4 Dec 2017

Review: Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Toner, Essence and Soulful Morning Drop Power Cream Aqua Pump


For those of you who don't know, the same company that owned THE FACE SHOP in Malaysia recently expanded its line and opened up its first multi-brand stores in Malaysia known as Nature Smart. It carried brands like THE FACE SHOP, Beyond, CNP Laboratory, Tomaru, Dear Packer and many more, all under the umbrella company of LG Household & Healthcare in Korea!

Currently they are only available in Kuching but West Malaysian fans can get a hand on these innovative products from THE FACE SHOP e-store as well as Hermo!


In today's review, I'm gonna talk about three products I received from Nature Smart (aka THE FACE SHOP) about 4 weeks ago. They are from a new brand called Tomaru that harnesses essences of natural resources from the purest and most uncivilized lands in Korea:




  • Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Toner
  • Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Essence
  • Tomaru Soulful Morning Drop Power Cream Aqua Pump


  • Let's read on to find out more below!



    The brand Tomaru means "towards top", which reflects its ideal of achieving the highest beauty standard in its products. True to its commitment, it only harnesses extracts from indigenous plants collected from unpolluted lands and water far from civilization (and thus the pollution) in Korea. 


    It is also unique in the sense that it only uses locally harvest, naturally-derived and freshly collected ingredients in Korea, that come from the most pristine regions in the country beyond the reach of civilization and man made contamination.

    I have tried out the three products that are sent to me for a good 4 weeks before posting this review. Below are my thoughts on them:

    Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Toner
    (RM 115/200ml)


    This is a skin brightening toner made of glutinous rice and lotus leaf extract to even up your skin tone. It is compressed into its unique milky lotion texture using a "high pressure emulsion technology", which micronizes the molecules inside to allow the product to permeate better.


    I love the texture. It reminds me of Belif Anti-Aging Shaking Water - kinda like a freshly squeezed orange-juice-in-milk. I normally apply it on bare hands but you could also use it on a cotton pad for evener absorption. I like how refreshing my skin feels afterwards. Not tingling, just refreshing and cooling. The toner has a milky citrusy scent to it.

    INGREDIENTS
    (CosDNA )


    Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin,  Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panthenol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Fragrance, Lactobacillus Ferment, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane,  Tromethamine, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 60,  Tocopherol, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Hydrangea Serrata Leaf Extract, Sasa Quelpaertensis Extract, Sea Silt Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract

    INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS



    Key ingredients used here are niacinamide, turmeric root extract, a combination of several botanical extracts. Glutinous rice and lotus leaf extract are listed at the bottom of the ingredients list, indicating that they come in smaller amount here.

    As we all know niacinamide is my all time favourite. It has done wonder to my (and many others' skin) to improve the elasticity, reduce hyperpigmentation, and strengthen the skin. Then we also have turmeric acid commonly used to fight bacterial infection, calm inflammation, and repair wounds and skin damages. Turmeric can also give you a more revitalized and radiant looking skin with prolonged usage.

    A mixture of chinese cucumber extract, sea silt extract, bamboo grass extract, jiaogulan extract, and herbal root extract are also used here to provide anti-inflammatory, anti-aging (with the amino acids and essential minerals), and skin brightening benefits (mainly from the bamboo grass extract). The skin brightening effects are complimented with the addition of rice extract and lotus leaf extract, both of which possess melanin synthesis inhibitory and cellular regenerating properties.

    PERFORMANCE


    Needless to say that my skin has become super soft and smooth ever since adding this to my daily routine! This works like an essence toner for me, with its milky lotiony texture and a bunch of botanical extracts inside. I can definitely see that my skin has become fairer and brighter over prolonged usage. As a skin brightening toner, this product is also surprisingly hydrating and cooling. I was gonna repurchase the Belif Anti-Aging Shaking Water but now I think I can save some extra bucks with this instead!

    Tomaru Pure White Blossom Brightening Essence
    (RM 185/50ml)


    This is a highly concentrated brightening essence with "crystal capsules" that provides moisture while brightening up your skin. The "crystal capsule emulsifying" technology it uses captures oils inside hydra-gel to create "oil capsule" that melts once it touches your skin.


    Well... to be frank I only use this in the morning. This essence has a skin-toning, mica-like effect that can illuminate and reflect light off your skin. It mimics the effects you get from applying highlighter but is many times more subtle than that. It is very helpful when you want to achieve that "no-makeup" look on a particular day. At night, I prefer something stronger and repair-oriented like acids (e.g. Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid) or vitamin C (Kiehl's Dark Spot Solution).

