22 Aug 2016

Review: Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum

I have a lot to say about this product, especially on why it has gained all my love over the past few months.

Rarely do I review a product that quickly after trying it out, this Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum is an exception. It takes a unique place in my morning routine, and through day-to-day contact, it almost captures all my attention and deems me uninterested to try out other products. In fact, it is also a serum-moisturizer hybrid that makes a busy woman day easier. Normally, I can go walk out of the house wearing only a toner, this, and a sunscreen. After Belif Aqua Bomb, this is another moisturizer that catches my heart.

The packaging looks elegant and adorable. Did I tell you guys that I love purple?

I get to know this Pressed Serum through Glow Recipe, my trusty kbeauty product curating site. The products they recommend are mostly good... most of the time. And they have a really fun and unique way to promote and describe their products. Skincare becomes fun and simple under their mini-reviews and videos.

I am not sure does you guys know about Soko Glam, which is another really insightful and great kbeauty curating retailer located at the US. But Soko Glam always promotes this 10-steps korean skincare routine that opens everyone's eyes into the mystery kbeauty world. Look at the Korean celebrities, don't we agree that they have the most adorable complexion?

But now, Glow Recipe makes a U-turn and tells us that, no--- korean skincare steps don't have to be 10, 20 or 30. In fact, it can be as simple as 3 in the morning, or 2 using the Scinic all-in-one ampoule!

If you ask me, would I use 10 steps everyday? I would tell you... hell no!!! Maybe once per week or if my skin is feeling extra dry. I normally go for 5-6 products a day, starting from double cleanser to toner, treatment 1, treatment 2, and a moisturizer. I use 2 different treatments at night, mostly a hydrating and a brightening or anti-aging one. In the morning, I can sometimes minimize that to 3-4 including a morning cleanser. So Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum is a helpful multitasker that makes a busy (or lazy) woman day easier.

Besides, as a multitasker, this product is considered moderately priced. It is 43,000 won, which is almost equal to the price of Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum and Cream combined. If you are like me, using only this and a toner in the morning, then it is definitely a decently priced serum-moisturizer that won't go over to the "unaffordable" range.

tundra and chaga mushroom on tree

Another good thing about this Pressed Serum is that it is made of 60% chaga mushroom harvest from the pristine tundras using a unique 36-hours slow cooling process. I know Innisfree Superfood line is made using slow cooling process, which enables the maximum retention of its nutrition. Just like how slow-cooling miso paste is more nutritive (and expensive) than normal miso.


Its texture is another reason why I adore this Pressed Serum so much!

As you can see, although it looks rather heavy with its bouncy, soft-pudding like emollient-cream texture, it is actually really quick-absorbing and watery when you even it out. It will even absorb like gel cream if I apply it on a damp face or after a watery toner, without leaving any stickiness or tackiness, making it perfect for morning use.

The Pressed Serum has a really nice earthy scent that reminds me of wild mushroom growing on the wood.


Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract(60%), Water, Glycerin, Diglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Polyurethane-39, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Sparassis Crispa Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylate-13, C12-16 Alcohols, Caramel, Palmitic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyldihydrojasmonate


Main ingredient used here is chaga mushroom, which is a wild mushroom growing and feeding on sap of birch trees in extremely cold region where temperature usually falls below -30F for 2-3 month. Such a harsh growing environment enables the plant to sustain and store a lot of energy and nutrition for survival. It is also the same reason that makes chaga mushroom ineligible for commercial cultivation. Instead, they must be wildly harvested. Research found that chaga mushroom contains a rich blend of vitamin Bs, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and essential amino acids which makes it a potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing and moisturizing ingredient for your skin. It is also capable of regenerating new cells, preventing free radical damage, and combating premature aging.

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The rest are mostly fermented oils like white meadowfoam oil, olive oil, argan oil, rapeseedate ferment, lemon peel oil, cedarwood bark oil, geranium oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, all of which are powerful ingredients with moisturizing, nourishing and anti-oxidizing benefits.

White meadowfoam oil is especially good for wrinkles-care, moisturizing, and rejuvenating. It is also a great occlusive which creates a long-lasting moisture barrier on the skin that prevents moisture loss to the surrounding. And then we have olive oil and argan oil which are emollients-type oil for dry, flaky and mature skins. We also have lemon peel oil, cedarwood bark oil and geranium oil, all of which are astringents for acne-prone skin and treating blemishes. They also function as natural preservatives.

Most ingredients are categorized as safe on CosDNA. A few ingredients are potentially acne-causing but those are commonly found ingredients in cream. I think individuals with easily clogged pores or oilier skin might want to think twice before trying since this is relatively rich in texture and contains a lot of emollient-oils. Alternatively, Crystal Iceplant would be a great choice.

I did not find any working or commonly used preservatives here, which may suggest that Blithe is relying on these oils and the formulation as whole to do the preservation hence you should finish this product as soon as you open and try to keep it away from heat and sun exposure to avoid complications with fungus and molds.


I have been using this product consistently and frequently for the past 6 months and must admit that I'm seriously impressed.

Dry skin type will love this the most, but normal to combination skin will adore this as well if apply properly. I have noticed visibly firmer, better textured skin and softer skin over consistent uses. I cannot tell whether or not this is effective in term of anti-aging and anti-oxidizing but I am very positive that my skin loves this.

I use this once a day, mostly in the morning after a hydrating toner and follow it up with a sunscreen. Sometimes I use it as a moisturizing cream, sometimes anti-aging serum, but I always end my routine with this product. If this greases my skin up, I will spray some mists all over my face and gently pat for the products to absorb with the help of watery mist. 


In conclusion, I really love this product. This is my latest favourite – a highly blendable, light-weighted yet moisturizing serum-in-cream hybrid with moisturizing, firming and anti-oxidizing benefits. Unlike Whamisa Water Cream which looks light-weighted but is indeed very greasy, this blends into my skin like it belongs there. Definitely better technology used.

I am not sure should I list it under my Holy Grail list yet, since I have made a lot of exciting discovery recently but this is definitely something that I will keep on repurchasing in the future when I run out of it. And given how long it can last me (a little goes a long way), I am sure I don’t have to worry about that in the coming months.

About: treatment-in-moisturizer; serum-in-cream; cream
Purpose: anti-aging, anti-oxidizing, moisturizing, nourishing, firming
Best suited for: normal to dry skin with flakiness, saggy skin, premature aging
May not suit: acne-prone skin, oily skin, younger skin

packaging: ★★★★☆
scent: ★★★★★
texture: ★★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★☆
efficacy: ★★★★☆
overall impression: ★★★★☆ (truly excellent towards my holy-grail's status)

You can get this from: Glow Recipe | Sephora | MyBlithe | Koreadepart
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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