4 Feb 2017

Whamisa Review Part 2: Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner, Original Toner, Water Cream and Damask Rose Petal Mist


I wrote a detailed overview on Whamisa previously, which you can check out here.

To recap, Whamisa is a Korean brand focusing on manufacturing real food for the skin using only organic and quality ingredients. They are among the selected few cosmetic brands to obtain the BDIH certificate from the Germany and ECOCERT from France. Due to their strict regulation, Whamisa products tend to have shorter shelf life, ranging between 1.5 to 2.0 years. You are not encouraged to use them past expiry date since I noticed that some of my miniatures and the Damask Rose Petal Mist I bought have somehow deteriorated after the expiry date.

The special thing about Whamisa is that it uses double fermentation, which is to break down skin-benefiting ingredients into smaller molecules that make it easier for the skin to absorb. Fermentation is not new to many of us. The uber expensive SK-II Pitera Essence uses sake fermentation. Even tofu, miso and kimchi we eat are fermented products. Fermentation allows friendly bacteria to do the digesting and nutrition-adding works for us, and it serves as a natural preservative against unfriendly bacteria, which gives fermented products longer shelf life without controversial preservatives.


I mentioned in my first part of Whamisa overview that I had purchased 4 items from Whamisa outlet: the Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner, Original Toner, Damask Rose Petal Mist and Water Cream.

This review will focus on these four products in details.




Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner RM 159


One thing that we can agree on is the gorgeousness of this toner. It is packed in a beautifully-designed round pink glass bottle. Comes in a twist-open cap, it has a narrow opening on top that avoids excessive product dispensing. The unique part about this toner is that it is made of aloe vera juice instead of plain water, giving it a rich and bouncy texture. Out of all toners I have tried, only The Saem Harakeke Toner and Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner uses botanical juice extract instead of water as their bases. This grants the toner a nutritious and rich texture that is distinctive from water-based toners.

[Ingredients Analysis] *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , *Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Teraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, *Glycerin, ☆Propanediol, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, ***Fragrance

{*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Preservative ***Natural Origin ☆Ecocert}


You can tell that this is definitely a toner+ given the large amount of skin-benefiting ingredients present here. Kiku flower extract, a traditional herb used in Korea to stimulate blood circulation and provide strength, is added to give anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also a great detoxifying and relaxing agent. Other anti-inflammatory agents such as oat kernel extract and dandelion are also added with additional moisturizing and soothing benefits. These ingredients are also particularly beneficial for those with eczema and redness.

And there is fermented lotus seed extract, avocado oil, argan oil, everlasting flower extract, broccoli extract, skullcap extract, hibiscus extract, gromwell extract, peony flower root extract which are all potent antioxidants and skin moisturizers. Avocado and argan oil are both highly nourishing food-derived ingredients with vitamins, oleic acids, mineral and so on for dry skin. Everlasting flower water, which is a restorative, regenerating and soothing ingredient, is added to stimulate collagen production, heal and repair the skin as well as fade blemishes and acne scarring. Broccoli is an astringent to minimize and purify pores.

There isn’t any harsh preservative, only natural antimicrobial and antifungal like bergamot fruit extract and lemongrass oil in this toner.

In short, this is a toner with nourishing, anti-oxidizing and soothing ingredients that give it the properties of an essence but also the moisturizing and astringent characteristics of a toner. No doubt Glow Recipe calls this an “Essence Toner”.

Unfortunately, despite how much I would like to love this toner, it doesn’t agree with my skin no matter how I try it. The toner with its thick water consistency is not the easiest to get absorbed into the skin. It will leave a tacky finish applied on either damp or dry skin. Worse, it irritates and stings my skin whenever I put it on. The same happens to both of my friends who were brave enough to be my lab rats and slapped this on their faces. One had instant sensitive reaction where her skin turned red and the other one simply finds this sticky. I know a lot of people, especially those with dry skin love this but certainly not me, and maybe not for Malaysians living in a hot weather.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Original Essence Toner RM 159


Next I want to talk about the Original Essence Toner, which has an average consistency for all skin types, but is still on the moisturizing side. Just like the Deep Rich Essence Toner, this is made of a whole bunch of botanical extracts and skin-benefiting ingredients. The base is aloe vera which makes every drop counts although that makes this toner a little bit heavier than most toner I use. The Original Essence Toner is still relatively easier to absorb compared to the Deep Rich Essence Toner but is not considered lightweight. I think dry skin will enjoy this although this is designed for normal skin.


[INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS] *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, *Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, *Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract *Cucumin Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, *** Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Sulfruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, *Alcohol, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, *Brassica Oleracea Italic (Broccoli) Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, **Fragrance

{*Certified Organically Grown, **Natural Fragrance, ***Natural Perservative}

The ingredients of the Original Essence Toner are similar but simpler than the Deep Rich Toner. It has added green tea extract, cucumber extract, alcohol, rhodiola root extract, and spotted cranesbill oil. These are ingredients commonly found in products with lighter consistency and for soothing purposes. Some people have asked me about the presence of alcohol in the Original Essence Toner which is not in the Deep Rich Essence Toner and worry that it will cause skin troubles. My opinion is that, alcohol is added in many products to enhance its absorption and give it lighter consistency. Hence, there is totally no need to worry about having alcohol in this Toner. Besides, I have used this for over 2 months and did not find anything that reminds me of alcohol here. My complaint about this Original Essence Toner remains its thicker-than-expected consistency that I still do not quite enjoy. Other than that, this is in general a decent moisturizing toner with loads of skin-benefiting extracts and essences.


I don’t think both Whamisa Essence Toner worths the crazy hypes around it in my humble opinion. The Deep Rich Essence Toner may be highly moisturizing for certain people but for my friends and me, we both find it thick and rich, definitely not the easiest to absorb among all other toners I have tried. Not to mention that it cause sensitive reaction on one of my friends. As for the Original Essence Toner, the consistency is lighter but is still slightly viscous and richer than expected. And I do not notice any sign of improvements in my skin. My skin is not softer, plumper, hydrated or smoother after using. This only leaves a slightly tacky film over my face that I do not enjoy.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream RM 179



Another Whamisa product I have trouble with its consistency is the Organic Flowers Water Cream made with natto gum. To be fair, this is a well-made cream with creamy and nourishing texture that feels soft and velvety on the skin. It is like lightweight oil condensed into a creamy paste that melts beautifully when you spread it all over. However, the problematic part is that it will take literally minutes for the cream to fully settle down on your skin, creating a tacky and papery rough finish on our skin. Everything from texture to application is heavenly but things go wrong when it comes to absorption. I don’t know why but I am having this absorption problems with these Whamisa babies I am using and it seriously upsets me.


[INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS] *Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract, *Aloe Maculata leaf extract, *Lactobacillus/ Rice Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Maculata Aloe Leaf/Molasses Ferment Filtrate, *Camelia Japonica Seed Oil, *Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, ***Cetearyl Olivate, ***Sorbitan Olivate, **Natto Gum, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, *Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, ***Scuterllaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Fragrance (natural)

{* Certified Organically Grown, ** Natural Origin, ***Natural Preservative}

Ingredients-wise, there is a hefty amount of healthy oils and fermented botanical extracts in this cream. We have fermented rice extract, fermented Southern African aloe extract, camellia oil, olive oil, avocado oil, aloe vera juice, green tea extract, fermented kiku flower extract, fermented lotus, fermented dandelion root extract, skullcap, peony flower root extract, licorice root extract, rosewood oil, geranium oil, and bergamot oil, all of which are anti-oxidizing and nourishing botanical ingredients. We also have moisturizers like cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, natto gum, shea butter, and so on. Most of these ingredients we have already discussed in our previous reviews so we are not gonna elaborate further, but we can see that these are mostly skin moisturizing and nourishing ingredients. Some are also antioxidants, skin lightening and soothing agents making this a really quality moisturizing cream.

