21 Aug 2017

Review: Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Water and Cleansing Tissue


Do you guys still remember Nature Republic Ultra Fresh Jeju Carbonic H2O Cleansing Water? The blue giant I raved and loved as my holy grail cleansing water? Now, it has been repackaged and revamped to this new Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Water!

I can't help to notice Korean women's craze for sparkling water! It has become more of a trend. Women just can't resist the temptation of splashing something refreshing and stimulating onto the skin. Brands are jumping onto this sparkling water bandwagon too! Innisfree launched an entire skincare line based on Jeju Sparkling Water. Laneige also runs a sparkling beauty campaign surrounding the topic. Now we have Nature Republic devoting several cleansing products under the Jeju Sparkling water line, and it is in green!


I started using Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Water a few months ago, just about 1 year after I finished the Nature Republic Ultra Fresh Jeju Carbonic H2O Cleansing Water. I wanted to see how I feel about the product after one year, having tried out multiple cleansing waters. After all, the formulation of both products are the same. Their only difference is the packaging, so I think this newer version should not run away from the texture and applicability of the older version.

Also included in this review is the Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Wipes, which is a sister product in the Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing line.

Let's read on to find out more about the two cleansing products from the Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing line.



The newer version shares a lot of similarities with the older version. Both comes in a round, tall plastic bottle with a cap on top. Both products smell more or less the same, the texture is also highly similar. However, I do find that the blue bottle (older version) is more refreshing and lighter compared to the green bottle (newer version).


Both products claim to be made with carbonated water from Sanbang Springs of the Jeju Mountain, aka the sparkling water! The product also comes in a cotton pad that I personally don't like because it produces lints and cotton bits, but since it is a complimentary product I will give it a pass.




The product is essentially a cleansing water that can function as both a makeup remover and a cleanser. No rinsing is required, but I personally recommended that you rinse or "dilute" your skin with water-soaked cotton after using it. Surfactants, however gentle it might be, may be a skin irritant if you let it stay on your skin for longer hours, especially under skincare.

INGREDIENTS


Water, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Carbonated Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceramide 3, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


I talked about my love for sparkling water in my reviews of the Innisfree Jeju Sparkling products. Carbonated water, or sparkling water, is well received by my skin as a refreshing and hydrating ingredient. My skin always feels much refreshed, revitalized and healthier after each treat. But bear in mind that not all water in here are sparkling water, so the benefits of sparkling water might be much lesser than you expect if you are a lover of sparkling beauty! Apart from sparkling water, I also found centella asiatica, a very well-known soothing and calming ingredient for the skin.

Subsequently, we have PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, a gentle surfactant found in many cleansing waters (Innisfree, Etude House, Illi etc.) that is rated 3/7 on CosDNA's hazardous rating, which is pretty low for a surfactant. This surfactant is also an emulsifier that can melt away makeup and impurities.

In short, this is a simple cleansing water with all the basic ingredients you have in most other cleansing waters. I am most attracted by the carbonic water inside, but I think the newer version (green bottle) contains less carbonic water than the older version (blue bottle) as I can no longer feel the sparkling sensation.

Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Tissue


This is a cleansing tissue or wipe soaked with surfactant to remove makeup. It is much more convenient than cleansing water hence is suitable for travelling.


The product comes in a rectangular tissue package. The design and concept are similar to the Cleansing Water. It comes in 50 cotton fabrics which you can use for up to 50 times. Do not reuse used tissue.

The tissue cleanses your skin really well, but it will leave a little bit of uncomfortable and tacky film that I dislike, but bearable.

INGREDIENTS


Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-8, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-15 Glyceryl Isostearate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Poloxamer 184, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Water, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Fragrance

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

The cleansing tissue contains more "not-so-safe" ingredients than the cleansing water. Among which I see a lot of PEGs and some potentially acne-causing emulsifiers. Olive oil, I believe, is added to remove more stubborn makeup. Allantoin serves as a soothing agent.

PERFORMANCE


COMPARISONS


Comparing this to Nature Republic Ultra Fresh Jeju Carbonic H2O Cleansing Water:
I think the newer version is less refreshing, richer in consistency, and leaves a stickier residue on the skin compared to the older version. The ingredients list may appear the same, but it doesn't quite remind me of the blue/older version.

Comparing this to Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Tissue:
Apparently, the cleansing water is a much economic choice with its big volume and less product needed. The cleansing tissue, on the other hand, offers convenient and hassle-free cleansing that can thoroughly remove makeup traces even colour makeup, making it great for travelling. Although the cleansing tissue contains more surfactants and problematic ingredients, but most of them will remain on the tissue (vs. cleansing water where the water might gets absorbed into your skin) so I actually find the tissue gentler and less sticky.

CONCLUSION


Do you know why love and beauty last forever in your memories? Because they'll never be challenged, proven or disproved, tainted or reconfirmed. I really loved the Nature Republic Ultra Fresh Jeju Carbonic H2O Cleansing Water. So far, none of the cleansing waters I have tried can shake its place inside my heart, except perhaps for Son & Park which I don't regard as a real cleansing water. But when I revisit the now-repackaged Nature Republic Ultra Fresh Jeju Carbonic H2O Cleansing Water, I am totally and absolutely disappointed. It is still good, but just a little bit better than most other cleansing waters I have tried. It is tacky, it feels a little bit irritating on my skin, and it no longer offers that refreshing and hydrating sensation I lodged. It has changed. Either Nature Republic reformulates it, or my memory cheats.

As for the Cleansing Tissue, I gotta say it is the best out of all the ones I have tried. I tried many brands from Senka, Nivea, The Face Shop, Primera, Bifesta to Nature Republic. Nature Republic is the best in term of its non-sticky residue, gentleness, non-irritating cleansing experience, to cost-performance ratio.

I am not sure will I repurchase the cleansing water since it feels more or less the same as my many other cleansing waters, but I might since it is one of the cheaper in term of $/ml. I will continue to repurchase the cleansing tissue unless I found a better one!

Extended Reading:

Review: Nature Republic Ultra Fresh Jeju Carbonic H2O Cleansing Water

All cleansing waters I have reviewed

Overall impression: ★★★★☆ (cleansing water) ★★★★★ (cleansing tissue)
Repurchasing: ★★★☆ (cleansing water) ★★★★★ (cleansing tissue)
You can get this from: Hermo Malaysia | Koreadepart etc.
[Disclaimer] Products are purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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