The thing about using only one brand for several weeks for a trial is that I’ve come back to other skincare ranges with renewed interest. Skincare isn’t my favourite thing to write about but I just couldn’t wait to get tapping at the keyboard about Erborian Skincare.
With this brand, you do have to embrace the Korean part of it – I genuinely don’t know if herbs make it better than anything else – all I can tell you is how it feels on my skin. If you feel sceptical about medicinal herbs and so on, then maybe it’s not the right brand, but if you can take the leap of faith, there are some very interesting textures to discover. And, if you hate silicones, also steer clear.
Above, you can see Herbal Energy Cleanser and Herbal Energy Lotion. I’m obsessed with both. The cleanser is a tri-phase water, oil and silicone blend that has extremely impressive make-up removal ability. On the skin, it feels like an oil, but not quite – the water element is definitely there – and it glides over the complexion taking away every last scrap of whatever is on your skin. It’s exceptional, actually. Lotions are a very Asian thing – the idea being that you apply after cleansing and before hydrating to lock in moisture (Erborian claims that it ups your moisture level by 30%). Personally, I’ve taken the leap and know I will use this to the very last drop.
But, here’s the star of the Erborian show – Dongbaek Camellia Essence Oil. It contains a very high percentage of camellia oil and on use creates a kind of flexible barrier over the complexion. It’s not an ordinary oil and you will definitely notice that the feel is different to the oils we are used to for our skin. The other oils that make up the rest of the formula are flaxseed, grapeseed, coconut and argan – all lipid rich – and while I’ve only used this three times, there is no doubt that the feel of my skin is altered into something satiny.
I think that if you’re interested in trying something completely new and different, Erborian Skincare has a great deal to offer – it’s for the skincare bored if you like. It very much references its Korean and Parisian heritage and I’m looking forward to trying more of it.
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