This divine, deeply nourishing moisturizer is undeniably one of my favourite skincare products of 2016.
Housed in a sumptuous sturdy white and pink glass jar, the Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream is a rich, seriously hydrating and nourishing moisturizer perfect for those of us with dry to normal skin. It contains a blend of emollient dry skin pleasing ingredients such as Camellia Oil, Plant-devired Squalane, Camellia Flower Extract, and even Niacinamide & Licorice Root Extract (two superstars among skin-brightening/lightening ingredients) which work to repair the skin’s barrier, brighten dull skin, even out uneven complexion, minimize dark spots, minimize & prevent irritation, and prevent moisture loss. The ingredients will assuredly benefit those who, like me, need serious extra moisture and intense hydration.
Although those with oily skin will probably dislike the rich, heavy texture of it as a daytime moisturizer, they will however certainly enjoy it as an overnight skin treatment as a rich nighttime moisturizer is an optimal way to replenish and give oily skin the nourishment and intense hydration it craves throughout the day.
Being a huge fan of Camellia oil, also known as Japanese Tsubaki oil, my jaw dropped and I nearly hyperventilated when I saw the ingredients list :
Camellia Japonica Flower Extract(54.72%), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, Glycerin, Camellia Japonica seed oil(5.41%), Pentylene Glycol(EcoCert®, Natural Origin), Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Phosphatidylcholine, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Propanediol(EcoCert®, Natural Origin), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Xanthan Gum, Akebia Quinata Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Arginine, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Betaine, Bisabolol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Trehalose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bioflavonoids, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Adenosine, Opuntia Ficus-Indica fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Linoleic Acid, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Levulinic Acid, Rutin, Astaxanthin, Quercetin, Fragrance
With the exception of palm oil and fragrance, there is clearly nothing to dislike here. Many find the jasmine scent extremely pleasant, and although I very much agree with that as the scent is absolutely divine, I very much prefer fragrance-free products as I find fragrance to be a very unnecessary and sometimes irritating ingredient in skincare, but when a cream performs as beautifully and has excellent skin-nourishing qualities as the Pink Camellia Soombi I can let certainly it slide. Again, that jasmine scent is truly divine. While on the topic of ingredients, some of you may know that I have a firm love for Tsubaki Oil and it has become an essential in my daily skincare and hair* routine. While there are many non-fragrant plant oils available, I find Tsubaki Oil to be a truly brilliant moisturizer for hair and skin, with superb emollient & anti-aging properties.
*With the Shiseido Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo & Conditioner, and the Oshima Tsubaki Hair Oil.
Performance-wise, I can confidently say that the Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Cream has worked wonders for me and is unquestionably worth the high price tag. I absolutely love it!
My skin feels fabulously silky soft, profoundly nourished, glowy and supple after application. I also noticed that my makeup apply smoother and doesn’t settle as much into fine lines or creases as it usually does. I find the buttery consistency to be a little bit tricky as less is definitely more with this cream : you only need the tiniest amount for your entire face – seriously, the tiniest amount – otherwise you’ll just end up with greasy, sticky skin, but when used in moderation (understand a very thin layer, two if you’re feeling adventurous or if your skin is extremely dry) it takes just a handful of moments to absorb beautifully. My next purchases? The serum and night cream of the same line.