11 Mar 2017

Comparison Review: Primary Raw Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream vs. Soy Milk Facial Cream

Today, I want to bring your attention to two beautiful creams from Primary Raw. A lot of people call Primary Raw an art, not just a skincare, which I would beg to agree. They bring visual satisfaction in a way that you will be happy and contended just by looking at them. And they are not just beautiful, but also packed full of antioxidants, emollients and botanical extracts to deliver wholesome meals to your skin! Let's cut straight to the products!

There are two types of moisturizers from Primary Raw, namely the Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream and the Soy Milk Facial Cream. Azulene Gel Cream is more suitable for oily and dehydrated skin whereas the Soy Milk Facial Cream works great on normal to dry skin. Both creams are made of Soy Milk, also known as DoYou in Korean. This is a highly popular ingredient in Asian cosmetics as Asian women believe that using soy products on their skin will give them tofu-like smooth and soft complexion. Of course, it is the silken tofu that I am talking about here.

I used to be a fan of Sana Soy Milk products when I was in Canada before I met Hada Labo. I was sold simply because of the soy milk product inside. So you can expect the popularity of soy milk ingredient in Asian cosmetics.

Primary Raw Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream

Going from the lighter to the heavier. Primary Raw Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream is mainly formulated with azulene, bamboo sap and soybean extract. I have heard of bamboo sap and soybean extract, but not so much about azulene. A good research reveals that this ingredient has a long history of use, dating back to the 15th century. It is obtained from steam distillation of German chamomile petals and possess the calming and soothing characteristics of chamomile flower extract. This finding makes me excited because I am a big fan of chamomile flower, which you can see in my Belif Tincture of Chamomile review! Bamboo sap is another awesome ingredient that I love. Bamboo has always been a popular cosmetic ingredient in Asian skincare but bamboo sap brings the ingredient into another level. Traditionally used as a healing ingredient, bamboo sap is rich in minerals and amino acids and can draw moisture from the surrounding to keep the skin soothed and hydrated.

Doesn't it look absolutely adorable? Packed in a beautiful blue jar that looks like neon lights or sea firefly under certain lighting, this Azulene Gel Cream has now become one of my most beautiful collections. The little capsules inside are vitamin microbeads packed with azulene that will burst and blend with the gel when applied to the skin.

The product comes in a form of a transparent, slightly clumpy gel cream that feels hydrating and lightweight on the skin. It is actually waterless yet effectively pamper the skin with the hydrating properties of bamboo sap extract coupled by the soothing ability of the azulene capsules. The gel cream has a very enticing scent that I cannot really describe but pleasant enough for the nose. The texture and scent of the product makes every application a wonderful threat.


Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Alcohol Denat., Niacinamide, Xylitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycereth-26, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Citrus Paradise (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Potassium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Jojoba Esters, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, CI 77492, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Natto Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Guaiazulene, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide 3, Fragrance


This product is mainly made of bamboo sap, hyaluronic acid, and soybean seed extract. I am surprised by how much hyaluronic acid content is in here, since hyaluronic acid despite its moisture retenting ability, is normally present in smaller amount in skincare to avoid giving the product a thick consistency. I will attribute the awesome moisturizing property of this gel cream to the hyaluronic acid inside as it leaves my skin plumped and moisturized. Of course, bamboo sap water is another reason that keeps my skin hydrated. It contains silica, a key component in human collagen that will improve skin elasticity, strengthen the skin and promote suppleness. Its excellent hydrating property makes this a perfect hydration base to replace plain water. Soybean extract, on the other hand, contains load of antioxidants and water-binding agents to fight wrinkles and fine lines. Its key component isoflavones and phytoestrogen can strengthen and renew aging skin cells. In other words, soybean extract is the vegen version of snail mucin extract. 

There are of course a whole lot of skin benefiting ingredients in here.We have niacinamide, white mulberry tree extract, vitamin C palmitate, and fermented soybean extract for skin brightening and dark spots reducing benefits. We also have betaine, beta-glucan, allantoin, lactose, cellulose gum, green tea extract and chamomile flower extract for skin soothing and moisturizing goodness. Most of these ingredients are also antioxidants that can fight off signs of aging and skin aggressors. 

In short, a hydrating and moisturizing gel cream packed full of antioxidants, brightening ingredients and emollients to pamper and soothe the skin.

Primary Raw Soy Milk Facial Cream

Next I want to talk about the Soy Milk Facial Cream, which looks more like a cream made of soy milk if compared to the Azulene Gel Cream. I want to firstly compliment its packaging. It looks absolutely adorable in its beautiful jar wrapped with a rough cotton bag. Primitive and "raw" indeed. Like the Azulene Gel Cream, it also comes with a beautiful spatula that can induce people into buying the product simply because of the spatula!

Primary Raw Soy Milk Facial Cream is a bouncy, chewy but pleasantly lightweight cream with pleasant soapy scent. It smells like a cream made of soy milk though! Despite its seemingly thick consistency, the cream is actually really lightweight and gets absorbed fairly quickly when you smooth it across your skin. It will not leave any stickiness or greasiness on your skin, just a nice smooth and soft feeling.

My skin feels smooth and soft and the feeling will stay for hours after applying hence this is a decent moisturizing and softening cream.

I don't have a lot of cream that looks like this. Maybe the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream is from the same factory? But it does remind me of Cosrx snail cream as well. These are very lightweight cream despite their seemingly sticky texture.


Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tritcum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasloxane, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Beta-Glucan, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Algae Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutia (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii, Arginine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Troplone,  Lactobacillus/Aspergillus/Prunus Mume Extract Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Natto Gum, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(Licorice) Extract, Mannan, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract,  Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Lysolecithin, Soy Isoflavone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Seed Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide 3, Ubiquinone, Caramel, Citrus Aurantium Bergarnia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorate Flower Oil, Juniperus Oxycedrus Fruit Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil


This cream uses rice water instead of plain water as the base. Rice water has a long history of use in Asian skincare secret. Yao ladies from the Ancient China would use them as a face wash or facial toner. Japanese women use rice water to nourish and condition their hair. Japanese geisha would even bath in boiled rice water to keep their hair and skin bright and smooth. Ferulic acid, allantoin, vitamin B, C, E and minerals inside rice water gives it pores tightening and clearing effects. High antioxidants content inside the rice water also helps to protect the skin off free radicals and delay aging. Rice water is also claimed to have skin brightening and dark spots reducing benefits. The soothing, anti-aging, nourishing and skin brightening properties of rice water are complimented by some really great ingredients like niacinamide, wheat germ oil, hyaluronic acid, beta glucan, white mulberry tree extract, chamomile extract, algae extract, aloe vera extract, licorice root extract, and so on.

There is also snail mucin extract, fermented soybean extract, soy milk extract, shea butter, natto gum, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, and coenzyme Q10 in this cream, which I think is more relevant to the functionality and claimed benefits of this cream. Snail mucin extract is not new to all of us. It is the slimy mucus obtained from snail secretion and is said to have skin repairing, nourishing, anti-microbial and elasticity-improving benefits. A lot of products reviewed and loved by me are made of snail mucin extract. And then we have soybean extract (and its fermented by-product natto gum) and soy milk extract. I have talked about the benefits of soybean and soymilk previously so I am not goning to repeat here. Basically, both are skin benefiting ingredients obtained from soy. They are commonly used in Asian cosmetics and carries skin repairing, moisture-retenting and anti-aging benefits. Ginkgo biloba leaf extract is a potent antioxidant that can improve blood circulation to the skin. It also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects, making it a good ingredient for those with flaky and acne-prone skin. This ingredient is also helpful to repair sun damage hence is great for anti-aging purpose. Another anti-aging ingredient CoQ10 is also added. I have not seen this in a lot of skincare products but it was quite hyped up in Taiwanese skincare. When applied topically, CoQ10 can penetrate the skin and reduce free radical damages as well as assit collagen building process hence making it a potent anti-aging ingredient. My mom swears by products made of CoQ10 saying that it can really make her skin appears younger and smoother.

Loads of botanical oils are also added in this cream, namely bitter orange oil, lemon oil, ylang ylang oil, sage oil, cade oil, and geranium oil. Some of these are fragrance oil but I am not sure are they added for fragrance purpose because this cream isn’t heavily fragranced. But a lot of these oils are very powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic which are able to repair skin damage and intensely nourish the skin. My friend who are frustrated with skin products are now doing her own DIY of facial oils and told me that facial oils work better than skincare products she bought and they were much cheaper and flexible! Maybe I will persuade her to write a blog on that!


Honestly speaking, I love the both of them! They have their own pros and cons but they are definitely above-average in compared to most facial creams I have tried.

Primary Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream is gorgeous in terms of packaging, scent, texture and performance. It looks completely transparent but is full of moisture when you slather it on your skin. It will fill every cracks and dryness on your skin leaving it soft, silky and plump. It is totally different from all other oil-free gel cream I have tried. This stuff intensely hydrates without any stickiness or heaviness. It is also very cooling and soothing on your skin even without refrigeration. The best time to use this gel is when your skin is irritated, hurt, dehydrated and starts producing oil or during summer time. It will deeply hydrate, soothe, cool and calm. The best gel cream I have ever used!

Primary Soy Milk Facial Cream is great too, but in a different way. It smells like something made of soy milk but is more on the soapy and fragrance side. The cream itself is very bouncy, chewy and soft. It will get absorbed into the skin effortlessly when you massage it in, leaving a moist and smooth finish. I would even say that it makes my skin babyish soft! The best cream to use when you want your bf to kiss your face!

If I were to pick one, I prefer the Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream because it is uber hydrating, cooling and has great scent. No other gel cream I have tried is as good as this. This may not be the perfect gel cream for oil controlling purpose but definitely is on the top in term of skin hydrating and soothing. I also really enjoy the Soy Milk Facial Cream because it is so gentle and always makes my skin babyish soft but several creams I have tried are also as good as this so this is not irreplaceable. But if I have more budgets I would still go for both.

Soy Milk Facial Cream vs. Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream


Primary Raw Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★☆
performance - hydrating: ★★★★
performance - moisturizing: 
performance - soothing: ★★★★ (cooling too!)
best suited for: blemish, anti-prone, dehydrated, normal-to-oily skin
cons: a bit pricey (but it is double the size of a normal cream)
general impression: ★★★★

Primary Raw Soy Milk Facial Cream
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★☆
texture: ★★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★
performance - moisturizing: ★★★★☆
performance - brightening: ★★★★ (it has great brightening ingredients!)
performance - anti-aging: ★★★★ (elasticity-improving)
best suited for: rough, dull, normal-to-dry skin
cons: a bit pricey (but it is double the size of a normal cream)
general impression (comment): ★★★★☆

You can get this from: Primary Raw Malaysia | Glow Recipe | 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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