I've been putting off this review for ... months. I actually purchased this product in the fall, yet we're heading into the final months of winter and I've yet to review it. I knew when I purchased it that it was probably a bad idea, but I persisted anyway because this was going to be my First Real Winter In Eight Years, and I had to be prepared. #enablinglogic
I kept procrastinating, hoping as the weather worsened, I'd suddenly find myself in love with a product I didn't really like. Worse, it's not even a problem with this specific lotion, which is actually quite nice, nice enough that I've managed to use it once or twice a month since I got it.
|I was so pleased when I managed to find the empty box, as I'd stashed it somewhere 'safe'.|
In this post:
- Product details
- Ingredients list
- What I like about it
- What I don't like about it
I admit that the primary motivator of doing this review now, aside from the fact that it's good to have a mix of positive and negative reviews, is once I've reviewed this I can finally destash it to a friend who loves this stuff and goes through it quickly.
I know, intellectually, that it's a good product for body lotion fans- I even suggested it as a full-size hanbang option in my post Hanbang for the Holidays Gift Guide II: Full Sized & Wallet Friendly because I knew other people love it. But I've come to the conclusion that it just doesn't suit me, so it's time for me to review this and send it off to its new home.
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Full product name: Illi Total Aging Care Body Lotion
Purpose: A body lotion. I'm not sure what else to say about it. The blurb from InsiderBeauty says:
This luxurious, restorative body lotion deeply moisturizes and restores skin to suppleness. Enriched with camelia[sic] oil, green tea extract, and ginseng extract, it provides long-lasting nourishment to the driest parts of your body and preserves your natural moisture reserves. Your body will feel velvety soft and smooth while the texture of your skin will look visibly firmer and more toned.Is it any wonder that I was lured away from my body-lotion-hating corner, like a moth to a hanbang flame? I should have paused at "driest parts of your body" but I was too clouded with lust over "camellia oil, green tea extract, and ginseng extract" to think straight. Mea culpa.
Scent: Strongly floral with a hint of herbs. It's fairly potent, so if you don't do well with fragrances, stay away. If you enjoy having pretty-smelling limbs after a shower, this will be a plus.
Texture: A thick, emollient lotion that spreads easily and sinks in fairly well considering that it's a heavy body lotion. Seriously, what was I thinking? Was "aging" and "dry skin" not a clue that this was not the right product for me? *slaps self from the past*
Quantity: Defying the laws of physics, an endless amount that never depletes despite my efforts to use it up. The bottle claims it's 350ml. I am suspicious.
Rating: On a scale of "negative 10 to tolerable", which is what body lotions are measured by, I give it a "can handle it if my skin feels like it's going to crack and fall off, but otherwise please no" which is probably the highest rating I've ever given a body lotion. If I can stand to apply it and let it sink it, it leaves my skin softened and smoothed for a few hours, which would be find if it wasn't for that "something feels weird and different" sensation of my skin that creeps me out.
Where to get it: I purchased mine from Insider Beauty (retail $32 + 10% off first order so it's $28-ish? With free shipping over $35) but both versions are available on Amazon for $27ish, or eBay from $21-$28, shipped from Korea. The Fresh Moisture and Intensive Moisture come in a 100ml lotion + 500ml body wash (untried) set on Sasa for $17 before shipping.
Repurchase: Oh snail, no. Well, actually that's not quite true, if I had a friend or family member who had dry skin and/or liked body lotions, it would be something I'd put in their care package, but for me, nope.
|One pump of the lotion at left, post-slather-and-rubbed-in at right.|
According to InsiderBeauty's product page, the ingredients are:
Purified water, Butylene glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Shea butter, Cyclohexanone siloxane, Cetearyl alcohol, Ginseng extract, Green tea extract, Camellia seed oil/hydrogenated camellia seed oil esters, Natto gum, Magnolia bark extract, Cocoa extract, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-40 stearate, Polysorbate 20, Stearic acid, Palmitic acid, PEG-100 stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Xanthan gum, Glyceryl caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Dextrin, PEG-40/HDI Copolymer bis-decyltetradeceth-20 ether, Poloxamer 235, Epigallocatechin gallate, Ethoxydiglycol, Tocophersolan, Poloxamer 338, Disodium EDTA, FragranceI ran this product through Cosdna, and nothing scored above a 2, but it does contain stearic acid and palmitic acid, which are problematic for some people, although according to wikipedia, palmitic acid can also be found in soybeans and other sources-- but the most likely source is palm oil.
|Be warned that once you twist up/pop up the cap, it won't fit back into the original box.|
What I like about it
I like the scent, I like the star ingredients (they are hanbangin', after all) and I like that it's an intensely moisturizing product that is relatively light considering that it is a heavy moisturizing product. As far as heavy moisturizers go, this one is pretty painless. It has nice packaging, with a sturdy bottle that isn't top heavy. The brand, Illi, is a Hanbang (traditional Korean herbal medicine) line/sub-brand from Amore Pacific, and has an affordable price point compared to, say, Sulwhasoo.
So, I get that I can't really blame this product for not being something that I enjoy using, because it's like ordering a plate of sauteed spinach at a fine restaurant when you know you hate spinach, hoping the hands of a master chef will be able to transform it into something that you like. Except I love spinach. Just not body lotion.
What I don't like about it
It's a body lotion. It's also expensive, especially if you are the sort of person who needs a large volume of product to keep your skin happy in the winter. The fragrance may also be too much for some people, although it's not noticeable after application unless I bring my arm up to my face for a sniff. (I do this.)
It's also hard for me to judge how moisturizing it is, because I don't suffer from noticeable skin dryness on my body. So I decided to break out the little digital skin analyzer from Amazon I bought months ago, which measures the oil, water, and 'roughness' ratio of your skin. Take that with a huge grain of salt. Still, it's a fun little toy!
|The red screen and sad face is judging me.|
- Oil: 14.2%
- Water: 31.6%
- Skin Texture: Rough
I noticed that after a few hours, the sleek texture of my skin was still present due to the silicones, but the oil/water/roughness state was nearly the same as the hand which I had not applied any product to at all. That leads me to believe that the primary 'feeling' of hydration is actually not hydration, it's just the silicones at work, doing their surface-smoothing thing.
|The green screen and happy face approve of this result, it seems.|
- Oil: 18.8%
- Water: 41.8%
- Skin Texture: Smooth
So there's an immediate improvement, but it's a surprisingly small amount. Ok, well what about "long-lasting nourishment to the driest parts of your body and preserves your natural moisture reserves" then? So, I kept testing throughout the day as I wrote this post.
About 4 hours later, my results on my left (lotioned hand) were:
- Oil: 13.5%
- Water: 30.2%
- Skin Texture: Rough
Right hand, un-lotioned:
- Oil: 13.2%
- Water: 29.4%
- Skin Texture: Rough
Compared to my right hand, without any lotion, there's almost no difference in how moisturized my skin is. This might be a testament to how much I don't need lotion, maybe? I can still feel the artificial smoothness of the silicones on my left hand though, but other than that, there's no difference.
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All the best,
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