    INGREDIENTS


    Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Betaine, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Squalane, Glycerin, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Fragrance, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract,  Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract,  Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Trisodium EDTA, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Hydrangea Serrata Leaf Extract, Sasa Quelpaertensis Extract, Sea Silt Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,  Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan

    INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


    This has everything you get from the toner, but more. Additional extracts such as squalane, centella asiatica, knotweed extract, skullcap root extract, licorice root extract, green tea extract, chamomile extract, rosemary leaf extract and beta glucan are added as well. Many of these are antioxidants, some with skin brightening properties (it is a skin brightening serum!). Among these, I love licorice root extract, always added to offer some extra elasticity-boosting effects with dark spots reducing benefits too! Then we have centella asiatica and chamomile to soothe and calm the skin. I didn't see any mica here so I am guessing that the illuminating effect we see comes from the "oil capsule". No titanium dioxide either, like other skin toning up cream, so I believe it is safe for nighttime use too!

    PERFORMANCE


    Like I said, I think this is a great skin illuminator or non-makeup highlighter that will make your skin glow, so that you can kick start your day looking perfect even if you didn't sleep the night before. It also has many botanical extracts with skin brightening properties like licorice root extract, niacinamide, bamboo grass extract so you get the real skincare benefits that you normally don't from highlighter!

    Tomaru Soulful Morning Drop Power Cream Aqua Pump
    (RM 155/50ml)


    This is a bouncy and lightweight gel cream that provides a boost of hydration for your skin. It contains naturally fermented polysaccharide polymer that provides instant hydrating, cooling and soothing effects for dehydrated, dry, and sensitive skin. Free of mineral oil, paraben, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic organic pigments.



    The consistency of this cream should be the closest to my holy holy grail Belif Aqua Bomb, but this one is colourless whereas the Belif one has a tiny bit of pigment added to it! In term of absorbency, this actually feels a tad bit more emollient and moisturizing than the Belif one. It is like the middle of Belif Moisturizing Bomb and Aqua Bomb so if you guys are up for that, this could be a great option to consider. This has a refreshing lemon-citrus scent to it if you wonder.

    INGREDIENTS


    Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat,  Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol,  Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C14-22 Alcohols, Squalane, Peg-150, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium ,  Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Saccharomyces/Potato Extract,  Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment Filtrate,  Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Fragrance,  Dimethiconol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Arachidyl Glucoside,  Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Quercus Acutissima Fruit Extract, Malt Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid,  Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 60,  Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract,  Ceramide Np, Cholesterol, Peg-100 Stearate, Trisodium Edta, Sucrose,  Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Hydrangea Serrata Leaf Extract,  Sea Silt Extract, Sasa Quelpaertensis Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract

    INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


    This is a really long ingredients list! Most of them are emollients and fillers with only a few beneficial extracts to focus on. Main ingredients are of course niacinamide (again!), fermented soybean extract, squalane, barley seed ferment, wheat germ extract, chinese cucumber extract, sea silt extract, bamboo grass extract, jiaogulan extract, and so on. We have talked about many of these previously so I am not gonna repeat it. Newer ones like squalane, soybean, barley seed, and wheat germ are added to provide additional moisturizing benefits, as expected.

    PERFORMANCE



    I like this a lot more than many other moisturizing creams I have tried, honestly. It is super bouncy, non-greasy, non-heavy, yet highly moisturizing. I prefer using this at night because my sunscreen doesn't seem to absorb well with this underneath. This cream, with its rich emollient content, forms a nice moisture seal on top my skin, allowing me to wake up feeling plump even the next morning, almost like a sleeping pack! It also helps to soothe and calm my skin down after exfoliation or peeling. It is so gentle that it doesn't irritate my eyes when I bring it closer to my eyes area. I can see myself either going for this, or the Belif Aqua Bomb mostly in the past few weeks! That actually tells how much I love it!

    CONCLUSION



    I am pleasantly surprised by how well-made these Tomaru products are! Most importantly, they are not the pricey either given the quality of the products. My skin does become brighter and dewier over the past 4 weeks. Of course, these are not the only things I use but these are new stuffs I introduced into my routine recently, that had been using quite consistently over the past weeks, so it is safe to attribute the glow I have to these babes. Overall a pleasant experience and would repurchase if I run out of new stuffs to try in future!


    You can get this from: Nature Smart
    [Disclaimer] Products are sponsored but all opinions are my own and honest. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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