Review: Skinfood | Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence – That feeling when you feel absolutely Nothing

I am always on the hunt for the next best essence, ampoule or serum to add a little oomph to my skincare routine. These concentrated products go on after your toner and before any moisturisers or face oils and are usually meant to be treatment products targeting specific skin concerns. To date, my favourite serum of all time remains isoi’s Blemish Care Serum Plus, a serum which I reviewed ages ago on my now defunct Weebly blog.

Actually, what’s your favourite serum? Drop me a recommendation in the comments! I can never have enough!

This here honey essence in particular is a star product in Korea and has been Skinfood’s bestselling star product for years and years on beauty review app 화해. Skinfood is a local Korean skincare brand that focuses on including ingredients that nourish the skin and they seem to like to include ingredients that make you want to eat the actual products. For reference, I have reviewed Skinfood’s Peach Cotton powder over here.

I got this during a time when I felt that my skin was lacking a bit in the glow department and at the time, I had been reading up on the skincare benefits of honey, which apparently is supposed to be moisturising and anti-bacteria. Great!, I thought. I could definitely use some non-comedogenic hydration!

・What it is: ・

This is an essence and it is meant to be used after you cleanse and tone your face.

・TL;DR:・ 

Did absolutely nothing for me, in both a positive and a negative sense of the word.

・Price & Availability: ・

You can get this essence online as well as at Korean Skinfood roadside shops and it will set you back ₩32,000 full price, though I’d recommend you wait for a bit and get it on sale as they have promotions on at least once a month. When I got it, I paid ₩26,000.

・Size/Quantity: ・

The bottle contains 50 ml of product, which is a generous size in the world of treatment products and serums. Most serums that I have seen come in sizes of 15 ml, 20 ml or 30 ml, so 50 ml is a refreshing step away from the norm in my books.

・Ingredients:・

At first glance, all of the ingredients check out. Only good stuff! No nasties!

  • Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Lactobacillus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium Edta, Carbomer, Arginine
Source: cosDNA
Source: Skincarisma

・Packaging:・

I have to say, I really love the bottle that the essence comes in. It is a beautifully hefty glass bottle with a gradient design that goes from brown to yellow in keeping with the honey theme.

Special mentions to the pipette style dropper which is housed inside of the bottle cap. It is designed in a way that every time you screw the cap on, a button depresses, which in turn creates suction that sucks up one dropper’s worth of serum! What this means is that as you screw the cap back on, the pipette is ready to go for the next time that you use it. No fumbling required on your part!

・What the company says:・ 

A fully nutritious essence that contains 63% black bee propolis extract, 10% royal jelly extract, and 10% black honey extract to build a firm barrier for radiant and moist skin.

Directions: After toner, use the dropper to dispense and apply product all over skin in a circular motion. Pat until completely absorbed.

・Consistency/Texture:・ 

The texture is a very thick, rich and luxurious feeling, clear, runny gel that is a joy to pat on. It is just runny enough to spread nicely on your face but not too runny in the sense of you wasting essence by accidentally dropping half of your precious cargo as you apply it to your face.

・Scent:・ 

No discernible scent whatsoever, not even a sweet honey type of smell. Thank goodness for that! I hate perfumed skincare with a vengeance as they never seem to sit well with my skin.

・Application:・ 

I would recommend that you do a double cleanse and exfoliate or at least use a slightly acidic toner before you use this to give this essence a clean slate to work on. Using a moisturising toner underneath might be useful too in my experience as moist skin absorbs product better than dry skin. Yes, really!

It absorbs well although it does feel sticky as you massage it into your skin. Personally, this is not something that bothers me as I go in with moisturisers and lotions after this, topped up with my HG sunscreen during the day or my favourite rosehip oil at night.

・Efficacy:・

I wanted to like this, I really did. My aging skin and adult acne treated in one fell swoop would have been amazing!

Alas, no such luck. I used this essence to the very last drop and I never ever saw any results other than a slightly softened, sticky feel on skin.

I have since tried several other honey themed products containing manuka honey, propolis and other extracts and none of them do anything whatsoever for me or they seem to purge or irritate my skin, so I have concluded from this that my skin quite simply put just does not like honey as an ingredient.

No glow, no increase in hydration, no change in fine lines, no difference in frequency of breakouts nor healing of acne scars. Zilch. Nothing. At least, it did not break me out – phew!

What this looks like on actual facial skin directly after application.

・Final Thoughts:・

 Hey, you do you. If honey products have worked for you personally, you might want to try this too as it supposedly contains high percentages of honey and propolis according to the ingredients list and product blurb. It just did not do anything for me personally.

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