I have to admit that I’ve never found bamboo much of a draw in a product. It just doesn’t seem a very exciting ingredient. However, Erborian have managed to put a twist on it that I really can get interested in – and two products in particular; Bamboo Waterlock Mask and Bamboo Splash. I’m not going to rush at this range because it needs a little time, but I have had a first go with Bamboo Waterlock that uses both sap (amino acids and minerals) and fibre (proteins and lipids).
It’s quite hard to explain, but innovative textures sometimes are, so here goes! This looks like a loose jelly; it’s cool and wet on the skin when you first apply it, morphing into a fresher version of oil. My expectation of Waterlock Hydro Plumping Mask was that it would immediately disappear on the skin, as many jelly type textures do, leaving me to hope it did something but not actually have any evidence! However, it remains pliable so you can really massage it in well and it’s almost instantly skin softening and moisturising. Leave it on for ten minutes or so and your skin will feel infinitely softer and more hydrated. I think it’s a great mask for summer when you just need that fresh thing to happen. The range doesn’t launch til April, so it’s timely. If you’re into textures, you’ll love it.
When I wrote about trend happenings earlier in the month, I predicted Splash Masks as a thing, with no clue that Bamboo Splash was on the production line. It’s not a mask, but the ‘splash’ concept is one that I think we will see applied to many things. Bottom line of this though is that it’s a facial spritz, boosted with shea and bamboo. I didn’t really feel it had any immediate effects, but I could see myself using it before make up or in high summer when skin needs a refresh that won’t dehydrate. In terms of being Korean and multi-layered about your skin care regime, it’s 100% spot on.
If you are a regular reader of BBB then you will know I adore this brand – Erborian finally twisted my very reluctant arm into double cleansing (I use their Solid Cleansing Oil and the Double Mousse – finally in stock and £22 HERE) and I am completely converted. I think Erborian is one of the most exciting brands to watch at the moment and a good one to keep an eye on if you’re interested in the wider development and growth of a brand. Erborian was one product only a few years ago. The only criticsm I have is that it’s expensive (the mask is £44) and when you’re trying to convert consumers to new concepts, such as multi product use, it needs to be affordable in the first instance.
I’ll be back to cover the other products when I’ve had a proper go.
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