If you’ve got your head around the ‘lotion’ concept, then I have no doubt that you’ll love the most recent lotion arrivals from Erborian. Lotion really taps into the Korean skin care routine with this extra step after cleansing and before serum or moisturiser. Lotion is a kind of bridging product to help anything you put on afterwards work more efficiently. However, the Erborian Lotions each have a specific skin use rather than a generic one.
My favourite is Yuza Double Lotion for brightening, with a gorgeously zesty scent – it’s bi-phase so you need to shake it up a bit and has a slight filmy feel until it dries. With all lotions you can put five or six drops into the palm of your hands and ‘splash’ it onto the skin, or you can add it to a cotton wool pad and pat it over.
Next up is Bamboo Matte Lotion for oily skin that gives a mattifying effect and powdery feel to the complexion. When I say powdery, don’t think ‘dry’ – its much more of a silky feel but without any oiliness. The scent is ‘green’, fresh and reminds me of aloe vera.
Finally, Ginseng Milk – better for normal to dry skins, I think. It’s the one that feels the most hydrating of the three and is thicker in texture. It promises to give skin smoothness but to be honest, it’s not quite clear how it does that. I’m imagining some lactic acid effect but I haven’t used it for long enough to see it’s effects.
One of the major problems with being a beauty blogger is being able to give a thorough enough review on skin care – I’m using a very specific regime at the moment to which I will add one of these (the Ginseng Milk probably although I like the scent of Yuza more) so these have been top-line tested only. But, Erborian is a brand I follow very closely and I know the product lines very well indeed so I don’t feel in the least cautious that they won’t perform as stated. I did buy into the ‘lotion’ concept very easily – if it’s revered by entire nations then I’m in! My first try was with Shiseido, I think, and it did act as a skin softener that had a noticable effect. One more application tip to note is that you can separate your cotton pads into fine layers, slosh them with lotion, and then apply them to your face for ten minutes or a more intense lotion ‘mask’.
Ginseng Milk is £32, Yuza is £26 and Bamboo is £29 HERE.
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated