Back in December, I was contacted by Vegreen, asking if I’d be up for a product review. And I most certainly was! It was kind of a big deal because that was the first time for me to be contacted by a company, ever. Influencer life, here I come!
Yeah, not really. We're talking free products in exchange for an honest review. But exciting, nonetheless.
What intrigued me were their claims of vegan K-beauty (I am not vegan myself but my diet is 90% plant-based) that is pro-sensitive skin, fragrance-free, uses renewable resources, is low-impact on the environment, and is good for dry skin (source). While I am not a fervent SJW or anything of that nature, these are all claims I can get behind and am happy to support.
I was given the option of choosing two products from Vegreen’s website, which currently has a lineup of four products in total – two serums, a cream and a toner. I decided to go with both serums, since they tend to be the most potent steps in a skincare regimen and I wanted to see ~results~.
For today, I will be reviewing their Fragrance-Free Nature Mucin Serum (hereafter mucin serum) which I have just used up, and the cica serum will be next, once I am done with it. I have used and loved snail mucin serum in the past, and while I do not consider snail slime to be animal cruelty, I was VERY curious as to what a vegan mucin serum would be like – hence why I dipped into that one first.
If you would like someone else’s opinion on Vegreen or would like to read about the toner and cream, you may enjoy Angela’s post over here.
・What it is: ・
This is a serum, ie a product that is meant to be applied after toner and before heavier products like moisturisers or emollients.
It’s a decent serum if you’re looking for a vegan, fragrance-free K-beauty option. Mildly restorative effects.
・Price & Availability: ・
As you can see above, this retails normally for a fair US$18.30, however now retails for $15.60 on sale. It is completely in line with other drugstore options and comparable to some higher-priced The Ordinary serums when adjusted for price per millilitre.
The serum comes in a generous 50ml size. Most serums come with 15-30 ml which kind of makes me want to skimp on the amount I use per application, so the fact that this is in a bigger bottle than what is fairly standard makes me quite happy as it means I can drench my face in its liquid goodness without feeling as though I need to be careful with how much slather on. And is that not kind of the point? Drenching your face in what makes you feel and look better without worrying you’re using it up too much, too fast?
I went through the entire bottle within 2 months and that was using 2 pumps in the morning, 2 pumps in the night = 4 pumps daily. You may be able to make it last longer than that by using less.
Wild yam root extract is listed as the first ingredient, which makes sense considering it is in the product name, followed by a bunch of tried-and-true, skincare gold standard ingredients such as water as a solvent, panthenol, glycerin, butylene glycol and niacinamide. There are a few more great ingredients down the list, such as peptides and ceramides, but without knowing the formulation, and considering they are so far down the list, and seeing as I am not a cosmetic chemist, I cannot comment on whether they are of much benefit here.
Now, this is where Vegreen really deserves a couple of gold stars. Their packaging is absolutely brilliant and I could not wish for anything better. 🤩
First, there’s the protective wrap that the serums came in. Instead of plastic bubble wrap, they came in what can only be described as recycled paper origami honeycomb. How cool is this??
Then, there’s the outer packaging – a regular little cardboard box. Printed on cardboard made completely from sugarcane residue, using biodegradable soy ink. Fantastic!
Lastly, the actual bottle itself. While you may argue that the bottle is a bit basic, I personally prefer a clean, austere, clinical, utilitarian look in all aspects of my life, be it the clothes I wear (minimalist Goth), interiors (the flat is Spartan and I am constantly working with my decorations-loving husband to keep it clutter-free) or tech (I recently got a new laptop but it’s the same as before – a Lenovo ThinkPad that most people would think of as the least sexy laptop there is).
The bottle is a light plastic one with a protective sort-of halfsie-cap on top. I have not travelled with it or dropped so cannot comment on sturdiness but the pump mechanism held up throughout.
・What the company says:・
|It contains 63% mucin from wild yam extract that restores tired skin and improves skin vitality. Panthenol provides deep moisturzing, and skin barrier strengthening Ceramide helps firm and keep your skin off from stress.|
|How to Use|
|After using toner every morning and evening, pump 1-2 times to apply it over the face and pat lightly.|
If you have used snail mucin before, and chances are that if you are a K-beauty enthusiast, you might have, you may have found that snail mucin has this almost chewy texture that’s really fun to play with but can also be quite a bit sticky. I personally found this yam mucin serum to be different in both regards – it wasn’t ‘chewy’ but it also was not sticky. While it was viscous, it was not slimy or gooey by any means.
This serum is fragrance-free as the title implies. If you try really, really hard, you may be able to get a whiff of… something, but I could not tell you what that something would be. Lab cosmetics? A slightly mineral or chemical scent? I really don’t know. But if you have read anything on this blog before, you’ll already know that I can only tolerate fragrance-free products or perhaps medicinal, herbal, hanbang scents coming from the product’s natural ingredients – stuff like, mugwort or ginseng. For some reason, fragranced products have a tendency to break me out, and that’s just not fun anymore when you’re well into your 30s, moving towards middle age (when does middle age start by the way – is it 35?). I am very pleased with this being fragrance-free.
The mucin serum goes on smoothly, with a lightly cooling sensation. It does not immediately sink in and needs to be swished and patted in a little. I found that it was a great companion for sandwiching hyaluronic acid serums, or just regular moisture sandwiches (read more about those from my favourite beauty blogger, Paris B).
Ok, this is where the rubber hits the road. This is a nice serum to have. Is it a must-have? That really depends on what you are looking for. I found it to be hydrating, soothing and it seemed to soften the fine lines around my eyes.
I already have a lot of skincare actives going in my routine. Depending on what my skin needs that day, and whether it is the AM or PM part of my routine, I will use glycolic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, alpha arbutin, retinol and/or polyhydroxy acids. I am very much in tune with my actives and try to buffer them with soothing ingredients that are still good for skin (think mugwort, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides or centella asiatica). And that is where the serum comes in, as a soothing product to layer with – it is a gently supporting scaffold that keeps me from going overboard with my actives and reduces the risk of irritation whenever I am playing mad scientist in my bathroom cabinet again. And for that, I love it.
However, if you are looking for wham-bam skincare grenades that give you immediate results using just one product – which I would argue don’t exist – then this may not be for you. This serum is more like a yoga pose than a HIIT power workout. And that’s completely fine by me.
I really enjoyed using this and would consider repurchasing, but I hate online shopping! Yes, really. This would be a great addition to Olive Young’s line-up and diversify their portfolio, I reckon. Here’s hoping that Vegreen makes it into physical shops.
I personally am a big fan of the brand’s values and them not just talking the talk but also walking the walk, and I hope they will get to expand their product lineup, too – I’d be here for cleansers, sunscreen, and the like. I enjoyed using this Downward Dog of the beauty world and you may too.