24 Apr 2017

Review: Blithe Velvet Yam Pressed Serum

I have talked about Blithe in my previous review on the Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum. Basically, Blithe is a Korean cosmetic brand that intends to make a busy woman's life easier by coming out with innovative multitasking products that combine several skincare steps into one. Currently, they carry a few essence toners, pressed serums and exfoliating splash masks in their line. If you notice, these are products that condense at least two skincare steps. The one that we are gonna talk about today is their serum and moisturizer hybrid - Blithe Velvet Yam Pressed Serum for dry and dehydrated skin.

Blithe Velvet Yam Pressed Serum is designed for dry or dehydrated skin, especially those living in a colder environment. It is made of 68.5% mountain yam extract and a blend of multiple botanical oils to deeply nourish and hydrate for your skin. It is called "pressed serum" because it is actually a serum in the form of cream that you can use to skip either one of the steps. Personally, I like skipping serum and apply this as a cream before heading out the house. Given the richer consistency of these pressed serum, they don't actually do well underneath many layers of products so if you are a person who loves layering products then this might not be the right product for you.

According to the Glow Recipe and Sephora website, mountain yam, the key ingredient in here is long known for its ability to replenish body fluids and to invigorate your skin. Its blend of botanical oils will also offer long-lasting hydration for your skin. These together can provide nourishing, brightening and softening benefits. The product does not contain any controversial or harsh ingredients like mineral oil, paraben or synthetic dyes.

The Pressed Serum is housed in a elegant greyish plastic bottle. It comes with a big spatula but you normally only need a tiny bit of the product every time so I don't think the bigger size spatula is necessarily. There is a plastic lid for you to seal the product back every time after using to maximize its freshness.

As you can see, no English information available on the packaging. You can only get all the information you want on either the Glow Recipe website or Sephora. You can also check out their official website if you won't mind google translating it.

The product comes in a soft velvety texture. It is similar to Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream but is many times bouncier, silkier and more hydrating than the Cosrx one. The spreadability is great, with a pea size and you can basically get your entire face covered. There is no sticky residue whatsoever but if you apply too much, then you will feel a little bit greasy, like after applying a very rich cream.

It has a pleasant rosewood oil scent with strong shea butter scent to it. The buttery scent gets strong after you open the product for longer time though.


Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract(68.5%), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Xanthan gum, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide


This serum contains a whopping 68.5% of wild yam root extract. This is impressive given that most serums either don't disclose the portion of main ingredients they put in their products, or that they come in smaller amount. This one has 68.5%! Other ingredients are mainly emollients, surfactants, emulsifiers, plant oils and essential oils.

Wild yam is a popular Asian herb. It is made into delicious dishes in Asian cuisine and used as a supplement for health maintenance. I personally consume wild yam powder for better health of my digestive system. Research regarding the skincare benefits of wild yam extract is promising as well! The ingredient, when applied topically, is found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and pigment-lightening properties on your skin. It can be used to fight signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging and fine lines. The diosgenin component in wild yam also carries depigmenting effect and is found effective on hyperpigmentation and scarring. Its rich saponin content is also great for therapeutic purpose and can soothe and calm the skin. You can find further explanation on the combined benefits of saponin and diosgenin in wild yam extract here. Basically, a herb with high potential in the future beauty industry!

Other ingredients like macadamia oil, shea butter, olive oil, argan oil are added to provide skin conditioning and nourishing benefits. I have talked about these oils in my previous reviews. They normally appear in cream with richer consistency to add quality nourishment for your skin. Although these are oils, Blithe actually does a good job putting them into a cream so that you won't feel any oiliness when you apply it on your skin.

Finally, we have fermented candibola bombicola, rosewood oil, orange peel oil, and geranium oil, mainly added to serve as natural preservatives in this product. This doesn't use any paraben or phenoxyethanol, which is good for sensitive skin, but this might cause the product to deteriorate a little faster than it normally would, especially if you put it near the sun or you use it for longer. In my case, it oxidizes and kinda deteriorates pass 7-8 months from opening. It smells kinda buttery, and feels less velvety more oily and is no longer that hydrating when I apply it on my skin.


In short, do I love this cream? Yes I do. Will I repurchase? Probably not. I am still not a fan of buttery or creamy moisturizer, and this Blithe one despite its velvety consistency fails to impress me over time. My love for it becomes lesser and lesser as it oxidizes. After 6 months or so of use, there is almost no discernible difference between the consistency of this and the Belif Moisturizing Bomb, but the Moisturizing Bomb feels much more soothing and moisturizing compared to this whereas Blithe feels more greasy.

Although I won't repurchase the Velvet Yam, I still think that Blithe is a great brand and I am glad that it is finally landed in Malaysia. I went to Sephora several days ago and tried the Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum, several essence toners and their most hyped up splash mask on myself and I must say that I am really interested in the splash mask! However, I don't think I will purchase the Crystal Iceplant though because it feels like a scentless cooling gel on my skin that is less moisturizing than my beloved Belif Aqua Bomb. But I will definitely repurchase Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum which I love very much since the day I started using it!

Back to this Velvet Yam Pressed Serum, I think it has definitely increased the moisture level in my skin. It is moisture level, not hydration level though so I don't think it will be suitable for those with oilier skin. But I think I can get the same dose of nourishment from the Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum so there is no point getting this. Wild yam is a delicious ingredient and I have high hope on it. But I really don't see any amazing pigment-lightening effects from it over consistent use. It is also not the most soothing product when my skin is getting extra dry or sensitive. The only time I find it lovely is the morning time when I am in rush for work. But these are my observations having used it for 7-8 months. This product is really velvety, soft, and moisturizing in its first 3 months of honeymoon, non-deteriorating period, so if you use it quick, you will still really enjoy the smoothness and silky sensation it offers.

Ideal for drier skin, dehydrated skin must finish it quick within 3-4 months or store it away from heat and sunlight. Oily skin is advised to go for the Crystal Iceplant.

packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★☆
efficacy: ★★★☆
overall impression: ★★★☆ (pretty good but probably won't repurchase)

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