30 Apr 2018

Review: Innisfree Black Green Tea Cream

Honestly, I buy this cream mainly for the black green tea. I am never a fan of wash-off mask. I also have a lot of anti-aging essence and cream to finish so need is never something that attracts me. I buy this black green tea cream simply because I love black green tea. I can’t forget how excited I feel when I first saw Innisfree’s advertisement on the black green tea line. The whole fermentation and cultivation process feels so… authentic and sensational. I like black tea, from the scent, texture to the taste. I love how it helps to clear off bio-waste and oxidation inside my body. I simply can’t wait to slap this on my face!

Innisfree Black Green Tea Cream is made of 55.7% fermented green tea (i.e. black green tea) extract. The green tea is fermented and twice ripened together with cedar over a period of 100 days. This gives the black green tea a boost in antioxidants, making it much more potent and powerful than normal green tea extract.

The cream has a rich and creamy texture that feels super nourishing and moisturizing on the skin. It glides on smoothly and evenly on your skin and will form a moisture seal on top of your skin to “seal” everything in. But that moisture film also makes this cream hard to be fully absorbed by your skin. You might stain your pillow or clothes if you apply it as night cream. It is also a bad idea to use this if you have oily and combination skin.

I notice that the oiliness and poor absorption is much mitigated when I mix this with a lightweight ampoule, like the one I got from LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule, in a small amount. It will add extra glow to your skin after both products are fully absorbed.


Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Glycerin, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Bacillus Ferment, Adenosine, Agar, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance


More than 50% of this cream is black green tea extract, which means it is highly concentrated and potent. That also explains the higher price tag! Then we have squalane, glycerin, shea butter, and the signature Jeju essences (made of camellia, cactus, orchid, and tangerine peel). The former are all moisturizing ingredients whereas the Jeju essences are added in almost every Innisfree products to give it antioxidizing and a tiny bit of other skincare benefits like brightening and firming. Bacillus fermented, an enzymatic exfoliant is also used here, as a gentle AHA alternative for product with a milder pH range of 5-8 (the range of a moisturizer). This allows the cream to exhibit certain brightening benefits, making it appears clearer and younger.


To be honest, I am a bit regretted buying this. I find it emollient and tacky. Not something I would enjoy putting on my face. I love the ingredient, I love anything that has to do with black green tea, especially the scent and everything… but not the texture. This cream doesn’t feel absorbing no matter how hard I try, how little I apply and how much I mix it with a lightweight ampoule. Now I just apply a thick layer all over my face as a wash-off mask in the hope to finish this huge 60ml jar off.

I will recommend this for anyone with dry and mature skin, not those with normal to oily skin. Black green tea lover is advised to just go for the mask or essence! This stuff is too rich for the Malaysian weather too!

- highly nourishing and moisturizing
- sensational, smell great
- made of more than 50% black green tea extract

- pricey

Overall impression: ★★☆
Repurchasing: ★
You can get this from: Innisfree Malaysia | Testerkorea | Qoo10 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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