Friday, December 26, 2014

Primary Raw Seoul DoYou Soy Facial Cream Review

About a month ago Memebox kindly sent me the Primary Raw Seoul DoYou Soy Facial Cream to try out and review. This debuted in the Green Food Cosmetics box which is now sold out. I was kind of regretting not picking up that box because the response to the DoYou cream was overwhelmingly positive, and even if the rest of the box was disappointing I would've still felt I got my money's worth. So you would not believe how ecstatic I was to receive this in the mail. I'm always amazed at how quickly things can ship internationally (well I guess it kinda makes sense now that we have those big things called planes). I wait three weeks to get a Birchbox yet it takes just two days to get cosmetics from Korea.
There were a couple of things in the plain brown box I received: the first was this beautifully wrapped smaller box. The other was a special gift that Memebox included as a fun extra (more on that later). Before I go on you must know that I am a sucker for nice packaging. You can mail me a lump of coal but if it's double bubble wrapped and placed in a small box tied with a nice pink bow then we're still cool in my book. This face cream had exceptional packaging. The box was neatly tied in a drawstring bag with the Primary Raw Seoul logo on it. Open the box and the first thing you see is this product card that I have no idea how to read:
Under the card is the cream itself (also packaged very nicely in a reusable jar) along with the heftiest spatula I've ever seen with a moisturizer. It's one of those that you just cannot bring yourself to throw away once the product is gone. I guess Primary Raw has accomplished their goal of being eco-friendly - I don't want to toss anything. I want to reuse all of these things!
Before I get into my review, here's a little background on the DoYou cream. Primary Raw Seoul is a Korean cosmetics brand that promotes the use of raw, natural ingredients, and the DoYou cream is its first featured product. If you're wondering why it's called that it's because DoYou loosely translates to soy milk in Korean (according to Memebox, anyway).
Unlike many traditional creams that are chock full of chemicals, all-natural DoYou cream is enriched with soy bean extracts, soy milk ferments, rice water, galactomyces, and other grain extracts. The result is a gentle hydrating formula that can brighten up dull, uneven skin for a healthier glow.
The DoYou cream-making process is pretty simple, really. Okay I lied. I have no idea if the process outlined below is simple. I also have no idea if this is even a picture of the process, but it looks like it is. I'm hoping somebody who knows how to read and translate Korean can help me out because this looks like it should be a pretty helpful graphic.
According to the graphic below, the end product also has a lot more of the good stuff than leading creams. I think. I'm totally assuming here. I see higher numbers per 100g in the big side which I'm guessing is the vitamin content in DoYou face cream. Again, please let me know if I'm totally off point and spinning myself a web of misunderstanding.
Now that I believe this cream is completely natural and contains lots of nutrients, it's time to take a closer look at the actual jar I received. This is a 100g jar and is a pretty hefty size for a cream. Memebox has valued it at $40 which is surprisingly affordable in terms of Memeprices, though my wallet begs to differ.
At first glance it looks like a water/gel type cream. I find that I prefer gel creams over typical creams because they don't leave my face feeling as suffocated and greasy. If anything my skin errs on the side of combo-oily so I prefer to not use stuff containing oils as much as possible. Yet my skin seems to be on a constant search for oil and will cling onto any that comes its way and will just leave it there on the surface - no absorbing whatsoever. It's as if my face thinks it needs a 3-millimeter thick security blanket of oil to protect it against the elements. Ugh.
Anyway. Here's what a glob of the gel cream looks like. It's a tiny bit stringy, but definitely not as out of control as the Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream I got in the Wine & Cheese Cosmetics box. As I hoped, it absorbs very nicely with no oily film whatsoever. One thing I noticed is that a little bit goes a long way. Either it spreads really well or I have a small face, but that tiny bit I have on my wrist in the picture above is actually enough to cover my whole face, though if you're planning on spending the day outdoors in the blistery wind you'd probably want to pile on a bit more. It's also highly moisturizing and will leave my skin hydrated all day. (We don't have cold, dry winters here so I'm not sure how well it fares in typical "winter weather" though) In fact, I think if anything it might be too much for my skin to handle. I've been using this twice a day for four weeks now and I noticed my face breaking out more. I'm pretty sure you don't purge with moisturizers, so I'm thinking this stuff is too heavy duty for my skin and will probably reduce usage to once a day for now and see how that goes.

The second item was a fun extra that Memebox sent. It's the only other item that Primary Raw has for sale on their website at the moment and is meant to emphasize the versatility of the cream jar. It's a DIY soy candle that uses the same type of high quality glass jar that the soy cream came in. Also included in the kit was the wax, wick, and essential oil.
According to Memebox these are the translated instructions:
1. Prepare the empty Do You Cream bottle: Soy Wax, wick, and essential oil.
2. Pour 100ml of water into an empty pot.
3. Place the empty Do You Cream bottle into the pot, and warm.
4. Fill the empty Do You Cream bottle with the Soy Wax, and mix with a wooden stick until mixture is smooth.
5. Turn off the heat, and wait until the mixture has slightly cooled, and mix in the essential oil.
6. Place the wick in the center of the mix and hold it in place using a wooden stick.
And here is the candle-making process in pictures:
100ml of water barely covered the bottom of the saucepan so I ended up using 200ml
I cut the block of wax into tiny pieces to make it more manageable
Fully melted soy wax
After adding the essential oil. The wick is held in place with two chopsticks
After about 30 minutes
Finished product!
The candle was definitely a fun addition. If I were to do this again I probably would have melted the wax in a different container and then pour it into the jar in order to avoid all that extra wax that sloshed up the sides during the melting process. I'm not sure if I'll be burning this in my house or passing it on to a friend because the essential oil had an overpowering rose scent and neither of us care for rose-scented things. The smell is a little subdued in the finished candle but would still make C's allergies act up big time. But I still think this was a very nice extra to include.

So my overall thoughts on Primary Raw Seoul? I like that they use natural ingredients in the facial cream and love the soft supple skin I'm walking around with. It's so nice to be able to touch my face after applying the cream without it feeling sticky or greasy. So far I am impressed with Primary Raw Seoul and will keep an eye out for their new announced (but not revealed) product coming out in 2015!

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Note: Post contains affiliate links. I received Primary Raw Seoul DoYou Soy Facial Cream complementary from Memebox for review purposes. This post reflects my honest opinions about this product.

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