHingMui in Hawaii. So weird, right? I find the smell enjoyable and not overwhelmingly perfumed as Innisfree products tend to be.

Color and texture
Creamy and fluid in texture, like a light, running emulsion. The color reminds me of milk tea.


Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Water, Squalane, Dimethicone, Peg-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Bacillus Ferment, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, Carbomer, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Polyglycerin-3, Peg-20 Glyceryl Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Cosdna identifies Butylene Glycol (1), Squalane (1), Dimethicone (1), Cetearyl Alcohol (2), Stearic Alcohol (2), and Palmitic Acid (2) as acne triggers and Cetearyl Alcohol (2) and Carbomer (1) as potential irritants.


Despite one being an emulsion and one a serum, these products have a very similar feel and function. On the skin, they both have a fantastic, silky, slippy, light, and fluid texture. Both absorb cleanly. Although the Leaf & Botanics emulsion is a hair richer, but once absorbed the two feel indistinguishable on my skin.

Chrysi, whose glowing review lead me to purchase the L&B emulsion in the first place, pointed out the soothing properties of the Leaf & Botanics Acai Emulsion and she is absolutely correct – this emulsion never fails to leave my skin calmer and less red than it finds it. Happily, the Innisfree Black Green-tea serum has a similar effect.

I speculate the squalane in both products is having a hand at this benefit. In addition to being an excellent moisturizer, squalane is a “skin identical ingredient,” meaning it’s naturally found in skin. In fact, it is one of the most common lipids produced by human skin cells and accounts for 13% of the composition of sebum.

In addition to squalane, there is quite a bit of ingredient overlap between these two products. The first five ingredients of the Leaf & Botanics Acai Emulsion are water, butylene glycol, squalane, triethylhexanoin (a triester derived from glycerin + fatty acids), and glycerin. All five of these ingredients are also found in the first 7 ingredients of the Innisfree Black Green-Tea Serum although the order is slightly different. Since ingredient lists are ranked by composition, that is a significant amount of overlap!

Where these products start to differ is with user experience. The fragrances are very different: L&B Acai Emulsion has an orangey, citrus scent whereas the Innisfree BGTea Serum smells like floral tea and (IMO) salted plums. Between the two, I actually prefer the Innisfree although I find both scents to be pleasant.

In addition, the packaging of the products is also very different. L&B Acai Emulsion comes in a pump bottle that is sturdy, travel friendly, and very functional. Innisfree BGTea Serum dispenses via dropper cap, which was much less convenient to use, and has sense been decanted into a squeeze bottle (because I dropped and broke the dropper bottle, but the squeeze bottle is an improvement!).

Functionally, these two products are identical for my needs. When it comes time to repurchase however, the practical packaging and better price point definitely give Leaf & Botanics Acai Emulsion the leg up!


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