When someone goes on a trip to Korea, it really comes as no surprise when they bring back a bag full of skincare products. While some of those products come from big brands such as Laneige and Sulwhasoo, others are so weird that you can’t help but laugh in disbelief.
Not convinced? Scroll down for 11 unusual Korean beauty products with ingredients that’ll make you go “OMG!”.
Research has found that secretions produced under stress by a certain species of snails, Helix aspersa, might help with the regeneration of wounded tissue! That could be the reason why moisturisers and lotions, like the one above, are some of the products that utilise snail secretions.
Now, that’s all well and good, but how on earth do you go about stressing a snail?!?
2. Guerisson 9-Complex Horse Oil Cream
Guerisson products are so popular that counterfeits have been found to be sold online and in stores. If you hadn’t guessed it yet, Guerisson uses horse oil in their products. Apparently, there are some similarities between human sebum and horse oil. Therefore, horse oil is said by a reviewer to be able to “deeply penetrate the skin without feeling greasy”.
Personally, I’m not quite sold on the product – mainly because I don’t really want oil from the fat of horses on my face. But if you want to give it a shot – it does have good reviews after all – get it from a credible seller. Perhaps you might see it on the Beureka site one day?
3. Wine Lip Tint by Château Labiotte
Let’s take a short breather from the bizarre ingredients and talk about wine. We all know that wine can be drunk (no duh) and added to cooking for flavour, but did you know that there is a cosmetic line that adds wine to products? No? Well, looks like you’ll have a new product to try!
Introducing Wine Lip Tint by Château Labiotte! All of them are made with a French wine extract and you can actually taste a fruity wine flavour when applied to your lips! In addition to the adorable packaging, it also comes in the form of Lipstick and Lip balm and a variety of colours! Do drop by Lexi’s blog for a nice review of the products.
Hmm… French wine extract you say? Well, I’m not too sure about the advantages of that on skincare, but when red wine is applied directly onto your skin, it helps to remove dead cells.
4. Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion
While snake venom is a thing in Japan, bee venom is apparently its equivalent in Korea. Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Lotion is scent-free and has been noted for its moisturising effects, and non-greasy texture.
But why use bee venom? There is this thing called the bee venom therapy, which has been used since ancient times to treat skin diseases and more. Bet you didn’t know that did you! For more information on this interesting tidbit, take a look at this video. If you prefer reading a review about this unusual product, head over to Skin & Tonics for an extensive review!
5. Nature Republic Silk Ball
So, silk balls! I would ask you to take a guess as to what this product does, but its already shown on the packaging. That’s right! You stick you finger into the silk balls and rub it all over your face – for cleansing and exfoliating of course. Don’t worry; the silkworms aren’t there anymore.
Honestly, I’m not really sure what to say about this, because my only thought on this is “weird”, followed immediately but “interesting” and “fun”. But as reviewer Coco Park says, it doesn’t get any more natural than this!
6. Besolbo – Royal Salmon Egg Return Cream
I love salmon roes, do you? You do? Great! Because not only can you eat salmon roes, you can now add them to your skincare routine!
The Royal Salmon Egg Return Cream works as both a moisturiser and sleeping pack, with wrinkle improvement and whitening effects. There are over 150 eggs provided, and you are supposed to use 2 eggs in the morning as a moisturiser, and 3 at night if you want to use it as a sleeping pack.
Make sure you keep it away from children with itchy fingers though, because it is not for consumption!
7. Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream
Since eggs can be used as a skincare product, why not cheese? And we’re talking about actual cheese, ladies and gentlemen. You might want to skip this part if you are lactose intolerant though.
Believe it or not, the Bounce Cheese Cream by Enprani has received rave reviews from fans of Korean beauty products for its moisturising and anti-aging properties. However, given that you are applying cheese on your face, it does take a while to set, so perhaps you shouldn’t use it if you’re already 5 minutes late for your date.
For readers who prefer to read some reviews before making a decision, Maddy wrote a review on Enprani and its products that might be helpful.
8. L-Glutathione 24-Karat Gold Mask
You may or may not have seen something like this on television, but it sure is an experience. I seriously cannot think of anyone who would pass up the chance to have his or her face covered in gold (unless you already had a bad experience of course). There is just something really cool (and funny) about a gold face.
Aside the fun factor, the L-Glutathione 24-Karat Gold Mask refines pore and skin texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, removes dead skin cells, sebum, black heads and white heads, and brightens the skin. A word of caution though, there are both good (brightening effects) and bad (hard to peel off?) reviews for this product – so you might want to do a more thorough check before deciding if you want to have some fun with this product.
9. Skinfood Coffee Body Scrub
If you are into scrubs, why not wake yourself up with a coffee scrub in the morning? Skinfood’s Coffee Body Scrub is on this list because, well, coffee. I usually get lemon-flavored scrubs if I have to but coffee!! It’s not that weird an ingredient for a beauty product, but it seems like one of those uncommon ingredients that might just make a coffee-addict’s day. This product is sold on Qoo10 (not Beureka’s however), and here, have a review.
10. Fresh Gore Sleeping Pack by Too Cool For School
Okay, because I sort of cheated with the coffee product, I’m back to finish things up with the really weird stuffs. How weird? Well, the key ingredient of the Fresh Gore Sleeping Pack (what a name) by Too Cool For School is Dragon Blood.
What. The. Heck. Hmm, I wonder which dragon donated their blood for this product. So apparently, there aren’t any artificial colours in this product, so you really are applying dragon’s blood on your face. Ew. At least it is scent-free.
If you can get past that, the Fresh Gore Sleeping Pack is said to have whitening, anti-wrinkle functions. Do check out Jenny’s review for a better idea of this product!
11. Mizon Returning Starfish Cream
You made it all the way to the end? Here, have a golden star! Oh wait; we don’t have a golden star, have a Returning Starfish Cream instead. As shown in the picture above, this product by Mizon makes use of Starfish Extract to keep your skin nice and moisturised.
Surprisingly (or not), the Returning Starfish Cream is so popular that it had previously been at the top for beauty products you must have on websites such as Allure. Mary, a Korean beauty Blogger, even gave the product 5/5, saying that it had no cons at all.
Thanks for bearing with us and do let us know about your adventures with any weird Korean beauty products in the comments below! After all, these introductions are but the tip of the iceberg.
Also published on Medium.