7 Sep 2017

Review: LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule and Cream


They say good things come in pairs. But for LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule and Cream, it is different. Despite my affection for the Ampoule, its Cream turned out to be a complete failure for me.


Before we begin, let’s talk about how I got to know LJH. I learned about LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule from Fiddy Snails 2 years ago. I was really intrigued by this product that Fiddy raved about so much despite the price. I started using them quite some time ago, about 1.5 years ago if I am not mistaken. I have finished using 2 bottles of them, and is now into my 3rd before realizing that I never actually talked about them in my blog! So here it is, my much belated LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule and Cream reviews! I hope you guys find it useful!

Honestly speaking, it was really difficult to buy LJH 2 years ago when I came across Fiddy’s post. The price at Glow Recipe was super unaffordable (plus shipping). HKC Plaza did not come up despite I googled the product. So I had to wait for several months before I bumped into Koreadepart. Now this product is widely available on Roseroseshop, Testerkorea, Gmarket, Sweet Corea, and eBay so you should be able to find it now.

As for those of you who are new to LJH, it is a pharmaceutical brand originated from Korea in 2004. The brand carries many lines of products but its most popular ones are the tea tree and vita propolis lines. I have talked about the LJH tea tree and probiotics products previously so you can check those out if you are interested.





LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule is essentially a super potent form of serum that we call ampoule. Normally serum comes in either 30ml or 50ml but this one only 15ml so you know that it is super concentrated. In fact, a whopping 50% of the serum is made of propolis extract, and some 26% are botanical extracts with 10% vitamin derivatives.

The main function of this ampoule is to revitalize, brighten and strengthen your skin’s barrier. It is like supplying your skin with vitamin C, but with additional soothing benefits. In fact, the bottle and its golden colour does look like some delicious VC doses.


The ampoule has a rather slippery consistency that is similar to lightweight oil but without the associated greasiness. It is hard to describe the texture of the ampoule. It is just the typical concentrated serum texture that will get absorbed into your skin really quickly after applying. Normally you use this after toner, before a serum. You can also mix it with your serum, moisturizer and/or foundation.


The ampoule doesn’t have any smell. But if you keep it for longer (1-2 years), it will start having a mild citrus scent (vitamin C scent) and the colour will turn amber. So best using it within a year from purchase.

INGREDIENTS


Propolis extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Niacinamide, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/ Twig Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Carbomer, Arginine, Spirodela Polyrrhiza Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate.

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


Main ingredient used here is propolis extract, which constitutes about 50% of the entire bottle. Propolis is known for its antibacterial, anti-acne, and soothing properties. It can strengthen your skin and make it less prone to acne and irritation.

Subsequently, we have a selected few ingredients known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, which are green purslane, sea buckthorn, rose flower water, witch hazel, fu ping, centella asiatica, arginine, and licorice root extract. Green purslane extract is a pretty commonly seen ingredients in wrinkles-improving and anti-inflammatory products. It is regarded as a longevity herb in the Chinese society and possesses ample skin lightening and wrinkles improving ability. Witch hazel extract contains tannin which is a significant healing component that gives this ingredient its excellent soothing effect on eczema and inflammation. Sea buckthorn extract is a type of berry that grows on shrub-like tree. It has natural AHAs, vitamin C and flavonoids to enhance skin healing, especially skin conditions that require cell regeneration like burns, eczema, and wounds.

We also have panthenol (vitamin B5) and niacinamide (B3). Panthenol is a humectant that binds moisture to the skin whereas niacinamide carries a wide variety of skin benefits which include pigment-lightening, moisturizing, and elasticity-improving and oil-control.

I think this super dose of vitamins and nutritious extracts offer everything your skin needs to achieve a glowing, healthy and well-protected complexion. It is designed for all skin types but it will work best for those with sensitive, oily-dehydrated, aging and dull skin.

PERFORMANCE


I think the efficacy of this product depends on your skin conditions. If your skin is young, normal and healthy, then this seriously won’t do much. It will add a subtle glow to your complexion. It is more natural than most highlighters and is better for your skin of course, but that’s the most you will get out of it. However, if your skin is sensitive, oily or dull, then you will get great results from it. It can correct your skin tone, revitalize your complexion, and calm your angry zits. You will also get a lot of satisfaction and fun mixing the product with other stuffs you can find – serum, moisturizer and foundation. It will blend nicely with those products and enhance their efficacy! For me, this works like a normal natural highlighter on normal-skin-days and a vitamin booster on unhappy-skin-days.

Next, we want to look at the LJH Vita Propolis Cream that I also bought, after having great times with the Ampoule:


This cream is said to be a “glow-creating” cream formulated with 50% propolis extract. The properties and functions of the cream are pretty much similar to the ampoule. They only difference is mainly the consistency of the product.


As you can see, the product is really concentrated and condensed. It looks like condensed milk for me. It is not sticky, but quite rich and thick when you slather it on your face. It dries down tacky, and you will feel that your face is sealed by a non-breathable cling wrap.

INGREDIENTS

Propolis Extract, Water, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Momordica Charantia Fruit Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Adenosine, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Gramineus Root/Stem Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


The ingredients in this cream are similar to the ampoule, with more moisturizers and emulsifiers added to it. It is also less concentrated despite the amount of ingredients inside since water comes as the second main ingredient. You still get propolis, sea buckthorn, niacinamide, green purslane, and so on from the ampoule, but also a bunch of olive-derived moisturizers and emulsifiers to make this a cream.

Notable ingredients, asides from those mentioned above, are chia seed extract, green tea seed oil, acorus gramineus extract, beefsteak extract, and sunflower seed oil. Chia seed is known for its ability to hold 9 times its own weight in water and is a superfood with antioxidizing and moisturizing properties. Acorus gramineus and perilla ocymoides leaf extract are both anti-inflammatory ingredients. Sunflower seed oil and green tea seed oil are both non-volatile, non-fragrant plant oil used as emollients in cosmetics. They can help repair skin’s barrier and reduce inflammation and are commonly used for dry skin remedies.

PERFORMANCE


It is hard for me to talk about its performance since I don’t like to use the cream in general. It is too rich, thick and tacky to play with. Nothing works well no matter how I try to apply it – by mixing it with the ampoule or just use a little bit of it. In the end, I have to give it to my aunt who have drier skin. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with combination, normal, and oily skin, or those who cannot tolerate rich cream.

CONCLUSION




I think it is clear that I love the Ampoule but not the Cream. The Ampoule is such a lovely little one that offers me natural and subtle glow – the illusion of great skin health! And it also has many other benefits such as elasticity-improving, soothing, anti-oxidizing and revitalizing. It is also super lightweight and can be perfectly blended with any other skincare or foundation for some harmless illuminating effects! The cream, on the other hand, is a rich cream that my skin cannot absorb no matter how hard I try. I just cannot convince myself to enjoy every bit of it so I don’t think I will ever repurchase.


Overall impression: ★★★★★ (ampoule) ★☆ (cream)
Repurchasing: ★★★★★ (ampoule) ☆ (cream)
You can get this from: RoseRoseShop | Testerkorea | Koreadepart | Glow Recipe | Sweet Corea etc.
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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