Honestly, this would be lovely if it is easier to absorb without any stickiness or tackiness. But unfortunately this becomes the 3rd Whamisa product that doesn’t quite agree with my skin. I love the ingredients, I love the quality of the ingredients and I love how Whamisa puts them together but seriously they are not meant for my skin. They even make my skin itchy within 1-2 hours after using. During the occasions when I don’t experience itchiness, my skin will become oily soon after. It is like my skin is melting in grease. It is rejecting all these healthy oils that I am pumping into my cells and blood vessels. So odd though. And the same happens to my friend as well. She has to wipe everything off 30 minutes after applying this cream because it makes her combination skin so oily that she feels uncomfortable. This is a well-made cream, but not for us.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Damask Rose Petal Mist RM 159


Finally, we have Damask Rose Petal Mist. Actually Olive Leaf Mist is the more popular one but somehow I prefer the scent of the Rose Mist.

Since this is a mist, I have far less problem with its compare to the others but since mine is really close to its expiry date, the product for some reason made my skin super itchy whenever I spritz it on my face. I have no idea what causes this but this problem never fails to itch me out by even just a little.

Apart from the itching, this is actually a decent mist. It looks beautiful, has real rose petals inside, and smells heavenly. The mist is also very refined and moisturizing. At RM 159, this is definitely not an affordable but since Althea now carries it at about 50% less the original price, I think this mist is reasonable given its quantity and quality. Even Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist retails at RM 52 and Laneige Water Science Mist costs RM 79!

I want to talk about several other Whamisa products/miniatures I used in brief:

Whamisa Organic Flowers Apple Sebum Treatment RM 159


This is a skin treatment meant for oily and acne-prone skin. The product has a light lotion consistency that looks like condensed apple milk. It is fairly easy to absorb and will not leave any sticky residue. I gave this to my bf and my bf’s friends, both of which have oily and troubled skin. Both lab rats shared that this treatment despite not sticky does not make any significant improvements to their skin. I know sometimes guys are a little bit blunt on skincare but at least my bf told me that LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence helps to reduce blemishes on his skin so we know that he is not completely clueless about his skin health. His friend, on the other hand, still prefers his Cosrx and  Hada Labo products.

Whamisa Organic Fermented Hydrogel Mask RM 39


This is an expensive hand-made hydrogel mask. Soaked in skin-plumping botanical serum, this hydrogel mask claims to provide instant glowing to the skin. I got this as a GWP from my Whamisa purchase. This particular one is the "Organic Fruits & Tomato" to rehydrate and calm dry, depleted skin.

[INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS] Water, *Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Lactobacillus/Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Musa, Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aniba, Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil

This mask contains apple fruit extract, licorice root extract, fermented apple, fermented kiwi, fermented banana, fermented raspberry fruit extract, tomato fruit extract, lavender oil, aniba, rosewood oil, orange peel oil and rosemary leaf oil to brighten and gently exfoliate the skin. Apple and kiwi are natural AHAs to exfoliate skin surface and reveal clearer complexion. The essential oils in this mask serve as natural preservatives to avoid the need for harsh preservatives such as methylisothiazoline tend to use in most hydrogel. Hanna & Kent and L'herboflore are two such brands I know that use methylisothiazoline in their hydrogel masks. And this preservative is associated with skin irritation and worse, cancer.

In term of performance, this hydrogel mask definitely makes my skin clearer, plump, and softer. My skin is one tone brighter after using this. Regardless, the effect is not long-lasting or permanent after a few days hence it is quite expensive to maintain as a long-term skincare.

CONCLUSION

Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ☆
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★
overall impression: ★★☆ (its texture turns me off)

Whamisa Organic Flowers Original Essence Toner
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★★
overall impression: ★★★ (its texture turns me off)

Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ☆
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ☆
overall impression: ★★ (its texture turns me off)

Whamisa Organic Flowers Damask Rose Petal Mist
packaging: ★★★★☆
scent: ★★★★☆
texture: ★★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★☆
overall impression: ★★★ (a great mist but sadly it itches me out)

You can get this from: Whamisa Malaysia | Gemfive | Althea
[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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