Hi guys! Today I want to talk about a product that I first bought at Ulta on a whim, without really understanding what it was, but which I fell in love with! This is the Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion You probably don’t know what an emulsion is. It’s a lightweight, watery moisturizer that I’ve only come across in Asian beauty. Skinfood is one of my favorite brands, as well, and I love their cleansing oil (review here). So let’s get into it!
For reference, I have normal-to-dry and acne-prone skin.
$15.00. I found this at Ulta. It may be available at some online curated or K-Beauty shops, as well. I don’t know about the
This packaging is to die for! This is an actual frosted glass bottle. The plastic lid looks like wood, complete with actual grain texture, and the front label looks like old paper or parchment. The peaches depicted on the lid and label are more muted and more of the actual orange-y color of peaches, rather than the more pink shades you see, say, in the Too Faced Sweet Peach line (or in, you know, this emulsion itself). The shading ties in much more with the background colors. It gives it a more understated look, especially combined with the thick, frosted glass. And of course, there’s the gorgeous metallic orange text and detailing, along with the pale pink product itself to make the packaging just flashy and fun enough.
Overall, this packaging is way more than I’d expect for $15.00. By the look and feel of the product, I’d expect it to be a more natural/ingredient-based product from a more expensive brand.
I have one caveat. The opening for this product is just an open hole, but as the base is glass, you can’t squeeze any product out. You have to pour/shake it out, and while this consistency is pretty runny, the tube seems better suited to a watery consistency like a toner.
Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Mineral Oil, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Isohexadecane, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Propylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sucrose Cocoate, Oleanolic Acid, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Silica, D&C Red No.33(Ci 17200), Fd&C Yellow No.5(Ci 19140), Fd&C Yellow No.6(Ci 15985).
A couple big flags include denatured alcohol, mineral oil, and fragrance. Fragrance is often an irritant to people with sensitive skin. Mineral oil tends to be a cheap oil that doesn’t do much for the skin, other than possibly clog pores. Personally I don’t believe that it is inherently bad for the skin simply because it’s a byproduct of refining oil. I don’t like oil cleansers and thick moisturizers that use mineral oil. Denatured alcohol can also dry out your skin, especially when it’s among the first few ingredients.
That said, there are a lot of plant-based extracts here. Peach is the largest extract, which makes sense for the name, but it’s a pleasant surprise after the first few shockers. The rice sake is also listed. I’ve never been able to find good info about what fermentation adds when it comes to skincare, other than claims from the brands themselves.
I love the sweet peach scent! It is a bit strong when you first open the bottle and apply it, but it doesn’t linger after application.
I’ve already mentioned that this is a somewhat liquid-y cream moisturizer. I don’t need much of it – a little over a dime-sized amount is fine. But with the hard-to-control opening, I can still get away with using extra product. The watery consistency does allow for product to spread out and sink into the skin easily. Even when using extra product, I just pat the excess into my skin for a little bit longer. I think this is where you can notice the denatured alcohol at work.
I find that this delivers a bit more moisture than several gel moisturizers I own. The gels are meant more for hydration and can even make my skin feel wet. And the emulsion gives me the proper amount of actual moisture that my skin needs and that it lasts throughout the day. It feels soft and bouncy throughout the day. I don’t notice any other results though, and I doubt that this is enough for the cold, dry winter months.
I generally use this on its own, in the morning. Emulsions can make a good second moisturizer at night, but I usually already have a serum or face oil that will act in the same way and give me similar results.
Another big point: this doesn’t break me out or anything. I’ve had some moisturizers, especially ones with mineral oil, that clog pores and cause breakouts, but I haven’t noticed that here. Products with alcohol can also cause acne by stripping the skin of sebum and making the skin think it needs to compensate by overproducing sebum. The emulsion must be thin enough for it to not be a problem, or all of the other plant extracts and ingredients help limit this.
I’ve apparently never looked at this ingredient list before, because I didn’t know what was in here. That said, I do still get good results from the Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion. For the price point, you get stunning packaging and a perfect lightweight day cream, at least in summer.